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I've owned a Gen 3, G19 for about 12 yrs now and absolutely love it. Probably the sweetest shooting gun I own. My question is what are the differences (other than grip) between a Gen 3 and 5? I'm thinking about trading in the Gen 3 for the Gen 5 but not sure what the net gain (if any) there will be. I appreciate your comments!
 

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Do a YouTube search and you will find tons of videos featuring the gen5, and most will outline the differences.

In a nutshell, different: finish, barrel, ambi slide stop, 2-pin frame design, beveled slide front, trigger (not sure how). The grip is dif from gen3 by having no finger grooves, front strap cutout, flared magwell, four interchangeable blackstrap options, and dif texture.
 

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I've owned a Gen 3, G19 for about 12 yrs now and absolutely love it. Probably the sweetest shooting gun I own. My question is what are the differences (other than grip) between a Gen 3 and 5? I'm thinking about trading in the Gen 3 for the Gen 5 but not sure what the net gain (if any) there will be. I appreciate your comments!
Gen 3, 4, and 5 G19s owner here. Gen 5 keeps some of the good gen 4 features (like factory texture, back straps, larger & reversible mag release) and added ambi slide stop, (slightly) improved the trigger, ditched the finger grooves, flared the magwell, 3 factory sight options, and added a barrel that's capable of a little improved accuracy over previous gens. There's more changes, but those are the main points worth noting IMO.

The new finish, everybody likes to whine about, is incredibly irrelevant to me after the first couple days. I wear on every firearm's finish I've ever owned.. Probably because I actually shoot my guns.. However, it is a little slicker, so it can be a little more difficult to grip for some people, but it is supposed to help with running longer without lubrication. The next thing people have been whining about is the return of the half-moon cutout at the bottom of the front strap. Mine does not bother me at all, and FWIW I have large hands. Nor do I know anybody that owns, and shoots, a G19.5 that has real issues with it. The frame bevel matching the slide is another thing - that looks like has been cleared up by Glock anyways - again, incredibly irrelevant.

All that said, and like I've said in the past - I wouldn't feel "compelled" to trade up to the gen 5. If you can, and want to, go for it! - it's REALLY hard to go wrong with a Glock!
 

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I've owned a Gen 3, G19 for about 12 yrs now and absolutely love it. Probably the sweetest shooting gun I own. My question is what are the differences (other than grip) between a Gen 3 and 5? I'm thinking about trading in the Gen 3 for the Gen 5 but not sure what the net gain (if any) there will be. I appreciate your comments!
I am at the same spot you are. I am shooting almost perfect scores (499/500) with the Glock 19 Gen 3 will a Gen 5 make it perfect? I will stick with what I got and see how it plays out. Great topic and thanks for starting it.
 
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I agree with bac and Maxx.
But, I would add, if I were in your shoes I’d just wait until I could buy one outright.
Also, have you held one? I’d want to shoot one before I even considered trading the sweetest shooting gun you own.


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I shot the 19.5 at one of the intro demo events. I liked it except for the frontstrap mag cutout which I find to be very annoying. However, I had forgotten about the Pearce filler baseplate, that would probably resolve the issue.

I would probably pick one up if I hadn’t just bought a 19.4 a few months earlier.
 

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Keep the gen 3. Put the money into more ammo/training. You're not gaining anything more substantial by getting a gen 5. Unless you just want something new.
 
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If you've owned a Gen 3 for 12 years then you have a tennifer finished Gen 3 with no MIM parts. Absolutely do not trade that gun, they're not making them like that anymore. Plus the Gen 3 19 is my favorite and I own 2 of them so I might be a bit biased.

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Twelve year old Gen 3... about to change out old night sights for new ones. Never had any problems, absolutely reliable and accurate defensive weapon. Will never be sold... even if I buy a newer G19. But why would I have to? :drink:
 
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