Monday, December 10, 2012

America's Most Popular Handgun

The Glock has become "America's Handgun"
The Glock 17 - "America's Handgun"
The bestselling handgun in America is a relative new entry into the field. The Glock.

It was created in the 1980s by Gaston Glock - a manufacturer who had no previous experience in the arms industry - for the Austrian police. That's great but what made it take off was it was created at a time when American law enforcement recognized the criminals had become better armed. So Glock's innovative improvements - 17 rounds v. the traditional 6 of a revolver; a 5-pound trigger pull v. a 12-pound trigger pull; and a plastic casing that cut the weight of the handgun significantly - were exactly the kinds of things they were looking for.

The most controversial feature was no safety. This had gun the control lobby up in arms - well I might not have said that right. There actually was a second lever built into the trigger that had to be pressed to activate the trigger - but basically the gun was and is always "on". Before anyone reading this who is against handguns gets too worked up, Glock has added several components through the years for a system they call "safe action."

Popular Mechanics interviewed Paul Barrett of Business Week and did a much more thorough article on the subject, Why the Glock Became America's Handgun, if you'd like to read more.

Me? I have a conceal-and-carry permit and keep a number of handguns in a safe in my office and another safe in my bedroom, including a Glock 19. I carry a HK USP Elite (.45) on my person. Has anyone found a more accurate handgun?

1 comment:

  1. Rocky!!! Try the Sig Sauer P226 chambered in .40 Smith and Wesson!!! Great trigger drop, 12 in the mag and 1 in the pipe de-cocker and you will hit whatever you aim at with a round that is a real stopper!!!

    Your Pal,

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