Possibly, the most interesting Glock handgun introduced in some time is the Glock 19X. The pistol shows that Glock is thinking out of the box and may be the harbinger of a new line of handguns. The idea is simple enough. The 19X features a Glock 17 full size frame with the Glock 19 barrel. There is much precedent to this.
The Colt Government Model became the Commander by shortening the slide ¾ inch and SIG gave us the SIG P225 by shortening both the slide and grip frame of the SIG P220. However, the Glock 19x retains a full-size grip with the short barrel. This makes for a handgun with an excellent grip for control, a rapid draw stroke, and superior accuracy potential. Of course, the shorter slide clears leather more quickly and is more maneuverable in most situations.
The Glock 19X was a product of the U.S. Army competition for a new service gun. The 19X is clearly a reliable and rugged handgun, no need to test Glock again in that regard. The Glock 19X has the features of the Generation Glock, including the new Marksman barrel, nPVD slide finish, ambidextrous slide stop levers, and reversible magazine release.
The Generation 4 finger grooves have been eliminated. The Glock 19X features the military lanyard loop, and is finished in coyote brown. This makes for a very attractive handgun. The sights are self-luminous iron sights—an important addition. In a day when many makers supply a handgun with a single magazine, the Glock 19X is delivered with two 19-round magazines—17 round magazines with the Glock +2 spacer—and a single flush fit 17-round magazine. That is a lot of ammunition on hand.
I always carry at least one spare magazine for the carry handgun. This means 36 rounds on tap with the Glock 19x when I carry a spare magazine in my Tulster ammo carrier. It is true that most personal defense incidents require only a handful of cartridges. But then there is the man that drowned in a creek of an average depth of three feet. The Glock 19X magazine capacity will get you out of a deep creek.
The pistol features a 5.5-pound trigger compression. For some reason, recent Glock handguns have strayed more to six pounds or even more. The standard 5.5-pound trigger is ideal for most uses.
The proof is in the firing. There is no learning curve on this pistol if you have fired the Glock. Load, holster, draw, fire—the drill is the same. The firing impulse is the same. When firing the piece, the recoil and firing experience was much more like the recoil and handling of the Glock 17 Generation 5 than the Glock 19.
I have always thought the Glock 19 was the best-balanced Glock as an all-around handgun. The Glock 17, however, may be fired more accurately. The Glock 19X does indeed bridge the difference and I was able to fire the pistol as accurately as the Glock 17 Generation 5 on hand.
I began the firing session with a 120-round bargain box from Federal Cartridge Company, comprised of two boxes of 124-grain American Eagle and a 20-round box of Federal 124-grain HST. The magazines were loaded—that is 55 rounds in the three magazines—and I began firing at man-sized targets at 7, 10, and 15 yards.
I had some difficulty loading the magazines to full capacity, but with the use of the Butler Creek ASAP magazine loader (Universal Double Stack Pistol variant) I was in like Flint. The pistol tracks quickly and came on target easily. The texture of the frame aids in control, and the trigger is controllable with a rapid reset.
Firing results were excellent. The Glock is a combat pistol and the target featured a nicely centered group. Moving to firing for absolute accuracy, I broke out my Bullshooters shooting rest. I added the Winchester 147-grain Defender to evaluate a heavy bullet option in the new Marksman barrel.
Firing from a solid benchrest at a long 25 yards, I secured several 2 – 2 ½-inch groups with the Federal 124-grain HST and the Winchester 147-grain Defender. Federal American Eagle 124-grain and the Winchester USA White Box 115-grain practice loads gave similar groups but overall not quite as accurate as the premium defense rounds. Clearly, the Generation 5 Glock is more accurate than previous versions. The pistol fit handily in either the Tulster Kydex holster or the Galco Stow and Go IWB.
|Barrel Length||4.02 inches|
|Weight||24.83 ounces unloaded|
What would I change or ask for? Not a thing. If I wanted a shorter grip the Glock 19 is available. When I wear the Glock 19X concealed, the pistol is hard against the small of my back so I will take the longer grip. The shorter slide, however, is more comfortable to wear, particularly in the appendix position. I think the Glock 19X is a winner.
Is the Glock 19X the perfect marriage between a long frame and short barrel, or would you prefer a 1911 Commander? Share your answer in the comment section.
Bob Campbell is a former peace officer and published author with over 40 years combined shooting and police and security experience. Bob holds a degree in Criminal Justice. Bob is the author of the books, The Handgun in Personal Defense, Holsters for Combat and Concealed Carry, The 1911 Automatic Pistol, The Gun Digest Book of Personal Protection and Home Defense, The Shooters Guide to the 1911, The Hunter and the Hunted, and The Complete Illustrated Manual of Handgun Skills. His latest book is Dealing with the Great Ammo Shortage. He is also a regular contributor to Gun Tests, American Gunsmith, Small Arms Review, Gun Digest, Concealed Carry Magazine, Knife World, Women and Guns, Handloader and other publications. Bob is well-known for his firearm testing.
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