NRA Carry Guard attendees are getting a preview of the Gen 5 GLOCK 17 and 19 pistols today in the Wisconsin Center. I got a chance to handle it and the lack of the finger grooves make the gun feel…great. Really good, actually. The ‘forcing your fingers into slightly unaligned grooves’ sensation is totally gone.
As far as the internals go, mechanically the gun is “like the 43,” according to GLOCK’s Gene Hacker. And, using the tiny 9mm’s bar-like safety plunger gives it that slightly crisper, slightly heavier action that the 43 has in comparison with my Gen 3 GLOCKs.
It will also be available with optional AmeriGlo night sights featuring an orange dotted front sight and will be fully backward-compatible with previous generation magazines as well. A slightly beveled magazine well makes mag insertion a little smoother, but this isn’t one of those Rooney Gun wells that flares out dramatically. The standard Gen 4 texturing remains.
As an aside, there are no plans to release a GLOCK with an MHS-style thumb safety. That was a one-off deal for the Army’s MHS proposal and GLOCK continues to believe in the efficacy of its “Safe Action” system.
The Gen 5 17 and 19 pistols are the only ones currently in production, and will hit the stores on August 30, with a premium of about $60 over standard GLOCK MSRPs. There won’t be an MOS version Gen 5 immediately available, and no word on if/when other models and calibers will be given the Gen 5 treatment. Stay tuned.