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Posted: 10/31/2005 1:57:05 PM EDT
First I want to preface this thread with I LOVE Glocks, I think they are worth every penny! I recommend them to everyone.

But the purpose of the thread is to start a discussion as to what the actual cost of the gun is. On a per piece basis. Not factoring in R & D and machines, labor, etc. But the actual constituent parts. How much does a Glock cost in materials?

I would guess about 50 bucks, what do you think?


Chris
Link Posted: 10/31/2005 2:02:28 PM EDT
Before the gen 3 frame with the light rail. You could buy a replacement frame with all parts for $50.00. When the gen 3 frames came out everyone wanted to upgrade old frames and the cost went up to $150.00 to capitalize on the upgrade.

IIRC, I was told a stripped frame actually cost about $8.00 to produce. It seems like I got this information in one of the many armorer certification courses I have attended.
Link Posted: 10/31/2005 2:04:59 PM EDT
What's funny is, the barrel cost 200 bucks. I know a little something about machining. I'd be damn shocked if there were more than 6 processes in making a glock barrel. I'm thinking they are at the very most 20, 25 bucks to crank out. 40 for the threaded ones.
Link Posted: 10/31/2005 2:23:27 PM EDT

I'll take the machinists number of 20-25. 8 to 10 for the frame. So how much for the slide?
Link Posted: 1/17/2006 9:20:20 AM EDT
new year, any new info?
Link Posted: 1/17/2006 10:04:25 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Dusty_C:
What's funny is, the barrel cost 200 bucks. I know a little something about machining. I'd be damn shocked if there were more than 6 processes in making a glock barrel. I'm thinking they are at the very most 20, 25 bucks to crank out. 40 for the threaded ones.



You are getting ripped off if you are buying glock barrels for $200.
Link Posted: 1/17/2006 10:39:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Researcher:

Originally Posted By Dusty_C:
What's funny is, the barrel cost 200 bucks. I know a little something about machining. I'd be damn shocked if there were more than 6 processes in making a glock barrel. I'm thinking they are at the very most 20, 25 bucks to crank out. 40 for the threaded ones.



You are getting ripped off if you are buying glock barrels for $200.

I'm talking about factory barrels.
Link Posted: 1/17/2006 10:48:41 AM EDT
FWIW, I own one the very first Glock 17s ever imported, it cost $279 brand spankin new when I purchased it back in 1986 at a gunshow in Mississippi, (IIRC the only earlier Glocks went to PDs around the country).

So they were making money on 'em even at that price.......

Mike

Link Posted: 1/17/2006 10:53:31 AM EDT
To an extent though, there costs for production have gone up also. Not enough to warrant almost doubling the price, but some. Thats one of the real reasons they are cheaper than sigs and HKs to. A better gun and cheaper, it's so much easier to cast plastic than machine steel it's not even remotely funny.
Link Posted: 1/17/2006 12:19:01 PM EDT
Well the frames are made of nylon 6 (or nylon 6/6, I can't find any info from them about which type of nylon 6 they use) which costs between $1.23 and $1.47 per pound (upwards of $1.64 per pound if nylon 6/6 is used). Which means the frame materials cost less than a few dollars. But polymer injection machines, especially ones that place metal inserts, that can handle the complex geometry and high precision of the frame are a bit pricey.

IMO You really can’t analyze the costs of specific pieces and not look at the associated costs.

RoseMech
Link Posted: 1/17/2006 12:20:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By RoseMech:
Well the frames are made of nylon 6 (or nylon 6/6, I can't find any info from them about which type of nylon 6 they use) which costs between $1.23 and $1.47 per pound (upwards of $1.64 per pound if nylon 6/6 is used). Which means the frame materials cost less than a few dollars. But polymer injection machines, especially ones that place metal inserts, that can handle the complex geometry and high precision of the frame are a bit pricey.

IMO You really can’t analyze the costs of specific pieces and not look at the associated costs.

RoseMech

It's all part of over head and factored into production cost.
Link Posted: 1/17/2006 1:11:15 PM EDT

Originally Posted By RoseMech:
Well the frames are made of nylon 6 (or nylon 6/6, I can't find any info from them about which type of nylon 6 they use) which costs between $1.23 and $1.47 per pound (upwards of $1.64 per pound if nylon 6/6 is used). Which means the frame materials cost less than a few dollars. But polymer injection machines, especially ones that place metal inserts, that can handle the complex geometry and high precision of the frame are a bit pricey.

IMO You really can’t analyze the costs of specific pieces and not look at the associated costs.

RoseMech



sure you can, the first viagra pill costs 4 billion, the second one costs .001 cents
Link Posted: 1/17/2006 3:09:11 PM EDT
I agree with Rose.

It's hard to figure. In my younger days, I worked in a factory that made spray pumps (like the ones on Windex and such). The materials costs less then a 3 cents per pump. But if you add labor, costs, machines, packaging and all that. The costs per pump went up to roughly 10 cents. Doesn't seem like much, but it really adds up.

I know making a Glock is totally different. But I'm sure they have many of the same things to pay for. My personal guess would be 200-250 per weapon.
Link Posted: 1/17/2006 3:11:38 PM EDT
I heard 68.50.
Link Posted: 1/17/2006 3:25:32 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Combat_Jack:
I heard 68.50.



where did you hear that, if I might ask?

This seems totally reasonable btw
Link Posted: 1/17/2006 3:33:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By cck:

Originally Posted By Combat_Jack:
I heard 68.50.



where did you hear that, if I might ask?

This seems totally reasonable btw



From a friend who went to a Glock party at SHOT one year. It may have changed, and I expect some models to be more pricey than others.
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 11:50:23 AM EDT
If Glockmeister is selling factory Glock barrels at $120 then the actually Glock cost is probably 1/5 of that.
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