GLOCK has announced the 26 Gen5
and the 34 Gen5 MOS
This morning marks the opening of the 2017 NRA Annual Meeting in Atlanta. To mark the occasion GLOCK announced some special production runs.
The summer specials include a number of pistols and features the GLOCK community has been asking for. These include G17 Gen4 and G19 Gen4 pistols with front serrations, steel sights, and extended controls. They also include a return of the G17L and the G24, as well as the introduction of Gen4 editions of the G17C and G19C. We are also producing the G17 Gen4, G19 Gen4, G42, and G43 with factory installed night sights. In addition to these pistols, we are producing a series of pistols with Olive Drab frames: the G43; G26 in Gen3 and Gen4 models; and the G17, G19, and G34 in Gen3, Gen4, and Gen4 MOS configurations.
These pistols will be available at GLOCK dealers beginning in June 2017.
This is where I keep general facts about GLOCKs until I understand enough to put them where they belong. Some of them I fully understand, I just do not have any better location for the information yet.
This is where I publish things I have been told/heard/read that I have not been able to attribute to what I consider a verifiable source.
There are some GLOCKs that seem to have achieved unicorn status in the United States. Those that I know about are:
A client recently asked if I would cut a utility rail into a second generation GLOCK frame. I informed him that GLOCK would swap any second generation frame for a third generation frame for $100 plus the client’s local sales tax.
All you have to do is send the gun to:
6000 Highlands Pkwy SE
Smyrna, GA 30082
Include a letter stating that you would like to swap the second generation frame for a third generation frame. Include your name, address, and phone number. You can either send payment with the gun, or state in your letter that they are to call for payment info.
Footnotes / Sources:
This information was verified by GLOCK customer service as of 6 May 2016.
The GLOCK G17 is a standard frame, full-size, locked-breech, recoil-operated, double-action-only, semiautomatic pistol fed by a detachable box magazine and chambered in 9×19mm Parabellum.
|G17 Gen3||G17 Gen4||G17 Gen5|
|Caliber:||9×19mm Parabellum||9×19mm Parabellum||9×19mm Parabellum|
|Overall Length:||8.03 inches||7.95 inches||7.95 inches|
|Overall Height w/ Magazine:||5.43 inches||5.43 inches||6.14 inches|
|Overall Width:||1.18 inches||1.18 inches||1.34 inches|
|Barrel Height:||1.26 inches||1.26 inches|
|Barrel Length:||4.48 inches||4.48 inches||4.49 inches|
|Sight Radius:||6.49 inches||6.49 inches||6.49 inches|
|Weight (unloaded):||25.06 ounces||25.06 ounces||25.26 ounces|
|Weight (loaded):||~32.12 ounces||~32.12 ounces||~32.14 ounces|
|Trigger Pull Weight:||~5.5 pounds||~5.5 pounds||~5.5 pounds|
|Trigger Travel:||~0.49 inch||~0.49 inch||~0.49 inch|
|Magazine:||Stagger Column||Stagger Column||Stagger Column|
|Magazine Capacity (standard):||17 cartridges||17 cartridges||17 cartridges|
|Magazine Capacity (optional)||10 cartridges|
|Number of Safeties:||3||3||3|
|Available in MOS Configuration:||No||Yes||No|
GLOCK1 introduced the pistol that would become the G17 in 1981.
In 1982, GLOCK won an Austrian Army service sidearm contract for 20,000 to 30,000 G17 pistols (known as the P80).2
They delivered the first pistols under this contract in 1983. Although I have never seen one (except in pictures), I have read/heard rumors that GLOCK submitted G17 prototypes with external safety switches for consideration as part of this contract.
In 1984, the Norwegian Army adopted the G17 as its standard issue service side arm. This was the first adoption a Glock pistol as a service weapon by a NATO member country.
GLOCK began importing G17s into the United States in 1986.
GLOCK manufactures the G17 under one or more of the following United States Patents:
In gunsmithing school we are taught to use several different methods of changing sights. There are many different tools that aid in the changing / installation of sights for each type of gun / sight pairing.
One area many people seem to have trouble with is the rear sights on Glock pistols. It is not that changing / installing them is difficult. The hard part is getting them in place without marring the sight with the tool you are using.
I was struggling with this very issue during my last semester in school when I encountered a forum posting raving about the Glockmeister sight tool. It went so far as to question the intelligence of anyone who installed Glock sights more than a few times a year without this tool.
Well as a Glock Certified Armorer I was hoping to work on my fair share of Glocks so decided to give it a try. I visited the website, paid my money, and waited for the UPS driver to arrive. A few days went by and there it was looking up at me from its box. I felt smarter already and I hadn’t even touched it yet.
I used it to install another rear Trijicon HD Night Sight (GL104Y) on a Glock G21 I had been working on. The Glockmeister Sight Tool for All GLOCK Models did not disappoint. It very well may have been the easiest gun accessory upgrade I did in my entire time at school.
I spent more time than I care to admit tinkering with the first rear sight on that Glock. During the install I nicked the side of the sight so I was not satisfied with my work. I would not have returned it to a client in that condition. After I installed the second one with the Glockmeister tool I knew that I would be keeping this tool close at hand. I was done in minutes and there was not even the opportunity to mar the sight in the process.
Any hobbyist with basic skills who doesn’t mind the cost of the tool should not have any problem using it effectively. Just remember that most gunsmith shops will do the work for significantly less then the tool costs.
I highly recommend the Glockmeister Sight Tool for All GLOCK Models for anyone who installs more then three sets of Glock sights a year.