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Would a USA made Glock 19 give me a better chance of no BTF?

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by SoonerDad, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. SoonerDad


    Sep 14, 2012
    Hey y'all...

    I'm looking at getting a Glock 19 for my wife, and it looks like my LGS has a couple of USA made Gen 4's for sale...

    It'd be super cool to own one of the first USA-made Glocks!

    If I go ahead and get a USA-made G19, do I have a better shot at the right extractor/trigger assembly/recoil spring so that we can avoid the BTF fiasco's? I don't know if the USA made Glocks were any different with the 'dipped' versus 'non-dipped' extractors, etc...

    Or is there any difference at all between the USA and Austria-made Glocks? Besides the warm patriotic feeling I'd get every time I look at it?



  2. Grocked


    Mar 2, 2008

    Based on the performance of new Gen 3's & Gen 4's, it appears as if Glocks as we knew them no longer exist. Parts once machined have been replaced by cheaper, less reliable, MIM parts. The new look, fit and finish have been compromised by cost cutting. Glock's fanboys will tell you it's shooter error... In a life and death situation a shooter's grip, stance and posture must be perfect for a Glock to function...yeah right.
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2012
  3. SoonerDad


    Sep 14, 2012
    Brass to face... Seems like a recurring theme these days....
  4. glockjeeper

    glockjeeper G19/J Frame fan

    Sep 9, 2000
    I got a new USA made GEN4 19 this last weekend. Its a blue label. I have 350rds so far through it and not one piece of brass to the face, all nice and neat to my right rear (4 o'clock).

    It has the new style ejector and the extractor is non-dipped, and an 0 4 3 recoil spring.
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2012
  5. D1N0


    Jul 26, 2012
    There's NO quality differences between US & Austrian made Glocks
  6. et45


    Mar 10, 2006
    If the US Glooks don't throw BTF then there IS a quality difference.
  7. zee90


    May 26, 2012
    There are reported USA made Glocks with BTF. Like D1N0 said, there are no major differences.
  8. SoonerDad


    Sep 14, 2012
    Thank you very much. That's what I wanted to know. I feel like I'm 'rolling the dice' with a new G19 right now, which would be fine for me, but I'm very concerned since it's going to be my wife's first concealed carry weapon.

    I was hoping by going with Glock I would BUILD her confidence, now I'm concerned she may discouraged if she's getting hot brass casings to her face...

    Still struggling...


    Feb 1, 2012

    With women it's not so much a concern when brass is landing on their face as it is when brass is landing in their shirt.

    Trust me, because I know from personal experience, hell hath no fury like a woman with a hot shell casing between her breasts.
  10. G-19


    Jul 1, 2004
    Dang, My Gen4 23 (2011) and my Gen3 27 (2012) must be messed up. I get no BTF at all, who do I call to fix this. I have not had one FTF or FTE, something must be wrong. Now I did replace all the upgraded parts, even though I had no issues with the old parts.

    Heck, Mine don't even rust, even though they are carried daily. However, that may be my fault, I actually take care of my guns. I wipe them down at the end of the day with a silicone rag and don't store them day in and day out in a holster. I even have a bad habilt of cleaning them at least once a month, to clean out lint and such and wipe down slide with CLP. This is probably why my Glocks don't rust, despite the new crappy finish Glock is using.

    Should I call Glock? Maybe I can get a new gun out of these problems. Glock should be ashamed to put out such guns.

    All kidding a side, buy a Glock with confidence. The stories on line are greatly exaggerated. Sure some have had issues, but I really feel these were small in number. It is funny to me how Glock gets bashed because of a few issues, that they fixed. Yet, Ruger has had how many recalls in the past few years? How about S&W? Go to the SIG forum and read about the issues they seem to be having. Are these companies getting the thrashing that Glock gets? NO. Any company can have issues.
  11. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    A different model would give you a better chance. I believe the 19 has the stiffest recoil spring to ammo power ratio of all, which is the root of the BTF issue (2 corners of the "slide reciprocation problem" triangle).
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2012
  12. Rustin


    Oct 12, 2011
    Central Ohio
    Whether the BTF problem is real or shooter error, why still consider it if your going to be apprehensive about your decision? There is a plethora of great striker fired, lightweight, capacious 9mms out there that are just as good if not better than the glock series.

    People seem to usually pick the Glock pistol without considering the vast array of similar options. It's a great pistol, but like any pistol, it's not for a greater degree than similar pistols considering many people, even dedicated Glockers, dislike the grip angle.

    I'm not saying this is how the op is thinking, but I see it so often and figured I'd ramble on it...
  13. Sveke


    Oct 13, 2012
    I thought the BTF issue was because people used crappy ammo. Really light 115 grain cheap stuff.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
  14. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    Interesting. I have not heard of any issues of US made Glocks and I have heard of very few reports of the US Glocks period, good bad or otherwise. But I admit I do not get out much. This question has come up a couple times here before.
  15. dusty_dragon


    Dec 11, 2007
    sorry for my question, but not coming from the US, but close to were gaston lives, i always thought that "your" glocks were made in smyrna/georgia?

    are they only assembled there with all the parts shipped from austria to the US?
    so you got austrian glocks assembled in the US?

    and now smyrna starts producing there own parts, so you got US made glocks, no longer austrian made?
  16. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    All of my Glocks are made in Austria. They are marked as having been made in Austria and then Glock, Inc, Smyrna, GA below that. When I went to armores school a couple years ago they said all gthe Glocks being made in the Us were being exported to places that could not have exports from Austria. Glocks made in the US hre in the US is a relatively recent event.
  17. t4terrific


    Sep 8, 2011
    Buy and older Gen 3, replace the recoil spring, and buy new mags.

    I have a Gen 4 Glock 19. It is working well now, but I wouldn't buy another. Not for a couple years.
  18. dusty_dragon


    Dec 11, 2007
    @Bruce M:
    i see, thanks

    all my glocks read only "made in austria" and that's it (of course also serial number, birthdate code etc.)
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2012