Glock: The Rise of America's Gun (Paperback)

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    PAUL M. BARRETT is an assistant managing editor of Bloomberg Businessweek. He is the author ofAmerican Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion and The Good Black: A True Story of Race in America. Barrett lives and works in New York City. For more information, go to GlockTheBook.com.

    The Glock pistol is America’s Gun. It has been rhapsodized by hip-hop artists and coveted by cops and crooks alike. Created in 1982 by Gaston Glock, the pistol arrived in America at a fortuitous time. Law enforcement agencies had concluded that their agents and officers, armed with standard six-round revolvers, were getting "outgunned" by drug dealers with semi-automatic pistols; they needed a new gun. With its lightweight plastic frame and large-capacity spring-action magazine, the Glock was the gun of the future. You could drop it underwater, toss it from a helicopter, or leave it out in the snow, and it would still fire. It was reliable, accurate, lightweight, and cheaper to produce than Smith and Wesson’s revolver.

    Filled with corporate intrigue, political maneuvering, Hollywood glitz, bloody shoot-outs—and an attempt on Gaston Glock’s life by a former lieutenant—Glockis not only the inside account of how Glock the company went about marketing its pistol to police agencies and later the public, but also a compelling chronicle of the evolution of gun culture in America.

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    ISBN 9780307719959
    Genre HISTORY / United States / General
    Format Paperback
    Pages 300
    Publisher Date 2013-01-15 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Broadway Books
    Copyright Year 2013
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.55 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle The Rise of America's Gun
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Barrett, Paul M.
    Country of Origin United States

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