So, lets get on with the review. Slide and frame are beveled like the Gen 5 (Note: early Gen 5 frames were not beveled). Both the Gen 5 Bold sights and the FBI sights are available with a .125 orange front sight as well as a more traditional .140 width sight. Iâm reading online that mechanically there is no difference, in which case I might just go with the 19. The U.S. manufactured Gen 4 17T, with a SKU of PG1050202, which would indicate Austrian manufacture. For the Gen 4, it jumps to every 5000 rounds. Both rear sights are serrated, and the night sights don’t have a white or colored ring around them (this is often referred to as ‘blacked out’). That extended ambi slide stop lever is part # 33797, and is available for sale to certified armorers. Slide lock spring similar to Glock 43 (coil vs leaf), and the slide lock is moved slightly rearward. MOS = Modular Optical Sight The Glock 19M - 9mm was developed for use by the FBI, and served as the predecessor to the Gen5 line. R = Rebuilds FET OUT Can be sold to anyone, and are not required to meet MAP pricing. Production on Gen 4 guns began in 2009. Known anomalies to this logic are: 2 = 4.5+NY1 No cutout on front strap – frame actually extends down further than Gen 4 style. Barrels marked with a 3D are in the database. So, the ideal would essentially be a Glock 17 with a Glock 19 â¦ It has a reversible magazine catch, just like the Gen 4, but now also features an ambi-slide release. Newer production Gen 5 pistols have an enhanced breech cut that greatly improves ejection of spent casings. That’s always made more sense to me than the regular flat nose we typically see. It’s technically not, and for some very valid reasons. Glock had originally said no plans for MOS guns, but they have released the Gen 5 G17, G19, G34, and G45 in MOS configurations. Many of those NPv marked guns have “Glock Inc, Smyrna GA” stamped on the bottom of the trigger guard. F = Federal Unfortunately, the Army went with Sig’s pistol. Not listed as Gen 5 on individual product page (, Not listed as Gen 5 on full product page (, Can’t use Gen 5 mags in it without replacing base plates or modifying frame, Comes with black followers in mags, not orange like Gen 5, Comes with maritime spring cups, not normal spring cups like Gen 5, Comes with newer ejector design (although this is starting to show up in newer Gen 5 pistols), Different slide finish process (nPVD) than Gen 5 (nDLC). Glock 19X vs Glock 17. 8 = Non-Glock sights, G – unconfirmed – likely an indicator of suppressor sights, 0 = Standard If the serial number plate is the same color as the frame and not silver, or the back straps are not the same color as the frame, it’s aftermarket (although some cerakote shops will also do the back straps). G = Gen4 Both the 43X and G48 have a grip thatâs slightly larger than the original G43. The change to the newer Melonite process caused subsequent guns to have a finish with a slightly different appearance, but a higher HRc rating, which is good. These are called the ‘Agent’ sights. It now appears that the extended ambi slide stop lever is on the Gen 5 G34. I…Sep 5 = 1913 Rail Military It is also not on the Gen 5 MOS guns. The upper cartouche, the flat area on the upper right grip area that show where the pistol was made, has been moved down and combined with the lower one, which contains the patent number, Mags have extended front lip to aid in reloading, Mags have a slightly rounded base plate (bottom front edge). G19X comes with 2×19 round mags and 1×17 round mag (although you can add ‘+’ floor plate, which is Glock part #7151, and insert, which is part #7165 to 17 round mags to make them 19 round. As for the differences between Gen 3 and Gen 4 pistols, as a generalization: Gen 4 pistols have the different grip texture (known technically as “RTF3”), dual spring Recoil Spring Assembly unit (with frame and slide changes to accommodate), larger & reversible mag catch (not ambidextrous as some claim), and four back straps. Designed with military requirements in mind, Glock built the 19X to compete in the Armyâs Modular Handgun System, or MHS, competition. G45 doesn’t. New striker, but same spring cups, spring, and sleeve, New trigger bar, but the Gen 4 dimple is removed (since the Gen 5 went to the angled trigger safety, the dimple is no longer needed), Gen 5 doesn’t use the ‘S’ shaped coil trigger spring, like the previous generations, instead going to a setup like the slimlines. AM = Arabic Manual Glock added an LCI to the guns many years ago to negate the need for press checks. These also don’t usually show the quantity or capacity of the magazines on the label in the normal middle-lower space. ‘M’ guns have an ‘M’ or ‘5M’. Others have just an ‘M’ or a ‘5’. Glock 48 vs. Glock 19. 5 = TALO / Export Lumi. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Differences Between the 19X and 45 – It is Not Just the Color! The eagle with the number 2 in the center is Austria’s coat of arms. Newer, non-FBI M pistols have a 5 on the barrel hood. ESB = Enhanced Signature Barrel E…Jan Glock had originally said no plans for MOS guns, but they have released the Gen 5 G17, G19, G34, and G45 in MOS configurations. (There was a very limited run of 389 Glock 19X pistols with threaded barrels for a special contract, but only 8 are in private hands, including the one I own.) Download it here. That’s certainly plausible. They don’t typically get them directly from Glock. F = SF GR Lanyard hole (I bet it’s part of a butt plug). Some will point to the fact that the Gen 3 has been around for years, and thus, is proven. Same style firing pin safety (angled instead of flat) as the Glock 43. 6 = Engraved/Special Serial #’s (Glock U.S.A.) Early Gen 3 pistols still came in the old Tupperware style cases that were updated to fit pistols with finger grooves. T = T Pack Please advise what parts are and are not interchangeable on the Gen 3, 4, & 5 G-26’s. P = AU manufactured The Glock 19X, which is basically the civilian version of the 17MHS pistol submitted to the Army, will be available starting January 22nd. And they often don’t show the type of sites or trigger weight in the upper-middle space. ‘M’ guns are available in several color molded frames. Note that this was eventually removed from the Gen 5 pistols in summer 2019. 2 = SF ES 1913 Rail Military The G19X combines a G19 slide and a G17 frame. Hormones aside, it depends on why you carry. The SF frames also use a smaller trigger housing mechanism. For more info about the database, see https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2016/07/nist-3d-ballistics-research-database-goes-live. Unofficial information I have to decipher those three letter codes that are on the barrel (not the serial number) are: The first letter is for the month: Tougher finish applied to the same Melonite metal treatment process. The Glock 19X has been in production for some time. Glock added an LCI to the guns many years ago to negate the need for press checks. This cutout is on the 17, 19, and 34, but not the 26. NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) created a 3D ballistics database for research to positively identify bullets fired from specific barrels. edit: Glock has removed the original page of content, including the video, from that page. Not gray. Gen 5 guns have a ‘5’ rollmark on the top of the barrel. Gen 4 guns have an updated trigger bar. A Gen 3 gun and a Gen 4 gun both manufactured on the same day will have the same finish. G…Jul 1 = Standard with lock Gen 5 G34 doesn’t have the cutout on the top of the slide like previous version, yet still maintains good balance due to a re-engineering of the materials used in the slide. UPDATE: By the way – I wrote a quick Excel calculator to break down an entered product SKU. Some Gen 3 models are available in a factory threaded barrel version (to support compensators and silencers). A or 3 = AmeriGlo sights BFG (‘Battle Field Green’) – exclusive distributor is Amchar in N.Y. FDE (‘Flat Dark Earth’) – exclusive distributor is Lipsey’s in LA, gray – exclusive distributor is Lipsey’s in LA. Shortening a pistolâs barrel, grip, or both is a never-ending argument. L = Nickel SF = Short Frame 8 = 8lb, 0 = Standard FGR = Finger Groove & Rail Glock refers to it as an ion bonded finish, and will only be available on Gen 5 and M guns. 4 = ES 1913 Rail Military The SIG P320 Compact has very similar dimensions as the Glock â¦ The gun shop staff just don’t know any better. Looking for to buy Glock 26 or Glock 19 in 2020. PM = 2+ & 1 Standard mag Note that it’s common to see SKUs listed that start with ‘GL’. Gen 5 guns have a ‘5’ rollmark on the top of the barrel. Gen 5 GMB (Glock Marksman Barrel) barrel has a target match crown (FBI ‘M’ guns don’t). I see people commenting on some sites and in some social networking sites that the Glock 19X pistol is part of the Gen 5 line. 7 = Engraved/Special Serial #’s (Glock Austria) G19X is coyote (NOT FDE), G45 is available in black, FDE, BFG, and gray. T = M T-Series, 0 = No sights Some Gen 3 and 4 models are available in a factory ported version – although not all models are available in both generations. 13 comments. I’ve not seen this new breech cut on any of the ‘M’ guns. I’ve seen plenty of Blue Label prices, with $533 being common. Glock 17 vs Glock 19 comparison. TBF = Tactical Brown Frame Here are the differences in the ‘M’ pistols used by agencies such as the FBI, DOS/DSS, ATF, DEA, USMS, and USMC CID, as well as the consumer Gen 5 guns vs. the Gen 4 pistols: The new mags will work in previous generation pistols, and vise versa, with the exception of the 21SF with picatinny rail & ambi mag catch, and the 19X. Glock Marksman Barrel (GMB) just like the Gen 5. Both of these pistols feature a full size Glock 17 frame, but with a shorter Glock â¦ E = US manufactured for export (green label) ‘M’ guns appear to have an extended and rounded mag catch as stock, vs. a normal mag catch for the Gen 5 guns. Never played one on TV. Given the quality that is to be expected with both of these manufacturers, it only gets more difficult. Return to two-pin frame due to a redesign in the locking block area of the frame that removes the need for the third pin. In my recent review of the new GLOCK 45, I discussed some points that make it one of the best shooting 9mm pistols Iâve fired, and certainly the best GLOCK Iâve had to the pleasure to holster.Today we are going to be looking at the latest variation of the ever-popular GLOCK 19, this time in its Gen 5 iteration.. B = 15rd 9mm Magazines 4. Can also be govt/mil contract guns. Well, so has the Gen 4. NOTE: This spreadsheet doesn’t take into account some of the anomalies or recent changes listed above. Maintain your grip. Both the Gen 5 Bold sights and the FBI sights are available with a .125 orange front sight as well as a more traditional .140 width sight. G19X has the overbite at the bottom of the front strap. Y…7 F = Flared Magwell Back to two pins (from three) due to a redesign in the locking block, just like the Gen 5 pistols. ES = External Safety Gen 4 includes color molded back straps. Return of cutout on bottom of front strap to assist with stripping magazine (such as due to a double feed) that were originally in Gen 1, Gen 2, and early Gen 3 full sized guns. I have compiled a list of differences that I have noticed and included them below. Both rear sights are serrated, and the night sights don’t have a white or colored ring around them (this is often referred to as ‘blacked out’). Glock said originally that the Gen5âs will only be offered in 9mm, but SÃ£o Paulo Police Department (Brazil) has deployed the Gen 5 G22, which includes a manual safety like the 17S and MHS pistols. Note that this was eventually removed from the Gen 5 pistols in summer 2019. Close. save. Newer barrels made in Smyrna, GA have a “US” and a little outline of the state of GA. From 1982 to 1991, Glock 17 pistols were assembled & test fired in Austria. M…5 Let’s dive into the meaning of the various colors. Your email address will not be published. That changed in later production in 2017. FBI ‘M’ guns have the nDLC finish on some internals including the trigger bar, connector, and slide stop lever, Gen 5 guns do not. These only appear on pistol cases seen in the U.S., regardless of where they were manufactured. Any other colors (purple, burnt bronze, red & blue, pink, white, Robin’s egg blue, ‘battle worn’, American Flag, dessert sand, etc.) are aftermarket. This is just the numbers in the model of the pistol. That has since been resolved in newer Gen 5 pistols. NY = New York (Later pistols were also assembled and test fired at Glock Inc. in Smyrna, GA.) Those barrels have an eagle roll mark. Same texture as the Gen 4 guns. share. It now appears that the extended ambi slide stop lever is on the Gen 5 G34. The ‘GL’ is not part of the true Glock SKU number. It should be noted that the various colors discussed here really only started when Glock went to the clam-shell style cases. Ambidextrous one-piece slide stop lever – on many of the ‘M’ guns, it’s also an extended ambi slide stop. This also results in the G45 being slightly (1mm) wider. XSS = Extended Slide Stop Lever This occurred after the beginning of the Gen 3 pistol production. If you see one with a slide of any other color, including NiBX, it’s done after the gun leaves the factory – usually by a distributor who does a special run. Glock has released several pistols in recent years, however the Glock 19x and Glock 45 are at the top of the radar for most people. FM = French Manual Normally, Glock guns are tested with 120% loads. Glock refers to it as an ion bonded finish, and will only be available on Gen 5 and M guns. Glock 19 vs. Glock 17. Blue: High capacity magazines. The following pictures of the Gen 5 G26 and G34 are from Glock. When first introduced, the Gen 5 and ‘M’ frame weren’t beveled to match. Additional design features of the G19X include the GLOCK Marksman Barrel (GMB) with enhanced polygonal rifling and an improved barrel crown for increased accuracy, ambidextrous slide stop levers and no finger â¦ AC = AmeriGlo Cowitness 45 is also available in MOS with threaded barrel in FDE. The military MK27 MOD 1 has a ‘MOSU’ identifier). I’ve written before about how the SKU number in the upper right is broken down to signify the details of the pistol. I think that’s sufficient time to be considered “proven”. 3 = Hi-Cap / Commercial (red label) ‘M’ guns have slightly different sights than the Bold sights. There have been more than 20 versions of mags just for the G17. Glock has only ever made color-molded frames in. I = Fxd or Adj Sight / Gen 3 The markings are proof marks and inspectors marks as required on Austrian pistols that they met the 130% requirement. The 3D database will help draw positive matches between a fired bullet and the barrel it was fired from. Early prototypes did not have this cutout, which is why it’s not visible in some early pics. New ejector design (part # 47021) that’s also coming to the Gen 5 guns (no details on what’s different, yet). Both are great guns, of course, as proven by their loyal followings, but there seems to be no real consensus on which is the best. This was to comply with states with magazine capacity limitations. Tougher finish applied to the same Melonite metal treatment process. CSN = Consecutive Serial # Also, ‘M’ guns that went to a select few agencies do not have the nDLC treated internals. On the 2nd of January 2018, at precisely 9:00 a.m. EST, Glock announced â¦ A = (unknown – seen on a 19M with PM195F7A2) Your email address will not be published. Ambidextrous slide stop lever – it appears to be the same part as what’s in the Gen 5 pistols. R = M Reset MSRP is $750, which is exactly the same as a Gen 5 pistol with night sights. 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