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    Question gen 3 or gen 4!???


    so i bought my first glock yesterday and was wondering if it was a gen 3 or 4... i got a glock 23 and was watching some youtube videos on the differences but mine has parts of both like with the slide off it has the extra #'s under the slide that i heard the gen 3 did not have but so that points toward me having a gen 4 but the recoil spring rod is still the old polymer one were the gen 4 had the medal one... i got the law enforcement version of this due to the fact im active duty military, it came with 3 mags and came factory with night sights... also the mag release button is smaller on the gen 3 i think and mine looks like the small one... so what im looking at is a gen 3 frame with a gen 4 slide and a gen 3 recoil spring guide .....?????? pleas help with any easy id's on to tell what gen i really have...

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    If it is a Gen 4 it will show Gen 4 after the model number on the left side of the slide, it will also have a MBS stamped on the right side of the receiver.

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    it has neither of these so im thinking gen 3 thanks for the help... im going to buy a Stainless steel guide rod any ways... any other quick upgrades i should do to it right off? keep in mind im going to carry it for personal protection...

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    I might installed night sights but you already have them. I don't do anything else to my pistols, I keep them as they come from the factory.
    Last edited by justdriftin; 03-02-2012 at 08:22 PM.

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    The 3rd gen Glocks are slowly morphing into 4th gen Glocks because Glock doesn't want the expense of manufacturing two sets of parts...



    If your 23 doesn't have the "Gen 4" on this slide after the model number, like in the picture above, it's not a 4th gen...

    It's not a big deal... If your 23 fits your hand OK, you should be good to go...
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    everything fits great to my hand! im in love with it and that's what i knew would happen cuz i have shot glocks before what do u guys thing about extended mag releases, extended slide release and extended slide lock? are they good add on's or would they get in the way of a holster?

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    They're fine for Glocks that are going to be used as target pistols...

    I'd probably skip them on any self defense or carry Glocks... actually... I do skip them...
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