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)
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.