Glock Creator Targeted In RICO Suit Filed By Ex-Wife

Gaston Glock, creator of the world-renowned Glock pistol, has been accused of racketeering, fraud and money laundering by his ex-wife in a lawsuit filed in a federal court in Atlanta last week.

In the 354-page complaint, Helga Glock, 78, and her attorney invoke the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act to claim that he used fraudulent and criminal methods to steal her share of the company.

The-Glocks-1Gaston, along with some partners and a number of Glock’s subsidiaries, allegedly used a web of fictitious legal relationships, offshore business entities and international transactions to steal and launder funds, with the intention of keeping money and assets hidden from Helga.

Gaston and Helga founded Glock together in 1963, a year after they married, as a machine shop in Austria. The company later made curtain rods and other odds and ends, but it wasn’t until 1980 that Gaston started putting together designs for a polymer pistol. By 1982, his final design was adopted by the Austrian military and law enforcement.

Gaston Glock, center, bought his wife Kathrin a $15 million horse in May.
In 1983 — when both Helga and Gaston were the only two shareholders of the company — Glock started making bids to enter the U.S. market, according to the complaint. Soon, several law enforcement agencies around the country would adopt the pistol and later it rapidly gained success in the civilian market.

Glock now commands 65 percent of the market share for U.S. law enforcement agencies, and supplies guns to military and law enforcement to more than 48 countries and to civilians in more than 100. The company has an estimated annual revenue of $400 million.

Gaston-and-Kathrin-1In 2011, after more than 50 years of marriage, Gaston, now 85, divorced Helga, cut ties with their three grown children, and then married a 31-year-old woman (a nurse who aided him after a stroke in 2008).

Helga is seeking $500 million plus unspecified punitive damages and attorneys’ fees.


Eva Shockey - Photo by Art Streiber

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Field & Stream sits down with the co-host of Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures, women’s advocate and rising star Eva Shockey, to discuss hunting’s future.

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Field & Stream – May 2014

F&S: So, Eva, what’s next?

E.S.: I’d say women are. Compared to just last year, the number of women I meet—young girls, teenagers, moms with babies, older women—who tell me they hunt or are taking up hunting is incredible. Bass Pro Shops owner Johnny Morris recently told me that the sale of women’s products was just 3 percent of his business 10 years ago, and now it’s 30 percent. Women are coming on full force.*

F&S: Why do you think that is?
E.S.: We have so many more platforms now. Outdoor Channel. A&E. Shows that depict hunting have become mainstream, so people are more accepting of it. When those shows feature women in the outdoors, other women feel more welcome and accepted.

F&S: Do you see yourself as a role model to these new hunters?
E.S.: I think of myself more as just being relatable. I’m the same as a lot of these girls I talk to. My dad was smart enough to pick up a camera and take it hunting 15 years ago, so, yes, we now have a camera in front of us all the time, but otherwise we’re just like any family that hunts together.

Eva Shockey - Photo by Art Streiber
Eva Shockey – Photo by Art Streiber
 F&S: Obviously the camera loves you. How do you handle all the attention from men?

E.S.: It’s an honor. I’m not doing anything scandalous—I keep all my clothes on—and I try to make decisions that, if I had a daughter, I’d want her to make. If people think that’s attractive, especially in full camo, I think that’s great. I take it as a compliment.

F&S: Will more women hunters get their own TV shows, rather than being some dude’s sidekick?
E.S.: Definitely. That’s happening now and it’s only going to get bigger. Remember, a lot of those “sidekicks” are very capable in their own right and could have very successful shows of their own.

*Gender Gap
Increase in hunting participation from 2008 to 2012, according to the NSSF: male, 1.9 percent; female, 10 percent (from 3.04 million to 3.35 million)