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Old 02-26-2012, 10:22   #1
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Glock history question

I see that Glocks were imported into the US in 1986. Was Glock making these pistols before that? If so, how do they vary? Were there ever such things as Glock 16, etc? Thanks and please pardon my ignorance.
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Old 02-26-2012, 11:23   #2
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Yes, Glocks were being made for the Austrian military prior to 1986.

No - on the Glock 16. The Glock 17 (a.k.a. P80) was the first model and named after the inventor's (Gaston Glock) 17th patent.
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Old 02-26-2012, 15:33   #3
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soldier of fortune magazine had a glock review in 1984.
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Old 02-26-2012, 22:09   #4
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1982 I believe was the year they first came out and were adopted by the Austrian military.
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Old 02-26-2012, 22:14   #5
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Go find, "Glock: The Rise of America's Gun" in a book store. Everything you'll want to know. I just started reading it today. Although I got an odd look from a fellow passenger while reading it on a plane.
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Old 02-26-2012, 22:37   #6
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I thought they named the Glock 17 after it's unheard of at the time 17 round mag.
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Old 02-26-2012, 23:00   #7
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I thought they named the Glock 17 after it's unheard of at the time 17 round mag.
The Browning HiPower was the originator of the 17-round 9mm mag.
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Old 02-26-2012, 23:24   #8
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I thought they named the Glock 17 after it's unheard of at the time 17 round mag.
Mere coincidence. Gaston ran a radiator factory full time but also had a used steel stamping machine from Russia in a garage he and his wife made curtain rods and other household items with. Then he ventured into knife making and got a contract with the Austrian Army selling them field knives. He was an amateur inventor so the pistol was his 17th patent.
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Old 02-27-2012, 01:06   #9
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The Browning HiPower was the originator of the 17-round 9mm mag.

BHP standard is 13-round. .....
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Old 02-27-2012, 03:07   #10
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Go find, "Glock: The Rise of America's Gun" in a book store. Everything you'll want to know. I just started reading it today. Although I got an odd look from a fellow passenger while reading it on a plane.

Good book! About half way through it myself
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Old 03-12-2012, 14:27   #11
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Good book! About half way through it myself
Appreciate the good words about my book on Glock. Happy to answer questions...

Also, the story continues to unfold: Former Glock Inc. COO convicted of embezzling from the company about 10 days ago in Cobb Co., Ga., and then there is this from Austria:

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine..._id=rss_search

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Old 03-12-2012, 15:07   #12
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Also, the story continues to unfold: Former Glock Inc. COO convicted of embezzling from the company about 10 days ago in Cobb Co., Ga., and then there is this from Austria:

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine..._id=rss_search
I love it! Once Glock was just a gun. Now it becomes mega-financial-industrial meets Jerry Springer! If this goes to trial, it could be as big a farce as OJ.

Mr. Barrett, you might consider expanding your professional affiliations to include National Enquirer; gossip-monger credentials may be useful in such a situation!

My parents used to relate stories about Henry Ford the First when his success went to his head and the company began its slide. It will be interesting to see if this is repeated in Austria.
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:47   #13
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WOW! intresting read.........
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Finished the book and really enjoyed it. Wishing I had something else to read now, lol.
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Old 04-06-2012, 14:52   #15
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Appreciate the good words about my book on Glock. Happy to answer questions...

Also, the story continues to unfold: Former Glock Inc. COO convicted of embezzling from the company about 10 days ago in Cobb Co., Ga., and then there is this from Austria:

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine..._id=rss_search

All best,
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^ The fact that the author is a member... awesome.
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Old 04-11-2012, 17:59   #17
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Mr. Barrett, I just wanted to add a comment on how much I enjoyed your book. What a great read! I own several Glocks, and they are great guns, but I knew little about the company. After reading your book, and researching the company and Gaston Glock a bit more on my own since, I have some qualms about buying more. Of course, that may be the case with lots of major companies. But I prefer knowing more about the companies I support to just sticking my head in the sand and pretending anyone who owns or makes a gun is a good guy. Thank you for your efforts.
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Old 04-11-2012, 23:41   #18
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Have read just a part of the book and I am now a fan of Gaston.
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:37   #19
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I think there is a lot to admire about how he came up with the gun and started the company, and he was very hard working. But keep reading. I came away with a different opinion after reading the whole book.
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Old 04-21-2012, 21:12   #20
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Keep in mind this book is available for the Kindle, I downloaded it the day it became out and it was a great, easy read, could not stop reading. What a great book and I bought two more 1986 model Gen 1s after finishing it.

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