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What to do with an ugly Glock 17 frame? Or two?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by cc-hangfire, Oct 16, 2017.

  1. cc-hangfire

    cc-hangfire Member

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    In the past couple of years of looking for bargains and project guns, i have ended up with two ugly Glock 17 frames.

    One is a gen2 frame that is shortened to Glock 19 length - the frame was a LE trade and had such severe wear at the bottom that the jagged plastic edge would draw blood if you brushed against it. It is a stripped frame with no internal parts right now.

    The other is a gen1 frame that has a "bubba" grip & stipple job by the prior owner. The back strap was filled with white epoxy then ground so far that the white shows (until I painted it), and it is stippled all over, and I do mean all over. This frame does have all it's internal parts, so any gen1, gen2, or gen3 slide assembly makes it a complete gun. But to quote an old friend, it is uglier than a dog's butt sewed up with a grape vine.

    Therefore, neither have any "collector:" value - (hehehe; sorry, i can't say that with a straight face about a plastic pistol)

    My dilemma is what to do with them. I could:

    1) take them to local LE and do the process needed to destroy them and have their serial numbers so recorded.

    2) shop around for inexpensive slide assemblies and a lower/grip parts kit, and eventually rebuild them. I don't really want two compromised Glock 17's though. And i surely don't need them. even for truck/boat/workshop guns.

    3) try to sell them, although - in the current buyer's market - i can't imagine anyone wanting such things.

    4) just put them in the in the back of the safe.

    So, I am asking for other, constructive ideas and suggestions. Is there any way to fix a bad stipple job and a bad grip reduction job? I've looked at magwell extensions a little bit; are there any that would restore the shortened grip to G17 length? Other ideas?
     
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  2. 460Shooter

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    1) take them to local LE and do the process needed to destroy them and have their serial numbers so recorded.
     
  3. edwardware

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    Sell them, cheap, to someone playing with aftermarket parts or carbine kits. They'll surely bring enough to be worth your trip to your FFL.
     
  4. bannockburn

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    I would go with Option #3: sell them if you can. Can't see fixing them up as being a worthwhile or profitable venture. Try and get something for them and move on to your next "bargain".
     
  5. Ohen Cepel

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    Sell one and use that money towards a Mech Tech upper for the other one. Or, sell both.
     
  6. FL-NC

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    They aren't worth anything. I would just hang onto them for spares. You never know what you may come across one day, or someone you know may want a project, or need to replace a damaged frame.
     
  7. rsrocket1

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    #1 and strip it of everything but the plastic.
    But first get a frame kit (Midway has them on sale now for $49) and build yourself a new G17 using the old frame as a test frame.
     
  8. cc-hangfire

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    Thanks for your responses. I just wanted to see if there was something I was overlooking.

    And I hadn't considered a Carbine Conversion upper - although the Mech Tech ones don't fit Gen1 or Gen2. I'll research that option.
     
  9. cadet3

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    You can attach a slide and send the complete pistol to Glock and get the frame replaced for about $100 + sales tax and shipping. I sent them my old duty Glock 22 that had a worn out grip reduction along with 3 mags. They replaced the frame and all of the slide components and exchanged my old mags for the new magazines. The new frame will have a different serial number than what's on your slide if that matters to you.

    Total for me was $128.00.
     
  10. JONWILL

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    Here is another option. I have 2 extra Polymer80 frames. Use a drill press to finish them. Transfer the parts and have a virtually new Glock. $75 each shipped
     
  11. expat_alaska

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    ^^^^+1



    http://mechtechsys.com/

    I have 2 1911 pistols and if someone will send me the bucks for a Mech Tech top end I'll show you the result. I think it is a very good option and have heard no derogatory comments about this.
     
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  12. Sistema1927

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    If you go this route, sell the Gen One. Many of them won't work with the Mech-Tech upper.
     
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    Try to get slide/barrels for both of them. Whole guns sell easier.
     
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    Sounds like a good deal to me.
     
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