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.
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 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.