Glock by Paul M. Barrett


By Paul M. Barrett

  • Release Date: 2012-01-10
  • Genre: Military
Score: 4
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Based on fifteen years of research, Glock is the riveting story of the weapon that has become known as American’s gun.  Today the Glock pistol has been embraced by two-thirds of all U.S. police departments, glamorized in countless Hollywood movies, and featured as a ubiquitous presence on prime-time TV. It has been rhapsodized by hip-hop artists, and coveted by cops and crooks alike. 
Created in 1982 by Gaston Glock, an obscure Austrian curtain-rod manufacturer, and swiftly adopted by the Austrian army, the Glock pistol, with its lightweight plastic frame and large-capacity spring-action magazine, 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.
When Karl Water, a firearm salesman based in the U.S. first saw a Glock in 1984, his reaction was, “Jeez, that’s ugly.” But the advantages of the pistol soon became apparent. The standard semi-automatic Glock could fire as many as 17 bullets from its magazine without reloading (one equipped with an extended thirty-three cartridge magazine was used in Tucson to shoot Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others). It was built with only 36 parts that were interchangeable with those of other models. 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. Made in part of hardened plastic, it was even rumored (incorrectly) to be invisible to airport security screening.
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 at once the inside account of how Glock the company went about marketing its pistol to police agencies and later the public, as well as a compelling chronicle of the evolution of gun culture in America.


  • Informative.

    By Jhonesnaps
    I did not know the Glock history. Great gun, an amazing creative man. Became corrupt, as the saying goes power and money have a way changing people.
  • Glock History

    By Justin.Coleman
    A good read.
  • Great book!

    By Lawman50
    This is a must read for any die hard Glock fan!
  • Awesome book

    By Hitman1267
    Tells the amazing story of my now favorite pistol, from its beginning's to its dominance in the american gun industry today.
  • Must read!

    By Tubby1683
    Great all around. Very insightful.
  • Glock

    By Hache
    Very entertaining. Page turner. Well done.
  • Nice

    By Encendido3
    A good read that shows the inner workings and history of one of the most successful gun companies ever.
  • Poor Fact Checking

    By Michael Coogan
    While the book is a decent read, there are enough factual errors to cause me to question the accuracy of the remainder. In one case, concerning the "carrying case", the author is off date by a full decade. He also erroneously claims that Class 3 firearms require a special permit to own, which is false. The list goes on and I care not to list them all. While you will learn a good deal about Glock, you will never be an expert on the subject based off this book.
  • Awesome

    By RickPerry411
    This was a great book! I recommend to all gun enthusiast.
  • Good read

    By jakethesnakefl
    If your a Glock fan or just curious about all the hype of this gun and culture I highly recommend this book. Good read.