Should I buy a 10 year old G26?


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jc650
November 28, 2008, 03:53 PM
I have a co-worker that bought a G26 about 10 yrs ago and has never fired it. I had another co-worker who is very knowledgable look at it and he said that it was in excellent condition. Is there anything I should be concerned about and does anyone have a ballpark figure of the value?

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louie19
November 28, 2008, 04:03 PM
See if you can take it to the range to put a hundred rounds through it. That'd be the ideal way - think of it as a test drive.

You can also run through the function tests of the different safeties. If its a good deal, go for it. You can replace all the internal pieces and even the barrel if any of those are bad. The only things I think you can't easily replace is the frame and the slide.

jimk66
November 28, 2008, 04:03 PM
Nothing much to go wrong with the 26. You might want to load up three or four mags and cycle them through the gun, but if you like Glocks and the price is right then go for it.
I sold my 8 year old GL26 about a year ago for about half price and it was is excellent shape as well.
JimK

krs
November 28, 2008, 05:01 PM
absolutely! I'll buy it if you don't.

Smithiac
November 28, 2008, 05:09 PM
Why not

Ken Rainey
November 28, 2008, 05:44 PM
It will be an excellent pistol...Glock is one pistol that it is hard to go wrong with when buying used, especially in 9mm. There were some pistols with serial numbers starting with the letter E that had frame upgrades offered from the factory due to weak frame slide rails, but if the pistol is 10 years old, it should have been made before that series. Ball park figure for a used but like-new-in-the-box G26 would be (depending on your specific area) around $375 give or take $50...the farther south that figure goes, the better for you! ;)

brett30030
November 28, 2008, 06:13 PM
The value of everything that can be bought depends upon the price

Me, Today

mgkdrgn
November 28, 2008, 06:15 PM
If it's never been fired, you could have likely buried that G26 in a pillowcase for 10 year, pulled it out of the ground, smack in a mag, rack the slide and it will go BANG! when you pull the trigger.

-IF- you are getting a good price, this could well be a find.

Price? I bought a similar G26 (not quite as old) for $425, which I thought was a fair price.

I have a co-worker that bought a G26 about 10 yrs ago and has never fired it. I had another co-worker who is very knowledgable look at it and he said that it was in excellent condition. Is there anything I should be concerned about and does anyone have a ballpark figure of the value?

oneounceload
November 28, 2008, 07:43 PM
compare the asking price to a new one - IF it's unfired, it's as good as anew one - and their prices haven't really changed much in 10 years - offer him what he paid for it, plus a few extra bucks for inflation.....

great gun - mine's about that old as well, works just fine

jc650
November 28, 2008, 09:22 PM
Ken Rainey-I believe the serial numer does start with an E. Will I be able to find out more by calling the factory with the serial number?

Ken Rainey
November 28, 2008, 09:38 PM
Yep, or there is a list on GlockTalk somewhere with all the serial numbers affected....IF it is affected, Glock will replace the frame for free with either an unsimilar # frame OR you can have them get the same serial number with a 1 in front of it from Austria, that's what I did for two of my friends that had them...took a little longer but they preferred it that way so that all of the serial numbers still "matched" ... If you know a friendly FFL dealer, he can send it back thru the post office for much less than you can send it thru UPS or FedEx...factor in this cost in the purchase price....

jc650
November 28, 2008, 10:33 PM
Thanks for the help. Once again Im amazed at the knowledge of the members here.

S&Wfan
November 28, 2008, 10:41 PM
Gosh,

My "newest" gun is actually one I bought new ten years ago, a 1st generation Kimber Ultra CDP.

Man, I'm feelin' old. All the guns I've bought since then have been used guns, older than that . . . mainly S&W revolvers.

HECK YEAH that Glock should be fine if it is in great shape!

A good firearm, kept in good condition, will easily outlast us all!

Enjoy it!

T.

f4t9r
November 28, 2008, 10:57 PM
I am glad I read the thread a second time. I thought you were asking should I buy a 10 year old a G26 :banghead:

MaterDei
November 28, 2008, 11:01 PM
Sure. The old ones aren't any uglier than the new ones.

Snarlingiron
November 28, 2008, 11:36 PM
I bought one about a year ago that in my estimation had a box of rounds through it. It was at a large gun dealer, and my guess is someone bought it shot a box of rounds, decided they couldn't handle the free pinky thing and traded it back on something else.

I paid $389.00 for it. It has had no issues for about 1000 rounds or so.

With all that said, with the current buying frenzy, I wouldn't be surprised to see prices a bit higher.

Great gun. You can't go far wrong, you can replace about everything in it short of the frame, slide and barrel for about $50.00.

jc650
November 29, 2008, 12:24 AM
f4t9r, when I look at the thread title I realize it could be easily misunderstood. I dont have any 10 yr olds yet so thats not possible. Im gonna get the serial number and call next week and Ill let everyone know the outcome. I was hoping to pay about $300 to be honest but it sounds like its probably worth more.

Ben86
November 29, 2008, 01:11 AM
I wouldn't buy it for anything more than $300, it's 10 years old for crying out loud! I think you would be better served with a brand spanking new third gen glock 26.

But, if you do want to buy it I suggest asking to shoot it a little first, at least 100 rounds or so. And be sure to field strip it and make sure you don't see any signs of corrosion.

I don't know how good you know this co-worker but make sure that the gun is not stolen and try to get a bill of sale at least.

denfoote
November 29, 2008, 05:09 AM
Both my Glock 26s (his and hers) are in excess of a decade old. They shoot as well as they did the day they first emerged from their boxes!!

http://usera.ImageCave.com/denfoote/A-GripG26.jpg

legion3
November 29, 2008, 05:38 AM
10 years from now people will be buying 20 year old Glock 26's and will be getting a heck of a weapon...

providing any of us are here and can own weapons :uhoh:

jc650
December 2, 2008, 05:30 PM
The cheapest I could get a new one around here was $500 out the door. I did purchase the used one with a holster for $375. Most people around me have said thats a good price.

Ken Rainey
December 2, 2008, 07:27 PM
You done good...even if you do have to send it back for a new frame...the dang thing will just plain spoil you being so easy to carry, take care of and shoot..:cool:

jon_in_wv
December 2, 2008, 07:34 PM
Thats only one week in Glock years. Glocks are made of a material that has the half-life of plutonium. It will be passed down to your great, great, great, great, great, great Grandchildren.

Or so I'm told.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
December 2, 2008, 07:42 PM
Should I buy a 10 year old G26?

Hmmm, is this a trick question?**

**No one should ever buy any Glock, ever, under any circumstances.

:p :eek: :D

zx12rider
December 2, 2008, 07:51 PM
Isn't there laws against that stuff? Seriously half of my guns are 10 years old or more. If it wasn't a glock I would go into a speal about old world craftmanship etc etc..... Glocks are good guns and will not wear out in 10 .. 20... 50 years.....

possum
December 2, 2008, 09:16 PM
10 years is nothing, especially to a glock, even 10years of regular use, i say go for it.

punkndisorderly
December 2, 2008, 09:36 PM
I haven't had a problem out of either of my Glocks (26 or 34) in several thousand rounds other than one failure to eject in the 34 in the first 50 rounds.

However, may not be a great place to start a 10 year old. Since it's fairly small and light it may end up giving them problems with flinching that may be hard to overcome later.

I've yet to see a 10 year old that could really handle a full power pistol well. I've seen some that could shoot it and have fun doing it, but the cartridge was really too much for them. Those same kids could put many adults to shame with a good .22.

Here's an idea, get the G26 and a .22LR conversion kit from advantage arms. Start them on the .22, then when they're ready, switch them over to the 9mm. The added bonus is that you can spend hours shooting it for less than 15 minutes with a 9mm.

possum
December 2, 2008, 10:00 PM
I haven't had a problem out of either of my Glocks (26 or 34) in several thousand rounds other than one failure to eject in the 34 in the first 50 rounds.

However, may not be a great place to start a 10 year old. Since it's fairly small and light it may end up giving them problems with flinching that may be hard to overcome later.

I've yet to see a 10 year old that could really handle a full power pistol well. I've seen some that could shoot it and have fun doing it, but the cartridge was really too much for them. Those same kids could put many adults to shame with a good .22.

Here's an idea, get the G26 and a .22LR conversion kit from advantage arms. Start them on the .22, then when they're ready, switch them over to the 9mm. The added bonus is that you can spend hours shooting it for less than 15 minutes with a 9mm.
no no, the gun is 10yrs old, not he is getting it for a 10 year old kid.

conw
December 2, 2008, 10:04 PM
Hope you guys aren't in sales...I have no idea why he introduced the pistol as a "ten year old Glock"...however, I suppose he may have just been honest if you asked him, which is fine unless you guys are lawyers or stockbrokers or politicians :neener:



The value of everything that can be bought depends upon the price

Isn't it the other way around, bub?

Ky Larry
December 2, 2008, 10:22 PM
I have guns in my safe that are pushing 100 years old. 10 years aint nuthin'.
If you like it, get it.

gym
December 2, 2008, 10:59 PM
mine are even older, close to 13 years old on a 23, and a 30 that's about 10yrs, they are in like new, except are broken in, as mentioned there really isn't anything to worry about, shoot the gun, if it fires 50 rounds, buy it, or buy it with the stipulation that you get to give it back, if there are any problems. Guns like glocks don't require much care as long as they are stored properlly, and the worse case scenario, is the recoil spring or mag springs may need replacing.

Retro
December 3, 2008, 01:09 AM
Glocks are like fine wines... they age to perfection. :)

Snarlingiron
December 5, 2008, 11:23 PM
Nope, these guys are all wrong. A ten year old Glock is worthless. Send it to me for proper disposal.

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