Privacy guaranteed - Your email is not shared with anyone.

Welcome to Glock Talk

Why should YOU join our Glock forum?

  • Converse with other Glock Enthusiasts
  • Learn about the latest hunting products
  • Becoming a member is FREE and EASY

If you consider yourself a beginner or an avid shooter, the Glock Talk community is your place to discuss self defense, concealed carry, reloading, target shooting, and all things Glock.

Is Gaston Glock on the same level as John Browning?

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

  1. ticshooter


    Jan 27, 2013
    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?
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2013
  2. 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.

    Last edited: Feb 7, 2013

  3. Three-Five-Seven

    Three-Five-Seven Señor Mombo Millennium Member

    Aug 8, 1999
    Great Southwest
    +1 What he said!
  4. LawScholar


    Aug 23, 2011

    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. :)
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2013
  5. Yep, in the field of firearms design, its John Moses Browning first, and then everyone else.
  6. TKM

    TKM Shiny Member Lifetime Member

    I think this myth has been busted....
  7. Taphius


    Sep 26, 2011
    Las Vegas
    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.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I317 using Tapatalk 2
  8. John Biltz

    John Biltz

    Jul 27, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    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.
  9. Arc Angel

    Arc Angel Deus Vult!

    Sep 20, 2003
    Penn's Woods

    (Not personally, not professionally)
  10. Lowjiber


    Jan 26, 2012
    Las Vegas
    It's not just a coincidence. John Browning's middle name, that is.
  11. Bob Hafler

    Bob Hafler

    Sep 13, 2011
    Pretty much got your answer already, but if your still in doubt.

    Wikapedia John Browning and then Gaston Glock.
    Nuff Said.
  12. and he isn't up to Browning's genius...but he did make a nice car...

  13. rgregoryb

    rgregoryb Sapere aude

    Oct 20, 2004
    Republic of Alabama
    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
  14. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    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:

    Last edited: Feb 7, 2013
    TheJ likes this.
  15. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

    May 15, 2010
    NW Florida

    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.