Well, it’s sort of a review. By my standards this is more like a first take or a first hands on type handgun review rather than a full run down like I generally do for my reviews. Anyway a buddy of mine picked up a new Generation 4 Glock 27 in .40 Smith & Wesson and was kind enough to let me run a few magazines through it while we took a break from loading up his moving truck (hardly a trade-off right?).
The gen 4 Glock pistols have grip traction all over the place not to mention interchangeable back straps for adjustable comfort based on your hand size. I found with my average to large sized hands I still preferred the grip sans extra backstraps. Add some +2 Pearce grip extensions (taking mag capacity from 9 rounds to 11) and it almost felt like I was holding my Gen 3 Glock 19. Also different is the interchangeable ambidextrous mag release and a captive dual recoil spring system for reduced felt recoil and a longer life for the spring assembly.
This Glock 27 Generation 4 I shot for this review was wearing a set of Tru Glo TFO (Tritium Fiber Optic for you n00bs out there) which are incidentally the most impressive day light set of night sights I’ve ever seen. I had never fired a Glock 27 regardless of the make but I had heard the recoil can be a bit of a bear. The muzzle rise was manageable and the gun was extremely accurate. The recoil seemed to to be distributed through the frame and into the shooters hands. If your hands are a bit on the skinny side, like mine you’re liable to feel a jolt in your finger tips, middle finger right under the trigger guard and in your lowest thumb knuckle. Now before you write me off like a panzy, I’ve had more enjoyment from firing full powered .45 ACP rounds through a Glock 30 than I did with this Gen 4 Glock 27. And while this is the first Gen 4 Glock 27 I’ve fired, my experience with many rounds through the Generation 3 Glock 27s was that there was a fair bit of recoil but it wasn’t uncomfortable. HOWEVER, the owner of this gun did not have the same complaints about snappy recoil distributing itself through the shooters fingertips and frame contact points.
With all of the above taken into consideration, after firing 3 magazines through this gun I can tell you it’s a shooter. We were using basic Blazer 180 grain FMJ ammo, but my buddy has already had outstanding success with multiple other types of “over the counter” range ammo and Remington Home Defense premium ammo too with perfect accuracy and no failures whatsoever. Like all Glocks, this one is reliable, an accurate shooter albeit with a crummy trigger, and now with the Generation 4’s customization ability even more comfortable in the hand. And at under 20 ounces empty, a shade over ONE inch thick, 6 inches long and just over 4 inches tall, this will continue to be a popular concealed carry choice for permit holders everywhere.
Apologies for the canned photos. I hadn’t considered reviewing the gun until after I got home and realized I didn’t grab any pics.