I am a “Gen 3” fan but Winter of 2016 made me realize something important. What happens when you no longer can shoot right handed after having nothing but gen 3 firearms?
As of December 2017 I owned three Glocks (G26 Gen 3, G17 Gen 3, and G30SF Gen 3). Then I slipped on ice in New York while visiting family and broke clean through my upper right arm two inches below my shoulder. I spent the next six months with no use of my right arm.
It was then I realized I should get a Gen 4 so I could reverse the magazine release. I found a G27 Gen 4 Police Trade in looking non issued and installed rubber Talon Grips and Trijicon HD night sights.
Many of us may not live in a place where we get Ice or snow I don’t either I live in Miami but a slip and fall later made me realize that while I dislike the oversize mag release and grip texture of the Gen 4 it may be your only option after an accident or disability.
Fast forward to today and my arm has rehabed 90% of what it was but I am over 50 and so these things happen. I shoot right-handed almost exclusively still. Having been reminded that accidents happen and I may not always have use of both hands it is nice to know I have a handgun that can be made to work for either left or right handed use.
This also made me spend time learning to shoot left handed only without a support hand and I have a lot of work to do but going to the range is reward enough.
Enjoy your right to keep and bear arms and most of all be safe.
P.S. I did not research but gen 5’s may also offer reversable magazine releases. At the time I needed a solution the Gen 5 had not been released though.