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Gen 3 or Gen 4

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by tarheel, Sep 10, 2010.

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  1. tarheel

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    Unless I change my mind I am going to get me a new Glock. Either a 19 or 23 have not decided yet. For those of you that have Glocks; which would you choose; the proven Gen 3 or the new Gen 4? And for what reasons? (I know the Gen 4 in 23 is still a little wait in most all shops).
     
  2. REAPER4206969

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    GEN3 no question.
     
  3. Zerodefect

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    Deosn't really matter.

    But I'm going to vote for a Gen4 G23. Why?
    -replaceable back straps, hopefully the after market will make some really cool ones, like an extra fat one for skinney long hands like mine.
    -can stipple the backstrap and not permanently damage the gun, just the back strap.
    -can put a light on the gen4 rails without the gun loseing 90% of it's reliability like the 3rd gen .40s seem to.

    But not all aftermarket parts fit the gen 4's I think? Connectors? Rods?

    And my Gen g23 rules the compact high cap world. The gen4 has some big shoes to fill.
     
  4. DougW

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    Gen 1 and 2 are my favorites, so I don't count.
     
  5. REAPER4206969

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    Only a very small amount of Glock's experience this issue. Updated magazines will fix it if it does occur. Don't buy into the internet BS.
     
  6. Onmilo

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    Gen2.
    I HATE the damn fingergrooves!
     
  7. gofastman

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    gen 3, simply for the fact the AA .22 conversion kit will not work with the gen 4's, I consider that a must have accessory for Glocks now.
     
  8. Quiet

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    Glock 19 = Gen 3
    Glock 23 = Gen4
     
  9. WillDe83

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    I would go with the 3rd generation.
     
  10. Nushif

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    Depends on the model.

    I'd trade my G26 in for a slightly slimmer Gen4 one in a heartbeat. But in an already fat Glock (i.e Most of their .45 types) I'd see no purpose for the extra money.
     
  11. jrod

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    Have Gen 3's and just got a Gen4 17. Gen 4 functions great,but I just don't care for it.Selling it and will keep the gen3s. Finally tried a CZ75B and ordered one.Feels so much better than my Glocks.
     
  12. REAPER4206969

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    How did you get one in California? Cop?
     
  13. Full Metal Jacket

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    not quite,

    there's already a thread on GT where the guy's gen4 g17 only jams when a tac light is attached.

    http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1258261



    besides the other million or so threads with complaints about gen4's jamming.

    and no, the "updated recoil assembly" does not always solve these issues.



    get a gen3 ;)
     
  14. Hangingrock

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    I noticed that Gun World Oct 2010 issue had an in-depth article on the G22 Gen-4. The article covered changes to the sights, recoil spring/guide assembly, trigger mechanism, magazine release button, magazine, grip frame& backstrap, accuracy&reliability, and summary.
     
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    I owned a gen4 17 and I really regret selling it. I currently have a gen3 19 rtf2. If you get a gen4 19 and are unhappy with it...I'll be more than happy to trade you! :)
     
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  17. Full Metal Jacket

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    nope.

    the GSSF discount no longer gets you the LE price.
     
  18. CPshooter

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    Gen 3 for sure. Proven and reliable. Not the case with the gen 4.

    I also think the Gen 3s are more aesthetically pleasing.

    Glock keeps trying to improve their guns in order to slow down the competition, but they are going about it all wrong. Big time fail with the gen 4 IMHO.
     
  19. Full Metal Jacket

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    agreed.
     
  20. Mudinyeri

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    Interesting ... I've never liked the way Glocks fit in my hand until I shot a Gen 4 G19 with the larger backstrap. It was a LEO's off-duty carry gun so I have a hard time believing it had a history of failures (as a model/generation).

    What would you consider the failures of the 4th generation to be? (Yes, I see you said jamming, but what, specifically, is happening?) I don't intend to mount a light (or anything else) on the rail.
     
  21. Full Metal Jacket

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    google "glock gen4 problems". you'll find all the info you need :)
     
  22. AWorthyOpponent

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    There was a problem with the G17 Gen4's, but from what I've read, its a problem that was solved with the updated recoil spring. I got the Glock 19 Gen4 when it came out, have since put about 700 rounds through it. The second round and third round gave me stove pipe jams. I personally attribute these to my own grip and becoming familiar with the new gun. Other than that, I have had no issues while shooting one handed, on its side, rapid fire, etc. I fully trust my Gen4 G19 for EDC, and haven't personally experienced any of the problems I've heard about.
     
  23. Mudinyeri

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    I did. I found a lot of people saying they'd heard about problems but only a couple who actually talked about having an issue themselves. They were either new to handguns or new to Glocks.

    My own direct experience with a Gen 4 G19 is limited to three rounds. All fired fine. Two of the holes in the target were touching. The owner of the pistol is a LEO who has fired in excess of 1000 rounds through the gun and who carries it every day off duty. That speaks volumes more to me than a bunch of he-said, she-said interweb stuff.
     
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  24. Full Metal Jacket

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    sometimes.


    i found countless personal experiences. don't know what to tell you.
     
  25. md7

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    GEN 3 for me. thats what i got, what i like, and what i trust.

    *disclaimer- i only know a little about the gen 4's and i have not fired one. all i know is that i like the gen 3, and will stick with that.
     
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