I'm looking to pick up my first Glock in the next couple of weeks, my first pistol for that matter, and I'm not sure what to get. I'm split about 70/30 between a G17 and a G19, only wavering because this will be used for CCW once I have dropped off the paperwork and gotten the license. People seem to consider the 19 easier to carry, though I have read a lot that the 17 can be carried successfully. I'm not as worried about physical comfort as having the most comfortable firearm if I ever actually need it. I'm fairly certain I will wind up going with the G17, but what I do not know about is the generation. My father owns a GenIII 17 and a GenIII 19, and has been nothing but happy. In general, people seem happy with the GenIII models. I have also seen some complaints about GenIV models shortly after they were released, but have not found any more recent posts on where things stand now, leading me to assume that Glock took care of the issues. The grip plates do make me a bit nervous about them, simply because that seems like an unnecessary extra. Anyone have both a GenIII and GenIV 17 or 19? Any thoughts on the differences between the two, and whether one is hands-down better than the other? I know I want to buy new, for whichever I wind up getting, so being able to find one used for really cheap is not a big concern. Saving $50-100 on one model over the other new also isn't a concern. I just want the best model possible. Again, I'm not worried about the differences between the 17 and 19. Eventually, I will probably own both. I don't intend / want to have the 17 and the 19 in both GenIII and GenIV.