Glock Subcompact Generation 4 Models Coming Soon

As the owner a generation 3 G26, I can say that the changes they made for the Gen4 seem pretty much useless and unwarranted. Judging by the picture, the recoil spring / guide rod is the same as the one in my gen3.  The only noticible differences are the removable backstraps, the rough textured frame (RTF), and the enlarged magazine release.

I definitely wont be upgrading, but I see no reason you wouldn’t want the gen4 (if you are in the market for a subcompact Glock) if it is being offered at the same price as the gen3 models.

I had my fingers crossed that the changes would be drastic on the subcompact models. I guess you don’t mess with “Perfection” though right? heh :P

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jason September 29, 2010 at 06:12 am

the difference is more than it appears… the grip is more than .10 shorter from the trigger to backstrap making the gen4′s better for smaller hands. Also, they have reduced the “backstrap hump” which gives you that “golfball in you palm” feeling with the 26/27.

If you look at the picture you’ll notice that the first additional backstrap gives you the thickness and contour of the gen3.

They made a GREAT carry gun a little better, bravo.

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Jesse September 29, 2010 at 07:12 am

I fail to see your disappointment, that is exactly the same things they changed on the other Gen 4 models. Why would the subcompacts be any different?

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Admin (Mike) September 29, 2010 at 09:02 am

I was disappointed with the changes on the other Gen4 models too. I just thought there was a chance they might not make the exact same changes across the board.

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Jester September 29, 2010 at 08:59 am

Gen 3′s will eventually fade away from the Glock line in a slow transition to the Gen 4 featured gun.

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Admin (Mike) September 30, 2010 at 03:55 pm

How many decades until they update the website to reflect the changes? :P

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Matt September 30, 2010 at 07:54 am

Why not put a rail on the front of the frame like the M&P?

Matt
St Paul

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Admin (Mike) September 30, 2010 at 03:55 pm

I agree. There really doesn’t seem to be a reason NOT to. Unless they are worried about weight on that part causing the gun to malfunction. I remember there being a problem like that with lights on earlier .40 Glocks.

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Josh the Vet October 6, 2010 at 11:31 am

Holster fit? A rail means adding bulk, which is bad on a gun series that has more holsters available than donuts in Rosie O’Donnell’s kitchen. I had to go custom to get a lefty IWB holster for a 1911 w/rail.

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Admin (Mike) October 8, 2010 at 02:41 pm

The glock rail makes no difference in most, if not all holsters though. I have 6 holsters that fit both my gen3 G26, and my gen3 G17 because besides the length they share the exact frame size. Even the older gen1 and gen2 fullsize models didn’t have rails, but they will still fit in the new holsters.

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Josh the vet October 13, 2010 at 03:59 pm

I mean it the other way around, new generation guns with rails that weren’t there before not fitting into earlier-design holsters. Your old Glocks fit into new holsters (designed after the introduction of rails) because they have less bulk, whereas my new 1911 (and presumably new baby Glocks with added rails) wouldn’t fit into older holsters because of the rail’s added bulk. A new Glock’s inability to fit into available holsters would make me less apt to buy it, instead opting for something I can actually carry.

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Andy September 30, 2010 at 04:48 pm

Does the unchanged spring mean slide compatibility with gen 3?

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Admin (Mike) September 30, 2010 at 04:54 pm

That’s a good question. That would be pretty cool if that were the case.

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Anon G32 November 7, 2010 at 07:21 pm

i await patiently of the release of a subcompact Glock with front receiver mount. what are they wating for?!

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Admin (Mike) November 7, 2010 at 09:16 pm

Front receiver mount? Do you mean an accessory rail?

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Anon G32 December 9, 2010 at 07:36 pm

yea. alll the other competitor manufacturers have accessory rails on their subcompacts. Glock needs to get on it. there are numerous products available for subcompacts. i will not get a Gen4 without this feature.

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Steve November 21, 2010 at 08:54 am

Owning six Glocks I can say I am eager to get one in my hands. The RTF on the sides of the grip I think will be a big improvement but the only thing disappointing about the Gen 4′s is that there are no new calibers being offered. I would love to see Glock offer models in .400 Corbon.

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Jason December 3, 2010 at 01:09 pm

When are these due to be released? Does anyone know? I was considering getting a 27 this week on sale at my local store for 499 with stock sights but am torn between the good deal and prospect of Gen 4.

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Admin (Mike) December 8, 2010 at 12:53 am

Not quite sure. A quick call to Glock though and you could probably find out!

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Rich March 24, 2011 at 10:53 pm

I will not be buying a newer model G27, until Glock adds an accessory rail on the dust cover. I could be waiting for quite sometime, at least until the Gen 5′s arrive.

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Brad Engleman June 19, 2011 at 07:11 am

I just called Glock about the release date for the model 20 and the lady told me that to her knowledge, there were no plans to even produce one. THEN……….I read on some different Glock sites that they will be out late June or early July. How would she NOT know that. I don’t want to wait for something they are not even going to make. I have a Gen 4 model 17 and love it. Anybody hear anything on the model 20?

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Joe August 18, 2012 at 07:09 pm

The reversible mag release is a plus for us lefties. Should be getting mine soon.

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