Several readers write in to suggest that the line about the shell casing with a “square back” may be a (rather peculiarly phrased) reference to a distinctive imprint left by the Glock’s firing pin. Still no word on the rivers of sewage. And no, Frank Foer still hasn’t called me back.
UPDATE: Bob Owens offers:
But far more damning than Thomas’ incompetence is the demonstrably false assertion he made that “the only people who use Glocks are the Iraqi police.” Glock pistols have been on the commercial market for decades, and are quite common worldwide. Glocks are a common and favored handgun on the Iraqi black market:
Glock pistols were also easy to find. One young Iraqi man, Rebwar Mustafa, showed a Glock 19 he had bought at the bazaar in Kirkuk last year for $900. Five of his friends have bought identical models, he said.
There are literally dozens of stories of Glock pistols being recovered from insurgents, terrorists, and militiamen. They have been captured in cordon-and-search operations, in targeted raids, in weapons caches, and of course, from the dead and wounded in violent confrontations.
American soldiers have them, as do civilian contractors from many nations in many lines of work. Ordinary Iraqi civilans (men and women) buy them to protect their families as well. Glock are quite likely the most ubiquious handgun in Iraq, carried officially or unofficially by those on all sides, and those on no side at all.
For “Scott Thomas” to claim that “the only people who use Glocks are the Iraqi police” is laughable, and coming from someone who claims to be a United State soldier in Iraq who would certainly know that to be a false statement, is perhaps as clear an audacious a display of willfully libeling the Iraqi police as has been written in the American media.
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