I see people commenting on some sites and in some social networking sites that the Glock 19X pistol is part of the Gen 5 line. It’s technically not, and for some very valid reasons. I’ve compiled this list of more than a dozen reasons why it’s not:
- No “Gen 5” on left side of slide
- No “Gen 5” on case label
- It doesn’t have a Gen 5 sku number (second digit would be an ‘A’ for Gen 5).
- Not listed as Gen 5 on individual product page (https://us.glock.com/products/model/g19x)
- Not listed as Gen 5 on full product page (https://us.glock.com/products/)
- Not listed as Gen 5 on 19X page (https://19x.glock.us)
- Not listed on the Gen 5 family page (http://gen5.glock.us/)
- Doesn’t have Gen 5 front strap cutout
- Doesn’t have the flared mag well of the Gen 5
- Can’t use Gen 5 mags in it without replacing base plates or modifying frame
- Comes with black followers in mags, not orange like Gen 5
- Comes with maritime spring cups, not normal spring cups like Gen 5
- Comes with newer ejector design (although this is starting to show up in newer Gen 5 pistols)
- Different slide finish process (nPVD) than Gen 5 (nDLC)
While there are a lot of common parts between them (an argument that can be made about other generations, too), the 19X is not a Gen 5 pistol.