Police and army officers who leave the service often sell their weapons to get money to live on. There are reports that a Glock pistol sells for about $1000 on the black market.
The US Inspector General for reconstruction in Iraq, Stuart Bowen, says that only about 2.7 percent of the serial numbers of weapons in Iraq have been registered. The Pentagon estimates that at the present time 125,163 Iraqi police personnel have Glock weapons.
Glock was founded in 1963 and is located in Deutsch-Wagram, a town near Vienna. It initially manufactured curtain rods. The first Glock pistol was adopted as a sidearm by the Austrian army in 1982. It is used by military agencies around the world.