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Stippled Glock VS. Stock Glock

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by Iamaarmed, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. My question is not which feels better or which do you prefer. But rather which will bring more money and is easier to sell? I came across a Gen 3 Glock Stippled and undercut trigger guard and removed finger groves. Asking price is $500. Gun is in excellent condition. However I can purchase a Gen 3 in same condition for $445 completely stock. Which is a better deal and which will hold its value ? This maybe a difficult question.
  2. jhall1911


    Jan 1, 2011
    Why take a chance that Bubba actually knew what he was doing? I wouldn't pay more than 1/3 of stock used for someone's experiment.

  3. GRR


    Dec 29, 2004
    Bessemer, AL
    Stippling get negative dollars from me.
  4. Glock40man


    Feb 1, 2011
    The Midwest
    A "stock" Glock will be easier to sell. If you have better sights and extra magazines that never hurts. But, generally the "stippled" ones sit around longer.
  5. ronin.45


    Apr 24, 2008
    Unless the seller has proof that Cold Bore did the work, stippling kills resale value. I'm knocking at least $100 off a stipple gun.
  6. Thanks for the quick responses. I kind of thought that stippled mods would possibly create a white elephant in a used gun. Thanks for confirming my thoughts.

    The whole thing is that I do have a Gen 3 Glock 19 and mentioned the price points because the store had a used Gen 3 in the same condition as the stippled one. Also the store has a Gen 4 new for $525. just itching to buy a new Glock Also have a 36. Looks like a Gen 4 19 is in my future.
  7. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Unless its done by a reputable company, such as Cold Bore, it will destroy much of the Glock's value.
  8. Speleothem


    Mar 2, 2013
    Ascension Parish
    Some jobs look better than others,
    but many are just plain awful.
    Me, I don't like it and wouldn't
    buy one or deface one myself.
  9. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    Agreed completely.
  10. Earl E. Bird

    Earl E. Bird

    Mar 8, 2014
    Agreed, unless the custom work is performed by a pro, then it detracts from the value.
  11. G26S239

    G26S239 NRA Patron

    Mar 17, 2008
    I like the Gen 3s. I only had one Gen 2 and traded it for a Sig P239 357 in 2008. Stippling is not something I value at all. <That is not a dig at those who like stippling I just do not and it would not only detract from the value to me but I would not buy it. By the same reasoning the Hardchrome finish that I had applied to my Glock 36 in 2003 would not add any value to resale.
  12. jonmango42


    Jun 12, 2012
    Atlanta, GA
    Speaking as someone relatively new to buying/selling guns, stippling on frames looked cool to me when I first began looking at guns for sale. I honestly didn't know any better and thought the custom work would add to the value.

    It didn't help that most internet pics in gun ads don't really show the detail of the job, and that makes determining the quality of work more difficult. Also, when I was newer, I really didn't think I needed to look all that closely.

    Today I am a bit more wise in the ways of buying/selling/window shopping, so I much prefer a gun to be stock. There are many guns out there that allow you to customize without irrevocably altering it, so that would be my preference if I felt the need to customize a gun I owned. I'd also retain any factory parts I took off for a potential future owner.

    I guess, like cars, I rarely consider myself a gun's final owner. Plus, a large part of my purchase decision has to do with the gun's condition from the factory. I don't generally see them as a "work in progress," but I understand that mentality - I just don't assign a positive value to most of it :)
  13. BlaineAtk


    Mar 13, 2014
    So say cold bore did the work, value increases then? Status about what a stock frame would go for? Just wondering....

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  14. GRR


    Dec 29, 2004
    Bessemer, AL
    Personal preference. I don't care who does it. It would reduce the value for me.
  15. SJ 40

    SJ 40

    Jan 17, 2011
    If you want a stock Glock that you can get a grip on and keep a grip o, look for whatever model you want in Glocks RTF 2 grip frame.
    That had to be the best griping frame from the factory Glock ever developed. SJ 40
  16. i agree with others. if you are into stippling and its done by a professional well known company it might add a "little" value. but in all honesty since its such a "touchy" topic i compare it to custom parts on a motorcycle. you rarely get anything close to the $ you have into it just trying to sell it out right. thats why most people recommend parting it out and going back to stock.
  17. DJCantonGA


    Feb 1, 2014
    North GA
    Maybe to some, but definitely not to me. I wouldn't even consider buying a stippled gun, unless it was a steal.
  18. ronin.45


    Apr 24, 2008
    I don't think I'd put a premium on a Cold Bore Glock. I just wouldn't look at it as unbuyable. Maybe in the same range as a non stippled.
  19. Dutch110


    Feb 24, 2012
    I have two Glocks that were worked on by Glockworx. Slide work, stippling, triggers etc... I did it to personalize the guns for me, not for someone else who I might sell it to down the line. For me they are perfect. Maybe not so for someone else. Just like my Harley and other motorcycles I have owned. Any work done to them was to make the bike fit and perform well for my preferances. Going into it you have to understand that you will never get out of the gun what you put into it. If that is even part of the thought process you should leave it stock. That being said I have seen some real hack jobs on stippling and unless it was done professionally I'd stay away from it.
  20. You can always F'up a gun, but you can't un-F'up a gun.

    Buy what you want, and pay what you think it is worth.