Case Label Colors – What Do They Mean?

Shooters in the United States have often noticed that the label on the Glock pistol case comes in different colors. Why? Well, with everything Glock, there’s a reason. Let’s dive into the meaning of the various colors.

It should be noted that the various colors discussed here really only started when Glock went to the clam-shell style cases. This occurred after the beginning of the Gen 3 pistol production. Early Gen 3 pistols still came in the old Tupperware style cases that were updated to fit pistols with finger grooves.

There are at least seven pistol case label colors used on Glocks seen in the U.S.:

  1. White: Low capacity magazines (mags do not exceed 10 rounds). This was to comply with states with magazine capacity limitations. This includes (at one time or another):
    California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont. White label pistols are often now referred to as “California compliant” pistols.
  2. Red: High capacity magazines (high capacity mags hold 10+ rounds)
  3. Blue: High capacity magazines. The buyer must meet blue label requirements to be eligible (see https://us.glock.com/en/buy/blue-label-program). Can also be govt/mil contract guns.
  4. Purple: Contract overrun guns. Can be sold to anyone, and are not required to meet MAP pricing. Could be just overseas/export contract overruns. These also don’t usually show the quantity or capacity of the magazines on the label in the normal middle-lower space. And they often don’t show the type of sites or trigger weight in the upper-middle space.
  5. Orange: Factory rebuilt guns. Can be sold to anyone, and are not required to meet MAP pricing
  6. Green: U.S. manufactured for export. These also don’t usually show the quantity or capacity of the magazines on the label in the normal middle-lower space.
  7. Yellow: Rebuilt (in two cases I’ve seen, Gen 4 MOS, and cutaway). I’ve heard that yellow labels are just faded orange labels, or just maybe a different supplier of labels for the rebuilt guns. That’s certainly plausible.

For Gen 3, white and red label come with 2 magazines, blue label come with 3.

For Gen 4 and later, all guns regardless of label color come with 3 magazines. An exception to this is the slimlines, which come with two magazines.

I’ve written before about how the SKU number in the upper right is broken down to signify the details of the pistol. See that info at Product SKU Number Breakdown.

Product SKU Number Breakdown

Here is a breakdown of the product/SKU numbers found in the upper right corner of the case label. These only appear on pistol cases seen in the U.S., regardless of where they were manufactured. Label formats are different outside the U.S. There are plenty of deviations from this list from Glock, which should be no big surprise. I’ve documented over 500 625 different SKUs just since Glock went to this format with the Gen 3 guns. Note that this is constantly evolving, and I’ve even seen some new info pop up just since the 43X and 48 were announced. If you have a label that has characters other than what is listed here, let me know. I’d love to see a case label and info so I can investigate.

Note that it’s common to see SKUs listed that start with ‘GL’. The best I’ve been able to determine is that is a prefix that distributors like Lipseys add for internal use. The ‘GL’ is not part of the true Glock SKU number. Below each SKU is a UPC code that correlates to the SKU.

In the sections below, I break down the various characters, using the example SKU of PI2350202T. The bold items are the ones that are most common.

Prefix 1 – PI2350202T

E = US manufactured for export (green label)
F = Federal agency – non-military (red label on the ones I’ve seen)
G = Rebuilds FET IN (orange label)
M = Military
P = AU manufactured
U = US manufactured for domestic/Canada

Known anomalies are:

The U.S. manufactured Gen 4 17T, with a SKU of PG1050202, which would indicate Austrian manufacture.

Prefix 2 – PI2350202T

2 = SF ES 1913 Rail Military
3 = SF 1913 Rail Military
4 = ES 1913 Rail Military
5 = 1913 Rail Military
8 = P80 reissue
7 = SF GR MB
9 = SF 1913 MB
A = Gen5
C = Cutaway
D = Practice
F = SF GR
G = Gen4
H = 21SF RTF2, 30S
I = Fxd or Adj Sight / Gen 3
L = Reset
M = M Series
N = Night sights
R = Rebuilds FET OUT
T = RTF2
X = Crossover (used on the 19X and 43X)

Pistol Model – PI2350202T

This is just the numbers in the model of the pistol. A Glock 17 would be ’17’, as would a 17C, 17TB, 17R, 17P, 17T, 17L, etc. Known anomalies to this logic are:

10 = 19T
12 = 17R
15 = 17T
16 = 17L

Trigger Pull – PI2350202T

2 = 4.5+NY1
3 = 4.5lb
5 = 5.5lb
6 = NY1
7 = NY2
8 = 8lb

Pistol type – PI2350202T

0 = Standard
1 = Standard with lock
2 = Standard C with lock
7 = Green
8 = Green C
9 = Standard C
A = Threaded BBL
B = Flared Magwell/Practice
D = RTF/SP1
F = Flared Magwell
P = M Practice Series
R = M Reset
S = Serrations – seen on newer production Gen 5 pistols with front serrations
SL = Silver Line – used on the 43X and 48
T = M T-Series

Sight type – PI2350202T

0 = No sights
1 = Adjustable
2 = Fixed
A or 3 = AmeriGlo sights
4 = Steel Fixed
5 = TALO / Export Lumi.
6 = TNS
7 = GNS
8 = Non-Glock sights

PA455S3G03TB (only seen on two SKUs so far, both Gen 5 guns with suppressor sights and threaded barrels)

G – unconfirmed – likely an indicator of suppressor sights

Options – PI2350202T

0 = Standard
1 = XSS
2 = XMC
3 = XSS, XMC
4 = Steel front only
6 = Screw on TNS
7 = Screw on TNS / XSS
A = (unknown – seen on a 19M with PM195F7A2)
M = Maritime Spring cups

Magazine – PI2350202T

0 = 3x 10rd mags / LE Domestic (blue label)
0 = Special mag Config Export
1 = 10rd or less commercial (white label)
2 = LE/GSSF (blue label)
3 = Hi-Cap / Commercial (red label)
4 = Unique Special Order Export Cerakoted Order Domestic; Distributor exclusive
5 = FBI POW Program (although I’ve seen them with a 7 as well)
6 = Engraved/Special Serial #’s (Glock U.S.A.)
7 = Engraved/Special Serial #’s (Glock Austria) – examples include the 20th anniversary pistols
8 = Unique Special Orders Domestic
9 = FBI / ATF special configuration
A = Orange follower w/TFP

Unique Identifier – PI2350202T (I have seen a pistol that had multiple unique identifiers. The military MK27 MOD 1 has a ‘MOSU’ identifier), and some of the variations on the G45 include MOSTB, MOSTBDE, and MOSTBGF, among others.

2 = (no sure, but used on the G48)
A = Orange follower w/TFP
AB = AmeriGlo Bold
AC = AmeriGlo Co-witness
AM = Arabic Manual
B = 15rd 9mm Magazines
BA = 9rd 9mmm Magazines
BC = (not sure – used on battle-worn & slide cuts model by Chattanooga)
BFG = Battle Field Green
BT = Bold TALO
CS = G23 mag w/10 coil spring
CSN = Consecutive Serial #
D = Dark Earth
DE = Dark Earth
EM = Extended Magazines
ESB = Enhanced Signature Barrel
FGR = Finger Groove & Rail
FM = French Manual
FR = Front Rail (seen on the 43X and 48 with light rails)
FS = Front Serration
GF = Grey Frame
GMB = Glock Marking Barrel
H = Holster
L = Nickel
M = Mag Pouch (also see this on some ‘C’ models)
MB = Mag /Bag Combo
MOS = Modular Optical Sight
MS = Manual Safety
PM = 2+ & 1 Standard mag
PN = 1+ & 1 Standard mag
SL = Glock branded Streamlight TLR-7AH in FDE
T = T Pack
TB = Threaded Barrel
TBF = Tactical Brown Frame
U = UID Frame
UTM = Ultimate Training Munitions
X = 4 mags each case

Legend

C = Compensated
ES = External Safety
FET = Federal Excise Tax
GNS = Glock Night Sight
GR = Glock Rail
MB = Ambi Mag Catch
NY = New York
POW = FBI Personally Owned Weapon
RTF = Rough Texture Frame 2
SF = Short Frame
TNS = Trijicon Night Sight
XMC = Extended Mag Catch
XSS = Extended Slide Stop Lever
XXX = Non-Glock firearms
1913 = Piccatiny Rail

UPDATE: By the way – I wrote a quick Excel calculator to break down an entered product SKU. Just enter your SKU in the colored field and hit ENTER. The spreadsheet does use macros, but only for the functionality of the buttons. Download it here.

NOTE: This spreadsheet doesn’t take into account some of the anomalies or recent changes listed above.

Different Style Labels Outside of America

For pistols made outside of the U.S. that are not destined for the States, Glock uses an entirely different label format and SKU. The SKU number appears to just be a 4 or 5 digit number.

The Wish List

Glock logoThis is a running list of things I’m actively looking for. This is a living post and will be updated as needed. If you have any of these items and are looking to part with them, or know where I can obtain them, please contact me. All firearms transactions MUST go through an FFL.

Note: Items that are strike-through are items I’ve purchased but have not yet received.

Pistols

These are publicly released pistols that I’m actively looking for. Many are fairly hard to find. I prefer those pistols with original case, including matching case label, and all case contents (loader, brush, rod, lock, correct manual/packet, spent casing, etc.). But I’m willing to discuss any opportunity.

Gen 1

  1. Glock 17 Gen 1 marked “KS ABC” on the slide
  2. Glock 17 Gen 1 chambered in 9×21 IMI
  3. Glock 17 Gen 1 chambered in 9×21 IMI with “CAT. 5180” stamp

Gen 2

  1. Glock P9M Gen 2
  2. Glock 17 Gen 2 chambered in 9×21 IMI with “CAT. 5180” stamp
  3. Glock 17L Gen 2 ported
  4. Glock 20C Gen 2
  5. Glock 20CC Gen 2 – must include the original case with matching label
  6. Glock 21C Gen 2
  7. Glock 21CC Gen 2 – must include the original case with matching label
  8. Glock 22CC Gen 2 – must include the original case with matching label
  9. Glock 23CC Gen 2 – must include the original case with matching label
  10. Glock 29 Gen 2
  11. Glock 30 Gen 2
  12. Glock 31 Gen 2
  13. Glock 31CC Gen 2 – must include the original case with matching label
  14. Glock 32CC Gen 2 – must include the original case with matching label
  15. Glock 34 Gen 2

Gen 2.5

  1. Glock 20 Gen 2.5
  2. Glock 20CC Gen 2.5 – must include the original case with matching label
  3. Glock 21C Gen 2.5

Gen 3

  1. Glock P9M Gen 3 used by Germany’s GSG9
  2. Glock 17 Gen 3 chambered in 9×21 IMI with “CAT. 5180” stamp
  3. Glock 17 Gen 3 chambered in 9×21 IMI without “CAT. 5180” stamp (just caliber)
  4. Glock 17AO – Australian Gen 3 G17 with threaded barrel, in Olive Drab (GLOCK17AO)
  5. Glock 19 Gen 3 chambered in 9×21 IMI
  6. Glock 26 Gen 3 chambered in 9×21 IMI
  7. Glock 29 Gen 3
  8. Glock 29SF Gen 3
  9. Glock 34SC (“Sport Competition”) Gen 3 chambered in 9×21 with “CAT 10861” stamp – sold in Italy
  10. Glock 35C Gen 3 – even though there were only 2 of these made, and they’re both owned by a collector I know, I can always wish, right?
  11. Glock 17MB/19MB/21MB – Gen 3 ambidextrous mag release pistols from Europe. Not sure if the 21MB is the same 21SF pistol with ambidextrous mag release and picatinny rail that was briefly available here in the U.S. I suspect not. The 17MB is also available in OD.

RTF2

  1. Glock 22C RTF2
  2. Glock 30 RTF2 FDE – yes, I know only 1 was made
  3. Glock 30SF RTF2 FDE – only one exists
  4. Glock 31 RTF2 (no gills)
  5. Glock 32 RTF2 (no gills)

Gen 4

  1. Glock 17 Gen 4 chambered in 9×21 IMI with “CAT. 5180” stamp
  2. Glock 17C Gen 4 chambered in 9×21 IMI
  3. Glock 17 FTO Gen 4 chambered in 9×21 IMI (120mm-long threaded barrel)
  4. Glock 17 LCS Gen 4 chambered in 9×21 IMI (milled slide cuts)
  5. Glock 19 Gen 4 chambered in 9×21 IMI
  6. Glock 19 Gen 4 MOS chambered in 9×21 IMI
  7. Glock 19 Gen 4 MOS with factory threaded barrel, maritime spring cups, extended slide stop lever, Glock night sights, and UID code on the bottom of the trigger guard. Also known as “Mk 27 Mod 2” as issued by SOCOM. (FG195A712MOS)
  8. Glock 19C Gen 4 chambered in 9×21 IMI
  9. Glock 19 FTO Gen 4 chambered in 9×21 IMI (threaded barrel)
  10. Glock 21C Gen 4 (European only)
  11. Glock 26 Gen 4 chambered in 9×21 IMI
  12. Glock 34 Gen 4 chambered in 9×21 IMI
  13. Glock 34 Gen 4 MOS chambered in 9×21 IMI

Crossover

  1. Glock 19X chambered in 9×21 IMI

Gen 5

  1. Glock 17 Gen 5 FR coyote (French Army pistol) (See this link)
  2. Glock 17 Gen 5 chambered in 9×21 IMI
  3. Glock 17 Gen 5 built for special forces, milled specifically for the Delta Point Pro optic (PA175A202MOS3)
  4. Glock 17 Gen 5 TB (factory threaded barrel and suppressor sights)
  5. Glock 17 Gen 5 TB MOS
  6. Glock 19 Gen 5 TB MOS
  7. Glock 19 Gen 5 chambered in 9×21 IMI
  8. Glock 22 Gen 5 with manual safety (Brazil only)
  9. Glock 26 Gen 5 chambered in 9×21 IMI
  10. Glock 26 Gen 5 MOS (Europe only)
  11. Glock 26NZ Gen 5 – made for New Zealand with a longer barrel
  12. Glock 34 Gen 5 MOS FS chambered in 9×21 IMI
  13. Glock 45 Gen 5 chambered in 9×21 IMI
  14. Glock 45 Gen 5 MOS chambered in 9×21 IMI
  15. Glock 45 Gen 5 MOS in gray (PA455S203MOSGF)
  16. Glock 45 Gen 5 MOS TB (apparently European only)
  17. Glock 45 Gen 5 TB in FDE (PA455S203TBDE)
  18. Glock 45 Gen 5 TB in gray (PA455S203TBGF)

M pistols

  1. Glock 17M FDE – issued to FBI HRT
  2. Glock 17M OD – issued to FBI regional SWAT
  3. Glock 19M MOS
  4. Glock 19M OD – issued to FBI Regional SWAT

Slimline pistols

  1. Glock 43 chambered in 9×21 IMI
  2. Glock 43X chambered in 9×21 IMI
  3. Glock 43X silver slide chambered in 9×21 IMI
  4. Glock 43X Rail (non-MOS version – Europe only)
  5. Glock 43X Rail chambered in 9×21 IMI
  6. Glock 48 chambered in 9×21 IMI
  7. Glock 48 Rail (non-MOS version – Europe only)
  8. Glock 48 Rail chambered in 9×21 IMI

Misc Pistols including imports

  1. Glock original P80 pistol
  2. Glock original P82 pistol
  3. P9A1 used by the Kampfschwimmers of the Bundeswehr (See this link)
  4. Glock 44DK for Denmark with muzzle device (See this link)
  5. Glock 19 made for Canadians with an extended barrel and maple leaf on the slide (See this link)
  6. Glock 19 Tactical (‘Tactical’ written on the right side of the frame. I believe these were marketed for the Philippines) – 4.5lb connector
  7. Glock 17DK/19DK – Danish pistols with an extended barrel
  8. Glock 17S – G17 with manual safety used in Tanzania, New Zealand, Israel, Pakistan, South America, and Royal Thailand Police
  9. Glock 22S – G22 with manual safety
  10. Glock 17 Pro – produced for Finland, with threaded barrel, maritime spring cups, extended slide stop lever, 4.5lb connector, night sights, +2 mag extensions, and redesigned mag release.
  11. Glock 19/23 Mariner – ‘Mariner’ marked slide, 4.5lb connector, maritime spring cups (I believe marketed solely for the Philippines) (See this link)
  12. Glock 25 (PN2550702)
  13. Glock 25TB
  14. Glock 28
  15. Glock 46 – rotating barrel in G19 size frame
  16. Glock 47 CBP/USSS SOD – G45 style frame with new style 17 slide with longer dust cover

Special Purpose / Training / Cutaway Pistols

  1. Glock 17 Gen 5 Cutaway
  2. Glock 17P Gen 5 (full red)
  3. Glock 17T UTM Gen 4
  4. Glock 19T Gen 2
  5. Glock 19TM
  6. Glock 19P Gen 3
  7. Glock 19P Gen 5 (full red)
  8. Glock 19 Gen 5 Cutaway
  9. Glock 20 Gen 2 Cutaway
  10. Glock 20 Gen 3 Cutaway
  11. Glock 22 Gen 2 Cutaway
  12. Glock 23 Gen 2 Cutaway
  13. Glock 23P Gen 3
  14. Glock 26P
  15. Glock 45P Gen 5 (full red)

Commemorative Pistols

  1. Glock 19 Talo Premier Gold Edition
  2. Glock 19 & 26 “Defense Set” w/ presentation case or just the presentation case
  3. Glock 17 “Homeland Defender” w/ GTL-10 light (although I can provide the GTL-10 if needed)
  4. Glock 23 Gen 3 “America’s Heroes”
  5. Glock 23 Apache Instructor Pilot Model
  6. Glock 23 Gen 2 “Kiowa Warrior Commemorative” (only 26 made – with USAxxx serial) (See this link)
  7. Glock 19C Gen 3 Operation Enduring Freedom (“OEF-XV11 2011-2012” on the slide)(See this link)
  8. Any of the pistols from the ELP program. I already have one of them, but looking for more. See Hand Engraved And Gold Inlaid Factory Glocks for more info.
  9. Any of the 30th-anniversary pistols. See A Year of Perfection. (See this link)
  10. Detroit PD marked Glock 23. I have a matching G22 and G27 and would like to complete the set.
  11. Glock 19 made for the Vatican (See this link)
  12. Glock 23 Gen 2 “50th Anniversary of Bell Helicopter”/ 100th Atlanta Olympics with display case (See this link)
  13. Glock 27 Gen 3 “Ducks Unlimited/Great Outdoors” (only 1 made)
  14. Glock 27 Gen 3 “40 years of Alaska Statehood 1959–1999” (only 100 made)
  15. Glock 17 Gen 3 “2 millionth Glock” (either the single Austria pistol or the single USA pistol) (See this link)
  16. Glock 17 Gen 4 “The Evolution Of A Revolution 1982-2012” 30th Anniversary Edition
  17. Glock 23 225th Anniversary US Marshal (See this link)
  18. Glock 19 Gen 3 “U.S. Customs/USHI Anniversary” pistol

Miscellaneous

Here are the various non-pistol items that I’m looking for.

Glock Tactical Lights

  1. Glock Tactical Light GTL-11 (light w/ dimmer)
  2. Glock Tactical Light GTL-51 (IR light & IR laser)
  3. Glock Tactical Light GTL-52 (IR light & IR laser w/ dimmer)

Glock Knives

  1. Glock 81 knife – GSSF 25th Anniversary (engraved blade). See these pictures.
  2. Glock 78 ‘Perfection Desert Storm’ knife used in some of the Desert Storm display cases. See these photos.
  3. Glock 78 gray with the current logo
  4. Glock 81 desert tan with circle logo
  5. Glock 81 from Malaysian military with VAT 69 Komando logo on blade and sheath
  6. Glock 81 with “Noricum” roll mark on the sheath
  7. Bayonet adapter for the Steyr Aug rifle that works with the Glock knives

Accessories/Parts

  1. Green label case – Current gen case with a fully intact green label and foam. The case can be otherwise empty.
  2. Orange Glock 17 and 20 training mags. I currently have the orange training mags for the 19, 21, 22, 23. So I’m open to orange training mags in other models not listed here.
  3. Glock warranty card, Form US 003 – 04/88, without any writing in the serial number boxes
  4. Glock mag loaders marked ‘4832’. I need 6 of them. See this picture.
  5. Glock staked front sights in excellent condition. I need 4-6 of them. See this picture.
  6. Some of the original plastic thread protectors for the TB pistols. I bought a couple of used TB guns and they didn’t come with them.
  7. Glock disassembly tool (olive)
  8. Laser filters (all of them)
  9. Dummy barrels (all of them)

Printed Materials

Glock Autopistols magazine. I have extras of 1995, 2012, and 2013 to trade/sell. I need the following issues:

  1. 1996
  2. 1997
  3. 1998
  4. 1999
  5. 2000
  6. 2002
  7. 2005
  8. 2006
  9. 2007
  10. 2008
  11. 2009
  12. 2011
  13. 2014
  14. 2015
  15. 2017
  16. 2018

Bullet In magazine – this was a magazine sent only to stocking dealers. I’ll take any issues.

Glock Armorer’s manuals. Not the aftermarket ones. I need the following ORIGINAL (although I’ll also gladly accept quality scanned .PDF versions):

  1. 1985
  2. 1986
  3. 1987
  4. 1988
  5. 1989
  6. 1990
  7. 1993
  8. 1994
  9. 1995
  10. 1996
  11. 1998
  12. 1999
  13. 2001
  14. 2003
  15. 2004
  16. 2005
  17. 2006
  18. 2007
  19. 2008
  20. 2010
  21. 2011

Glock Annual magazine. I have every issue, so I don’t need any. But I have extras of the following issues to trade/sell.

  1. 1995
  2. 1996
  3. 1997
  4. 1998
  5. 2001

Glock Report magazine. I need all issues before 2011 issue 1, with the exception of 2007 issue 2, which I have. I have extras of the following to trade/sell:

  1. 2012-2
  2. 2013-1
  3. 2013-2
  4. 2014-1
  5. 2014-2
  6. 2015-1
  7. 2015-2
  8. 2016-2
  9. 2017-1