Glocked and loaded

Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun


Paul M. Barrett




This novel summarizes the entrance of the Glock into the realm of manufactured firearms in the late 20th century. It delves into the beginnings of Glock and the owner Gaston Glock, who in 1980 was a manager at a radiator factory in Austria, and relates how he gained a contract with the Austrian government to manufacture a pistol.


Much of the book enumerates the legal struggles inherent with the gun industry in the 1990s, as well as the accompanying press and publicity that Glock successfully used to its advantage.


Throughout this novel you’ll find the fascinating history of Karl Walter, who was one of the first employees of Glock, and who single-handedly marketed the Glock to law enforcement officials in the United States.


The gun industry has gone through many shifts since the 1980s, both in the law enforcement industry and in the public sector. This book provides yet another morsel of information regarding the rise of one America’s most popular pistols, and illustrates how the Glock’s popularity is deeply intertwined with America’s gun culture, laws, and politics.


I recommend this book for both gun enthusiasts and the average citizen, because it describes the influence of the media on commercial enterprise. However, it’s especially interesting to see the intersection of politics and guns, an issue that seems to always be at the forefront of our minds in the 21st century, when much of the current presidential administration seems to be vociferously engaged in a battle to strengthen gun control laws.


Ryan Hartwig



Questions to consider while reading this novel



Who was a radiator factory manager in 1980 in Austra whose side job was manufacturing curtain rods?



How old was _________ when he submitted his first patent for firearm design?



Who did _________ hire to market his gun in the United States?



What strategies did Glock use to influence the market in the United States?



Do the names of Glock models correspond to the magazine capacity of their clips?



Where did ______________ test his first prototypes of the Glock 17?



Which police department first transitioned to the Glock 17 semiautomatic pistol?



What was the criteria used by the Austrian government to choose a new pistol for its military?



Which police force in the U.S. received Glocks in 1989 and then had them replaced in 1994 for new ones at no additional charge?



What aspect of the Glock 17, never before seen in a pistol, sparked a wave of negative publicity in the late 80s?



What did early tests by the FBI tell about the Glock 17?



What are some obvious disadvantages of the Glock 17? Advantages?



Which Austrian was conscripted into the German military(Wehrmacht) as a teenager during WWII?

un té de limonada

Recientemente fui a una carnicería en Phoenix donde conozco el carnicero. Entré y él me dijo “¿¡que! me vas a disparar!?”

Entonces  yo le dije “No, porque no soy narco”. 

  El me dijo “bueno, entonces cómprame un té de limonada”. 

When Windows Wear


When was the last time you cleaned your window? If you’ve noticed how clean your window is, you’ve probably noticed the other details around the glass itself: the frame, the curtains, and the sill. However, no matter how many details you add to a window, its form and function remains the same. Its function is to keep the weather outside, and its form consists of the extraneous details, such as the curtains. The window more fully performs its function by being installed correctly. However, in this article I’d like to discuss types of windows, window problems, and common materials used to install windows.

 There are at least seven types of windows, although there are a plethora of variations depending on the region, the climate, and the homebuilder’s aesthetics and personal taste. A double-hung window consists of two rectangular pieces of glass placed in vertical fashion one on top of the other. The inferior portion of glass slides upward in order to open the window. A casement type window is hinged on the left side and swings outward. Windows known as sliding windows do just that: slide, but in a left-to-right motion, and the frames overlap when the window is open. Skylights may not seem to be a type of window, but for the purposes of classification it is easier to group them together with windows as they allow for sunlight to enter the home as do windows. Another variation of window is the awning, not to be confused with the awning or tarp of a building. The awning window opens from the bottom and swings outward, the hinges or point of rotation being at the top of the window. A bay window consists of three separate frames placed horizontally next to each other, with one window in the middle, and two windows on either side, the two side windows angled at 15 degrees to form a concave appearance, protruding outward from the vertical plane of the house wall. A bow window is identical to the bay window in all regards except that it consists of five windows instead of three.

Depending on the climate, your window problems may vary, but could include failed glazing, cracked glass, damaged screening, broken metal sash, deteriorated brickmold, failed wood sash, and deteriorated window sill.

Installing a window requires specialized material. A few key materials include exterior wood filler, glazing compound and siliconized acrylic caulk, in addition to wood glue, glazier’s points, and roll-type window glazing.

Before closing, I’d like to mention that the window is a three-part system that adds light and ventilation to your home.

In review, we’ve covered seven types of windows, some common window installation materials, along with some common window problems.


Yours truly,


Ryan Hartwig

MultiConsult LLC


Sources for this article include the book titled Exterior Home Repairs published by the Handyman Club of America

12301 Whitewater Drive

Minnetonka, Minnesota 55343




Thin Thresholds, Delightful Doors

Thin Thresholds, Delightful Doors


Did you know that the revolving door was invented in 1888 by Philadelphia native Theophilus van Kannel? The revolving door is now commonly used in skyscrapers because it reduces the amount of noise that enters the building and serves as an airlock to drive down heating costs, in addition to preventing collisions between passers-by. Just as the revolving door offers benefits to the skyscraper, so do home doors offer protection for the conscientious homeowner. I would like to review today some basic door types, purposes of a door, threshold types, and elements of the door system.

Doors come in many shapes and sizes, and are adapted to suit various purposes. Garage doors, storm doors, and sliding doors are just a few variations of doors.

The purpose of a door is two-fold: as a passageway permitting entry into a space or location, and as a deterrent to the inclemency of the weather. Delving deeper into the latter purpose, we know that a door reduces air transfer and eliminates pest entry points. With regards to the former, weatherstripping, thresholds, and sills are all crucial elements to keeping the entryway maintained and usable.

The threshold of a door is the raised bump (much like a miniature speed bump) that is located under the edge of the door. The threshold ensures a tight fit between the door and the floor, preventing any uninvited pests from entering, as well as stopping air flow. There are at least five types of thresholds: wood (oak), combination (wood and metal), aluminum (non-adjustable), aluminum (adjustable), and combination (sill/threshold).

The wood (oak) threshold is simply a piece of wood shaped in the form of a half-hexagon, but with interior angles greater than one hundred and twenty degrees.  

The combination (wood and metal) threshold consists of a metal ramp for the exterior side (the side facing the extremities), followed by a half-cylindrical rubber gasket, followed by a wooden mini-ramp which faces into the inside of the home.

The aluminum (non-adjustable) threshold and aluminum (adjustable) thresholds both perform essentially the same function, and the author of this article is baffled as to the difference between non-adjustable and adjustable.

The combination (sill/threshold) consists of a low-gradient mini-ramp made of metal placed above a piece of wood which acts as the sill.

The door sill is the piece of wood directly underneath the entryway which acts as a platform for the entryway or doorway.

The elements of a door, thus far covered, are the door sill, the door threshold, and the door itself.

The last aspect of the door system worth mentioning is the brick molding, which is: the trim surrounding the door, often profiled, miter-cut, which fits between the door frame and the siding.

To summarize, a few elements of doors have been detailed, along with threshold types, the purposes of a door, and door types.


Yours truly,


Ryan Hartwig

MultiConsult LLC


Sources for this article include the book titled Exterior Home Repairs published by the Handyman Club of America

12301 Whitewater Drive

Minnetonka, Minnesota 55343


Note: the patent mentioned in the first paragraph is patent number 641,543 issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on January 16, 1900.

Enforcement of Smoking Ban

In the Mesa Community College District, the use of tobacco products has been banned, and a violation of this policy constitutes a breach of the student code of  conduct.

At Arizona State University, it is hoped that community enforcement will be enough to deter smokers on campus. However, there is mention of disciplinary action for those who violate university policy.

At the University of Minnesota-Duluth, you can become a “supporter” to enforce their complete ban on tobacco.



Dear Mayor of Jerome, Arizona

How would you respond if Gov. Jan Brewer banned the use of tobacco in your town?

Comparing ASU campus size to cities and malls
Location Acres Square Miles
Sun Devil Fitness Complex-Intramural Fields 7 0.01094
Arizona Mills Mall 56 0.0875
MCC-Dobson and Southern Campus 81 0.13
Tempe Marketplace 83 0.13
Chandler Fashion Center 108 0.17
Harvard University 210 0.328125
ASU-Tempe Campus 223 0.3484
ASU-West Campus 250 0.390625
Jerome, Arizona 448 0.7
ASU-Polytechnic Campus 600 0.9375
Northern Arizona University 840 1.3125
Papago Park 1200 1.875
Wilcox, Arizona 3904 6.1
Sedona, Arizona 11456 17.9
Tempe, Arizona 25728 40.2
Mesa, Arizona 85120 133



Thursday November 15th, 2012

Tempe is a city in Arizona situated in the heart of the Phoenix Metro Valley, surrounded by the cities of Mesa, Phoenix, and Scottsdale.

If you’re familiar with the local political scene, you may know that voters in Arizona, along with Tempe residents, recently voted against a 1% tax hike. In the grand scheme of things, 1% may not seem significant, but as economists and accountants can attest, 1% can make a big difference.

This is why students belonging to Students for Liberty protested yesterday, in response to a ban on smoking enacted by the University Senate at Arizona State University. The University Senate has effectively restricted land usage for 1% of Tempe’s land.

To put the issue of smoking bans in perspective, I’ve compiled some data with regards to college campuses, their campus size, and their proposed smoking bans. Below is a table with a few universities who are interested in or already have banned tobacco on their campus.

School Acres Student Pop. Current Policy
Missouri State University



Designated Areas
Arizona State University



Building Distance
The City University of New York system



Building Distance
University of Nevada-Las Vegas



Building Distance
Mesa Community College





As you can see, Missouri State University is currently on schedule to become tobacco-free. Their current policy consists of designated smoking areas, and they hope to be completely tobacco-free by July 2013.

However, one difference with Missouri is how they arrived at the decision. The undergraduate senate voted on the ban. To my knowledge, the undergraduate government at ASU has not been involved with this decision.

Please get in touch with your undergraduate student government, and express your opinion on this crucial policy.

In my sight, this issue is one of the most significant milestones at ASU ever since that Irish kid became Student Body President for the second time.

Please see the attached spreadsheet for more information and links.



Designated Smoking Locations at Mizzou

smoking-locations_univ missouri

Proposed Ban at ASU’s Tempe Campus


FAQS for ASU’s Tobacco Ban

Students for Liberty protest

Student Senate makes the decision

Given $$$ to implement ban but failed



  • The Maricopa County Community College District has made the commitment toward a healthier environment for employees, students and guests. On July 1, 2012, all district colleges and district-owned facilities will become tobacco-free. Although the district has undertaken an expansive educational campaign, including a broad cessation component, we recognize that violations of the regulation will occur.
  • CUNY will become the largest smoke-free public university system in the United States once a broad new policy, approved by the Board of Trustees at the start of the spring semester, goes into full effect over the next year and a half.
  • COLUMBIA – Friday marks the third anniversary of the University of Missouri’s smoking ban prohibiting smoking 20 feet from building entrances, exits, windows and fresh air intake systems. Since then, Mizzou has reverted to a new policy allowing smoking only in designated smoking areas as of July 1 last year. The University of Missouri will be a smoke-free campus on or before July 1, 2013. To begin the transition, as of July 1, 2011, the tobacco use policy allows smoking only at designated outdoor areas inclusive of the entire Columbia campus and all properties owned, operated, leased or controlled by MU.
  • November 2, 2012. Yet, some colleges have had difficulty implementing a total ban. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, which was given a $450,000 federal grant to develop a tobacco-free campus policy (Tobacco Free UNLV) by the spring 2012, failed to do so, according to The Rebel Yell. Some of the backlash was that the ban was too restrictive and fell to quickly on the heels of a similarly-passed state law. As a result, smoking was banned around four buildings on campus. However, a new group of students, The Student Tobacco Awareness Coalition, has now taken up the cause and has a sole aim of educating students and faculty about the dangers of tobacco use.