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Thread: Glock 26, Gen3 vs Gen4

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    Glock 26, Gen3 vs Gen4

    I have a nice G26 Gen5 I bought but my Glock 19 is a gen4 and I just like the finger grooves. They hit me just perfect. Been pondering trading my gen5 in on a gen4 but I have heard good things about gen3. Is there anything that makes one better than the other?

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    I love my Gen 3. The finger grooves are not a big issue for me, but I am a fan of the older mag release. You can swap them out for different lengths, from different models of gun, to have the correct amount of extension. The parts are only a couple bucks and I have found if you put the .45 cal one in a 9mm Glock, it makes a wonderful target-style extended release, without digging into my side. The Gen 4 and 5 releases have proven to be problematic for me. When I am enveloping the gun with my hands, my gun hand middle finger can wrap around far enough to lay on top of those pivoting releases, and pressure from my left hand on top of that finger can actually drop a mag loose of the gun. (It is rare to fall completely out, since the G26 grip is small enough that my bottom fingers are still holding the mag in to some degree, but it is still concerning. On a Gen 4 G17, I've had it fall completely out). The sliding release of the Gen 3 corrects this, and I find that the .45 cal part ironically causes the release to stick out far enough that I can train my finger "around" it when gripping the gun.

    I love the Gen 3 and hope we can always get them.

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    Not much difference between the 3 and 4. Think you would be happy with either. I went 4 because of the dual recoil spring seemed nicer.

    I would go 4 since your 19 is. I'm not a 5 fan either.
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    They are all good. I shoot the Gen 5 better than the 3 or 4.

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    Grandmaster 88E30M50's Avatar

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    Gen 4 seems like the sweet spot to me. Gen 3 is great with Talon grip tapes but I like the Gen 4 bareback
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    Also the gen 3 “talo” is still on PSA for 400 which seems pretty reasonable. Gen 4’s are still going for 500 if price plays into your decision.

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    Sorry. I just checked to confirm and they are actually out of stock now. They were still available as of Friday. I’ll check before posting next time

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