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Information Continually Leaking Out

A friend of mine recently posted some scans of an article written to review the “new” Glock 19s from the 1989 Annual issued by American Handgunner. Beyond just being cool because it’s one of the earliest articles written about model 19s, I found one detail that was especially compelling: the picture above is of the…

The NRA Museum

This afternoon I had the pleasure of touring the National Rifle Association National Sporting Arms Museum in Springfield, MO. (Yes, that’s the actual name though all signage and most references to it will abbreviate to “NRA” and, thus, avoid the redundant “nationals”). Most people who hear “NRA Museum” will think of the NRA Firearms Museum…

Also Featuring Glock Annual

I intentionally left off mentioning the “Glock Annual” publication from my last post about “Glock Autopistols” so that I could create another post to highlight this publication as well. The two magazines are identical from a content perspective and only differ in their covers, but have run in parallel since 1995. I have not ever…

Glock Autopistols Magazine

In an effort to deepen my knowledge of Glock variants with the intent of writing a true collector’s book, I began a small collection of Glock print material including back issues of Glock Autopistols magazine. GA mag was (possibly still is) printed by Harris Publications and has been a mainstay of Glock’s yearly promotional literature…

Early Glock Magazines

Recently, a few collectors have posted and collaborated on trying to better identify early Glock magazines–and the tabulation is just fascinating! The more early guns that can be verified with authentic magazines and compared side by side, the more versions seem to come out of the wood work. Eventually, this should be another section on…

The New World Order Began In 1991

Last month I posted what I believe was the first commemorative edition Glock ever made–a Fraternal Order of Police engraved model available to the Metropolitan Police of D.C. As I covered there, the success of commemorative models makes for easy profits for gunmakers and Glock has become one of the best at it! Their second…

Talo Premier Gold Edition

I’ve never been much on commemorative editions of guns because it’s always just seemed like a gunmaker’s excuse to boost sales–build a stock gun and slap a special engraving on it, then call it a “limited edition” and sell it for twice as much money to the same people who already have three of the…

Pictures of a Rare Duotone

Just a quick post to share pictures of a very rare early Glock 17. This pistol is an AC prefix model which is a great example of how the early design was not set. The slide finish is a greenish color of unknown original that was a predecessor of the parkerized finish that became standard.…

The Original Glock Commemorative

Among Glock collectors and enthusiasts, the above pictured gun is thought to be part of the very first commemorative run of firearms. Initially offered to Washington DC police officers in 1989 as off duty weapons, the sales success led to many many more special issues and commemoratives in the ensuing 30+ years. As you may…

What To Do With The M-Series

It’s been a little while since I’ve been able to be active on the website. I have moved full-time into firearm sales and also moved to a bigger location so my focus has been in the real world rather than the virtual–but in the last couple of months, I’ve managed to build out a collection…

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