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I believe Glock only added the finger grooves to get "export points" in the American market, because finger grooves made it more of a "target" gun or something.
Not "rookie numbers".
And makes my "collection" look pitiful.
I just got rid of a Gen 3 G34 and a LoneWolf framed Gen 3 G17 last week.
Which leaves me with:
(2) Gen 4 G34s
(2) Gen 4 G17s plus (2) slides
(1) Gen 4 G31
(2) Gen 4 G43s
(1) Gen 5 G43X
(1) Gen 5 G48
A sort of Gen3 Poly80 with a .22 upper and a partridge in a pear tree.
GT is basically full blown aids, lol. The grip inserts were much needed, imho, although the more important thing was the advent of the short frames on G20/21/29/30. That said, even if they had stopped at Gen3/SF, id still have a bunch of glocks. Low TCO, minimal bullshit guns.I was on GT at the time. It was crazy. "Glock needs to add finger grooves like everyone else. They are in the dark ages!" LOL. It was a trend that faded in and out fast. And Glock took 10 years to remove them. ROFL!!! They had those Version 3.5's with the painful-triangle grippy pattern, too. LOL
. . . now that I look back at the dates, I think it was after-the-fact complaining about finger grooves. People on GT circa 2000-2005 would look down on Gen 1 & 2 with NO finger grooves. "Those just suck. You NEED finger grooves, man. You're a total poser if you don't have finger grooves!" But you are right it was NOT the Glock community that pushed for it. It WAS the Glock community that pushed for those silly inserts for hand-size.
As a lefty I hate the ambi slide release....i have to change my grip that I'm accustomed toI've got a couple of Boomers. No Greatest Generations. Some Gen-whatevers (43, 48 or something.)
The point is they don't really change. Point, click, dead. Period. Same angle. Same platform. Same everything.
Funny how the Gen5 is circling back to Gen1. No finger grooves (that everyone HAD to have in 2000 and told Glock they wuz stoopit for not having them). Single pin. For the shooter, it's effectively a Gen1 with a bit more aggressive texture, an accessory rail and some aftermarket parts. (Ambi slide release???? Seriously?????).
All of the "issues" people have had with Glock recoil springs over the years - I've just never seen it. Factory, SSGR's, single vs double springed. I think to some extent, people go looking for problems to solve. Double-spring was vital to the subcompact, IIRC but never really necessary on compact/full. . . . until 2010. Somehow we survived 30 years of Glock production without double-springing. Now it's all double-springs.
Might be missing one or two. Gen5 19 is by far my favorite. And possibly my favorite of all the guns I have.