Originally Posted By NateTheShake:
Originally Posted By boxerdad:
SO Do you think or feel that the G21 Gen 4 is a smaller grip frame with the smallest grip insert or the same as the other Generations? I am buying one soon and the Gen 4's are more money.. I am a G19/G17 Guy.. thanks and keep video.
Without any inserts the grip dimensions of the G21 Gen4 is nearly identical to the G21SF. With the smallest insert
it feels comparable to the original G21. With the medium
it feels even bigger than the original G21 and with the largest insert
it feels awkwardly big (think Desert Eagle... not literally, but I haven't met anyone who thinks even the medium grip is comfortable.)
Originally Posted By Swat_dude:
I own both and I would have to disagree with your assertion number 2. I don't feel the texturing is a gimmick. I have skate tape on my 21SF and never wanted to try out different colors due to the fact I thought it would be stupid to spend the money and then cover it with tape. I feel totally confident using the gen4 sans tape, even with sweaty hands. So much so I finally dropped the coin and had the frame Cerakoted FDE. I would also say that shooting them side by side, the gen4 has less felt recoil and muzzle flip, so the dual rate spring is obviously having an effect as well. Not to mention the fact the Viridian in the photo below is tightended down tight as eff and I have never had any malfunctions with this gun. Of course I haven't with my SF either but I haven't tested it with light extremely tight. I have posted this pic before. Here is my gen4 sporting a KKM 10mm drop in barrel.
I will concede that to some the RTF3 texturing of the Gen4 could be a nice improvement. Personally I never had an issue with the texturing, or lack thereof, on the prior generations. However the new texturing is a nice compromise between the almost non-existent texturing of the previous generations and the tear-your-clothes-to-shreds texturing of the RTF2 models. I actually kind of liked the RTF2 texturing originally, but after trying one on for a day at the range I felt it gripped clothing too much during a draw in either a OTW or IWB configuration and was downright uncomfortable rubbing against the skin when carried IWB. The new texturing adds some "grip-tion" (to coin a buddy's term) while not interfering with a draw or being any less comfortable than the smoother grips of previous generations. So that's my whole $.02. The texturing isn't a selling point personally, but it might be for some. As always try before you buy and you'll be happier in the long run.
FWIW I won a Glock in the Glock-A-Day in the Month of May drawing in 2011, but was deployed so they sent me a voucher along with a free upgrade to the 45/10mm lineup. I went with the Gen4 G21 as there was no price difference between it and the G21SF. I feel the new magazine release alone makes the Gen4 just a little bit better than the Gen 3 and older.
Are you suggesting your Gen4 Glock 21 came with 3 interchangeable backstraps? All of my Gen4's (including my model 21) only came with M & L inserts...