Glock's New Gen 5 Line Up
October 4, 2017 By Dave Young (YoungBuckDave)
Glock has had a very busy year with new releases. Earlier this year Glock released a couple of fan favorite pistols including the G19C, G17L, and G24, as well as a G19FS and G17FS, both with front serrations.
Right off the bat, one of the major changes to their Gen 5 lineup is that the finger grooves have been removed on the frame. This simple upgrade was one of the biggest requests by most people. Along with removing the finger grooves on the frame, Glock also added a flared mag-well at the bottom of the frame. However, this mag-well isn't huge like you find on most Glock pistols. Instead, it's flared just enough to help people reload faster in stressful situations by funneling the magazine into the gun. Glock decided not to add front serrations on their Gen 5 lineup but did taper, or round off, the corner of the front; much like the front of their subcompact pistol lineup, such as the Glock 26 or Glock 27. One of the biggest additions to the Gen 5 lineup is the ambidextrous slide stop lever which Glock has been teasing for some time with random photos popping up of this G17M that people were hearing about. Glock finally made it a reality and gave both the G19 and G17 ambidextrous slide stop levers, which made them more suitable for both left-handed and right-handed shooters. Glock also added a new finish to their Gen 5 lineup, which is a DLC finish. This finish is supposed to last longer and protect the firearm against the elements much better than the finishes on their previous generations. This is an excellent addition for those users who use their Glocks in the field or who put serious wear and tear on them on the range.
So now let's cover some of the major changes Glock made internally to their Gen 5 lineup. All Gen 5 Glocks will be equipped with their "Glock Marksman Barrel" which has better rifling for improved accuracy. Along with the barrel, the firing pin has been reshaped into more of a square with ramping on both sides. Also, the trigger return spring has been moved to be inside the mechanism housing. I have personally talked to people who have shot the new Gen 5 G19 and G17, and they swear that the trigger has a better pull over the older generations.
Well, it's official now, and everyone can buy the new Glock 19 and Glock 17 Gen 5 pistols which cost approximately the same price as their previous generations. Of course, prices can vary depending on if you get one of their Gen 5's with night sights, but the cost is around $560. It's been a very exciting year for Glock; releasing new variations of guns, bringing back some fan favorites like the G17L, G24, and G19C, and releasing their new Generation 5 lineup. I can't wait to see what else they have up their sleeve for the future and will be sure to keep everyone posted on what they come out with next!