In the past few days, Glock has released a pair of new Gen 5 pistols as well as it’s first “crossover” pistol, the 19X.
Let’s start with the standout—the Glock G19X is models after the company’s submission to the U.S. Army for the Modular Handgun System competition that was recently completed with the selection of the SIG-Sauer P320.
From this story on tactical-life.com: “It’s a crossover pistol. We incorporated a G19 slide on top of a G17 frame, so we basically have one gun that met both requirements of the Army’s MHS contract,” said Shane Cooley, Team Glock’s captain.
Ever since photos of Glock’s entry in the competition hit the web, gun owners have been wondering when and if the gun would be released to the public. The waiting is officially over.
The only difference between the G19X and Glock’s submission to the MHS competition is the lack of a manual safety, which was required by the Army.
The G19X’s coyote frame is the first colored frame to come from the Glock factory and the gun itself features the internals of the new Gen5 line, with an improved fire control system, ambidextrous slie stop levers, and the company’s Marksman barrel.
The frame has no finger grooves, like the other Gen5 pistols, and has a flared magazine well and a lanyard loop.
The slide features an nPVD finish that matches the frame color along with Trijicon night sights.
The gun will be available for purchase on Jan. 22.
Additionally, Glock has released Gen5 versions of its G26 and G34 MOS pistols.
Like the other Gen5 guns, the two new pistols do not include the Gen4 finger grooves and add ambidextrous slide stop levers, a nDLC finish, a dehorned slide nose, an a redesigned trigger. The pistols also come standard with the Marksman barrel, using polygonal rifling and an improved barrel crown to improve accuracy.
“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 Josh Dorsey, Glock’s vice president in this story from guns.com. “We have combined the standards of high-level performance and reliability with distinctive design enhancements to improve durability, accuracy, and performance.”
The 9mm Glock 34 MOS (Modular Optics System) is set up to accommodate a wide variety of slide-mounted handgun optics with a cover-plate and adapters for EoTech, Doctor, Insight, Meopta,Trijicon RMR, C-More, and Leupold Delta Point sights. Marketed mostly to competitors, the pistol has a long slide with a machined cut to facilitate better cycling.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Gen5 G26 is the updated version of the first “Baby Glock” or subcompact carry pistol introduced by the company more than 20 years ago.
The new G26 has a 10-round magazine and doesn’t have a flared magwell like the other Gen5 pistols. It retails for $799 with AmeriGlo Bold sights installed, $749 with Glock factory night sights, or $699 with standard sights.
Glock launched the Gen5 line over the summer with new G17 and G19 pistols, saying many of the changed were influenced by FBI requirements. The Bureau awarded Glock an $85 million contract for the M-series handgun earlier this year.