The Most Popular Handgun—Glock 19

By Suzanne Wiley published on in Firearms

Are you looking for a gun with the right mix of durability, reliability and shootability that also has an affordable price tag? Look no further! I have the as-close-to-perfect-as-possible handgun for you: The Glock 19. As Austrian manufacturer, Glock ’s second pistol produced, the Glock 19 currently comes in two configurations and three different models: the Glock 19 Gen 3, the Glock 19 Gen 4 and the Glock 19 Gen 3 made in the U.S.A.

Picture shows the Glock 19 Gen 3 and Gen 4 side by side.

The Glock is one of—not the most—popular handguns in the United States—quite possibly the world.

Introduced in 1988, the Glock 19 quickly became popular with law enforcement agencies nationwide. After successfully selling the model 19 to United States law enforcement, Glock moved on to win the hearts of U.S. civilians. And win them they did. The Glock 19 is one of—if not the most—popular handguns in the United States—quite possibly the world.


The Basics

The Glock 19 is a scaled-down version of Glock ’s original full-sized model 17. It is a striker-fired, locked-breech short-recoil operated semi-automatic pistol chambered for 9mm. Not wanting to sacrifice ammunition capacity for size, requests from plain-clothes police officers led to the development of the Glock 19. Many of the gun’s dimensions are the same, however, the Glock 19’s barrel is smaller at just 4 inches and the overall length is shorter at 6.85 inches. Both have a 5.5-pound trigger pull, 9.84-inch right hand hexagonal barrel twist, and are 1.18 inches wide. The model 19 weighs in at 20.99 ounces unloaded and 29.98 ounces loaded. The 19 holds 15 rounds.


The combination of the weight, barrel length and 9mm round make the Glock 19 a pleasure to shoot. Recoil is minimal and manageable. The slide is smooth and easy to operate without feeling like you’re going to pop a vein racking it. The 5.5-pound trigger pull is consistent with guns in its class and comes as no surprise for a striker-fired handgun. It breaks smoothly and consistently.

The model 19, despite its smaller size, still allows for a full grip. With the Glock 19, you get a big enough grip to handle the gun well. You do not need an extended magazine for that awkward dangling pinkie that so often is the case with sub-compact handguns. Its size means the gun is extremely controllable. The barrel sits naturally higher in the palm of your hand, meaning felt recoil pushes straight back controlling muzzle flip. This means you achieve quicker and more accurate follow up shots.

The polymer, white dot front and u-shaped white outline rear sights work well enough to hit the bullseye and get consistent groupings within 15 feet. Due to the popularity of the Glock 19, finding upgraded sights from glow-in-the-dark night sights, to ghost ring, to straight iron sights at a wide variety of affordable prices is easy.

Picture shows a Glock19 handgun made in the U.S.A.

Like all Glocks, the 19 runs consistently and reliably every time.

There is no external safety lever or buttons on the Glock 19. However, do not think this makes the Glock unsafe. The Glock actually has three independent mechanical safeties, which Glock calls “Safe Action.” Glock built one right into the trigger. The gun will not go off unless the trigger is completely depressed. This “Safe Action” safety system prevents accidental discharge of the gun, but still makes shots in competition and when needed in self-defense quicker.


Much of the Glock ’s beauty is its minimalist design. Made of only 34 parts, Glock built the 19 strictly for function, ease-of-use, and reliability. This simplistic design means the Glock 19 has less chance to malfunction. Take down is a cinch for routine cleaning and maintenance. With a little practice, even the most mechanically challenged handgun owner can learn how to clean and maintain a Glock .

Like all Glocks, the 19 runs consistently and reliably every time. It does not require much maintenance or need costly aftermarket parts. You can count on it every time whether it’s for home defense, duty-use or competition.

Glock compromises nothing. It works in extreme temperatures, while filthy, spitting out hand loads, +P and expensive self-defense round with ease. After thousands and thousands of rounds it just keeps shooting.

After years of hard and tough shooting, one law enforcement officer’s personal Glock 19 looks well loved, but not worn-out. The matte black finish is certainly durable.


Though the Glock will not win any beauty pageants, at half the price tag of its Miss Universe counter parts, the Glock 19 is one gun that goes from carry to target to competition without fail.

Gen 4

Gen 2 Glocks differ slightly from the Gen 3. Still in production today, the Gen 3 saw a change in the grip angle and texture. The added finger grooves on the Gen 3 models makes the trigger reach shorter. If the Gen 3 feels uncomfortable, you may want to try the Glock 19 Gen 4. Though the grip circumference is smaller on the Gen 4, the pistol comes with different sizes of interchangeable backstraps. If you have larger hands and the trigger reach is too short, just change the backstrap. Introduced in 2010, the Gen 4 has a Rough Textured Frame (RTF), so your grip stays secure even when things get slippery. For an extended review on the Gen 4, read The Gen 4 Glock 19.

Picture shows the right side of the Glock 19.

The polymer, white dot front and u-shaped white outline rear sights work well enough to hit bullseye.

Glock 19 is one of Glock’s top selling pistols and one of the most widely used semi-automatic pistols in military and law enforcement agencies around the world. Clearly one of the classics everyone should have in their gun collection.

Specifications and Features

  • Model: Glock 19
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 15 rounds
  • Action: Double-action only
  • Barrel Length: 4.02″
  • Barrel Rifling: Right hand, hexagonal
  • Length of Twist: 9.84″
  • Trigger Pull: 5.5 lbs.
  • Sights: Fixed sights
  • Frame Finish: Matte polymer
  • Accessory Rail: Yes
  • Ambidextrous Mag Release
  • Trigger Travel: 0.5″
  • Sight Radius: 6.02″
  • Overall Length: 6.02″
  • Overall Height: 5.00″
  • Overall Width: 1.18″
  • Weight: 30.18 oz. loaded

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  • Matt


    G19 hands down my favorite pistol… she is Gen 4 and a sexy bitch. I own a G26 G27 G23 Gen 4 and G17.. I love them all but shot a friend’s G19 and had to have one absolutely the best. If I had to pick only one pistol to shoother ever again or carry all around it would be the 19


  • Raymond L Bakke


    I have the first G 30 then Gen 4 G17 then Gen 4 dark earth G 19 thank you for making something I can count on


  • scott


    my 19 is by bitch,my 30 is big daddy


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