Hand Engraved And Gold Inlaid Factory Glocks

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.

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  • Nicks87

    That 17L though…

  • Will

    You know, I approve. Its high level craftsmanship on the ultimate commodity pistol and the juxtaposition between the ornate engraving on the slide and the everyday frame is amusing. 2 thumbs up.

    • ExMachina1

      “2 thumbs up”

      or at least forward…

  • RSG

    How much do you want for the 26, Wonka?

  • Rick O’Shay

    Eh, I don’t care for it. Engraving on Tupperware guns looks out of place, doesn’t matter who makes the gun or whether it was a factory piece.

    • tiger

      Party pooper…

  • Speedle

    Inspired by WE airsoft?

  • ostiariusalpha

    Say what you will about the suitability of the canvas, but the level of detail on that G19 with the gilt scroll over the 19 & Austria is intense; and the G17L and two G26 pistols have beautifully elegant panels. Even if it was just for show, someone should create some wood frames for these out a high grade walnut.

  • Nashvone

    I can appreciate the beauty of the work. I can appreciate a handgun that works every time it has to. Mixing the two together? I’ll never understand.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Perfect for the guy who drives a Toyota Camry with a $20,000 custom paint job.

    • Alan

      $200 saddle, $20 Govt Mule, but Camry/paint job says it better.

      Have they ever made a gold one for a dictator? Maybe Gaddafi really was trying to buy the “skyjacker special porcelain Glock 7’s so Gaston would build him a 24kt G17.

      • Anonymoose

        Gaddafi carried a Hi-Power with his own face carved into the grips.

  • Joshua

    lipstick, meet pig

  • punished inspector

    engravings offer no tactical advantage whatsoever t. revolver ocelot

    • tiger

      It would make me buy one….

  • Anonymoose

    I would like that 17L slide on one of those metal frames they used to make, but otherwise https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2fe90bd4a80c7e023ecf1ade462afa2a543c8a8c185578ef3e950847fccb69fe.png

  • feline74

    Something I’ve been curious about for a while now–how durable are fancily decorated weapons like these? Are they strictly for show, or could the owner take them to the range without the inlay falling off?

    • ostiariusalpha

      Professional level gilding doesn’t come of just from shooting, but it’s still just gold, so it isn’t resistant to scuffing in any real sense; you wouldn’t like what riding in a holster would do to the finish. General Patton regularly carried a nicely engraved Colt SAA that had been silvered, and the wear is only somewhat noticeable.

      • Steve_7

        Silver isn’t the same as gold. You can get away with silver, but gold, forget it. Low melting point, very soft. Especially not practical on a semi-auto.

        • ostiariusalpha

          The silver finishes are more durable, but you’re not really under the impression that they are using pure gold, right? They never do that, it’s always an alloy for increased toughness. Not suitable for EDC, for sure, but plenty good enough for occasional use. The silver is also prone to tarnish, so there are certain aspects where it is more maintenance intensive than gold.

          • Steve_7

            How much direct experience have you got with gold-plated or engraved guns with gold inlays? I’ve owned several. Even if it’s 18K gold or less, it’s still soft and it still melts easily.

          • ostiariusalpha

            Did it have the barrier layers? It’s the nickel substrates that make it tougher, not just whether it is 18K or 14K.

          • ostiariusalpha

            Also, if you’re getting a gun up to 1700°F (the melting point of 18K yellow gold), then you should worry more about having your ammunition cook-off than whatever’s going on with your decorative gilding.

          • Steve_7

            My experience is that it is soft and gums up the gun. Carbon residue sticks in it and then to get the carbon off you end up scraping the gold off. But even if it’s just a showboat gun you can easily damage the gold, for example I’ve got a SIG-Sauer JP226 and the hammer is gold-plated, just by working the slide (once) the gold on the face of the hammer got scraped off. As for nickel, depends on the metal, for example I had a 92FS Inox which had gold inlays and they started to peel off, that was a factory job, I never even touched the inlays. The only guns where you can get away with it imo are say double barrel shotguns which have few moving parts, but even then any degree of them getting knocked about damages the gold very easily, it’s just too soft. It really is completely impractical on a gun you’re going to use and even for a display piece, it’s handle with care.

          • ostiariusalpha

            Well, that’s an interesting story. I don’t think you should be too surprised about the hammer face, even titanium nitride wears down to bare metal pretty quickly. Here is a Lew Horton Limited Edition P220: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9cfa5e2876e28cb036a173f8f7ab896786ad2c099fa9666e5afe8f32493195e2.jpg
            It has about a hundred rounds through it, but the plating is holding up just fine. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dad7e5242296547a58cfca6517c45e4901ac4959ddef9718b4d46f39267eac42.jpg
            Here is another one with a similar round count, and again the plating is in great shape. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/10d2151b69bcc90a24f87bca99a5237936812305fac3b8940d8ec919938708b3.jpg

          • Steve_7

            Well to be picky, the seal on the top of the slide looks a bit iffy above “Schweiz”, but this is my point, people who buy these things are picky. That JP226 was only cocked once by racking the slide with the hammer down and that was enough to take the gold off. And it wasn’t cocked by me, I hasten to add, because I knew it would be a bad idea based on my prior experience.

          • ostiariusalpha

            I don’t think anyone would shoot a gun like this if they were deeply concerned with it’s resale value. The point is that it doesn’t just fall apart if you’re simply shooting it, but it ain’t exactly a hard chrome coating either. If you want it to stay absolutely pristine, then yes, it’s white gloves and display box time.

    • Steve_7

      You can’t shoot them, not if you want the finish to stay unmarked. Even handling them is questionable, say you work the slide, you’ve got to grab the slide. It’s cotton gloves time.

  • Django

    It must be nice to be rich? What next, gold plated Legos for the kids?

  • Richard Chelvan

    Trying to turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse! LOL!

  • tiger

    Finally, a pretty Glock. I actually like engraving & fancy grips on guns. Tacticool black is boring.

  • Mark Wynn

    It’s a PLASTIC gun! Duh …

  • Steve_7

    One of the dumbest things you can do with a gun imx is put gold-plating on it. Gets damaged really easily as gold is so soft, and if it’s on any of the working parts it gums up the whole gun. Then bits of gold can come off and also clog up the gun. Then you can never sell the thing because the slightest mark puts off a buyer and it’s next to impossible to not get small indentations or scratches on it. Even if you never shoot it.

    • ostiariusalpha

      That’s cheap electroplating man, that isn’t what’s been done on these guns.

      • Steve_7

        It’s easily marked or scratched, I’ve had several guns similar to the ones pictured.