Glock Gen5 has been released. The wait is over. The newest Generation includes a few cosmetic changes and functional upgrades.
Gone are the finger grooves, the Gen5 gets back to the roots of the original. Considering this is one of the first things requested when customizing, it just made sense. The Gen5 looks like a Gen1 and Gen4 hybrid. It retains the texture of the Gen4 with the grip of the Gen1.
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A left side slide release makes this latest iteration fully ambidextrous, as it retains the Gen4 reversible magazine release.
The magazine well has been flared, which is nice for both tactical and competitive shooters. Looks like Glock caught the fever of the SIG P320 X-Five on this one, but it is nice. Reloads are a snap.
The biggest upgrade is what Glock calls the new “Marksman barrel.” This change supposedly halves the accuracy of the old Glock standard. Before, 4 inches at 25 yards was the factory standard. Now it has been changed to 4 inches at 50 yards. Time will tell if this matters to shooters, but it is great to know the potential is there.
There have been major changes to the geometry of the safety plunger, the part that makes the Glock drop safe. It is now angled, which makes for a better trigger pull out of the box. It’s still not a custom-tuned single action, but it is a major improvement.