Glock has essentially confirmed that the photo of the military prototype [AR-15] is genuine, but added that there are no present plans to produce a civilian version.
“Glock is always in development of future products and technologies through the pursuit of perfection,” read a statement from the company to The Daily Beast last week. “The image shared is of a product developed for select solicitations and it is not available for the general market at this time.”
The statement has a high-brow tone indicative of an attitude that [anti-gun activist Ryan] Busse suspects is the reason Glock has held off making an AR-15 for so long.
“Glock has always been very, very egotistical, kind of hoity-toity about everything they do,” Busse said. “You know, they’re the smart Europeans. They don’t have to build American-style guns. They do it their way. They kind of give the finger to everybody.” …
“I think Glock would instantly have a sizable portion of the market,” Busse said. “Glock would be an instant player with a sizable market share.”
It could become the hot new accessory in the street. …
But with that popularity could come public condemnation.
Glocks have been used to horrific effect in numerous mass shootings, including one in 2011 at a “Congress on Your Corner” event in Tucson where a gunman killed six and disabled Rep. Gabby Giffords, who went on to found the gun control law center where Busse now works. A man with two Glocks killed 32 at Virginia State in 2007.
But handgun attacks with adult victims have not sparked the same outrage toward the manufacturer as makers of assault weapons have faced after their weapons were used to kill youngsters in their classrooms
Should Glock go into the AR-15 business, it would be only one mass school shooting away from finding itself widely condemned, as was Daniel Defense after one of its products was used to kill 19 students and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, in May.
— Michael Daly in Glock Ar-15 Rumors Run Rampant. That Would Be a Nightmare.