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Glock - The Rise of America's Gun

Paul M. Barrett

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kiff VandenHeuvel

Length:

8h 12m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:16


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:47


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:46


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:25


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:58


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:21


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:50


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:03


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:39


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:14


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:57


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:39


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:03


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:13


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:02


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:18


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:44


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:08


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:58


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:00


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:26


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:40


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:14


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:33


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:37


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:18


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:43


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:38


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:52


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:48


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:15


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:44


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:41


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:50


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:49


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:40


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:07


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:42


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:38


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:03


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:31


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:13


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:57


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:36


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:29


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:39


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:48


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:43


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:21


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:21


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:57


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:16


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:04


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:29


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:57


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:43


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:36


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:29


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:38


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:03


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:54


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:54


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:05


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:33


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:04


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:36


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:27


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:23


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:06


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:18


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:12


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:20


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:40


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:33


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:44


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:14


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:49


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:44


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:56


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:56


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:29


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:09


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:27


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:17


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:43


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:32


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:52


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:29


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:10


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:02


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:20


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:20


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:39


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:47


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:03


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:33


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:13


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:11


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:33


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:21


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:59


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:00


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:33


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:34


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:59


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:43


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:46


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:25


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:44


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:01


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:30


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:27


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:39


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:25


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:40


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:17


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

00:30