Why did glock put finger grooves on 3rd gens?


November 23, 2006, 09:17 PM
I have been pondering this question for a while. Why exactly did glock put finger groves on the 3rd gens? Did enough people request it, or did glock decide to do it on their own? I have held every 3rd gen glock, and not one fits my hand right. My finger feels pinched between the trigger guard and the first finger grove. The 2nd gens fit my hand so much better. I would think the smart and economical thing to do would be to leave the front smooth, and let people put a slip on grip or something. After all, thats what 99% of all other pistol manufactures have done. Not to mention the gun would fit more peoples hands. An adjustable backstrap would be a good thing too.

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November 23, 2006, 09:28 PM
I've heard that when they introduced the mini-Glocks (i.e., G26, G27) they needed to add "target grips" in order to make "points" on the BATmen's import list, so the thumb rest and finger grooves were added.

As for adding them to the rest of the line . . . I'd guess it's the result of customer feedback or focus groups or something.

November 23, 2006, 10:09 PM
I don't know for sure, but I would think they would add the finger grooves to improve ergos :confused: :confused: :scrutiny:

November 23, 2006, 10:41 PM
do a google search on places to have the grips reduced - its not too pricey -- I plan to have Robar do my 22 and possibly a 27 in the next few months- Ive heard that they really do feel better that way - also there is a company that is making a metal frame for the glocks now as well - i believe its a drop in - i dont know much more then that about the company- if i can find the article again I will at the name on here

November 23, 2006, 10:42 PM
Adding finger grips would improve the egros for some. However they have reduced the egros for everyone that has larger fingers. Kind of like making a gun with a huge grip, despite the fact it could be made smaller. For people with big hands its fine, but for the rest of the population that have smaller hands, they are screwed.

November 23, 2006, 11:54 PM
Well, probably 50% of people complained the Glocks didn't have this, so to stop pissing them off, Glock put the finger grooves in, thus pissing off the other 50%, and changing up the complaints a bit. :neener:

November 23, 2006, 11:59 PM
I just thought of this... If people really want finger grooves moulded into the frame, how come almost no other manufacture is making a pistol with finger grooves?:confused:

November 24, 2006, 12:25 AM
Believe it or not, I am pretty much okay with having the finger grooves. It's not that bad, though it does take some getting used to. If your hand fits, it works fine. Then again, the 2x4 grip on Glock isn't something ergonomic to begin with. Here's my pair of G19 2nd and 3rd Gen.


November 24, 2006, 08:32 AM
The nons work for me. The finger grooves are off the scale of my fingers, as are the grooved grips S&W put on some revolvers.

These don't fit.
These do.

Zach S
November 24, 2006, 09:39 AM
Why did glock put finger grooves on 3rd gens?So people could sand them off and make glocks even uglier.

November 24, 2006, 02:05 PM
HankB got it mostly correct.

The grooves and thumb rest were added to the Mini Glocks to gain import points.

Since new moulds were required and it isn't hard to extend the mould for a larger frame and since the earlier smooth profile moulds were near the point of being worn out, Glock just started casting all the frames with the new finger groove moulds.
The front portion of the mould containing the dustcover and upper slide rails was improved with an included light rail on all but the mini Glock frames.

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