Glock has been around since 1963 and in 1981 Glock handguns as we know them were born. Glock categorizes their guns as Generation 1, Generation 2, Generation 3, Generation 4, and recently Generation 5. On top of that, there have been changes to the line between full generations, for instance the glock 26 is available in a generation 2.5.

Telling the difference between the Generations (we’ll can then Gens from here on) may seem daunting at first however if you know what you’re looking for it’s not hard at all. We’ll break down the aesthetic differences in the Gens to help you easily determine what you Gen you have so you can get the right TALON Grip for your Glock pistol.

Gen 1 Glocks (1982-1988)

17, 17L, 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23

Characteristics:

  • Flat front strap (no finger grooves)
  • Subtle pebble grip texture on the entire pistol grip area
  • No thumb rests
Gen 1 Glock 17

Gen 2 Glocks (1988-1997)

17, 17L, 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23, 24, 31, 32

Characteristics:

  • Flat front strap (no finger grooves)
  • Subtle Pebble grip texture on the side panels
  • Checkering on the front strap and backstrap
  • No thumb rests
Gen 2 Glock 17

Gen 3 Glocks (1995-2010)

17, 17L, 19, 19C, 20, 20SF, 21, 21C, 21SF, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 36, 39

Characteristics:

  • Finger grooves on front strap
  • Thumb rests
  • Ambidextrous magazine release on some models
  • A rail is molded into the frame
  • Addition of Rough Textured Finish (RTF) in Gen 3.5
Gen 3 Glock 17

Gen 4 Glocks (2010-Present)

17, 17L, 19, 19C, 20, 20SF, 21, 21C, 21SF, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 30S, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 39, 41, 42, 43

Characteristics:

  • Finger grooves on front strap
  • Thumb rests
  • Additional backstraps on all models except the 42 and 43
  • Addition of Gen 4 on the slide
Gen 4 Glock 17

Gen 5 Glocks (2017-Present)

17, 19, 19X, 26, 34, 43X, 45, 48

  • No finger grooves
  • Thumb rests
  • Flared magwell
  • Ambidextrous slide stop
  • Ambidextrous magazine release
  • Additional backstraps on all models except the 43X and 48
  • Gen 5 on the slide
Gen 5 Glock 17

About TALON Grips

Utilizing the latest design and production technologies, TALON Grips produces the most innovative functional pistol grips available.  Never resting on what is considered good enough TALON Grips provides superior products that make a difference at an affordable price.

The result is an unparalleled interface between users and their firearm in all conditions. Performance benefits include improved weapon retention, quicker target acquisition, more accurate follow up shots and better recoil mitigation.

TALON Grips was founded in 2009 by a law enforcement officer, competitive shooter, firearms instructor, and armorer to enhance shooter comfort, consistency, and weapon retention.  The patented TALON Grips provide maximum grip coverage in custom designs for over 300 firearms.  The precisely cut gun grips are available in rubber-black, rubber-moss, and granulate-black materials for different applications and user preferences.

Headquartered in Steamboat Springs, CO, TALON Grips are 100% made in USA. TALON Grips are used by the US military, law enforcement, competitive shooters, and firearms enthusiasts. TALON Grips are available at select retailers or direct at talongungrips.com.

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How to Identify Your Glock’s Generation

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