This is a review of the Glock 19 Generation 4 & Comparison to the Generation 3 model.
My son recently purchased a Gen 4 Glock and I had the opportunity to compare these guns side by side as well as some trigger time at the range.
"Are the Glock 19 Gen 3 and Glock 19 Gen 4 the same gun? After all, it's still a Glock 19, and a Glock is a Glock."
My short answer to that question is that these are totally different guns. Glock has re-designed the gun and have made several improvements:
New features found in the Gen 4:
· New dual recoil spring · Multiple Backstrap System · New grip texture · Ambidextrous oversize magazine release · Minor trigger changes The new Dual Recoil Spring System is outstanding. The springs work together but with different compression ratios. This offers a huge reduction in the perceived recoil and also extends the life of the spring. The oversized magazine release is fantastic as you no longer need to reposition your hand to drop the magazine. I really didn't notice any difference in the trigger, however Glock has made a few minor modifications to it.
After my comparison, I tried to pawn off my Gen 3 on him, offering him the cash difference, but he opted to spend the extra money on the Gen 4. I guess daddy didn't raise a fool. The additional $75 he spent in my opinion was money well spent. The additional backstrap feature and the oversize mag release alone justify the additional dollars.
In my opinion, the Gen 4 is functionally the better of the two guns.