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Old 09-10-2014, 20:56   #1
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Gen 4 vs Gen 3

I currently have two Glocks. A G19 black gen 3 and a G34 also black gen three. I am leaning towards a G41 or possibly a G21 sf. Question is does the G21sf come in a gen 4 and another color? Are the gen 4's as reliable as the gen three's? My current Glocks have been absolutely without problems and both have well beyond 7-8,000 rounds through them. I would like to try out the Gen 4 but am hesitant as my Gen threes have been so reliable. Any thoughts ?
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Old 09-10-2014, 21:07   #2
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The SF models are Gen3's. The Gen4 21 with no back strap is essentially the same dimension as the SF model. Based on feed back I've seen, the Gen 4 21's have been reasonably trouble free, and the SF models.....well, they're Gen 3's. I'd get either one and feel confident in their performance.

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Old 09-10-2014, 21:15   #3
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As of last month Glock was not manufacturing SF models. I was told that doesn't mean they won't again but they're not currently in the production line. At the time the G42 still had one entire line dedicated to making only G42s. So perhaps it's only a matter of capacity.
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Old 09-11-2014, 07:45   #4
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I would go for the G41.
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Old 09-11-2014, 07:48   #5
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If you're going to shoot it in reality, the gen 4 will be just as reliable and durable. If you're going to shoot it on the internet, a gen 4 will rust and malfunction almost instantly.
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I currently have two Glocks. A G19 black gen 3 and a G34 also black gen three. I am leaning towards a G41 or possibly a G21 sf. Question is does the G21sf come in a gen 4 and another color? Are the gen 4's as reliable as the gen three's? My current Glocks have been absolutely without problems and both have well beyond 7-8,000 rounds through them. I would like to try out the Gen 4 but am hesitant as my Gen threes have been so reliable. Any thoughts ?
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Old 09-11-2014, 08:07   #6
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If you're going to shoot it in reality, the gen 4 will be just as reliable and durable. If you're going to shoot it on the internet, a gen 4 will rust and malfunction almost instantly.
Haha, troof.
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Old 09-11-2014, 17:32   #7
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I have 2 gen 4s, a G17 GEN 4 and a G30 GEN 4. Never had a malfunction in either. I personally prefer the gen 4s over gen 3s. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a gen 3 though. If i get a .40 glock itll likely be a gen 3 LE gun just to have something different
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Old 09-11-2014, 18:13   #8
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If you're going to shoot it in reality, the gen 4 will be just as reliable and durable. If you're going to shoot it on the internet, a gen 4 will rust and malfunction almost instantly.
Ha. You forgot it will also expel (virtual) brass to face, risking severe injury and humiliation from mall ninjas everywhere...


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Old 09-12-2014, 19:21   #9
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I stick to gen 3 because that's what I'm used to. I have zero desire to get a gen 4.
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Old 09-12-2014, 19:33   #10
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I buy all Gen 4 Glocks because that is what I prefer and with more than 90,000 rounds fired from them I have not had any issues whatsoever.
I did not have issues with my Gen 3 Glocks I just prefer the Gen 4. I still have a NIB Gen 3 G19 with Gills and a NIB Gen 3 G17 Anniversary Edition one of 2006 signed by Gaston Glock.

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Old 09-12-2014, 20:11   #11
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I now have 6 gen4 Glocks, including a gen4 21, which has become one of my favorites. I've only had problems with my gen4 17 and they where fixed by Glock within 2 weeks. All my other gen4's have been good to go. I would recommend the gen4 21, a soft shooting and reliable gun. Never shot the 41, have only held it so can't say anything good or bad about it
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Old 09-13-2014, 00:06   #12
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I have a newer G21 gen4 and it has been great, not one problem.
The gen4 feels a bit better to me than the gen3 because of the grip size.
The newer type RSA is suppose to last longer and give better felt recoil.
I do not worry about the reversible mag release but it seems lefties would like it.
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Old 09-13-2014, 06:36   #13
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A Gen4 is as reliable as Gen3, get it with confidence.
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Old 09-13-2014, 06:55   #14
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If you're going to shoot it in reality, the gen 4 will be just as reliable and durable. If you're going to shoot it on the internet, a gen 4 will rust and malfunction almost instantly.
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Old 09-13-2014, 07:22   #15
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Other then not liking how gen 4s look, I've never had an issue with one.
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Old 09-13-2014, 07:42   #16
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Welcome to Glock Talk. A good place to seek opinion and, if needed, blow off some steam.

I thought to myself, not another 3 vs. 4 thread, but this one has a bit of a different feel and some good humor.

For me, the differences 3 vs. 4 are preference and features, not good or bad, not better or worse. Buy either with confidence based upon preference. I use GT to help me think about my preferences and to mature my opinions and for a good laugh.

Have a great weekend! (Morning posts when not burned from a long week that are bourbon fueled are so civil.)
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Old 09-13-2014, 10:30   #17
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The Gen4's fit my hand better cause they are built on the SF design...I have smaller hands. That's the reason I never owned Glocks before the (Gen 4) was introduced.
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Old 09-13-2014, 11:28   #18
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The Gen 4 G21 shoots softer, has a better magazine release, grip that fits and feels better.
These are improvements over the Gen 3.
I see no reason to stick with the Gen 3 when there is something better.
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Old 09-15-2014, 21:13   #19
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Thanks every body. This is such a great forum. I do so appreciate the opinions and recommendations. I chose to get the GEN 3 21sf. It really fits a little better into my max pack for which I use to CCW when I do not feel like using my iwb holster . I will be ordering a G41 gen 4 next time around. for my big bore hot rod.

Thanks again.
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Old 09-16-2014, 10:40   #20
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I'm sure you'll love your Gen 3 SF.

I picked the Gen 4 for my 21 because I like the texture and mag release better. Also, it somehow just fit my smallish hands better than the 21SF, I'm guessing once again due to the texture.

I shoot it great and its my favorite .45 ACP to shoot. Even gets carried when the weather is cool.
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