A NEW GEN­ER­A­TION

GEN5 MOD­ELS ARE HERE. EN­HANCED AC­CU­RACY WITH GLOCK RE­LI­A­BIL­ITY MAKE THEM WORTH THE WAIT

Concealed Carry Hand Guns - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - STORY AND PHO­TOS BY RICHARD SCHUTZ

Gen5 mod­els are here. En­hanced ac­cu­racy with Glock re­li­a­bil­ity make them worth the wait. By Richard Schutz

IIt’s been ap­prox­i­mately seven years since Glock Gen4 pis­tols be­came avail­able. For at least the last two years, Glock lovers and haters alike have called for Glock to bring out some­thing “new.” Ap­par­ently, they didn’t count the G40, G41, G42, G43 and MOS op­tion as new enough. In­stead, they were look­ing for an “M” FBI-style or XM17 can­di­date gun. Well, as it has al­ways done, Glock man­age­ment in­tro­duced the next ver­sion at the time and place of their choos­ing. Glock an­nounced that the G17 and G19 Gen5 ver­sions would be launched Au­gust 30. The best part was that the prod­uct would be avail­able at lo­cal gun shops on launch day, and lo and be­hold, it was avail­able as ad­ver­tised. Glock fans won’t be dis­ap­pointed. The new guns are as re­li­able as ever, seem to be more ac­cu­rate and of­fer some fea­tures that are def­i­nite im­prove­ments.

“...THE GEN5 GLOCK MARKS­MAN BAR­REL PRO­VIDED CON­SIS­TENTLY BET­TER AC­CU­RACY THAN THE GEN4 BAR­REL.”

OVER­VIEW

The Glock 19 is the most pop­u­lar of Glock’s many mod­els. The G19’s pop­u­lar­ity is due to the fact that it is small enough to be car­ried con­cealed,

yet large enough to be car­ried as a duty gun while be­ing both ac­cu­rate and com­fort­able to shoot.

The G17 and G19 Gen5 pis­tols are both based upon the “M” pis­tol de­signed for, and used by, the FBI.

WHAT’S NEW AND WHAT’S NOT?

As with pre­vi­ous it­er­a­tions, the Gen5 ver­sion is evo­lu­tion­ary, not rev­o­lu­tion­ary, as was the orig­i­nal Glock 17. Out of more than 20 de­sign changes made on the Gen5, five are con­sid­ered sig­nif­i­cant enough to be enu­mer­ated by Glock and the other 15 or so you must find for your­self.

Five of the most note­wor­thy changes are a flared magazine well, a new nDLC fin­ish, a Glock Marks­man Bar­rel (GMB), bi­lat­eral slide stop levers and a grip without finger grooves. Some of the less sig­nif­i­cant changes in­clude: twopin frame de­sign, rounded slide front, smooth trigger shoe face, magazine re­moval notch in grip, ex­tended magazine base­plate and an orange magazine fol­lower.

Some ob­vi­ous items that were not in­cluded in the de­sign of the Gen5 ver­sions are for­ward slide ser­ra­tions, steel sights and an ex­ter­nal man­ual safety. For­ward slide ser­ra­tions and steel sights (along with ex­tended con­trols) were of­fered on a spe­cial pro­duc­tion run of Gen4 G17 and G19 mod­els dur­ing the sum­mer of 2017.

Be­cause the for­ward slide ser­ra­tions were not on the “M” ver­sion, they were not in­cluded in the Gen5 de­sign. A man­ual ex­ter­nal safety was pro­vided on the XM17 can­di­date pis­tols, but not on the “M” model, so it too was not in­cluded in the de­sign of the Gen5 ver­sion. Glock naysay­ers of­ten cite the stan­dard U-type Glock poly­mer sights as de­fi­cient be­cause they are “plas­tic” and can­not be re­li­ably used to op­er­ate the slide one-handed. Night sights like the Ameriglo sights (called BOLD by Glock) that came on my sam­ple pis­tol are steel and are rugged, but they do not have a ledge to sup­port a one-hand slide rack. Steel Glock Night Sights (GNS) are also avail­able. So, steel sights are avail­able if you are will­ing to pay ex­tra for them.

OP­ER­A­TION/ SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

Gen5 mod­els still op­er­ate us­ing

Glock’s sig­na­ture “Safe Ac­tion” re­coil-op­er­ated, tilt­ing bar­rel de­sign. The changes found in the Gen5

Glocks don’t change the way a Glock op­er­ates; they are de­signed to make it op­er­ate bet­ter.

The great­est dif­fer­ence I found be­tween the Gen4 and Gen5 G19s was ac­cu­racy. As de­ter­mined dur­ing limited range time, the Gen5 Glock Marks­man Bar­rel pro­vided con­sis­tently bet­ter ac­cu­racy than the Gen4 bar­rel. The same style ri­fling is used in both ver­sions’ bar­rels and the same us­abil­ity ap­plies (no lead bul­lets). The dif­fer­ence is that the ri­fling in the Glock Marks­man Bar­rel starts far­ther back and has a tighter tol­er­ance than Gen4 bar­rels do. Also, the Glock Marks­man Bar­rel crown is step-cut and cham­fered rather than rounded.

The trigger op­er­ates and feels the same as pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions of Glocks, even with its dif­fer­ent-style trigger spring. The take­down pro­ce­dure is ex­actly the same, too. I did find that the slide lock on my sam­ple G19 had more re­sis­tance than the one on my Gen4 G19. This could be due to the use of a coil spring un­der com­pres­sion rather than a leaf spring. Even shoot­ing from the bench I found that the flared and beveled magazine well made magazine changes much smoother.

The phys­i­cal di­men­sions of the G19 Gen4 and Gen5 pis­tols are vir­tu­ally iden­ti­cal ex­cept for the width, where the Gen5 is 0.16 inch wider due to the bi­lat­eral slide stop. Also, the un­loaded weight of the Gen5 G19 is ap­prox­i­mately 0.34 ounce heav­ier than the Gen4 ver­sion.

Finger grooves or no finger grooves, it makes no dif­fer­ence to me. Mod­els with finger grooves fit my hand fine. If the finger grooves on the Gen4 G19 don’t fit your hand/fin­gers, then you will prob­a­bly ap­pre­ci­ate the lack of finger grooves on the Gen5 G19.

Fi­nally, there is the nDLC fin­ish. Glock used a tenifer (salt bath ni­trid­ing) fin­ish for many years but quit ad­ver­tis­ing it some­time ago. I al­ways pre­sumed that the ap­par­ent change had to do with en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues re­lated to the process. A ni­tride fin­ish was used on Gen4 ver­sions. The nDLC (di­a­mond-like car­bon) fin­ish is de­signed to in­crease wear re­sis­tance and lower fric­tion on firearms. Glock does not de­fine what the “n” in “nDLC” means. Only time will tell how it com­pares to pre­vi­ous sur­face fin­ishes pro­vided by Glock. When com­par­ing my Gen4 G19’s fin­ish to the nDLC fin­ish of the Gen5 G19, the nDLC ap­pears to be smoother, blacker and more of a matte fin­ish than the flat fin­ish of the Gen4 G19.

VER­SIONS

At this time, Gen5 ver­sions are only avail­able in G17 and G19 mod­els. It would make sense that other pop­u­lar mod­els, with the ex­cep­tion of the G42 and G43 mod­els, will be of­fered in Gen5 ver­sions in the fu­ture.

Glock con­tin­ues to of­fer Gen4 and Gen3 ver­sions in mul­ti­ple mod­els. Some ver­sions and mod­els are only pro­duced as spe­cial runs so they may not al­ways be read­ily avail­able.

PUTTING THE GEN5 GLOCK 19 TO WORK AT THE RANGE

I first broke in the Gen5 G19 with 66 rounds of var­i­ous brands of FMJ prac­tice am­mu­ni­tion. I then cleaned the bar­rel, fired two foul­ing rounds and pro­ceeded to eval­u­ate the 25-yard ac­cu­racy of the Gen5 Glock 19 us­ing six dif­fer­ent fac­tory loads. Three five-shot

“...NOTE­WOR­THY CHANGES ARE A FLARED MAG WELL, A NEW NDLC FIN­ISH, A...MARKS­MAN BAR­REL, BI­LAT­ERAL SLIDE STOP LEVERS AND A GRIP WITHOUT FINGER GROOVES.”

groups were fired from a sand­bag rest for each load.

SIG Sauer 147-grain V-Crown JHP am­mu­ni­tion pro­duced the small­est av­er­age group size for three, five-shot groups at 2.37 inches. Black Hills 124-grain JHP and Fed­eral Pre­mium P9HS 124-grain Hy­dra-Shok JHP came in a close sec­ond and third at 2.43 and 2.46 inches re­spec­tively.

As one would ex­pect from a Glock, all six loads func­tioned flaw­lessly in the G19 Gen5 pis­tol. I mainly used the Gen5 mag­a­zines with the orange fol­lower, but I also used some older Gen4 mag­a­zines dur­ing this eval­u­a­tion. Both styles were prob­lem-free.

I also shot an al­most-new G19 Gen4 pis­tol at the same range ses­sion us­ing three of the loads fired in the G19 Gen5. Ve­loc­i­ties were right in line with those ob­tained fir­ing the Gen5. Ac­cu­racy, how­ever, was an­other story al­to­gether. While this was not a sci­en­tific com­par­i­son, it did show that all three loads grouped from 0.39 to 0.96 inch bet­ter in the Gen5 G19. That said, my years of ex­pe­ri­ence have shown me that each pis­tol has a per­son­al­ity of its own when it comes to am­mu­ni­tion and ac­cu­racy.

FI­NAL WORDS

As stated ear­lier, the Gen5 Glock 19 is evo­lu­tion­ary. There are no, “Wow, who would have thought that Glock would have done that?” changes.

Each change in­cor­po­rated into the Gen5 G19 was well thought out to im­prove ac­cu­racy, re­li­a­bil­ity or the gun’s han­dling in some way. I saw noth­ing that would in­di­cate that it was a cost-cut­ting change.

I have shot many Glocks over the years, and I see the Gen5 as a def­i­nite im­prove­ment over any of the pre­vi­ous ver­sions. Some changes, such as the re­moval of the finger grooves and the finger notch in the grip, are throw­backs to pre­vi­ous ver­sions. The rest ei­ther in­cor­po­rate de­sign changes, such as the fir­ing pin block and coil springs from some of the newer mod­els (G42 and G43), or break new ground al­to­gether, such as the Glock Marks­man bar­rel, flared magazine well and the bi­lat­eral slide-stop levers.

Would I run out and buy a Gen5 G19 or G17 to re­place a Gen3 or Gen4 ver­sion? No. The only rea­sons I would do that is if I hated the finger groves on the Gen3/Gen4 ver­sions or if I was a south­paw and re­ally wanted the bi­lat­eral slide stop levers. If I was walk­ing into a gun shop to buy a G17 or G19 for the first time, I would def­i­nitely pick the Gen5 ver­sion if for no other rea­sons than the Glock Marks­man bar­rel and the flared magazine well.

In right pro­file, the Gen5 G19 re­veals the rounded slide front, right-side slide stop lever, a lack of finger grooves, two pin de­sign and an ex­tended magazine base­plate dif­fer­ences from the Gen4 ver­sion.

Right: The rounded front of the slide on the Gen5 G19 (bot­tom) com­pared to the squared-off Gen4 G19 slide on the top.

Bot­tom Left: The Gen5 magazine uses an orange fol­lower for bet­ter vis­i­bil­ity. The metal liner is not vis­i­ble through ei­ther lock notch or in the front of the magazine.

Bot­tom Right: The Gen5 magazine well has been flared and beveled and a finger notch has been added to the front of the grip.

The ob­vi­ous dif­fer­ences be­tween the Gen5 frame on the bot­tom and the Gen4 frame on the top are the lack of finger grooves and the lack of a lock­ing block pin on the Gen5 frame. GEN 4 GEN 5

Above: In left pro­file of the G17, the only vis­i­ble changes from the Gen4 ver­sion are the rounded slide front, a lack of finger grooves, two-pin de­sign and an ex­tended magazine base­plate. Glock photo Below: Gen5 in­ter­nal slide parts are shown on the top and the in­ter­nal parts from a Gen4 slide are shown on the bot­tom. The fir­ing pin safety, fir­ing pin and the slide cover plate are all dif­fer­ent.

GEN 5 GEN 4

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