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Leading LE Pistol Supplier Faces Tax Investigation

September 27, 2009  | 

The Glock G22 is a duty pistol widely used by American law enforcement. Photo via

Glock, the Austrian gunmaker that claims to supply duty pistols to 65 percent of the American law enforcement market, is being investigated for tax evasion, according to a story in Business Week.

The story chronicles the company's rise to prominence in the late 1980s, when agencies began adopting its square pistol as an alternative to six-shot revolvers.

The story also attributes the company's rise to prominence with law enforcement agencies to its policy of accepting trade-ins of existing weapons, which gave the company an additional revenue stream. Glock resells the guns as police issue.

A sidebar story presents potential safety issues pertaining to the Glock 22 pistol used by officers in the late 1990s, such as jamming and unintentional firing.

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