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Old October 26, 2014, 10:39 AM   #1
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10 Million Glocks Sold

The scuttlebutt coming out of the Glock Armorers classes is that Gaston Glock has surpassed 10 million guns sold. That is what you call wide acceptance!
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Old October 26, 2014, 12:55 PM   #2
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Glock......the "one hit wonder" of the firearms industry!

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Old October 26, 2014, 12:57 PM   #3
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Old October 26, 2014, 01:00 PM   #4
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That's a lot of gonnes especially considering the short time Glock has been on the scene.
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Old October 26, 2014, 01:01 PM   #5
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I'm not sure I'd call it "Wide Acceptance".

I'd submit it's principally 'lowest bidder'.
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Old October 26, 2014, 01:04 PM   #6
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sold or given away?

What number of those were given to department's and how many are out side the states and paid by your tax money? Like the functional aspects just dont like the feel of them.
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Old October 26, 2014, 01:10 PM   #7
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Like them, love them, hate them, or indifferent, Glocks are probably the most prolific handgun in the world.
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Old October 26, 2014, 01:28 PM   #8
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I know I won't be making it 1 million and 1.
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Old October 26, 2014, 05:54 PM   #9
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reminds me of White Castles
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Old October 26, 2014, 07:27 PM   #10
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Glocks are probably the most prolific handgun in the world.
I highly doubt that, considering how long Colt 1911's and BHP's have been available, and the huge number of clones for both models
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Old October 26, 2014, 08:02 PM   #11
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I highly doubt that, considering how long Colt 1911's and BHP's have been available, and the huge number of clones for both models
But those pistols came about before automated manufacturing reached the levels it is at today and require significantly more work to manufacture. Given that Glocks don't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, frankly it's just a matter of time if it hasn't happened already.
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Old October 26, 2014, 08:19 PM   #12
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That is what you call wide acceptance!
...and to think the first time I handled one, I pronounced sagely to all parties present that it was a fad and would be be nothing more than a curious historical footnote in five years' time.

I accept that I might have been a bit inaccurate in that assessment.
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Old October 26, 2014, 08:49 PM   #13
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Well, the US built about 1.7 million 1911s during a 4-5 year period (WWII), Colt made a quantity before then, and various companies have been making them in modest quantities in the U.S., in Europe (Tanfoglio), Argentina, in the Philippines, and China EVER SINCE!!. I doubt anybody knows how many have been made. Add them all together and it might be a greater total more than Glock -- but Glock did their thing as a single company in a much shorter period -- and didn't rely on a bunch of BIG GOVERNMENT MILITARY CONTRACTS to pump the numbers up! Not that many militaries really use Glocks in large number or as their primary sidearms. (Beretta has them BEAT in that contest.)

It's all pretty impressive -- and some of that success was due to a good bit of very savvy marketing and effective sales practices.
While we can all probably agree that Gaston Glock is no John Moses Browning, he's clearly not a fool, either.

I've had a number of Glocks, but have only have one at present -- a Model 38, my favorite! The Glock is based on an elegantly simple design that works far better than it seems it ought to work. The trigger seems to be the biggest complaint, but if you're willing to spend another $250 +/- you can buy one of the better after- market fire control assemblies that will give you a trigger that's about as good as many 1911s.

I also have a Ruger SR9, which I like. I started to install the Ghost trigger kit in that gun (as I did in several of my Glocks), only to find that the Ruger trigger and striker assembly probably had more parts than a Glock pistol. I let my gunsmith do it. The Ghost-improved Ruger trigger is now better than the Ghost-improved Glock trigger, but I'm still awed by the Glock design.

They're not for everyone -- but neither are 1911s.

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Easily obtained, and potentially deadly?
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...and to think the first time I handled one, I pronounced sagely to all parties present that it was a fad and would be be nothing more than a curious historical footnote in five years' time.

I accept that I might have been a bit inaccurate in that assessment.
That sounds like something my father SHOULD say about me.
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Old October 27, 2014, 05:02 AM   #16
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Didn't rely on a bunch of BIG GOVERNMENT MILITARY CONTRACTS
They've actually had many Govt contracts, and were first designed for the Austrian military

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Glock pistols have become the company's most profitable line of products, commanding 65% of the market share of handguns for United States law enforcement agencies as well as supplying numerous national armed forces and security agencies worldwide.[6]
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Old October 27, 2014, 06:39 AM   #17
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10 Mil plus one. Just ordered another. An OD G27 with conversion barrel in 9mm and G26 mags.

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Old October 27, 2014, 06:52 AM   #18
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10 million? That's nice but Mr. Kalashnakov has him beat by a long shot... Try 150 million

In all seriousness, Glocks just (generally) work and lots of folks don't want to deal with 'break ins' or fiddling with extractor tension.
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Old October 27, 2014, 08:07 AM   #19
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They've actually had many Govt contracts, and were first designed for the Austrian military

Glock pistols have become the company's most profitable line of products, commanding 65% of the market share of handguns for United States law enforcement agencies as well as supplying numerous national armed forces and security agencies worldwide.
Lots of GOVERNMENT contracts, but not a lot of BIG GOVERNMENT MILITARY CONTRACTS...

As best I can tell, only Austria, Sweden, Britain, Romania, Venezuela, Uruguay, Yemen, and Finland have arrmed forces using Glocks, although small units in other military (including the US) also use some Glocks. (I may have missed one or two, but the numbers of handguns issued would be small.)

Of those listed, only Britain has what might be considered a LARGE military -- with an Army that totals maybe 300,000 counting reserves; Britain only recently started moving to Glocks, having begun phasing out their aging BHPs. The armed forces of those other countries are quite modest in size. Keep in mind, too, that only a relatively small percentage of any of these troops would routinely be issued handguns.

The bulk of Glock's institutional business has been to Police organizations at the national, state, local levels around the world. Glock has sold A LOT to those organizations. Handguns, generally, are the standard issue weapon.

My point was that none of the military purchases came CLOSE to what the U.S. purchased when they ordered M9s from Beretta (almost 500,000 after Vietnam, and more in subsequent purchases), or (1.7 milllion) 1911s from a number of different suppliers in WWII.

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Old October 27, 2014, 08:21 AM   #20
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Meh, Ford sold 3 million Pintos in 10 years in the US alone. For a lot more money.
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Old October 27, 2014, 09:51 AM   #21
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Meh, Ford sold 3 million Pintos in 10 years in the US alone. For a lot more money.
Ford probably also killed more people with those Pintos than the Glocks have!
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Old October 27, 2014, 10:31 AM   #22
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"I'm not sure I'd call it "Wide Acceptance".

I'd submit it's principally 'lowest bidder'."

Think about it critically for a few seconds, and you'll see why low bid can't be the only factor in Glock's market position.

Quite a few millions of those guns have been sold on the civilian market in the United States where the "low bid" simply doesn't exist.

If the Glock were somehow substandard, low price wouldn't have saved it. It would have gotten a bad reputation and low bid contracts would have been rejected in favor of other, more expensive, but more reliable firearms.

The fact that Glock continues to command massive market share in both the civilian and contract markets means that yes, it's acceptance has been widespread to the point of ubiquity.

If lowest bidder were truly the ONLY determining factor to this, we'd be seeing High Points on the hips of every cop and soldier in the country.

The fact that we don't should tell you something.
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Old October 27, 2014, 11:08 AM   #23
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It's an impressive number! One that I'm sure any other hand gun manufacturer would love to have. With that said, I does not influence me in the least. I like what I like regardless the number of units produced. I'm not surprised at the number considering how popular Glock's have been since they first came on to the scene.
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Old October 27, 2014, 11:39 AM   #24
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McDonald's has sold billions of burgers...Does that automatically make them the best hamburger in the world?
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A hamburger does not go for $500.00 or so. (Not yet, anyway.)
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