GLOCK Gen5 – Official Company Announcement

It is now officially official – The GLOCK Gen5 is announced by way of a press release, a new web page and a video commercial. Yes, we did go through all of the details on the new pistols last week, however now that they are available for sale, buyers have an official resource to reference all the weights and measures.

I have been trying to keep up with all of your comments and questions from our two reveal stories posted lasted week: TFB First Look – Gen5 and Glock Gen5 Has Arrived. And I’m glad to hear that some of our readers have had the chance to pick up the new guns at the debut launch events scattered throughout the US.

So what’s next for GLOCK? Let’s take some bets. How long until we see:

  • Gen5 MOS
  • Gen5 G26
  • Gen5 .40S&W/10MM/.45ACP
  • Standard accessory rail
  • MHS Pistol (w/safety)
  • MHS Pistol (no safety)
  • Gen6
  • Grip angle change
  • Single stack G19
  • Carbine (w/safety)
  • Carbine (no safety)
  • Revolver
  • Shotgun
  • Rail gun
  • Your dream gun
  • Gen1 – Retro

Glock Gen5 Official Announcement and Webpage:

GLOCK Introduces the Long-Awaited 5th Generation of Perfection

SMYRNA, GA. – Aug 30, 2017 GLOCK, Inc., introduced a new generation of confidence today with the launch of the G19 Gen5 and G17 Gen5 pistols. The Gen5 pistols feature over twenty design changes which distinguish them from their Gen4 predecessors.

“The development of our Gen5 pistols was the result of the constant pursuit of perfection and a desire to meet the requests of the consumer market,” said GLOCK, Inc. VP Josh Dorsey. “We have combined the standards of high- level performance and reliability with distinctive design enhancements to improve durability, accuracy, and performance. The benefits enhance the shooter experience at the range and in high-stress situations where fractions of a second matter.”

The Gen5 pistols are a variation of the M pistol used by the FBI. Through rigorous testing and development, GLOCK has combined the historical reliability and trust in the brand with precisely engineered design changes to meet the demand of consumers world-wide.

Among the design changes are five key features. The GLOCK Marksman Barrel (GMB) utilizes new barrel rifling to deliver improved accuracy. The removal of the finger grooves and an added ambidextrous slide stop delivers improved control and flexibility. The nDLC finish is a tougher and more durable finish that is exclusive to the GLOCK manufacturing process. Introduction of a flared mag-well increases performance by making it easier to funnel the magazine into the mag-well, particularly in high-stress situations.

The roots of the Gen5 pistols lie in a request by Federal Law Enforcement for a new service pistol. “Our goal was to meet the demanding needs of law enforcement agencies while maintaining our standard of perfection,” said VP Josh Dorsey. “Once the pistols we submitted proved themselves in testing and were adopted, consumers began asking for those pistols. The Gen5 pistols we are introducing today meet that demand.”

For more information about the new generation of GLOCK pistols, contact GLOCK, Inc., or go to About GLOCK, Inc.

GLOCK is a leading global manufacturer of firearms. The simple, safe design of GLOCK’s polymer-based pistols revolutionized the firearms industry and made GLOCK pistols a favorite among military and law enforcement agencies worldwide and among pistol owners. In 2017, GLOCK celebrated its 31st Anniversary in the United States. Renowned for featuring three safeties, GLOCK pistols offer users of every lifestyle confidence they can rely on. GLOCK, Inc. is based in Smyrna, Georgia. For more information, please visit

Glock Gen5


Introducing the GLOCK 17 Gen5 and GLOCK 19 Gen5 pistols. GLOCK Gen5 pistols are the latest example of GLOCK’s constant pursuit of perfection. Gen5 pistols feature over 20 design modifications from their Gen4 predecessors. These changes deliver improved accuracy, durability, performance, control, and flexibility. Put the next generation of confidence in your hands.


More than 20 design changes distinguish the Gen 5 pistols from their Gen 4 predecessors. Among these design changes are five distinct features which deliver an improved overall shooting experience and propel GLOCK into its next generation of pistols. Learn more about these new features below.


The GLOCK 17 Gen5 and GLOCK 19 Gen5 feature the proprietary GLOCK nDLC finish. The ion-bonded finish reduces corrosion and scratching and improves performance in adverse or de-greased conditions.


The GLOCK 17 Gen5 and GLOCK 19 Gen5 feature the GLOCK Marksman Barrel. The barrel’s new rifling and crown deliver improved accuracy for both the beginner and the seasoned gun owner.


The GLOCK 17 Gen5 and GLOCK 19 Gen5 have no finger grooves on the grip. Removing the finger grooves improves the ergonomics of the grip, delivering consistent comfort and improved control to a wider range of consumers, regardless of hand size.


The GLOCK 17 Gen5 and GLOCK 19 Gen5 feature a flared mag-well. The larger opening found in the mag-well of GLOCK Gen5 pistols makes quicker and easier magazine changes possible, particularly in high-stress situations where fractions of a second matter.


The GLOCK 17 Gen5 and GLOCK 19 Gen5 feature ambidextrous slide stop levers. Now it is easier than ever for both left-handed and right-handed gun owners to quickly, comfortably, and safely manipulate the slide.



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  • Old Tofu

    there’s a new glock? why didn’t any body say anything?

    • Risky

      Because everyone was hiding from the falling P320s.

      • Dr. Daniel Jackson

        Rightfully so those P320s can be a real blast.

  • Christopher Wallace

    OK so when is the gen5 34mos going to be available?

    • DonDrapersAcidTrip

      what’s the point of the longer slide if your going to stick an optic on it

      I’m still waiting for a glock 26 mos

      • Cyborg Fred

        Im still waiting on the Glock 43 MOS

  • James Young

    Can’t imagine them ever changing the grip angle. I figure it’s a feature, not a flaw. If you don’t like it you choose a different manufacturer. If you do like it you shoot Glocks. Suppose they could do a limited run on a G19 with a different grip angle.

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      To change the grip angle is also to redesign the magazine. For large scale production it would go against Glocks emphasis on magazine ubiquity and for small scale production it would just be too much work.

      • They could easily have a changeable grip angle if the gun had removable backstraps like the Lone Wolf Timberwolf frame, which allows a Glock grip angle, 1911 grip angle, or Sig grip angle, with just a backstrap change.

    • Edeco

      It’s a feature, better for the classic one-hand-olympic grip as opposed to the trendy two-hand-squirrel-with-an-acorn grip

      • iksnilol

        but for that to work properly you need a comfortable grip.

        • Edeco

          They sell back thumb rests on amazon. Not as stiff as my heart desires but low cost and still pretty great.

          • iksnilol

            I dunno, I was taught to keep the thumb off the gun.

  • Dickie

    Gen5 G26 & G34MOS. Hoping for a Gen5 Glock 17L but doubt it

  • Dickie

    With our luck next up with be the gen5 glocks in 45GAP. Hahaha

    • Stuki Moi

      If only 10rd limited states were so lucky…

  • Nicks87

    Buy a Glock because they work. Not for their marketing campaign… because it really is awful.

    • Stuki Moi

      I actually quite like their “You can Carry…..Or carry with confidence” or whatever campaign. It gets straight to the point you make about why one should choose a Glock.

  • PeterK

    Now I just need to find someone who will trade me straight across for the gen 3 I already own. :p Yeah…

  • Paul Rain

    Great news. Hopefully they get a version with a proper manual safety to market as soon as possible. I won’t call it irresponsible that they don’t fit one of all their products, but it certainly seems unwise.

    • Stan Robertson

      “Proper manual safety”?????

  • GPSrulz

    The front of the slide and frame don’t match! Wtf! Too busy on the ad campaign to round out the frame?

    • Beju

      After it was pointed out to me, I can’t stop noticing the lack of front frame beveling.

      • James Young

        Agreed. Can’t stop seeing it either

        • Beju

          In the top pic, it’s like the 17 has an underbite.

      • CA

        I noticed this right at first and I was disappointed.

  • Stuki Moi

    Is the 17-5 really 1/2 inch taller than previous gens? It used to be reported as about 1/2 inch taller than the 19, and about in line with the p226/p229. Now it’s reported as 1 1/8 inch taller than the 19. For just 2 additional 9mm rounds doublestacked…..

  • Stuki Moi

    Most important, 23 & 26.

    Then 22, 31, 35 sized .357 and the GAPs

    • It appears that the Gen 5 will be 9mm only.

      Glock, for reasons unknown, deleted the 3rd frame pin which was added to strengthen the design for using 40s&w, 10mm, and .357 sig.

      • Stuki Moi

        I have heard that, too. But I’ve also heard talk of releasing a civilian version of the MHS in .40. And that one looks to be just a 2 pin as well…

        I’m highly doubtful of Glock not releasing any version in the larger calibers with the Gen 5 improvements. Like ambi slide stop and all the internal “improvements.” They have a huge, built in, market who would upgrade.

        9mm guns may be their biggest anticipated sellers right now, but that’s like saying non Hispanic whites are the largest ethnic group in Los Angeles. Add up all the rest, and that’s a serious amount of business to walk away from.

        • It could be a case of the “$40,000 Olive.” Years ago, back when food was actually served on airplanes, American Airlines realized that if it removed a single olive from each customers salad, it would save $40,000 a year.

          I suspect theres something similar here with removing the 3rd pin. Assuming the 3rd pin costs $0.10 to manufacture, over 1 million units that’s $100,000 savings. If the pin costs $0.25 – $250,000 savings.

          With the declining sales of 40s&w, near abandonment of .357 sig, and .45 GAP being stillborn, Glock may end up saving more money by removing the 3rd pin then they would gain by introducing a suite of pistols in increasingly unpopular calibers.

  • Joshua Graham

    If they offered an exchange program to upgrade from previous gens to the current one I’d do it but I just can’t justify buying another Glock of the same model.

    • CA

      They should have completely went modular like the 320, because that would solve the personal preference problems for good. Gen 5 is a disappointement.

  • Harry Canyon

    Only one problem…

    …it’s still a Glock.

    • Stan Robertson

      Don’t like Glocks??? DON’T BUY ONE!

      • iksnilol

        Was sorta the plan, bub.

  • b0x3r0ck

    I like how they said FBI and not Army

  • Big Daddy

    Shoots like a Gen 4 feels like a Gen 2. I shot the 19 Saturday. The cutout on the bottom to grab the magazine is annoying, my pinky kept going in it. The grip angle is good and feels like a Gen 2. It’s a Glock, it looks and feels and shoot like a Glock. Nothing special just fairly accurate, easy to shoot and operate and reliable. It’s a hammer or screwdriver and a very good one that works under most any circumstances.

    But this whole wow it’s a Gen 5 thing is silly. They changed very little overall, in fact they went back to some features not forward to anything new.

    • Yeah the celebration of the Gen 5 is a triumph of mediocrity.

      Two of the Five Features are fixing previous mistakes introduced into the past Gen’s – deleting the finger grooves added in the Gen 3, and returning the finish to pre-2010 levels of quality.

    • Peter Balzer

      Yeah, that annoying feeling when the pinky goes in “it” 😝

    • n0truscotsman

      I dont even like that they retained the recoil spring design of the Gen 4.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    Sure, a Gen5 G40 MOS would be nice…

    But really I just want them to fix the mold so the front of the slide and frame actually match up. Because right now it just looks like a mistake.

  • Glock Carbine? LOL… We’ve been waiting for that before the Y2K Bug was a thing.

  • EzGoingKev

    So they went from a 2 pin frame to a 3 pin frame and now back to a 2 pin frame.

    How about you guys do a pictorial comparison of Gen2, Gen3/4, and Gen5 instead of doing the same article about the new Gen5 Glock ten times?

  • Peter Balzer

    Gen1, just sayin’… Would love to find a ratty Gen1 or, one can dream, an original P80. Alas, the guys (and gals) who have them sit on ’em like they’re eggs that might hatch one day. – At least over here 🇨🇭

    • Cyborg Fred

      If you do find one, Just remember to replace the entire trigger assy if you want to put a 3 1/2 connector in, especially the ejector housing. Something about the 1st gen guns makes them double with just a connector change. original geometry not compatible with new connectors. This is from it happening on 4 different G1 guns different connector manufacturers.

      • Peter Balzer

        All I get here is: free double-tap mod, brother 🙂

        Thanks for the insight, good to know, I never heard of that.

        Stay safe!!

  • DonDrapersAcidTrip

    guess I got to wait for gen 5 mos, then gen 5 front serration models. then gen 5 mos with front serrations, about 8 years from now.

  • Ark

    Once someone pointed out that the frame wasn’t beveled to match the new slide, that was it for me. Not gonna pay the $100 Glock brand tax if the gun looks like they grabbed a frame out of a parts bin.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    I handled one today at my local shop. I liked it better than I thought I would. They changed more than most will give them credit for. The trigger is a pretty decent improvement over a Gen 4 but IMO not as good as the Gen 3. The ergos do feel different without the grooves there are some nice small differences like the mag well. I’ll be picking one or two up eventually. Not a reason to sell your other glocks and take a loss unless you’re a lefty. But that is probably true of anything else on the market.

    • BattleshipGrey

      Just took the Armorer’s Course again this week. The instructor said that the only reason the ambi slide stop and reversible mag catch are there is because they were loosing out on being in the running for LE contracts because they were specifying that they wanted ambi/reversible options.
      The guy next to me in the class was a lefty and he said he couldn’t even imagine running the controls on the starboard side.

  • BattleshipGrey

    Gen5 MOS- Should’ve become standard kit (for MHS too)
    Gen5 G26- 6 months? Maybe
    Gen5 .40S&W/10MM/.45ACP- 6-9 months
    Standard accessory rail- I give it til Gen 6 or 7… or never
    MHS Pistol (w/safety) 6-12 months to let the dust settle on the Gen 5
    MHS Pistol (no safety) 6-12 mo.
    Gen6- 2021
    Grip angle change- Gen 8
    Single stack G19- “You serious Clark?”
    Carbine (w/safety)- 2 years or never, with a heavy leaning toward never.
    Carbine (no safety)- I don’t recommend that
    Revolver- Never
    Shotgun- Never
    Rail gun- 2053, let the Navy work out the bugs, then compact the batteries by 1000%
    Your dream gun- Lawgiver from Judge Dredd
    Gen1 – Retro- Sooner than the revolver and shotgun

  • Bigkracka

    The cutout for mag removal on the 19 just ruins it. Like everyone else my pinky lands there and its raw if I shoot more than a box.
    Pearce makes a floorplate to fill that cutout on the Gen2, not sure if it will work with the Gen5 flared magwell though.
    Glock didnt fix the number one complaint, the hump/grip angle. If Glock would just take out the hump the grip angle would not be an issue.
    So close……..

    I’ll wind up with a G5 19 in a year or two after I see how this shakes out. Not gonna be a beta tester.

  • ShootCommEverywhere

    Almost feels like they’re getting kickbacks from the aftermarket for not putting unversally wanted features in, like forward serrations.

  • ReadyOrNot

    I would love to own an FDE MHS w/safety model

  • They screwed with perfection and gave us garbage. that stupid hole on the front of the grip now makes gripping uncomfortable. the flared magwell now makes it so you cant strip a mag out. The finish is so slick you cant rack it when wet. no front serrations? come on. I was all excited about the gen5 until I held it . now I think they hired incompetent engineers

  • tazman66gt

    Would like to see a G21 SF with the thinner slide like the G41. Since they made the G30S with the 36 slide I figure they might actually get some buyers. I know most won’t care either way but you never know.

  • CA

    But… this pistol should have been released instead of the gen 4. 🙁 They are really behind, no especially since modulare handguns are the new thing.

  • CA

    So which is more disappointing? The M&P 2.0 or Gen 5?