Gaston Glock (born July 19, 1929) is a firearms designer and the founder of Glock GmbH.
Glock was originally a manufacturer of curtain rods and knives for the Austrian military, and would not design a firearm until he was 52 years old; he was an expert on polymers at that time.
In 1980, Glock bought a machine to help manufacture sheaths for the knives he was making for the Austrian Army, and in 1981, he designed what would become known as the Glock 17.
In 1999, one of Glock's business associates, Charles Ewert, hired French hitman Jacques Pêcheur to kill Glock using a mallet in an attempt to cover up a massive embezzlement on Ewert's part. Despite his injuries being a liter of blood lost and seven head injuries, Glock managed to fend off Pêcheur's attacks by striking him twice. Pêcheur, who was 67 at the time, was sentenced to 17 years in prison; after Pêcheur's testimony to judges on his hearing, Ewert was sentenced to 20 years in jail.
Since then, Glock has helmed his own company and acts as the executive chairman of his own company.