In the early 1980’s Gaston Glock, a businessman was struck by luck when he supplied the Austrian Ministry of Defense army with trench tools, machine gun belts and hand grenades. While delivering his merchandise, he overheard 2 Austrian coronels talking about a proposal for new short firearm. They were talking about how Styer (a gun manufacturer) took almost 5 years to design a firearm for them.
Because he saw an opportunity here, Glock asked the colonels if they need new firearms and got a positive answer. Glock was challenged with this idea and asked if he can join in and asked what they want their guns to be like. After a short discussion, Glock was given the opportunity as long as he can prepare it in a short time.
Gaston began his self study by investigating construction and function of that era’s top pistols. He has no experience with guns before so he started buying handguns like Beretta 92, Sig Sauer P220 and Walther P38 which are 9x19mm pistols. He disassembled them and put them back together again. He also studied about the Austrian patent office and procedures when it comes to patents involving handguns to help him find out about the newest technologies so he can choose one that is suitable for him.
Once GLOCK understood basics of weapon construction and technology, he realized that help of handgun expert is essential. So he arranged a meeting with three experts: Siegfried F. Hubner, Richard Silvestri and Friedrich Dechant. The meeting took place on 8. 5. 1980.
Glock arranged a meeting with three experts to help him with his research; these men are Siegfried F. Hubner, Richard Silvestri and Friedrich Dechant. He asked them various questions that will give him more ideas on the handgun that he is trying to create. The first demand was a capacity of 100 rounds and 2 oz of weight. He was also told that the barrel should be done in a single operation so the accuracy will be higher. The gun should be able to safely shoot of 9×19 rounds of double load and the gun should not be triggered by a fall from 2 meters against something that is metal. The pistol must also be rust resistant and of course weather resistant meaning it needs to function correctly even after it had contact with ice, snow, sand or dust. The only misfire allowed in 10000 rounds is 1.
Gaston made the drawings shortly after that evening and constructed his gun with these ideas. He applied for a patent on April 30 1981. He made a gun with an automatic control less safeties and polymer body. He wanted his gun to be simple, clean and plain which took him 18 months to make. On May 19, 1982, he sent his fun to the Austrian army. The military tests successfully passed 18 glock pistols but they want 2 safeties instead of just 1 as well as a firing pin safety. The Austrian army ordered 25000 Glock pistols and this is how Gaston Glocks dreams came true.
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