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Resale value of a Glock w grip modification

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by maestrogustav, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. maestrogustav


    Nov 14, 2010
    Let's say from one of the best pros in the business-- a hump reduction and texturing will have what sort of impact on the resale value of a current Glock?

    Please let us know if you've had experience with this. thanks.
  2. BMiracletx


    Aug 3, 2012
    Abilene, TX
    I have no personal experience with GLocks, but I do know that for most guns custom modifications don't usually add much to anything on resale... and sometimes can lower your resale.

    Perhaps on this if you sold it to another forum member who is seeking a grip reduction then you might be okay. Personally... I wouldn't buy a gun with a modified frame or grip... others might.

  3. jakebrake

    jakebrake cracker

    Jan 11, 2011
    too close to philly
    normal circumstances, i'd say it's the kiss of death.

    these days, put it on gunbroker as an assault glock...and retire.

    seriously, photos would probably help to determine how much you'll lose off "normal" pricing.
  4. CincyBrad


    Jan 2, 2004
    Most grip mods, even from a pro, make the weapon look like crap. It will hurt the resale value significantly. When people buy used, they want a stock gun. Changing sights is ok, it's not a permanent alteration, chopping the grip is.
  5. matteblack


    Dec 12, 2003
    My experience has been different than other posters. If its done well by someone known it does not change value as long as the buyer wants and appreciates the mods. Thats been my experience. However, the challenge is that once you do a grip mod you have made the appeal of your gun narrow and finding that special buyer could take a long time.
  6. iflyem1

    iflyem1 Member

    Mar 15, 2009
    I agree. Once you make a modification you limit yourself when you sell the gun. I wouldn't make grip modifications if your thinking of selling the gun in the future.

    I personally don't like the grip modifications, even when done "Professionally".
  7. Mattkcc


    Dec 21, 2010
    I watch the auction sites a lot,semi retired, and have noticed modified Glocks don't do very well. I'm very wary of buying a gun that's been modified, got burned many years ago but the mods were reversible. I've been wanting to get a 21 but will probably get a M&P 45 due to the finger groves not fitting my hand. The finger groves on my 17 and 26 are fine. However, if I get the 21 and modify it it could cost me money down the road. Remember when you start personalize a gun you are doing it to your taste, this will limit the number of potential buyers down the road, also remember what's a cool mod today my not be cool in the future.
  8. jakebrake

    jakebrake cracker

    Jan 11, 2011
    too close to philly
    excellent post!

    and what one person loves, another can't stand.
  9. maestrogustav


    Nov 14, 2010
    Well, that's what I expected--

    I have three modified by Lane, and two recently acquired with hump still attached. Slow fire is no problem with either setup-- but when I speed up, the humped guns are all over the place. For me obviously.

    The 19 is the only model of which I have two; maybe I'll get my 23 modded and keep the spare 19 stock, and hedge my bets.

    But I must say, after decades of P7s and 1911s, the hump really messes me up. I know you can practice your way through anything, but going back and forth can be exasperating.
  10. I wouldn't consider buying a bubbad up gun of any kind. I don't care who did the work if it not stock most wouldn't buy it. Some people like it but most of those guns go for sub standard pricing.
  11. smokey45


    Aug 23, 2004
    Central Time Zone
    Glocks have resale value? Who'd thunk it?
  12. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    They do nowadays. The dealers can't keep them in stock. :upeyes:
  13. cfrye11


    Nov 19, 2012
    Almost every mod makes the value go down in my mind. If you mess with the cosmetics I worry about what you have done to the internals.


    molan labe
  14. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    If it was a model I was looking for I could see easily paying $50-100 more for a used Glock done by this place compared to what I would pay for a used Glock in similar condition but not reduced. If the reduction was done by anyone else I would be extremely reluctant to even consider purchasing it, if I did the gun would have to be priced substantially less. (No offense to anyone else who does good work, I am just not familiar with your reputation.)

    My guess is that if one was trying to sell a popular gun that had a grip reduction by one of the best, that they probably would get a bit more than an unmodified gun but that it might take many months of being patient. An unpopular model, or a pistol done by an unknown person, my guess is that one would end up getting 25-50% less than a stock version.
  15. South Fla

    South Fla ©South Fla 2015

    Oct 10, 2006
    I always thought that when a modification to a gun that was done where material is removed, I would believe that the gun has been structurally compromised and therefore, weakened.

    I would never buy one that was done by either a professional or a home brewed one.

    I don't think that I have ever seen one that was modified that was for sale in a LGS.
  16. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    I am indeed careful to watch out for altered Glocks. Factory new for me when I get a G22.
  17. ignantmike


    May 14, 2008
    if its the gun you want....and the mod's will help you shoot better.......why not?.....just dont sell the gun
  18. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy

    Jan 25, 2008
    Clarksville, Tn.
    For me a permanent mod would kill the deal.
  19. James Dean

    James Dean

    Jan 31, 2010
    East of Eden
    If your thinking about selling it I would definitely do it now. I'm not a fan of any modified Glock, but now if any you will stand a chance of selling it.
  20. up1911fan


    Mar 12, 2009
    Upper Michigan
    If done and documented by Lane, Bowie or Boresite i'd pay a premium.