Preview: GLOCK Gen5 Pistols

by
posted on September 1, 2017
glockgen5-a.jpg

GLOCK recently announced the new G19 Gen5 and G17 Gen5 pistols. The company says the Gen5 pistols feature over twenty design changes which improve them from the previous generation.

GLOCK Gen5 magwell
The GLOCK Gen5's new flared magwell.


The Gen5 has several key changes over Gen4. Of particular interest to production action shooters is the GLOCK Marksman Barrel (GMB), which ditches the previous polygonal rifling for a G43 derived one that GLOCK says will deliver improved accuracy. Additionally, the addition of a flared magwell will make for easier reloading on the move. Also gone are the finger grooves on the grip. The removal of the finger grooves and ambidextrous slide stop are to improve control and flexibility. The proprietary nDLC finish is tough and durable finish reminiscent of black nitride.

GLOCK Gen5 grip
The Gen5 grip omits the finger grooves from previous generations of GLOCKs.


“The development of our Gen5 pistols was the result of the constant pursuit of perfection and a desire to meet the requests of the consumer market,” said GLOCK vice president Josh Dorsey. “We have combined the standards of high-level performance and reliability with distinctive design enhancements to improve durability, accuracy, and performance. The benefits enhance the shooter experience at the range and in high-stress situations where fractions of a second matter.”

The origins of this new generation of GLOCK pistols lies in a request by Federal Law Enforcement for a new service pistol. As a matter of fact, the Gen5 pistols are a variation of the M pistol used by the FBI. “Our goal was to meet the demanding needs of law enforcement agencies while maintaining our standard of perfection,” commented Dorsey. “Once the pistols we submitted proved themselves in testing and were adopted, consumers began asking for those pistols. The Gen5 pistols we are introducing today meet that demand.”

Currently, only the G17 and G19 are in the Gen5 lineup. They are available at dealers now, with pricing similar to the previous generation. For more information go to us.glock.com/Gen5.

Latest

BRG9 Web 1
BRG9 Web 1

BRG9 Elite: More Features For Less Money

Buffalo Cartridge Company’s BRG9 Elite is a solid beginner pistol for action games and is also suitable for self-defense purposes

5 Problem Sporting Clays Targets And How To Break Them

In sporting clays, it can pay dividends to know multiple techniques for taking down problem bird presentations

New: Trijicon Q-LOC Quick Release Mounts

Trijicon says this family of quick release mounts for shooters and hunters are “strong enough to match the durability of our optics.”

Compensators On Rimfire Rifles Can Make Sense

There are some valid reasons for adding a comp to a .22 LR rifle

Staccato XL Competition 2011

This fast-cycling, flat-shooting competition 9 mm with extended sight radius is perfect for action pistol competition and the Tactical Games

Sporting Clays Shooter Madison Sharpe Joins Team Remington

Madison Sharpe is now a member of Team Remington’s impressive roster

Interests



Get the best of Shooting Sports USA delivered to your inbox.