The Rise of the Glock: America's Gun

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

In the early 1980s, a 50-year-old radiator manufacturer who'd never made a gun before was given the opportunity to make some for the Austrian army. His name was Gaston Glock, and the gun that bears his name has gained a ubiquitous presence both on-screen and in real-life crimes over the past 25 years. Made mostly of plastic and consisting fewer parts, the glock is lighter and easier to handle than other handguns — making it "amateur-friendly."

Paul Barrett is the author of a new book that looks at the history and social significance of the glock called “Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun.”


Paul Barrett

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Kristen Meinzer

Comments [4]


The Glock, a Jeff Cooper nightmare.
No manual safety
No brains to use
No extensive arms training needed

Famous for "spray and pray."

Jeff Cooper would never authorize a pistol with a large cap magazine. It is a poor excuse for proper arms training.

For those who would like to know more Wikipedia the father of modern handgun training Jeff Cooper.

I'll bet ya that Barrett does not have proper handgun training, nor does he have a pistol license. Where did he legally shoot this handgun?

Jan. 28 2012 10:03 PM

The Glock is the official handgun of the IDF.

Jan. 25 2012 09:25 AM

I've got two thoughts on this topic: first, Glock was the first handgun to use modern design research in its development. Gaston Glock brought together a research team and through intense work over a short term identified needs and solutions for each need. Second, Smith & Wesson used this process to better and more modern effect in developing its line of M&P pistols. These pistols are on the rise in adoption by law enforcement and civilian markets as well. They solved some of the ergonomic challenges of the Glock and added additional rigidity to the frame so the gun feels more solid and has less flex in the frame as the gun fires. You can read my article on the adoption process at

This book on the Glock is nice, but it could have only been written after the height of this gun in America.

Jan. 25 2012 08:14 AM
Liberal Gun Owner

Paul - Liberals ARE NOT gun control advocates. Gun control is an issue in all political spheres. Stop labelling.

Jan. 25 2012 08:02 AM

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