Glock G19 5th Gen: What’s New?
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When Glock unveiled the fifth generation Glock 19, you could virtually here the room deflate. It looks a bit like, well, it looks almost exactly like the outgoing model.
Of course that means it’s the same deal with the G17 5th Gen, which is the same gun apart from a slightly longer barrel and grip.
Like Porsche with the 911, though, Glock isn’t into big change. It has one of the world’s most successful semi-automatic handguns on its hands and it certainly wasn’t going to give us a revolution.
It’s the civilian version of the M line that the FBI favors and you wouldn’t expect a radical departure.
Is the Glock 19 Gen 5 Worth It?
So is it worth going for the Gen 5 Glock 19? Or should you save some money and stick with your older handgun?
Your 4th gen hasn’t suddenly turned into a bad gun. It was good enough for law enforcement and special forces and it is still good enough for home defense, range shooting and more.
That’s especially true if you have modified your Glock, with a sharper trigger assembly or a high-grip slider.
But what are the new features on the Glock 19 5th gen that could tempt you to upgrade?
1. No finger grooves
Yes, those irksome moulded grips are gone and you can choose where to grip your Glock now, which should give you more control.
It’s a pretty common mod to cut in to the trigger guard and hold the gun higher up.
Now you don’t need to change the grip to accomplish that.
2. Sharper Trigger
It’s a testament to the rest of the Glock 19 that we have been willing to overlook a spongy trigger set. Most serious shooters switch it out, but the new gun is much more precise and you might not have to do that anymore.
3. New rifling
The Glock Marksman Barrel comes with a new rifling design for increased accuracy. We haven’t tried one yet, so we don’t know if this is a theoretical improvement or something you’ll actually notice.
4. Flared Mag Well
It’s a small change, but the gun will help to guide the mag into place. When you need to keep your eyes in front, that could be a huge difference.
5. Beveled Slider
The front edge of the slider is now beveled and it does look good. It doesn’t quite match up to the frame, though, and it does look like an assortment of parts.
Aesthetically, we think it’s a slight improvement. But it’s had a knock-on effect and we can see a line of modded frames that provide a slicker finish.
6. Reversible Magazine Catch
It’s a simple concept, but it provides further ambidextrous control. This is in addition to the ambidextrous slide-stop lever.
7. New Magazines
You get an orange follower in the new magazines and a slight redesign that should allow for faster reloads.
8. nDLC Finish
It’s a new type of coating that should ensure your Glock remains resistant to scratches and corrosion. Your Glock should just keep firing, that’s all you need to know.
9. Glock Safe Action refinements
Glock has worked hard on its Safe Action system to ensure that the gun does not accidentally discharge when it’s dropped, but it is always ready to fire.
If you have already modified a Gen 4 Glock 19 then you could probably spend the money elsewhere. You really don’t need the incremental improvements you’re going to find in the Gen 5 and you’ve probably got them anyway.
But, that said, this is the best of the best when it comes to handguns and it just got ever so slightly better. So if you want to know you’ve got the best possible chance when you grab for your gun, if your life literally depends on it, then yes, it’s worth trading in your Gen 4 and getting the new gun.
Also,if your Gen 4 is unmodified and fully OEM, there’s enough of an upgrade here. So get the right price for your old gun, throw about $200 at the trade-in and you’ve got a decent deal.
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