Glock’s design has proven its worth—regardless of whether you are a Glock fanboy or a hater. The changes to the design through the various generations are not overtly obvious to eye, which leads some to believe all Glocks are all the same; a one trick pony. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sure, the basic design has been proven, some would go so far as to say perfected.Glocks are carried and proven by over 60 percent of law enforcement. After the FBI’s adoption of the M pistol hit the news consumers began clamoring for a release to the general public. Glock recently announced the release of two new versions to meet this need with the introduction of the G19 Gen5 and G17 Gen5 pistols. Here is the full release from Glock.
Glock recently introduced a new generation of confidence with the launch of the G19 Gen5 and G17 Gen5 pistols. The Gen5 pistols feature over 20 design changes which distinguish them from their Gen4 predecessors.
“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, Inc. VP 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 Gen5 pistols are a variation of the M pistol used by the FBI. Through rigorous testing and development, Glock has combined the historical reliability and trust in the brand with precisely-engineered design changes to meet the demand of consumers worldwide.
Among the design changes are five key features. The Glock Marksman Barrel (GMB) utilizes new barrel rifling to deliver improved accuracy. The removal of the finger grooves and an added ambidextrous slide stop delivers improved control and flexibility. The nDLC finish is a tougher and more durable finish that is exclusive to the Glock manufacturing process. Introduction of a flared mag-well increases performance by making it easier to funnel the magazine into the mag-well, particularly in high-stress situations.
The roots of the Gen5 pistols lie in a request by Federal Law Enforcement for a new service pistol. “Our goal was to meet the demanding needs of law enforcement agencies while maintaining our standard of perfection,” said VP Josh 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.”