Glock 19 Review

Glock 19 Review: Is it A Good Buy?

The Glock 19 is known for its ability to easily be concealed, its boxy polymer, reliability, and metal frame.

It's one of the best pistols for concealing and carry. It's no secret why it's a top choice for pistols, but is it right for you?

glock 19 view from an angle

The Glock 19 is known for its ability to easily be concealed, its boxy polymer, reliability, and metal frame. It's one of the best pistols for concealing and carry. It's no secret why it's a top choice for pistols, but is it right for you?

What Makes The Glock 19 Stand Out?

The firearm's shape is square, and the bottom frame is made from polymer. It also features a metal slide.

Many owners find that the Glock 19 is one of the most durable firearms around, and the frame has never been cracked. This is surprising because it is very lightweight.

The inner workings are made from metal and it's crafted from treated steel. The same goes for the barrel and the slide. HK may have been the pioneers of the Glock 19, but Glock was the one that perfected it.

Decade after decade it has been proven that the polymer frame (which is what Glocks are known for) is designed to last. The Glock 19 continues the tradition. The bottom line is the Glock 19 is very hard to damage.

There are no external safeties or features that get in the way, and this is thanks to its streamlined design. New shooters might not be a fan of the lack of safety features. 

However, the more comfortable you get with the Glock 19, the more you'll learn that it is your hands and your mind that are the two most crucial safety features.

Due to the streamlined design, the Glock 19 is lightweight and is optimal for concealing. This is one of the reasons why the Glock 19 has grown to become one of the top firearms in the world. 

Let's not forget to mention that Glocks are known for both their ability to be modified and for their aesthetics.

When it comes to accuracy, the Glock 19's accuracy isn't that bad. However, when it comes to performing shots on top of each other, you can expect a bit of variation. 

This is especially the case as you move past between 20-25 years.

In most situations, the accuracy is serviceable. The regular variations won't stop the Glock 19 from being a competition gun, a service weapon, a race gun, or for carrying a firearm.

We're not expert marksmen, but we find that our rounds land exactly where we want them to land, as long as our targets were under 25 yards.

When it comes to magazines, there's usually nothing special. This isn't the case with compact handguns. The Glock 19 has a magazine capacity of 15 rounds.

The size of the handgun's magazine is impressive, especially since it is a compact handgun. It's even more impressive considering the Glock 19 is designed for daily carry.

It's worth pointing out that 15 rounds are the standard for firearms that have a compact design.

Is The Glock 19 Reliable?

Reliability is what the brand is known for. Some people say it's because of black magic, while others say it's because of craftsmanship. Whatever the case is, Glocks are reliable.

Throughout the years, Glock's platform has remained pretty much the same. This means the company hasn't needed to do much in terms of innovation.

However, they spent plenty of time tinkering with their designs.

The two main reasons the Glock 19 is reliable are:

1. It has impressive safety features, but no external safeties
2. The chances are very slim of it misfiring

The three internal safeties of the Glock 19 are drop safety, trigger safety, and firing pin safety. The trigger safety prevents the firearm from accidentally discharging via snags.

The firing pin safety is located completely inside the handgun, and until the trigger is pulled, the firing pin will not move.

Like the firing pin safety, the drop safety prevents any internal parts from moving. They'll only move once the trigger is pulled. The Glock 19 is known for being nearly incapable of misfiring.

This is thanks to both the simple design and the lack of moving parts.

GEN 3 vs 4 vs 5: Which Is The Best?

Deciding to buy a Glock 19 is easy. You'll need to decide whether you want a GEN 5, 4, or three. Each of these generations is unique in its own way. With that said, let's discuss the key differences between the two.

Modern Glock Generations:

In 1998, the Glock Gen 3 came out. It was an impressive upgrade from the G2. Fast forward to the present day, Gen 3, 4, and 5s are what you will pretty much find.

This is because these three models are much superior to the models that were previously out.

side view of the glock 19 gen 3

The GEN 3

The GEN 3 is noted for its grip area. The weapon is very easy to hold, thanks to the finger grooves. You will have no problem with grip, even if you constantly have sweaty hands.

Another bonus is there is a thumb rest on either side of the Glock. This means you can rest your hand right around the entire handgun. You'll remain comfortable, even if you use it for hours on end.

Besides that, the Gen 3 has an accessory rail. You can add various accessories such as lasers, flashlights, and so forth. 

For gun hobbyists, this cements the Gen 3 as being among the top concealed carry weapons for duty purposes.

Another key advantage of the Gen 3 is its extended extractor, which means users will know whether or not the chamber is loaded.

glock 19 gen 4 black and tan

The GEN 4

This model was launched back in 2010, and it has a more modern look and feels than the Gen 3. The handgun features additional texture on the grip.

There are some Gen 4s that have opted for extra texture instead of the finger grooves. As for which version of the Gen 4 is the best, this all comes down to your personal preference.

There are also several Gen 4s that come equipped with features for those who are ambidextrous. Besides that, you can expect a smoother shooting experience with Gen 4s than you would with Gen 3s.

Even in the most tense situation, you will be impressed with a Gen 4's accuracy. Also, the majority of Gen 4s have interchangeable back-straps, which allows you to customize the pistol.

side view of glock 19 gen 5

The GEN 5

Lastly, the Gen 5 is equipped with a modernized internal mechanism, which means improved accuracy. Gen 5s don't have finger grooves, and there is an ambidextrous side stop.

Whether you're a left-handed user or a right-hand user, you'll find that a Gen 5 is well-suited for you.

Within the Gen 5, you'll find an extractor, a bolstered trigger system, and a firing pin safety. Some of the models include special barrels, which are designed to improve accuracy at a distance, as well as overall performance.

Even more impressive is that you can quickly reload it, thanks to the flared magwell. Police officers and/or target shooting enthusiasts will love using this weapon.

It's up to you to decide which generation is the best. However, for budget-conscious shooters, we recommend the Gen 3.

The Gen 4 is perfect for those who are a fan of textured grips, as well as low recoil. For fast reloaders, then the Gen 5 is for you.

Why Are Glocks Legendary?

1. Durability- Glocks have been given the nickname "combat Tupperware". There's a good reason for this, as Glock's frames are not prone to rust because they're made from plastic.

This also means the frame doesn't get too hot to the point you can't touch it. The bottom line is Glocks are extremely durable.

2. Simplicity- 34 parts make up the Glock Family of Pistols. When the guns are stripped in the field, they have a recoil spring assembly, as well as a frame, 4-slide, and a barrel.

This means there's less of a chance that a Glock will break apart.

3. Maintenance- Glocks don't require much maintenance. Most people do maintain their Glocks, but some don't do anything to them.

However, we recommend using two drops of oil on the barrel when the gun is stripped. Doing this will prevent putting too much oil on it.

4. Reliable- Glocks are extremely reliable. Unless it's bad ammo, the chances are you're not going to run into reliability issues. You'll be impressed with how reliable a Glock is.

5. It Can Take Mistreatment- Glocks can take a ton of mistreatment. These handguns have been tested time after time. This includes torture tests such as being submerged in salt water, sand, mud, and ice blocks.