Glock’s struggling to keep up with US demand.

According to OnPointSupply Glock’s factory in in Smyrna, GA are unable to keep up with overwhelming demand. The factory is running two 8 hour shifts and producing 4000 pistols a day!

They have started to import Glock 19 pistols from Austria to meet the demand. These pistols can be identified by the Austrian proof mark which is an eagle next to the letters NPv (“Nitro Powder proofed”). Austrian guns are proofed with loads that are 30% more powerful that regular loads.

These photos are from a Glock 19 offered for sale at the GlockTalk forum:

G19 Slidemarking Small-1

G19 Framemarking Small



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  • Crystal

    I hope this demand doesn’t affect Glock quality. I despise Glocks, but I know they can take some pretty serious abuse. One thing I usually do not question is their quality. This mass production might change that soon…

  • Nick

    I don’t see higher production rates comprising quality. One of Glock’s selling points is reliability/quality. They have a reputation to hold up, and I’d imagine they know their capabilities and where the line they shouldn’t cross is.

  • MrSatyre

    I ordered a G23C in January and have still yet to get it. The place I purchased it from told me Glock was back-ordered 250,000 units, but last week I called Glock and they told me it was ONLY 150,000 units. What’s 100,000 among friends, right? They are forecasting 7-14 week delays for order fulfillment.

  • jdun1911

    They been mass producing Glocks for a long time so I doubt it will affect quality. It isn’t as bad as AR15 tho. Some companies are running 20 hours shifts six days and still months behind on back orders.

  • Here’s hoping this mass production doesn’t affect their quality. Glocks are my firearm of choice, hands down.

  • redmanlaw

    My G19 is sitting in my local shop here in Santa Fe NM with my name and a deposit on it, just waiting for my name to clear the federales. I must share it with a lot of bad guys. I’ll be punching holes in paper by next Tuesday or even this weekend, Allah be willing.

  • Tom

    It looks like unlike my choice of time to build an AR15, I got in ahead of the big rush for Glocks. I bought my 17C as a range gun in June ’08 and got it in the first week of July. I’ll have to check the markings, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a pure import piece.

    A friend of mine is a Glock certified armorer, and has told me a number of great tales from the course required to get the certificate. He unwittingly donated another 100-something rounds to the ongoing tally on an original prototype model that has apparently gone through over a million rounds without any critical failures. He swears by Sigs, but after that course appreciates the Glock design a whole lot more.

  • jdun1911

    With the US economy going into a depression, I’m sure the AR15 sells will relax a bit. How much I’m not sure because people are preparing for the coming unrest this summer and beyond.

    It’s going to be one hell of a year or four, that I can promise you.

  • Ha! Who said Obama was bad for the economy.

  • redmanlaw

    The guys who lost.

  • Freiheit

    Why does Austria proof its guns with more powerful loads than the US? I would think that an international arms maker would make all of their arms to the same standard.

    Also:
    “Ha! Who said Obama was bad for the economy.”
    “The guys who lost.”

    The Libertarians? To be fair we say that about damn near everyone.

    Apologies for going political. 😀

  • Sam

    I don’t know if Glock has gotten over the problems that caused over 10,000 Glocks delivered to the NYPD to need major surgery, but it’s likely they they did.

    Still their are plenty of other pistols that go “bang” just as often!

  • Flash Gordon

    <iI don’t know if Glock has gotten over the problems that caused over 10,000 Glocks delivered to the NYPD to need major surgery,…

    Are you sure that “major surgery” wasn’t the NYPD changing the connectors to give their Glocks a 10-12 pound trigger pull instead of the normal 5-6 pound?

  • Brandon

    ordered my glock 20 monday, picked it wednesday, hope to shoot it tomorrow. not the prettiest, or most ergonomic but it is the only gun i’ll trust to shoot 10mm. i would not pay over 1000 for those other guns and i hate revolvers.

    i really wanted a 10mm conversion for my p250 but i don’t think that is going to happen.

  • Mikee

    So does this affect the rollout date of the new model?

    Also, with something between 150,000 and 250,000 being produced every 7 to 14 weeks, that is a heck of a lot of Glocks entering the US this year.

  • Sam

    “Are you sure that “major surgery” wasn’t the NYPD changing the connectors to give their Glocks a 10-12 pound trigger pull instead of the normal 5-6 pound?”

    No I was under the impression that they came from Glock with “the NY trigger”.

    The problem was a failure to extract. IIRC-they bevelled the extractors and called it the “Glock Remediation Program”.

  • rey

    30% or 130%?

    • rey,

      “Austrian guns are proofed with loads that are 30% more powerful that regular loads.”

      30% more powerful means the loads are equal to 130% of the original.

  • Ashley

    I have a gen 2 G-17 and it has the import marks you were talking about. does that make it worth more,, or just better??
    Ashley

  • Lynn Scheidl

    I just bought a G22 ….Gen 3 ….. it has A T …..stamped on the barrel ….what does this mean ? Glock Tech in Georgia said it was an Austrian Proofmark – that sometimes they are ‘hexagonal-shaped’ and sometimes they are ‘odd shapes’ but he couldn;t tell me if it was a manufacturing plant mark – an assembly plant mark ….. anybody know ? Is it like when they put a sticker on an F-350 and say “This vehicle assembled in our Kentucky plant” ? What does AT mean ? Thanks