Glock 19 Review

What We Think of the Glock 19:

The perfect blending of function and fun.  Smooth action, affordable, and faithfully reliable.  This will be your favorite 9mm handgun after your 1st fired magazine.

What Its Good For:

Superbly functional, the G19 is exactly what you would expect from one of Glock's highest selling type of firearm.  The 9mm is the most popular caliber, and the compact (middle sized) Glock 19 is the perfect size and function.  We use it for personal defense, target shooting, and just about anything else.  It's got less recoil and blowback than a .40 or .45 caliber, meaning you can happily squeal as you effortlessly rapid fire a 15-round magazine.

Glock 19 Details:

Standard G19 Specs and photo's (click for larger view on each)

Glock 23 Specifications

Caliber: 9mm (9×19)
System: Safe Action
Length: 6.85 in. (174 mm)
Height: 5.00 in. (127 mm)
Weight: 20.9 oz. (unloaded)
Weight: 29 oz.

Magazine Capacity: 15 (standard) | 17 / 19 / 33 (optional)

Trigger Pull: 5.5 lbs. (2.5 kg)
Trigger Travel: 0.5 in. (12.5 mm)


glock 19 holster

G19 Hands On Editor and User Review:

The Glock 19 is one of the single most popular semi automatic handguns in the world, and for good reason.  It's the definition of reliable, uses the most common and affordable caliber, has a high magazine capacity…  and it's a Glock.  

Whether you're buying your first gun or are looking to compliment your arsenal with the most reliable 9mm handgun on the market, look no further, this is it.  

The G19 model is Glocks mid sized model, coming in at 5.00 inches in height which for this shooter is absolutely heaven.  It feels perfect in my hand, which are about average in size (I'm 40, but my wife shoots the same midsize "compact" that Glock makes in the identical G23).  The weight is virtually all in the slide (top half of the gun, easy to remove) and is the only part of the gun that's all steel.  

The best way to appreciate the Glock 19 is by shooting it, which we've done extensively with no issues in chewing through variable makes of ammo manufacture.  Magazines are easy to load and hold a standard 15 9mm capacity, although you can get oversized extenders that go all the way up to 33 rounds (not very practical, but heck it's still fun to shoot).  

The Glock 19 model is extremely popular with law enforcement, private security, and state officials — I was at a Division of Wildlife meeting with rangers here in Colorado 2 weeks ago and all 3 officers we're carrying the 9mm Glock.

Testing the G19 on the firing range was a breeze, with minimal recoil and a very controlled target re-sight process.  If you're new to Glocks, you'll quickly notice the sights and "bucket" approach to sighting your aim.  As soon as I held my first Glock I realized this was a big advantage for me, but every now and then I hear of someone who prefers a more traditional single notch sight.  Not me, the bucket approach of the Glock makes for faster target sighting, and faster sighting with accuracy could be the difference you rely on for a protection weapon.

The only caveat I have on the 9mm Glock 19 (or the full size G17) is this – for the same price you can buy a .40 caliber and simply add an optional barrel conversion kit — meaning you can effortlessly shoot either the bigger/more powerful .40 caliber or the cheaper and higher magazine capacity 9mm ammo — just by changing out your barrel and magazine.  One gun, 2 caliber's.  If you can afford the extra $100 – $150 for the extra barrel, if you're looking at the Glock 19 I'd recommend you instead get the Glock 23.  It's the exact same weight / height / size as the G19, and you gain a lot more versatility.  

Glock 19 Reliability

First, it's a Glock.  Second, its their highest selling individual handgun.  Third, well, see the first item.

If you're not familiar with Glocks and their reputation as taking the most abusive, dirty, and challenged conditions and functioning with perfect reliability then you're in for a pleasant surprise.  Compared to Beretta or many other more expensive handguns, the Glock is this shooter's absolute 1st choice brand as far as reliability under fire and under duress.  This was the handgun designed and intended for military use, in the field under extreme conditions (think dirt, mud, more dirt, wind, debris, heat, even more dirt…) and you get the idea.

There's a great DVD titled Glock Torture Test that's a great demo (obviously not recommended for ideal shooting, but it's good to know the Glock is built to handle whatever you'll likely throw at it). 

Glock 19 as a Conceal & Carry Weapon

Ultimately you'll have to decide for yourself if the Compact (mid-size) Glock is the right size for your needs as far as a CCW.  Depending on your frame and clothing, I think you'll find it perfectly adequate and it's probably not worth going down to the smaller subcompact G26 9mm Glock.  It only saves about half an inch in height, and the smaller G26 will have a bit more recoil due to the lessened grip size.  

As far as caliber goes, you'll get different opinions on the use of a 9mm.  While it's true many police and law enforcement officers prefer a higher caliber of a .40 or .45, as do some CCW instructors or cowboys, but most will agree the 9mm is certainly adequate.  Use a good hollow point ammo and with the rapid but controlled fire capability inherent with the Glock 19 I don't think you'll have any difficulty.   

GlockYourself Final Thoughts

Go get this weapon, you won't regret it.  Or if you can spring for the extra $150 or so, get the exact same gun (size, height, etc.) in the Glock 23 and you'll be able to shoot either .40 or 9mm caliber, depending on your mood that day.  

I've been in love with Glocks since I first handled one, from their versatility and after market upgrades (it's insane how much you can customize / add to the Glocks) to reliability, the Glock 19 is the most efficient and reliable 9mm semi auto handgun on the market.  

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Daveo September 2, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I too have this gun and am very happy with it. Its taken some time to master aiming it but now havbe it down and feel very confident. Its comfortable to shoot and a woman shouldn't hesitate to own a 19, 9mm. Its an excellent all around gun and there is a reason its the gun of choice by police and military. I understand its the sidearm of choice by many of our military pilots.


Johnny Bell October 20, 2011 at 1:07 am

I also have this gun, and I have been to a couple of handgun training camps with it.  I out shot most of the people in the first  10 hours each day three day class.  And I did win a quick draw and plate shoot with magazine change in my next 10 hours a day four day class.  I have shot thousands of rounds and the only malfunctions my guy has had were the ones I had to put in the gun for the malfunction training in each of the classes.


joker November 26, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Good gun yall I got jacked and then i get this here g19 I get jacked no mo !


arf member February 19, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Glock is without a doubt the best most reliable  handgun made today


FRANK T March 18, 2012 at 8:31 pm

I agree they are very comfortable to handle the 19 9mm is a great caliber great to shoot and  as alot of people say don't buy a nine. That's pure bull with the ammo out there for the 9 mm  they will put you down quick. so, that out of the way, and on to the next isue. I have talked to alot of people about the Glocks and the survey said they feel great but can't shoot them. they are all over the target if they hit the target at all. I have to say I personnally had a Glock 23 and i have been a shooter for alot of years and i could not hit the broad side of a barn with it. I gave it away. I would love to buy the 19 but i am afraid i will run into the same problem.                                              Frank T.


Randy Bell November 20, 2017 at 10:24 pm

Wish I could be around when people were giving away Glocks – lol. I bought a 19 today. I wonder if the issue might be tripper pull? I think there are kits to modify it.


J.R. May 31, 2012 at 9:05 pm

The Glock 19 is the best all around gun on the planet! I have one with 74000 rounds through it with no problems ever! I currently own 12 Glocks, I have been issued and carried numerous types of guns but the Glock is always better in the long cannot beet the capacity or the durability of the Glock!


Spectrum 45 October 7, 2012 at 11:20 am

I got myself a Glock 23 Gen4 which is the  40 cal. The I bought a 9mm conversion barrel from Lonewolf. Now I can shoot two different calibers in one gun. Love it!!!


Randy Bell November 20, 2017 at 10:27 pm

Bought a 19 today and 15 min ago was texting my son that I was kicking my own tail that I didn’t get a 23 and later buy the 9mm barrel and mags.


Jim October 20, 2012 at 5:35 am

A little heavy, but feels great in your hand.  Have to practice, practice before becoming good at hitting targets.


Bill January 11, 2013 at 7:49 pm

My wife has smaller hands than I, so she can't hold onto my Beretta 92FS very well – so I bought her a Glock 19. After taking this to the range and firing it – I bought another Glock 19 and put the Beretta away for safe keeping. We both love our Glocks! I really like the consistent trigger pull from the 1st round to the last on the range – the Beretta has a long trigger pull on the first round with the hammer down. The Glock doesn't have that 'problem'. 
Never had a bit of problems with either one of these pistols. I'd highly recommend this model to anyone looking for a handgun that's easy to shoot and maintain!


Jeff Adams February 21, 2013 at 11:50 pm

I bought a G19 and took it out to shoot on a cold day of 32 degrees.  I am very disapointed in it.  Out of 100 rounds, it jamed about 8 times.  Stove pipe jams and feed in jams.  Ive read a Glock will shoot any kind of ammo.  I was using fmj quality cci.  Will be my last Glock I buy ever.  I also own an Army .45 acp which I  fired the same day in the cold.  No problems shooting the fmj rounds out of that.  Ha,  Gock perhaps is overated like McDonalds. Ha


Randy Bell November 20, 2017 at 10:40 pm

I was going to say maybe you got a factory defect (I assume you tried more than one mag) and should call about warranty service – but then I saw that this post was 4 yrs old. I think they told me I had a 3 yr warranty – I know I have been told Glock has excellent customer service.


TWR May 13, 2013 at 5:11 pm

I have owned several glocks. I think the nine kicks the least. I have put a seattle slug in the 23 in order to reduce the recoil, aid in loading the magazine, and gives a better balance to the gun. I have never had a problem with the 9mms. I had a glock 19, but I sold it to my brother in law. I still have the glock 23, 17, and two 27s. I have a wolf 9mm barrel which I shoot from the 27. I don't think I have any complaints. I think I prefer a larger bullet like the 40 to the 9mm. The 9mm should get the job done though. Any gun beats a sharp stick or club. Mind you, 1 in 3 die of a heart attack, and among white people, the murder rate is one in 36,000. I should probably have one gun and 12 pieces of exercise equipment instead one piece of exercise equipment and and 12 guns. Fear rules over logic.  


chris May 19, 2013 at 9:22 pm

how would Glock 19 suit for someone who has never fired a gun? I see it has no manual safety///


BoJim December 23, 2013 at 6:12 am

Just remember, when a bullet is in the chamber the gun will fire when you pull the trigger. You should have no problem at the range. If you use the gun fo concealed carry, this might be a problem for the new shooter. When pulling the gun under duress, if your finger is on the trigger, you might fire it accidently.  Just practice practice practice leaving your finger along the slide when you pull the gun from the holster. Or you can carry without a bullet in the chamber but will have to rack the slide after you pull the gun. This will take a couple more seconds that you might not have in a life threatening situation.


Redtape February 1, 2017 at 7:07 pm

I am not one to be overprotective, but a person who has never fired a gun needs some hands on training. For your own sake seek out someone who shoots regularly, maybe check the NRA site, or ask you local gun dealer for recommendations. Your local gun range may be a good solution. Many of us were raised with guns and taught by a parent, but if you didn’t have that advantage, please seek out a qualified person to get you started. There is more to it than buying a gun, loading it, and putting it in the night stand. Your observation on the lack of a safety is a good indication that you are thinking safety – good for you. And I’m impressed that you are asking questions. With a little help I’m sure you will become a happy gun owner.


Dave April 13, 2014 at 9:01 pm

I'd rather not sound like a Glock commercial, but I have to say Glock makes very good quality firearms. I've been a .45 cal 1911 frame kind of guy for many years, and still like my ole .45 pistol. However after I bought a Glock 19, I quickly fell in love with this firearm. It is lightweight, well balanced, accurate, nice trigger pull, has easy loading magazines, It Has NEVER jammed after about 1,850 rounds, and Very EASY to Clean… 😀   I purchased a plastic holster for my Glock and really like how a Glock locks into the holster. (Prevents someone from pulling my weapon out from behind me etc….  )     Glock 19, is my conceal carry weapon, and I love shooting it at the range as well. My 25 year old daughter tried my Glock 19 at the range and loved how easy it was to rack the slide and how it NEVER Jammed. Her and her husband are buying Glock's for themselves…  I plan to purchase a couple more glock pistols in the near future.. ( Extra Carry weapon, A .45 Cal Glock for a little exta wallop, and a Glock for competing with at the range, and my sub compact for my wife.. ( Yeah, she shot mine and wants one too.. Lol )  ….. 
       In a nutshell, I'm very happy with my Glock firearm in many ways and would recommend Glock products to my friends and family….   
                        David 🙂


john hop July 4, 2016 at 6:43 pm

glock is the world most upgraded firearm ever.         


Terry January 28, 2017 at 1:23 pm

Way back when (1993), I bought a Glock 19 Gen2, influenced mostly by the recommendation of a friend, and the impending Clinton Assault Weapons Ban. I hadn’t ever really considered shooting it much, as I had (stupidly) dismissed the 9mm as a “sissy” cartridge. In those days, I was partial to .357 Magnums and revolvers. A few years ago, after watching a video posted by Hickok.45, I dug out my model 19 and took it to the range. I’ve been in love with the thing ever since.


Glenn November 27, 2017 at 12:22 pm

I just completed my third one on one gun safety training, and my first time with the Glick 19. I sent 200 rounds downrange with the G19, loved it!

It will be my first gun purchase in 30 years


David Evans January 9, 2018 at 5:32 am

Learned to shoot a 22, thanks to some GREAT uncles in the eastern Missouri woods (about 40 miles and 50 YEARS outside of St. Louis!). After big time pro preparation, 2 teens in high school, years and years later, I was still in school, wife (MS Library Science) with no job, dangerous neighborhood, a direct murder threat, thanks to Crypts & Bloods, we borrowed some money and ARMED UP! Ex – USAF Special Ops friend introduced the heretofore unknown “Glock 17”, and the rest became History! Local Gun Show enabled 2 G-19’s (both wife and myself shot better with 19 vs 17!) for $388.00 each (summer 1988!), NRA beginner and intermediate classes, LOTS AN LOTS of reload 9mm practice ammo, both teens got some good shooting classes, and we were off! an Enthusiastic Neighborhood watch, lots of talkin’ to neighborhood PD folks, my Dad sent my J. C. Penny 16 GA Bolt Action Shotgun, and my Grannie’s single shot “Stevens 22 Cal Model 1917 (a TACKDRIVER!), and lots of “GETTIN THE WORD OUT THAT THERE WAS AT LEAST ONE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT WAS GETTING VERY READY! WE NEVER HEARD FROM THOSE SCUZZBALLS AGAIN!!!

My G-19, after a few thousand rounds, wears NIGHT SIGHTS, and she has a lighter trigger pull, as well as a double phase recoil spring, and wears a rubber sleeve around the handle. I run the 1st 2 or 3 rounds as glasser silvers, followed by some FIRST CLASS JHP (Sig V Crown, Fed HSP, etc, solid Copper, etc) FOR ABOUT 10, THEN CONCLUDE THE SYMPHONY WITH SOME HEAVIER JHP (147, 155 Gr JHP)FOR PENETRATION, IF ANYBODY MIGHT STILL BE ALIVE! Any opinion or WISDOM


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