Is Gaston Glock on the same level as John Browning?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by ticshooter, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. Hey guys. I'm an enthusiast of both pistols but thought I would ask the same question here as I did on the 1911 Forum.

    Is Gaston Glock on the same level as John Browning? I understand John Browning's accomplishmets with his designs but I also understand Gaston Glocks with his. Browning's designs have been around for over 100 years but it looks like Gaston's designs may be the design of the future if it already isn't.. I'm not partial to either design because I own and enjoy them both. I'm just wondering if you think Gaston and Browning are on the same level and why?

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    #1 ticshooter, Feb 7, 2013
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  3. No. John Browning was a firearms master. His designs were radically apart from anything else being done in his day. He came as close to re-inventing firearms as anyone in history has. His lock-breech design is used in virtually every semi-auto pistol to this day, including Glock.

    Gaston Glock is a toolmaker who made a fantastic, and utterly reliable tool which shoots bullets. I would say Gaston's most important contribution has been in materials which pistols (now) are made out of, and precision manufacturing.

    #2 RyanBDawg, Feb 7, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2013
  4. Three-Five-Seven

    Three-Five-Seven Señor Mombo
    Millennium Member

    +1 What he said!
  5. Yes.

    In the field of curtain rods.

    Joking aside, the Glock is a great gun, but Glock is first and foremost a businessman, whereas JMB was an absolute prodigy in firearms design. He was instrumental in reshaping how guns were made.

    Glock just figured out how to make a strong, simple, reliable design very inexpensively. Whether you're selling guns, floss, car parts, or IKEA furniture, that's a recipe for success.

    As the above poster noted, the Glock operates on Browning principles. That ought to answer it right there. :)
    #4 LawScholar, Feb 7, 2013
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  6. Yep, in the field of firearms design, its John Moses Browning first, and then everyone else.
  7. TKM

    TKM Shiny Member
    Lifetime Member

    I think this myth has been busted....
  8. I view Glock much like Apple. Took a lot of ideas from other items and combined them into a good product. Except Apple has more mark up.

    They both pretty much sit on the design that made them successful and are failing to innovate further.

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  9. JMB was a genius and I don't like 1911s. Glock made a pistol. JMB made pump and auto shotguns, automatic and semiautomatic rifles, medium and heavy machine guns, lever action rifles and oh yeah, pistols. What is more every time it was revolutionary. The man was prolific, eclectic and brilliant. The .50 BMG is not only still in use by the military but will be in use for decades to come.
  10. Arc Angel

    Arc Angel Deus Vult!


    (Not personally, not professionally)
  11. It's not just a coincidence. John Browning's middle name, that is.
  12. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan

    Oh heeeeeeeell no!
  13. Pretty much got your answer already, but if your still in doubt.

    Wikapedia John Browning and then Gaston Glock.
    Nuff Said.
  14. Not even on the same planet!
  15. Bill Ruger has Mr. glock beat.
  16. and he isn't up to Browning's genius...but he did make a nice car...

  17. rgregoryb

    rgregoryb Sapere aude

    hail NO. When the Glock 17 was introduced Gaston and some of his executives came to our PD as we evaluated the pistol. I asked him if they would produce the pistol in any other caliber than 9mm, he said no, there would not be a market for that. I was a proponent of the 45 back then

    Nice guy, but not even close to JMB
  18. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    That's a silly question. If you need to ask it, you won't udnerstand the answer.

    John Browning invented the fundamental design principles of just about every modern gun, beyond revolvers.

    Gaston Glock, made Browning-derived designs commercially successful in a polymer-framed gun, after other companies, like H&K, failed to do so. (Yes, it is a myth that Glock designed an entirely new type of gun, as anybody who knows guns knows).

    John Browning:
    Now, Gaston Glock:

    #18 Bren, Feb 7, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2013
  19. Abso-freaking-lutely.

    As got comparing Glock to Browning..... it's not even close. Wake me up when Glock designs a radically new shotgun, improved heavy and medium machine guns, a couple more handguns, and a cartridge more useful than .45GAP.

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