Gaston Glock, the pioneering engineer and tycoon responsible for creating one of the world’s best-selling handguns, passed away at the age of 94, as reported by the Austrian news agency APA.
In the 1980s, Glock’s ascent began when the Austrian military sought an innovative weapon. While Glock’s company initially crafted military knives and consumer goods, he assembled a team of experts to design the revolutionary Glock 17. This lightweight semi-automatic gun, featuring a frame made of high-strength polymer, outshone competitors, securing Glock’s outfit the coveted contract.
The Glock 17 swiftly became a global sensation, endorsed by figures like Tommy Lee Jones in the movie “U.S. Marshals” and incorporated into the rhymes of U.S. rappers. Despite its popularity, the powerful Glock faced criticism from gun-control advocates for its concealability and high ammunition capacity.
Gaston Glock, often elusive and unresponsive to critics, faced a turbulent private life, surviving an assassination attempt in 1999. His marriage of 49 years ended in 2011, leading to a protracted legal battle over alimony. Subsequently, Glock remarried Kathrin, more than 50 years his junior.
Beyond firearms, Glock’s legacy extended to horse racing, with the Glock Horse Performance Center becoming a hub for equestrian events and glamorous affairs.
Gaston Glock’s impact on the firearm industry and beyond is undeniable, leaving a lasting mark on global culture and security.