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Old 02-19-2013, 01:39   #1
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Tell the difference

How does one tell the difference between generations on Glocks? I have a 19 but really not sure what gen I have
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:19   #2
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regular frame with no finger grooves and half moon at magazine opening???...may be a Gen 2
finger grooves alone???...may be a Gen 2.5

finger grooves and light rail???...may be a Gen 3

finger grooves, light rail, "fish gill" slide grasping grooves and sharp dot pattern frame?...may be a Gen 3 Rough Textured Frame

finger grooves, light rail, less sharp dot pattern frame and Gen4 on the slide???...Gen4

that'll get you started...more will chime in...

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Old 02-19-2013, 04:50   #3
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:41   #4
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The following thread is a great place to find the answers to all your questions about identifying the different Gens and variations of a Glock pistol. Many pictures are included by the thread's author, DJ Niner, including the picture in the previous post. Glock generations, "gills", 2- & 3-pin frames, and other helpful photos
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:10   #5
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Old 02-20-2013, 22:20   #6
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Thanks for the help. Bought new in 2002 and appears to be gen3. Can gen 3 be upgraded to Gen 4?
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Old 02-20-2013, 22:25   #7
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Nope. Have to have the gen4 frame, slide, and recoil spring. Might as well just buy a gen4.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:14   #8
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If it works, it's a gen 2
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