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Discussion in 'Glock Forum' started by salty2000, Apr 27, 2013.
Does anyone have an explanation as to why Glock does not import their .380 ACP model to the USA????
Because its a.....ah dam. just realized I was in the glock section. Nevermind. laters
because of a point system started from the GCA of 1968, the Glock 380 doesn't meet the required points in their system to be allowed for importation into the USA.
Walther made changes to the PPK for it to meet the criteria for importation into the USA, the PPK/s IIRC.
What are these points? I've always wondered why they don't let the .380 in
here is some reference to it from Wikipedia.
The 1968 Gun Control Act added a "sporting purpose" test which barred imports of military surplus rifles (a goal of many domestic gun makers) and a "points system" for imported handguns which barred from importation handguns based on penalizing features (short barrels, small caliber, short overall length or height, non-adjustable sights, etc.) believed to define the Saturday night special class of handgun.
Ahhhh makes sense! Thank you
Just got a few of the new SR380s in at the shop. Ruger has that covered. A Glock version would just ugly up our display case.......
Glock could do modifications to get the points to import it, but when you get down to it, it is the same size as their 9mm. In the States not many folks would go for a 9mm sized pistol that shoots .380.
Glock made it for markets where people can't own 9mm handguns because of restrictions to own guns in military calibers.
the part i wonder about, doesn't Glock have a factory in the US? and if so why couldn't they make it here and then they wouldn't have to import it.
guns made here in the US, don't have to follow the same point system as an imported firearm does.
Ding, ding, ding! Winner!
Back to the part where the US market just wouldn't support a .380 that is that big when there are smaller, cheaper options out there.
kinda what i thought after your last post about it. thanks Doc.
I own several Rugers & a few of them actually look good. But, I depend on my Glocks. They are functionally head and shoulders above the SR series. You like pretty, but I'll trust my life to an ugly old Glock any day!
lol...you got a koolaid mustache.. I work at a range,so its not something i need to ask about. Glocks malfunction, Rugers dont......
Of course, Glocks get rented about 5/1 over any other range gun. Try cleaning your rental guns once in awhile. Also, in case you didn't notice.....This is GLOCK forum. Take your hate over to the Ruger forum where it belongs.
I have never seen a Glock .380 (9mm kurz) over here in Germany. We border Austria. Where are they selling the weapon?
From what I understand most get sold in Latin America. Brazil and Argentina were listed in one article I read about them. Pretty sure Europe has an abundance of more size appropriate .380s to choose from as well.
Thanks for all the feed on this topic. I love my Glock along with all my other pistols and I do have one or two of the various makes an models. Some of them I appreciate more than others, but my Glock is reached for more than most. It is a real bummer that they are not able to import them. I would buy one or two just to have them. The Glock model 25 should be an option to the American people who love their Glocks.
GCA '68 set up a point system for imported handguns. Length, height, locked breach, adjustable sights, target grips (with thumb rest), magazine disconnector, other safety features, etc each had points assigned to them.
The Glock .380's use an unlocked, blowback operation and do not have enough points. Walther mated the PP frame to the short PPK slide and created a new gun, the PPK/S to meet this requirement.
The GLock .380's are popular in a number of Latin American countries as owning a gun in a "military" caliber is illegal. Just like the .38 Super is a very popular caliber in Mexico.
So one might ask the question "is there a .380 conversation kit for a Glock?".