First Look at the New GLOCK 17 and 19 Gen 5 Pistols
There hasn’t been an official announcement yet, but the first batch of new GLOCK Gen 5 pistols are on the way. The first ones up: the G17 and G19. Rumor has it that they’ll be available for purchase in just a few days. So if you’re interested, you may want to give your local gun shop a call to reserve one.
According to AmmoLand.com, the Gen 5 comes with 35 new or upgraded parts. Let’s take a quick look at some of the changes in the Gen 5.
There are no finger grooves on the GLOCK Gen 5. For me, this is all the difference in the world when picking up a GLOCK. Removing the grooves, was a big step toward GLOCK making a pistol that I can get on the gas and quick-draw from a holster, without sliding my fingers into the right spaces.
The magwell is now flared. While not a competition-style magwell, it’s ideal for faster reloads. Some potential buyers may be disappointed by the lack of front slide serrations (seen on their summer special model). GLOCK beveled the Gen 5’s muzzle, similar to the shape of the G34 Gen 4s. The reshaping is designed to catch less material as shooters draw the Gen 5 GLOCK from a holster. It also moderates the boxy look of other GLOCKs, giving the Gen 5 a more modern look.
GLOCK also updated the sight picture. Although the polymer sights are still available, Gen 5 GLOCKs will leave the factory with new styles of night sights, including the Ameriglo GLOCK Spartan Operator sets shown here. At night these sights are extremely visible; ideal for facilitating accurate shots in all lighting scenarios.
The Gen 5 is equipped with ambidextrous slide stops. Lefties will be happy with this (left-handed shooters, that is). With my offhand (left-hand) I could easily release the slide stop with my thumb — as easily as I could with my dominate hand.
There’s even more, and you can head over to AmmoLand.com to take a closer look at their hands-on experience with the newest offerings from GLOCK.