Back in 2012, a very revealing book about how Glock seized a major portion of the US handgun market, written by Bloomberg Businessweek columnist and assistant editor Paul Barrett, was released. Either Barrett or his publisher or his publisher chose the title Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun.
Many years earlier, Arizona gunner Mark Moritz, with Gunsite’s iconic 1911 pistol in mind, coined the term NDP – Non-Dedicated Personnel. From my brief correspondence with Mark, he was thinking mostly of a large segment of police and military personnel. That was also before roughly 73% of the US population lived in jurisdictions where law-abiding adults may lawfully carry firearms discreetly, albeit usually with a permission slip issued by the county or the state. Mark does not seem to have any objection to my extension of the term to the armed private citizen who is not actually a firearm enthusiast.
As I recall, Mark was looking mostly at cops – most of whom are not firearm enthusiasts and many of whom only carry a gun because it is required of them – who mostly carried revolvers at the time. Mark argued that, while the 1911 might be a fine choice as a gunfighting tool for someone dedicated to building and maintaining the skill to use it proficiently and safely, it is a poor choice for those who will not dedicate such time – the non-dedicated personnel.
Only a very small proportion of American civilian (those not currently serving in the military) cops have ever carried the 1911 as a duty pistol. Today, after the virtual abandonment of the revolver as a duty gun, an American cop is more likely to carry a Glock pistol than one of any other brand.
Construction and aesthetics aside, it’s not much of a stretch to think of the Glock as an analog of the 1911. However, Glock has placed the equivalent of the grip safety on the face of the trigger. Perhaps more importantly, the thumb safety (not incorporated in the Model of 1911’s evolution until partway through the very limited production of the Model of 1910) has been deleted.
Okay, “where’s the beef?”