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    Pics of 100% USA Made Glock (56K beware)

    I recently had an opportunity to look at a made in the USA Glock 17. This pistol is #32 of the first 100 made.

    Some notes about the differences from an Austria pistol:
    -Slide is marked "USA" instead of "Austria"
    -Barrel is marked on top of hood with the caliber and Glock symbol on top of hood. Additional is the "US" marking.
    -Frame is the same as other USA made frames and includes only "Glock, Inc. Smyrna, GA."
    -Serial number is four letters and three numbers, the first serial letters being AAAA.

    Some other notes:
    -The finish is the new dull gray finish. Glock is going to this finish worldwide. All USA guns will be this finish only (no tennifer finish performed in US).
    -As of right now, the guns are designated export only by Glock, however owning one is not prohibited. The USA made guns have been shipped overseas for a few foreign national police forces/military contracts.

    I thought I'd share with you all the cool opportunity I had to view this pistol.

    And now the pics...








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    I notice that the rail section of the frame still curves up at the end where it meets the barrel end of the slide. My "Austrian" G21's are the same way. I do not have lights on mine, but I am curious if this shoots the light up at all verses what it would do if the rail was straight and in line with the slide.

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    How does this slide treatment compare to tenifer?

    If unfavorably, I may have to go buy a G17 while everything that has worked before is still available.

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    And a brand new very expensive facility to manufacture a US made 5.56. Let the rumors continue......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surf View Post
    And a brand new very expensive facility to manufacture a US made 5.56. Let the rumors continue......
    Oh snap...
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    Let me see if I have this right. They are making Glocks in the U.S. to export to a foreign country while at the same time they are making Glocks in a foreign country and importing them it the U.S...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadcapMagician View Post
    I recently had an opportunity to look at a made in the USA Glock 17. This pistol is #32 of the first 100 made.

    Some notes about the differences from an Austria pistol:
    -Slide is marked "USA" instead of "Austria"
    -Barrel is marked on top of hood with the caliber and Glock symbol on top of hood. Additional is the "US" marking.
    -Frame is the same as other USA made frames and includes only "Glock, Inc. Smyrna, GA."
    -Serial number is four letters and three numbers, the first serial letters being AAAA.

    Some other notes:
    -The finish is the new dull gray finish. Glock is going to this finish worldwide. All USA guns will be this finish only (no tennifer finish performed in US).
    -As of right now, the guns are designated export only by Glock, however owning one is not prohibited. The USA made guns have been shipped overseas for a few foreign national police forces/military contracts.

    I thought I'd share with you all the cool opportunity I had to view this pistol.

    And now the pics...
    What? Did someone tell you this personally? Tennifer is one of Glock's trademark features.

    Quote Originally Posted by harrell macabe View Post
    I notice that the rail section of the frame still curves up at the end where it meets the barrel end of the slide. My "Austrian" G21's are the same way. I do not have lights on mine, but I am curious if this shoots the light up at all verses what it would do if the rail was straight and in line with the slide.
    Some people call that the "pig nose" look. Many Glocks have his, so I don't think its anything bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5pins View Post
    Let me see if I have this right. They are making Glocks in the U.S. to export to a foreign country while at the same time they are making Glocks in a foreign country and importing them it the U.S...
    doesn't make a lick of sense does it? I think it may have something to do with Austria not being able to export some guns to certain country's
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    I would bet that the "finish" is Melonite QPQ (aka Isonite QPQ), which is practically the same thing as Tenifer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by harrell macabe View Post
    I notice that the rail section of the frame still curves up at the end where it meets the barrel end of the slide. My "Austrian" G21's are the same way. I do not have lights on mine, but I am curious if this shoots the light up at all verses what it would do if the rail was straight and in line with the slide.
    I've heard that if you put the rail in boiling water for a couple minutes, you can flatten and hold till it cools, and that will straighten it.

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    As per our Glock rep, the US facilities have been used to produce weapons for US .mil customers, who can't buy imported Glocks.

    I buy that story much more than I buy them exporting these.

    EDIT: Disregard, I think I get fed bad info, and they are used for export primarily.
    Last edited by Jim D; 09-04-11 at 11:19.

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    I predict right now that there will soon be a premium on "austrian tennefer" glocks.

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    What is the advantage of this new finish vs the tennifer?

    So "our" Glocks still going to be made in Austria, and these are made for countries that Austria doesn't like?

    Can't imagine we allow arm shipments to someone Austria prohibits.

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    I definitely would NOT want an American Made glock. If I want something unreliable, I'll buy a 1911!!!

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    I do not care for the new finish. Not at all.

    Glock has had a few variations of their factory finish over time. The older Gen1 and Gen2 guns often had a dull matte finish. My favorite is the fairly slick black they've been using for the last few years.

    The story I got was that the traditional Glock Tennifer could not be applied in the US due to our EPA's regulations (similar to Sig not be allowed to apply Ilaflon in the US). The US finish appears to be some variation of Melonite.

    I had a G22 Gen 4 (I'm already rid of it...did not care for it) with the new finish and found that it attracted dirt and grime on the interior of the slide and was almost porous making bitch to get clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaltblitz View Post
    The story I got was that the traditional Glock Tennifer could not be applied in the US due to our EPA's regulations (similar to Sig not be allowed to apply Ilaflon in the US). The US finish appears to be some variation of Melonite.
    I know next to nothing about the new Glocks, but it is true that it's virtually impossible to do the nitrocarburization process (Tenifer) in the US. It's an EPA thing, as the chemical baths used for it are HIGHLY toxic.

    And yeah, that does look like Melonite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markm View Post
    I definitely would NOT want an American Made glock. If I want something unreliable, I'll buy a 1911!!!
    hmmm.... My first thoughts flashed to the story of US made Sigs....


    Also interested in the new finish

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaltblitz View Post
    The story I got was that the traditional Glock Tennifer could not be applied in the US due to our EPA's regulations (similar to Sig not be allowed to apply Ilaflon in the US). The US finish appears to be some variation of Melonite.
    This is what I was told when my G26 was on backorder. Rumor or not I don't know, but I do favor Tennifer finish over the m&p's, bluing, and the rest that I have seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markm View Post
    I definitely would NOT want an American Made glock. If I want something unreliable, I'll buy a 1911!!!
    Really...where's you rifle/carbine made?

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    I accidentally ran a file over my Gen 4 slide and it didn't scratch. But I think I scratched it with sandpaper. Not sure how that works.

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