How The Glock Became Hip-Hop’s Favorite Gun

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Hip-hop artists have had a long fascination with guns, in particular the Glock, but where did this fascination come from?

In his new book Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun, author Paul M. Barrett not only delves into hip-hop’s embrace of the Glock, he also details how the Glock became America’s gun of choice for criminals and law officers alike.

Created in 1982 by an Austrian man named Gaston Glock, Barrett traces how the gun gained fame by appearing in the hands of police officers in Law and Order and other police shows. It was also used by Bruce Willis in the movie Die Hard 2.

Atlanta’s infamous, now shuttered strip club, the Gold Club, also played a large role in marketing the Glock.

In terms of rappers, Barrett said the Glock was adopted early on by some of hip-hop’s biggest names like Tupac and Dr. Dre. Tupac was eventually killed with a 40 caliber Glock.

Listen to Fresh Air’s interview with Barrett below, and read the full story at NPR.

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