The Glock Gen 5’s impact on aftermarket trigger makers
By Jacki Billings
The Glock 17 Gen 5 offers a redesigned trigger; but will the overhaul impact aftermarket parts makers? (Photo: Jacki Billings)
The arrival of the Glock Gen 5 saw improvements over the famed company’s previous generations. Most notably, the overhaul of the plastic fantastic’s trigger assembly. Though the company’s upgrades were music to the ears of buyers who prefer to buy stock, the introduction had some wondering is Glock trying to muscle out aftermarket competition?
The Glock 17 and 19 Gen 5s came as no surprise, but its trigger upgrade did. The all-new series features a completely redesigned spring assembly that compresses rather than stretches. In addition the company revamped the trigger mechanism housing on top of modifying the trigger pin to work alongside the new ambidextrous slide stop. The bottom of the trigger is also re-contoured and the trigger bar has been adjusted to work alongside a new trigger spring.
The result of all this work equates to a crisper, more responsive trigger package. While the upgrades improved on previous designs, it also made swapping out individual parts a little tougher and largely prevented the use of Gen 4 aftermarket parts. The inability to easily swap out individual pieces immediately caused some in