Here is something you don’t get to see every day. If you looked at the headline picture and thought these guns have to be machine engraved done by a local hack, think again. These examples are part of a small set of Glock factory, hand engraved pistols imported into the U.S. about eight years ago.
Thankfully, my new friends Chris and Brian were willing to share some images and information regarding these unique specimens.
Hand Engraved and Inlaid Glock Pistols:
Glock acknowledged the import of 75 guns total in 2009, more than my original assumption of twenty.
All of the pistols are prefixed with ELP as the first digits of the serial number. According to the source at glock there were three grades of pistols done.
Unfortunately Glock is rather tight lipped about specifics. Even on the guns themselves. They auctioned off a gun and featured it at 2012 SHOT, was a 17 with the Statue of Liberty engraved on it, ELP prefix. Looked machine engraved.
Some of the other pistols I was able to look at when I bought mine were model 26’s, a 17L, and a 22. All of them were models that were also machine engraved. OMB guns in Olathe had maybe twelve of the guns total, unfortunately they are closed down for business as of about a month ago. I will assume the two that I have are what they call a grade three with the hand engraving.
Glock declined to offer a letter of authenticity or any sort of factory documentation.
Other engraved Glocks available at the time. Some of these may be machine engraved.
Usually, I am not a fan of engraving on modern guns, however if I had the spare cash, being the Glock fan that I am, I’d consider this a once-in-a-lifetime type of purchase.
The price? I’ll entertain guesses because Brian is keeping that part of the story to himself. Thanks for sharing, Brian.