Gun Review: Glock G19, Gen 4 vs Gen 5
By Jacki Billings
In addition to offering a flared magwell, the Gen 5 magazine, bottom, offer an orange follower instead of the black Gen 4 style, top. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)
Glock announced its Gen 5 series in Fall 2017, much to the delight of Glock fans everywhere. Adding a new lineup to its already popular series of polymer pistols, the Gen 5 kicked the aesthetics up a notch with a few tweaks. Though I have reviewed both the Gen 4 and Gen 5 G19 on separate occasions, I have yet to round up our thoughts on the platforms in one space – that is, until now. Taking two of Gaston’s greats, I stacked the Glock 19 Gen 4 up against its newer Gen 5 sibling to see which one comes out on top.
Aesthetics: Looks Matter
While the Glock series will never win awards for its looks, the Gen 5 G19 does offer some aesthetical upgrades to the overall look and feel of the Glock 19 platform. The 9mm chambered Gen 5 originates from the M series pistol created to serve federal law enforcement. As hands tend to vary widely, Glock revamped its grip and ditched the finger grooves that appear on the Gen 4 platform.