Gen 5 Glock vs Gen 4 Glock

Officer M. loaned us his Gen 5 Glock 17 for this video. We stacked it up against a Gen 4 Glock 34 we had in the armory.

Considering both pistols are supposed to be known for their triggers, I am surprised to say that I prefer the Gen 4 Model 34.

Is a Gen 5 trigger really an upgrade compared to a Gen 4? Or logically speaking, perhaps the Gen 5 practical – tactical Model 34 will be the greatest factory Glock trigger ever?

Was this a fair comparison? Dunno. It’s what we had in hand at the moment. But a Glock is still just a Glock. For good or ill.

Bottom line: I have no plans to upgrade from a Gen 4 to a Gen 5. The juice is not worth the trigger-squeeze.

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  • Brennen Munro

    I really tried to like Glocks, but they just never felt right in my hand. Forget all the nonsense about the kung-fu angle grip that so many of the Glock fan boys used to spout about. I just did not like the way they felt. I shot them well, but I shoot other guns well that I also enjoy shooting. I would rather shoot a few hundred rounds out of a 1911 style pistol than a fraction of that out of a glock. And before the fan boys go off about how much more reliable a glock is, My EDC is an HK P30, which endured a much more rigorous testing protocol than what glock established for their pistols. All the fan boy stuff aside, I think I will always prefer a double/single hammer fired pistol. Thanks for the review, and for reminding me why I am happy with the toys I already have to play with!


    • Brennen,

      Your comment about your references for DA/SA reminds me of a development at a particular PD some years ago. The department had switched to autos some years before. And then eventually was issuing Glocks to new hires. Also, existing officers could get a Glock and go through the process of qualifying.

      But they let the DA/SA shooters and even one six-shooter ride with their existing pistols if they so choose. The thinking was, what sense does it make to force an officer to switch guns when he’s close to retirement anyway and has 20-30 years already under his belt with previous manual of arms?

      I thought it was a very insightful and intelligent decision by command staff to let old-timers, who were comfortable with what they were carrying, to cross the finish line with what they started.


      • guns2317

        “insightful and intelligent decision by command staff”

        Now, THAT is an amazing statement in and of itself….and I will leave it at that.

        Any chance you saw the story about the LAPD officers who had been road partners for 20 or 30 years and one was retiring this past fall? Both of those guys were still rocking wheelguns as they worked their posts. That made them badasses in my book. 🙂

  • You can’t really go wrong with a Glock

    • No you can’t, Neal.

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