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Old 11-05-2012, 12:40   #1
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New Gen 3

Hey guys, new member here. I've done a search about the differences between the gen 3 and 4 glock 17s, and it seems as though a lot of people prefer the 3/have problems with the 4. About 3 weeks ago I purchased a glock from a local gun range. It was a brand new G17. After poking around on this sight, I saw some stuff about recalls on the Gen 4 glocks (i figured mine was a gen 4 because I had just purchased it). So I checked my recoil spring assembly to find that I was sold a Gen 3. Does anyone find it odd that I was sold a Gen 3 over a Gen 4 when I bought it only a few weeks ago and the Gen 4s have been out so long? I also noticed another shop in Socal selling Gen 3s over the 4s as well.
No complaints at all, and absolutely love my Gen 3, just thought this was a little odd. Thanks for the opinions/help in advanced!
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Old 11-05-2012, 13:08   #2
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Hey guys, new member here. I've done a search about the differences between the gen 3 and 4 glock 17s, and it seems as though a lot of people prefer the 3/have problems with the 4. About 3 weeks ago I purchased a glock from a local gun range. It was a brand new G17. After poking around on this sight, I saw some stuff about recalls on the Gen 4 glocks (i figured mine was a gen 4 because I had just purchased it). So I checked my recoil spring assembly to find that I was sold a Gen 3. Does anyone find it odd that I was sold a Gen 3 over a Gen 4 when I bought it only a few weeks ago and the Gen 4s have been out so long? I also noticed another shop in Socal selling Gen 3s over the 4s as well.
No complaints at all, and absolutely love my Gen 3, just thought this was a little odd. Thanks for the opinions/help in advanced!
Congrats on your purchase. In the future , be sure to research
your guns so you know exactly what your getting. There is plenty of videos and pics showing differences between a gen 3 and a gen 4. For starters if you were getting a gen 4 it would have been stamped on the left side of the slide. The gen 3 is still a great choice , enjoy
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Old 11-05-2012, 13:12   #3
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I did know that the newest model would be the Gen4, it was just my mistake in figuring hey if I buy one now, it's most likely a gen 4. But again, I have zero regrets and love my Gen 3 so far. Now I just need to figure out what night sights i want
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Old 11-05-2012, 13:39   #4
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I would NOT buy a newly made gen 3 and hope to avoid the problems that the gen 4s are having.

The recently made Gen 3s have the same problems....mine sure does.

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Old 11-05-2012, 13:55   #5
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no nothing unusual, just go out and shoot it
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Old 11-05-2012, 13:56   #6
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I have lost count on how many rnds. fired and just love that gun...!

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Old 11-05-2012, 13:58   #7
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are Gen4's on the CA roster of "safe" firearms? Gen4's dont have a magazine disconnect
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Old 11-05-2012, 13:59   #8
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Many of us recent gen 3 owners did not START having problems until about round number 800-1000.

Before then...yeah...I was digging my G19. Now...not so much.

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Old 11-05-2012, 18:16   #9
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Enjoy your G17. I believe that the Gen4 guns are not available in CA. But I might be wrong on that.
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Old 11-05-2012, 18:49   #10
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Enjoy your G17. I believe that the Gen4 guns are not available in CA. But I might be wrong on that.
Per a message from another user, you're absolutely right no longer a worry or problem for me
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Old 11-05-2012, 18:50   #11
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Many of us recent gen 3 owners did not START having problems until about round number 800-1000.

Before then...yeah...I was digging my G19. Now...not so much.

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I've probably put about 600 rounds through mine in 2-3 weeks. During the 10 day period, the place I bought it has a range and you can go shoot it. Put 200 through it then and about 400-500 since. What kind of problems have you experienced? Only one I have is it discharging cases back at me with the cheap federal ammunition, but im almost positive that that is because of the cheap ammo (based on reviews on it)
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Old 11-05-2012, 20:00   #12
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You got lucky with your purchase this time.. Next time do a little more research.. Good thing they didn't sell you a hi point..
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Old 11-05-2012, 20:22   #13
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I agree with what every one else has said! you need to research what you are about to purchase!! In my area new Glocks are $520 and i would not go shell that out before knowing about it. Just my opinion
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Old 11-05-2012, 20:44   #14
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Again, I admit I didn't realize it was a gen 3 vs a 4. But that fact wasn't super important to me anyways. I researched various types of guns before I purchased. I went to the range and shot round through about 6 or 7 of the different guns before making my decision. I went based on the information I know/was given about each of the guns, along with (primarily) how each one felt to me. I went with the G17 because it felt the best in my hand and the most accurate of the ones that I shot.
FWIW I didn't just go in, say hey give me that g17, buy it and walk out. I researched, then tested multiple guns before I purchased anything
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Old 11-05-2012, 20:58   #15
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Old 11-05-2012, 20:58   #16
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However, thanks for all the helpful replies, next time I will def do more homeowork!
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Old 11-05-2012, 21:54   #17
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Again, I admit I didn't realize it was a gen 3 vs a 4. But that fact wasn't super important to me anyways. I researched various types of guns before I purchased. I went to the range and shot round through about 6 or 7 of the different guns before making my decision. I went based on the information I know/was given about each of the guns, along with (primarily) how each one felt to me. I went with the G17 because it felt the best in my hand and the most accurate of the ones that I shot.
FWIW I didn't just go in, say hey give me that g17, buy it and walk out. I researched, then tested multiple guns before I purchased anything
Good for you, really..
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:09   #18
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To me the big advantage of a Gen4 is the ability to change the grip size but since I like the "standard" grip I am perfectly fine with the third generation Glocks. Some have even suggested that the current third generation guns are better than the Gen4 guns although I suspect that is more personal choice than the result of any emprical testing.
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