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The Glock pistol is America’s Gun. It has been rhapsodized by hip-hop artists and coveted by cops and crooks alike. Created in 1982 by Gaston Glock, the pistol arrived in America at a fortuitous time. Law enforcement agencies had concluded that their agents and officers, armed with standard six-round revolvers, were getting "outgunned" by drug dealers with semi-automatic pistols; they needed a new gun. With its lightweight plastic frame and large-capacity spring-action magazine, the Glock was the gun of the future. You could drop it underwater, toss it from a helicopter, or leave it out in the snow, and it would still fire. It was reliable, accurate, lightweight, and cheaper to produce than Smith and Wesson’s revolver.
 
Filled with corporate intrigue, political maneuvering, Hollywood glitz, bloody shoot-outs—and an attempt on Gaston Glock’s life by a former lieutenant—Glock is not only the inside account of how Glock the company went about marketing its pistol to police agencies and later the public, but also a compelling chronicle of the evolution of gun culture in America.

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“This book—from a top-notch reporter—will enlighten you about both gun culture and business culture. It’s fascinating, even-handed, and packs considerable punch!”
—Bill McKibben, bestselling author of The End of Nature, Deep Economy, and The Age of Missing Information
 
“Glock is a riveting tale with masterful pacing and meticulous research. Paul Barrett knows his subject intimately, and it shows. . . . It’s a must-read for anyone with an interest in handguns or the firearm industry or even American pop culture.”
—Cameron Hopkins, editor in chief, Combat Tactics magazine; American Rifleman’s Industry Insider blog

“With his customary insight and crystal-clear style, Paul Barrett has told the story of how a simple toolmaker from Austria came to be the dominant force in the manufacture and sale of pistols in the United States. . . . Glock is not at all just for the gun enthusiast. This book is for anyone concerned about the level of gun violence in America, and that should be all of us.”
—Richard Aborn, president, Citizens Crime Commission of New York City; former president, Handgun Control, Inc.
 
“Glock is a great read. Very informative from both a technical and historical standpoint—warts and all.”
—Frank A. DiNuzzo, chief firearms instructor, New York State Police (ret.); chief instructor, Glock, Inc. (ret.)
 
“Paul Barrett’s Glock is a fascinating and bizarre tale of an entrepreneur, a weapon, and a nation’s love affair with guns.”
—Jeffrey Toobin, staff writer, The New Yorker; author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
 
“Colt, Smith & Wesson, Winchester, Remington: These were the American firearms industry’s major players for 150 years. In the 1980s they were joined by a foreign upstart, Glock, which soon overtook them all. Paul M. Barrett ably investigates Glock’s seemingly inexorable rise to power, profit, and predominance in this riveting story of how a plastic Austrian pistol...transformed into America’s chosen gun.”
—Alexander Rose, author of American Rifle: A Biography
 
 “It’s a story that pulls back the curtain on a secretive company that was apparently willing to do whatever it took to be successful. And it’s a heckuva good read.”
—Jim Shepherd, The Outdoor Wire

 
"Barrett is right on target, delivering a well-oiled, fact-packed, and fast-paced history of the Glock."
—Publishers Weekly

“Offering huge discounts and shrewdly marketing to police from its facility in Smyrna, Ga., [Glock] employed Gold Club strippers and Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders to attract crowds, entertain clients and lend the pistol a sexy cachet that grew exponentially when it popped up all over TV and movies as the gun of choice for cops and killers alike. . . A colorful case study of the manufacturer who beat long-entrenched, legendary brands at their own game.”
—Kirkus 

“An informative, frequently surprising account of the evolution of America’s gun culture and the gun that helped define it.”
—Booklist

"How a pistol developed by an unknown engineer with little firearms experience became the dominant, if not iconic, law enforcement handgun in the United States." —The Washington Post

"Gun enthusiasts and gun detractors will almost surely read the saga of Glock, told expertly by journalist Paul M. Barrett, with divergent views...His authoritative voice permeates the nonfiction narrative. His own views about Glock and other weapons merchants are not easy to decipher, which is perhaps one of his book’s many strengths."
—Dallas Morning News

"An engaging history of the most famous handgun in contemporary America. Barrett..[has] impressive knowledge of criminal and weapons history in the United States, as well as of Glock''s business practices."
—The New York Times Book Review

"It''s rare for a nonfiction book to read like a thriller, but that''s what happens with "Glock." The book covers an intriguing and important topic, and it does so with panache and accuracy. Anyone interested in guns or gun control should read it."
—The Washington Times

“With an almost breezy, extremely readable style journalist Paul Barrett has written the definitive biography of a gun that has become the standard for American firearms.”
—Florida Times Union

“Smart and engrossing.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“A compelling tale…a fascinating look at one man’s extraordinary success.”
Wall Street Journal

“The sometimes shocking details about Glock…moves the reader from one anecdote to the next. . . . certain to fascinate audiences regardless of their thoughts on the Second Amendment.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution



About the Author

PAUL M. BARRETT is an assistant managing editor of Bloomberg Businessweek. He is the author of American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion and The Good Black: A True Story of Race in America. Barrett lives and works in New York City. For more information, go to GlockTheBook.com.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Chapter 1

Shootout in Miami

It was nine forty-­five a.m. on April 11, 1986, when Special Agents Benjamin Grogan and Gerald Dove spotted the two suspects driving a stolen black Chevrolet Monte Carlo on South Dixie Highway. The pair had been robbing banks and armored trucks in southern Dade County over the past four months. To catch them, Gordon McNeill, a supervisory special agent with the Miami field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had set up a rolling stakeout. “They had killed two people; another woman was missing,” McNeill said. “They had shot another guy four times. In my twenty-­one years with the agency, I never felt more sure that when we found these guys, they would go down hard.”

Moments later, other FBI units converged; soon, three unmarked sedans trailed the bank robbers. McNeill, closing from the opposite direction, spotted the black Monte Carlo at the head of the strange convoy. In the passenger seat, one suspect shoved a twenty-­round magazine into a Ruger Mini-­14 semiautomatic rifle. “Felony car stop!” McNeill shouted into his radio to the other units. “Let’s do it!”

FBI vehicles corralled the Monte Carlo, ramming the fugitive automobile and forcing it into a large driveway. The three remaining government sedans skidded into surrounding positions. Two more FBI cars arrived across the street. In all, eight agents faced the two suspects.

Suddenly, one of the fugitives started shooting. FBI men scrambled for cover and returned fire. The occupants of the Monte Carlo seemed to be hit in the fusillade, but the government rounds weren’t stopping them.

In the chaos, the federal agents struggled to reload their revolvers, jamming cartridges one after another into five-­ and six-­shot Smith & Wessons. Three of the FBI agents were members of a special-­tactics squad and carried fifteen-­round S&W pistols. But none of the handgun fire seemed to slow the criminals. The gunman with the Ruger Mini-­14 merely had to snap a new magazine into his rifle to have another twenty rounds instantly. One of his mags had forty rounds. His partner had a twelve-­gauge shotgun with extended eight-­round capacity. The bank robbers were armed for a small war.

Agent McNeill took a round in his right hand, shattering bone. Shredded flesh jammed the cylinder of his revolver, making it impossible to reload. He rose from a crouch to reach for a shotgun on the backseat of an FBI vehicle. As he did, a .223 rifle round pierced his neck. He fell, paralyzed. A fellow agent was severely wounded when he paused to reload his Smith & Wesson Chief’s Special. “Everybody went down fighting,” McNeill said. “We just ran into two kamikazes.”

As law enforcement officials would later discover, the bank robbers, Michael Platt and William Matix, were no ordinary thugs. They had met in the 1970s at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Matix served as a military policeman with the 101st Airborne. Platt received Special Forces training. Both were practiced marksmen. They operated a landscaping business and according to neighbors seemed like hardworking individuals. Neither one had a criminal record. But something had turned them into psychopaths.

Platt, demonstrating his deadly close-­combat skills, worked the shoulder-­fired Mini-­14 with precision. Based on the M14 military rifle, the Mini-­14 was popular with small-­game hunters, target shooters, and, ironically, the police. Platt took full advantage of the semiautomatic weapon’s large magazine and penetrating ammunition. Bobbing and weaving, he sneaked up on Grogan and Dove, the agents who had originally spotted the black Monte Carlo. “He’s coming behind you!” another agent screamed. But the warning came too late. Platt fatally shot Grogan in the torso and Dove in the head.

The firefight had been going on for four minutes when Agent Edmundo Mireles, badly wounded, staggered toward Platt and Matix, who had piled into a bullet-­ridden FBI Buick. A civilian witness described Mireles’s stiff-­legged gait as “stone walking.” Holding a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum at arm’s length, he fired repeatedly at the two gunmen at point-­blank range, killing them both. It was the bloodiest day in FBI history.

All told, the combatants fired 140 rounds. In addition to the deaths of Platt and Matix, two FBI agents were killed, three were permanently crippled, and two others were injured. gun battle “looked like ok corral,” the Palm Beach Post declared the next morning, quoting a shaken witness. But the legendary gunfight in 1881 in Tombstone, Arizona, had lasted only thirty seconds and involved just thirty shots, leaving three dead—­one fewer than the modern-­day battle in Miami.

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Lieutenant John H. Rutherford, the firing-­range director with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, heard about the shootout later that day. “The bad guys,” he recalled, “were starting to carry high-­capacity weapons, unlike what they had carried in the past. . . . That was a scary, terrible thing to hear about,” he said. “If the FBI is outgunned, something is wrong.”

Scholars of law enforcement and small arms pored over the forensic records of the Miami Shootout, generating thousands of pages of reports. Police departments across the country held seminars on the gun battle. Gun magazines published dramatic reconstructions. NBC broadcast a made-­for-­TV movie called In the Line of Fire: The FBI Murders.

Later examination would reveal that, for all their bravery, the FBI agents prepared poorly for the violent encounter. At the time, though, and ever since, one idea about the significance of Miami eclipsed all others. The lawmen had been, in Lieutenant Rutherford’s word, “outgunned.” It was a perception widely shared by cops, politicians, and law-­abiding firearm owners: The criminals were better armed than the forces of order. Nationwide, crime rates were rising. Drug gangs ruled inner-­city neighborhoods. Guns had replaced knives in the hands of violent teenagers. The police, the FBI, and all who protected the peace were increasingly seen as being at a lethal disadvantage. The FBI helped shape this perception by emphasizing the seven revolvers its agents had used, deflecting attention from the three fifteen-­round pistols and two twelve-­gauge shotguns they also brought to the fight.

“Although the revolver served the FBI well for several decades, it became quite evident that major changes were critical to the well-­being of our agents and American citizens,” FBI Director William Sessions said in an agency bulletin after Miami. Revolvers held too little ammunition, and they were too difficult to reload in the heat of a gunfight. There were questions about their “stopping power”: In Miami, the FBI fired some seventy rounds, and Platt and Matix received a total of eighteen bullet wounds. Yet the killers stayed alive long enough to inflict a terrible toll.

In 1987, Jacksonville’s Lieutenant Rutherford received the formal assignment to recommend a new handgun to replace the Smith & Wesson revolvers that his department issued. His counterparts in hundreds of local, state, and federal police agencies were given similar missions. “My job,” Rutherford told me, “was to find a better gun.”

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JB
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Anti-gun rubbish
Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2020
Starts out promising with some history about the development and distribution of Glock pistols, but the author''s anti-gun agenda is finally revealed close to the halfway point. I stopped reading after this gem at the end of chapter 11: "The stronger argument... See more
Starts out promising with some history about the development and distribution of Glock pistols, but the author''s anti-gun agenda is finally revealed close to the halfway point. I stopped reading after this gem at the end of chapter 11:

"The stronger argument against semiautomatic assault weapons is that they usually accommodate large
magazines. Recall that Purdy had attached a seventy-five-round drum to his knockoff AK-47. More commonly,
semiautomatic rifles and some pistols accept magazines holding fifteen, twenty, or thirty rounds. Although there
are gun competitions geared to high-capacity firearms, no hunter or target shooter needs thirty rounds in a
magazine to pursue his or her sport. And it’s not obvious why a civilian handgun owner requires seventeen
rounds in the magazine of a Glock pistol. Ten bullets, with the opportunity to reload swiftly, provide adequate
firepower for most self-defense emergencies. Gun skeptics who want to push measures that actually might slow
a crazed killer should focus on ammunition capacity, not the superficial appearance of firearms. Even then, they
will face a tough fight. Once Glock persuaded police departments that they needed big magazines, civilian
buyers found the feature attractive too. The NRA’s muscular version of the Second Amendment—keep your
hands off my guns!—tends to meld with the more generalized American instinct that anything worth doing is
worth overdoing."

This is the author''s opinion presented as fact; it''s not quoting anyone and there is no context besides some discussion about anti-gun legislation in the early 90s. Steer clear of this unless you just want to waste your time.
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K7KBW
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Easy, Nonpartisan History of the Venerable Glock
Reviewed in the United States on March 16, 2017
I saw my first Glock in the late 80s when one of the cops in our rural police department brought it to the range. It was an ugly, plastic abomination that stovepiped twice during qualification, generating laughter all around. I recall patting my department-issued S&W 686... See more
I saw my first Glock in the late 80s when one of the cops in our rural police department brought it to the range. It was an ugly, plastic abomination that stovepiped twice during qualification, generating laughter all around. I recall patting my department-issued S&W 686 revolver with a feeling of superiority.

Over two decades later, retired, and as the owner of two non-Glock polymer, striker-fired pistols (one of which was my daily CC), I found myself at the range with an old Marine buddy of mine. I had never purchased and had rarely fired any Glock as I still disliked its looks and absolutely loathed the fanboys on the gun forums. Anyway, this Marine produced a gen4 G19 and, after half-dozen magazines, my long held anti-Glock position began to unravel.

I later purchased a new G19 that today remains my CC sidearm of choice. Last week I ordered Mr. Barrett''s book.

If you are in one of the extreme camps on the gun control debate you are probably not going to be completely satisfied. If you are new to carrying a pistol for self defense this book won''t help you - get some range time with a certified instructor. But, if you are interested in the history of the man who went from making curtain rods to producing one of the world''s most popular pistols while embarrassing the competition along the way, or the impact his invention has made upon the industry, law enforcement, self-defense, and warfare, then this easy, unbiased read is well worth your time.
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THE WELL-CRAFTED STORY OF AN ICONIC PISTOL
Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2018
Making the decision to start manufacturing any product is a big one, fraught with pitfalls and missteps by the carload. To recognize a void in a product line is insightful but trying to fill it often leads to disappointment and financial disaster. In 1982 Gaston Glock, an... See more
Making the decision to start manufacturing any product is a big one, fraught with pitfalls and missteps by the carload. To recognize a void in a product line is insightful but trying to fill it often leads to disappointment and financial disaster. In 1982 Gaston Glock, an industrious Austrian knowing nothing about firearms, was making innocuous brass fittings to augment his automotive radiator shop and jumped into an opening in the making of pistols for the Austrian military. Thus was born the Glock line of handguns. The enterprise has probably become one of the most lucrative ventures ever embarked upon.

Twenty-five years later another enterprising young man, Paul M. Barrett, a veteran journalist who witnessed the meteoric rise of the Glock weapon, decided to report the amazing story. Barrett has produced “Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun,” a riveting account of corporate maneuvering and intrigue that, despite some underhanded dealings, thievery, and sexual hanky-panky by company officials, provides a clear explanation of how a weapon with so much baggage continues to overwhelm the market with its superiority. Deciding to write this epic story probably took as much huevos as did the original decision to start manufacturing the weapon.

Barrett is no stranger to controversial topics. He has written about fights by poor farmers and indigenous tribes against big oil in the Amazon rainforest. He gives readers the opportunity to rethink their views on corporate black America and the struggles for racial equality in the high-powered legal profession. He has tackled the non-winnable fight to define the soul of the Islam religion. He has taken his lumps for his views and opinions. In “Glock,” the author seems stoically neutral in his views on the steadily growing and morbid fascination with guns and their part in a national tragedy, although a slight bias can be detected.

The book takes the immensely complicated world of gun manufacturing and marketing and lays it out in clear and crisp language. The cast of characters is immense; their roles are complicated and often devious. Barrett has a unique way of getting inside the passionate and strong-willed minds of both Glock luminaries and other pro-gun advocates and their adversaries. Neither side gives an inch in their positions and neither side appears to be headed to the bargaining table in the search for solutions to the thorny problems that encircle them. Further complicating the issue is that neither legislative bodies nor citizen entities can find common ground on which to grapple.

To me the most fascinating part of Barrett’s commentary is his discussion of the mechanics of the Glock line of firearms. Clearly superlative in their design and manufacturing techniques, the Glock array of guns are virtually indestructible, safe and easy to operate, and much more economical to own than most other brands. I own a Walther PPG but will soon also have a Glock. I don’t think Barrett was out to sell me a gun, but his story is entrancing and makes my trigger finger itch to try one out.

Schuyler T Wallace
Author of TIN LIZARD TALES
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BCS30
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A balanced but irreverent look inside the most improbable rise in the history of the firearms industry
Reviewed in the United States on March 16, 2015
Paul Barrett provides a well documented and irreverent look at the most improbable rise to market domination of any firearm (or any product of any kind) in American history. Today, just about every law enforcement officer in America carries either a Glock or a Glock clone.... See more
Paul Barrett provides a well documented and irreverent look at the most improbable rise to market domination of any firearm (or any product of any kind) in American history. Today, just about every law enforcement officer in America carries either a Glock or a Glock clone. Just how a plastic semi-auto made in Austria successfully ended the rein of the Smith & Wesson revolver as "America''s gun" is a fascinating question, whether you''re a gun enthusiast or a gun control advocate. Both audiences will find find the story compelling, and Barrett is a true journalist, telling the story without any spin in either direction. In fact, after reading the entire book I still couldn''t tell you where his personal loyalties lie in that particular debate.

"Glock" is the story of an eccentric Austrian engineer who went from making brass fittings for windows and doors to taking a long shot at designing a pistol for an Austrian military contract (his first ever firearm design), to exploiting an American law enforcement market in dire need of innovation, and all the sordid details that turned a lucky break into a firearms empire.

Who would enjoy this book? Firearms enthusiasts (Glock "fan-boy" or otherwise); gun control advocates; anyone in the above two categories seeking better understanding of the firearms industry, the "gun lobby", and the relationship between the two; people interested in business, specifically case studies of quirky executives. Barrett''s style is very readable and makes the book a pleasure to read no matter which of the above categories you happen to fall into.
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Incline Village Business Owner
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Not so much a book about a Glock gun as a Management Book about The Glock Company and Glaston Glock
Reviewed in the United States on December 19, 2013
I just bought a Glock 17. I was looking for practical and technical information about it. This isn''t that book. So why 5 Stars? I have an MBA. I launched several entrepreneurial companies. I read suspense novels. This book appeals to all.... See more
I just bought a Glock 17. I was looking for practical and technical information about it. This isn''t that book.

So why 5 Stars?

I have an MBA. I launched several entrepreneurial companies. I read suspense novels.

This book appeals to all. Gaston Glock was the penultimate entrepreneur. I enjoyed the book as an MBA Case Study. They did a lot of things right. Some appear to be brilliance and others luck.

It discusses the peculiar twists and turns of a closely held family company. I have consulted for several similar companies so the stories ring true. Family members are either elevated or banished. I this case both.

But it is also a treatise on apparent moral corruption.

The book also deals with us intended consequences. It follows 25 years of political give and take on gun control. There an numerous examples where government action results in 180 degree outcomes. Attempts to limit guns increased the number of guns in circulation.

My take is that this was extremely well researched and unbiased. In the early chapters, it sounded kind a puff piece pitching the company. But in the summary and afterward, it is critical.

All in all, the author, a Bloomberg and Wall Street Journal reporter who followed Glock for 20 years, seems unbiased. He doesn''t come across as a "gun nut", claiming little experience or affinity with guns. He is neither anti gun nor an NRA proponent. The examples and statements are well researched.

While it is Glock focused, it is a history of gun laws in the latter 20th century US. Interesting poly SCI book. But as a novel, you would reject it as too fantastic. Some of the accounts:

Sex
Embezzlement
Politics
Payoffs
Legal Thrills
Management Strategy
Jealousy

Again, if a novel you''d say it is too far out there. This could never happen.

But it did. You can''t make this stuff up

PS. Still glad I bought a Glock technically, but less enamored with the company.
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K. Borg
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Very interesting backstory of Glock''s rise in the gun industry
Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2020
The author provides a well-written timeline and descriptions of events and people that are part of the history of the company founded by Gaston Glock. One book that I enjoyed enough to read again in the future. Exposes Glock''s business decisions, strategy, successes, and... See more
The author provides a well-written timeline and descriptions of events and people that are part of the history of the company founded by Gaston Glock. One book that I enjoyed enough to read again in the future. Exposes Glock''s business decisions, strategy, successes, and failures, and the strengths and shortcomings of various individuals in the Glock organization, of Glock''s customers, of several firearm lobbying organizations, and others. I found it to be a very enjoyable read.
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Duck
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everyone who used it was amazed. The book lays the groundwork regarding how Glock ...
Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2017
The first 3/4 of this book was fabulous. Gaston Glock, to use contemporary kid''s parlance, was "savage". He saw an opportunity and dove right in. His product was so revolutionary, everyone who used it was amazed. The book lays the groundwork regarding how Glock... See more
The first 3/4 of this book was fabulous. Gaston Glock, to use contemporary kid''s parlance, was "savage". He saw an opportunity and dove right in. His product was so revolutionary, everyone who used it was amazed. The book lays the groundwork regarding how Glock got started and how various events in America created a field ripe for the fruits of his labor. It demonstrated over and over how Glock danced, dodged and outmaneuvered his competition. The story of how Glock was able to field a 40 caliber pistol months before S&W could get their 40 cal pistol on the market was...savage. I mean, S&W developed the cartridge! They had all the specs to build a gun! Glock gets his hands on some 40 ammo and voila! Glock 23.

A must read for a gun enthusiast, even for you 1911 die-hards. The analysis of political issues in America was spot-on in my opinion, and some of the stories told in this book were eye-opening. Four stars because the last 1/4 of the book sort of dragged on and on and on...
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catdad
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It has it''s (few) moments.
Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2017
I enjoyed about 25% of this book. While it is not entirely neutral or non political as other reviewers have said, I don''t believe it''s intentional on the part of the author. He''s just a journalist trying to remain fair and balanced. It''s easy enough to skip over the... See more
I enjoyed about 25% of this book. While it is not entirely neutral or non political as other reviewers have said, I don''t believe it''s intentional on the part of the author. He''s just a journalist trying to remain fair and balanced. It''s easy enough to skip over the annoying or offensive parts. The author, if nothing else, is earnest in trying to understand our side. The book reads much like a magazine article, which is to say, it''s not that compelling or engaging. It''s more matter of fact, and some of the facts are interesting, but nothing surprising. The so called "intrigue" is nothing more than the tax dodging and misappropriation shenanigans that go on everyday in corporate America. I found the real value of this book in the history of the build up to Glock''s dominance in the US and the shrewdness of the two Americans who made it happen. It was worth the $3.99 + $3.89 Shipping I paid for it used.
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BlueberryPi
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An incredible journey
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 25, 2015
As an Engineer myself, I have long been aware of the accomplishments of Gaston Glock, inventor of the most recognisable handgun in history. I wasn''t quite prepared for the level of detail in this book, and really enjoyed learning about this incredible journey from before...See more
As an Engineer myself, I have long been aware of the accomplishments of Gaston Glock, inventor of the most recognisable handgun in history. I wasn''t quite prepared for the level of detail in this book, and really enjoyed learning about this incredible journey from before the conception to modern day. You most certainly don''t need to be a fan of firearms to enjoy this book (my partner raced through it, despite a lifelong avoidance of any type of firearm). The story is quite incredible for many reasons and really highlights a lot of truths that are often overshadowed by politics and jumping the gun (pun intended). There are plenty of laugh out loud moments, as well as knuckle biting and genuine shock at how certain situations panned out. Whether you have a passion for firearms, business or simply an amazing story, you won''t be disappointed with this one.
As an Engineer myself, I have long been aware of the accomplishments of Gaston Glock, inventor of the most recognisable handgun in history. I wasn''t quite prepared for the level of detail in this book, and really enjoyed learning about this incredible journey from before the conception to modern day.

You most certainly don''t need to be a fan of firearms to enjoy this book (my partner raced through it, despite a lifelong avoidance of any type of firearm). The story is quite incredible for many reasons and really highlights a lot of truths that are often overshadowed by politics and jumping the gun (pun intended). There are plenty of laugh out loud moments, as well as knuckle biting and genuine shock at how certain situations panned out.

Whether you have a passion for firearms, business or simply an amazing story, you won''t be disappointed with this one.
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Morgan I.
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A very interesting read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 24, 2020
A really well written book documenting the rise of GLOCK. One of the few books thats kept me interested from cover to cover. Even those that aren’t interested in guns as such will find this a really interesting story of business, trails and politics. A really good read.
A really well written book documenting the rise of GLOCK. One of the few books thats kept me interested from cover to cover. Even those that aren’t interested in guns as such will find this a really interesting story of business, trails and politics. A really good read.
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Mr B
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Excellent detail.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 11, 2020
A very detailed account of the history of Glock. Well worth the price as it was difficult to put down !
A very detailed account of the history of Glock. Well worth the price as it was difficult to put down !
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Writing Dude
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Informative und interessante Waffenhistorie - so sollten Bücher zu diesem Thema sein!
Reviewed in Germany on December 19, 2018
Wer kennt sie nicht? Die Glock-Pistole, Symbol für moderne Feuerwaffen! Was der Colt Single Action Army für den Western und der Colt Government für unzählige Kriegsfilme, Krimis, Gangsterfilme ist, ist im moderne Krimi und Actionfilm die Glock! Dieses Buch hält sich nicht...See more
Wer kennt sie nicht? Die Glock-Pistole, Symbol für moderne Feuerwaffen! Was der Colt Single Action Army für den Western und der Colt Government für unzählige Kriegsfilme, Krimis, Gangsterfilme ist, ist im moderne Krimi und Actionfilm die Glock! Dieses Buch hält sich nicht lange mit Vorgeschichten auf, sondern springt direkt ins Geschehen der frühen 1980er, berichtet wie der Österreicher Gaston Glock seine neue Glock-Pistole konstruierte und diese schließlich durch geschicktes Marketing und Preispolitik ihren Siegeszug antrat. Dabei wird auch deutlich, wie einfach und schnell in den USA sich Polizeibehörden für eine neue Waffe entscheiden können und welche Kaufkraft ein Land mit einem liberalen Waffengesetz hat. Denn als deutscher Leser fragt man sich doch, weshalb die Glock 17 nicht von deutschen Unternehmen entwickelt und erfolgreich vermarktet werden konnte? Zwar gab es zuvor schon ähnliche Waffen wie die VP70 oder die P7, beide von Heckler & Koch, die aber nicht annähernd solch einen Verkaufserfolg hatten wie die Glock-Pistole in ihren unterschiedlichen Ausführungen. Zwischendurch berichtet der Autor auch von zivilen, amerikanischen Waffenbesitzern und ihren Erfahrungen mit der Glock-Pistole und belegt anhand tragischer Ereignisse, wie schnell unbewaffnete Zivilisten zu Opfern werden können, etwas, dass die deutschen Medien grundsätzlich ignorieren und schönreden, egal wieviele unbewaffnete Bürger Opfer von Verbrechen und Gewalttaten werden. Aber der Autor berichtet auch von den Schattenseiten dieser neuen Entwicklung:Die neue Pistole mit ihrer hohen Magazinkapazität rief schnell Waffengegner auf den Plan, die entsprechende Gesetze nach sich zogen, was aber den Verkauf der Glock-Pistolen nur noch mehr förderte. Das Buch zeigt eindrucksvoll, was durch geschicktes Marketing erreicht werden kann. Während sich heute viel zu viele Waffenhersteller wegducken und vor links-pazifistischen Medien und Politikern einknicken, zeigt dieses Buch, wie dem durch geschickte Öffentlichkeitsrabeit begegnet werden kann. Eindrucksvoll belegt ‚Glock - The Rise Of America’s Gun’ wie wenig Politiker und Medien gegen eine Sache ausrichten können, wenn viele Bürger und Wähler samt einer schlagkräftigen Organisation eine Sache vertreten. Und so leben weiterhin viele Amerikaner den zweiten Zusatzartikel zur amerikanischen Verfassung aus:Gut, dass das Recht auf Waffenbesitz und einer wohl geordneten Miliz Bestandteil der amerikanischen Verfassung ist. In Deutschland fehlt ein solcher Zusatz im Grundgesetz - noch, denn auch hierzuland erfreuen sich endlich wieder mehr Menschen am Schießsport und sehen im Angesicht neuer Bedrohungen in ihrem persönlichen, täglichen Umfeld die Notwendigkeit einer Bewaffnung ein, um ihr Leben, Gesundheit und Eigentum zu verteidigen! Das Buch zeigt eindrucksvoll, was für eine interessante und nützliche Sache der Waffenbesitz sein kann, wenn man sich nicht ständig von linken Weltverbesserern ein schlechtes Gewissen machen läßt, sondern einfach Freude an der Sache hat! Während in Deutschland fast nur negative Berichte und Dokumentationen veröffentlicht werden, meist von Journalisten, Pazifisten und Wehrdienstverweigeren, die von Waffen eh nichts verstehen, zeigt ‚Glock - The Rise Of America’s Gun’ eindrucksvoll wie sich zum Thema Waffen ein interessantes Buch schreiben läßt, in dem eben nicht Waffenproduzenten und Waffenbesitzer aufs Korn genommen, sondern positiv dargestellt werden. Daran sollten sich die deutschen Medienvertreter und Waffengegner mal ein Beispiel nehmen, hier könnte echte Toleranz bewiesen werden. ‚Glock - The Rise Of America’s Gun’ ist klasse geschrieben, ohne sich allzu sehr in Details zu verzetteln. Dabei ist das Buch interessant, niemals langweilig und einfach interessant zu lesen.
Wer kennt sie nicht? Die Glock-Pistole, Symbol für moderne Feuerwaffen! Was der Colt Single Action Army für den Western und der Colt Government für unzählige Kriegsfilme, Krimis, Gangsterfilme ist, ist im moderne Krimi und Actionfilm die Glock!

Dieses Buch hält sich nicht lange mit Vorgeschichten auf, sondern springt direkt ins Geschehen der frühen 1980er, berichtet wie der Österreicher Gaston Glock seine neue Glock-Pistole konstruierte und diese schließlich durch geschicktes Marketing und Preispolitik ihren Siegeszug antrat. Dabei wird auch deutlich, wie einfach und schnell in den USA sich Polizeibehörden für eine neue Waffe entscheiden können und welche Kaufkraft ein Land mit einem liberalen Waffengesetz hat. Denn als deutscher Leser fragt man sich doch, weshalb die Glock 17 nicht von deutschen Unternehmen entwickelt und erfolgreich vermarktet werden konnte? Zwar gab es zuvor schon ähnliche Waffen wie die VP70 oder die P7, beide von Heckler & Koch, die aber nicht annähernd solch einen Verkaufserfolg hatten wie die
Glock-Pistole in ihren unterschiedlichen Ausführungen.

Zwischendurch berichtet der Autor auch von zivilen, amerikanischen Waffenbesitzern und ihren Erfahrungen mit der Glock-Pistole und belegt anhand tragischer Ereignisse, wie schnell unbewaffnete Zivilisten zu Opfern werden können, etwas, dass die deutschen Medien grundsätzlich ignorieren und schönreden, egal wieviele unbewaffnete Bürger Opfer von Verbrechen und Gewalttaten werden.
Aber der Autor berichtet auch von den Schattenseiten dieser neuen Entwicklung:Die neue Pistole mit ihrer hohen Magazinkapazität rief schnell Waffengegner auf den Plan, die entsprechende Gesetze nach sich zogen, was aber den Verkauf der Glock-Pistolen nur noch mehr förderte. Das Buch zeigt eindrucksvoll, was durch geschicktes Marketing erreicht werden kann. Während sich heute viel zu viele Waffenhersteller wegducken und vor links-pazifistischen Medien und Politikern einknicken, zeigt dieses Buch, wie dem durch geschickte Öffentlichkeitsrabeit begegnet werden kann.
Eindrucksvoll belegt ‚Glock - The Rise Of America’s Gun’ wie wenig Politiker und Medien gegen eine Sache ausrichten können, wenn viele Bürger und Wähler samt einer schlagkräftigen Organisation eine Sache vertreten. Und so leben weiterhin viele Amerikaner den zweiten Zusatzartikel zur amerikanischen Verfassung aus:Gut, dass das Recht auf Waffenbesitz und einer wohl geordneten Miliz Bestandteil der amerikanischen Verfassung ist. In Deutschland fehlt ein solcher Zusatz im Grundgesetz - noch, denn auch hierzuland erfreuen sich endlich wieder mehr Menschen am
Schießsport und sehen im Angesicht neuer Bedrohungen in ihrem persönlichen, täglichen Umfeld die Notwendigkeit einer Bewaffnung ein, um ihr Leben, Gesundheit und Eigentum zu verteidigen! Das Buch zeigt eindrucksvoll, was für eine interessante und nützliche Sache der Waffenbesitz sein kann, wenn man sich nicht ständig von linken Weltverbesserern ein schlechtes Gewissen machen läßt, sondern einfach Freude an der Sache hat!

Während in Deutschland fast nur negative Berichte und Dokumentationen veröffentlicht werden, meist von Journalisten, Pazifisten und Wehrdienstverweigeren, die von Waffen eh nichts verstehen, zeigt ‚Glock - The Rise Of America’s Gun’ eindrucksvoll wie sich zum Thema Waffen ein interessantes Buch schreiben läßt, in dem eben nicht Waffenproduzenten und Waffenbesitzer aufs Korn genommen, sondern positiv dargestellt werden. Daran sollten sich die deutschen Medienvertreter und Waffengegner mal ein Beispiel nehmen, hier könnte echte Toleranz bewiesen werden.
‚Glock - The Rise Of America’s Gun’ ist klasse geschrieben, ohne sich allzu sehr in Details zu verzetteln. Dabei ist das Buch interessant, niemals langweilig und einfach interessant zu lesen.
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Reviewed in Germany on January 3, 2020
Glock - The Rise of America''s Gun ist ein fesselnder Bericht über den österreichischen Unternehmer Gaston Glock und seinem einzigartigen Aufstieg von einem Garagenbetrieb in Deutsch-Wagram zum weltweiten Marktführer im Pistolen-Markt. Das Buch ist nicht nur für...See more
Glock - The Rise of America''s Gun ist ein fesselnder Bericht über den österreichischen Unternehmer Gaston Glock und seinem einzigartigen Aufstieg von einem Garagenbetrieb in Deutsch-Wagram zum weltweiten Marktführer im Pistolen-Markt. Das Buch ist nicht nur für Marketing-Fachleute eine faszinierende Erfolgsstory, sondern hilft auch ein tieferes Verständnis über die amerikanische Waffenkultur zu erlangen. Warum schaffte es ausgerechnet ein Österreicher dieses lukrative Marktsegment in nur zwei Jahrzehnten zu erobern und zum Inbegriff eines Erfolgsproduktes zu werden? Gaston Glock hatte eine klare Vision als er darum bat ein Angebot an das österreichische Verteidigungsministerium für eine neue Pistole legen zu dürfen. Er konstruierte mit Fachleuten eine völlig neuartige Waffe auf Basis einer umfassenden Nutzenanalyse, kombinierte neue Kunststofftechnologien mit bewährten Elementen und schaffte es damit auf Anhieb am 05. November 1982 mit der Glock 17 gegen starke Wettbewerber wie Smith & Wesson, Beretta, Sig Sauer, Heckler & Koch einen Erstauftrag zu ergattern. Bald darauf wurden amerikanische Waffenexperten hellhörig und nahmen Kontakt mit Gaston Glock auf. Darauf ging die Post erst ab und Glock eroberte im Nu Amerika. Die Hintergründe, die Herausforderungen und die spannenden Details sind im Buch von Paul M. Barrett hervorragend beschrieben. Auch die Familiengeschichte der Glocks, die eine atemberaubende Erfolgsgeschichte, aber auch unschöne Elemente enthält, wird detailliert beschrieben. Für Marketingfachleute und an Waffen Interessierte ist dieses Buch eine wahre Fundgrube.
Glock - The Rise of America''s Gun ist ein fesselnder Bericht über den österreichischen Unternehmer Gaston Glock und seinem einzigartigen Aufstieg von einem Garagenbetrieb in Deutsch-Wagram zum weltweiten Marktführer im Pistolen-Markt. Das Buch ist nicht nur für Marketing-Fachleute eine faszinierende Erfolgsstory, sondern hilft auch ein tieferes Verständnis über die amerikanische Waffenkultur zu erlangen. Warum schaffte es ausgerechnet ein Österreicher dieses lukrative Marktsegment in nur zwei Jahrzehnten zu erobern und zum Inbegriff eines Erfolgsproduktes zu werden?

Gaston Glock hatte eine klare Vision als er darum bat ein Angebot an das österreichische Verteidigungsministerium für eine neue Pistole legen zu dürfen. Er konstruierte mit Fachleuten eine völlig neuartige Waffe auf Basis einer umfassenden Nutzenanalyse, kombinierte neue Kunststofftechnologien mit bewährten Elementen und schaffte es damit auf Anhieb am 05. November 1982 mit der Glock 17 gegen starke Wettbewerber wie Smith & Wesson, Beretta, Sig Sauer, Heckler & Koch einen Erstauftrag zu ergattern. Bald darauf wurden amerikanische Waffenexperten hellhörig und nahmen Kontakt mit Gaston Glock auf. Darauf ging die Post erst ab und Glock eroberte im Nu Amerika.

Die Hintergründe, die Herausforderungen und die spannenden Details sind im Buch von Paul M. Barrett hervorragend beschrieben. Auch die Familiengeschichte der Glocks, die eine atemberaubende Erfolgsgeschichte, aber auch unschöne Elemente enthält, wird detailliert beschrieben. Für Marketingfachleute und an Waffen Interessierte ist dieses Buch eine wahre Fundgrube.
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