Glock 28 Questions


September 18, 2005, 12:57 AM
A friend of mine was researching various guns to find one that his mom might like to carry. He came accross the Glock 28 and found that it was banned from importation. Does anybody know why??

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September 18, 2005, 12:58 AM
IIRC the Glock 28 is the .380 and it did not have enough points as designated by the BATFE to allow importation. Basically it was too small.


September 18, 2005, 01:00 AM
Can somebody tell me what the point system is? or link me to some resource?

September 18, 2005, 01:25 AM
Don't know the actual values assigned but here is a good explanation.

Although addressing the domestic production of these weapons
requires a change in the statute, which I support, existing
law already bans the importation of firearms unless they are
determined to be particularly suitable for or readily adaptable
for sporting purposes. I am informed that shortly after enact-
ment of the Gun Control Act of 1968, the Treasury Department
adopted a factoring system to determine whether handguns were
importable pursuant to this standard. The system entails the
examination of the firearm against a set of criteria, with
points being awarded for various features. A minimum score
is required before importation is approved. The criteria and
weighted point system were designed to address the crime gun of
the day, the cheap, easily concealable "Saturday Night Special."
Under this 25-year old system, small caliber, easily concealable
handguns score few points and are banned from importation.
However, assault-type pistols -- the new crime gun of the day --
because of their large size, weight, and caliber, easily score
the necessary points to qualify for importation even though
none of these pistols appears to have any legitimate sporting
purpose. Accordingly, it is time to reassess how the present
regulatory approach can be made more effective in achieving the
legislative directive to preclude importation of firearms that
are not particularly suitable for or readily adaptable for
sporting purposes.

September 19, 2005, 03:45 AM
II. The "Point System"

Pistols: A pistol must earn at least 75 points from the following characteristic areas:

Overall Length For each 1/4" over 6", 1 pt.
Frame Construction If investment cast or forged steel, 15 pts.; if investment cast or forged HTS alloy, 20 pts.
Weight One pt. per ounce; most pistols weigh between 15-40 ounces.
Caliber If between .22 LR and .380 ACP, three pts.; if 9mm or larger, 10 pts.
Safety Features Firing pin block or lock, 10 pts.; locked breech, loaded chamber indicator and magazine safety, 5 pts. each; grip safety, 3 pts.
Misc. Equipment Double-action mechanism, 10 pts.; click adjustble target sight, 10 pts.; drift adjustable target sight, five pts.; target grips, five pts.; target trigger and external hammer, two pts. each.

Master Blaster
September 19, 2005, 09:05 AM
I have to scratch my head over the 28 not being suitable for import.

Its the same EXACT size as the G- 26 in 9mm, and may be about 1 OZ lighter due to the smaller ammunition when loaded.

The 28 is too small light but the 26 is not ??????????????????????????????????

September 19, 2005, 09:31 AM
If I read that point scale right, it would have to be because of the caliber. A 9mm gets more points than the .380.

September 19, 2005, 02:10 PM
I don't believe there's any law against the importing of a complete G28 upper, which will fit and function perfectly on a G26 lower.

September 19, 2005, 04:08 PM
It's a blowback design!!
So, the concept of the frankenpistol would not work.
Also, the G26 barely makes points!! I think it comes in right at 75!!
So, the fact that it is small, the caliber, and the fact it is a blowback design makes the 28 unimportable under current law.

However, it could be made here!! But why?? It's the same size as the G26/27 and fires a less potent cartridge and the fact that it's a blowback design means there will actually be more felt recoil than with the 9mm!!

The G28 was designed for those countries, like Mexico, that have "military caliber" restrictions for civilians!! I know of at least two people from Mexico that post on GT, and I believe here as well, that have the G28. They say it's a fine pistol. I'll take their word for it because I'll never see one!!

September 19, 2005, 04:40 PM
It is my understanding that because of the blowback design, the recoil will be the same as a 9mm, if not more.

I used to want the .380 Glock as well, but knowing a bit more and with a bit more time, I think the 9mm design is just as good.

September 19, 2005, 06:50 PM
Why wouldnt you just go with a 9mm?.....The 380 is a crappy round....just go with the 26

September 19, 2005, 07:45 PM
I wouldn't own a .380 on a bet, but a G28 upper will fit and function perfectly on a G26 lower. Again, there's no law against importing a G28 upper.

February 11, 2010, 11:11 PM
anyone seen one in person?

February 11, 2010, 11:19 PM
Every once in awhile a G-28 will be seen on gunbroker. Prices are very high as it is a collectible gun here in the states. I understand they are readily available in Africa

February 12, 2010, 12:02 AM

February 12, 2010, 12:04 AM
Damn it! Zombie thread!

February 12, 2010, 09:38 AM
Someone I know who lives in South America is familiar with the G25/28 .380 pistols. He has said the reliability of the larger caliber Glocks just isn't there in the .380 models.

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