The New Gen 5 Glock is Here

In case you missed it. There were some rumors online about a new Glock. We saw some teasers with the 17M and 19M and while those are for Law Enforcement only, Glock has come out with their latest Gen 5 Glock.

Gen 5 Glock 19

What’s Different And What’s The Same?

At first glance, the Gen 5 Glock looks like a regular Gen 4 Glock. However upon closer inspection, it actually more closely resembles a Gen 2 Glock with Gen 4 features. Like the Gen 2, the Gen 5 Glock does not have finger grooves in the front strap. The grip has the Gen 4 style grip texture as well as the Gen 4 magazine release. Glock added an ambidextrous slide stop and the frame does have an accessory rail, something the Gen 2 never had.

Gen 5 Glock vs Gen 4 Glock grip
Take a look at the bottom of the grip. The leading edge has a semi-circular cut out just like the Gen 2 Glocks. However, Glock has molded a flared magwell.
Gen 5 Glock
Looking at this photo, you can see that the Gen 5 magazine base plates are different. They are longer. Presumably to facilitate functionality with the finger cut out of the grip.
Gen 4 vs Gen 5 Glock magazine baseplates.
Gen 4 mag on the left, Gen 5 on the right.
Gen 5 Glock magazine with orange follower next to Gen 4 glock magazine with black follower
Glock has also given the Gen 5 magazines bright orange followers.

This flyer points out that the Gen 5 Glocks will have a new nDLC finish on the slides and the pistols come with a new Marksman barrel which has a new rifling pattern from previous Glocks.

Gen5 flyer 1

Gen5 flyer 2

It’s What’s Inside That Counts

The differences of the Gen 5 are not just aesthetic alone. Glock has also made some changes inside the Gen5 pistols.

Gen5 under the hood
The slide has been altered for some of the internal changes. The striker safety plunger has been ramped.
Gen 5 Glock slide on top, Gen 4 on bottom.
Gen 5 Glock slide on top, Gen 4 on bottom.
Gen 5 Glock firing pin vs Gen 4
The firing pin has been redesigned as well. Gen 5 on the left, Gen 4 to the right.

 

Slide firing pin hole.
Slide firing pin hole.
firing pin parts
Here’s a comparison of firing pin parts from Gen 4 to Gen 5.

These are not the only changes to the Gen 5 Glock. The internals of the frame are drastically different. Every part of the trigger system is different enough that you cannot use previous generation Glock parts.

Even the barrel lugs and recoil spring have been changed. The Gen 5 G17 barrel lug has been reprofiled so that the G19 and G17 use the same locking block.  So far it seems the G19 can use existing threaded barrels, the Gen 5 G17 will not be compatible with existing G17 threaded barrels.

barrel lug
Gen 5 vs Gen 4 barrel lug.

The reason for changing the Gen 5 Glock 17 is to aid in parts commonality with the G19. This makes it easier for agencies and commercial armorers to get and inventory replacement parts.

The Gen 5 Glock is trickling out now to the public. Hopefully, we will get one in for a review and see if the changes Glock has made are really worth getting the next generation Glock.

 

Nicholas Chen is a firearm aficionado. Growing up in California, He learned about firearms and hunted with his father growing up in Southern California. Once he moved out to Pennsylvania and then spent a few years in New York State, he learned to truly appreciate firearms and the second amendment. It was in New York State where he became a USPSA competitive shooter and learned about 3Gun. He is an avid fan of running and gunning. Nicholas is a fan of pretty much anything that shoots although the slicked-up race guns are what interests him the most. Having spent time with FFLs and other friends with NFA items he has begun his collection of NFA items and has learned that everything should be suppressed and full auto where possible and legal.

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