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Lyman Product Safety and Recall Notice

Lyman Products Corp. is recalling certain black powder rifles and pistols due to the potential of separation in the breech plug.

This recall includes black powder rifles and pistols regardless of caliber (including Deerstalker, Great Plains, Great Plains Hunter, Trade Rifle, Plains Pistol, Black Powder Kits, and replacement barrels; excluding Percussion Left Hand Great Plains and Left Hand Great Plains Hunter models) manufactured from March 1, 2017 to December 22, 2017. Barrels with the serial number in the range of A595960–A599026 are subject to this recall.

If you have a recalled item or do not know if you have a recalled item, immediately discontinue any use of the product(s) and contact the Lyman Customer Service Department.

Additional information and contact details can be found at the Lyman Recall webpage. ⇒

G19X

The GLOCK G19X is GLOCK’s first ‘crossover’ pistol. It has a G17 standard size frame, paired with a G19 compact size slide. It is still a locked-breech, recoil-operated, double-action-only, semiautomatic pistol fed by a detachable box magazine that is chambered in 9×19mm Parabellum.

The G19X introduces the first factory colored slide (Coyote).

G19X
Caliber:9×19mm Parabellum
Action:Constant Double Action
Frame Type:Standard
Frame Size:Full Size
Overall Length:7.44 inches
Overall Height w/ Magazine:5.47 inches
Overall Width:1.30 inches
Barrel Height:
Barrel Length:4.02 inches
Sight Radius:5.94 inches
Weight (unloaded):24.83 ounces
Weight (loaded):~31.39 ounces
Trigger Pull Weight:~5.8 pounds
Trigger Travel:~0.49 inch
Rifling:Enhanced Hexagonal Profile
GLOCK Marksman Barrel
1:9.84 RH Twist
Magazine:Stagger Column
Magazine Capacity (standard):17/19 cartridges
Magazine Capacity (optional)
Number of Safeties:3
Available in MOS Configuration:No

GLOCK introduced the G19 on 2 Jan 2018 and it was available for purchase 22 Jan 2018.

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Footnotes / Sources:

GLOCK is used as a general term referring to a collection of companies that manufacture and distribute GLOCK pistols throughout the world. They include but are not limited to, GLOCK Ges.m.b.H (Austria, headquarters), GLOCK, Inc. (United States), GLOCK America S. A. (South America), GLOCK Asia Pacific Limited (Asia Pacific), and GLOCK Middle East FZE (Middle East).

American Tactical Imports

American Tactical Imports, commonly known as American Tactical, is an importer of guns, ammunition, and tactical equipment into the United States. They are located in Summerville, South Carolina, USA.

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Footnotes / Sources:

Fjestad, S. P. Blue Book of Gun Values. 32nd. ed., Blue Book Publications, Inc., 2011.

Gun Manufacturers (List)

If you know of a mass production gun manufacturer that is not on this list please let us know by email.

All of the following are/were gun manufacturers:

      • 57 Center LLC
      • A & B High Performance Firearms
      • A-Square
      • A. A.
      • A. A. A.
      • A. A. Arms, Inc.
      • A. D. C.
      • A. F. C.
      • A. J. Aubrey
      • A. J. Ordnance
      • A. M. A. C.
      • A. M. P. Technical Service GmbH
      • A. M. S. D.
      • A. M. T.
      • A. R. Sales
      • A. S. A. I. AG
      • A. T. A. Arms
      • A. T. C. S. A.
      • A. W. A. USA
      • A. Y. A.
      • Abadie
      • Accu-Tek
      • Action Arms
      • Adco Arms
      • Advanced Military System Design
      • Advanced Small Arms Industries AG (ASAI)
      • Advanced Tactical Firearms
      • Agawam
      • Aguirre Y Aranzabal (AYA)
      • Aldazabal & Arrizabalaga
      • Aldens
      • Allies
      • American Arms
      • American Bulldog
      • American Derringer
      • American Eagle
      • American Firearms
      • American Gun
      • American Military Arms Corporation (AMAC)
      • American Regent
      • American Tactical Imports
      • American Western Arms
      • AMT
      • Andrew Fryberg
      • Angelo Zoli
      • Anschutz
      • Antonio Zoli
      • Apache
      • Arcus
      • Argentine
      • Arisaka
      • Armalite
      • Armamex
      • Armas De Tiro Y Casa (ATCSA)
      • Armi Galesi
      • Armi Jager
      • Armi Prandelli Gasperini
      • Armi San Marco
      • Armi Tanfoglio
      • Arminius
      • Armory Gun Co.
      • Armsco
      • Armscor (Philippines)
      • Armsport
      • Astra
      • Atchisson
      • A. T. I.
      • ATIS
      • Auto Mag Corporation
      • Auto Nine Corporation
      • AYA
      • Baikal
      • Baker
      • Ballester Molina (Argentina)
      • Baltimore Arms Co.
      • Barrett
      • Basque
      • Bauer Firearms
      • Bayard
      • Belknap
      • Benelli
      • Beretta
      • Berkshire
      • Bernardelli
      • Bersa
      • Berthier
      • Bettinsoli
      • Bingham LTD
      • Boito
      • Bond Arms
      • Boston Bulldog Revolver
      • Boyes
      • Breda
      • Bren
      • BRNO
      • Brolin Arms
      • Bronco
      • Browning
      • Bruni
      • Bryco Arms
      • BSA
      • Bufalo
      • Buffalo
      • Buffalo Bill
      • Burgo
      • Bushmaster
      • C. A. I.
      • C. B. C.
      • C. I. A. – EIBAR
      • C. I. L.
      • Calico
      • Century Arms International
      • Česká zbrojovka Uherský Brod
      • Cetme
      • Chaparral
      • Charles Daly
      • Charter Arms
      • Chiappa Firearms
      • Chief Marshall
      • Chipmunk Mfg
      • Clement
      • Clerke First
      • Coast to Coast
      • Cobra Enterprises
      • Cobray
      • Colt
      • Comanche Firearms (Argentina)
      • Coonan
      • Cotter & Co.
      • Crescent
      • Crosman
      • Crossfire LLC
      • Crusader Gun Company, Inc.
      • CVA
      • CZUB
      • CZ-USA
      • Daewoo
      • Daisy
      • Daiwa
      • Dakin Gun Co
      • Dakota
      • Dan Wesson
      • Dardick
      • Davenport
      • Davis
      • Davis Derringer
      • Davis Warner Arms Co.
      • Desert Eagle
      • Destroyer
      • Detonics
      • Diamond Arms
      • Diana
      • Diarmi
      • Dickson
      • Douglas Arms Co.
      • DP-28
      • DPMS
      • Dragunov
      • Dreyse
      • Dutch
      • E.R. Shaw
      • Eastern Arms
      • EIG
      • EKN
      • EMF
      • Empire State Arms Co.
      • ERA
      • Erma
      • Essex Gun Works
      • Eureka Gun Co.
      • European American Armory
      • Excam
      • F.I.A.S. Fabrica Italiana Armi Sabatti
      • F&L S.R.L.
      • Fabarm
      • Fabrinor Legutiano
      • Falco
      • Fausti
      • Fausti Stefano (Zoli Design)
      • Feather Industries
      • Federal
      • FEG – Hungary
      • Femaru
      • FI (Firearms International)
      • FIE
      • Firearms Co. Ltd. – Bridgewater, England
      • Firestorm
      • Flare Pistols
      • Flobert
      • FMJ
      • FN (Also See BROWNING)
      • Forehand & Wadsworth
      • Forehand Arms
      • Foremost
      • Fox
      • Fox Sterlingworth
      • Franchi
      • Freedom Arms
      • French
      • Frommer
      • Fulton
      • Fulton & Fulton
      • Fulton Arms Co.
      • Galena Industries, Inc.
      • Galesi
      • Galil
      • Gamble Pioneer
      • Gamble Skogmo
      • Garcia Bronco
      • Gecado
      • Geco
      • General Precision
      • Geroco
      • Glenfield
      • Glisenti
      • Globco
      • Globe Firearms Ltd.
      • GLOCK, Inc.
      • Golden Eagle
      • Gras
      • Great Western
      • Grendel
      • GSG – German Sport Gun
      • Gustloff Werke
      • Guy Jones
      • H. Koon Inc.
      • Hakim
      • Hamilton
      • Hammerli
      • Harrington & Richardson
      • Hartford
      • Hatsan Arms Company
      • Hawes
      • Hawken
      • Hawthorn
      • Hawthorne
      • Heckler & Koch
      • Hege
      • Helwan
      • Henry M. Kolb
      • Henry Repeating Arms
      • Herbert Schmidt
      • Hercules
      • Heritage Mfgr.
      • Herters
      • Hi-Craft
      • Hi-Point
      • Hiawatha
      • High Sierra
      • High Standard
      • Hood Firearms Co.
      • Hopkins & Allen
      • Hotchkiss
      • Howard Arms Co.
      • Howitzer
      • HS-21
      • Huglu
      • Hunters Friend
      • Huntsman
      • Husqvarna
      • Hy Hunter
      • IAB
      • Iberia Firearms
      • IGA
      • IMI – Israeli Military Industries
      • IMP
      • Imperial Arms Co.
      • INA
      • Indesal
      • Indian Arms
      • Ingram
      • Interarms
      • Intercontinental Arms
      • Interstate Arms
      • Intratec
      • Invest Arms
      • Irwindale Arms, Inc.
      • Israeli Military Industries
      • Ithaca & SKB
      • Iver Johnson
      • IWI (Israel Weapons Industries)
      • J. C. Higgins
      • J. C. Penney
      • J. N. Scott
      • Jager Kassnar
      • Japanese Government
      • Jefferson
      • Jennings
      • Jimenez Arms
      • Jing An
      • Johnson
      • JP Sauer
      • Kahr Arms
      • Kassnar
      • Katz
      • KBI
      • Kel-Tec
      • Kessler
      • Khan Shotguns
      • Kimball Arms
      • Kimber
      • Kimel
      • Kmart
      • Knickerbocker
      • Knight
      • Knights Armament
      • Kodiak
      • Krag Rifles
      • Kriss
      • Kroydon
      • KTG
      • KVP
      • L.C. Smith
      • La Fury
      • Lahti
      • Lakefield
      • Lanber
      • Lanchester
      • Langenhan
      • LAR
      • Laurona
      • Lebel
      • Lee Enfield
      • LeFever
      • LeFrancais
      • Legacy Sports International
      • Leupold
      • Lewis
      • Liberty Arms Company
      • Ljungman
      • Llama
      • Lorcin
      • Luger
      • MAB
      • MAC/Cobray
      • Madsen
      • Magnum Research
      • Magtech
      • Mahely
      • Makarov
      • Maltby & Henley
      • Manhattan Arms Co.
      • Mannlicher-Schoenauer
      • Marlin/Glenfield
      • Marocchi
      • Martian
      • Martini
      • MAS
      • Mauser
      • Maverick
      • Melior Liege – Belgium
      • Mendoza
      • Meriden
      • Merwin & Hulbert
      • Miroku
      • Mitchell
      • MK Arms
      • Montana Marshall
      • Mosin Nagant
      • Mossberg
      • Musgrave
      • NAACO
      • Nambu
      • National Arms Co.
      • Navy Arms
      • New England Arms Co.
      • New England Firearms
      • New Haven
      • New Worcester
      • New York Arms Co.
      • Nikko Arms Co.
      • Nitro Hunter
      • Noble
      • Norinco
      • North American Arms
      • Norton
      • NR Davis
      • ODI
      • Olympia
      • Omega
      • Omega Defensive Industries
      • Ortgies
      • Otasco
      • OWA
      • PAF
      • Page Lewis
      • Palmetto
      • Para-Ordnance/Para USA
      • Paramount
      • Parker
      • Parker Hale
      • Pedersoli Davide & C.
      • Pedretti
      • Perazzi
      • Phoenix Arms
      • Piat
      • Pieper
      • Pietta
      • PK/PKM
      • Plainfield
      • Point Right
      • Pointer Brand
      • Polish
      • Polytech
      • Portuguese
      • PPS
      • PPSH
      • Precision Small Arms
      • Premier
      • Protector
      • PSM
      • Puma
      • Quackenbush
      • Radom
      • Ranger
      • Raven Arms
      • Reck
      • Reising
      • Remington
      • Renato Gamba
      • Republic
      • Revelation
      • RG
      • Rheinmetall
      • Richland
      • Rigarmi
      • Riverside
      • Rizzini
      • Rock Island Armory (Made by Armscor)
      • Rohm
      • Romanian
      • Rosco
      • Ross
      • Rossi
      • Rota
      • Rough Rider
      • RPD
      • RPG
      • RPK
      • Ruby
      • Ruger
      • Ruko
      • Sako
      • Santa Barbara
      • Sarsilmaz
      • Sauer
      • Savage/Stevens/Springfield/Fox
      • Schmidt Rubin
      • Schultz & Larsen
      • Sears
      • Sears 2T
      • Sears 3T-A
      • Sears 4T
      • Sears 53A
      • Sears 54
      • Sears 6C
      • Sears 6C (Canada)
      • Sears 100
      • Sears 200
      • Sears 300
      • Sears M1
      • Sears M5
      • Sears M-5T
      • Sears T. W. 73
      • Sedco
      • Shandong
      • ShangHai China Air Gun
      • Shapleigh’s
      • Sharps
      • Shattuck
      • Sheridan
      • Sig Sauer (Sigarms)
      • Simmons
      • SKB
      • SKS
      • SKYY Industries / SCCY Industries Inc.
      • Smith & Wesson
      • Solothurn
      • Sovereign
      • Spencer
      • Spesco
      • Sport Arms
      • Sporting Arms Manufacturing
      • Springfield
      • Springfield (U.S. Military)
      • Springfield Armory
      • Squires Bingham
      • Stallard Arms
      • Standard Arms
      • Star
      • Sten
      • Stenda
      • Sterling Arms
      • Stevens
      • Steyr
      • Steyr Mannlicher
      • STI International
      • Stoeger
      • Stoner
      • Sundance
      • Suomi
      • Swedish
      • Syracuse Arms
      • Talleres
      • Talo
      • Talon Industries
      • Tanfoglio
      • Targa
      • Taurus
      • Ted Williams
      • Terrier
      • Texas Scout
      • Thalson
      • Thames Arms Company
      • Thompson
      • Thompson Center
      • Tikka
      • Tisas
      • Tiwa
      • Tokarev
      • Torkelsons
      • TOZ
      • Tradewinds
      • Traditions
      • Trejo
      • Triomphe
      • TriStar Sporting Arms
      • U.S. Revolver Co.
      • Uberti
      • Ultra Hi Products
      • Union Firearms
      • Unique
      • Universal
      • Utica Special
      • UZI
      • Valmet
      • Valtro
      • Varner
      • Vega Arms
      • Vetterli
      • Vickers
      • Vigneron
      • Vilar
      • Voere
      • Volunteer
      • Vostok (USSR)
      • Vulcan Arms Co.
      • Walam
      • Walman
      • Walther
      • Wards
      • Wards Triumph
      • Weatherby
      • Webley
      • Webley & Scott
      • West Point
      • Western Arms
      • Western Auto
      • Western Duo
      • Westernfield / Western Field
      • Whitney
      • Widgeon
      • Wilkinson Arms
      • Winchester
      • Wyoming Arms
      • Young American
      • Zabala (Spain)
      • Zastava
      • ZM Weapons

If you know of a mass production gun manufacturer that is not on this list please let us know by email.

Footnotes / Sources:

Fjestad, S. P. Blue Book of Gun Values. 32nd. ed., Blue Book Publications, Inc., 2011.

“Shop By Manufacturer.” Gun Parts Corporation, Numrich Gun Parts Corporation, www.gunpartscorp.com/gun-manufacturer.

“Brand Cross Reference.” Gun Parts Corporation, Numrich Gun Parts Corporation, www.gunpartscorp.com/brand-cross-reference.

Ruger Precision Rifle Safety Bulletin

From Ruger’s website:

Ruger has issued a Product Safety Bulletin for certain Ruger Precision Rifles due to the potential for interference between the aluminum bolt shroud and the cocking piece (also known as the firing pin back). Although only a small percentage of rifles appear to be affected and we are not aware of any injuries, Ruger is firmly committed to safety and is offering replacement aluminum bolt shrouds for affected rifles in order to eliminate the possibility of such interference. View Safety Bulletin PDF ⇒

THIS SAFETY BULLETIN DOES NOT APPLY TO RUGER PRECISION RIFLES WITH POLYMER BOLT SHROUDS.

Ruger Precision Rifles (regardless of caliber) that have an aluminum bolt shroud and fall within the following serial number ranges are potentially affected: 1800-26274 to 1800-78345 or 1801-00506 to 1801-30461.

For more information regarding this safety bulletin, visit Ruger’s website ⇒.

Mountain Eagle .22LR

The Magnum Research, Inc. Mountain Eagle .22LR is a recoil operated semi-automatic pistol. It is designed to shoot .22 Long Rifle rimfire cartridges in standard or high velocity.

parts list:

      • B 211 – Bolt
      • B 221 – Actuator Handle
      • B 222 – Actuator Pin
      • B 231 – Firing Pin
      • B 232 – Firing Pin Spring
      • B 233 – Firing Pin Pin
      • B 241 – Extractor
      • B 242 – Extractor Pin
      • B 251 – Recoil Spring
      • B 261 – Recoil Spring Guide
      • B 310 – Barrel Sub Assembly
      • B 321 – Receiver
      • B 322 – Ejector
      • B 323 – Ejector Screw
      • B 331 – Recoil Lug
      • B 332 – Align Pin
      • B 341 – Shank Pin
      • B 141 – Fixed Rear Sight
      • B 161 – Bolt Stop Pin
      • G 110 – Hammer Block Sub Assembly
      • G 120 – Safety Lever Sub Assembly
      • G 131 – Safety Knob
      • G 132 – Safety Spring
      • G 133 – Safety Knob Pin
      • G 211 – Grip Body
      • G 221 – Mag Latch
      • G 222 – Mag Latch Spring
      • G 223 – Mag Latch Pin
      • G 231 – Disconnect
      • G 232 – Disconnect Spring
      • G 240 – Trigger Sub Assembly
      • G 241 – Trigger
      • G 251 – Trigger Retaining Pin
      • G 261 – Frame Retaining Pin
      • G 271 – Bolt Hold Open
      • G 272 – Bolt Hold Open Spring
      • G 273 – Bolt Hold Open Knob
      • G 274 – Bolt Hold Open Pin
      • G 281 – Takedown Screw
      • G 300 – Fire Control Sub Assembly
      • C 091 – Pistol Case
      • MPR 2215 – Magazine 15 Round
      • SAM 2230 – Adjustable Rear Sight

gunsmithing notes:

      • Truncated head ammunition may cause feeding problems in this pistol.

related:

 

Footnotes / Sources:

Magnum Research, Inc. Mountain Eagle .22LR Pistol Owner’s manual.

GLOCK Announces Limited Production Runs for Summer 2017

This morning marks the opening of the 2017 NRA Annual Meeting in Atlanta. To mark the occasion GLOCK announced some special production runs.

The summer specials include a number of pistols and features the GLOCK community has been asking for. These include G17 Gen4 and G19 Gen4 pistols with front serrations, steel sights, and extended controls. They also include a return of the G17L and the G24, as well as the introduction of Gen4 editions of the G17C and G19C. We are also producing the G17 Gen4, G19 Gen4, G42, and G43 with factory installed night sights. In addition to these pistols, we are producing a series of pistols with Olive Drab frames: the G43; G26 in Gen3 and Gen4 models; and the G17, G19, and G34 in Gen3, Gen4, and Gen4 MOS configurations.

These pistols will be available at GLOCK dealers beginning in June 2017.

GLOCK announces a limited run of pistols for Summer 2017.

Random Knowledge: CZ75 Magazine Break

Most American pistol shooters have been trained that our magazines should drop free from the gun during magazine changes.

This prompts a common complaint among American shooters with the CZ75. When the magazine catch is depressed the mags only drop and inch or so. After the initial drop, they remain retained in the gun until removed by the shooters off hand.

The reason for this is the magazine brake. It is a small piece of slightly bowed spring steel in the magazine well that allows the magazine to drop and inch or so but does not allow it to drop free of the gun.

If you would like to change this behavior in your CZ75 check out the CZ Full Magazine Brake ⇒ from CZ Custom ⇒. Replacement of the factory magazine break with this aftermarket replacement part should allow the magazines to drop free during magazine changes.

I believe that the 75, all steel 75B Compact, 75B, 75BD, and some of the 75SA guns have the magazine break as described above. I also believe that the 75B Tactical Sport, 75 Shadow T, and the 75 Compact SDP do not have the magazine break as described above. If your experience is different, please let me know.

GLOCK (General/Rumor/Unicorns)

This is where I keep general facts about GLOCKs until I understand enough to put them where they belong. Some of them I fully understand, I just do not have any better location for the information yet.

      1. While the actual number fluctuates, about 65% of the law enforcement agencies in the United States use GLOCK pistols as their Department service weapon.1
      2. When US Army soldiers captured him in December 2003, an empty GLOCK G18C (standard frame, 9×19mm Parabellum, compensated, select fire machine pistol) was found in Saddam Hussein’s spider hole. On 4 March 2004, four soldiers from the US Army’s fabled Combat Applications Group presented the gun to President George W. Bush in the Oval Office.2
      3. The .45 GLOCK Action Pistol (G.A.P) cartridge was developed in 2003 as a response to comments that the large frame .45 Automatic GLOCK was too big. The .45 G.A.P. cartridge was developed from the .45 Automatic cartridge, and its shorter overall length allows it to fit in a standard frame GLOCK pistol. Thus, the .45 G.A.P cartridge provides performance that close to the .45 Automatic cartridge in a standard frame GLOCK pistol.3
      4. The GLOCK G19 (standard frame, compact size, 9x19mm Parabellum) is the most carried legal concealed carry gun across the United States.4
      5. The GLOCK Gen4 Simunition pistols have a polymer slide that has an aluminum insert. This makes the Gen4 practice models quite a bit lighter than the previous versions.5
      6. GLOCK models are numbered for Gaston Glock’s patent sequences. The GLOCK G17 was Mr. Glock’s first pistol, but it was his seventeenth patent. He designed the G18 next.6
      7. The GLOCK G18 was initially designed for airport security in Austria.7
      8. GLOCK barrels are hammer forged. The rifling and chamber are formed at the same time.8
      9. The GLOCK G18 is not a modified G17. For importation into the United States, it has a different slide, a different frame, and different parts.9
      10. The GLOCK G18’s rate of fire in full-auto is 1,200 rounds per minute. This means that it will shoot 33 rounds in just under 1.4 seconds.10
      11. GLOCK barrels have hexagonal/octagonal rifling (depending on caliber). This provides better bullet to barrel fit, better gas seal, higher and more uniform projectile velocity, and increased accuracy over conventional rifling.11
      12. All GLOCK G18’s were/are imported after May 1986. Thus, there is no legal provision that I am aware of that would allow for a privately owned, legally transferable G18. They are all law enforcement only (or dealer demo).12
      13. GLOCK Ges.m.b.H, to date, is a privately owned company under the leadership of its founder Gaston Glock.13
      14. In 2016, GLOCK launched a year-long 30th Anniversary celebration in the US market. GLOCK commissioned thirty hand-engraved G17 Gen4 pistols. Each of the pistols was uniquely engraved by one of five Firearms Engravers Guild of America (FEGA) Master Engravers and have a limited production serial number and certificate of authenticity signed by Gaston Glock. The pistols will be presented throughout 2016.14
      15. The 100,000th member of the GSSF was Mr. Gaston Glock, Sr. Since the honor of the 100,000th membership was kept in-house, a new member was picked at random, Daniel Thompson of Wellington, Kansas, and awarded a free GLOCK pistol certificate.15

This is where I publish things I have been told/heard/read that I have not been able to attribute to what I consider a verifiable source.

      1. While I have not had the opportunity to try it myself, I have been told that GLOCK .40 S&W double stack magazines will work in GLOCK .357 SIG double stack guns.16
      2. I have been told and have overheard conversations about, privately held GLOCK G18 pistols. It is unclear if they were said to be legally held or not. My understanding of the applicable laws allows no provision for this to have happened legally.17
      3. US Navy Special Warfare (SEAL Teams) selected the GLOCK G19 as their primary operational pistol. Although there has been speculation about the Gen3 having been selected, there does not seem to be any consensus on which generation has been chosen. Also, there does not seem to be any guidance on the future role of the current pistols being used operationally.18

There are some GLOCKs that seem to have achieved unicorn status in the United States. Those that I know about are:

      • Original GLOCK
        P80 … 19
      • Russian GLOCK
        There are GLOCK frames that have a ‘ASSEMBLED IN RUSSIA …’ cartouche in the place of the more common ‘MADE IN AUSTRIA …’ or ‘MADE IN USA …’markings.20
      • Bureaucratic GLOCK
        The first words out of most anti-gunners, and ignorant government bureaucrats when referencing GLOCK pistols is, ‘Why don’t they have a safety?’ If you are reading this, then you probably know that GLOCK pistols do have safeties – three of them to be exact. However, there is a GLOCK that is specially made for these naysayers … the external safety GLOCK prototypes. I believe that there are four of these to date. They are:

            • I have seen a picture of a G17 made for the original Austrian Army contract in 1982.21
            • I have heard about a similar one submitted to the Tasmanian Police.22
            • There is a rumor of one with a cross bolt safety made for the British Ministry of Defense in the late 2000s.23
            • There is the G21 that everyone assumes would have been submitted to the US SOCOM if the trials had not been canceled.24
      • Blessed GLOCK
        The Pontifical Swiss Guard have some GLOCK G19s (standard frame, compact-size, 9×19mm Parabellum) for those situations where a more concealable firearm is preferred. They are marked with the Pontifical Seal. To date the Swiss Guard has never sold any weapons at surplus; here is to hoping that they run out room eventually.25
      • Green ‘GLOCK’ (Non-factory)
        Russian black market GLOCK knockoff that has a frame pressed out of sawdust and a hammer vs a striker.26
      • Iron ‘GLOCK’ (Non-factory)
        Boris: Son of Kalashnikov over on the NorthEastShooters.com ⇒ forum made the Iron GLOCKs. The series of forum posts clearly detail the process he went through to create all metal replicas.27
      • See-thru ‘GLOCK’ (Non-factory)
        Anibal Salinas of @Weapons_Armament_Research ⇒ (Instagram) has cut slots into his GLOCK frame grip and filled the holes with see through windows. When coupled with a Elite Tactical Systems (ETS) ⇒ transparent GLOCK magazine, the number of remaining rounds can be viewed at a glance.28