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L Bow
September 24, 2013, 06:18 PM
Folks I would like your help with a couple questions I have regarding a Glock which I inherited.
Here is what I know about it:
Glock 19 9x19
I believe FU206 is the serial #
It also has "1989 Inaugural Model"

It has never been fired. I have the small plastic box it originally came in.

Not that I intend to sell it, but what would it be worth?

And if I chose to fire it, would it depreciate significantly?

Thanks,
Bill

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hentown
September 24, 2013, 06:34 PM
Glocks are just shooters to me. It'd be worth about $400 to me, if that, as I prefer Gen 3 G19s. However, a collector might pay $600-$700 for it.

silicosys4
September 24, 2013, 06:45 PM
There are glock collectors out there, a "1989 inaugural model" sounds early, could be one of the first "special edition" glocks done. If it was an factory special edition, and is unfired, it could very well have some collectors value.

http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1428447

powder
September 24, 2013, 06:50 PM
Not that I intend to sell it, but what would it be worth?

A lot. Do not sell it, but if you do feel that need first contact Glock USA in Smyrna, GA to ask if they would like to buy it.

And if I chose to fire it, would it depreciate significantly?

Probably. However, if you decide to keep it forever and need a shooter, you've got a family heirloom to pass down there-shoot er!

L Bow
September 24, 2013, 07:48 PM
Thank you all.
Silicosys4, your link, that is the Glock.
My father was a DC police officer.
My understanding is when the MPDC moved to the Glock, he was able to purchase his .38 service revolver, which had for umpteen years. He would not be able to purchase his service Glock, but these inaugural pieces were made available for purchase; the same weapon as his new issue.
I have some thinking to do before I decide to shoot it. But I am definitely keeping it.

Thanks again.
Bill

MikeJackmin
September 24, 2013, 07:59 PM
Shooting it will certainly depreciate it.

Glocks are modern classics; people may love them or hate them but it's hard to deny their popularity, and their importance in firearms history. In the future, older, collectible glocks are likely to be worth much more than they are today.

A few generations ago nobody paid much attention to old surplus 1911s, or old colt single-actions. They were everywhere, just cheap, everyday pistols. What would you pay now for an unfired, early production gun? Would it matter more if it was one of the first factory commemoratives they ever made?

Of course you might have to wait 50 or 100 years, but if it's a family heirloom, well, that will happen.

I say keep it unfired and safe, and meanwhile you can buy yourself a nice used G19 as a shooter; if you don't like it, you can probably resell it for pretty much what you paid.

David E
September 24, 2013, 08:24 PM
Depreciation only matters if you're going to sell it.

As a way to make a special connection with my deceased father, I'd shoot it.

beatledog7
September 24, 2013, 09:50 PM
You can find another G19 anywhere, any time, and make it a shooter.

I would go get one and leave that one pristine. I'm not a collector, so that's not something I would usually recommend.

Tecolote
September 24, 2013, 09:50 PM
It's only worth a lot if it's one of the very rare early Glock 19s made from a cut down Glock 17 frames. Otherwise it's an early Glock 19 with Austrian proof marks. If it includes all original accessories it's probably worth $550+, depending on where you live.

X-Rap
September 24, 2013, 10:36 PM
Keep it and buy a new one to shoot I doubt you'll regret having two and that is the worst that would happen.

Scrubber3
September 25, 2013, 07:04 AM
I for one would love to see pictures.....

hentown
September 25, 2013, 07:43 AM
I clicked on the glocktalk link, but didn't see anything that would indicate a value for the OP's Glock. The fact that a former D.C. cop thought it'd be worth a couple of thousand $$, is largely irrelevant to this thread, isn't it?

I'm still thinking $600-$700, at the most, and that would be a stretch.

L Bow
September 25, 2013, 09:05 PM
I'll try my best with a couple photos. Obviously I am new here.

L Bow
September 25, 2013, 09:06 PM
More

L Bow
September 25, 2013, 09:19 PM
"Inaugural" photo

I will not sell it. I am not sure whether or not I will fire it.
Lots to think about.
Thank you all for your input.
Bill

gym
September 27, 2013, 07:10 PM
You should ask a certified appraiser, I don't really think there are many "special" models, as it appears like a stock pistol, but it's worth investigating further. Also it may be a departmental thing. They could have ordered a "run" from the distributer with that written on the slide, "back then".

W.E.G.
September 27, 2013, 07:14 PM
This gun comes in the category of a fancy Ruger .357 revolver that is a model still in production.

Older Glocks in UNFIRED condition can command some premium.

50-100 bucks extra.

The "inaugural" thing might add another 50-100 to a very limited group of buyers.

Something like that you could post to Gunbroker, and it might sit for more than a year if you want to get the premium money out of it.

As noted - to MOST people, Glocks are just shooters.

Scrubber3
September 27, 2013, 08:21 PM
I wouldn't mind having another 2nd gen glock 19. I miss my old one. That's a good pistol you inherited. If you ever want to part with it, just let me know.

miles1
September 27, 2013, 09:21 PM
Im in the camp of definetly keep it and most certainly shoot it.I don;t believe in safe queens.

X-Rap
September 28, 2013, 10:11 AM
The Glock may just be a utility piece today but as has been said so was the original Colt SA Army and the 1911.
Show me an unfired commemorative example of either that isn't worth at least high 4 figures and I'll be amazed.
Yours has already gone 15 yrs, give it another 20 and get back with us.

Madcap_Magician
September 28, 2013, 12:59 PM
With the examples you gave, I would say you might see some money if you keep it in mint condition... for another 125 years.

bpl
September 29, 2013, 11:46 AM
I'd keep it unfired and go buy a new gen 3 or 4 G19 for a shooter.

CyrusBorg
November 25, 2013, 12:57 PM
I got one back then. Worked a deal to get it. Fired 30 rounds to test it, then put it back in the box. I'll give it to one of my grandkids if they're responsible. It was the first commemorative produced by Glock from what I understand. It came through the police association rather than the department and they cost a few hundred bucks. I've seen one for sale for about $1K, and that seems about right for a collector since there weren't a lot of these bought back then. Most folks were broke. A few opportunist bought more than one for future sale.

I bought a lot of the memorabilia back then. I think this is a nice little souvenir of that time when agencies where transitioning away from wheel guns (miss my model J). Bought an H&K P7 commemorative as well. Prefer that as a shooter.

If you're going to keep it...and as an heirloom you should...shoot it at least once for crying out loud. That's what it was made for.

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