Gaston Glock: Inventor of popular handgun dies aged 94 - BBC News

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Tue Jan 2 08:52:04 PST 2024

Gaston Glock

Gaston Glock, the Austrian engineer who invented the Glock handgun, has
died aged 94.

The Glock company said in a statement that its founder's life's work would
"continue in his spirit".

The weapon has been used by armed forces, security personnel, gun owners
and criminals around the world.

Its rise was cemented by American pop culture and appearances in Hollywood
blockbusters including science-fiction action film The Matrix Reloaded.

Despite the popularity of his creation, Glock has been described as a
reclusive billionaire who spent most of his time at a lakefront estate in

He was rarely in the news, only making headlines when a book about his
business was published in 2012, after a divorce from his first wife in 2011
and when a business associate tried to have him killed in the late 1990s.

In the latter incident, the hired attacker, a professional wrestler, beat
him seven times on the head with a rubber mallet but Glock, then 70, fought
back and managed to knock out his assailant.

"Gaston Glock charted the strategic direction of the Glock Group throughout
his life and prepared it for the future," the company said.

It added that its leader had "revolutionised the world of small arms" and
"succeeded in establishing the Glock brand as the global leader in the
handgun industry".
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