In the late 1990’s, US SOCCOM had experienced significant issues with failures to extract as well as bolt structural failures on their M4A1 rifles. The problem was serious enough where Karl Lewis was approached to design an improved bolt carrier group that would correct the shortcomings of the standard GI bolt carrier group. The new design would improve the durability and reliability of the M4A1 carbine for SOCOM. LMT delivered their Enhanced Bolt Carrier Group because failure was not an option.
Throughout the market we are seeing Glock pistols manufactured in both the United States, as well as, Austria. Of course, that presents a question many ask themselves, is one better than the other? How do you determine whether your pistol is made in Austria or the US? We will take a look at both of these questions.
On the 6th of December of 2017, I had the opportunity to visit Glock in Smyrna, GA and go through the factory. I learned many interesting facts that relate to these questions.