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Old 10-13-2009, 15:12   #1
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Vintage G22 questions

My friend has a G22 that was purchased very soon after their initial release (so the story goes). It has an RL serial number which according to the date thread puts its manufacture in sept 1990. It also has a 3 digit serial number, which makes me kind of curious about how many G22's came off the line before this one...IE does it have any "collector" value.

Not looking to buy/sell for a million $$, just curious if any of knowledgable collectors here have any wisdom about this gun that I can share with its owner.

Its been shot a lot, but its in great shape. Any knowledge that would enhance its cool factor would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 10-13-2009, 19:42   #2
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Hate to burst your friends' bubble, but all Glocks have three digit serial numbers, except for some very rare ones that don't... Glock's serial number system works like this:

The two-letter or three-letter prefix started at "AA" and runs consecutively through the alphabet, so the next is "AB" then "AC", etc. until "AZ", when it switches over to "BA". After "ZZ" they switched to "AAA" and they've kept going and are well on their way to getting to "ZZZ" someday... All the prefixes are followed by a three-digit serial number in numeric order from 000 to 999.

Don't feel bad. I had a co-worker who transferred to a federal LE position, and he proudly showed me his "Govt. Issue" Glock that had a special serial number with "US" on the end... Kind of burst his bubble when I showed him I had 10 of them with US suffixes (which all Glocks imported into the US had for the first 20 years of production)...

If it has been shot a lot and does not have it's box and papers, your friend's G-22 is worth no more than any other used G-22. Sorry. If it was brand new in the box, it would still only be worth (at the most and if you found the right person) $50-$100 more than a standard used G-22.
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Old 10-13-2009, 22:31   #3
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My friend has no illusions about this gun's value and has no intention of parting with it. He does have the original box and papers for it though. I'm more curious about this aspect of the gun than he is.

What I was getting at with the serial number is: was it maybe one of the first thousand G22's ever produced or something like that? Is that info easy to figure out?

**also, another part of my question I forgot to post originally***
Its says RL corresponds to a sept 1990 run of Gen 2 G22's. Can I infer then that there are no real gen 1 G22's?
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Old 10-14-2009, 05:25   #4
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My area of collecting isn't the G-22, but there are other guys here who, when they see this thread, will be able to chime in on whether or not that prefix is the first or not. A short-cut that works much of the time is to see if any G-22s show up higher on the Glock Serial Number Research thread. If not, the chances are going way up, but that list is not definitive.

And, yes, you are correct, there were no Gen 1 G-22s. There are only a handful of Gen-1 G-19s (pre-production examples), so genuine Gen 1 Glocks are limited to G-17s, G-17Ls, G-18s, and that half-dozen or so G-19s. No G-20s or higher models were made in Gen 1 configuration.
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Old 12-01-2009, 21:26   #5
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My friend has no illusions about this gun's value and has no intention of parting with it. He does have the original box and papers for it though. I'm more curious about this aspect of the gun than he is.

What I was getting at with the serial number is: was it maybe one of the first thousand G22's ever produced or something like that? Is that info easy to figure out?

**also, another part of my question I forgot to post originally***
Its says RL corresponds to a sept 1990 run of Gen 2 G22's. Can I infer then that there are no real gen 1 G22's?
It was not one of the first thousand, but considering the number of G22s made since, it is an early one. I owned a G22 with a PE prefix. I have seen earlier on the auctions. The G22 started in the Mx to Nx prefix range.
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I own a MN prefix G-22.
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I have a brand new in the box generation 1 glock 22 that was given me in the early 1990s or maybe even earlier I cant remember when. The box is the tupperware box. It was a gift from a Sheriff out west who gave me that and an honory Sheriff badge too. Still have the badge too with it. Ill have to research its SN now/thanks for the info
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