Glock released the Gen 4 pistol line in early 2010, which addressed some caliber-to-frame durability issues and brought some mild external changes. Roughly seven years later we’re presented with the next generation in Glock’s lineup. The Gen 5 differences are equally mild on the surface, but there are some interesting changes that are not immediately apparent.
I’ve been using my Gen 5 Glock 19 since late August and have put roughly 4,000 rounds through it since. I’ve run it for static precision and in dynamic defensive drills from concealment, with and without a light attached to the rail. I have also spent time with it disassembled, getting familiar with the internal changes and issues with parts replacement (since Glocks are fun hobby kits).
Mostly, the Gen 5 Glock 19 is just a Glock 19, but there are some interesting and odd changes that warrant examination. There are also some caveats that early purchasers should be aware of. I hope to cover most of all of them here, but keep in mind that these insights are from less than 2 months of use, several times a week. More time may tell more tales.
Much of this review will deal with Gen 5 differences from previous versions and Gen-5-specific user issues (for carry, shooting, accessories, etc…). For a more basic review of the Glock 19 I encourage you to read my Glock 19 Gen 4 review here (“Review: Glock 19 Gen 4 – After 80,000 Rounds”). Note also that the photos shown in this article do not depict factory-new pistols. Rather, these are photos of the pistols of someone who uses them hard several days every week. They tend to get a bit beat up.