For that reason, early models like the Glock 17 will have versions from each of those generations. Two single-stack subcompacts entered production in 2014 and 2015, in the Glock 42 in .380 ACP and Glock 43 in 9mm, respectively. Early Glock Gen1 pistols made use of a much thinner bore wall than later generations with the early barrels being referred to as “pencil barrels.” These pistols were produced between 1982 and 1986 and featured serial number prefixes “AF” through “AM”. These guns seem to go up in value every year, with all-original and un-altered examples in good condition extremely hard to find. (770) 432-1202 or their toll free number 1-866-225-4098 I could give you the E mail address for Glock customer service but then someone would find me cut off my head and lock it in a safe Regards, Rob The magazine design was also changed, with a new design of floorplate and a resistance insert at the bottom of the follower spring. I have looked everywhere and can't find info about my Glock 23. Get Started. Glock pistols are categorized into four distinct generations (with a 4th ultimately being officially acknowledged by the gun’s markings). By this time, the Austrian proof marks and the 17/19 mold mark were no longer present. The trigger assembly also lacks the second cross pin of Gen 3 and Gen 4 Glock pistols above the trigger guard. That is the serial number and the letters are just a way to get shorter serial numbers. Late in the Glock Gen 2 product cycle, the first subcompacts were introduced. The early model 26 and 27 pistols were the first to incorporate finger grooves in the front strap of the grip; however, these were not checkered like those that came before and after. Shortly after the change from two-letter to three-letter serial numbers, a second line was added to the lower cartouche on the grip with two additional patent numbers. However, be assured it is indeed a Glock. That is the serial number and the letters are just a way to get shorter serial numbers. For Glock's 10th anniversary, 200 special handguns were commissioned with the serial numbers beginning with AGM. Without this modification, those two corners were prone to the initiation of vertical cracks in the polymer due to the repeated impact of the corners of the metal locking piece to the frame. The only technical difference between the two seems to be in the metal finish – the Tennifer process used in Austria has been replaced by a Melonite process for U.S. made handguns. I recently bought a second hand Glock with a purple tag. Born in southeastern Washington State, Sam Hoober graduated in 2011 from Eastern Washington University. These were not commercially successful and subsequently produced in smaller numbers. Another new addition to the Glock Gen 5 lineup is the Glock 47, which has quietly been ushered into existence. Additionally, the magazine catches were enlarged and made reversible, so left-handed users could swap them. That is to say, a firearm bearing the serial number ABC001 may not have been completed prior to the same model numbered ABD001 but it’s a fair assumption that they were made around the same time and that EFG001 came later. These models arrived around the same time as the addition of the accessory rail on the subcompact versions (29/30) and were marked on the right side of the frame above the trigger guard with a short cartouche bearing an “SF” embossed on the smooth polymer. The upper cartouche on the generation 1 pistols reads: “GLOCK, INC., SMYRNA, GA.” while the lower marking read “US. You can find them, but you won't find them in stores nearly as commonly as you will find used Glock Gen 3 pistols. A few early models of the .357 SIG pistols were made with finger grooves and no accessory rail (a.k.a. Remember if you live in the U.S. your Glock will be assembled.. And, sadly you can not buy from Glock Austria. Mr. Don Bulver, warranty department of Glock, Inc., indicated the recoil springs produced before September 1999 may shear off on some of these pistols due to over hardness of the support tube. The frame lacks the finger grooves of the Gen 3 pistols, but also lacks the Glock Modular Backstrap of the Gen 4 and Gen 5 guns. The cross pin above the trigger guard has been omitted, and a new diamond-like carbon finish (a formulation of carbon with a semi-crystalline structure, unlike diamonds which are fully crystalline carbon) makes the outside tough as nails. (770) 432-1202 or their toll free number 1-866-225-4098 I could give you the E mail address for Glock customer service but then someone would find me cut off my head and lock it in a safe Regards, Rob You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. Posted: 7/31/2011 2:14:36 PM EST GlockTalk serial number database [ARCHIVED THREAD] - Glock date of manufacture chart ? These were made in anticipation of design features requested for a new U.S. Army service pistol competition. Early generation 2 pistols were model 17’s and 19’s that retained the two single line grip cartouches on the right side, the 17/19 mold marks on the left, and Austrian proof marks of the generation 1 models, but not all had the silver colored serial number insert plate. Generation 3 Glocks incorporated all of the feature changes listed above and changed very little in the years to come. Many parts of fifth-generation Glock pistols cannot be interchanged with those of the previous generations. Around the time of the SF models, the serial numbers on Glock frames dropped the “US” suffix and all slide, frame, and barrel numbers were identical. I would really want to know what generation my Glock 21SF is. Meet other GID members in real life like many have already done. These black serial number plates were used in the early Generation 2 Glock 19 pistols in the same serial number ranges as their Generation 1 Glock 17 siblings. However, most people purchasing a Glock holster at this point in time will - in all likelihood - be carrying a Glock Gen 3 or Gen 4, which is available in the Cloak series and ShapeShift series of holster both. All Glock pistols the size of the model 19 or smaller were fitted with serrated triggers for importation, although it’s not uncommon for their owners to prefer the smoother trigger and retrofit the parts since they are interchangeable. The first documented Glock 17s (by serial number) imported into the US were from the AF000 series in January 1986, followed by AH000, AK000, and AL000. Unique Identifier – PI2350202 T (I have seen a pistol that had multiple unique identifiers. As of this writing, current new production Glock pistols bear serial numbers with a four letter and three number combination, a testament to the brand’s success and longevity over the past quarter century. It remains to be seen if this difference will distinguish the two products in the open market. While these categories are useful, the details in some cases can muddy the waters. The first generation guns had a relatively uniform grip texture around the entire handle of the frame behind and below the trigger guard and consisted of the original Glock model 17 and a few scarce early model 19 pistols. It would also fit the Glock 23 in .40 S&W and the compacts in .357 Sig and .45 GAP with the 4-inch barrel. Glock categorizes their guns as Generation 1, Generation 2, Generation 3, Generation 4, and recently Generation The relief cuts seemed to prevent the occurrence and could also be added to older models after the cracks had begun (essentially removing the cracks in the process of making the cuts at their location). Both use the new Glock Slim 01 magazine, a 10-round single-stack magazine. 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His varied interests and hobbies include camping, fishing, hunting, and spending time at the gun range as often as possible. In 2016, a new variant called the Glock 17M was produced for the law enforcement market with some significant departures from the Glock Gen 4 pistols. And boy are they easy to spot! Right before the end of Glock Generation 3, a few models - the Glock 22, 21, 31, 32 and 19 - were offered in a new RTF2 configuration. The brief advent of the Glock 21 SF with ambidextrous magazine release required a new magazine design incorporating a cutout on the front face of the magazine wall. Prior to reaching the end of the two-letter serial number ranges, a second line was added to the upper cartouche on the grip of the pistol which now read: MADE IN AUSTRIA / GLOCK, INC., SMYRNA, GA. More will be coming, of course, but the Glock Gen 5 line is only a couple of years old. A new cross pin was installed above the trigger pin to ease stress on the locking block, lengthening service life even more. They are THE definative source for this info. Here's a couple of numbers for them. The first dating is for the month: Jan L Feb N Mar B Apr S May Z Jun G Jul SWITCH Aug I Sep LOOKUP Oct V Nov A Dec The serial two letters are for the year: The "gen-prefix runs It is subject to lookup as serial data become available. Thoughts? Earlier models tended to develop tiny cracks in the polymer of that area due to the impact of the locking block corners during recoil. All subsequent magazines have incorporated this feature even though the ambidextrous system was short lived. Glock pistols have always had two cartouches on the top and bottom of the right side of the grip. Glock pistols have always had two cartouches on the top and bottom of the right side of the grip. Great information, and a good read. Reply. This is how distinct Glock generations came to be understood. And that SKU number isn’t a Glock SKU. The first two introduced were the Glock 17 Gen 4 and Glock 22 Gen 4 in early 2010, followed by the 19, 23, 26, 27 and every other 9mm-frame Glock. So they have a batch of 1,000 pistols that are serial numbered from BSW000 to BSW999, then 1,000 that are BSX000 to BSX999, and so on. Therefore, if you have a Glock 19 Gen 3 holster, it will fit a Glock 19 Gen 4. It turns out that interested civilians wouldn't have to wait too long to get their own, either. This subsequent mold mark consists of a circular cartouche with the number 17 or 19 depending on the frame (earlier model 17’s had no such mark). The base grip is slightly smaller than the third generation. These improved early trigger bars had a “+” stamped on the top rear portion near the area of striker engagement. On the other hand, the large frame subcompact pistols, models 29 and 30 (chambered in 10mm Auto and .45 ACP respectively) were always produced with checkered finger grooves on the front strap and their ultimate upgrade to having an accessory rail occurred much later so it may be best to classify all of these in generation 3. The frame had thumb rests added above the grip on both sides, and the finger grooves - love 'em or hate 'em - were added to the grip housing. Tags: glock; Thread Status: Not open for further replies. Anyone familiar with them has probably heard that there are several different Glock generations. Generation 1 Glock Features I’ve not shot it yet. The magazine baseplate is also revised. Since the Gen 5 has a wider slide to accommodate revised internals and ambidextrous mag releases and slide release levers, it won't fit a Glock Gen 4 holster properly. He resides in the great Inland Northwest, with his wife and child. ... but “elite tactical coating” isn’t used by Glock. 4,539, 889”. The Gen 4 has also yielded the Glock 19X, which has a full-length grip for accepting Glock 17 magazines with a 19-length slide. Glock Gen 3, as it was informally called, is still available from the factory, and was introduced in 1998. If they just stuck with numbers they could only get 10 numbers per place, 0-9. Technically, you could classify these pistols as something like Gen 4 pistols, except that they aren't and - strictly speaking - neither really are the Glock 42 or Glock 43. Glock Date Codes By Serial Number. This beefs up the capacity compared to the 43, or reduces it in order to make the Glock 19 slimmer and lighter. Gen 1. Called Glock the next day and was told that my Glock 42 is the latest built because my magazines ended with an 03 on the serial number. The first generation had few features, being little more than a polymer frame with a bit of texturing around the entire grip, controls on the left side, some sights and...that was really about it. Our ShapeShift Glock Gen 5 holsters will fit Gen 5 pistols upon release, but the Gen 5 will not fit the Gen 4/Gen 3 holster. The most common that you'll find are Glock Gen 3, Gen 4 and Gen 5, but others are out there. glock 17 gen 3 (older one with beter materials). Additionally, Glock Gen 1 and Gen 2 pistols will not fit the ShapeShift, as they lack the Glock rail. The addition of a slight “thumb rest” at the upper edge of the grip is also among these third generation features and this particular feature relates to U.S. importation criteria. GLOCK Gen4 pistols have a few key innovations that make the gun suitable for smaller profile hands and varying experience levels: interchangeable backstraps, a reversible magazine catch, a dual recoil spring assemble, and a rough textured frame.. Modular Back Strap System. Just call Glock an give them the serial number and they can tell you the exact date it was assemble in Georgia. The extractor was also revised to stick out when the pistol was loaded, thereby serving as a loaded chamber indicator. It's easy to tote, easy to conceal, and easy to shoot. Was it a slip on your part? For this reason, all subsequent magazines were made with this additional forward cutout, although the military competition never happened and these design features have not been repeated on subsequent models. The Glock RTF2 - or "rough textured finish" - pistols featured revised stipling on the sides, front and back of the grips, along with fish scale serrations at the rear of the slide. Well, besides the "Gen 4" on the slide, look at the backstraps. If it's a solid grip housing, that's a Gen 3. The revisions centered on ergonomics and improving reliability. And that SKU number isn’t a Glock SKU. This distinction remains in subsequent generations and models/calibers. How to tell the difference? All of these models are 2nd generation or later with both locking block pins in their design. So...they have some Gen 5 features, some Gen 4 features and then some features all their own. However, they weren't offered for long. Glock used the letter code in front of the serial number as a date code on standard production guns. The models 37-39 were later introduced in the .45 GAP cartridge. I’m pretty sure it’s a Gen 2. What makes it fun is that on special order guns--commemoratives and police dept guns etc.---they replace the date code with a code for the special run guns. As has been described above, the main change that constitutes the generation 2 models is the retexturing of the grip surface. The following are the Austrian Ministry of Defense specifications that the first Glocks were designed to meet. The list of generation 2 changes above can be described sequentially based on the assumption of the serial numbers being sequential although this may not strictly be true. These first subcompact pistols incorporated the “thumb rest” feature at the top of the grip so they could be legally imported into the U.S. market. Had multiple FTE’s and FTF’s, about 20 % failure rate. These black serial number plates were used in the early Generation 2 Glock 19 pistols in the same serial number ranges as their Generation 1 Glock 17 siblings. Glock Gen 4 debuted at the 2010 SHOT Show, with a host of new upgrades. The first addition was an accessory rail to the dust cover called the "Universal Glock Rail" to allow lasers and lights to be mounted. The Glock 45 has also been added to the lineup, which is actually a Gen 5 Glock 19X, though the base model Glock 45 is black and the 19X is in Coyote tan. If you have been looking to add a nice lightly used Generation 1 Glock 17 to your collection this example would be an excellent choice. For Glock's 10th anniversary, 200 special handguns were commissioned with the serial numbers beginning with AGM. “generation 2.5”) but these can be considered rare. 1- No accessory rail 2- Two-pin takedown/disassembly 3- Small, non-reversible mag release. Glock pistols have always had two cartouches on the top and bottom of the right side of the grip. I've just purchased a gen 2 Glock 26 and I want to add some parts to my shapeshift to carry this, but from what you've said I can't do this. The first Glock generation emerged sporadically - often referred to as Glock Gen 1 - as the company was getting off the ground and diversifying their product lineup. The early versions of these were black in color and the “US” appears to be in a different font than the alpha-numeric characters that make up the rest of the numbers. The NFML (left) and FML (right) magazine floor plates are not interchangeable with each other due to a difference in width of their mounting points. Feb 15, 2012 #2 . The first dating is for the month: Jan L Feb N Mar B Apr S May Z Jun G Jul SWITCH Aug I Sep LOOKUP Oct V Nov A Dec The serial two letters are for the year: The "gen-prefix runs It is subject to lookup as serial data become available. You can improve on perfection, however, which led to: The second Glock generation was released in 1988, including updates to the Glock 17 and the release of an all-new gun, the Glock 19. Reply. Glock Gen 5 was announced at the 2017 SHOT Show, and has yet only yielded a few pistols. 2019 Alien Gear Holsters. 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