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Pretty simple poll. Here's the scenario ....

Pistol appears NIB but has non-matching Serial Numbers (e.g. upper is X, lower is Y). It's all correct to the particular model of the pistol but one part of the pistol was replaced/upgraded at the factory before shipping.

Function is 100% and as stated previously the pistol appears NIB.

Would you buy it? What reservations would you have, if any?

Respond to the poll, then post to explain why you responded as you did.
 

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For the most part, guns I can afford to buy, are not "investments" anyways. They are "tools or toys" depending on one's political leanings, therefore matching serial numbers doesn't much in terms of "value". If I'm buying it... I'm shooting it and as long as it functions and is legal, good enough for me.
 

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If it shoots and I want it for whatever reason I would buy it. Especially if it is a good deal due to the un-matching numbers
 

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I voted "no" with the assumption that I could find the same gun WITH matching numbers. I can't imagine a gun that I'd want that was so rare I'd buy it mismatched.
 

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agreed.

if it's a smoking deal, and it's for shooting and not a collectible safe queen, i would do it :)

non matching serial numbers are inconsequential in such a scenario.
If it shoots and I want it for whatever reason I would buy it. Especially if it is a good deal due to the un-matching numbers
I voted yes. I buy them to shoot. Not much into "collecting", but don't have a problem
with those who are. :)
 

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Based on how you trade and sell, I would vote no as I think it will hurt your resell/trade chances.
 

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I voted no, unless I knew what happened to the other half of the gun.
This is exactly why I voted no, too!

Without knowing "the rest of the story" I would not buy a gun with mis-matched serial numbers... Maybe it kaboom'd and weakened the frame... Maybe... well, who knows what... just not for me...
 

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My vote was no only in situations where I didn't know the seller or the story behind the gun. If I knew the seller and the reason for the non-matching numbers, I might buy the pistol.
 

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Let's set this up ... if someone was in the same situation as TedG found himself but was unable to convince GLOCK to replace the whole pistol ... the person had a G21SF ambi that was otherwise LNIB (appears unfired or fired VERY little) but had the frame swapped out at the GLOCK factory in Smyrna. The upper would be the same LNIB as before with Night Sights but the lower would be BNIB but now with a regular, single sided safety.

The pistol is basically as new (well, not sure if they recycle the internals into the new frame or just replace it all) but would have the original SN on the slide and barrel and the new SN on the frame. Function would be assumed at 100% reliable now.

If this person wanted to sell or trade this pistol ... would you buy it? Assuming you were in the market for this particular model, of course. Would you have any reservations about it knowing the whole story?
 

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Let's set this up ... if someone was in the same situation as TedG found himself but was unable to convince GLOCK to replace the whole pistol ... the person had a G21SF ambi that was otherwise LNIB (appears unfired or fired VERY little) but had the frame swapped out at the GLOCK factory in Smyrna. The upper would be the same LNIB as before with Night Sights but the lower would be BNIB but now with a regular, single sided safety.

The pistol is basically as new (well, not sure if they recycle the internals into the new frame or just replace it all) but would have the original SN on the slide and barrel and the new SN on the frame. Function would be assumed at 100% reliable now.

If this person wanted to sell or trade this pistol ... would you buy it? Assuming you were in the market for this particular model, of course. Would you have any reservations about it knowing the whole story?
As I said, WHEN you sell/trade it, you'll run into the fear that many have shared. To me it just seems strange. While I would personally buy from you of course, I probably wouldn't buy one from Joe Schmoe.
 

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Let's set this up ... if someone was in the same situation as TedG found himself but was unable to convince GLOCK to replace the whole pistol ... the person had a G21SF ambi that was otherwise LNIB (appears unfired or fired VERY little) but had the frame swapped out at the GLOCK factory in Smyrna. The upper would be the same LNIB as before with Night Sights but the lower would be BNIB but now with a regular, single sided safety.

The pistol is basically as new (well, not sure if they recycle the internals into the new frame or just replace it all) but would have the original SN on the slide and barrel and the new SN on the frame. Function would be assumed at 100% reliable now.

If this person wanted to sell or trade this pistol ... would you buy it? Assuming you were in the market for this particular model, of course. Would you have any reservations about it knowing the whole story?
I'd call Glock. I would have to find out why Glock swapped the frame out. Not necessarily from a lack of trust, but because it would drive me crazy every time I looked at that gun. I would always wonder what happened.

If all that information satisfied me, I would want to make sure it was a gun that I wanted to keep and never sell. While it is possible that I could satisfy myself regarding the mismatched serial numbers, selling the gun to anyone in the future would be problematic at best.

At the end of the day, it would have to be something unique for me to purchase a gun with unmatching serial numbers... it would have to be something I would really like to shoot... maybe a 17L or a 24...
 

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Like some of you said, I'd do it under certain circumstances, depending on the reason. If it's a shooter, probably. If it's a collector piece, probably not if matching stuff is available.
 

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Glock replaces the ambi G21SF frames for free upon request as the design was faulty and many have issues. They didn't go as far as issuing a recall but IMO should have.
 

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Glock replaces the ambi G21SF frames for free upon request as the design was faulty and many have issues. They didn't go as far as issuing a recall but IMO should have.
That's interesting...

So, if you don't know about the replacement option you just miss out... I wonder how many people have them stuffed in safes waiting for... :confused: :confused: :confused:
 

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agreed.

if it's a smoking deal, and it's for shooting and not a collectible safe queen, i would do it :)

non matching serial numbers are inconsequential in such a scenario.
I also agree for the same reasons. I am new to Glocks, but I cannot think of a reason why one could be collectible or worth any amount of cash comparable to my initial investment. To me Glocks are active shooting tools. I have only had my first for a few weeks but it has been a workhorse. If she shoots straight and reliably then I would buy no matter what the serial #'s were for a good deal.
 

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That's interesting...

So, if you don't know about the replacement option you just miss out... I wonder how many people have them stuffed in safes waiting for... :confused: :confused: :confused:
Yes, there are probably plenty of folks out there that either haven't encountered an issue (many of these models ran great) or maybe haven't even loaded rounds into the mag. They might have one with an issue and not even know it. If/when they get around to loading rounds in it I guess they will learn about the frame replacement once they call GLOCK for help.

I personally don't have an issue with non-matching SNs as a matter of function. I buy my guns to carry and shoot. I don't believe in safe queens or collectors. However, I do trade a good bit so my only reservation would be trying to determine if a potential buyer would have issue with non-matching SNs.
 
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