Glock 19 Review
Most reviews provide detailed descriptions of
the of the design and specifications of the pistol. In this review we sum up what is good and what is
bad. For technical information see
Why Own A Glock 19?
The G19 is the perfect choice for a pistol. It affords
you the flexibility of choice for
concealed carry, use as a car gun or a
reliable defensive weapon in the night stand by your bed. The 9mm caliber
ammo is large enough for most defensive situations and is easy to handle. If
you not that great a shot, the 15 round capacity lets you keep shooting if
need be. If you need more capacity you can always use a larger magazine. The
biggest factor for owning a G19 is it's reliability. Having confidence that
every time you shoot it will go bang is the most important feature of a gun.
The G19 is my favorite handgun. I have had mine for over three years and
have fired over 20,000 rounds through it with no malfunction.
THE GOOD Things About The Glock 19
Glock 19 has a reputation of being one of the best
weapon systems in the world because of it's simplicity of design,
reliability, durability and minimal maintenance.
Simplicity of design.
Durability. Extremely resistant to rust and mistreatment.
Little maintenance required. Glocks are rumored to shoot indefinitely
with little or maintenance.
Built-in safety features.
Law enforcement use. Approximately 80% of Americaâ€™s law enforcement
Light weight & size. The Glock 19 is small enough for concealed
Holds it's resale value.
name and reputation.
Large capacity. The standard magazine holds 15 rounds and more with
Cheap cost of 9mm ammo relative to larger calibers.
Availability of 9mm ammo. Easy to buy. Glock are plentiful and all
over the world. Easy to get parts no mater where you are.
THE BAD Things About The Glock 19
Limited knock down power (some say).
Recoil. Due to it's light weight and small size recoil is manageable
but slightly more than corresponding heavier and larger 9mm pistols.
YOU CANT GO WRONG WITH A GLOCK 19. It's is my favorite pistol. It's light
weight, reliable, rugged, holds 16 rounds (15 plus one in the chamber), is
small enough to carry and has the Glock reputation behind it.
Why I Bought Mine
I decided to buy my G19 for the following reasons.
Reliability - I wanted to buy the most reliable
pistol that I could find. The G19 fits the bill. I didn't want a gun
that would jam or malfunction at any time. The bottom line with a Glock,
it shoots every time you pull the trigger.
Ammo Capacity - I wanted a handgun that held the
most ammunition as possible. I don't want to have to reload or change
magazines if I ever had to use it for self defense. With a capacity of
15+1 rounds, I shouldn't have to worry about that.
Concealed Carry - If I did decide to conceal carry
the gun, I didn't want one that was too big or too small. The big ones
carry the most ammunition and usually pack the biggest wallop but they
are the most difficult to conceal. The small guns are typically weaker
and don't carry much ammunition. The G19 sounded like the best
answer. It was a compromise between the G17 (full size 9mm pistol) and the G26 (smaller subcompact 9mm
pistol). It's big
enough to carry 15+1 rounds and is 9mm which is large enough for self
Reputation - I didn't want to buy a gun with a weak,
new (untested) or unknown brand name. Buying a gun with a great name and
reputation seemed like the way to go.
Popularity & Availability - I wanted a gun that was
popular and available everywhere. A Glock seemed like the obvious
choice. Parts and accessories are available everywhere.
Gun Safeties - I didn't want a gun with manual
safety. I can just imagine having to use it for self defense and not
remembering to flick the safety switch on or not remembering which way
to position it for firing. Glocks don't have an external manual safety
but the have built in safeties that prevent accidental firing.
9MM Ammunition - The G19 shoots 9mm Luger ammunition
which is an adequate caliber for self defense. It is also cheap and
available everywhere. It is best to buy a gun that shoots inexpensive
ammunition. It allows you to shoot more at the range and become a better
Glock 19 Accessories
What accessories are available for the G19?
Since it's one of the most popular 9mm pistols in the world, there are lots
of accessories for enhancing it's looks and improving it's performance (as
if it needs any). Here is a list of some of the more common
Aren't there any Bad Glock 19 Reviews?
If you search the internet for you will
have a hard time finding negative or bad reviews. I just conducted a search
on Google using the keywords "Glock 19 review" and "bad". The only results
listed were about people's individual preferences with regard to the
pistol's lack of a manual safety and that if you had small hands it might
not be as comfortable to hold as other guns. I then searched the internet
for the keywords "Glock 19 review" and "negative". Here again I could not
find any negative comments. People just seem to love their Glocks. Overall,
it says quite a lot when you go looking on the internet for bad things about
a product and find none.
GLOCK 19 (ref. glock.com)
The all-round talent
Ideal for versatile use through reduced dimensions compared with the
standard pistol size. With the proven caliber of 9x19, it has found
worldwide distribution in security services. In addition to being used as a
conventional service weapon, it is suitable for concealed carry or as a
backup weapon. For instance, many of the elite pilots of the USAF for
instance trust the GLOCK 19 for their efficient defense in emergency
Feedback & Comments
had I had my Glock 19 I would have shot excellent
July 21, 2012
I recently took a 4 day defensive handgun class. The most popular firearm
represented was the Glock 17. One student graduated Distinguished Graduate
with a Glock 17 and it was his first training class. I used a S&W M&P .45
auto with 4.5 inch barrel. I shot good, but I know had I had my Glock 19 I
would have shot excellent and graduated higher up. I also have a aftermarket
stainless barrel and a steel recoil rod with stiffer spring that really
keeps the G19 on target. The barrel is by storm lake and the recoil rod
and spring by springco USA Jon
Glocks Aren't Perfect?
May 2, 2012
1. Many factory new defective magazines (rounds fall out, other rounds stuck
inside) These are real Glock mags not Korean or other aftermarket mags.
2. New in box, trigger flops around, no spring or spring not connected.
3. Slide stop notch battered into nothingness in less than 3000 rounds.
4. Recoil spring guide breaks during installation.
5. Recoil spring guide breaks during firing.
Been shooting Glocks for years. That's just my own personal experience. You
can find more.
G19 is the best!
January 29, 2012
G19 is the best! Dead center, won't jam, easy to clean, easy to
break down I am a happy shooter! Thank you Glock!
Glock Internal Locking System (ILS) Safety
August 3, 2011
Glock I owned a glock m23 cal 40. Its ILS fall off and lost it. Can it
installed with a new one? where can i source it here in the Philippines?
Thank you much.
Response - John
I have never seen an ILS for a Glock and would have no idea where to find it
in the Philippines.
Glock ILS Information
In 2003, Glock announced the Internal Locking System (ILS) safety feature.
The ILS is a manually activated lock that is located in the back of the
pistol's grip. It is cylindrical in design and, according to Glock, each key
is unique. When activated, the lock causes a tab to protrude from the rear
of the grip giving both a visual and tactile indication as to whether the
lock is engaged or not. When activated, the ILS renders the Glock unfireable
as well as making it impossible to disassemble. When disengaged, the ILS
adds no further safety mechanisms to the Glock pistol. The ILS is available
as an option on most Glock pistols. Glock pistols cannot be retrofitted to
accommodate the ILS. The lock must be factory built in Austria and shipped
as a special order.
Which Gun To Buy. Glock 19 or 23?
July 25, 2011
I intend to buy my first handgun and i prefer glock. what should i get g19 or g23. i never fired a gun before.
Response - Richard,
Before you buy your gun I would suggest that you get proper instruction, go
to the range and fire a few rounds off first. Try a variety of guns to see
what is best for you. You might end up saving yourself a lot of money if you
find you picked the wrong gun or can't handle the recoil.
When I took my first gun course, a women in the class bought a handgun and
brought it with her to the class (for the shooting portion). When she shot
the gun (for the first time) she didnâ€™t like it at all (too much recoil).
She left the class without finishing the course. The instructors offered her
the use of a less powerful gun but she became too afraid of guns and walked
That being said, a G19 and G23 are great guns. I own a G19 and it
is my favorite gun.
Last week I was at the range and had a chance to shoot a G23 (.40 S&W)
and compare it with my G19 (9 mm Luger). I found out something interesting
about both guns.
The guns are basically identical except for the ammo that they shoot.
Here are some things to consider when you make your choice.
- The G23 has slightly more â€œstopping powerâ€ (but I donâ€™t know if that
difference really matters).
- The G23 has slightly more recoil ( I could barely notice the
- The G19 ammo (9 mm Luger) is cheaper and more plentiful.
- At the range I see a lot more people shooting 9 mm than .40 caliber.
- Availability of parts, mods, enhancements and accessories are probably
about the same for both guns.
I would personally go with the G19 but I am a little biased.
But, seriously, you need to get instruction and shoot them before you buy
Tanner, Thank you very much for sharing me your knowledge about guns. I will
take your advice and try to fire several pistols before finally deciding
which to buy. Although most of my buddies owns and recommends your favorite
glock19. Thanks again and happy weekend.
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