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Desert Storm 1 of 1000

Discussion in 'Glock Collector's Club' started by Sherlock Glock, Oct 17, 2010.

  1. Sherlock Glock

    Sherlock Glock Lifetime Member

    Jul 30, 2003
    Dallas, Texas area
    Whats the value of a Desert Storm 1 of 1000?
    It is in the 900 serial number range. It has the orginal tupperware box with 2 HI Cap mags.
    The pistol appears to not be fired.
  2. Sherlock Glock

    Sherlock Glock Lifetime Member

    Jul 30, 2003
    Dallas, Texas area
    :wavey: I forgot, this is a G17 with the "Desert Storm" engraving on one side and "New World Order"
    on the other side. On the top of the slide all the countries that fought along side of the US.

  3. Sherlock Glock

    Sherlock Glock Lifetime Member

    Jul 30, 2003
    Dallas, Texas area
    Desert Storm Glock
    This was a 1991 series of 1000 Glock 17s which had special engraving on it. A list of names of all the coalition countries is engraved down the top of the slide; "Operation Desert Storm/January 16-February 27, 1991" is engraved on the right side. On the left side is "New World Order/Commemorative".

    The first 15 Desert Storm Glocks were special presentation models and had the special "bright black" finish. The special engraving on these was also slightly altered from the standard. These pistols were supposed to go to:

    UD000US: George Bush, Commander-in-Chief
    UD001US: Gen. H. Norman Schwartzkopf III (Commander-in-Chief, CentCom)
    UD002US: James Baker III (Secy of State)
    UD003US: Gen. Colin Powell (Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff)
    UD004US: Dick Cheney (Secy of Defense)
    UD005US: Brent Scowcroft (National Security Advisor)
    UD006US: Lt. Gen. Thomas Kelly
    UD007US: Lt. Gen. Chuck Horner (Commander, Air Forces, CentCom)
    UD008US: Maj. Gen. Robert B Johnston (Chief-of-Staff, CentCom)
    UD009US: Lt. Gen. Calvin Waller (Dpty Commander-in-Chief, CentCom)
    UD010US: Lt. Gen. Walter Boomer (Commander, I MEF)
    UD011US: Vice Adm. Stanley Arthur (Commander, Naval Forces, CentCom)
    UD012US: Maj. Gen. William "Gus" Pagonis (Chief of Logistics, CentCom)
    UD013US: Brig. Gen. Richard Neal (Operations Ofcr., CentCom)

    Part of the special engraving was these men's names and ranks engraved on the slide. In addition all of these special presentations along with the next 35 Desert Storm Glocks came with the Wooden Display case made specially for the Desert Storm Glocks. The remaining 950 Desert Storm Commemoratives came in the standard Glock Box, but with desert camoflage labels. [MakeMineA10mm]

    This is the lid of the box that the Desert Storm Commemorative comes in. In addition to the camoflage label on the top lid, there are special indications on the standard box labels on the ends which indicate it to be a Desert Storm Commemorative. [MakeMineA10mm]
    Desert Storm Glock

    These are pictures of the left and right sides of the slide. There are special markings on both sides, however they are restricted to the muzzle-end of the slide ahead of the ejection port area. Compare this to the full-length engraving down the top of the slide in a picture below. Also note that the normal markings for caliber and model are still there. [MakeMineA10mm]
    Desert Storm Glock Pic 2 Desert Storm Glock Pic 3

    The absolutely most interesting feature of the Desert Storm Glock is the top of the slide, shown here. The entire length of the slide has the names of all the countries in the Desert Storm coalition engraved in it, both above AND below the ejection port. The Desert Storm Commemorative is the only Glock that has special markings/engraving on the top of the slide right from the factory. [MakeMineA10mm]
    Desert Storm Glock Pic 4
  4. MakeMineA10mm

    MakeMineA10mm * * * * Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Feb 13, 1999
    Central Illinois
    Hi Sherlock.

    When these were first released, I remember them retailing for $650 (at least at the one dealer I could find who managed to get one).

    As far as current value, it is very hard to establish. These were Glock's first commemoratives (and hence oldest, too), most extravagantly-engraved commemorative, and they just don't come up for sale very often anymore...

    Another factor is that a lot of vets who bought them, used them. Now, there are pro- and con- arguments to this, but the bottom line is that in the collecting world, value goes up if it is NIB, unfired...

    The latest unfired (NIB) examples I've seen of these sold in the $1200 range, but this is really starting to get into the realm of an advertised auction item, where real collectors would show up and bid on it.

    There will be those who show up, and tell you it's worth $400. In other words, it's just a Glock, and is no more valuable than any other Glock... Well, I'll buy all THEIR Desert Storm Glocks for $400 sight unseen... (In other words, they're not collectors, and don't own one themselves, so I wouldn't value their opinion on this matter at all. On other things, fine, but not on collecting.)
  5. Shenron


    Dec 22, 2008
    Can you still find these? I would like to get my hands on one.
  6. Sherlock Glock

    Sherlock Glock Lifetime Member

    Jul 30, 2003
    Dallas, Texas area