Glock is announcing a revival, of sorts, of .40-caliber handguns. After a long wait, Glock is now offering its latest Gen5 series of pistols chambered for .40 S&W.
Glock is releasing five handguns chambered for .40 starting with the three main models, the Glock Models 22, 23 and 27. These are the company’s full-size, compact and subcompact pistols.
The full-size 22 and compact 23 will both be offered in two packages, the standard Gen5 configuration and the red-dot-ready Modular Optics System, or MOS models. For now, they will only offer the Glock 27 in the standard Gen5 config.
The Gen5 models use an updated grip developed to meet modern military and agency requirements. The biggest and most noticeable change is to the grip profile, which no longer has fingergrooves on the frontstrap and in general is contoured to fit a wider range of hands comfortably.
Unlike a handful of other newer Glock pistols, these don’t have a cutout on the frame for stripping stuck magazines. That was a feature with mixed support and quite a few critics. The frames do have flared magwells, which are popular with shooters across the board.
Other features include an ambidextrous slide stop lever, a reversible magazine catch, updated trigger assembly, Marksman match-grade barrel and forward and rear slide serrations. The steel components have a black diamond-like carbon finish for wear and corrosion resistance.
One subtle change that may affect a number of shooters is that these Gen5 Glock pistols chambered for .40 S&W have slightly wider slides than previous-generation Glocks. For some users, this may mean these will not work with older holsters.
The changes to the slide make the Gen5 pistols slightly heavier than the Gen4 versions. Unloaded the .40-caliber Gen5 models weigh around three ounces more than the older models. The added weight can reduce felt recoil, especially when using full-power ammunition.
Glock’s decision to introduce updated, improved versions of their main three .40-caliber models isn’t realistically a sign that .40 S&W is making a comeback, just that the cartridge has a lot of staying power.
Its huge success, particularly with law enforcement, but also with competition shooters and regular people for self-defense, means that there will always be support for .40 S&W, even if it takes a little time for companies to support .40 compared to 9mm Luger and .45 ACP.
Glock hasn’t released the pricing but there’s no reason to expect it to break from the rest of the Gen5 and Gen5 MOS listings. For more information about these pistols and more visit Glock online.