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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (536 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul M. Barrett Narrator: Kiff VandenHeuvel Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Glock pistol is America’s Gun. It has been rhapsodized by hip-hop artists and coveted by cops and crooks alike. Created in 1982 by Gaston Glock, the pistol 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. With its lightweight plastic frame and large-capacity spring-action magazine, the Glock was the gun of the future. 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.
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 not only the inside account of how Glock the company went about marketing its pistol to police agencies and later the public, but also a compelling chronicle of the evolution of gun culture in America.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pierre | 2/13/2014

    " I thought that this book was entertaining and very well written. It was a bit boring in parts, but I thought that most of the book proceeded along at a nice pace. I thought that the internal dynamics of the company, including the crazy assassination bit, was pretty interesting and dramatic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Josh | 1/22/2014

    " This book is a fascinating look into the history of GLOCK (gun and company) through the lens of American culture, business, politics, crime and entertainment and how it became the most popular handgun in the country. I'm not very knowledgeable about guns or a gun owner, but enjoy shooting on occasion. Even still I found this story to be very interesting. It is well researched and presented by Mr. Barrett. The narrator on the audiobook did a great job too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Benjamin Cano | 1/9/2014

    " This book reads like a love letter from Barrett to the pistol. That is to its advantage; the early chapters describing the thought behind the design of the Glock 17 pistol gave me new appreciation for the machine, and the chapters that followed showing the rise of the Glock pistol in popularity from law enforcement to Hollywood are presented with a storyteller's aplomb. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Will | 1/9/2014

    " Informative and well organized. Whatever your position on firearms control is, it's definitely worth a read. "

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