One of the earliest pursuits of the Glock Collector’s Association was the tabulation and then accumulation of “1st Series” Glocks. Gen 1 model 17s are always going to be collectible, but what about a Gen 3 model 37? Well, as it turns out, if it’s in the correct serial range, it could be worth substantially more!
Just for clarity’s sake, a “1st Series” does not mean only the original production models (most of those went to the Austrian Army and few if any would be found in the US). But for every model released, there is a first known serial bank. Often, the entire bank would be set aside for production of that new model so there will be as many as 1,000 of each model produced.
The following table is copied from the “Book of Glock” by Robert Sadowski but the information was given to him by founding member and current GCA president, Stanley Ruselowski Jr who might be the single most knowledgeable man in the world when it comes to collectible Glocks.
Two quick notes: 1. These numbers are the first known imports to the US, so it is possible that earlier prefixes might be out there, but they would have come to the US at a later date. 2. Prototype models do exist and frequently have special serial numbers attached (for exampe “J”+any number of digits is always a prototype model).
Thanks for your contributions to the community Stan!