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I'm looking at buying my first semi-auto pistol. I'm leaning towards
the glock 22 gen 4, any pros or cons, any input would be great
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First, welcome to MSGO, hope you enjoy it here.:)

You might want to do a little reading about the Gen 4s before making your buying decision. I can't speak intelligently about them, since I don't own one, but there does seem to be mixed opinions on them. I do own a 3rd Gen G22, though, and can say it's a fine gun that does everything it's supposed to very well. To be honest, I bought a Lone Wolf 9mm conversion barrel and use it as a G17 now, but it handles both roles nicely. If the Gen 4 doesn't give you a warm fuzzy feeling after doing some research, there are many new Gen 3s still available in the gun shops and I can highly recommend them. Better yet, find a nice used one and save a hundred and fifty bucks. You can't wear them out. Hope this helps.:)
 

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Glocks go bang everytime. I suggest going to store and looking at the different ones you might like and doing the "feel test" on them. I have shot the Gen4 17 and it is a little different than the Gen3 or Gen2 17's in that the grip is slightly different. Google the different Generation for a visual. Depending on your hand size will be how each will feel to you. I like the Gen4 without the addition of backstrap.
Recoil assembly is way different from what other Glocks have been, but thats not necessarily a bad thing. The one I've shot was flawless, but it was with only 3 mags worth and I need more testing time to give a full review. I will say that the grip texture is way better than any previous Glock though.
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Hi, I own a Gen 4 Glock 22 and have not have any problem with it. It is a great gun however it seem that the trigger pull is heavier. The report of problem is with the Gen 4 Glock 17 instead.
 

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Thanks for the comments. I have handled both and do like
the feel of the gen4, texture and size(no back strap). I will
probably do a trigger job on either one I get(gen 3 or 4).
Do you guys think the gen4 is an improvement from the 3?
I would be happy with a gen3, but if glock is going to move
forward with the gen4 additions(spring, backstraps etc.) on
future models I would rather buy the gen4.
Do you all think thats a reasonable way to look at it?
 

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Sounds reasonable to me. That's why I didn't badmouth the Gen 4. I thought it was the G17 that was experiencing problems and I think I read that Glock was in the process of rectifying the problems with a lighter recoil spring. Nothing that would scare me away from one, for sure. It sounds like the G22 was good to go out of the box.

I'd say my first consideration would be the feel, because I think it's important for a gun to feel good in your hands. Apparently, the adjustable backstrap cures the clunky feel of a Glock for folks with smaller hands. Fortunately, I never had a problem with that.

After that, I suppose the only other obstacle would be the difference in price. I see 3rd Gen G22s going for $400-450 all the time. That might make a thrifty person like myself opt for the savings over paying around $550 for a 4th Gen.

As far as accessories go, I wouldn't worry too much about that. Glock has always been pretty good at keeping things compatible and there are way too many older Glocks out there for them to leave us behind now. I'm not aware of any add ons that are exclusive to 4th Gens. If I had to venture an educated guess, I suspect the 4th Gens are like all the other Glocks in that about 95% of the parts are interchangable with any other Glock of the same deminsions.

Don't over think the situation, though. Research is good, but over thinking can drive you nuts and usually always causes me to second guess myself. Keep things simple and enjoy your new Glock. You won't regret buying one. I know I never have.:)
 

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The recoil springs are the same in the 22 and 17 Gen4's. The original design was for the 22 and they carried it to the 17. I have been told how to "break-in" the spring, but have not researched enough to know if the fix is good or not. The 22's are good to go. Get and shoot lots of rounds.
 

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If I was to buy a new glock it would be a gen4. I like the mag release as it's easier to reach than the old one.
 

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If I was to buy a new glock it would be a gen4. I like the mag release as it's easier to reach than the old one.
To each his own, I guess. I've owned all of the first three gens and played around with the 4th. Given my druthers, I'd take a tried and true 3rd Gen anytime. 4th Gens are nice, but there's nothing there that calls me. I've never had any problems with the mag releases on any of them. Seems my thumb meets them right there where it should. They accomplished all I was looking for in the 3rd Gens and you seldom hear anything bad about them from anyone who has half a clue. However, if the 4th Gens felt better in my hand, I'd probably feel differently. I'm sure they're just as good or better than any of them. Fortunately, I've never had a problem with that blocky feel from any of the generations. But, I do sweat profusely when it's hot and I appreciate the extra harsh grip texture the 3rd Gen RTFs offer. First and second gens seemed to slip around a lot, but I tend to like those big sharp bumps and finger grooves on the RTFs that fit my hand nicely. I don't think a person can go wrong with any of them, so the only thing left to worry about is which one feels and operates the best.:)
 

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I have a 3rd gen. Glock 22. It was my second semi-auto and first Glock. I am unimpressed by it as a whole. My other is a Taurus PT 1911 built on the old Colt 1911. The 1911 is a very solid platform that I would recommend to another. I have spoken to many people who love Glocks. Don't get me wrong, it does what it is supposed to do and does it well. I am more of a revolver guy. I bought the Glock 22 3rd gen because I got what I believed to be a good deal and was told buy many that I would love it. It does seem to be a reliable gun, but I just don't like the feel f the gun. As far as the 4th gen, I would have to agree with previous postings. With all the ex-law enforcement surplus Glock 22's out there, why buy new.
 

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I like all the imput, I still go back and forth. I like that the
gen3 is proven but I like the feel of the gen4 better.
I have looked at the xd and a few others but I think I will
go with a glock.
 

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Good choice. You won't regret it. 3rd or 4th Gen, even if you decide you don't like it, you won't be hosed just to get rid of it. Chances are, if it feels good to you, you'll keep it forever, anyway. You aren't capable of wearing it out. I'm not one of those Glockboys, but it didn't take me long to figure out they're one of the best values out there. Take my word for it, some guns will cost you a bunch when you decide you want something else. Glock prices are pretty much set in stone, new or used. And, besides that, they always go boom when you want them to. That's important, too.:) I've bought several and never second guessed myself. They reinforce that every time I go to the range. Good luck with your new Glock. Should you experience any problems, talk to us before getting upset. We can help. Chances are it's nothing more than a small adjustment to your grip, or your lube practices and that's true of most auto loaders. Besides that, most of your friends will respect your choice of guns and will enjoy shooting with you. Funny thing, I know a lot of folks that will talk them down, but none of them ever miss the chance to shoot mine. And, they seem to shoot pretty well with them. Doesn't change their closed minds, but it always gives me a chuckle.:)
 

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I'll agree with a bunch of above statement and yeah, I am one of them "glockboys". People might talk them down, but given options, they'll carry one like the rest of us. There is many other good guns to choose from, but what feels good and gives u confidence is the key. Glocks fill the bill for me and many others out there.
 
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