Glock Factory Colors and Finishes vs. Aftermarket

Glock logoWith the exception of the Glock 19X pistol’s coyote slide, the 43X and 48’s gray slide, Glock only makes guns with black slides. If you see one with a slide of any other color, including NiBX, it’s done after the gun leaves the factory – usually by a distributor who does a special run.

Glock has only ever made color-molded frames in


  1. black
  2. OD (‘Olive Drab’)
  3. BFG (‘Battle Field Green’) – exclusive distributor is Amchar in N.Y.
  4. FDE (‘Flat Dark Earth’) – exclusive distributor is Lipsey’s in LA
  5. gray – exclusive distributor is Lipsey’s in LA
  6. red
  7. blue
  8. coyote (only with the Glock 19X)

Red and blue are only used in training guns (17R, 22P, 17T, etc.). Any other colors (purple, burnt bronze, red & blue, pink, white, Robin’s egg blue, ‘battle worn’, American Flag, dessert sand, etc.) are aftermarket.

If the serial number plate is the same color as the frame and not silver, or the back straps are not the same color as the frame, it’s aftermarket (although some cerakote shops will also do the back straps).

Some gun shops will tell you that these aftermarket guns are factory colors. Best reason I’ve seen for that is because that’s how they receive them. But gun shops get their guns from distributors – who are generally the ones who do these special runs. They don’t typically get them directly from Glock. The gun shop staff just don’t know any better.

10 Replies to “Glock Factory Colors and Finishes vs. Aftermarket”

  1. I’ve seen the G43 in what’s called Flat Dark Earth, not the Dark Earth. It looks much much lighter and everyone seems to say it’s a factory color. Only seen it on the 43 though.

    Here’s the SKU which ends with FDE making me think maybe it is.

    Any info would be appreciated

      1. Here’s what I’ve found. It is VERY light in comparison to the normal FDE.


        if you google that number you’ll see plenty of pics of how light the color is in comparison to the normal FDE. I’ve only seen this color on the 43.

          1. Thank you. I almost ordered one thinking it was a factory color. I figured you would know.

            Now just hoping the 43X comes in gray soon.

          1. It’s not factory. It’s cerakoted. Glock’s never done FDE slides, either. Those are always aftermarket.

  2. I’m at a loss here. Have a great opportunity to buy a near perfect Gen 4 G17 with Stars and Stripes finish. The Glock label indicates American Flag Edition.. Is this bogus??
    Description. MPN#: UG1750204AF UPC#: 850669006994. The USA Made GLOCK 17 Gen4, in 9×19. Can you please help me out?

    1. Glock supplied the pistols, but the cerakote work is done after it leaves the factory. Not uncommon to see Glock do a special serial number run or similar for projects like this.

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