Factory Engraved GLOCKs Also Know As known As ELP Guns
GLOCK imported 75 factory engraved pistols in the late early 2000s. Included in this number, GLOCK also created 10 three-pistol sets with three grades of engraving. All of these pistols have a serial prefix of ELP. Hence they are referred to as ELP pistols by GLOCK collectors. These are machine and hand engraved pistols. The engraving style varied and only the slide and barrel are engraved. The receiver/frame is standard stock.
Grade One engraving consisted of scroll work and gold inlays along the top, muzzle and slide cover ends of the slide. Grade Two engraving was similar but included about 25% gold inlay coverage. Grade Three engraving included about 50% coverage in gold. Engraving was done on G17, G17L, G19, G22, G23 and G26 models. In May of 2019 a set of engraved ELP G19s came up for auction through Rock Island Auction. The pistols were not auctioned as a set, but separately. Included in each auction was a letter of provenance stating that each pistol was one of three displayed at the 2002 SHOT Show by GLOCK. The letter confirms the serial number of three pistols and further states that only 10 sets of three factory engraved pistols were known to have been produced with these particular G19 pistols being the first set. This was signified with the gold inlaid "1" on the breech block of the barrel. Read more in the 2020 GCS Journal.