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To celebrate the 30th anniversary of pistol sales in the U.S., GLOCK is releasing a series of special edition G17 GEN4s with fully engraved slides. Only 30 of these pistols will be made, and it appears that most are to be given away in various drawings. GLOCK’s press release follows . . .

GLOCK Celebrates 30 Years in the United States

Smyrna, Ga. – Jan. 19, 2016 This year marks the 30th anniversary of the introduction of GLOCK pistols to the U. S. market. GLOCK, Inc., was established in the United States in 1986 and revolutionized the firearms market forever.  GLOCK pistols are now the sidearm of choice for over 65 percent of the law enforcement agencies across the U.S., and they are used in more than 50 elite military units worldwide.

“When I brought the GLOCK 17 to America in 1986, I could not have imagined or predicted the successGLOCK enjoys today,” said company founder, Gaston Glock. “Our pistols are the choice of millions for personal and home protection and target shooting.”

GLOCK has launched a year-long 30th Anniversary celebration. GLOCK has commissioned a limited edition of thirty hand-engraved G17 Gen4 pistols to honor groups and organizations that have contributed to the overall success of the company in the U.S.

Each of the thirty pistols has been uniquely by one of five Master Engravers who have been certified by theFirearms Engravers Guild of America (FEGA) to commemorate the relationships cultivated during the company’s thirty-year history. The exclusive pistols will be presented throughout the year to exceptional individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the success of GLOCK.  The engraved G17 Gen4 pistols carry a limited production serial number and come with a certificate of authenticity signed by Mr. Glock. The pistols will be presented throughout 2016.

To learn more about 30 years of GLOCK in the United States and how to win one of the limited edition pistols, visit


Above:  Two specially engraved 30th Anniversary pistols, models G17 Gen4, with gold inlay.

About GLOCK, Inc.

GLOCK is a leading global manufacturer of firearms.  The simple, safe design of GLOCK’s polymer-based pistols revolutionized the firearms industry and made GLOCK pistols a favorite among military and law enforcement agencies worldwide and among pistol owners. In 2016, GLOCK celebrates its 30th Anniversary in the United States. Renowned for featuring three safeties, GLOCK pistols offer users of every lifestyle confidence they can rely on.  GLOCK, Inc. is based in Smyrna, Georgia.  For more information, please visit

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    • Agreed.

      Lets take these nice chemically treated steel slides and engrave them and inlay them with gold. Now let’s see – what should we pair this with?? – I know! A giant chunk of black plastic!

    • I like glocks. They look cool to me for whatever reason. These look… stilted. The engraving on top and the polymer beneath is not a flattering combo.

    • Yep! To paraphrase from the Biblical book of Proverbs:

      “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is engraving on a Glock”

      The same goes for Rossi, Taurus, Kel-Tec, Hi-Point, etc.

      Glocks are great tools, and very useful weapons. They aren’t collectible classics.

    • I don’t get it.
      Glocks, for me, are great because there is nothing special about them. They just work great out of the box and don’t need accessories. I don’t worry about putting wear, scratches or other blemishes on mine and would feel fine if I had to replace any particular one.
      Dressing one up with all that crap reminds me of putting a Rolls Royce grille on the front of a Volkswagen. Just enjoy them for what they are.

  1. According to the Glock website, you have to purchase one of their pistols to be entered to win. That’s a pretty pricey contest entry….

      • The only thing I can find on the above linked site is a page saying that to enter to win one of these requires you to fill out an electronic warranty registration for a Glock firearm purchased between Jan and Nov 2016. Guess I’m not looking where you are.

        • No purchase necessary. You have to find the link for the purchase-less entry at the bottom of the regular entry form. I found it, so I know it exists.

  2. Does engraving make a Glock collectible? Does nothing for me in this case. Though I’m carrying a G26 as I type, even I realize it’s putting lipstick on a pig. Sure, you’ll get a big wet kiss, but it’s nothing I really want.

  3. That is one purdy Glock… I dig engraving esp on guns. BTW, whatever happened to that engraved Cabot? Is it complete?

    • Yeah if I only look at the engraving I like it a lot.

      I too have wondered about the cabot. I asked on twitter and no response. Presumably it moves apace. Or awaits further funding or something.

      • No matter what gun it is, if its engraved, it increases my “must fondle” +10 levels. Man, I feel dirty saying that.

  4. Just when my faith in being American is going back to normal, some one reminds me how tacky we still are with an engraved gun.

  5. In 2018 I’d like them to release a special Die Hard 30th Anniversary edition Glock 7 that is totally undetectable to metal detectors. They can call it the “McLane”.

  6. Jump- verb, an action to go against gravity and go up, higher or over.

    Shark- noun, A salt water predatory fish.

    Glockenspiel finally matched S&W on the why? (S&W BG380 engraving)

  7. Really? It all looked good until I saw the polymer frame. At least make it aluminum! Then I’ll definitely buy one, or two

  8. Someone tell me what I have to do to enter one of these drawings… so I can do everything in my power to AVOID doing it!

  9. I don’t get the hate. I doubt any owner would carry and use one of these the way Glocks are generally (intended to be) used. It’s a 30 year commemorative to put above the mantle if you are, or better yet have been since ’86, a “Glock guy.”

    Heavy, some would say overdone, engraving, have a centuries long tradition in Continental European firearms. And while Glocks may be more obviously form-follows-function guns than the typical continental doubles, drillings et al; for all their finery, the more traditional guns were also ultimately prized world wide for how well they functioned as firearms.

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