GLOCK the Book Giveaway

Crown Publishing Group kindly sent me an advanced, hardcover copy of Paul Barrett’s book, GLOCK:  The Rise of America’s Gun.  I read it a couple of months ago and it’s a fun read.  You can read my review of the GLOCK book to get an idea of what to expect.  Below is Crown’s summary.

GLOCK is the story of how one gun—a gun that was built with only 36 durable, interchangeable parts, and could fire 17 bullets without reloading—became the gun used by two-thirds of America’s law enforcement departments and countless individuals. Filled with corporate intrigue, political maneuvering, bloody shoot-outs, technical details, and an attempt on Gaston Glock’s life by a former lieutenant, GLOCK is at once the inside account of how Glock the company went about marketing its pistol to police agencies and later the public, as well as a compelling chronicle of the evolution of gun culture in America.

I already have my copy, so this one is up for grabs.  You folks have until December 31st at 1700 PST to post one comment about how prominent GLOCKs are in your life, what you love about them, or what you hate.  I’d like to know.  Winner will be drawn at random and will be announced same day.

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11 Comments on “GLOCK the Book Giveaway”

  1. 45r
    December 20, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

    I rock out with my Glock out……

  2. December 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    I own a Glock 26. I bought it after carrying a Glock 19, for many years. I also carried a Glock 26 as a backup for several years and that influenced me as well when I chose a Glock 26 for a personal and work carry gun. They are surprisingly durable, very reliable, shoot extremely well, and are easy to care for. You cannot ask for much more than that in a pistol on which your life may some day depend. I like em, maybe not quite as much as my three Beretta 92 series pistols but the Glocks have a plus in being much more conceable.

    All the best,
    Glenn B

  3. Vince
    December 22, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

    While I am not a Glock owner I am a huge fan, Glock changed the industry and every gun owner should appreciate that. While I am not a Glock I am an M&P owner which may or may not have ever been made if not for Glock.

    • December 23, 2011 at 3:52 am #

      M&P is a pretty Glock with safeties. My sister has a 9mm and its the same guts and two safeties.

  4. Andrew E.
    December 22, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

    My first systematic exposure to handguns was through the Glock 17.
    At first, I have to say, I didn’t like it. Then again, I must have liked it well enough–it’s what I was using when I eked out a Top Gun award from the reserve police academy I was attending.
    Likewise, a Glock pistol was my first duty weapon entering Law Enforcement. I started out with a 22C, and spent my first 2.5 years carrying it every working day. I made sure that any training or match I attended, I did so using that pistol and my service equipment.
    In the nearly 4 years between my first exposure to the Glock line of pistols, I went from abject dislike, to grudging acceptance, to confidence through competence and experience.
    I grew to like Glocks well enough to start purchasing them for personal use (as well as the obvious off-duty carry possibilities–the Glock 19 was my first personal Glock purchase, and for that very reason). I also wound up discovering that for “a plastic brick,” they concealed pretty darn well.
    While I may not have liked the porting on my issued pistol, it was mine. And it was mandatory, anyway. But she really did shoot very controllably and comfortably, especially for a relatively lightweight pistol in .40 S&W–and all the more so with the issued weapon light attached (a Streamlight M3, if it matters), too.

    In summary, Glock went from something I put up with because I had to, to something I accepted because it was issued and my life depended on it, to something in which I had confidence in its (and my!) abilities, and ultimately to an affection I never would have expected.

    No matter what else may happen in the unknowable future, a Glock will always be the first pistol I truly trusted my life to.
    I didn’t initially want to like it, but I wound up getting over my initial misgivings, and eventually I became rather fond of her. Too bad I probably won’t see that pistol again (layoffs). I have the serial number memorized, though–just in case I happen across her for sale someday!

  5. December 23, 2011 at 12:03 am #

    I’ve had a Glock 21 for many years now and my fondest memory was going to a Farnum course using it after I’d (finally) broken it in. It was a two day course that included night shooting and I went through almost a thousand rounds with no problems and came out second after a defense attorney from California.It’s reliable, durable and easy to clean. It’s a big gun, a two-by-four really, but I love it anyway.

  6. Dave B.
    December 23, 2011 at 12:07 am #

    Love Glocks cause their so easy and simple in so many ways….design, operation, field strippIng, etc. So easy a caveman can do it

  7. December 23, 2011 at 3:48 am #

    In Glock I trust isn’t something that sounds good. I carry a 23. I have fired thousands of rounds through my 5 Glocks. Besides bad ammo I plink with and a short jam session of 6 rounds (bad Korea mag) I have never had any issues. The ones I did have would not have cost me my life in a gun fight as all I had to do is rack the next round. After being forced a Berretta in the Corps I found Glocks to be far superior. They aren’t all pretty and have 60 buttons and bells but they work..everytime.

  8. Mac
    December 23, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    I have had several different Glock’s over the years. My first being the G20 back in the early 90’s. Sold it and went to a S&W, then sold that and picked up a G19. After a few years I sold the G19 and went to a Sig. I regretted selling the G19 and ended up buying a G17, G19 and most recently a G26.

    I have shot dozens of different pistols from various manufacturers and found the Glock models to be the most reliable. They just work!

  9. December 23, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    I sold a Custom daily carry 1911 for a G30. Best decision I’ve made in a LONG time.

  10. December 31, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    Winner selected. Thank you all for participating!

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