Gaston Glock, Creator of Handgun That Flooded The World, Dies at 94
Gaston Glock, the Austrian gunsmith who designed and created one of the most iconic handguns of the 20th century, has died at 94. Gaston Glock’s death was announced on Tuesday, the 26th of January 2021.
Gaston Glock is most widely known for creating the Glock 17 pistol in the 1980s, which is now one of the most popular weapons in the world. The nine-millimeter handgun has become a favorite of modern militaries, police officers, and even street criminals. Due to its light weight, easy maintenance, and reliability, the Glock 17 has become nearly ubiquitous.
Gaston Glock did not set out to make firearms. In the early 1980s, Glock was asked to develop a new firearm for the Austrian military. Glock began working on his design with no formal knowledge of gun making. He studied firearms that were already on the market and consulted experts to pick up the fundamentals of gunsmithing. After several months of experimentation and learning, Glock finalized his design for the Glock 17 pistol.
It quickly became popular with both military and police forces. The U.S. military chose the Glock 17 in 1983, replacing its World War II-era .45 caliber handgun, and the handgun has been used by military and police forces around the world ever since. Glock has since created a variety of other models to expand its lineup of firearms.
At the same time, the Glock 17 has earned something of an ‘anti-establishment’ reputation, being used in high profile mass shootings, robberies, and on the street. The United States, Australia, Japan, and several European countries have introduced restrictions in an attempt to curb the proliferation of the gun.
Gaston Glock was born in Vienna in 1929. He achieved success in the plastics industry in the 1950s and 1960s and launched Glock Ges.m.b.H, a polymer manufacturing company in 1963. It was this company that produced and sold the first Glock 17 pistol in 1982.
Gaston Glock’s legacy goes beyond just the Glock 17. Since its introduction, his Glock-17 design has been adapted and customized by manufacturers to create a variety of other pistol designs. The success of his Glock 17 has also put it in the company of some of world’s most iconic firearms.
With Gaston Glock’s death at 94, the world has lost a man who changed the industry of firearms. His legacy will be remembered for generations to come.