GLOCK Puts A Shiny Badge on 2500 Guns for U.S. 25th Handguns by Robert Farago | Apr 27, 2011 | 26 comments facebook twitter linkedin email That’s it. That’s all I’ve got. comments Vincit Veritas says: April 27, 2011 at 15:00 Tactical disadvantage with all that bling. Reply Ryan Finn says: April 27, 2011 at 15:22 naw man it’s actually a tactical advantage, use the bling to blind the perp while you’re drawing. 😀 Reply Jay w/ Arms Post says: April 27, 2011 at 18:24 or to signal rescue choppers if you are lost in the woods. Survivor Man taught me that. Reply Ryan Finn says: April 27, 2011 at 18:45 Exactly, see its got plenty of uses westphilthy says: April 27, 2011 at 15:28 Ha! It looks like a case of 1911 centennial edition envy. Reply GAKoenig says: April 27, 2011 at 15:58 Well, think of it this way… All the centennial 1911s are basically machined engraved with some BS design and markings. All it took to make them was to yank a few 1911s off the line and send them to an engraver before finishing. Big woop. The most complex tool in the firearms industry is the injection mold for a single piece pistol frame. It has complex parting lines, multiple detail features, internal textures and all sorts of complex slides to make things like the magazine well. To do the 25th Anniversary Glock, they had to go out and build a mold especially to churn out each one of these pistols as the metal bits on the grip are inset. While I am sure Glock is pretty good at making the injection molding tools, it is still a non-trivial exercise. That is a $50k-75k piece of tooling right there. Reply Patrick Carrube says: April 27, 2011 at 18:53 There’s no way that Glock just sent these to a CNC-mill to have the badge area relief cut, and then simply epoxied the badge in place? Reply NT_ says: April 27, 2011 at 18:55 Hear, hear. Edit: now that you mention it, Patrick, yes that is possible. It would be less expensive but still expensive (extensive setup & slow, low tolerance work due to the differences in temperature related expansion/contraction of the materials in normal use). Given the low volume, you’re right, that is probably what they did, and they probably started that production of 2500 a year ago and ramped up. I’m not defending Glock, the product is still a bit fugly, but it took some effort that collectors will gladly snap up. Reply Greg says: April 27, 2011 at 15:49 They should have put a piece of stove-piped brass in the photo… that would’ve been a more true representation. Reply Ralph says: April 27, 2011 at 16:19 Man, that was cold. True. But cold. Reply IndyEric says: April 27, 2011 at 17:48 A little limpity wrist we do have? Reply Ryan Finn says: April 27, 2011 at 18:45 Ouch, that was colder Reply sdog says: April 27, 2011 at 19:44 there is such an huge amount of mis information of the g17 gen 4’s, with the replaced recoil spring they added, it stopped the FTE problem, mine has not jammed once since i got it and have put 700 rounds through it so far. Reply Ryan Finn says: April 27, 2011 at 21:58 Keep an eye out, The Gen4 Glock 17 review will be on here in the next couple weeks. Reply Robert Farago says: April 27, 2011 at 22:28 Sounds painful. The Sammy Davis bit. IndyEric says: April 28, 2011 at 06:06 My wife has about 1300 rounds through her G17 Gen4. Not one single malfunction, FTE, etc. Reply Tim says: April 27, 2011 at 17:00 This seems fitting for a Glock considering their minimalistic tendencies. Reply John says: April 27, 2011 at 17:38 I think I’d change that second sentence. “That’s all they’ve got?” Reply Jay w/ Arms Post says: April 27, 2011 at 18:25 How much more does this historical graphic cost? Reply JOE MATAFOME says: April 27, 2011 at 21:30 Big deal, I’ve never been to keen on Glocks and this doesn’t help because I don’t want that silly 25 logo imprinted on my palm. Reply AG says: April 27, 2011 at 23:31 I prefer my Glock ugly anyway. Reply rosignol says: April 28, 2011 at 00:17 Gotta point there, trying to make a glock purdy is kinda pointless. Reply mrliberty says: April 28, 2011 at 02:45 I have to agree. I have my shiny guns, but my I like my Glocks ugly! Reply Big John says: April 28, 2011 at 00:38 something about casting pearls… swine… Reply Gastric Glock says: April 28, 2011 at 01:34 And Glock recently changed the GSSF annual purchase program to boot. I’m not happy with Glock these days. Reply IndyEric says: April 28, 2011 at 06:04 They did that because people were signing up for GSSF and then buying a new Glock at LEO pricing the next day. Of course, none of these new GSSF members ever showed up to a match or event. Now, you have to be a member for a full year. The purpose of GSSF is not to enable freeloaders, but to actually support and promote the use of the pistol in competitive shooting. Reply Write a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.