It looks like Glock is releasing updated, competition-oriented Gen 4 C pistols. These pistols have factory-cut slides and ported barrels for improved recoil reduction. These revised models should hopefully hit store shelves later this summer.
Glock FS pistols come with steel sights, extended magazine release buttons and front and rear slide serrations. Standard Gen 4 Glocks come stock with polymer sights and only rear slide serrations.
Like the standard models these are chambered for 9mm Luger. In addition to the full- and mid-size Glock 17C and 19C pistols Glock is releasing a run of longlide Gen 3 17L pistols in 9mm and Glock 24 pistols in .40 S&W.
The FS-series pistols have a $665 MSRP while the longslide models run a little more at $729. The C-series guns are right in the middle at $674. Real-world prices are typically lower.
Of course the big announcement everyone is waiting for is the upcoming “Gen 5” or M-model pistols. While the official word on these guns is still not out, new photos of the Glock 17M are making the rounds.
Glock developed the M-series to meet specific military and agency requirements. Glock has already begun to issue these guns to select users with Glock 17M and Glock 19M pistols spotted in the wild.
These new photos give us a solid insight on what stands to be the next generation of Glock service pistols. What we’re seeing is more than just a revised frame but a new slide and barrel assembly as well.
When the first photos of Glock’s upcoming M-series leaked out it was clear that the company redesigned the frame with a fingergroove-free grip. The grip texture matches the Gen 4 pattern and uses the same backstrap system.
The M-series also features ambidextrous slide release levers and a reversible magazine release making it lefty-friendly, a common agency requirement. According to Handgun Planet the grip houses a beveled magwell, too.
Changes to the Gen 5 slide include a rounded muzzle for faster, safer holstering and a new, tougher finish. Internally the pistols sport a new configuration as well, with a reportedly higher-quality factory trigger.
The biggest change is to the barrel. Instead of Glock’s standard polygonal rifling, the M-series looks like it will have conventional rifling with a recessed target crown. This may be a cost-cutting measure or it could just be a different way of achieving the same accuracy and reliability standards set by the service pistol giant.
Naturally, none of these features are set in stone and may not completely represent the next generation of Glock pistols, but it’s interesting to see the company adopt other industry standards as they move forward.
These are exciting times for Glock fans.