Glock Officially Releases Gen5 Pistols

The company says the new generation of polymer handguns includes more than 20 design changes from the Gen4.

The new Gen5 G17 and G19 pistols from Glock.
The new Gen5 G17 and G19 pistols from Glock.mfg photo

Glock, Inc. today officially released the 5th generation of its G19 and G17 9mm pistols.

“The development of our Gen5 pistols was the result of the constant pursuit of perfection and a desire to meet the requests of the consumer market,” said GLOCK, Inc. VP Josh Dorsey in a release. “We have combined the standards of high-level performance and reliability with distinctive design enhancements to improve durability, accuracy, and performance. The benefits enhance the shooter experience at the range and in high-stress situations where fractions of a second matter.”

A release from Glock says the Gen5 pistols are a variation of the M pistol used by the FBI.

"Through rigorous testing and development, GLOCK has combined the historical reliability and trust in the brand with precisely engineered design changes to meet the demand of consumers world-wide," the release says.

The new pistols includes more than 20 design tweaks and five major changes.
The pistols includes more than 20 design tweaks and five major changes.mfg photo

As we've laid out before when photos of the pistols were released, there are five key features on the new Gen5 pistols:

  • The Glock "Marksman Barrel" or GMB, which "utilizes new barrel rifling to deliver improved accuracy

  • Removal of finger grooves on grip

  • Addition of an ambidextrous slide stop

  • "The nDLC finish is a tougher and more durable finish that is exclusive to the GLOCK manufacturing process."

  • "Introduction of a flared mag-well increases performance by making it easier to funnel the magazine into the mag-well, particularly in high-stress situations."

The pistols are shipping with new Glock magazines that have an orange follower and an extended floorplate.
The new Gen5 G17, shown with the new Glock magazines that have an orange follower and an extended floorplate.mfg photo

The release says the roots of the Gen5 pistols lie ina request by Federal Law Enforcement for a new service pistol.

“Our goal was to meet the demanding needs of law enforcement agencies while maintaining our standard of perfection,” Dorsey said in the release. “Once the pistols we submitted proved themselves in testing and were adopted, consumers began asking for those pistols. The Gen5 pistols we are introducing today meet that demand.”

The Gen5 pistols also include newly redesigned Glock magazines with orange followers and an extended floorplate for easier mag changes.

The new models will be hitting gun shops soon.
The new models will be hitting gun shops soon.mfg photo