This article is a national treasure…. nay… an earthly treasure…
“In December 2003, soldiers of the U.S. Special Operations Command captured the Ace of Spades himself, Saddam Hussein. The former Iraqi president, on the run since the capture of Baghdad, had appeared in a deck of playing cards with the profiles of other fugitive war criminals and naturally was the top card. Hussein, bedraggled and bereft, was armed with one of the rarest of handguns: the Glock 18, the full auto Glock.”
Not even remotely true. But this is a good place to put a picture of the prettiest and rarest pair of pistols on the planet. The Big Bang Pistol Set. Made out of a freaking meteor! (Anyone wanna loan me $4.5 million?)
“Turning the selector switch counterclockwise down, on the other hand, turns the Glock 18 into a fully automatic weapon with a rate of fire nearing Germany’s fearsome MG42 machine gun. In fully automatic mode the Glock 18 has a rate of fire of 1,200 rounds per minute.”
Glock 18 (actual picture from the article):
Yup – Good comparison. -eyeroll-
“Early Glock 18s had ported barrels that vented gunpowder gases in a direction to counteract barrel climb. However, this increased overall pistol length and created a situation where the gas ports could catch on clothing while being drawn—not a great feature for undercover work.”
If your more concerned about your recessed barrel’s gas ports catching on clothing, but not your front sight – you’re doing something weird. And you should try using a holster or not shoving it into a coat pocket.
“The fully automatic pistol is available for police and government purchase in the United States but without the benefit of frequent, expensive training it’s difficult for even the largest police departments to justify the cost. This specialized weapon may be fun to shoot, but it has little practical value outside of units such as EKO Cobra. For the foreseeable future, the Glock 18 will remain a rarity that roars at 1,200 rounds a minute.”
Well… then there’s this:
“Kyle Mizokami is a defense and national-security writer based in San Francisco who has appeared in the Diplomat, Foreign Policy, War is Boring and the Daily Beast. In 2009, he cofounded the defense and security blog Japan Security Watch.”
Annnnnddddd….. That explains why this article is so full of wrong.