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Lipsey’s and Vickers Tactical Launch Full Flat Dark Earth GLOCK Collaboration

Baton Rouge, La.—Lipsey’s, a nationally renowned firearms distributor, and industry icon Larry Vickers, continue to up the ante on the popular “Vickers GLOCK” series.


Shipping immediately as a Lipsey’s Exclusive, this new Full FDE GLOCK series is built on the Vickers preferred RTF2 frame. The initial production run will be limited to 2,000 G17’s and 3,000 G19’s.


There are some familiar features that seat this Full FDE model at the Vickers GLOCK table while maintaining its own unique personality. Touting the new AmeriGlo Pro I-DOT tritium front sight and proven Wilson Combat U-Notch rear, Vickers stated this may be the best sight configuration that he’s ever shot. “I’ve run a lot of pistols set up every way imaginable but this yellow/green front sight picks up as fast as anything out there.”


The reliable Vickers TangoDown add-ons include the extended mag release, extended slide catch and matching FDE magazine base plates. The grip plug with integral disassembly tool, new in FDE, is a perfect match. An allen wrench is also included for rear sight adjustment.


Now the fourth GLOCK in the Lipsey’s/Vickers Tactical offering, there are no signs of slowing down as Lipsey’s Vice President and Product Development Manager, Jason Cloessner, eludes. “The Vickers GLOCK project is one of our most popular and requested exclusives. With the popularity of our Full FDE exclusive that’s been around for a few years, we saw a void that this Vickers gun fills perfectly. We had to have Larry’s stamp on it.”

Located in Baton Rouge, Lipsey’s was originally formed as a wholesale hunting and fishing distributor in 1953. Today, the company leads the firearms industry in the collaboration and distribution of exclusive firearms. An authority in NFA regulations, Lipsey’s also offers a robust line of silencers, short barrel rifles and accessories. With a committed focus on relationships, Lipsey’s provides value and innovation to federally licensed dealers and the industry’s top manufacturers.

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28 Responses to “Lipsey’s and Vickers Tactical Launch Full Flat Dark Earth GLOCK Collaboration”

  1. Disco says:

    I wont dispute the overall schema of the pistol but why does everyone want a FDE pistol these days? A rifle, I understand as it is not inconspicuous but a poop brown pistol is lame

    • Jon, OPT says:

      Gen III only?

    • Jon, OPT says:

      Meant as thread reply.

    • Jim says:

      Ever wear khakis? It blends dang near perfect with the darker “British Khaki” colors that are made by just about every men’s clothing manufacturer.

      Black guns stick out like a sore thumb and scare the natives. Guns that blend don’t register on the radar and distract anyone from their FaceBook browsing.

      • Disco says:

        But if I am concealed carrying it, they would not see it anyway.
        Kind of an an ass-pull answer. Not everything in life needs to be FDE.
        I know the Mall crowd will be on it but it is a lame fad

        • jellydonut says:

          It helps to not draw eyesight and attention if your shirt rides up. Which happens if you carry somewhere that isn’t the flat range.

          • Disco says:

            I am sure being a grown ass adult will mitigate any unintentional printing.

            FDE as Normieflage is kind of a weak excuse, but hey…do your thing. Spend your money. Get your sheepdog on.

    • JJ says:

      “Poop-Brown” is exactly how I would describe the color.

  2. Blake says:

    I work at a gun store and we recently had some of the regular black Larry Vickers Gen 3 Glocks, like this one pictured here. Sure, they are nice, but they were AT LEAST $200 more than a normal Gen 3. The only difference was a slightly different grip, and different sights. Not even night sights. Don’t get me wrong, I respect Larry and I love Glock, but his “Special” Glocks with his name on it are NOT worth several hundred dollars more. Took forever to sell too, no one wanted a slightly different Gen 3 for so much more .

    • Marcus says:

      The first six words tell it all. Let me break it down for you. First, RTF2 guns are not your standard cookie cutter Glock. They have a following and people obviously want them or these wouldn’t sell out each time they’re released. Second, used 19/17 variants with RTF2 frames can bring $600+ if they’re in decent condition. Third, finding a new RTF2 pistol is extremely difficult. Fourth, these LAV pistols come with extra goodies and decent sights. Fifth, originally RTF2 came in black but LAV gives you some options if that’s your thing.

      • SamHill says:

        Cool story bro.

      • Adun says:

        Marcus, how about specifically listing the “goodies” that come with these pistols beyond the colors and the sights, because all I am seeing you say here is that there is scarcity, a different color, and different sights which is why they are worth more.

        • Marcus says:

          As it states above, the goodies you get are the Tango Down extended mag and slide release plus mag base plates.

      • Blake says:

        The one model we had in store had decent rear sights (the ones pictured on this FDE version), but the front sight was only a mere brass stud. No tritium or anything. While I agree that people will pay what the market has for the guns with the different RTF grip, I don’t think it is a night and day difference, and not worth an extra hundred or more bucks. Different doesn’t always have to correlate with pricier.

        The market at my store dictated that those pistols were not worth it. I know people still buy them, and I am not disputing that they are inferior pistols, but based off of the sample I have seen, it is not worth the extra cost. Just from what I have seen working there for several years.

        • HSR47 says:

          Gold, not brass. The first run (FDE) came with the Wilson/Vickers tritium front sight, the second run (Gray) came with the Wilson/Vickers fiber optic front sight, and the third run (black) came with the Wilson/Vickers gold bead front sight.

          Also, just because YOU don’t see the draw of RTF2 does not erase that draw from existance. Sure, you might not have a market for it in your area. It’s also entirely possible, given your “$200” commentary, that they didn’t move because your employer tried to move them too close to MSRP (~$750) instead of what most dealers actually sold them for (~$625-650).

          That being said, in my experience the FDE and gray runs were FAR more popular than the black run — Either the color isn’t as popular as they thought it would be, or the market is saturated.

    • We have no control on what a dealer sells the pistols at – these are priced at a place where if a shooter buys the sights to upgrade on a regular Glock then with these pistols you are getting the other parts for free. Lipseys has always been more than fair in the pricing of these pistols. On the secondary market then it’s what the market will bear. Know your facts before you hammer someone’s product online. Better yet let’s see you do a ‘Blake’ Glock special and see how many you sell – once these FDE guns are sold we will be at 20,000 pistols. Once you’ve brought to market and sold 1/100th that many get back to me……

      • dsr2675 says:

        BTW the Ameriglo front sight pictured looks slimmer than a typical Pro i-dot. What is the width?

        • .125 width – .220 high. Made to my specifications for this series of pistols

          • dsr2675 says:

            Rgr. Thx. Hopefully Ameriglo will offer just the front sight with that width on their site soon. I see you can get the GL-956 set with the .125 width tho (orange only).

      • Disco says:

        See, man. That’s your problem. He works at a gun store. Gun stores buy the guns they sell. 80% of normies have no idea who you are. They just wonder what makes a gun expensive. Granted you have given solid reasoning (RTF2, Non standard sights, butt plugs, non factory color, and you dont set the price).

        Then you chump him out like he’s an asshole for asking a fair question by throwing up that the tacticool crowd buys your shit because of your “name”.

        See, he was just reporting constructive feedback and in no way insulted you. Then you insult him. That’s bullshit. I dunno if you been hanging around James Yeager too much or your wife is withholding poon but goddammit you take everything personally.

        A simple “These pistols have several non-standard features and I am not directly involved in pricing” would have been short, sweet and professional.

        You are becoming the Star Jones of guns and you need Jesus

      • PTMcCain says:

        Larry, how dare you try to use facts in an Internet discussion about firearms!

      • Blake says:

        Mr. Vickers,

        Thank you for taking the time to answer me, it is not often that someone with such experience as yourself has spoken to me (somewhat) directly.

        Let me start off by saying I mean no disrespect to you or your brand. I own several of your Tango Down basepalates for my Glock, and love them. My concern is with the high mark up. I did not know who in the supply line made the price increase, but seeing the reactions of the hundreds of customers I see every day, it is not a welcomed one. When I first saw it, I was confused. Holding another Gen 3 in my hand next to it, they seemed near identical. Yes, there is the RTF2 on there (which I think Glock should do with every gun), and yes there are (slightly) improved sights, but at close to $830, I was expecting a bit more, like maybe a more tuned trigger, or night sights, or a magwell, or something like that. But that’s just personal opinion. I have ran nothing but Glock for years and love the brand.

        I also am disappointed that you are touting your name as a bully tactic. Yes, I am aware you are a much better gun fighter than me and have decades more training than I do, but that does not mean my opinion is of any lesser value in the discussion. Using the “I am better than you” jab is unprofessional, and doesn’t seem to be the Larry I see on the videos and in person. The other commentor ‘Disco’ made a very valid point. All I was trying to do was make a very fair and valid comment on the nature of the guns in the wild, yet you seem to want to use your name to put others down.

        In closing, thank you again for taking the time time reply to me. Even though it was one I didn’t expect, it did show your true colors. Have a good evening Mr. Vickers.

  3. Frogman says:

    Is this still considered a Glock? I cant tell due to all the dramatic changes.

  4. Bradkaf308 says:

    Why do people like the RTF2 so much?

    • Disco says:

      It does grip better …otherwise bleh

    • HSR47 says:

      Because it’s the height of Glock Perfection.

      Seriously though, I’ve found that the stock Gen 3 grip texture doesn’t offer enough traction, which leaves me with three options: Go RTF2, Go Gen 4, or stipple. Since I already have a number of Gen 3 slides milled for optics, moving to Gen 4 is out. From there, I find that RTF3 offers similar traction to a good professional stipple job at a lower cost and while looking better.

  5. Chris from Cali says:

    Maybe this is a dumb question, but will these be available in California given they are a gen 3 gun? Or does making them a limited run preclude them from being considered an authorized, on-roster model?

  6. Dave says:

    Well I bought one… The mark up from a base Glock was about 110.00 dollars. Which is insane considering I don’t have to replace the sights, hundred dollars saved. I don’t have buy a plug… 15-20 dollars saved… I don’t know where they’re going 200 over, but all things considered that’s still not even bad for what you’re getting. If like to thank Larry for teaming up with Lipsey’s on this line.