USA vs Austrian Made Frames

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  1. TedG954

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    Other than the location of where they were made, is there any real difference between a frame that is made in Georgia vs a frame that is "Made in Austria"?
     
  2. legion3

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    Probably not, however I prefer a "true" Austrian made Glock. So far US made frames have seemed to hold up but who knows in the long run. I prefer Italian made Beretta's and US made Colts.

    Sig's made in America have had some issues as compared to the German made guns but I'm not a sig guy so I can only pass on what I have read.

    Made in America is not always a statement of quality these days. But then again quality seems to be slipping on many products wherever they're made.

    When I buy a car I look at non-US makers lots first.
     

  3. american lockpicker

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    I don't know if there is a difference but I prefer and will only buy the Made in Austria ones.
     
  4. G26S239

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    Just out of curiosity I checked my NGS prefix Glock 17 that I got last June, the casing envelope indicates a collection date of 5/20/09, and it has all Austrian markings. I would still keep it if it had American marking because 1) Function and accuracy have been flawless at the range and 2) I am not going to assume, based on internet speculation, that American workers are too stupid to be trained to properly manufacture injection molded frames. People can, and do, cherry pick problems like Beretta slide separation, West German Sig frames cracking or 40 caliber Glock kabooms and try to draw others into inferring that the entire company output sucks. When I see credible evidence that American made Glock frames suck then I will take note, until then all I have seen is speculation on the matter.

    I have four Exeter Sigs that were made after the Anti Christ (according to the chicken littles) Cohen took over the company and all four are 100% reliable and accurate. I trust my own experience much more than I take stock in internet speculation about all new Sigs sucking.
     
  5. JBJ16

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    The markings. It is marked with the Austrian NPv mark. Not only on the frame, but also the slide and barrel. NPv is short for Nitro Powder Proofing IIRC. USA glocks are devoid of these markings. And instead of Glock Inc., Smyrna Georgia you have Glock Ges.MBH on the frame IIRC.

    NPv's. That is what's stamped on my Austrian G31
     
  6. LRB2GZ

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    There is no difference.

    My US framed 17 has been 100% reliable for thousands of rounds now.
     
  7. AZ Husker

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    It's funny how the 1911 guys put emphasis on "Made in the USA" and some Glock guys just the opposite!
     
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    I think it's because a lot of people like to buy things where to were invented or where they are "supposed to be made." An American 1911 is preferable to say a Brazilian 1911 just as a German Sig is preferable to an American Sig.

    I would think the same thing holds true for other tools like German BMWs being preferable to American BMWs and American Fords being preferable to Mexican Fords.

    However, as long as the plant is run by the parent company there shouldn't be a quality difference in theory. I.E. Ford plants in Mexico run by Ford and BMW plants in SC run by BMW. This isn't true when the work is contracted out or imported, so a S&W made Walther or a HS made XD are third party and need to be evaluated differently from a Glock factory in the US ran by Glock or a Beretta factory in the US run by Beretta.
     
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    Amen Brother !!
     
  10. mad.gunsmith

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    I believe that's false. The NPv guns are assembled in Austria, while all Glocks except those that say only "Glock Inc Smyrna GA" on the frame are made in Austria. Most Glocks sold in US say "made in Austria" on the frame, indicating that it is made in Austria.

    Someone more knowledgeable than me will be along to explain better.

     
  12. GIockGuy24

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    The American-made frames are likely made with newer equipment.
     
  13. busadude

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    this is what im thinking also ...??:dunno:
     
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    just curious, my 26 is made in Austria and what does that little symbol mean on the barrel next to the Glock symbol? its a 5 sided thing?
     
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    it is a mark to show what the bore pattern is. hexogonal rifling....
     
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    I have a G17 that is made in the USA. This is one of the first US made. It is my IDPA gun, I can't tell the difference from my other 8 Glocks..
     
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    I prefer Austrian made.