[Update 12/18/2009: Gen 4 Glock photo is here.]
Glock has officially started teasing to the fourth generation of their pistols due in 2010.
Calling it the “Next Generation of Perfection,” the fourth generation Glock pistols are expected to feature an interchangeable backstrap, or adjustable grip, to accommodate a wide range of hand sizes.
Way back on June 9, I broke the information on the adjustable grip Glock after a Glock rep leaked the information to police supplier, GT Distributors at the National Association of Police Equipment Distributors (NAPED) conference.
The fourth generation Glocks are rumored to have a textured finish that is not nearly as aggressive as the RTF2 introduced at the 2009 SHOT Show. The new finish is said to be rougher than the prior generations, but easier on the hands and clothes than the RTF2. The RTF2 was found by some people to wear through uniform shirts and other clothing too quickly.
While adjustable grip pistols are not new, Glock has resisted adding this feature to its guns. However, with the significant gains Smith & Wesson has made into the police market with the M&P pistols, Glock is likely feeling the pressure to add interchangeable backstraps to better appeal to the law enforcement market. Many agencies switching to the M&P have stated that the ability to match the gun to the officer’s hand size was a major factor in choosing Smith & Wesson over Glock.
The Gen 4 Glocks will be seen at the 2010 SHOT Show, and we will be there for full coverage. We will grab photos, video, interviews and even get these guns in out hands to shoot on the range. We’re good like that. The new Glock Gen 4 pistols are sure to be a hit with a lot of people from fan boys to police departments looking to move into the 21st Century.