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Facts About Glock: History and Locations

By    |   Tuesday, 21 April 2015 04:19 PM

Since its founding in 1982 in Austria, Glock has quickly become one of the highest-selling firearms in the world. Glock is now the handgun of choice for the majority of U.S. police departments, according to NBC News, and all in a matter of just 33 years in the business.

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Here are the facts about Glock, from its initial history to its locations around the globe.

Gaston Glock was an Austrian polymer manufacturer supplying the Austrian army with hand grenades, trench tools and non-smoldering machine gun belts when he overheard two Austrian Ministry of Defense colonels discussing the need for new short firearms, according to MujGlock.com. This gave Glock the idea to create a new handgun by scratch, according to a report by NPR.

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Glock first sought the input of gun experts in his native country before proceeding. They told him modern pistols were needed with greater durability and reliability, a simple trigger mechanism, ease of use and a larger ammunition cartridge, according to NPR. Within two years, Glock had manufactured a new lightweight, interchangeable model that retained its accuracy while adding stability. The Austrian army signed a contract in 1982 to purchase 20,000 Glocks for its soldiers, according to UK-based The Telegraph, and a new star was born on the gun market.

In the late 1980s the Glock was introduced in America. Police departments fighting the drug trade found the Glock to be an ideal firearm due to its light weight, ease of mastery, heightened accuracy, larger capacity and steady trigger pull. Glock gave police departments significant discounts to purchase the pistols, a marketing strategy that paid off in the civilian market. Civilian gun owners noticed the firearm’s popularity with the police and purchased the gun en masse at full price.

Glock continued producing a wider and wider range of handguns boasting different sizes, calibers, weights and styles to meet public demand. The gun manufacturer offers more than 50 pistols tailored specifically to an array of gun owners, from first-time buyers to long-time enthusiasts, according to Glock’s corporate website.

Glock headquarters has expanded to five different locations across the world, according to its corporate website. Besides Austria, Glock Inc. is headquartered in Smyrna, Ga., Glock America S.A. is located in Montevideo, Uruguay. Glock H.K. Ltd. is found in Hong Kong, and Glock Middle East FZE calls Dubai, United Arab Emirates, its home.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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