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IDPA - Gen3 or Gen4?

Discussion in 'General Competition' started by ES13Raven, Apr 22, 2013.


  1. ES13Raven

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    I'm getting a Glock 17 for IDPA. I can get a new Gen3 for $550 or a new Gen4 for $650.

    Are the Gen4s worth the extra $100?
     

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  2. Fire_Medic

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    I would go with the Gen 3 and use the money you save to go towards sights, holster, mag pouches, or extra mags, which if you're going to shoot IDPA you will be getting.
     

  3. pjones5

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    YEP :cool:
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  4. troysglock

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    That Gen 4 grip texture and mag release works so well for IDPA. Worth it to me.
     
  5. gpo1956

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    Have you shot either? If not, then try and test them out. I never considered Glocks until the Gen 4s came out. If you like the Gen 4 better then go for it. Also, it comes with 3 mags so there is some compensation there. If not, then by all means go for the cheaper Gen3.
     
  6. 257 roberts

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    don't really matter, which ever YOU like best, I use a Gen 3 17( but I have a Gen 3 26 and 30 also)
     
  7. ronin.45

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    I've only shot IDPA once, but have shot IPSC and hundreds of SASS matches

    In the IDPA match I shot, we would always draw from concealment. Also the concealment garment had to fully cover the firearm. A Glock 17 was my choice for IPSC, but my Glock 19 worked great for IDPA.

    As to Gen 3 or 4. I like cheap ammo, like Federal Champion. It's my understanding the dual recoil spring in a Gen 4 doesn't like lower power 115 grain 9 mm loads. It's a Gen 3 for me.
     
  9. Beanie-Bean

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    Personal choice, I suppose.

    I shot an IDPA match yesterday, and used my G34 Gen4. The backup I had with me was a G17 Gen4, and I loaded out 124 gr. FMJ.

    I'm thinking about .45 next match--bigger holes make the scoring go faster so you're not out there all day, especially as the temps down here are getting higher and higher.

    EDIT: the guys shooting .45 has easier to read targets than the guys shooting smaller calibers. I'm also going to add that the Glock I'll be using for the next match will be G21 Gen4.
     
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  10. Duck of Death

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    How did that Glock do in the SASS matches? ;)
     
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  11. 4Rules

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    The Gen4's grip "cubids" add a significant amount of traction, for both your strong hand and your weak hand, that helps with grip, and recoil control, and shot-to-shot recovery. If you buy a Gen3, you are free to add so-called "skateboard tape" to the grip, which lends the same benefits.

    So, you can go either way, knowing that the addition of "skateboard tape" is an option, in any case.
     
  12. davsco

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    most price differences i have seen between gen 3 and 4 have been around $50. when you get the extra mag with the gen 4, that reduces the price spread a little.

    even at $100 i'd still go with gen 4. i really like the improved 'grippiness' from the stippling over the smoother gen 3's. see if you can try both to see for yourself it the price spread is worth it.
     
  13. Spiffums

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    Maybe your squad needs glasses......there are most 18 holes to count.
     
  14. ronin.45

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    What could the time savings possibly add up to over an entire match? Are they really having trouble seeing 9mm holes?
     
  15. Glock30Eric

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    Worth extra $100: Yes!
     
  16. bfthorp

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    We don't have these problems in USPSA. Ususally the RO can shout out scores, yes even the tiny 9mms, faster than the scorekeeper can write them down or tap them into the mini-pad. Of course, I haven't shot IDPA in a long time so they are probably ahead of the curve with some kinda voice modulated scoring thingamajiggy.
     
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  17. Simpleman71

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    I shoot uspsa with a gen 3 g34, my back up is a gen 3 17. I have had other gen 4 glocks and just don't trust them. I'd stick with Gen 3. I also just bought a gen 3 26 for cc.
     
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  18. SARDG

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    I agree. I've shot my G17 Gen3 and my Gen4 and prefer the Gen4 for the above reasons - and that extra mag if you're not getting a Blue Label Gen3. However OP, Gen4s should be the same price, up to perhaps $35 more than Gen3s. 100 bucks is crazy.
     
  19. SARDG

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    I was wondering about that, too. :)
     
  20. SARDG

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    After a couple hundred rounds through my Gen4 G17, it ran on the same bunny fart loads as my Gen3 G17. My brass dribbles out about a foot or two to my right and a few inches rearward - just like I like it.

    I really grab my Gen4 now for all competitions where I can use the G17 - and I have a Gen3 G34. I am slowly replacing all my Gen3s with Gen4s - so far... that G17, a G26, a G20, and now a G30 on order.