Before the Glock was mentioned in songs, before it was US Police Force standard issue, there existed a man who desired to create a reliable and easy to use handgun, Gaston Glock. Gaston Glock was a curtain-rod manufacturer from Austria. At age 52 he created what might be the World’s most precise handgun, the Glock-17.
The Glock-17 was released in 1982. According to Loadoutroom.com, the Glock-17 was eligible for the Austrian Army Trials, it blew the competition away. The Austrian Army ordered 25,000 of the pistols. Glock’s handgun was now in mass production. The Glock, as it is referred to, became a global phenomenon. The curtain-rod manufacturer gone gunsmith swept Europe with his innovations and eventually became a competitor in the American market.
The people asked for a gun with a greater magazine capacity, greater reliability, greater durability and an ease of use. Gaston Glock responded by making such a gun, states NPR. Glock’s designs were genuinely innovative. “What [Glock] lacked in experience, he made up for in ingenuity and a resourceful attitude (Loadoutroom.com).” His resourcefulness and a team of consultants assisted him in creating, arguably, the World’s most precise and easy to use handgun. Glock’s handgun brought about an innovative 5-pound trigger. The trigger mechanism required half the pressure of competitor’s handguns and was the first “hair-trigger” weapon. Ease of trigger-pull is known to increase accuracy.
Glock went about making his handgun methodically, utilizing his experience and knowledge from manufacturing curtain-rods. He purchased every make of handgun available, disassembled and reassembled the guns. He found that contemporary pistols possessed between 45 to 60 moving parts. Elementary physics remind us that the more moving parts a machine possesses, the more likely it is to fail. Fewer moving parts equals reliability. Glock created a pistol with merely 34 moving parts. This reduction in moving parts created a reliable handgun. Moreover, his knowledge of polymers was instrumental in creating the Glock-17. The Glock-17 was the first handgun primarily made of polymer. This manufacturing process made for an affordable handgun, it cost about $70, during 1982. Polymers are light in comparison to metals. A lightweight gun is easy to handle.
Limited rounds of ammunition were chief among consumer’s complaints. Running out of bullets costs lives. Glock took this into consideration while designing his gun. Glock created a handgun with a 17 round magazine, a triumph over competitor’s 12 round guns. This is the reason, according to Glock.com, the pistol is the first choice of Law Enforcement, globally.
It’s said that Gaston Glock wasn’t an instant success, but close. His innovative technologies have kept our homes and street safe. Glock applied what he learned to create the what might be the World’s most accurate handgun.