About the Glock 22

The Glock is of Austrian ancestry.

In 1980, the Austrian army was looking for a replacement for WWII-era Walther P-38 handguns. Gaston Glock, an Austrian engineer with no previous experience in the manufacture of handguns, answered the call to arms. What Glock did have was extensive experience in advanced polymers, or plastics. Such knowledge was important in the design of the first successful line of pistols with a polymer frame.

In this video segment, Botcher outlines the Glock's use in military and police situations.

Gaston Glock was initially met with skepticism over his "plastic" gun, but as concerns of durability and reliability fell to the wayside the Glock went on to become the company's most successful product. Today, the Glock has an impressive 65 percent market share of all handguns sold, according to "The Gun Digest Book of the Glock, 2nd Edition."