(born July 19, 1929) is an Austrian engineer
, and founder of the firearms company Glock
. The Glock "safe-action" pistol
is well regarded and has often been copied by other companies. The process of producing the Glock pistol includes the application of Tenifer
, a patented metal treatment that hardens the slides.
In July 1999 Charles Ewert, a business associate of Glock, hired a French ex-mercenary to murder Glock (who was 70 years old at that time) with a mallet in a garage in Luxembourg
in an apparent attempt to cover up embezzlement of millions from the Glock company.
Although Glock's injuries included seven head wounds and the loss of about a litre of blood, Glock was able to fend off the attack by striking the hitman twice. The hired killer, 67-year-old Jacques Pêcheur, was sentenced to 17 years in prison for the attack. Charles Ewert was sentenced to 20 years as a result of Pêcheur's testimony.