Created after fifteen years of intensive research, Glock: The Rise of America's Gun ($17) is the riveting and fascinating story of the weapon that is now regarded as American's gun. These days, the Glock pistol is the weapon of choice for two-thirds of all police departments in the U.S. and has been glamorized in numerous Hollywood movies as well as being featured as a ubiquitous presence in prime-time TV shows. Hip hop artists have rhapsodized it and it is a coveted gun for cops and crooks alike. Gaston Glock, an obscure Austrian manufacturer of curtain rods, created the gun in 1982 which very quickly adopted by the army in Austria. the Glock pistol, known for its lightweight plastic frame and spring-action large-capacity magazine, couldn't have arrived in America at a more fortuitous time as law enforcement agencies were being 'outgunned' by crooks with their semi-automatic weapons and were desperate for a new gun. The rest is history, and its all here.
Practically every item in a mans modern wardrobe has a predecessor which was a definitive item, a first of its kind. These were generally designed for a special use and all subsequent versions were based on this original. Icons Of Men's Style ($20) examines this phenomena item by item and look at the most prominent, and famous, of these garments as well as their history and provenance. This is a fascination look at the stories of our favorite designs, the company/brand who started it all in the first place and how that item shaped the way that men dress today.
Lavenham, an English clothing company, has been making quilted jackets for over 40 years. The AW13 line includes the Lavenham Raydon Jacket ($303). It's and urban take on their classic slim offerings and includes matching rib cuffs with contrasting sports stripes, a two-inch diamond quilt pattern, cord collar, press stud fasteners, and patch pockets. The jacket is available in forest green.
Introducing one of the world's largest 3D printed project. The Sofa So Good by Janne Kyttanen ($NFS) is a modern marvel of engineering. Looking as though it should be on display at an exclusive art exhibition. It was printed on a 3D Systems ProX 950 and coated in high-polish copper and chrome. This innovative design, weighs in at just 2.5 kilos, using a mere 2.5l of material. Lending itself to many applications and making it not only functional but also versatile. Just what you need in an ever changing world.
Being from the suburbs of Detroit, I love hearing stories of daylight for that city. The Falcon F7 ($195K) a Detroit made supercar is one of those stories. The Falcon hails the next generation of muscle cars from Detroit and it has plenty of it. It features a Lingenfelter built twin turbo inter-cooled V8 that pushes 1100 horses. The engine is paired with a high performance 6 speed tranny with a dual disc clutch system. The body panels are completely made from lightweight carbon fiber and kevlar. This not only includes the outer skin, but the interior structural panels as well. All of this contributes to an overall weight of just 2850 lbs. Giving it an amazing power to weight ratio.
If you are a fan of comic books then you will love Kick-Ass ($7). David Lizewski is one of those high school students that nobody ever notices and one day he makes a decision; driven by his obsession with comic books he decides to become a superhero himself. There is one small problem however, he has no powers and no valid reason to do it. Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nic Cage and Chloe Grace, with Matthew Vaughan in the directors chair, this is the perfect movie for all comic book fans who dream of superhero stardom.