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NCJ Number: 149420 Find in a Library
Title: Glock: The New Wave in Combat Handguns
Author(s): P A Kasler
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 304
Sponsoring Agency: Paladin Press
Boulder, CO 80301
Publication Number: ISBN 0-87364-649-5
Sale Source: Paladin Press
7077 Winchester Circle
Gunbarrel Tech Center
Boulder, CO 80301
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book traces the history of the development and use of the Glock semiautomatic pistols, and addresses issues in the controversy about its safety and effectiveness.
Abstract: The first Glock semiautomatic 9mm pistol was introduced in the early 1980's. Since then, the weapon's exemplary performance in testing and the edge it provides in combat situations has made it the handgun of choice for more than 3,500 Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies as of the end of 1990. Despite its increasing acceptance, a great deal of controversy and confusion continues to surround the Glock. This book identifies and attempts to resolve these issues. Some issues discussed are whether the Glock was actually sold to Libyan terrorists, the advantages of Polymer 2 (the plastic of which all Glocks and their accessories are made), whether these plastic parts allow Glocks to pass undetected through airport security systems, the number of Glock models and their calibers, and whether the Glock's light weight causes it to "kick" more than a heavier gun. One of the key questions considered is whether the Glock's unique "safe action" trigger system is actually safe, or does it increase the chance of accidental discharge. The author examines the pros and cons of each assertion about the Glock pistol. The history of Austrian inventor Gaston Clock's increasingly powerful firearms dynasty is also traced. Extensive illustrative photographs and a resource list
Main Term(s): Science and Technology
Index Term(s): Handguns; Police weapons
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