Picture courtesy of me.
So how do you get a basic brand new Glock pistol for $398.20 (February 2015).
Under Glocks Homeland Defender Program (Glock Blue Label Program) it is relatively easy.
Let’s first discuss what the Homeland Defender Program is. It is Glock’s way of saying thank you to those who protect and serve communities across the U.S.A. And has been around since about 2009. This program allows qualified individuals to purchase a basic sub compact, compact, or full size Glock pistol at discounted prices. As I write this (February 2015) the price is $398.20 plus tax. (Some places charge $399 even) Which is the same as the discount given an individual law enforcement officer if they were to make a purchase. This is an incredible price and is less than commercial wholesale. While this price is only for the majority of basic Glocks, the G20, 21, 34, 35, etc. are also greatly discounted and can be purchased under this program.
Covered in this program are personnel from all branches of the US military, retired members of the military, FFDO’s (Federal Flight Deck Officers – you know those airplane pilots or co-pilots who can carry handguns on board aircraft), EMT’s, Firemen – First Responders, Security Personnel, and of course all forms of sworn law enforcement, both at the federal and local level.
Directly from Glocks web site. Those who qualify include:
•Sworn Law Enforcement officers, including Federal, State, County, & City (Includes retired L.E. officers with “retired” credentials)
•EMT’s, Fire Fighters, Volunteer Fire Fighters, and Paramedics
•Military personnel including Reservists and National Guard with I.D. (Includes retired Military with “retired” credentials)
•Corrections Officers, including Parole and Probation Officers
•State Licensed Security Companies (Loomis, RAM, etc.) also includes State Licensed Armed Security Officers
•Court Judges, District Attorneys and Deputy District Attorneys
•LE Academy Cadets with enrollment documentation from the Academy
Glock tried to make this program as inclusive as they could. There is a requirement to produce valid identification showing you are in one of these groups at time of purchase. The Glocks that fall under this program are called “Blue Label” guns because the factory box has an appropriately enough blue colored label on it. And are the same Glocks that LE gets. However no night sights are included at that price. The dealer where you get your Glock from should be able to install a set for the low additional price of about $57 (also below commercial wholesale). If purchasing a compact or full size Glock, THREE magazines are included. If purchasing a sub-compact model, TWO magazines are included.
(General commercial “White Label” Glocks only come with two magazines).
One should not get this discount program confused with Glock’s “Homeland Defender” pistol. The Homeland Defender pistol is a 3rd generation Glock with a Homeland Defender logo laser etched or engraved on the side of the slide. So there is a Homeland Defender DISCOUNT program, and a Homeland Defender Glock HANDGUN, two totally different things.
Many Glock dealers are not even aware of this program. And I have had several tell me that there is no way to get a new Glock for that price. The catch, if there is a catch, is that ONLY Glock LAW ENFORCEMENT dealers can sell Blue Label Glocks at these prices. “Regular” Glock dealers cannot. So you need to find a Glock LAW ENFORCEMENT DEALER in your locale to get one of these guns. Keep in mind there is a difference between being a Glock Dealer, and a Glock Law Enforcement Dealer.
Now I would like to issue a huge warning. There are always a few people who try to scam the system. If someone were to think about purchasing a gun under this program by using a fake ID, well my recommendation is to forget that idea as fast as it came into your head. Using a false or fake ID to get a discount when not authorized can be punishable under law. And if you are dumb enough to try and use a fake law enforcement ID that makes the matter even worse. The potential liability is not worth the $100 or so savings.
Some of you reading this who may not be discount eligible are going, “Gee, I wish I could get a new Glock that cheap”. Well, all is not lost. If you join GSSF (Glock Sports Shooting Foundation) at an annual cost of about $35 you will receive one certificate to purchase a Glock at this reduced price.
So doing the math, $398.20 + $35 = $433.20 still under or very near wholesale.