A lengthy story on how Gaston Glock rose to the top of the handgun pile


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Kindrox
September 11, 2009, 09:33 AM
The story is too long for me to post.

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/09_38/b4147036107809.htm

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Erich
September 11, 2009, 09:42 AM
Many thanks for the referral; it looks fascinating.

D-Day
September 11, 2009, 09:57 AM
Wow. That's quite a seedy story of how to make it to the top...reminds me of Scarface.

armoredman
September 11, 2009, 10:21 AM
"Let me introduce you to my little friend!"

Fascinating reading.

nofishbob
September 11, 2009, 10:26 AM
Rather than an expose on how Glock "rose to the top", it seemed to me that this article described how poorly GG understood what was happening at all of his far flung business units.

Glock "rose to the top" by producing a innovative pistol and aggressively marketing it.

The rest of the article was just corporate/political intrigue.

I did find the part about the 67 year old rubber hammer-wielding hit man funny.

Bob

W L Johnson
September 11, 2009, 10:30 AM
Rather than an expose on how Glock "rose to the top", it seemed to me that this article described how poorly GG understood what was happening at all of his far flung business units.

Glock "rose to the top" by producing a innovative pistol and aggressively marketing it.

The rest of the article was just corporate/political intrigue.

I got the exact same impression.
Glock is a example of being in the right place at the right time with the right product.

daorhgih
September 20, 2009, 10:54 PM
The tale I heard, including the torture tests, was that Gaston was looking for 'indestructible' materials that could be formed and not machined too much. Polymers were just being marketed by chemical companies. His first patent on the polymer-stuff was a washing-machine impeller-blade. Then came the 1st military applications; a stealth knife-blade in its own sheath, and the folding, lightweight shovel/pick. And then the very fortunate the open testing of a sidearm by the Austrian Army. The rest, as they say, is history.

ny32182
September 20, 2009, 10:59 PM
Having the best product for an intended purpose, along with some of the best marketing in the industry probably didn't hurt either.

EvanWilliams
September 20, 2009, 11:34 PM
Good article. Thanks for the post. Shennanigans aside, I own a good many pistols and only bought my first Glock 2 years ago. I now wonder why I ever bought any of the others. The Glocks have taken over my pistol dept.
500 bucks out the door for a great pistol vs the 800 bucks for my Colt Defender and SIG P239? Easy decision, but like a parent, I love all of my childrens:D

Ragnar Danneskjold
September 21, 2009, 02:13 AM
Well, when you tell every police department in the US that you can sell them handguns at half the price of the competitor; plan on selling a lot of guns.

Glasstream15
September 21, 2009, 03:44 PM
I have a Glock and I love it. But it will NEVER replace the P Series Rugers. Better guns for less money, but they are rather big and heavy. The Compact Glocks are better for most carry purposes.

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