help on decision Glock Gen 3 or Glock Gen 4

help on decision Glock Gen 3 or Glock Gen 4

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    help on decision Glock Gen 3 or Glock Gen 4

    I can purchase a new gen 3 Glock 19 for $495 or a New Gen 4 for 525.

    So the money does not matter. To be honest with the extra mag and new spring and grip change make the Gen 4 sound like a great deal.

    However that is where the problem lies. Has the spring dilemma been ironed out yet? Is the Gen 4 now, "Glock Perfection" or is it in limbo somewhere. As far as fit goes I do not mind the Gen 3 but having the option to try other grip sizes sounds enticing..

    So I guess what I am asking is how dependable is the Gen 4 Glock in the model 19? Would you go for the Gen 3 or the Gen 4. The 25 to 30 dollar difference makes no difference.

    thanks in advance. The only Glock I own is the 36 and it has been fantastic for around 4,000 rounds. A few bloopers in the first 200 rounds but since then 0 problems.


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    I will always prefer the Gen-3 Glocks (perhaps the Gen 5, 6 or 7 may change my mind)...it's just my opinion. I'd save the money and add night sights with the $$ saved.

    I thought that this was a good article to help answer your question...
    Gun Reviews ? Comparing the Glock Generation 4 to Generation 3
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    I have replaced my Gen 3 Glocks( a G27, G23 and a G21SF) with Gen 4's(G17, G27, and G30). I like the Gen 4's and the G27 and G30 have been flawless thus far. The 17 has thrown brass towards my face when shooting weak hand only. It does not do it every time and I suspect it is operator error. Odd thing is I have not noticed this with the 27 or 30.


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    I own two Gen 4's (19 & 26) and love them. Zero issues....

    Besides the spring, for the extra $$ you get another mag, and the adjustable back straps.....worth it just for that reason.

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    I have a S&W M&P(with the interchangeable backstraps) and get this, use the middle(normal) one.

    The others just feel abnormal to me.
    Its no big deal.
    I would opt for the 3rd gen.
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    I had the same decision to make a few months ago. I went with the Gen 3. The price didnt matter to me, I just didnt trust the Gen 4s.
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    The Gen 3 is a classic case of "if it ain't broke don't fix it". It all comes down to the grip. If you're good with the gen 3 grip, which I am, stick with the gen 3. The new dual rate spring is supposed to help the snappiness of the .40 short&weak. I assume this helps other snappy rounds like the 10mm and 357 sig as well. It makes less of a difference with the other calibers like 9mm or .45acp.

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    Chances are that if it is a new Gen 3 that it has almost the same parts as the Gen4, meaning same MIM extractor, same firing pin, same extractor block, same dis-connector, etc. I think you'd have to go back a few years to get the best Gen 3 G19.

    Buy the one that fits your hand best - try all 3 grips on the Gen 4. For example, if I can't hit the mag release without changing my grip - I don't buy it. If I can't depress it at all (ie, XD/XDM) then I don't want it. "It's not a slide release, it's a slide stop." The PPQ has a real slide release, for example. Work all the controls. You're bound to select the right one for you. If the dual springs of the Gen 4s bother you you can buy an adapter and install a Gen 3 recoil spring guide and Gen 3 spring. Try both triggers. See which one feels better to you. Pull down on the take down levers - you may have to buy the extended ones. Me, I'd get the Gen 4 with the beaver tail.
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    I've owned Gen. 2,3 and 4 GLOCKs and prefer the 4. I'm a big guy, but the slimmer grip just feels more ergonomic and I much prefer the rougher texture over the slicker earlier guns.
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    The only difference that matters to me is the grip texture. The Gen 4 is a lot harder on the fragile skin of old hands. All my Glocks are Gen 3 because the grip texture is easier on my hands.

    I can shoot my 19 through an Action pistol match no problem. I tried it with my buddy's Gen 4 and had to go back to my Gen 3 before I was half way through the match.

    Other than that, no difference. They shoot exactly the same for me.

    Unless you need the grip adjustment, there is no reason to spend the extra money on the Gen 4.

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    Gen 4 have been flawless for me. I prefer the grip texture, slimmer grip frame dimension, larger mag release button, and extra magazine that Gen4 have.
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    I went through the same dilemma about a week ago. G19, Gen 3 or Gen 4. I did a LOT of internet research. Both are extremely reliable, but both are not without "some" issue, mainly the brass in your face complaint in the Gen 4. Watch the Hickok45 Gen 4 video on youtube. Very interesting, some occasional brass in the face, i think two failures in 1,000 rounds, probably ammo related. Anyway, i went with the Gen 4, due to the 4 interchangeable grips (m/l regular and m/l beavertail), the new guide rod spring and the extra mag. Mine was manufactured in june 2013 and has the "dipped" extractor for what that is worth. I shot 200 rounds of federal 115 gr no ftf, only one in my face case. I will take brass in face any day to have a fully functional gun if i ever need it in a self defense situation. I put the grip panels aside, i like the grip as is, but wrapped with friction tape. I used to own a 3rd gen g27, that gun never failed me either. I came back to Glock for the increased capacity and reliability. So far im not disappointed. I paid 538 plus tax.
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    Gen4 19 here as well. Like the above poster, maybe every 1-200 rounds I will get one to the face, but I always wear a hat and the hat always deflects it ;) Not a show stopper for me as I do not expect to get in a 1-200 round firefight where that might distract me for a split second, and for the overall reliability. I used to own an early Gen2 a long time ago as well. Not tried a Gen3 so not able to give opinion on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matthew03 View Post
    I've owned Gen. 2,3 and 4 GLOCKs and prefer the 4. I'm a big guy, but the slimmer grip just feels more ergonomic and I much prefer the rougher texture over the slicker earlier guns.
    I have to agree with Matthew, my Gen 4's have always fit my hand better. I have always said here that I have a grizzly bear sized paw, so with the larger backstrap I get a better fit and better handling of the Glocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelyfun101 View Post
    Gen 4 have been flawless for me. I prefer the grip texture, slimmer grip frame dimension, larger mag release button, and extra magazine that Gen4 have.
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