P80 Glock 17...

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  1. patcrad

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    Yes. No “Q” in serial numbers.


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    I did not know that, I learn something new all the time around here.

    So if the first is run is 5,000 it seems that the prefixes are

    BNLP
    BNLR
    BNLS
    BNLT
    BNLU

    The first stock photo I saw had a BNGV prefix, same picture is still on a couple gunbroker auctions.
     
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    I’m in. Academy pulls through again. 599.

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    Joined the P80 Club today. Have been looking for one for awhile at a reasonable price. Had to take a trip today and while there I checked out a Gun Shop that I have bought several guns from and they had one on display for sale. Price was $659. Brought it home. Had been unable to find one in this area and they had recently received 2 and this was the only one left. BNLPXXX serial number. Got home to late to shoot today - will try it out tomorrow.
     
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    Has anybody opened the envelope with the manual to see if the enclosed manual is different from the normal Glock Manual?
     
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    I posted this in General Glocking, please forgive the duplicate post, but I’m so curious about this
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    What rear sight does your P80 have?

    Mine is long bar over short bar, so 6.1

    Is this correct?

    EDIT: I’ve looked at two YouTube videos featuring P80’s and the rear sight on both have the 6.1 rear sight.
     
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  8. glockhoarder

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    Since this gun has (fortunately for Glock collectors) attracted attention beyond the usual Glock collecting circles I wanted to offer the following details about the original gun and manual.

    First, there were 25K P80s in the first generation of deliveries.

    The time table is below:

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    One thing's for sure: I'd SURE LOVE to have one of the 200 Pistolen bis April 1983. For that matter, I'd sure love to have any one of the first 25,000 Pistolen!

    Of note, the earliest commercial guns that I've seen (early AA and AB) have 11/83 date codes. Thus, other than the first 200 P80s, the rest of the first batch of 25,000 guns were made at the same time or later than the first commercial guns.

    While I have seen photos of a couple very early (20 SN range) AA and AB guns which have 11/83 date codes perhaps the very first AA and or AB guns have Oct 83 date codes. It's possible. I wonder what if any date codes the various shipments of the first P80s had. The one in the Smithsonian does not have a date code. I wonder if any of them do.

    The manual that came with the P80 was not a regular Glock manual. It was not even the Euro manual that looks like a US 85 manual but w/o the date that came with the very early Euro pre-US import guns that has been posted elsewhere.

    In fact, the manual is that which is pictured in the photo above from the German language book.

    I am extremely fortunate to have an original P80 manual. It may be the only one is the US. I don't know but it would not surprise me at all.

    Here are some photos from my manual:

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    A couple of things to note...

    1) The P80 in the manual is of the "duotone" type as I mentioned in an earlier post.

    2) Very interestingly, the box in the manual has a German language label at the top right of the lid. This is the same location as the US import AF and the pre-US import guns.

    Here is an example from my collection below:

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    The one in the manual has the date, "1983" on it as well. I have an example of this type also, though mine has "1984". (I'll post that one when I have time to get to it).

    What is extremely interesting about this is that the very earliest commercial guns from the early Euro (not later American) AAs thru AD had only a hand written sticker with the SN in that same location. The commercial guns didn't go to the German language printed label until late AD or early AE. I have no idea why Glock had dot matrix printed labels on the P80s but not on the commercial guns until a bit later.

    An example of this type of label is:

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  9. glockhoarder

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    By request of a text of a fellow GT member I dug out the gun with the P80 format label.

    Here it is:

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    So, this is what a P80 lid and label would have looked like. Interestingly, some earlier (AE) guns had no date yet some but not all later labels (AG and others) had a date.

    As has been noted many times, the current P80 is a tribute not to be confused with a copy of an actual P80, an actual P80 box, accessories, etc. But it IS very cool!
     
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    Just FYI, more info added to the above post 168.
     
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    I bought my first firearm in early September which happens to be a P80. FYI mine has a BNLP prefix. The shop had just got it in stock.

    I like it, but the grip needs more texture. It's almost smooth.
     
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    All the 1st generation G17s and military ones had that grip. The textured ones weren't until later. The P80 was meant as a collector piece of the originals
     
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    Yep, I understand the history, I just wasn't sure how I would like it. It's fine for the first mag or if the range temperature is comfortable, but there are times when the range is really hot and the grip can get a bit slippery.
     
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    Yep. Get some talon grips or a hogue slip on sleeve. Will help a lot
     
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    if you decide to sell let me know
     
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    I assume right handed.
    As the gun recoils it twists upward.
    The only reason this happens is due to not gripping the handgun with both hands tight enough to limit muzzle flip and twist.
    Your support hand is too low on the grip along with not making enough frame contact.
    YouTube a video on what is proper grip on a handgun.
    I like Todd Jarretts simple video on this topic but there are many others.

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with the handgun.
     
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    JMS.... Could I ask you is the P80 Glock BNLP a collectable serial number.??
     
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    At this point, I have no desire to sell it. I have picked up a few mods for it, but nothing major. The takedown lever is much harder to operate on my P80 than my wife's G19, so I bought the extended lever from the Glock Store. Also ordered Tru Glow TFO sights and I will order Talon Grips as soon as I figure out which ones fit the P80 best. Any preference of rubber over granulate? I was at the range this morning and shot a fellow shooter's .45 with a suppressor and red dot. I think it might have been a H&K Mark 23, but I really didn't look at it. His grip was like velcro compared to my P80 which I liked. It was quite the nose heavy gun with the suppressor, but shot great. It was the first time I've shot a suppressed gun or used a red dot. The suppressor cut the recoil down to less than my P80 and the red dot is like cheating! :)
     
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    My local Academy still has these coming in. $599 plus tax. I noticed they climbing in serial numbers. First batch will be done soon.

    jeff, the p80 is a piece of nostalgia. I must compliment you on your first choice of a gun! Yes the grip is smooth, but one day you will have a pretty rare Glock to shoot. Nothing super valuable, but “cool” factor to those with good taste. :).
     
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