glock 19 gen3 or glock 19 gen4

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by ajs19ad6, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. ajs19ad6

    ajs19ad6 New Member

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    Honestly I'm fairly new to handguns. But what is the difference between gen3 and gen4?

    I was told that this would be a good 'beginners' gun to start with. Is there truth to this? I'm open to suggestions on other guns.
     
  2. fupuk

    fupuk New Member

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    I know someone with more knowledge will be here soon. But the gen4s have a changeable back straps and the texture is different than the gen3. And i belive the trigger guard has a different texture on the outside of it also. And the guide rod and spring is a two piece spring. For a person just getting into handguns. Find a good .22 and learn the basics, plus you will always need a good .22 for a range gun and for around .03 cents a round its very cheap to shoot. Figure 9mm is roughley .25 cents a round so the cost to shoot just jumped in price by a fair amount.
     

  3. gladesbassin

    gladesbassin New Member

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    Like stated before, interchangeable back straps, a more aggressive grip and a dual recoil spring. Either way you go it's a good buy but gen 3 will cost less. Gen 4's also come with 3 mags except for the subcompacts which come with 2 while all gen 3's come with 2. If you get a gen 3 all the previous generations mags and part are able to work with it but since the gen 4 has a reversible mag release it can't take all mags from previous gens. Hope this helps, I own a gen3 and will be getting a gen 4 in the comming weeks.
     
  4. ajs19ad6

    ajs19ad6 New Member

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    Awesome. Very helpful info. Thank you!
     
  5. Rarity

    Rarity New Member

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    I would just go with the 4th generation. I just personally distaste the 3rd generation grips for some weird reason, I don't know.
     
  6. sparky80

    sparky80 New Member

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    Gen 4 subcompacts 26, 27 also come with three mags. I'd go Gen 4. Personally I like the texturing and the changeable backstraps.
     
  7. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    The gen4 G26 I currently have that I bought from the distributor came with 3 mags. I haven't had to order many subcompact gen fours though.
     
  8. gladesbassin

    gladesbassin New Member

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    Yea I might be mistaken, I apologize if it's the wrong info. I don't really get into the subcompacts much.
     
  9. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    Just want to make sure you didn't get screwed on a mag. I have heard of dealers pulling a mag and then selling it separate.
     
  10. gladesbassin

    gladesbassin New Member

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    No sir, the smallest I go in glocks is the compact model. I got my ruger lc9 for real concealabilty.
     
  11. GaryGlock

    GaryGlock New Member

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    Gen 3 all the way
     
  12. slog

    slog New Member

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    I had a gen 4 19. The dual coil spring got locked up through the guide rod hole and nearly permanently locked the slide back. It took a lot of beating and prying to get it loose and I ended up deforming the recoil spring. After paying $40 to have it replaced, I traded it in on a different gun. Not sure if this is a common problem with the gen 4's but it happened to me. Kindof ruined my own little glock experience.
     
  13. flglocks

    flglocks New Member

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    Get the gen 4 so you can adjust the back strap of the grip to the size of your hand.
     
  14. Old_Crow

    Old_Crow New Member

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    I would just take your current gun to the range on a Saturday and shoot a gen 3 or 4 a few times. No one has ever told me no when I asked to try their gun. Even total strangers - they just shoot my gun a few times.
     
  15. ajs19ad6

    ajs19ad6 New Member

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    All this info is great! Thanks everybody.