Saturday, April 28, 2012

Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun
By Paul M. Barrett
Crown Pub., 2012.  291 pgs.  Nonfiction

American’s gun was created by an Austrian curtain-rod manufacturer in the early 1980s.  Gaston Glock set out to design a better hand gun and ended up with the glock, a gun many discounted at first glance due to its unattractive appearance and its being constructed mainly of plastic.  But a firearm salesman named Karl Water decided to market the gun in the U.S. and, thanks to several lucky breaks, he succeeded in competing with American manufacturers like Smith & Wesson.  The story of the rise of the glock is filled with corporate intrigue, Hollywood glitz and glamour, and, naturally, politics.

More than just a biography of the Glock, this is really the story of the gun industry over the last thirty years.  Barrett spent over a decade researching for the book and his dedication and expertise are evident.  Gun enthusiasts as well as those who know little about the industry or culture can certainly enjoy this interesting look at the life of a gun.


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