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.


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 (36)

  • David K


    Ok, the wait is over. Got my Glock 19X. First thing is to remove the lanyard loop, (easy). Use 2 extra Gen 4 17 round magazines for extras in case you don’t get the job done with eighteen rounds. Fits the same holsters as my G19, G23, G32. Chose the Glock with Glock Night Sights variation. Fit and finish are nice. At my age, the advantage to draw and fire and have a piece that goes bang with every pull of the trigger is perfect.


  • Warren


    For me the G19X is going the wrong way. I’d like a G19 upper on a Gen 3 or 4 G26 grip. The butt is what protrudes IWB in 4 o’clock position.


  • Kelley


    “In like flint” is an old parody of James Bond Named Derek Flint. You can look up the movie on In like Flint was the sequel released in 1967.


  • Jim


    I’m continually amazed at the verbal gymnastics you people can come up with to present this abortion in a positive light. If this is such a great idea when do we see a Glock 26 slide on a Glock 17 frame; think how much faster it will clear the holster, and how much more inherently accurate with it’s even shorter sight radius,


    • Mark


      Amen. Amen. Amen.

      Everything about this article lacked either integrity, competence, or both.

      This is by far the best example of gun rag “truthiness” I think I’ve ever seen.

      This is what the word ‘shill’ was designed to address.


    • Justin


      Though skeptical at first when I held one I bought it right away. This is the perfect G19 for me with my large hands. I never liked they way my pinky can’t get a grip on the 19 without an extension. Add in the finish and the better trigger and I was sold. Keep in mind that while concealable this gun was not designed for CCW, it is a combat handgun. The pics of this gun do it a disservice by having the extended capacity mags in exaggerating its proportions, it actually looks great and balanced with the flat 17 rounder.


  • John Williamson


    I’m not going to dispute the clocks reliability, I own a couple of them, but they are absolutely butt ugly and make me feel like I’m holding a potato instead of a gun.
    I carry a Colt Delta Elite 10mm everyday and I love it.
    It is the perfect handgun.


  • KN


    Glock makes a fine, exceedingly dependable, and acceptably accurate product across the board.

    However, when they released the “all new” Gen5’s, I snickered at how they touted removing grip contours and adding a “marksman” barrel as a full generation set of improvements.

    Then, when they announced the 19x, I laughed uncontrollably at the ridiculousness of the “innovation” comments that were being thrown around about it. All this gun is is another “must have” for all the Glock Jocks, in order for them to keep selling units.

    What makes me most excited is that every time they release another so-called Generation or supposed innovation, the prices of the best models – the Gen3’s, goes down a little further, and that’s just fine with me. Keep getting sucker-sold, boys!


  • DJ Sandiego


    Thanks for a great article Mr. Campbell this is a winning combo chambered in numerous calibers it will likely stay at the all time top for Glock the melding of the best qualities and component groups is a game changer….Oh and Errol was the consummate ladies man so it was him that, was,” in like Flynn,”……Ciao


  • Scott Puckett


    Seems to me, Glock got this ine backwards. The Glock 19 frame is easier to conceal than the 17 frame. Seems to me that if Glock wanted to do something they should have given us a !9 frame with a 17 slide, providing a pistol that was easier to conceal but with a longer sight radius for better accuracy.


  • Long Range Customs


    I have been a DieHard Glock fan and carried one since the 80’s. A couple of years ago i had an opportunity to purchase a Kimber 1911 and could not believe the difference. The Kimber is so sweet to shoot and feels like everything is on roller bearings. Although i love my Glocks, I have always viewed them as a “Willy’s-Flat-Fendered-Jeep”, meaning it isn’t pretty but it does what it does faithfully and every time without fail!! I continue to carry my Glocks for CC, but now enjoy an occasional day out with the Kimber! Gotta love the Glocks though!!


  • Saven Watts


    This question still remains in mind when glock is going to venture into the AR-15, Shotgun, Ak-47, and 1911 business? Not saying anything negative about Glock brand, but I’m ready to see Glock expand its horizons and also see something new, but different.


    • KN


      I doubt this will ever happen. Gaston Glock had the old mantra of doing one thing, and doing it better than everyone else. His initial innovations were world-class, and industry changing in the 80’s, but now his company is just on continuous replay, throwing in an occasional tweak and touting it as something awesome.

      If Glock ever breaks into another market like the 1911/AR/AK or bolt rifles, it’ll probably begin with the purchase of an already established higher-end company needing a buyout.


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