glock 19 gen 3 vs. glock 19 gen 4? (need advice)
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Old 12-09-2011, 04:14 PM   #1
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Default glock 19 gen 3 vs. glock 19 gen 4? (need advice)

Hello marksmen! I have had a hard time choosing between the two. This is my first gun purchase and glocks really catch my eye. I've done some research online and have heard a few bad things about gen 4s. So I need your help, I don't want to get dissapointed. (If I go gen 3, I will get it used if I go gen 4 it will be new.)

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Either one will be just fine,but my choice is the gen3. Its appearance for me though, i dont like all of the stippling on the grip of the gen4

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It really depends on what you like best. Early this year I bought a new G23 Gen 4 and love it. Then recently I bought a used G27 Gen 3. Love it too. But all things being equal, especially reliability, I'd rather have a Gen 4 because of the short frame.

Reliability really hasn't been an issue on the new Glock .40S&W but as you've heard the Gen 4 in 9mm has got a lot of bad reports. I think the very latest ones with the new RSA, extractor and ejector are ok, so if you get a Gen 4 you might want to look at the date of the test fired cases and the number on the ejector and RSA. Get one with a date of 11/2011 and latest parts #s.

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I own the G19Gen4. It works great and has fired 1300 rounds without problems. The only problem it had was when it used Tulammo brand.
Price difference between the Gen3 and 4 is only $50. But you get 3 mags instead of 2. I heard Gen4 has RSA problems but Glock will replace & ship the new RSA for free. I bought mine on November and it had the new RSA with 043 marking on it.

I love my G19Gen4.

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Go to your local range and rent one of each, I prefer the feel of the Gen 3 over the Gen 4. All in prospective, can not go wrong with either choice.

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Does anyone know what serial number range to shoot for (no pun intended) as far as gen 4s that are most reliable?

I remember hearing something about how the newer (more reliable) gen 4s have at least an "F" in their serial number..? What is the truth to this?

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You can still get Gen 3's new if you want... my LGS had at least 4 of the Gen 3's on the shelf right next to the Gen 4's.

Price was about 50 bucks cheaper for the Gen 3's.

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Does anyone know what serial number range to shoot for (no pun intended) as far as gen 4s that are most reliable?

I remember hearing something about how the newer (more reliable) gen 4s have at least an "F" in their serial number..? What is the truth to this?
No truth at all in SNs starting with F, that's way before Gen 4s were released. I suspect Gen 4s are well in to the Rs and may be even S. My 23Gen4 from 2/2011 has a prefix of RDL.
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You can still get Gen 3's new if you want... my LGS had at least 4 of the Gen 3's on the shelf right next to the Gen 4's.

Price was about 50 bucks cheaper for the Gen 3's.
But you do get an extra magazine with the Gen 4, (3 vs. 2 in red label boxes). At the time I bought my 23Gen4 the price difference was $35 which was a good deal for the new model plus an extra magazine (if you liked the Gen 4).
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But you do get an extra magazine with the Gen 4, (3 vs. 2 in red label boxes). At the time I bought my 23Gen4 the price difference was $35 which was a good deal for the new model plus an extra magazine (if you liked the Gen 4).
That's true.... good point. You would think they figured out the problems by now with the Gen 4's and have taken care of them. I'm in the market for a G19 and I think I'll probably go with a new gen 4.
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