I often find myself searching for words when discussing Glock’s. Its utilitarian design and total absence of elegance would make it “The People’s Handgun” if we only had one choice in life. But, how does one improve on perfection.
In production since 1982, Glock has delivered a line of “Safe Action Pistols” that allowed it to capture over 60% of the law enforcement market. Each generational upgrade didn’t involve groundbreaking technology but rather simple modifications to improve grips and texture. Gen 2, for example, consisted of adding chequering on the strap and serrations to the back strap. Gen 3 changes were a bit more substantive with the addition of an accessory rail, thumb rests (port and starboard) and finger grooves on the front strap. In 1997 or 1998, if memory serves me, Glock introduced a redesigned extractor that doubled as a loaded chamber indicator. Glock also increased the size of the locking block and added an extra pin just above the trigger.
Now, in the Gen 4 design, Glock reduced the size of the grip and wisely gave us the option to change out the back strap. The smaller grip size required a redesign of the trigger housing, which placed the trigger closer to the grip making it more comfortable for shooters with smaller hands.
In Gen 4 Glock also introduced a redesigned recoil spring assembly that incorporates a dual recoil spring arrangement originally found in their compact models. The company feels that it reduces felt recoil – a claim that is highly subjective. The measurable benefit of the new recoil spring assembly is the reduction of stree related frame failures; thus extending the service life of the polymer frame.
I wish there were more I could say but it’s a Glock!