first published on November 25, 2019 by Josh Brooks[mashshare]
How do you tackle a review on the Glock 19? It’s one of the top selling handguns in the world. This is a compact handgun that is carried by literally millions of people every day. There’s probably a reason for that, and if you’re new to guns we’re going to do our best to explain it to you.
Here’s our comprehensive review of a firearm that is a true master class in EDC.
Glock’s manufacturing and machining process is second to none. Due to their ability to consistently and confidently put out handguns that were purpose-built for reliability when lives are on the line, it’s pretty easy to see why they’re one of the top selling handguns on the global firearms market.
Trusted by Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC), and the United States Air Force Special Operations, the Glock 19 has a proven combat track record throughout the Global War on Terror. Add onto this the numerous law enforcement departments that trust their officer’s lives with the Glock, and you have a solid argument as to why this specific brand of handgun is so trustworthy.
If you don’t know about the Glock 19 already, you’re either brand new to firearms or you’ve been living under a rock for the past three decades. In the case that you are brand new to firearms, welcome to our community, there is a place for everyone here. If you’ve been living under a rock, well, the future is now old-timer. Your 1911 is great, but this gun will blow your mind.
The Glock 19 is one of the most well-known and respected handguns in the modern every day carry space. It is a reliable tool that is carried by many people in the industry, and a large number of law enforcement officers. Without a shadow of doubt, it is one of the most customizable and modular handguns on the market, and can be built to suit the needs of almost any shooter.
If you don’t believe us, here’s a review from Regular Guy Training.
Let’s talk about the things that make the Glock 19 such a strong competitor in the EDC world. Aside from amazing customization, and a storied history of success in law enforcement and special operations, it’s a weapon that many beginners choose to start with.
Range performance and comfort are two of the primary reasons for that. Let’s dig into it.
On the range, the Glock 19 is nearly unmatched. It’s one of those firearms that falls into the category of just working. Regardless of what type of 9mm ammunition you feed the G19, it is going to cycle as intended. In all the time I have spent behind this handgun, most malfunctions that I can recall were either a result of U.S.E.R error, or faulty reloaded ammunition.
The G19 is also one of the most customizable handguns that exists. In fact, some people call the G19 the AR-15 of handguns due to the amount of aftermarket options that are available. With this, you can take your stock G19 out to the range, find every friction or discomfort point in the handgun, and make alterations to the weapon that make it better for you as an individual shooter.
For me personally, I like to add front-serrations to my Glock 19’s slide, as well as the largest beaver-tail option that comes with the weapon. After that, I’ll add something like Talon-Grips to the weapon, and maybe an RMR if I plan to carry it every day. It’s totally up to you how you want to alter your Glock though, there is no lack of options.
If you like the stock Glock 19, there is only one upgrade we suggest making. Pop off the stock iron sights, and get yourself an upgraded set. Your eyeballs and shot groups will thank you.
When in doubt, carry your Glock 19. This handgun is technically a compact pistol. It’s small stature makes it easier to carry than its bigger brother the G17. It also holds a massive carry capacity in the magazine, which gives you the ability to sustain yourself longer in a self-defense encounter than its little brother the G43. If you can get away with carrying a slightly larger compact pistol, the G19 should be your go to for situations where a full size handgun isn’t possible.
Holsters are everywhere for this thing. It doesn’t matter how you want to carry your G19. Appendix carry? There’s a holster for that. Strong-side carry? There’s a holster for that too. Wanna carry it under your arm in a suit coat. Yup. There’s an option for that as well. It’s honestly up to you how you carry it, but during the winter months I prefer to strong-side carry my G19, and have never really had any printing or comfort issues after working the initial bugs out in my system. It may take you a little while, but give it some thought and time and you’ll be able to easily carry your G19 every day.
The Glock 19 is truly a master class in every day carry. While I’ve recently replaced my G19 with the Canik TP-9 for a bit, I have no doubt that in time I will fall back into carrying my older Gen 4 Glock 19. As stated above, the customization options for the Glock are absolutely out of this world, and as a result my 19 is probably one of the most heavily modified firearms that I own and have carried for an extended period of time.
That’s just our opinion though. If you’re not a fan of the Glock 19, let us know down in the comments section. We’d love to hear why your 1911 is the show stopper, and how it personally won two back to back World Wars just because it’s chambered in .45. (We’re just kidding 1911 guys, calm down. We have some reviews coming for you as well.) We’ll catch you guys in the next review!