I just finished, and very much enjoyed, “Book of Glocks” Second Edition by Robert Sadowski. It lives up to its subtitle: ‘A comprehensive guide to America’s most popular handgun.”

Bob is an enthusiastic Glock shooter and collector. “Collector of modern guns” sounds like a contradiction in terms for some, but there is indeed a Glock Collectors Association, the president of which, Stanley Ruselowski, Jr. wrote the foreword.  Rarity, not just age, makes things collector-worthy, and there have been a great many Glock variations over the decades, some of which I hadn’t known about until I read Bob’s book.

He details how some of the major agency and world power adoptions of this gun came about. I knew of some of the variations Glock had produced with manual thumb safeties, but not all of them; Bob’s book brought me up to speed on that.

I have accused my wife, the Evil Princess of Podcasts, Pixels and Polymer Pistols, of owning more Glocks than the Austrian army. A while back I got her one of the Mariner variations for her birthday, and she liked it so much I got her another one for the following Christmas. We knew there weren’t many of that uncommon G19 variation out there nor whom they were originally made for, but didn’t have the exact info on that.  Now we do, thanks to Bob Sadowski’s book. A definite “should read” for anyone who owns a Glock pistol or is thinking of buying one, and a great gift for anyone who fits that profile.  Available from Amazon.


  1. So you’re going to leave us hanging on the “Mariner” Glock’s purpose until we get the book. My imagination flips to one that floats, but that seems unlikely.

  2. I LOVE my 1st Gen Model 17! Was gift from a friend. I have enjoyed shooting and sharing it over the years.

  3. How current does the book go?
    G47?, (which I understand will replace the Gen 5 17 MOS that is on the cover)? I’m definitely getting this book

  4. So you are now referring to Gail as EP5?? 🙂
    I understand the point about rarity being a collector attribute, but I just can’t get excited about the prospect of collecting kind of ugly guns – aesthetics is another collector attribute. I’d rather have a Monet as opposed to a rare velvet painting of Elvis. Yes, I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but…. Of course, any historically significant firearm no matter the appearance is going to get my attention.

  5. I just ordered “Book of Glock” after reading a short sample on Amazon. I remember selling those Gen 1’s as well as talking to Chief Finney of the St. Paul Police Department who was a very enthusiastic champion of Glock Pistols in spite of the large number of AD’s at first. I finally broke down and bought 3 of them over the years. My late wife always outshot everyone at the range with her Gen 3 19. My daughter now outshoots me with mom’s 19. Thanks

  6. Glock has a display at Cody Firearms Museum in Wyoming (at least when i visited). In the combat-at-arms handgun arena, I’d rank the glock in the top 3, the other 2 being the 1911 and 1899 hand ejector. So its that historically significant IMHO.

    Just snagged an early glock 17 mag with the U-shaped strip notch and partial metal liner, have no gen1 17 for it though. Recently had a gen2 19 sent back to glock for frame destruction due to damage, was sad to see it go. Unrelated but i wound up finding a first year production 870 wingmaster (12ga, billet receiver, 28″ mod choke) and its just plain awesome.

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