Yep. The Glock 19. The baby brother to the Glock 17, which was Glock’s original design and original pistol altogether. The 19 was introduced in 1988. The Model 17 was introduced into the United States in 1986, but the original design was in 1982. Okay, first we’ve got to safety-check the pistol. You can see that it’s already been fired, so there’s not a round in the chamber, but we’re going to go ahead and double-check. Remove the magazine. Check the chamber. It is unloaded.
Now before I get into the whole review, there’s a lot of different type people that are watching this video. A lot of you guys are already subscribers to my channel. Some of you are even, like, “Wow. Another Glock review.” There are a lot of guys, though, that are going to be watching this video that are maybe choosing for the first time a handgun, and they’re considering the Glock 19. There are others that have a Glock 19, and they just want to learn a few things about it. Maybe some of the history. Some of my personal ideals about this handgun.
Now I bought my original Glock 19 in 1994 when the original assault weapons ban was passed. I’ve had a lot of experience with the Glock 19. Now my ideas and my theories on handguns has changed considerably over the past 20 years, but one of the things that I’ll have to tell you is that the Glock 19 still stands as one of my favorite handguns of all time. Now before we get into the comments of, “You’re a Glock-aholic. You’re myopic toward Glock. You’re a Glock fanboy,” I just want you to know first off that I have a number of different handguns that are similar to the Glock. It’s not that Glock is the ultimate in quality. It’s not that it’s the ultimate in durability. There are others that are equal to — maybe even surpass, in some areas — but one of the reasons why I continue to come back to Glock over and over is just the simplicity of the handgun.
It’s very simple. It’s just, you pick it up. It’s durable. It’s reliable. It’s accurate. Really, right here, this is what I really love about it. There’s nothing hanging off the side. It’s slick and smooth. You’ve got this slide release that’s really small and unobtrusive. It just fits well, and it’s just really narrow. It’s just hard to pass that up for what it is. I mean yes, there are more narrower guns out on the market. There are a lot of guns that are just as dependable, just as rugged, but there are very few that are this thin without anything getting in the way. Any kind of slide release or takedown pins and all the different things that can just get in the way. This really helps this to make it an excellent concealed carry option.
What we’re looking at here is something that has gained a huge amount of popularity for a long time. That should say something about the Glock. Now, a lot of people will call it the Block, and it’s ugly. All these different things. You know, when I first saw the Glock, even the 17, I kind of looked at it, and I thought, “Ooh. That’s kind of weird-looking.” Of course, that was back in 1988, and it was weird-looking at that time.
Once I took it out to the range and started shooting it, I realized that this was an incredible, beautiful handgun. Really, what a handgun is designed to do is to fire and to be very reliable. Guys, this — not necessarily the 19 — but Glock pistols are the AK47 of the handgun world. The Glock 19 comes with two 15-round magazines. It is a striker-fired pistol. A lot of people that first look at the Glocks are concerned because there is no external safety right here on the frame, but this is called a safe action pistol. There are a lot of good reasons for that. I’m going to show you.
There are three safeties to the Glock. The first and foremost is in the trigger. You can see the trigger shoe right here. This, if you’ll look, when I depress that trigger shoe, it lifts off that back little locking portion. When I depress the trigger, that locking portion keeps the trigger from releasing the striker that’s inside the pistol. It relieves that lock, and then the striker is fired. That in itself keeps the pistol from just being fired inadvertently.
There are also two internal safeties. One is a striker safety, or a firing pin safety, that keeps the firing pin from moving forward. Secondly, there is a drop safety which, if this gun is dropped from considerable distances, it will not fire a round if a round is in the chamber. With those three safeties, this is a very safe pistol to handle, but with any pistol you should always observe all the safety rules. Keeping your finger out of the trigger guard is number one. If you’ll do that, a lot of the other things will just fall in line.
The Glock safe action pistol has really been a mainstay for not only civilians, but also for law enforcement. Over 65 percent of law enforcement agencies carry a Glock pistol. Not necessarily a 9 millimeter. .40 is a very popular caliber with law enforcement, and of course .45 as well. Now, there are a number of different calibers in the Glock series, but the main one we’re going to look at today is the 9 millimeter and in their compact version.
The overall link to the Glock 19 is 7 ¼ inches, and it’s 5 inches in height. It’s a medium-sized pistol. In fact, a lot of times, people go with a full-sized G17 or Model 17. Then you can go down to the Model 26, which is a subcompact. Which is a really popular concealed carry option. One of the things I love about the 19 is it can fit both roles. This gun feels like a full-sized pistol in your hand. It’s not hanging off the end, especially when you put your magazine. It really shoots like a full-sized pistol. The recoil is very manageable. It’s just a great handgun to shoot.
One of the things about the grip is that you’re going to be able to get a really high grip right next to the slide. It’s going to make the bore axis very low in the hand. It’s one of the reasons why the recoil seems to be less, because it rides so low and the accuracy. It’s really easy to get those sights on target. Now this is a Gen 3 model. The Gen 4 is a little different in some areas. We’re going to look at that as well. As far as specifically for the Glock 19, whether it’s Gen 3 or Gen 4 — and by the way, they’re still making the Gen 3s.
A lot of guys love the Gen 3. A lot love the Gen 4. It’s just a matter of preference. One of the things that I find with the Gen 3, and the reason why I prefer it, is I’ve had some hiccups with the Gen 4s. That’s just me personally. In fact, I was talking to Mr. Guns and Gear this weekend, and he has had hiccups too with his Gen 4s, but he still buys Gen 4. He loves them. For me, those hiccups have just made me stick with the Gen 3. It’s not good or bad. It’s just my choice.
Now to give you a comparison to size, here’s a Model 17, and we’ve got the 19 right here over it. They are identical in internals and everything except that the slide and the barrel are about a half-inch longer, and then the grip is also about a half-inch. Which really makes a difference if you’re carrying concealed. Really, this is the upper limit for what I carry, considered my body type and weight. I’ve got a good friend of mine that carries a full-sized Para-Ordnance wide-body. He’s a big guy. He can handle it. Me? The Glock 19 suits me a lot better. The weight on the pistol unloaded is 1 pound, 7.3 ounces.
Now for me, I like to carry concealed the Model 26. This is the subcompact. You have considerable difference. Here’s about a half-inch. Then at the grip it’s actually even more. The Glock 26 carries 10 rounds compared to the Glock 19, which holds 15 rounds. That, of course, is if you live in a state that allows you to have full-capacity magazines. One of the things I want to recommend is if you’re looking to buy just one pistol — one for home defense, one for concealed carry — I think that the Glock 19 or the Glock 23 — it’s exactly the same, just in .40 caliber — are excellent choices because they’re pretty versatile.
I mean these shoot just like a regular, full-sized handgun. They’re very accurate, they’re very reliable, and yet they are more concealable than their full-sized brother. Now, a special note to guys that in states that restrict magazine capacity. Using a 10-round magazine in your 17 is really overdone. I mean you’ve got a lot of wasted space in this handgun to where you can take really the feel of a full-sized Model 19, put a 10-rounder in here, and it really gives you the full grip. Yet it’s not too much. You don’t have a lot of extension. You don’t have a lot of that wasted space.
In fact, in the first assault weapons ban in 1994, I purchased a Glock 19 for that specific reason. Because they were all going to the 10-round magazines at the time, and so I thought, “You know. I might as well go ahead, if I’m going to buy another Glock, to buy the Model 19 and to be able to use the 10-rounders in here. It gives me a lot more efficiency than going with the full-sized 17.
Another great thing about the Glock 9 millimeter line-up is the smallest gun will fit the most magazines. What I mean by that is like the 19, you can fit your 15-rounder in here. If you want to go with a 17-rounder from the Glock 17, it extends just a little bit out of the bottom. Then, of course, you can go with the 33-round Glock mags, which we call the fun sticks. It extends, of course, obviously way out past the grip, but because you have a full-sized grip, you’re not coming in contact with the magazine. These function very well.
I would suggest, though, that you make sure you get the Glock Factory mags. They’re well worth it. There’s a lot of imported mags that are iffy at best. The Glock mags, you know they’re going to work. These were originally designed for the Glock 18, which is the full automatic version of their 9 millimeter pistol. Now obviously, using a 33-round magazine in your Model 19 gives it a really different appearance. In fact, add this light, it looks like something from “Judge Dredd.” Kind of changes the configuration of this pistol.
Now it comes with two 15-round magazines with the Gen 3 and three 15-round magazines with the Gen 4. Of course, that is, if your state allows. They also make a 10-round magazine that fits really nicely in the Glock 19, which is really sad. They are polymer. They slide in the magwell very easily, very nice. Your magazine release is right here. On the Gen 4, you’ll have an extended mag release. You’ll also have a mag release that can be switched. On the Gen 3, you don’t.
Right here is the slide release. It holds the slide into place. Very solid lockup. It’s very minimal, and it’s very small, but that’s one of the things that I like about the Glock. There’s not a lot going on on either side. It’s very trim. It’s very simple. In fact, there are only 34 parts to the Glock pistols. That really relates to saying that there is not a lot that is going to go wrong with these pistols. It’s simple. It’s effective. It just works.
Now these are the standard Glock sights. You have kind of a U-shape at the back and then a dot at the front. I find these to be very adequate. I do change some sights every once in a while for different type sights, but to be honest with you, the factory sights work well for me. The sight radius is 6 inches. You have adequate sight radius, which really helps with accuracy, especially at distances. The slide has nice serrations on the back. They’re easy to grab. The finish on these for years was Tenifer, which is a really exceptional hardening process that goes into the metal. It actually permeates the metal. In fact, a lot of gunsmiths have trouble cutting the Glock slides because they’re so hard. Now they’ve gone away from the Tenifer name-brand, but they’re still using a really hard process that’s equally as durable as the Tenifer.
The Gen 3, which has gone to more of a textured grip here with the backstrap and with the finger grooves and these small texturings that go between each of your fingers and then these side panels. Also, you have this area for your thumb to rest. Now here we have the Gen 4 grip, and it has these small little pyramids. It’s called a rough texture, but it really is very grippy, is very nice, and of course it goes across the front and also in the back.
Another thing about the Gen 4 is you can have removable backstraps. That’s very popular. In fact, the medium size is the same grip that you have with your Gen 3. If you want to go even smaller, you can just remove the backstrap like this one has had done, or you can go with the large backstrap that really fills up the hand. Here you can see the extra-large mag release on the Gen 4. Of course, here you can see that it’s cut enough to where this is interchangeable.
Now one of the things about this being a smaller grip is they had to reconfigure the trigger system. There are some additional things that have been done to improve the trigger system in the Gen 4s, but many will argue that that’s not really an improvement. It’s just a difference. This one does have an extended slide release which doesn’t come on the factory one, but this is a factory extended slide release. The Gen 3 and 4 do come with accessory rails that make it really nice. Now here I have a little Glock light. Makes it really nice to fit right into here. You can fit any type light in here.
In fact, the Glock light is incandescent. It’s not as bright as many of the LEDs, but I really liked it because it was a Glock product. It was a Glock factory product, so I wanted it. It does very well. The one thing about a gun that’s very popular is that there are going to be a lot of aftermarket parts. You can go to typically any gun shop and find a holster or magazines or sights or what have you for your Glock pistols. That’s just an advantage. Now, I have a number of pistols that aren’t quite as popular. They’re still popular guns, but sometimes it can be a lot of trouble finding the right holster or a company that makes holsters that fits your model. One of the things you don’t have to worry about with the Glock.
You can get aftermarket springs, slide release, you name it. The good thing about the Glock pistol is it really doesn’t need a whole lot. Now I just did a review on the Model 27 subcompact 40 Glock, and I talked about some things that I like to do to my Glock pistols. Really, to be honest with you, there’s just not a lot that needs to be done or can be done.
Now the Glock trigger is a little bit different than a lot of your hammer-fired triggers. It has a 5 ½-pound trigger pull, so there’s some take-up and then just a little bit of pressure, and then there’s a very crisp snap. For the reset, it’s a very audible click. The Glock reset is very nice. There can be some things done internally where you can polish the edges, put a different connector in there to make it a little smoother and to lessen the trigger pull. I’ve done that on a number of pistols. I like doing that. This was a brand new pistol that I bought actually just last week. Nothing has been done to this pistol. That’s the reason why I wanted to do the review, to show you the bare what-you-get with a brand new Glock pistol.
One of the things I really like about striker-fired pistols too is that there’s no double action first and then single action with the hammer coming back. It’s all consistent. That means from the first shot all the way through to the fifteenth shot, you’re going to be very consistent. I know I’ve taken guys out to the range before that have little experience with firing. They’ll get that first round with double action, and the second one will surprise them, and they’ll fire before they’re ready. If you ever find yourself in a self-defense situation, consistency is going to be really important.
The barrel is just over 4 inches at 4.01 inches. It is a hexagonal grooved barrel. What that does, it really gives you exceptional accuracy and reliability, but because of the grooves you are not recommended to fire lead reloads in your gun. A lot of guys will reload, and they’ll reload just the lead bullets. You’re not to fire those in this gun. Glock recommends that, but one of the problems is that it’s just not just some kind of warning. Those grooves can get built up with the lead deposits, and it will cause really high pressures and can actually cause a really massive failure. You don’t want to shoot lead reloads in your gun. Now if you’re reloading jacketed bullets, that’s not a problem. That’s not going to fill up the grooves in the barrel. It’s not just reloads. It’s especially lead reloads.
One of the things I want to mention, though, about the Glock, is that if you’re having some feeding issues, make sure that you have a proper grip on your pistol. When I say that, if you are limp-wristing — that means you’re not really getting a good, solid grip on your pistol. Doesn’t have to be extreme, but it can be extremely limp. It’s called limp-wristing. When you fire it in that configuration, it can cause malfunctions. Because it’s so lightweight at the bottom, and then with the slide, you’re not allowing the slide to really function well. Just make sure you have a good, solid grip on your pistol when firing.
Now to break the pistol down, just pull your trigger. I pull the slide back just a touch. Right here, there are these little tabs on either side. You just pull down, and that releases the slide lock, which will release your slide. Then you take out your guide rod, which is a polymer guide rod. On the Gen 4s, they have a double captive recoil spring which helps with a little bit of the recoil. Here we have the barrel. Comes right out of the slide.
One of the things about, though, the Glock products is they are always very well finished. Just machined. Very quality machined. This particular one is made in Austria. They are making Glocks, though, also in the United States. In fact, down just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Those are just high-quality guns. Glock has been known for its quality for a long time. Its reliability.
Of course, the frame is extremely lightweight with all polymer frames. You have a rail here, and then here toward the end. You may think, “You know. That’s not much of a rail,” but to be honest with you, these things have shot hundreds of thousands of rounds and been tested in so many different ways without any failures, so it’s just really an exceptional system. Then to reassemble, just enter your barrel. Put in your recoil guide rod. You’re ready to go.
What’s better than a Glock 19 pistol? Two Glock 19 pistols. The Glock Model 19: an excellent choice for home defense, for concealed carry and just a lot of fun at the range. Here’s the reason why you want two Glock 19s. There are a lot of great reasons why the Glock is one of the number-one-selling pistols in America. Glock has been making and producing pistols for over 30 years. They’re proven, and again, they are the AK47 of the handgun world. Be strong. Be of good courage. God bless America. Long live the Republic.
Shooting this is just an — you’ve got to be kidding me. Gun buying…Now the Glock barrels are hexagonal and… Polygonal grooves? Hexagonal? Which, again, is about a half-inch shorter and a half-inch shorter. Oh, that’s even more than a half-inch. The firing pin through inertia is not going to hit round and fire the round, so…I’m not alone in that thought. In fact, and I’m not alone…