Review: Glock 19X 9mm

By Bob Campbell published on in Firearms, Reviews

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.

Glock 19x profile right on a bed of spent cartridge cases

The foundation of Glock’s reputation is reliability.

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.

Federal 124-grain HST, left. Winchester 147-grain Defender, right

The Federal 124-grain HST, left, expanded well in testing. The Winchester 147-grain Defender, right, drives deeper. You pay your money and you make your choice.

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.

Bob Campbell shooting the Glock 19X with two spent shell cases in the air

The Glock 19X 9mm handgun is controllable and accurate.

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.

Glock 19X
Capacity 17/19/33
Length 7.44 inches
Height 5.47 inches
Barrel Length 4.02 inches
Weight 24.83 ounces unloaded
Caliber 9mm

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.

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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 Shooter’s 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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Comments (30)

  • Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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    consumerism is the antithesis of free will… Nice, but if one has a Glock (or other, similar) fine product than running out and buying another is an unnecessary redundancy. Buy a .40 caliber pistol or maybe a .45 caliber. Glock makes fine guns in those calibers as well… Or even, use the money to join a shooting club, buy range gear so you don’t have to keep badgering another shooter for some tool.

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    • OldGringo

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      I met a guy who was on a Texas Ranger biker gang task force. We were leaving his hotel room one night to go eat and while he always carried a model 66, 2 and 1/2 inch SW, he picked up an identical gun and stuck it in his pocket. Upon inquiry, when he was on general duties he carried these two guns, if he was going on a raid or kicking a door he carried 2 identical 1911s. His claim was in his experience, you never want to reload in a gunfight and do not want to switch types of guns for something like a smaller backup gun. When in law enforcement, I always carried a backup, just never 2 of the same. FWIW

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  • W

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    The main things I don’t like about glocks besides being unattractive is the ergonomics, I haven’t held a glock yet that didn’t feel like a baseball bat, square and un comfortable, the main thing is they have no manual safety, the most important part of a firearm, too much hype today about no safety on a hand gun, telling this new generation that it’s in the way, it’s on there for a reason, [ watch the video on youtube with the cop teaching a class on weapon carry, he shoots himself with his loaded glock ] if you are not competent enough to figure out how to use a safety then you shouldn’t be owning a gun, glad to see the military staying with Sig Sauer

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    • KN

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      Sig?!? You mean the same clunky gun ergonomics that just weigh more and are less dependable?

      I’m no huge fan of Glock other than for their reliability, but Sig is a cash-cow joke of a company nowadays. I’ve owned 3 Sigs, and had to return all of them to the factory for one reason or another.

      As for the importance of a safety, if you rely on one as faithfully as you make out, then you’re just as likely as that cop you made fun of to have your own unfortunate discharge accident. The ONLY safe chambered carry is a Beretta 90-series (with decock, trigger deactivation, a firing pin block, and firing pin disjointment all occurring upon safety activation). Otherwise, I carry with a loaded mag and empty chamber no matter the gun. It takes the same amount of time to rack on draw (with practice) as it does to flick a safety.

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    • Alan

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      And if your free hand is fending off an assailant? You have a very expensive hammer in your hand.

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    • Firewagon

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      Absotootly! If you can’t, for whatever reason, have your zombie repeller loaded and ready to pop a zombie with a single trigger press – you should reconsider your capability/readiness to “carry!”

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  • Kelley L McMahan

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    I can’t wait to put hands on one myself although I am hoping for this model in basic black in the near future as there are situations where a tan gun just won’t do. I could see this as a huge seller in the LEO market as well.

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  • Mike11C

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    First of all, who the hell is “Flint”? It’s “in like Flynn”! It references the Casanova-like abilities of an old, long gone, actor named Errol Flynn. Do your research kids!

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    • Bob Campbell

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      bout 1,420,000 results (0.42 seconds)
      Search Results
      In Like Flint (1967) – IMDb
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061810/
      Rating: 6.2/10 – ‎4,388 votes
      Action · Super-spy Flint takes on a cabal of women plotting to rule the world.
      ‎James Coburn in In Like Flint · ‎Derek Flint · ‎Full Cast & Crew · ‎Trivia

      Pretty certain Jame Coburn would have bitch slapped Errol Flynn.

      One generation used Flynn, another Flint, and now we mix it up.
      Thanks for reading.

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  • Retired Navy Spook

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    Polymer frame firearms have their place, even for us purists. I have two steel frame 1911’s, a Browning Hi-Power and my EDC is a a Sig P938, but the gun that resides in the nightstand is a Glock 17 with a Crimson Trace laser. My wife is proficient with it, and she knows that, should someone break in when I’m not there, she just puts the little red dot on center mass and pulls the trigger.

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  • CitizenJohn

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    Ho Ho Ho Here’s to Heavy Metal ! Have to admit I own one “polymer” Glock 43, It’s like lighting an old school cherry bomb in your hand but it is light weight. Hats off to Beretta Inox,S&W’s, Colt 1911’s, Savage 32 Autos and JC Higgins made by High Standard, fine sights on 22 Squirrel rifles. When this generation forgets the old ones maybe i can afford them :)

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  • Mike A

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    I saw a test fire of the Glock 19 mod5 & the complaint was that the shells eject towards your forearms instead of to the sides

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  • T. Ferguson

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    Harbringer of a new line of handguns??? Are you joking? FNH, Sig Sauer, Springfield Armory, have all been doing a 4inch slide with a full size frame for years…..now that Glock does it, it’s supposed to be a new thing, give me a break.

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    • KN

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      Exactly…just like them adding a barrel with actual cut-in rifling is called a “marksman” match-grade barrel. It’s laughable.

      Glock has become the quintessential car-salesman of guns. Every little cheap hat-trick or tweak is supposedly some new groundbreaking innovation. There’s a lot of people who drink the Kool-Aid though.

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  • Charlie

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    Glock 19X. Let’s face it, polymer handguns are just butt ugly as are polymer stocked rifles. Man, for the good old times just in 22 cal– Smith Model 41’s and 17’s, Colt Match Targets, High Standards,etc. As a play on the song by the Kingston Trio goes–Where have all the great guns gone??? Gone to polymer everyone–except reissues.

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    • Firewagon

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      LOL! Hey, everybody loves the “pretty,” all metal guns. Problem being, only the masochistic love packing all that weight ALL day every day! Same for the military. The Marine Corps Drill Team still uses the venerable old M1, because, you just can’t do complicated drills with those “Mattel Toys.” I packed that 9 lb sledge hammer, bak-in-tha-day. Tell me how much you would prefer that boy to the Mattel rig on ANY 10 mile forced march! I pine for that Match M1 I cleaned and won the NRA 600 yd match with one year. Would I want it in some close quarter combat scenario, uh, nope; ONLY if I was outta ammo and needed a sledge hammer! Finally, as some wag, probably long dead, said, you show all your friends your “pretty guns,” you show the bad guys your Glock! 😉 I pack one, 24/7 – rides me bedside holster when asleep.

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  • David K

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    Waiting for my 19X to arrive at my dealer. I grew up shooting 1911’s and I only carry a Glock now. Capacity and reliability are the two things that are most important to me.

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    • Firewagon

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      Yesser, yesser, 1911 .45, all they issued in the day. Though I always shot Expert with that slab sided rattle trap, I never grew accustomed to how it recoiled in the hand. Additionally, everyone, including the military were behind the 8 ball in practical pistol shooting instruction, at the time. Instructed in and learned to shoot one handed was the custom. NRA bullseye competitions continue that! “Learning” to shoot one handed is necessary. Only because you can’t assume you will have the use of “both” hands at crunch time! Every other situation with two healthy limbs and TWO handed shooting is “potentially” way more accurate. Annual military qualification allowed only the one hand option – two hands was not even discussed. Hmm, chased a rabbit in that. The 1911, single stack, metal gun aside, there are excellent, high capacity, polymer, .45 caliber rigs available – if you are capable with the BIGGER round, you need not downsize. 😉

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