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Just received this via E-Mail ---- thought it would be of interest here:



GLOCK, Inc. P.O. Box 369 Smyrna, Georgia 30081 U.S.A.

24 March 2004

GLOCK, Inc. has been made aware of two incidents involving the Portland Police Department in which two GLOCK Model 21 pistols were damaged while allegedly using Federal brand Classic HI-SHOK practice ammunition.

This will respond to an article dated March 4, 2004 in The Oregonian newspaper wherein Chief of Police, Derrick Foxworth, was quoted as stating "the bureau's training division did further analysis and determined the explosions may have been caused by a defect in the weapon or a design problem." GLOCK, Inc. absolutely disagrees with this unfounded conclusion and stands behind its Model 21 pistol, which has had an excellent service record since its introduction in 1991. It should be noted that the Portland Police Department has used the GLOCK Model 21 pistol for the past 12 years.

We have repeatedly asked the Portland Police Department to allow us to do technical examinations of the pistols and ammunition. As of the date of this Release, our requests have been denied. The Portland Police Department has only provided us with pictures of the damaged firearms. A review of these pictures appears to indicate a classic over-pressured ammunition problem.

Additionally, we contacted the Portland Police Department to schedule a meeting at our headquarters in Smyrna, Georgia at our expense to examine the pistols and ammunition. Thus far, the Portland Police Department has not agreed to this meeting.

Our products are manufactured under the highest standards and are submitted to rigorous testing before leaving the factory. GLOCK pistols have been adopted by thousands of military and law enforcement agencies throughout the world because of its excellent safety and reliability record.

For further information, please contact us at 770-432-1202.




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Darn it, Mike; now I have this almost irresistable urge to call that number and leave the following statement:

"Hey, Kool-Aid Kids, St. John Moses Browning is laughing at you! And by the way, Gaston is FAR, FAR, from being God, and Glocks ARE perfect--for those who have difficulty walking and breathing simultaneously. And guess what else? I've owned two, a 21 and a 22, and liked 'em both, but they can't hold a candle to the workhorse 1911. Have a blessed day."

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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That's my story and I'm sticking to it...

While none of us know what really happened Glock's immediate claim of "over pressure" might not stand up to good science. If the maximum pressure for a +P .45 ACP is 23,000 psi, what multiple of that number is needed to split a barrel?

If it takes a 2-3X overload to produce a catastrophic failure did you ever wonder how bad Federal would have had to screw up to do that sort of damage? And if the ammo was so hevily misloaded why didn't every round blow something up?
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