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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.

  
  

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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 four years and have fired over 22,000 rounds through it with no malfunction (except .

 

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Glock 19 Reviews & Procedures

 

 Good Stuff

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.

  1. Simplicity of design.

  2. Durability. Extremely resistant to rust and mistreatment.

  3. Little maintenance required. Glocks are rumored to shoot indefinitely with little or maintenance.

  4. Unparalleled reliability.

  5. Built-in safety features.

  6. Law enforcement use. Approximately 80% of America’s law enforcement use Glocks.

  7. Light weight & size. The Glock 19 is small enough for concealed carry.

  8. Holds it's resale value.

  9. The Glock name and reputation.

  10. Large capacity. The standard magazine holds 15 rounds and more with larger magazines.

  11. Cheap cost of 9mm ammo relative to larger calibers.

  12. Availability of 9mm ammo. Easy to buy. Glock are plentiful and all over the world. Easy to get parts no mater where you are.

 

Bad Stuff

  1. Limited knock down power (some say).

  2. Recoil. Due to it's light weight and small size recoil is manageable but slightly more than corresponding heavier and larger 9mm pistols.

 

CONCLUSION

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 defense.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 shooter.

 

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 accessories.

 

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.

 

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

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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.
Mark

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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!
PW

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Glock Internal Locking System (ILS) Safety Feature

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.
John

Response - John
I have never seen an ILS for a Glock and would have no idea where to find it in the Philippines.
Sorry. Tanner

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.
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glock_pistol

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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. Richard


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 didn’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 away.

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 “stopping power” (but I don’t know if that difference really matters).
- The G23 has slightly more recoil ( I could barely notice the difference).
- 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 them.

Best regards,

Tanner

 

Follow-Up:
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.
Richard

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MIKE COVIELLO is a former aerospace engineer, now Web Designer/SEO Consultant. Hobbies include shooting zombies & reloading ammunition.