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wingspar
10-01-2012, 23:37
I’m sure this has been discussed a lot, but since I’m not all that active on this forum, and I can’t really find it in a search, I’m wondering how the grip texture feels in the Gen 4's?

History. I own two Gen 3 G17's. I’ve had a Gen 3 G19 on order from the LGS for about 3 months. No rush, but I’ve been bugging them lately, so I get a call. Your gun is in. I get there, and it’s a Gen 3 G19, but it’s compensated. Not what I want, so they reorder.

Get phone call a week later. Gun is in. However, it is a Gen 4 G17. Good Grief. Since it was the first time I have ever seen a Gen 4 in person, I decided to handle it. Recoil spring was much easier to remove than my Gen 3 models, however, the texture on the grip feels like it could cause irritation to my hands when shooting.

Yesterday, I get phone call. Your gun is in. I ask, what is it? It’s a G19. I say, cool. Gen 4 or Gen 3? (Remember, I had ordered a Gen 3). He says Gen 4. Three months, three guns, and they still don’t have it right. So I say, order Gen 3. I might come by and look at the Gen 4, but if you sell it, fine.

So, my question is, how does the grip texture on the Gen 4's affect the skin on shooters hands?

MrTuna
10-01-2012, 23:48
I prefer it to the Gen 3 texture. I like a strong texture on my grips even my Sig P226 has Houge G10 extreme grips on them. It will definitely not tear up your hands if you have a tight enough grip on it. I only bought Gen 4 for the grips. I prefer the single recoil spring.


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xrmattaz
10-02-2012, 08:14
I really like the texture on the Gen 4 grip!

All of my Glocks will eventually be Gen 4's!

c.helm
10-02-2012, 08:33
I much prefer the gen 4 grip too. You know your holding something, the gen 3's are too smooth IMO.
The rougher texture is good if you have working hands.

scccdoc
10-02-2012, 08:42
Iím sure this has been discussed a lot, but since Iím not all that active on this forum, and I canít really find it in a search, Iím wondering how the grip texture feels in the Gen 4's?

History. I own two Gen 3 G17's. Iíve had a Gen 3 G19 on order from the LGS for about 3 months. No rush, but Iíve been bugging them lately, so I get a call. Your gun is in. I get there, and itís a Gen 3 G19, but itís compensated. Not what I want, so they reorder.

Get phone call a week later. Gun is in. However, it is a Gen 4 G17. Good Grief. Since it was the first time I have ever seen a Gen 4 in person, I decided to handle it. Recoil spring was much easier to remove than my Gen 3 models, however, the texture on the grip feels like it could cause irritation to my hands when shooting.

Yesterday, I get phone call. Your gun is in. I ask, what is it? Itís a G19. I say, cool. Gen 4 or Gen 3? (Remember, I had ordered a Gen 3). He says Gen 4. Three months, three guns, and they still donít have it right. So I say, order Gen 3. I might come by and look at the Gen 4, but if you sell it, fine.

So, my question is, how does the grip texture on the Gen 4's affect the skin on shooters hands?

I guess it depends on your hands. Are they soft or callused? I'm a dentist, and the G4 grip irritated my hand but I loved the gun(s),a 22 and 27. I put a pachmayr (http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=Awrj4isD_WpQ2G0AVg9hxrF_?p=pachmayr+grips&fr=ush1-finance&origin=finance.yahoo.com&pqstr=pacmeyer) grip on both and solved the problem for about 10 bucks a piece........................ DOC

wingspar
10-02-2012, 11:33
Thanks for the feedback. Seems like the consensus is favorable for the Gen 4 grips. Iím sure Glock did a lot of research before coming out with them on the Gen 4's, and the RTF guns must have been part of that process. Never held one of those tho.

I guess it depends on your hands. Are they soft or callused? I'm a dentist, and the G4 grip irritated my hand but I loved the gun(s),a 22 and 27. I put a pachmayr (http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=Awrj4isD_WpQ2G0AVg9hxrF_?p=pachmayr+grips&fr=ush1-finance&origin=finance.yahoo.com&pqstr=pacmeyer) grip on both and solved the problem for about 10 bucks a piece........................ DOC

Thanks. Thatís the kind of feedback Iím looking for. Iím retired and my strong hand has been irritated by grip texture once by a gun I donít shoot much, but the G19 is a gun I will shoot a lot, and may even consider carrying it.

I would agree that the grips on the Gen 3's are smooth, maybe too smooth for some, but work fine for me.

I knew many would like the Gen 4 grips, but Iím sure there have to be more out there that find the texture too rough. Also, I understand this is a very personal opinion as everyone has different hands and different sensitivity to the grip texture, but I was looking for a general opinion. Iím probably going to go look at the gun today and wanted some feedback. Personally, the Gen 4 grip texture feels like it would irritate the skin when shooting, but there really is no way of actually knowing without shooting it, and unfortunately, I canít do that without buying.

scccdoc
10-02-2012, 11:43
Thanks for the feedback. Seems like the consensus is favorable for the Gen 4 grips. Iím sure Glock did a lot of research before coming out with them on the Gen 4's, and the RTF guns must have been part of that process. Never held one of those tho.



Thanks. Thatís the kind of feedback Iím looking for. Iím retired and my strong hand has been irritated by grip texture once by a gun I donít shoot much, but the G19 is a gun I will shoot a lot, and may even consider carrying it.

I would agree that the grips on the Gen 3's are smooth, maybe too smooth for some, but work fine for me.

I knew many would like the Gen 4 grips, but Iím sure there have to be more out there that find the texture too rough. Also, I understand this is a very personal opinion as everyone has different hands and different sensitivity to the grip texture, but I was looking for a general opinion. Iím probably going to go look at the gun today and wanted some feedback. Personally, the Gen 4 grip texture feels like it would irritate the skin when shooting, but there really is no way of actually knowing without shooting it, and unfortunately, I canít do that without buying.

Wipe the "pach" down with a damp cloth, and it gets a "tacky" feel to it. It enhances my grip w/out squeezing, hence, better accuracy................DOC

skyboss_4evr
10-02-2012, 14:57
I love the gen4 grip.

TRX450R_Racer
10-02-2012, 15:24
I don't like the Gen4 grip. It felt good in my hand, but I didn't like it when I was shooting it.

wingspar
10-02-2012, 19:19
Should have made this a poll. 4 likes and 2 dislikes so far. Didnít go to the LGS today, but probably will tomorrow. Will I bring the Gen 4 home or wait for them to get a Gen 3 in. The Gen 4 texture does feel like it would irritate my hands. Be nice if I could shoot it first. Keep the opinions coming.

Black&TAN
10-02-2012, 19:28
RTF tore me up a little when I shot it, I don't own one. However, the less pronounced texture of the Gen4 is a good compromise between the RTF and Gen3 textures, aggressive enough, particularly for those interested in anything north of .40 cal.

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TRX450R_Racer
10-02-2012, 19:30
I think if you don't like holding it you definitely won't like shooting it.

skyboss_4evr
10-02-2012, 20:04
I really don't get not liking the gen4 texture. I have soft hands and don't find it uncomfortable at all, even carried IWB with no undershirt.

avenues165
10-02-2012, 20:09
I prefer the Gen 4 grip to the Gen 3 grip.

Walk Soft
10-02-2012, 20:14
How soft can your hands be? I do a lot of shooting with Gen 4s and have never thought they were too abrasive.I actually put standard grip tape on my G26 Gen 4 because it's still too smooth/slick when shooting +P in the summer.

WinterWizard
10-02-2012, 20:15
I love the gen 4 texture. I wish it was even MORE aggressive.

wingspar
10-03-2012, 10:02
So far, 9 likes and 2 dislikes for the Gen 4 grip texture. Iíll probably make a decision to buy it or wait for Gen 3 today.

I think if you don't like holding it you definitely won't like shooting it.

Thatís my thinking, however, I think Iíll go look at it today and fondle it a little more. I am tempted to go ahead and get it. I really donít want to put a Hogue grip on it as that thickens the grip and kind of defeats the purpose of having a smaller grip than the G17, and the gun is really for my other half cause the G19 frame doesnít hurt her arthritic hands like my G17's do when shooting, but I do plan on shooting it a lot myself, and even considering seeing how it works for CCW.

How soft can your hands be? I do a lot of shooting with Gen 4s and have never thought they were too abrasive.I actually put standard grip tape on my G26 Gen 4 because it's still too smooth/slick when shooting +P in the summer.

Well, I guess my 66 year old computer hands might not be as tough as they used to be. Iíve had grip irritation before, and it takes the fun out of shooting the gun. If I buy it and find the grip texture is too much, I could sell it in a heart beat, as the Gen 4's are in very short supply here. They are a very small store, and they didnít even think there was much of a chance of even getting a Gen 4 in. I was surprised they actually got one in.

Skipper49
10-03-2012, 11:00
Put me down as really liking the Gen4 grip. I have several 3's and 4's, and used to have a Gen1. The 4 is my favorite.(I'm an Optician, and OLD) !

Skip

TRX450R_Racer
10-03-2012, 11:25
One more thing is it feels to me like the grip angle is slightly different. I have very small hands and thought the smaller grip would be perfect. I shot it with no backstrap and with the smaller one. Neither one felt as good as a gen3. Also my fingers just didn't fall in the right places like a gen3.

xrmattaz
10-03-2012, 12:21
:embarassed:I have huge, but girly respiratory therapist hands.

No discomfort whatsoever during extended shooting of my Gen 4's.

wingspar
10-03-2012, 14:38
I went and took an extensive look at the Gen 4 today. I compared it to a Gen 3 they had there and decided to pass on the Gen 4. I just didnít like the way it felt. In a few days they should have a Gen 3 in, and I will be bringing that one home.

Teecher45
10-03-2012, 17:40
I really like the texture on the Gen 4 grip!

All of my Glocks will eventually be Gen 4's!

I agree.

Shinytop
10-03-2012, 17:49
At the last gun show I attended I held Gen 4's. Did not like it. Felt it might irritate on a good day of shooting hundreds of rounds. Bought Gen 3. Was at LGS today and held a Gen 4 again. So glad I got a Gen 3.

GCT00427
10-03-2012, 18:01
1700+ rounds through my Gen 4 19 and no irritation at all. I really like the texture.

Regards,

Chuck

civileng
10-03-2012, 19:31
I love the grip, texture and the new magazine release. Recoil spring assembly and some other minor changes not so much.

SJ 40
10-03-2012, 19:59
With a track record like your LGS has in ordering for you I'd look for another LGS.
SJ 40

Huskytaio
10-04-2012, 08:54
It is the smaller grip and texture of the G4s that finally got me into the Glock game. For several decades since, I just didn't care how they handlled for me. Now they get more range and carry time than my Sigs.

wingspar
10-04-2012, 13:41
With a track record like your LGS has in ordering for you I'd look for another LGS.
SJ 40

They are the only game in town, and within a 3 Ĺ hour drive, and cheaper than ordering online. This is a gun for my other half, and she stupidly told them ďno hurryĒ when we ordered it, and I didnít bug them, but after a couple of months, I started bugging them. Small LGS, only two people work there, the owner and one other guy, and they are crazy busy all the time, specially during fishing and hunting season, so itís easy for some things to slip thru. They need to hire more help. I canít understand why they laid off the 3rd guy a couple of years ago.

wingspar
10-05-2012, 10:28
Got a call from the LGS late yesterday afternoon. My G19 and a 1911 that they sold out from under me a couple of days ago are both in. They got those two in so fast I almost fainted and fell down when I got the call. Hopefully, they have it right this time. Gen 3 G19.

wingspar
10-06-2012, 12:13
Well, my LGS was extremely fast about getting the gun in this time, and they actually got it right this time. Brand new Gen 3 G19. Brought it home yesterday along with a new 1911. I do plan on shooting both of them today. Below are a couple of drab photos I took last night.

http://www.pbase.com/wingspar/image/146498214/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/wingspar/image/146498217/original.jpg

highcountryhay
10-16-2012, 23:19
I was just curious about that new Gen 3. Have you noticed if they put the same bump on the trigger bar that the Gen 4 and G30 have?

MikeG36
10-17-2012, 00:07
Congrats on the G19. I almost got a Gen 4 23 a few months back but a buddy let me CCW his Gen 4 and the grip rubbed my side and was very uncomfortable. I didn't mind it when shooting but I guess I just like the Gen 3 better.

stak
10-17-2012, 10:19
I'm glad you finally got what you wanted. I personally don't mind the Gen4 texture and I agree that it could be a little more aggressive in the summer where sweat can get it to slip a little. I've thought about getting a little talc ball and bag like those used for rock climbing.

wingspar
10-17-2012, 11:15
Congrats on the G19. I almost got a Gen 4 23 a few months back but a buddy let me CCW his Gen 4 and the grip rubbed my side and was very uncomfortable. I didn't mind it when shooting but I guess I just like the Gen 3 better.

Thanks. The Gen 4 grip texture just felt too aggressive for me. Iím sure it works for many, but not for me. I like shooting the G19 better than my G17, but for OWB carry (in the woods where I see no one) the G17 feels better. Only thing I can think of is that the weight of the G19 is more forward than the G17, and it just didnít feel well balanced. Iím still tossing around the idea of investing in an IWB holster to see how it works.

I'm glad you finally got what you wanted. I personally don't mind the Gen4 texture and I agree that it could be a little more aggressive in the summer where sweat can get it to slip a little. I've thought about getting a little talc ball and bag like those used for rock climbing.

I just donít have a problem with sweaty hands and the Gen 3 grip texture. Itís a real joy to shoot right after shooting my 1911 a lot.