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Old 03-08-2013, 19:38   #1
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Total number of Glocks produced?

Does Glock give out numbers on how many they produce a year or how many they have made worldwide since they were introduced? Would it be 5 million? 10 million total glocks out there?
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Old 03-08-2013, 19:47   #2
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Not enough. I want a G30 Gen4.
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Old 03-08-2013, 19:48   #3
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I seem to remember reading it is somewhere between 2 and 3 million.
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Old 03-09-2013, 00:25   #4
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~ 9 million. They are currently back ordered by 1 million. At their current full blown production rate they can produce 1 million in one year. They were adding about 80K per week for awhile. Not sure what it is right now.
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Old 03-09-2013, 01:18   #5
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~ 9 million. They are currently back ordered by 1 million. At their current full blown production rate they can produce 1 million in one year. They were adding about 80K per week for awhile. Not sure what it is right now.

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Old 03-09-2013, 11:02   #6
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Do the Math...

Glock just went to a Four letter Alpha-numeric serial #... because they ran out of Three letter serial #'s.

XXXnnn

So, at the switch from Three to Four, the last Three-alpha produced would be production number:

26(26)(26)(10)(10)(10)-1

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Old 03-09-2013, 11:22   #7
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Do the Math...

Glock just went to a Four letter Alpha-numeric serial #... because they ran out of Three letter serial #'s.

XXXnnn

So, at the switch from Three to Four, the last Three-alpha produced would be production number:

26(26)(26)(10)(10)(10)-1

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That would assume that they used every single letter combination, which is highly unlikely.
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:32   #8
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That would assume that they used every single letter combination, which is highly unlikely.
Why?

Look at the Serial # history.

AAnnn-ZZnnn...

Two-alpha, then Three-alpha, now Four-alpha.

Serial # - that's what they do. It's not a part # or code.




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Old 03-09-2013, 11:50   #9
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That would assume that they used every single letter combination, which is highly unlikely.
Using all possible two and three letter prefixes for thousand gun groups would mean about fifty four million guns produced so far. This seems WAY high, so clearly there is more to it than "always use the next sequence".
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:55   #10
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Using all possible two and three letter prefixes for thousand gun groups would mean about fifty four million guns produced so far. This seems WAY high, so clearly there is more to it than "always use the next sequence".
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:02   #11
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I just updated or did my re-cert for the Glock Armorer and did the 3 day Glock shooting instructor course. This information was relayed by the instructor and was confirmed by the regional representative who showed up later in the day.

The overall production number is common information disseminated at any Glock armorer course. The production backlog information is no secret either and Glock is upfront with their armorers, instructors and even vendors. They do not want any misunderstanding when ordering pistols or parts. The 3rd week of Feb 2013 was the first time in the companies history that they went over 1 million back orders. When the sales started spiking after Nov 2011 they hovered in the upper 900K for a couple months before finally going over 1 million units. Any regional rep will be happy to share this information.

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Old 03-09-2013, 12:03   #12
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:07   #13
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I can't believe Glock would even make their guns available, for civilian sales, with that sort of backlog.
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:17   #14
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I can't believe Glock would even make their guns available, for civilian sales, with that sort of backlog.
The American civilian market is the element that has made Gaston a billionaire. Without it, he would be just another wealthy arms producer. The Glock organization, whatever it now is, will remember that.
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Old 03-09-2013, 13:40   #15
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I will say that Military, LE agencies and certain distributors / dealers take precedent over others as to order status.
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Old 03-09-2013, 16:44   #16
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In 2007, GLOCK hit the 5 million milestone (source). So if we over-estimate and say that GLOCK has made 1 million pistols a year since, then that leaves us round the 11 million mark. However, since the production wasn't that heavy until more recently, I'd have to guess around 9 million or so (likely with another million on backorder like we've been hearing). While that doesn't seem like a really large number (since things like the iPhone have sold over 250 million units), for gun sales it's absolutely amazing, especially since GLOCK only sells handguns. I have a feeling that we'll get a press release or something when GLOCK hits 10 million (just a guess).
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Old 03-09-2013, 18:37   #17
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I will say that Military, LE agencies and certain distributors / dealers take precedent over others as to order status.
My LGS is a large LE dealer and they have been getting in a steady supply of Glocks. I have purchased a G17 G4, a G27 G4 and almost bought a G30S. All of these have been since late December 2012.
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Old 03-10-2013, 00:21   #18
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My LGS is a large LE dealer and they have been getting in a steady supply of Glocks. I have purchased a G17 G4, a G27 G4 and almost bought a G30S. All of these have been since late December 2012.
This is because most large distributors who do quantity have a continual supply of pistols on order. They do not wait for customer orders but rather just place orders throughout the year in quantities. Therefore dealers like your own are probably getting orders that were placed prior to the mad rush and will continue to get a steady supply because they continuously place orders without pistols being pre-sold. If you order something right now that was not previously on order already by your dealer months ago, there will more than likely be a significant wait time.

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In 2007, GLOCK hit the 5 million milestone (source). So if we over-estimate and say that GLOCK has made 1 million pistols a year since, then that leaves us round the 11 million mark. However, since the production wasn't that heavy until more recently, I'd have to guess around 9 million or so (likely with another million on backorder like we've been hearing). While that doesn't seem like a really large number (since things like the iPhone have sold over 250 million units), for gun sales it's absolutely amazing, especially since GLOCK only sells handguns. I have a feeling that we'll get a press release or something when GLOCK hits 10 million (just a guess).
Yes, Glock has never ramped up production rates as they have done in the last few months. Not even during the first election scare. So indeed the 1 million a year production rate only started a few months ago.
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Yes, Glock has never ramped up production rates as they have done in the last few months. Not even during the first election scare. So indeed the 1 million a year production rate only started a few months ago.
Before the current, run on Glocks, there was a previous run on Glocks. Glock started importing pistols, from Austria with the Austrian proof stamp, that were intended for non US sales. They also started making frames, in the US. I happen to have one, a 3 pin G34. The US made frames, that I have seen a pic of, have the famous upturned dust cover. It does no harm and prevents foreign material from entering the front of the pistol. They are now making complete guns, in the US, now. That's the production changes that I am aware of and don't know if it consisted of a "ramp up" or not.
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:52   #21
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I hope that supply never meets demand. If it does, the words "made in China" will appear on the Glock.
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Before the current, run on Glocks, there was a previous run on Glocks. Glock started importing pistols, from Austria with the Austrian proof stamp, that were intended for non US sales. They also started making frames, in the US. I happen to have one, a 3 pin G34. The US made frames, that I have seen a pic of, have the famous upturned dust cover. It does no harm and prevents foreign material from entering the front of the pistol. They are now making complete guns, in the US, now. That's the production changes that I am aware of and don't know if it consisted of a "ramp up" or not.
The majority of US made Glocks are exported. Go figure. The dust cover or the pig nose is an artifact of the cooling process when the frame comes out of the mold and starts to set up. It was absolutely not intended to do anything like keeping out foreign material. Indeed it has no effect on the pistol except certain .40 cal models when you mount a TLR or similar type of weapon light that screws down and distorts the frame causing frame to slide contact which causes the issues. Indeed the process has been "ramped up" as they are pumping out frames in an attempt to keep up with demand, which at this time they are still not able to do so. At least until orders numbers get smaller than production numbers.
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