Glock 19- Gen 2 Recoil Spring

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    Glock 19- Gen 2 Recoil Spring

    I have a Glock 19 that is my favorite carry gun. It was born in October 1989 and has thousands of rounds through it. As a general maintenance I change out the recoil spring every few years. Now that the Gen 4's are out with the dual recoil spring I thought maybe that would be a good upgrade.

    Does anyone know if the Gen 4 springs are backward compatible to Gen 2's? Any real significant recoil reduction to make it worth it?


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    Got my Answer, Direct from the Mothership...

    Just flat won’t work for several reasons:

    1. The radius of the curved cut where the rear of the recoil assembly rests against the barrel lug is different with GEN4 than it was with GEN2/GEN3 –Rear of spring assembly won’t mount right.

    2. The amount of free space in the nose of the GEN2/GEN3 frames is less than that in GEN4 pistols – The larger diameter of the forward portion of the GEN4 recoil assembly won’t fit in the earlier models.

    3. The nose rings of GEN4 vs. GEN2/GEN3 are machined differently – The forward end of the GEN4 assembly wouldn’t seat properly in the earlier pistols.



    Aside from that, there’s no real advantage to such a change. Any reduction in perceived recoil with service level loads would be offset by the possibility of increased function problems with low powered practice loads.



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    Honestly having owned every Glock Gen, I don't see a heck of a lot of difference in recoil between the 9mm Gens anyway. I have a special place in my heart for the Gen 2 G19. I still have one with the stock recoil spring, works like a charm after all these years.
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    Love my Gen 2. It was made in Nov 1989.
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    You shooting competition? Stick to your 2nd gen Glock and replacement recoil assemblies. Get factory parts and you have no worries. I should be up to date on this, but took my class between the 3rd and 4th gen Glocks. I do not think the 4th gen parts are compatible. Stick close to your original specs and parts. Best way to play it safe. You have a Glock....how much better can it get? Personally, I like the 3rd gen finger groove grips. Recoil reduction in the 9mm Glock is pretty much a moot point in my opinion. I've toyed with different rated springs on the full size G17 for competition. Thing is....you want a carry pistol or competition pistol? IMO...forget about performance parts in a survival gun. My 2˘

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    The Gen 4 recoil spring/rod system cannot fit the Gen 2. However the Gen 3 spring/rod are the same. I suspect your, like mine is a non captive spring?
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    The original spring was non captive. I did put a captive spring in years ago and have been using it that way since.

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    I have 2 Gen 2's G19 and both have captive springs now. They are 1989 and 1994 birthday's. The 1989 has Austrian proof markings. I love my G-19's.

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    Why they got away from the flat wire spring is beyond me...

    Bad move IMO.
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    Cool

    If you feel a need to upgrade from the original equipment spring and guide you can go this route.

    I did on my G-23. Is it necessary ? No. Does it upgrade in a positive way ? I think so.

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    I actually did upgrade my G23 with a steel guide rod. It worked fine. When I took my G23 to Glock in Smyrna for a frame upgrade they replaced the stainless steel one with their stock part. The Tech said that that they have to send out the pistols with known spec parts. So I lost my steel guide rod.

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    Man, that sucks...

    Sounds like to me it's perk for being a tech!
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    I am constantly checking the classifieds for a Gen 2 19. I'd love to find one for under $400.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoBigOrange View Post
    I am constantly checking the classifieds for a Gen 2 19. I'd love to find one for under $400.

    You should contact Mark at Summit Guns He gets in Glock trades all the time. Great prices too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoBigOrange View Post
    I am constantly checking the classifieds for a Gen 2 19. I'd love to find one for under $400.
    slickguns has gen 2 19s for $369 right now through aim surplus.
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