Gaston Glock, an Austrian engineer, got into the firearms business in 1982 after hearing about a list of requirements the Austrian military made for their next service pistol. He believed he could design a weapon that met that list and make it out of polymer. He met the 17 requirements on his 17th set of drawings, and named the pistol the Glock 17. And the company hasn't looked back.
Glock produces 65% of the sidearms used by law enforcement in the US, and leads the civilian personal defense market here.