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Glock pistol sales surge in aftermath of Arizona shootings
The Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, January 11, 2011; 1:18 PM | By Michael Riley

Posted on 01/11/2011 12:12:20 PM PST by TSgt

After a Glock-wielding gunman killed six people at a Tucson shopping center on Jan. 8, Greg Wolff, the owner of two Arizona gun shops, told his manager to get ready for a stampede of new customers.

Wolff was right. Instead of hurting sales, the massacre had the $499 semi-automatic pistols -- popular with police, sport shooters and gangsters -- flying out the doors of his Glockmeister stores in Mesa and Phoenix.

"We're at double our volume over what we usually do," Wolff said two days after the shooting spree that also left 14 wounded, including Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who remains in critical condition.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: banglist; giffords; glock
I'm going to have to unsubscribe to WAPO's Facebook posts after reader comments like this:

LaNelle Kenney Holland Most people are too stupid to have access to any guns much less a Glock!

What they post is so stupid that I actually feel less intelligent after reading it.
1 posted on 01/11/2011 12:12:22 PM PST by TSgt
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To: TSgt

Glock is the new AK-47.


2 posted on 01/11/2011 12:16:34 PM PST by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: TSgt

I’ve got a Glock 17 (ported) but I would never carry it. It has no effective safety. If you accidentally brush the trigger, it goes off.


3 posted on 01/11/2011 12:19:29 PM PST by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: Poser

If Plaxico had a XD instead of a Glock, he would not be in jail.


4 posted on 01/11/2011 12:21:16 PM PST by jospehm20
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To: TSgt

They are being bought up because of the perception of an imminent ban.


5 posted on 01/11/2011 12:21:48 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Texas resident

One recent thing I’ve discerned about liberal mentality -

if 66% of the population is opposed to your idea/agenda,
that just means that you’re smarter than 66% of the population.


6 posted on 01/11/2011 12:23:06 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: TSgt

Buy it now to avoid not being able to get it after they ban it......

Which means; Under the current gun sale laws, they will know where to come and get it. And it had better be there when they do!


7 posted on 01/11/2011 12:23:42 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP ( Give me Liberty, or give me an M-24A2!)
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To: jospehm20
If Plaxico had a XD instead of a Glock, he would not be in jail.

Exactly right. Every time I hear about a cop accidentally shooting himself, I know it was a Glock. If you put your finger on the trigger while you draw from a holster, you are likely to have a hole in your foot.

It may be true that you should never touch the trigger until you are ready to shoot, but in a stressful situation, that may not be the first thing on your mind.

8 posted on 01/11/2011 12:25:24 PM PST by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: jospehm20
Why are effeminite liberal media clowns so obsessed with this particular brand?

Because, you know, I'd bet that other makes and models are also experiencing increased sales.

9 posted on 01/11/2011 12:26:47 PM PST by I Buried My Guns (Novare Res!)
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To: Poser
I’ve got a Glock 17 (ported) but I would never carry it. It has no effective safety. If you accidentally brush the trigger, it goes off.

I've carried Glocks professionally for quite a few years and continue to carry an M27 concealed in a holster DESIGNED for this Glock. Your post tells me that you have no training in handling Glocks. You can't "brush the trigger" and cause it to go off if you carry it in a holster DESIGNED for a Glock.

Discharges have occurred mainly while people inserted an UNHOLSTERED Glock in their waistband with trigger finger in the trigger guard. There's no cure for stupidity.

Our transitional training period to Glocks were three days, including night firing. Among those having been trained specfifically for Glocks, I personally don't know of any "accidental" misfires, caused by "brushing the trigger".

This is not a flame FRiend, I encourage you to continue learning about your Glock and get some proper training by qualified Glock instructors (there are many out there) and learn to trust that M17 of yours.

10 posted on 01/11/2011 12:30:34 PM PST by brushcop (CW4 Matthew Lourey CW2 Joshua Scott/ Kiowa pilots KIA Iraq '05. Thank you for our son's life.)
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To: Poser

Horsepocky, the double action (atleast initially)trigger pull and the secondary trigger make for perfectly fine safeties. You still shouldn’t carry yours because of the porting, more smoke in the eyes and the flash from the ports could burn you.

On the specific topic, I agree with the other poster that the buyers are afraid these things might get banned. I don’t think there is going to be enough pressure atleast for the state to get any kind of widespread bad on “high capacity” auto pistols.


11 posted on 01/11/2011 12:32:45 PM PST by nerdwithagun (I'd rather go gun to gun then knife to knife.)
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To: Texas resident

“Glock is the new AK-47”

Glocks have been around for decades now. Same with the AK-47.

The Glock has always been an evil gun (like the AK and AR) to the gun banners. Remember when they said they could defeat airport metal detectors because they had a plastic frame?

They neglected to note that they also had 8 ounces of steel in the slide that would set off said metal detector.

Also remember in Die Hard 2 (If memory serves) where Bruce Willis said “the Glock is a ceramic framed gun that can’t be detected in a metal detector”? I wanted to slap him for that one.

It’s nothing new. They have hated the Glock since it came out. The idiots don’t understand that there are dozens of other brands that also use synthetic frames now just like the Glock. And all of them will set off metal detectors.

Reminds me of the Black Rhino bullet scare that came out after they banned the Black Talon brand. Remember that one anybody?


12 posted on 01/11/2011 12:45:08 PM PST by RickB444 (Beat your sword into plowshares, but wined up plowing the fields of someone who kept their sword.)
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To: brushcop
Our transitional training period to Glocks were three days, including night firing. Among those having been trained specfifically for Glocks, I personally don't know of any "accidental" misfires, caused by "brushing the trigger".

In that case, I suggest you type in "Glock Accidental Discharge" in Google and see what you find.

Of course it doesn't discharge if you don't touch the trigger until you want to shoot. Duh!

My point, and a well documented one, is that the short, light Glock trigger pull and the only safety, which disengages when you touch the trigger, makes the Glock a piece that I choose not to carry.

Additionally, the idea that I'm going to burn myself (another posted it) with the ported barrel is just plain stupid. I have put thousands of rounds through it without any ill effects. And of course you wouldn't carry a gun with a ported barrel as a self defense piece. The upward muzzle flash would be self defeating after dark.

13 posted on 01/11/2011 12:46:22 PM PST by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: brushcop

Although I am not a professional, like you, I have never had the problem mentioned by the poster. I bought my Glock in the early Nineties; it has a three-digit S/N. It performs especially well with a 124-grain FMJ ammo.


14 posted on 01/11/2011 12:58:09 PM PST by 12Gauge687 (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice)
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To: brushcop

Personally, I don’t want to mess with a safety.

I need it to go BANG when I pull the trigger.

I carry a Glock 36.


15 posted on 01/11/2011 12:59:24 PM PST by TSgt (Colonel Allen West & Michele Bachman - 2012 POTUS Dream Team Ticket!)
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To: Poser

I understand where you are coming from, no problem. I think what concerns me is for every shooter to trust whatever they carry (literally with their lives) and hopefully they carry it all the time, the gun at home is of no value when SHTF in a mall or elsewhere.

I googled the reference, still, Glocks cannot misfire unless a finger is in the guard and the trigger pulled (or perhaps some “home gunsmithing” on triggers?), I can think of other gear causing a discharge but it’s a real stretch. I’ve also investigated quite a few accidental discharges, it generally came down to playing with the firearm, clowning around and other carelessness. I always love the “I was CLEANING it and...”, right.

One of the biggest offenders of several of my investigations of accidental discharges was a local Sheriff, who was very well respected and level headed except he played with his 19ll much to the chagrin of us all, thankfully while alone. He passed away peacefully—not by his own hand—and is missed.

As I said, this is no flame, just wanted you to trust that M17 and take ‘er with you but with a Glock approved holster.


16 posted on 01/11/2011 1:11:26 PM PST by brushcop (CW4 Matthew Lourey CW2 Joshua Scott/ Kiowa pilots KIA Iraq '05. Thank you for our son's life.)
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To: TSgt

Sales are up because of fear gov’t will ban them because of this incident. What does that say about gov’t?


17 posted on 01/11/2011 2:39:17 PM PST by newzjunkey
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To: jospehm20

Love my XD 45 ACP. Bought it the day after the VT shootings.


18 posted on 01/11/2011 2:48:19 PM PST by Sybeck1 (Memo to Mitt Romney: Just go away.............)
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To: TSgt

“We’re at double our volume over what we usually do,”

That could mean he sold 4, double the 2 he usually sells.


19 posted on 01/11/2011 3:31:30 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: 12Gauge687; TSgt

Hey good to hear about an M36 out there! I added a one-round magazine extension (with the pinky extension) so I could hang on to it better. There are always trade-offs aren’t there? That tiny extension protrudes just enough to be noticeable in some concealed carry situations!

12Gauge, one thing about a Glock, the darn things will sure go bang everytime, at least in my experience. During that transition training, we were reloading magazines from a large ammo box of loose rounds of ALL makes and types of bullets (FMJs, HPs, everything out there in the market), we were not allowed to clean the pistols during the entire 3 day training period. If they were dropped or thrown out on a quick draw scenario (some hilarious events with that) we could blow the dirt/dust off but had to continue firing that sequence, no alibis.

The purpose of that segment was to develop trust in the Glock and try our best to cause a malfunction, that’s what the transition team strove for (one was a Glock rep.).

No misfires, amazing. If you “weak arm” a Glock while firing (not lock your elbow) there is a possibility of your arm “following the recoil” causing a stovepipe jam. In our training class of nearly 30, once we caught on to that technique there were no more stovepipes, what amazed us more was that dirt/dust/mud and grit were not an issue.


20 posted on 01/11/2011 7:52:20 PM PST by brushcop (CW4 Matthew Lourey CW2 Joshua Scott/ Kiowa pilots KIA Iraq '05. Thank you for our son's life.)
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To: TSgt

This is more about fear of what our Government is about to do than fear of having to protect ones self.


21 posted on 01/11/2011 8:52:44 PM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: TSgt

They can thank Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik for the increased sales.

If his office had followed up on the complaints against Jared Loughner regarding threats he made and his mental condition Loughner would have had a record that would have prevented him from purchasing his own Glock back in November.


22 posted on 01/12/2011 2:11:23 AM PST by Iron Munro (When a society loses its memory, it descends inevitably into dementia - Mark Steyn)
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