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Glock must have amazing production capacity

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by ditto1958, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. When I go to my LGS's, I have noticed that Glocks are about the only guns that the stores seem to be getting a fairly steady supply of. No 9mm's I'm afraid, but lots of others especially .40 cals and .45's.

    Considering the demand these days for high capacity semi-auto guns, this is pretty impressive, especially considering the number of different models Glocks offers and also the fact that many of them are produce in both Gen3 and Gen4 models.

    Glock must have very prodigious production capacity and an amazing distribution system.
  2. Scrappy


    Mar 4, 2001
    MY LGS has good supply of everything but Walthers! They are wiped out of every Walther model.
    As as Glocks they are out of Gen 4 G23s but have gen 3 and gen 4s of other Glocks.

  3. DannyR

    DannyR Moderator Millennium Member

    Dec 17, 1998
    Roanoke, Virginia
    USA and Austria have been working 3 shifts a day, 5 days a week, producing new Glocks. Smyrna is in the process of doubling the production facility.
  4. As of the end of 2012, Smith & Wesson stopped distributing Walthers. I imagine it may take a little bit for the new system to get up to speed.
  5. DannyR

    DannyR Moderator Millennium Member

    Dec 17, 1998
    Roanoke, Virginia
    I work at Gander in Roanoke. As of last night we had:

    1 Gen3 G24
    1 Gen3 G35
    1 Gen4 G35
    1 Gen3 G22
    1 Gen3 G36
    1 Gen3 G29

    Hopefully, more arrived on our truck today.
  6. WayneJessie


    Jan 12, 2013
    They own enough of the market to keep distributors inventory well stocked.
  7. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    They have 70-80% of the LE market or something. That's a lot of pistols right there.
  8. 4095fanatic


    Oct 12, 2006
  9. but let me tell you something to be making that many products and have this few issues is impressive to say the least.

    Regards, GMB
  10. Pier23

    Pier23 Silver Member

    Feb 26, 2012
    Not to hijack, but since I have 2 Walthers...I missed this. What is happening with Walthers?
  11. JBP55


    Mar 4, 2007
    Walther is building a plant in Arkansas and will no longer be marketed by S&W.
  12. Pier23

    Pier23 Silver Member

    Feb 26, 2012
    Thx. My SmithWalther has the most appalling Smith logo on will be good to get the Walther back to its roots.
  13. Tiro Fijo

    Tiro Fijo

    May 31, 2011

    Total BS.

    Walther has a new IMPORT office in Ft. Smith, AR. They manufacture all their polymer center fire handguns in Ulm, Germany.
  14. JBP55


    Mar 4, 2007
    Are you sure?

    Walther Arms, Inc. today announced its U.S. operations will locate at Chaffee Crossing.

    Walther Arms will share a campus and business resources with Umarex USA who today announced it will expand its manufacturing operations to include components of both airguns and firearms. Combined, the companies plan to invest more than $7 million toward expanding the facility and operations over the next five years. The expanding facility will serve as corporate headquarters for both Walther and Umarex in North America. With the expansion, management hopes to create from 70 to 120 new jobs over the next five years.

    "Jobs, opportunity, Fort Smith, Arkansas." said Adam Blalock, chief executive officer of Walther Arms and Umarex USA. "We are absolutely fired up to see Fort Smith become the home for the iconic Walther brand and company. My personal hope and objective is to see more manufacturing and jobs return to the USA in the coming years and what better place than Fort Smith!"

    Umarex USA first leased space in Fort Smith in 2006. Plans to build a new facility at Chaffee Crossing were announced in 2008 while the airgun company entered the firearms market for the first time when it began to import the Colt M4 chambered in .22 caliber. All Fort Smith operations were located in the Chaffee facility by July 2010. Since moving into the Chaffee facility, Umarex USA's sales volume has doubled. In July of this year, Carl Walther GmbH announced the formation of Walther Arms, Inc. and the appointment of Adam Blalock as chief executive officer. While the decision on Walther's location in the United States had not been determined at the time of the announcement, the Fort Smith Regional Chamber, Chaffee Redevelopment Authority, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, and Governor Mike Beebe's office worked to secure Walther's business for Arkansas.

    "Fort Smith's excellent workforce helped convince Umarex and Walther to increase production here, and their overall Arkansas experience led to make our state their North American Headquarters," Governor Mike Beebe said. "Success stories like this will help to influence other companies deciding where to invest for success."

    Through the expansion, the German-based business, PW Group, owners of both Walther Arms and Umarex USA will relocate certain products currently manufactured abroad for manufacture in Fort Smith under the Walther Arms Company.

    "Umarex and Walther Arms is one of Fort Smith's great success stories," said Tim Allen, Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce chief operating officer. "Just a few years ago, we were all celebrating Umarex's groundbreaking at Chaffee Crossing, and now today the company has chosen Fort Smith as its corporate headquarters for North America."

    "Umarex's decision to increase its manufacturing operation in Fort Smith is a testament to the talented workforce in this region and we are honored to have such a great corporate citizen like Umarex and Walther Arms in our community," said Mayor Sandy Sanders.

    "Umarex USA has been a fantastic corporate citizen at Chaffee Crossing," said Ivy Owen, chief executive officer of Chaffee Crossing. "Their decision to expand with Walther Arms exemplifies their faith in Chaffee, Fort Smith and the region."

    Entering its 126th year, Walther has earned the trust of law enforcement professionals, recreational shooters, and athletes through its line of reliable PPQ, PPS and PPK pistols. Walther Arms manufactures and markets firearms of calibers ranging from .22 to .40.

    Umarex has been an expert in airguns for almost 40 years. The company manufactures and markets airguns, paintball products, airsoft guns and blank-firing pistols. Umarex USA's shooting sports products are marketed under world-known firearm brand names at sporting goods retailers throughout North America.
  15. TTex

    TTex Cannon Fodder

    Jul 12, 2011
    I would imagine Glock's production capacity is pretty amazing, but at this time so is the demand.
  16. Tiro Fijo

    Tiro Fijo

    May 31, 2011

    Positive. They have merely severed the majority of their contract (not all) with S&W and will now self-import their polymer line. Umarex bought a failing Walther in 1993.

    Despite the success of their wonderful PPQ, Walther, in the grand scheme of things, sells relatively few handguns in the USA. That would have to change dramatically before they decided to manufacture here. Especially in the turbulent political enviornment of the past month which can only get worse in the next four years.
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2013
  17. tbob38


    Nov 23, 2012
    Utah's Dixie
    Last year when I was looking for a Walther PPS, I could only find one lgs in the area with any Walthers, and no PPQ's at that.
  18. Slug71


    Mar 7, 2010
    Oregon - U.S.A
    Damn. You're lucky, shelves around my area are bare.
  19. Same here. even the way overpriced glocks at bass pro are gone.