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Glock history question

Discussion in 'Glock Collector's Club' started by ragged rebel flag, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. ragged rebel flag

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    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.
     
  2. patcrad

    patcrad Great White Box

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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.
     


  3. prism

    prism more ammo

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    soldier of fortune magazine had a glock review in 1984.
     
  4. rebelray84

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    1982 I believe was the year they first came out and were adopted by the Austrian military.
     
  5. LibertyPatriot

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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.
     
  6. kansasboy91

    kansasboy91 Your Opinion

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    I thought they named the Glock 17 after it's unheard of at the time 17 round mag.
     
  7. samurairabbi

    samurairabbi Dungeon Schmuck

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    The Browning HiPower was the originator of the 17-round 9mm mag.
     
  8. LibertyPatriot

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    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.
     
  9. prism

    prism more ammo

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    BHP standard is 13-round. ..... :beer:
     

  10. Good book! About half way through it myself
     
  11. Paul Barrett

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  12. samurairabbi

    samurairabbi Dungeon Schmuck

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    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.
     
  13. Finished the book and really enjoyed it. Wishing I had something else to read now, lol.
     
  14. TSAX

    TSAX USAF Vet

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    I wonder how much more interesting this thread will get :whistling:








    :50cal:
     
  15. Uncle Trigger

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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.
     
  16. jprj

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    Have read just a part of the book and I am now a fan of Gaston.
     
  17. Uncle Trigger

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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.
     
  18. lohman

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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.
     
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2012