I’m not a collector of older firearms for the sake of their age or antiquity. My guns are shooters, plain and simple. Nevertheless, I was surprised this morning when I dropped into my local gun shop, to inquire about a firearm I’ve got on back-order with them.
The owner noticed I was wearing an older model Glock 17 on my hip, and asked to look at it. When I handed it over, he did a double-take, and pointed out that I had a first-generation Glock. It was manufactured sometime in the mid-1980’s, and must have been one of the very first to be imported into this country. Until recently, when they ran out of combinations, Glock serial numbers were three letters followed by three numbers. This firearm’s serial number begins with “A” – an indicator of its age.
I asked him whether that made it more valuable than run-of-the-mill used Glocks, and he said it did. Apparently first-generation Glocks in good condition (as mine is) are selling for anywhere between $700 and $900 to collectors, because there aren’t many of them around. Most were sold to police departments, that shot them until they were almost falling apart, then traded them back to Glock for later-generation pistols. Glock duly scrapped most of the old ones, rather than resell them, because they wanted to sell more of their later-generation models (at a better price, of course).
It’s nice to know I have a collector’s item, but I won’t keep it. There are a couple of other guns I want, so I reckon I’ll sell this one, and use the money to buy others that I need. If any reader is interested, drop me a line (my e-mail address is in my blog profile); otherwise I’ll list it somewhere like Gunbroker, and see about finding a buyer elsewhere.
Well, well, well. A collector’s market for vintage “plastic fantastic” wonder nines. Who’d o’ thunk it?