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Demand For Glocks

From The Firearms Blog, it seems that Glock is churning out 4000 new pistols a day in its factory in Smyrna, GA.  They are even importing some firearms from Austria to keep up with demand.  That’s 1.46 million a year at that rate.

11 Responses to “Demand For Glocks”

  1. ATL says:

    Well,

    They are relatively inexpensive, they work great, and you can get just about anyone to work on them. What’s not to like? :-)

  2. Carl in Chicago says:

    I am very pleased with my two … models 22 and 27.

    Excellent pistols (albeit “ugly”).

    No offense meant to anyone.

  3. Sean says:

    I live in the Atlanta suburbs and recently introduced two friends to shooting. After trying several different types and brands of pistols they both (independent of each other) decided on GLOCK 23’s. After going back to my local gun store/range they were sold out. This store usually has a good selection and stock of GLOCK products so I started calling around and found EVERY store was sold out. Crazy. One friend waited two weeks and bought one after calling the store every day to check on shipments. I was told by several shops that model 23’s and model 19’s are on back order.

  4. I really, really like the Glock. It is a reminder that starting with no preconceptions can be a really good thing. And a really bad thing.

    They work great. But the lack of external safety is an accident waiting to happen. And there have been a number like that. When I was a gun dealer, I strongly encouraged customers with children, or who expected children, to consider something else, a bit more traditional.

  5. Carl in Chicago says:

    But Clayton …

    They are “Safe Action Pistols” …

    I often think of that DAO without a traditional safety, but I have also considered a covered trigger guard, my finger, and my brain all sufficient safeties.

    I have a silly rule, but one that I always follow so I always know what’s up. When I carry a Glock (or any pistol for that matter) around the house or yard, I never have a round chambered. When I carry one out and about (in places I lawfully can), I carry one in the tube. I am much more relaxed at home, and like to relax at home, and not having one in the tube allows me to do that. But when I am out and about, I remain pretty vigilant … not only of what’s around me, but of that holstered handgun with a chambered round. I don’t know many people who carry, who go about in condition white anyway. It’s just not natural!

    Just my rule, but I always follow it and always know the score.

  6. Sebastian says:

    I consider the lack of safety to be feature. But it does require one to be more careful. You can’t carry it loose. It has to be in a holster. You have to be good enough to draw without touching the trigger. I’d say it needs to be kept away from children, but I wouldn’t exactly leave a gun laying around just because it has a manual safety.

    You and Bitter with not chambering a round Carl! I keep telling her she might as well leave the gun at home and carry a club instead, because that’s what the gun is going to be if you end up getting attacked. My Glock always has a round in the chamber, whether at home or out. I keep it in the holster when I store it on the bedside table loaded at night. If I’m leaving it unattended, I unload it and lock it in the safe.

  7. Dock says:

    My house guns aren’t chambered either. FWIW.

  8. Dr. Dave says:

    A production of 4,000/da (assuming 365 days per year) gets a Glock to about every third American. Since S&W, Ruger, Colt, etc. are also out there making decent equipment, that sounds about right. and can arm us all.
    Actually, it means a quarter of us have four guns each, which, while not as good, is not bad at all.

  9. Carl in Chicago says:

    4000 Glocks a day (assuming 365 days/year) is 1.46 million glocks per year. At that rate, it would take 68.5 years to get a Glock to every third American (at the current population of 300 million).

  10. Sean says:

    Everyone has their opinions about guns and I respect that, I really do but complaints about GLOCK’s lack of an external safety are without merit (IMHO). I consider that argument similar to the frustrating news accounts of guns “going off” or “it just went off”. Come on. As gun enthusiasts we know that is crap. Guns don’t just “go off”. Both of my GLOCKs came with an external safety: my right index finger. Like SayUncle says, “keep your booger hook off the bang switch” and you’ll be fine. Numerous test have been done to the Safe Action trigger system and it works. Proven. Again, my opinion but I follow the theory that for a carry weapon “an unloaded gun is a paperweight”.

  11. Carl in Chicago says:

    The other day at IDPA, a buddy had an AD with his Glock. It happened as he came around a barricade after a reload.

    Afterward, he said to me (very embarassed about it) “hmm … must have put my finger on the trigger too soon.” I responded “ya think?”

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