Good news, bad news. First the bad news, no information on the Gen5.
“Any word on the Gen5,” I asked the employee at the Glock booth during NRA 2017.
“That’s just internet stories,” he said.
Ah, so mum is the word on Gen5 Glocks, at least for the time being. Now, for the good news, Glock is releasing some enhanced Gen4s for the summer that will be available starting June 1, 2017 for just a few bucks more than the standard Gen4.
The improvements on the G17 and G19 model include front serrations, steel sights, and extended controls.
“GLOCK strives to provide perfection in all of our products and these special production pistols provide additional enhancements,” stated Bob Radecki, National Sales Manager at GLOCK in a press release obtained by GunsAmerica.
“The front serrations and extended controls make it easier to conduct handgun press checks and enable faster disassembly and easier manipulation of the slide” added Radecki.
From my standpoint, the addition of the front slide serrations was more a cosmetic improvement than a functional one. I’ve never had a problem handling a Glock sans front serrations. The overall look of the gun is more symmetrical with front and rear serrations, though, which I find visually appealing.
The extended controls, the larger mag release and the slide catch, did make a difference. A small one, but it was detectable going from an old Gen4 to the new Summer Gen4 at the booth. In the field, would it really matter? Probably not.
Lastly, the steel sights is a nice touch. Obviously, they’ll improve durability in that department.
Overall, I respect what Glock is doing here. It’s about the pursuit of perfection in pistol performance (say that 100x fast). Improving every detail matters, regardless of whether it makes a substantive difference.
For more information about the GLOCK special production pistols for summer, visit Glock.
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