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Old 02-16-2013, 09:48   #301
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To me, it appears as though Gaston Glock's primary motivation is/was to produce a single profitable firearm design. He designed Glock pistols to be cheap and reliable.....and he succeeded in this objective in a very big way. That's well and good, but this is the main distinction between him and JMB.
Let's not forget another contribution by Gaston Glock. Making a dependable firearm for cheap, kept prices on some very fine pistols within reach. If not for the Glock, Walther might have put a $1200 MSRP on their P-99 when it was new, or their current PPQ.

Who knows how much an HK or Sig would cost if not for downward pressure on pricing by Glock.

Thanks to Gaston Glock, you can get a PPQ, a much better sidearm, for a comparable price to his K-Mart Blue Light special Glock.
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:03   #302
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It's certainly an entertaining thread.
I haven't read it all, but have seen enough of these to know how it will go.

It appears to have become a 1911 vs Glock comparison, which to me is outrageous, considering how many firearms JMB invented, and now many are still in use today.

JMB invented pistols, rifles, full auto military and shotguns.

Glock invented a pistol, entrenching tool, and knife. And an umbrella. (<-- youtube reference)
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:08   #303
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I haven't read it all, but have seen enough of these to know how it will go.

It appears to have become a 1911 vs Glock comparison, which to me is outrageous, considering how many firearms JMB invented, and now many are still in use today.

JMB invented pistols, rifles, full auto military and shotguns.

Glock invented a pistol, entrenching tool, and knife. And an umbrella. (<-- youtube reference)
I don't even think the 1911 was his best handgun design. Gaston is the father of the modern handgun but JMB was way more innovative. This is coming from a Glock guy, no comparison.
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Old 02-16-2013, 16:43   #304
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Glock made the automatic handgun ridiculously reliable and simple. He set an industry standard to what a gun should do/feed without needing handfitting and tweaking.
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Old 02-16-2013, 17:12   #305
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i'm waiting for the mall ninja to come back....his posts are downright comical.

maybe when he turns 21, he can buy a gun!
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Old 02-16-2013, 17:34   #306
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I don't even think the 1911 was his best handgun design. Gaston is the father of the modern handgun but JMB was way more innovative. This is coming from a Glock guy, no comparison.
Well said Adam

The 1911 is my favorite JMB design, but certainly not his most innovative.
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Old 02-16-2013, 17:37   #307
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i'm waiting for the mall ninja to come back....his posts are downright comical.

maybe when he turns 21, he can buy a gun!
I think mommy found out he was staying up past bedtime.

He's grounded.
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Old 02-16-2013, 19:24   #308
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Old 02-16-2013, 19:27   #309
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Gaston is the father of the modern handgun


Not even close in my opinion.
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Old 02-17-2013, 00:39   #310
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Is Gaston Glock on the same level as John Browning?
No, now let's put this story to rest once and for all.
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:25   #311
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Comparing one of the greatest small arms designers ever, to a business man that had to hire a design team, for a pistol??? The only thing Gaston ever designed was curtain rods. It's like comparing Richard Petty to Will Ferrell, because of "Taladega nights".
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Old 02-17-2013, 13:14   #313
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Gaston is the father of the modern handgun

That like saying

"Chun King" is the father of modern Asian cooking because you can get it in the modern freezer section at the store and microwave it at home."
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Not even close in my opinion.
Agreed. The "modern handgun" was invented in the early 1900's. The materials may have changed, and things like interchangeable backstrap added, but the design is basically the same.
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Agreed. The "modern handgun" was invented in the early 1900's. The materials may have changed, and things like interchangeable backstrap added, but the design is basically the same.
Agreed

I guess you could call him the father of the polymer service pistol, since Glock was the first to make it popular.
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Agreed

I guess you could call him the father of the polymer service pistol, since Glock was the first to make it popular.
that sounds closer to the truth than "he was a bigger pioneer than jmb"

again, glock did polymer more reliably than anyone else at the time. jmb did the b.a.r., the 1911, etc,etc.
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Agreed. The "modern handgun" was invented in the early 1900's. The materials may have changed, and things like interchangeable backstrap added, but the design is basically the same.
Heck, the 1911 had "Flat" or "Arched" mainspring housings (backstraps) so even that isn't a new idea.
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Does ANYONE remember the H&K VP70??? Likely NOT...it was the first (to my knowledge) polymer handgun - based on a select fire Military & Police pistol it never sold well on the commercial market...BTW - I saw one for sale for (IIRC) at the West Palm Beach Gander Mountain (19 Dec 2012) for (again IIRC) $650. It had a 'hi-cap' mag but what killed it was the terrible trigger pull - a trigger designed for a select fire pistol (pulled halfway was semi-auto, pulled completely to the rear was FULL AUTO - and that hard pull was left in the semi version) was too heavy for civilian use...THAT and at the time the world wasn't ready for a 'Plastic" gun...nor was the world ready for the Remington Nylon 66 - another 'plastic' gun...but IT sold better that the poor VP70!!! So perhaps ol' GG got his inspiration from one of these two forerunners of today's "Plastic" guns???

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I guess you could call him the father of the polymer service pistol, since Glock was the first to make it popular.
Glock made it popular, because Glock made it cheap. If Glock had put a $900 price tag on it, how popular would a Glock be? They wouldn't have landed as many .gov accounts, which makes a lot of people think that makes them "best". Until of course, SW started under bidding, now those same Glockophiles say it's low bidder.

And as I pointed out earlier, IMO, Glock has helped put downward price pressure on some mighty fine pistols. I think we can all be grateful for that. Hell, I was spending $700 on Walthers and $900 on HK. Those would probably be almost double if not for the Blue Light Special Glock.

Here's to you Gaston!! Not for the Glock, but for making better pistols cheaper.
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Does ANYONE remember the H&K VP70???
What was the price on that? Probably above what the average Wal Mart shopper was willing to pay.
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