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Glock Gen 3 or 4?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by TheCracker, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. TheCracker

    TheCracker Well-Known Member

    So I'm wanting do dive into the word of Glocks. I've never shot one much less owned one. I really want a G19 and plan to get one once all the craziness dies down.

    I have studied and know the changed made to te Gen 4 but am a little Leary ad have heard some like the Gen 3 better.

    I'm looking for opinions from the experts on here. Which one do you guys like better and why?
  2. psyopspec

    psyopspec Well-Known Member

    I have a couple of each. All of my future purchases will be Gen 4s unless I find a particularly good deal on a Gen 3, but have no plans whatsoever to get rid of my current Gen 3s.

    The reason for me is that my paws are a little on the smaller side and the Gen 4s without a backstrap are just a bit easier to shoot well. I also prefer the larger button for the magazine release. Speaking in general terms, I don't dislike either.
  3. wolf695

    wolf695 Well-Known Member

    glock 3or 4 gen

    I use a 3rd gen glock she does a good job! I was a hard core beretta man, but once I put the glock through its paces it surprised me! shes lighter, she is a dead on shooting machine. The 4th gen has to much toys with it, the change out back strap, bad!!! if you really use your glock, you will drop it! kick it, stratch it up! A 4th gen wont take the beating!
  4. TonyT

    TonyT Well-Known Member

    I have shot a G-17 (3rd gen) for several years with no malfunctions. IRecently I saw two people at our local club with 4th gen G-19's and both were experiencing ejection malfunctions and very weak ejection. Personally I would stay away from gen4 guns until I see then functioning reliably.
  5. Levan9X19

    Levan9X19 Well-Known Member

    for me glock and its legendary reputation is associated with gen 3 models. they work! I will opt for 3rd gen all the time.
  6. TheCracker

    TheCracker Well-Known Member

    I've been worried about the reliability. Have heard that re g4 19's have extraction problems ESP in weaker ammo.
  7. TheCracker

    TheCracker Well-Known Member

    I have smaller hands and this is good to know!

  8. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    Horse puckey. :)
  9. capcyclone

    capcyclone Well-Known Member

    I have a Gen3 26 and love it. I know there are plenty of Glock haters out there, but I don't think you can go wrong with a Gen3 or Gen4. They do their job.
  10. Dan-O

    Dan-O Well-Known Member

    Or better yet, get a Gen 2.
  11. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    Now with more kaboom! :D
  12. JTQ

    JTQ Well-Known Member

    Sure they did when the Gen 4's first came out, but that is old news.

    I'm not a Glock fan, but they are a quality gun company. They had an initial problems with the dual recoil spring with the G17/G19 when they first came out. It took a few try's but I'm pretty sure they've fixed them.

    If the Gen 4 feels better in your hand, and you have a need for the larger mag release button, get it. I would be confident both generations of current manufacture Glock's will be equally reliable.
  13. SpentCasing

    SpentCasing Well-Known Member

    My EDC is a Gen4 G19.
    My favorite range/comp/training gun is a Gen3 G17.

    Both are good to go, but if I had to sell one itd be the 17. I would then replace it with a Gen4 17 or 34. I really prefer the Gen4 and itll be Gen4 from here on out, but nothing wrong with the 3s.
  14. Hapworth

    Hapworth Well-Known Member

    The Gen4 17s and 19s at rollout had real problems. By a wide margin, the new RSAs and ejectors have fixed things.
  15. 12gaugeTim

    12gaugeTim Well-Known Member

    I'm pretty sure you have to get those registered as destructive devices with the ATF...
  16. mrvco

    mrvco Well-Known Member

    I just bought a Gen4 17 and am absolutely in love with the no-backstrap grip and the new grip texture. My Gen3 35 is about to go up for sale and be replaced with a Gen4 35.
  17. wlewisiii

    wlewisiii Well-Known Member

    If you can, go Gen 2. No ugly finger grooves that may, or may not, fit your hand. Call Glock & if it hasn't had the recall, send it. Free rebuild. Plus two new free mags and new sights (at least for mine.)

    No kabooms.
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2013
  18. Bobson

    Bobson Well-Known Member

    I bought my first Glock (Gen3 G19) a short while after Gen4 hit shelves. I was concerned that Gen4 might have issues, and knew Gen3 was solid. I'm glad I chose Gen3, if only because I don't care for the backstraps or larger mag release.

    The Gen3 G19 is still my only Glock, and I'm really hoping they continue to produce Gen3s so I have time to pick up a NIB Gen3 G23, G30, and G34. Problem is I'm planning to start law school in Fall 2014, so it'll be a few years before I can afford all three of those, and I don't see Gen3 Glocks still being produced in four years.
  19. TreeDoc

    TreeDoc Well-Known Member

    gen 3 G26 for me. Glock designed the duel spring for that gun right the first time. Have had others, but the 26 is more accurate and reliable. Maybe I just got lucky?
  20. justice06rr

    justice06rr Well-Known Member

    This is almost always gonna be a user preference when it comes to Gen 3 vs 4.

    I have a Gen3 G19 while a buddy has the Gen4. I've shot both and still love my Gen3, while he loves his brand new Gen4. Some Gen4's are known to have ejection quirks/issues that Gen3's don't have.

    Also the Gen4's grip seem to have more rougher stippling from my observation, which is why I like my Gen3 better.

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