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Glock 18: For Sale, But You (Probably) Can’t Have One

The Glock 18 and the compensated 18C have become legendary as fully automatic pistols that everyone wants…

…but no one has.

Glock 18C with Fun Switch
Glock 18C with Fun Switch

What is the Glock 18 & 18C?

The Glock 18 is a full-sized automatic pistol chambered in 9mm capable of 1200 rounds a minute.

Think of it as the G17 but with a “fun-switch” that lets you choose between semi-auto and full-auto.

The compensated 18C model has cutouts in the slide and a ported barrel for gas to escape and help reduce muzzle climb during shooting.

Glock 18C Barrel Porting
Glock 18C Barrel Porting

The mechanics behind the full-auto is actually pretty simple.  The “cross” part of the trigger bar has a raised extra tab.

Glock 18 Trigger Bar, H4T
Glock 18 Trigger Bar, H4T

And remember the “happy switch” from above?  When it’s switched to full-auto, it moves a piece of metal downwards that will contact the extra tab.  So when you fire, the sear is kept engaged and you get your pew pew pew!

Glock 18 Full Auto Switch, H4T
Glock 18 Full Auto Switch, H4T

How Do I Buy a Glock 18?

Unfortunately, the answer is you pretty much can’t.

Thanks to a bunch of laws (1934 NFA, 1968 GCA, & 1986 FOPA), there are only three ways of obtaining a Glock 18 (or any other machine gun):

  • Transferable: Guns registered prior to May 19, 1986.  These are the mythical guns that forums perpetuate are out there, but they might be so few in number you’ll likely never seen one offered for sale.  And if they were…they might be the price of a luxury car.
  • Pre-Samples: These are ones imported from January 1, 1986 until May 19, 1986.  Only dealers could have them since machine guns were deemed to have no sporting purposes for civilians.  However, dealers could keep them after they gave up their licenses.  Again, very low in number if any since the 18 was produced right around this time period.
  • Post-Samples: These are the machine guns made after the May 19, 1986 deadline.  However, they are only for dealers, manufacturers, military, and law enforcement.  If you’re a Class III dealer who has a “demo letter” (letter from a police department asking you to acquire a gun to test), you can get one to sample.  However, you don’t get to keep it when you give up your license.

Good news is if you’re a Class III dealer or police department, it wouldn’t cost you a Porsche.

It might even cost you less than a regular Glock 17 from the looks of this page from OMB Guns (now defunct site).

Glock 18 For Law Enforcement, Endo
Glock 18 For Law Enforcement, Endo

Glock 18 Alternatives

Another alternative if you’re a Class III dealer with a demo letter is to get a converted Glock.

Here’s a picture of a converted Glock 17 3rd generation that has the selector switch on the backplate.  Good news is this one was only $1250 since so few people can buy it.

You’ll also see some of these Post-Samples on GunBroker for around the $2k mark.

Glock 17 Converted to Full Auto
Glock 17 Converted to Full Auto

You also can check out our list of the best (and purchasable) Glocks!

How It Shoots

We recently had a sort-of-review of a real Glock 18.

But here’s a quick clip of it in action:

It doesn’t help if all the rounds go into the air…and eventually we got it down so that we were shooting into the size of a small car.

Check out the full review here.

And our full video review right below:


We can all dream…but in the meantime, if you do have just a regular ole Glock, check out our Best Glock Mods to make it run a little better.

Various Polymer 80 Glocks
Various Polymer 80 Glocks

Or check out our complete Reviews Section for our rundown of guns, gear, optics, ammo, and more.

Have you ever shot a Glock 18? How about other full-autos, have a favorite? Tell us in the comments!

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13 Leave a Reply

  • Sal R.

    My 1st exp w/ a full auto was w/ an HK MP5. I couldn't keep the gun on target. (I only had 1 arm.) So my Army buddy told me to relax and shoot short bursts. The gun would naturally go up but when it came back on target, he told me to shoot again. It worked! I own several Glocks including an original Glock 17. I can't shoot 1200 rpm but I can dump a full mag AND keep my shots in the black.

    August 26, 2021 10:31 pm
  • Airsoft

    I was only looking for airsoft but dam

    May 13, 2021 9:00 am
  • Asad AK

    so a glock 18 slide can be fitted on a glock 17?

    July 15, 2020 8:15 am
    • Ronen Meir


      February 2, 2021 11:11 am
  • Edward Gaskell

    Would like to purchase a glock 18

    December 19, 2019 1:50 pm
    • Greg

      If you have a Class 3 licence I can help

      March 2, 2020 7:08 pm
      • Barry

        How do I get a class 3

        April 8, 2020 8:08 am
    • unknown

      illegal tho ithought you could have one

      July 3, 2021 6:08 am
  • JohnK

    Went through the Glock armorers school in Smyna many many years ago and one of the things we go to do was fire a 32 rd magazine through the G18, basically two trigger pulls. Weapon got so hot you couldn't touch the slide to charge the weapon, so the instructor held it in the eye wash fountain until you could touch it. I have wanted one ever since.

    Scary thing was, he had gone to train a PD on site and found that not only did they all have G18's, they thought the selector switch on the slide was a safety. Except they were all set to full auto.

    May 16, 2018 3:02 pm
  • Rich Z.

    After taking my concealed carry class, the instructor brought out some of his "special" firearms for us to try if we so desired, for $20/magazine. One of them was a Glock 18.,

    I had expected it to be difficult to shoot accurately, with the constant recoil I expected from the high rate of fire. Nope, it was quite controllable and reasonably accurate in full-auto mode.

    I've fired semi-autos that were harder to shoot accurately during rapid fire, but the 18 was easy. Perhaps because all I had to do was pull the trigger once, and then hang on, and wasn't constantly jerking the muzzle around trying to pull the trigger rapidly? Whatever, it worked great, and it was FUN!

    February 25, 2018 6:10 pm
  • Vinny

    You can RENT to shoot at some ranges....
    EXPENSIVE but, fn FUN!

    January 10, 2018 5:54 pm
  • Reavjt

    Thanks Eric!

    September 20, 2017 12:35 pm
  • Thgj


    July 2, 2017 12:33 pm