Glock Perfection, Perfected?


Like many Glock owners I know, I had stopped at “Generation 3” of perfection. I had a Gen 4 Glock 17 for a short time. Had a few qualms with it, so I stuck with gen 3.

Until a couple of weeks ago, then I picked up a G19.5 MOS. Perfection sure has changed over the years.

The Gen 1 , 2, and some Gen 3 Glock pistols had a notch cut in the front bottom of the grip. This was to aid in pulling a magazine out of the pistol. The first Glock magazines were designed not to fall free from the gun. This notch is not very popular in the US. My self and others have gotten blisters on our pinky fingers from shooting a good bit of older Glocks with this notch. Much to many dismay, that notch came back in the Gen 5 pistol. At least for a while.

The MOS pistols, cut for optics, omitted this cut, and added front slide serrations.

Glock announced on Instagram that they are removing this notch and adding front slide serrations to model G17, G19, and G26.

Link here:

I imagine these earlier Gen 5 pistols with the mag notch and with out the front serrations will be considered a little less desirable than the newer ones. Maybe they will show up on the used market at a discount as people upgrade.


  1. With you on the Gen 3, had to have a 4 when they came out but except for the mag release there was no big improvement, back to the 3 I went.

    Same thing on the 5, had to have one but quickly realized I have gotten used to those awful finger groves…

    I put aftermarket metal sights, preferably some kind of big dot tritium on the front and something solid with or without tritium on the rear. I pretty much run the Gen 3 stock other than that.

    Never really noticed the mag removal notch that much.

    Having a medium sized hand-flight glove size nine-not too many hi-cap nines fit my hand that well with the exception of the BHP. Love a Smith 39 too even without the extra rounds. I’ve gotten used to a G-19 being on or nearby no matter what gun-of-the-month I was experimenting with over the last thirty years, I might be getting old and cranky though.

  2. At this point, even my cynicism is insufficient to properly address the way Glock is milking cash out of their gullible fan base.

    The #1 reason why I dislike Glocks is that I dislike the company itself. I never liked the way they used underhanded sales/marketing techniques to make sales into LEO’s, or how they’d peddled themselves as “Perfection” or anything else. The company is dubious in its ethics, from top to bottom.

    Now they’ve discovered that they can get the Glock fans to spend more money every time they come out with a new little change to their molds, and this is where my cynicism kicks in, good and hard.

  3. The only things missing from my Gen 3 Glocks is the slide cut for a mini red dot. I’d like to mess with one of those at some point and I’ll probably buy a Gen 5 G19 when I do. Though at this rate, maybe they’ll be on Gen 6 or 7 by then.

    I normally loathe finger grooves on pistols—don’t get me started on my revolvers’ stock grips—but the ones on my Gen 3 Glocks don’t bother me a bit.


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