Review of “Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun”

Tam has a good review of the book by Paul Barnett, Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun. She notes that he claimed the book would be even-handed, and it looks like he delivered. I have not yet had a chance to read this book, and I may not have time for a while, but it looks pretty interesting. I’m not surprised that Mr. Barrett, who is more sympathetic to restrictions on firearms than you or I likely are, would follow through on his promise. It’s good capitalism. If you do a scathing unbalanced attack, the only people you can market to are anti-gun whack jobs, and there just aren’t that many of them. If you want to sell the book to gunnies, you have to be even-handed.

6 thoughts on “Review of “Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun””

  1. Not a bad book. The author’s seeming support for magazine capacity limitations and ending lawful commerce between two people were not very well reasoned. But, hey, it’s a reporter for bloomberg.

  2. At least he was being honest with the demonizing the anti-rights cultists did (and still do) when they want to restrict something. The more people that learn that they’re a bunch of liars, the better off we are.

    I think it’s fine if his opinion is to restrict magazine capacity or whatnot, just as long as he knows what the facts really are (and that the limit they set is completely arbitrary). The lying and dishonesty from them just needs to stop.

  3. Thanks for interest in my book, GLOCK: The Rise of America’s Gun. A lot of focus on my brief references to some of my own views on gun laws. Vast majority of the book, of course, is narrative history of Glock. And one of the themes I hit hard there is how Glock has benefited from laws meant to restrict the brand — one of the great case studies of unintended consequences. In any event, if I can answer questions or otherwise encourage discussion, don’t hesitate to contact me through my website All best, Paul Barrett

    1. Thanks for commenting, and I look forward to reading it when I have time. You have to figure any company that has one executive try to bump off the CEO using a hired hit man, only to have the CEO beat the crap out of the hit man, has to make a pretty good book :)

      1. Sebastian — The Glock drama never ends. Keep an eye on Bloomberg Businessweek (where I’m on staff) for developments that go beyond the epilogue of the book…and will surely be fodder for an “afterword” in the eventual paperback. All best, Paul

  4. Thank-you Paul for the effort – and it’s interesting to note that I should be grateful to Glock for the absolutely excellent S&W Model 10 turn-in I was able to purchase and at a considerably reduced rate!

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