GLOCK 19 Pros and Cons

Gray-haired man with GLOCK 19 pistol in ready position.

When I got this assignment, I thought it fit me to a T. I have been lucky to fall into the orbit of a visionary editor who has asked me to stretch my limits in writing. This article challenged me on several counts. I have owned a number of GLOCK 19 handguns. I have traded them, and sometimes the trade was up and sometimes down. I should have kept the first one. I have carried the pistol professionally and fired it in any number of test programs.

The GLOCK 19 has proven free of irritating malfunctions of any type. The pistol, like all handguns, has both fans and detractors. I prefer the educated comments of those who use the handgun extensively. I ask myself what the GLOCK 19 has to offer that the SIG P228, Beretta 92C or the HK P7M8 does not. I have experience with the Smith and Wesson M&P compact and the Springfield XD compact as well.

Handguns must meet a certain baseline before getting into personal preference in operating mechanisms, sights and grip texture. This baseline is reliability. And this doesn’t mean a few hundred rounds by a writer; it means institutional testing and long service. SIG, Beretta, GLOCK, and H&K all have this type of reputation.

The GLOCK 19 isn’t a target gun or a hunter. It is chosen for personal defense. After 23 years of police work, I have a different worldview and a different understanding of criminal enterprise. I have ignored anecdotal comments, forays into self-promotion and false sentimentality. The less generous might insert buffalo chips at this point.

These are rigorous standards met by police reports among other important documents. When you are facing an adversary, it isn’t a Joe like you who has had a bad day. They do not usually need to be shot. The person attacking you with deadly intent is an angry and aggressive psychopath with no sense of the moral dimension of his crime. Their internal logic is different from yours.

Those thwarted in some criminal enterprise for profit in their use may recognize the error of their ways and stop. Those driven by compulsion cannot stop. You need a good tool to save your save and one that works every time. And the GLOCK 19 is a good choice because it will not fail as far as reliability goes.

However, is it the best choice for personal defense for you? Let’s take a hard look.

Pros Cons
Functional appearance Ugly
Reasonably easy to control Only 9mm
Safety features No trigger safety
Has only one trigger action to learn compared to double-action types Trigger is difficult to learn
 May be concealed with proper leather selection;
it is the comfort level that is affected by the size of the gun
 Is not compact enough for concealed carry

At this point, I need to make something clear: A full size GLOCK 17 9mm may be concealed. So may the smaller GLOCK 26. However, somewhere there is a compromise level. The GLOCK 19 isn’t significantly more difficult to fire well and control than the larger GLOCK 17.

Is this also true of the Mini GLOCK? Probably not. The difference in concealing the smaller guns is comfort.

Pros Cons
Fine for close-range work Sights limit long-range accuracy (order night sights or replacement sights)
Light for the size and caliber Difficult to control

Control should be addressed by proper technique. The later model GLOCK pistols feature an improved frame design that aids control. Perhaps you should avoid +P loads.

Pros Cons
Attractively cubist Square and blocky
Affordable compared to other service pistols More expensive than cheap guns

Like all good handguns, the GLOCK 19 is a compromise of sorts and has its pros and cons. The basic engineering of the safe-action trigger and polymer frame cannot be changed. The sights can be changed. The Gen 4 has changeable grip inserts. If you do not like the caliber, then there are other models available.

In the end a template for comparing all handguns should be considered. The GLOCK 19 is seldom a bad choice. It is a well made and reliable handgun worth its price. If the cons do not appeal to you then there are other equally reliable handguns. Read about them here and make your choice.

Packing the GLOCK 19

The Tagua 4-in-1 Holster is a very versatile holster, featuring a well-designed combination of belt slots that allow crossdraw, small of back, strong side or inside-the-waistband (IWB) carry.  Frankly it is worth the price to use four different ways to discover which choice is really best for your body type! The crossdraw when driving and the IWB under a sport shirt in the summer makes sense.

Defense Loads

One good choice for a defense load is the Winchester PDX 124-grain +P.

Winchesters’ bonded core 9mm load is controllable and powerful. The load is rated at 1,200 fps and, in an unusual happenstance, clocks 1198 fps from the GLOCK 19, almost exactly factory specification.

Velocity is a little less in the SIG P228 and a little more in the Beretta 92C. This load exhibits good accuracy and an excellent balance of expansion and penetration.

Do you have a GLOCK 19 in your arsenal? We would love to hear about your experiences so do share with us in the comments section.


About the Author:

Bob Campbell

Bob Campbell’s primary qualification is a lifelong love of firearms, writing, and scholarship. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice but is an autodidact in matters important to his readers. Campbell considers unarmed skills the first line of defense and the handgun the last resort. (He gets it honest- his uncle Jerry Campbell is in the Boxer’s Hall of Fame.)

Campbell has authored well over 6,000 articles columns and reviews and fourteen books for major publishers including Gun Digest, Skyhorse and Paladin Press. Campbell served as a peace officer and security professional and has made hundreds of arrests and been injured on the job more than once.

He has written curriculum on the university level, served as a lead missionary, and is desperately in love with Joyce. He is training his grandchildren not to be snowflakes. At an age when many are thinking of retirement, Bob is working a 60-hour week and awaits being taken up in a whirlwind many years in the future.

Published in
Black Belt Magazine
Combat Handguns
Rifle Magazine
Gun Digest
Gun World
Tactical World
SWAT Magazine
American Gunsmith
Gun Tests Magazine
Women and Guns
The Journal Voice of American Law Enforcement
Police Magazine
Law Enforcement Technology
The Firearms Instructor
Tactical World
Concealed Carry Magazine
Concealed Carry Handguns

Books published

Holsters for Combat and Concealed Carry
The 1911 Automatic Pistol
The Handgun in Personal Defense
The Illustrated Guide to Handgun Skills
The Hunter and the Hunted
The Gun Digest Book of Personal Defense
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911 second edition
Dealing with the Great Ammunition Shortage
Commando Gunsmithing
The Ultimate Book of Gunfighting
Preppers Guide to Rifles
Preppers Guide to Shotguns
The Accurate Handgun
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Comments (89)

  1. For those that believe the Glock 19 is only a marginally accurate pistol, do an online search and watch ‘Hickock 45′ doing one of his You Tub reviews on the Glock 19 where he consistently bangs steel targets at 50 yards and more with an out-of-the-box stock 19. AMAZING!1
    He proves hands-down that if you are not hitting targets with your 19, it’s not the guns’ fault.
    No fancy sights or trigger jobs, and not pretty, but does the job extremely well just as it was designed to do.

  2. I use the X-Grip adapter on a Glock 17 mag for my Glock 19 and, voila, you have the Glock19X. No need to mess with the existing clips to increase capacity, they’re used as spares, with the Glock 17 mags giving me two more rounds. It also makes the Glock 19 look better, and more importantly, feel better in my hand. Thought about customizing it through Robar, but, now, there’s no need. Shoots fine all the time. I’m real happy with it.

  3. I am 68 years old, I carried a Colt .45 for years. My friend who lives in Florida and retired from the military pointed me to Glocks. Again, I am 68 years old, and control of either a model 19 or 17 has never been an issue with me. I can work on the trigger some and get it down to almost 3 lbs of pull and walk an empty milk jug along the ground up to about 35 feet. Just double tapping the hound out of it!
    IMO the best handguns ever made.

  4. I like Glocks and have a 17 which IMHO is hard to beat. I also have a Beretta 92fs which I love also. The Glock stays in the house, the Beretta in my pickup. For concealed carry though I have a Smith & Wesson Shield. Striker fired like the Glock but with a manual safety. I know the yadda, yadda crowd will say the Glock is perfectly safe with training and maybe that’s so, but carrying a Glock or “cocked and locked” 1911 pointed at my personal parts just does not appeal to me.

    1. I see the error in my ways carrying the colt .45 with one in the hole. It’s a wonder it never went off. However I feel considerably more comfortable carrying any of my Glocks with one ready to bark. I dropped one of my 17s in the garage twice already. That’s what i get for getting old I suppose.

  5. After trying several guns at a range, I settled on the Beretta 92FS. I only weigh 105 pds and feel good about having it for home and concealed carry use (although it is a full size gun) in a purse or waist belly bag style. Trying the Glock 19 now. It is smaller so more kick. The smaller the gun, the bigger the recoil.

  6. I love my 2nd Genereation G-19. It is, hands down, the most reliable semi-auto I have ever owned. Ugly? I’m not choosing a defensive gun for looks. If I want looks and style, my personal favorite is the old Colt Model “P” SAA revolver. “Looks is a matter of personal taste. As for concealability, my preference is for a fanny-pack style holster (my “man purse”, as some of my co-workers call it – they think fanny packs of any kind are “faggy”, but their opinions matter to me about as much as farts in the wind…), since i can wear it with anything and it also carries my wallet and other essentials (did i mention it is a BIG fanny pack, and I could stick a full size 1911 in it if I wanted to?). I don’t have a problem with the way it points, either. I guess the love/hate thing is, like in all gun choices, simply a matter of personal taste.

  7. Always thought I wanted a 19. I have owned a 23 for years. Finally shot a 19 and figured it just didn’t fit what I wanted. I have since bought a Ruger 9E. Have not carried my Glock 23 since. The 9E is a amazing gun. Thought I would never choose anything over my 23 but I was wrong.

  8. I carry a G19 and compete in IDPA with one (I own 3 of them) and I’ve been shooing Glocks of all types since 1994. The G19 is the do it all gun. It is not hard to conceal carry, but you have to be willing to try different holsters, methods, positions, and clothing choices. I think most people who say they can’t conceal a double stack handgun put their own comfort and clothing choices above the importance and reason they are carrying in the first place. You have to adapt to the gun, not the other way around. For me it all came down to finding the right holster. For me, the Milt Sparks VM2 (versa max 2) was the perfect fit. Easy to wear, comfy, quality made, and conceals like a dream under an untucked shirt. I carry every day at work, around family & friends, shopping, etc… and I’ve never been called out. I’m done with small single stack guns and I won’t be going back. If you have not tried a Milt Sparks VM2, get one. I got mine used on a for sale forum for $110 shipped and it was the best gun money I’ve ever spent.
    Remember, even if your gun does bulge out a little under your shirt, 99.9% of people are stupid and won’t ever notice. If they do cast a glance your way, 99.9% of the time they will think it’s a phone or something not gun related if they bother to think at all. If it’s a gun person or cop that notices you, who cares, 99.9% of the time that person is on your side anyway. So carry, be responsible, and don’t worry about it.

  9. I have had 4 different glock models, 17.19,42,43. So I have had a few . If the 42 was the first one I had bought I would have not of had another one,JUNK. the 17 was great ,just a little big . The 19 is a very nice all around handgun . But my 43 for me is my ace in the hole. it fits my hand better. And it sounds crazy but for me it has a better trigger and is more accurate

  10. As always, the best gun for self defense is the one you have with you. Having said that, I would agree that it’s best to let your wife pick out her own pistol. And if recoil is an issue you could consider something in and around the .380 caliber. I took my girlfriend to the gun range with me and she tried several pistols, and settled on the Sig Sauer P238. Not much recoil at all, fits her hand very well, and quite accurate. I bought her one and she’s getting it for Christmas. Home protection is a different matter. I’ll always believe a tactical semi automatic 20 ga. shotgun loaded with 00 Buckshot is a lady’s best friend when she’s home alone.

  11. That was a very well written and helpful article from a pretty objective point of view. Just wanted to say thanks to Mr. Campbell, I appreciate his evenhanded writing.

  12. I am looking for a gun for my wife. She is a small/petite women, around 110 lbs.. I am wondering if you have any suggestions about what gun would be a good one for her. I am looking for a gun that would be used for home defense, but occasionally conceal carry. Also, recoil may be an issue for her. I have experience with guns, but I’m green when it comes to this and welcome any suggestions you may have.

  13. Well, the Glock 19 certainly has some things going for it. Reliability, simplicity of design, cheap magazines, great aftermarket support, reasonable (not great) accuracy, and a very attractive size in a concealed carry pistol that still allows a full three-finger grip.

    Having said that, I hate the G19 and I have tried to like it.

    Why? The combination of the grip angle and the pronounced palm swell low down on the back strap (Glock hump) combine to make the pistol point high for me (and many others). The blocky, flat sided grip is uncomfortable. The finger grooves on the Gen3 and Gen4 Glock19s are an abomination for anyone who has larger than average hands. The stock trigger is spongy and uninspiring. The crappy plastic sights are an insult to the customer who has shelled out over $500 for a new pistol.

    Oh, and it is truly ugly, although I could live with that.

    I will stay that it looks no worse after being dropped onto concrete pavement from a height and run over by an SUV.

    There may have been a time when it was worth overlooking all of these deficiencies so as to own “Perfection” and be able to shop for cheap magazines at Walmart, but those days are over. Now there are many better choices with superior trigger actions for those many people for whom the Glock does not work, including the SIG Sauer P320, Walther PPQ and P99, and the HK VP9.

  14. Anything can fail that’s man made.
    I see comments like don’t clean and all .
    Always keep it clean and good ammo.
    You tube has all kinds of glock failures.
    I have 2 glock s and Will never say won’t fail

    1. Im 6′ tall 200pounds and my glock seventeen is too big in my hands.! Id say she needs to pick her own gun out. There are truly lots of good guns and one that fits right is very important. I like how my glock operates just not how it fits my hand. My daughter has a bersa thunder and loves it. It fit here hand well. I felt good about her having a double action first shot,” just squeeze it”. Any gun needs to be used and gotten use too.

  15. I have owned glock 19s since they came out still have the single pin gen1 I will not get a gen 4 due to the many parts and configuration deference compared to the 3 back straps pins all that in time will come loose and I hope it’s not when I need it most gen 3 19 with a glock 3.5 connector night sites and a few thousand rounds I can’t beat. keep it simple keep it glock your life dependes on it or you would not b reading this article thanks and good shooting

  16. I own both the 17 and a 19. I have been a glock fan since 1988. I can vouch for my experience with a glock, and it has been and still is my prefered personal weapon. I cant count how many rounds I have sent down range, nor can I recall putting another weapon through the same hell as I do mine. Not into pretty. When I squeeze the trigger I want a bang, and a solid hit. Anything else is not up for the job. Rock that Glock. God Bless America.

  17. I was really excited when I got my G19 Gen 4. I shot several at different gun ranges before buying one and I really liked them. I took mine home and unboxed it and was instantly disappointed. It had the worst sights I’d ever seen, and the hard 5 lb trigger truly sicked. I experrminted with trying competition springs, different triggers, different trigger springs, trigger connectors, and on and on. For me, what finally made my G19 the wonderful l gun it should have been out of the box was this: Trijicon Night Sights (Orange front, Green rear), a 3.5 lb. Lone Wolf trigger connector, an adjustable trigger, a titanium guide rod, and an extended magazine release button. After all that extra cost I had almost as much money in my Glock as I do in my Sig P226 Navy. Difference being my Sig was a great gun right out of the box. I can’t say that with a straight face about my Glock 19 Gen 4.

  18. I am truly floored at this review of the glock 19. I have been carrying the same glock 19 for 15 years in junevof this year, i have taken multiple training classes with it, i have abused it, not cleaned it, had it in the saltwater and sand and put i dont know how many 10s of thousands of rounds through it and it has never failed. I have literally tried to find another gun to replace my 19 and i have yet to find one that is up to the job. The 19 is the perfect balance of size, weight, caliber, capacity, form, function and reliability. It is super easy to control, in fact, if you cant control a 19 then you probably shouldnt be shooting. The trigger is way better then most guns in this class, it blows both smith and Springfield out of the water and they are arguably, glocks biggest competitors. Im not going to even get into the ignorant comments about the trigger safety or long range shots. My glock is a very reliable TOOL, its not meant to be pretty nor do i care if its pretty. I have other guns that are”pretty.” I dont even want my carry gun to be pretty because i am hard on them and it would upset me to beat up a pretty gun. This jas to be the most ignorant review of any gun i have ever seen. The author doesnt appear to be qualified to be writing gun reviews

    1. “I have been carrying the same glock 19 for 15 years in junevof this year”

      It looks like you have found the perfect pistol FOR YOU. All guns have pros and cons, and the weight of those pros and cons are different for everyone. As an example you state you don’t like your carry gun to be pretty, while others might. It’s “ignorant” to think his views are useless because he disagrees with your experience.

  19. both are very good guns but sometimes they will take great features from the old one and not apply them to the new version. kind of like what Samsung did when they made the galaxy s5 water proof and decided to leave it out of the s6 and s7 having a water proof phone is great always.

  20. I own a Glock 17 and would say I’d never own another Glock. While it’s reasonably reliable, I’ve had FTEs on more than a few occasions. I have big hands and the grip still feels like I’m holding a club. The stock trigger set up is so bad I had a gunsmith install the 3.5 pound set up, which helps, but it’s still crunchy. The clean trigger break you get with just about any other gun on Earth is absent in Glocks. The stock mag release is also a pain in the you know what and is another feature I swapped out with after market parts. I also installed night sights. For what you get, a bone stock Glock is over priced. When you factor in the costs of the aftermarket parts and gunsmithing that are necessary to obtain a minimally functional carry gun, Glocks are downright expensive.

    1. Gunsmith? I purchased my first Glock this year, it was a G17 and tore it apart, upgraded the entire trigger assembly and had it back together in less than 30 minutes. Glocks are ridiculously easy to work on. Anything you need to do can be found on YouTube, take a few minutes and do it yourself. Then the measly few hundred dollars you spend on the gun is well worth it.

  21. I have to agree with Jeff there. While at first the article seemed to spring into a detailed review about the run, citing experience and credentials, the article delved into opinionated pros and cons that simply had no quantifying merits.

  22. This is the single worst review ever written or typed on the 19.

    The “cons” section is preposterous. First off the reason the Glock 19 only comes in 9mm is because that’s exactly what a 19. The glock 23 is the SAME frame in a .40. So that is the most rediculous “con” ever written. Ever.

    Another in the “con” session is “Not compact enough for concealed carry”. I personally conceal carry the 19 EVERY DAY. A local gun shop owner and friend conceal carries the Glock 19 EVERYDAY.

    Another “con” that is absolutely rediculous is “trigger is hard to learn”.

    The best kind of trigger is one that breaks out front. All glock triggers break up front. Which facilitates better accuracy. Glock triggers are one of the easiest triggers to learn. Facilitation of the trigger pull is one of the 3 things that make you an accurate shooter. And glock hits the mark. That’s why police and military use it worldwide. That includes MARSOC and the Navy SEALS.

    It also says in this “kangaroo” review that glocks are not suitable for long range?

    Instructor Zero (famous internet shooter) made a 300 yard shot, MULTIPLE times with his glock 19. I can hit a 3×3 steel plate all day at 50 yards.

    Another BS “con” is “Not easy to control”. That is completely false. When compared to other calibers in the Glock line, and with other comparable handguns glock rates VERY high in target acquisition and control. This is in big part to the double recoil spring (In Gen 4) and also to the polymer frame, which flexes to reduce the recoil.

    Another con is “more expensive than cheap models”… Everyone knows with guns you get what you pay for. Glocks have been proven to be the most reliable handguns on the market time and time again. You can put sand in them, shoot them underwater basically they shoot no matter what they put in them. And they DON’T shoot when you don’t want them. You can drop a glock, time and time again. It won’t fire unless you pull the trigger. Which leads me to the last “con” that is absolutely false…

    “No trigger safety”… Are you bleeping kidding me? There straight up is a trigger safety. RIGHT in the middle of the trigger. Without pulling that part of the trigger, the safe action CANNOT engage. So that is BY DEFINITION, A SAFETY.

    1. Sounds like you are saying it is really hard to find a con with the Glock 19. We certainly agree, which made it rough for the writer to come up with something. Good analysis.

    2. Thank you Jeff, I am seriously thinking about purchasing a Glock 19 Gen 4 and truly appreciate your very informed comments. Everyone I have ever spoken with who own a Glock 19 say that’s their preferred weapon, very dependable and easy to conceal.

  23. Anyone experience shell ejection issues? I’ve fired a particular Glock 19 that ejects backwards towards the right shoulder, neck and face. It’s very distracting. I’m guessing this is a defect and a gunsmith is probably needed?

  24. I’m retired and had not fired a handgun since my service days years ago. Recently decided to take a home defense course in preparation for owning a handgun,primarily for home defense. Just returned from spending time with family for Thanksgiving, my son-in-law is well acquainted with firearms (handguns / rifles), so we went to the firing range. He works there part time and introduced me to several people that carry and have extensive experience with a variety of hand guns. Your comments and insight echo the one’s I’ve heard, thank you so much for sharing. I feel much more prepared for the next step, the purchase of my handgun and it will be a Glock 19, no doubt about it. I fired 90 rounds for each the 19, the HK, SIG
    and the Glock 30, I’m a believer.
    Thanks again

  25. I am about to buy my first hand gun. One cousin is retired NYPD the other is on the job. I have been to the range a few times. I have shot the 45, glock 19, walter ppk, and a few others. I have asked what gun should be my first and out of the people I have spoke with they said it should be the glock19. I want to thank you for writing this artical it really cam in handy.

  26. I bought a Glock 23 gen 4,5 years ago. I couldn’t get use to the .40 cal snappiness at all. I dropped a Wolf 9mm conversion barrel into it, got some 9mm mags and essentially made it a Glock 19. Ive used it for over 4 years and its very easy to handle,accurate and handles the stoutest of 9mm loads. It performs great. I have no complaints. My Glock 30 is a little more accurate,but not by much.

  27. I have used firearms all my life but I’m new to concealed carry. My son is a Marine and he suggested that I get my concealed pistol permit and carry my Glock 19. After speaking with him and trying several different guns at the gun range I am convinced that the Glock 19 has less issues, is more reliable and more comfortable than other models. I am confident that if I ever need to use it it will meet the challenge and work properly, the let’s hope that day never comes.

  28. I still cringe when a newbee cleans the Glock! We have two 9mm rounds imbedded in the wood trim in our range cleaning area from the trigger squeeze required to disassemble the Glock 17.
    You can’t fix dumb!

  29. I now have a glock 23 with a lone wolf 9mm barrel and mags. I have owned a 35, 21, and 27. The trigger was mentioned. ANY gun you carry, you must practice with until your brain has become accustomed to the trigger. I have 3 guns now, all with different triggers. I shoot all of them at the range regularly so the trigger is not a problem. Practice with your carry gun until you don’t have to think about it’s operation.

  30. i call bull Safety features No trigger safety that’s false yes there is

    Glock pistols are designed with three independent safety mechanisms to prevent accidental discharge. The system, designated “Safe Action” by Glock, consists of an external integrated trigger safety[41] and two automatic internal safeties: a firing pin safety[42] and a drop safety.[43] The external safety is a small inner lever contained in the trigger. Pressing the lever activates the trigger bar and sheet metal connector. The firing pin safety is a solid hardened steel pin that, in the secured state, blocks the firing pin channel (disabling the firing pin in its longitudinal axis). It is pushed upward to release the firing pin for firing only when the trigger is actuated and the safety is pushed up through the backward movement of the trigger bar. The drop safety guides the trigger bar in a ramp that is released only when direct rearward pressure is applied to the trigger. The three safety mechanisms are automatically disengaged one after the other when the trigger is squeezed, and are automatically reactivated when the trigger is released.[17][44] This passive safety system omits the manipulation of traditional on-off levers, hammers or other external safeties as found in many other handgun designs.

    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.

  31. Being a gun owner since the ripe old age of 6, and having owned and operated various rifles, shotguns and handguns for 54 years, I only wish I had bought my first Glock 19 when they first came out. I would NOT have gone though so many other brands and types looking for Mr. Right.

  32. I recently purchased a glock17 gen 2 (older and used). I am blown away at the reliability, shoots tula steel cased forever without a single hiccup and of course brass perfect. First gun iv ever had other than a revolver that is that reliable. However! My hands are average to small and my first shots were way left and low. I had to realy focus and LEARN that trigger!. So there is a learning curve!. But, great gun, id trust my life to it.! After hundreds of rounds im comfortable with the trigger.

  33. Purchased the Glock 19 on 8/12/2015 as a CCW. Will pick up on 8/23. I have owned a Rugar 357 and a Charter Arms 38 snub nose. Anxious to see how the 19 fires and feels. Hope I’m not disapointed. Comments and recomendations on accessories such as holsters are greatly appreciated.

    Thanks, John.

    1. I don’t think you will be disappointed. I tested several before purchasing ,26,17,19. They all were more than capable but I decided on the 19. I have a large hand and it felt great at the range. I use a leather holster and carry appendix. Im tall and thin and you cannot tell it’s there. As far as which holster just don’t be cheap..

  34. I’m considering purchasing a concealable semi-auto. I’ve learned more here about Glocks than I would have learned elsewhere. And, I appreciate that. Thanks to all for their comments on the subject. I’m old school and have been avoiding semi-auto pistols. No particular reason other than I like the simplicity of my 357 revolver. I have it for self-defense only. I’ve had guns in my face and as a survivor of those times, I have evaluated what I might have done differently. The question I ask myself the most is what would have served me better than a revolver, I know that when a person is in a bad situation, there is no time to evaluate, no time to consider a safety, and no hesitation can be afforded. So, I do not want a safety. I want a holster that has the trigger exposed and a secure strap over the hammer, with a thumb release. I want to be capable of firing the gun without drawing it when the attacker is coming at me, even while inside my fanny pack.” Point and pull the trigger. and keep firing.” is what I’ve repeated to my wife many times.I may not be able to reach for my Bull Pup 12 gauge so fast. Still, I am troubled with the lack of more rounds that the semi offers. I understand the need for law enforcement to react quickly. Until a person faces imminent death, they may not fully understand, I will continue to evaluate my options and learn from others before I purchase. Thanks for a great article.

  35. I have a Glock 19 that I’ve put over 8000 rounds downrange, and I’ve never had a misfire of ANY kind. Glocks are boxy, ugly, some say (not me!) boring, but I have four of them now, and I plan to get some more.

    1. Amen to that. My Glock 22 has also never miss fired, yet. At 30 yards @ 150 grain I can put in body mass ALL DAY LONG…

  36. Just like Snap-on makes a tool for each job, Glock makes a pistol for every job. I personally own eight Glocks, I am a Glock Armorer and teach almost every discipline as an NRA Instructor. Personally I can’t find a bad word to say about any one of them. I train, carry and recommend the Glock 19. The most versatile of them all, why? Concealability, reliability, affordability. They are used almost every country in the world and more the 70% of all law enforcement globally. There are unlimited ways to customize your Glock without braking the bank or take it out of the box, point it at your target and put three in the T zone.
    If you don’t have a fortune to spend, you can always buy a used one and it will shoot just like the day it was purchased.
    Some advice from a person that used a 1911 in Kwait and a Beratta in Iraq. All firearms have their pros and cons but Glock has more pros than any other comparable pistol. Oh yeah the advice… Buy one Glock 23 and one Glock 22, then go on Gunbroker or EBay, buy a 9mm barrel for both and a few G19 and G17 mags and you now own 4 guns. For the price of two and a half. You will then have a full size 9mm and 40cal and a mid sized 9mm and 40cal. Just change the barrel and magazine.
    I do this a lot teaching. It makes for a good variety of sizes. Just remember you still need to remember the basics, right ammo, right barrel and the right magazines. Safety first…

    1. Yes, that is correct. The barrels are fully interchangeable between all Glock .40S&W and .357SIG models of the same frame size (G22/G31, G23/G32, G27/G33). Also both calibres’ mags are completely functional, as .357Sig is derived from .40S&W.

      Another side note:
      Glock Subcompacts (G27,G33) accept barrels from the compact variants (G23,G32).

  37. I own a Glock 30s and have owned 7 other Glocks. It only took one time when my shirt tail got caught in the trigger guard for me to switch to guns with manual safeties that are not needed. I cannot see my holster due to disc problems so it is all feel when I reholster. I only wear untucked shirts.

    What I like is to keep the safety on until the gun is holstered, then take it off safe. When I unholster I just flip on the safety, draw and store the gun with the safety on. I see no harm in a manual safety especially for someone like me that handles guns a lot each day.


  39. I have both a g19 and g26, both gen 3’s. I like them both a lot. The grip angle did take a little getting used to, but now it just feels natural. I have no complaints with the trigger. It pulls the same every time. I’m actually a little better shot with the 26 than I am with the 19. I also shoot better with 1 hand. Go figure. The only thing that bothers me with them is the brass flying back in my face. It hasn’t been a big problem for me having a cartridge bounce off my head occasionally, but I don’t want that 1st time to be when it is really important.

  40. Took my wife out shooting last Wed. Her 19, my 26, and our new Ruger lc9s. We were using Federal champion ammo. We hade failed to extract more than once with all three guns. Never had that problem before we have had problems with Winchester before. But never Fed. We love our Glocks. Two 19 teens. A 26, and a 31.thinking about a model 36, or a 30. Can’t beat those Glocks!!!

  41. I had always carried a revolver. A Colt 357 Mag. Loved it. But when I took my concealed carry class, I wanted to upgrade to a semi auto pistol. My instructors, both Police officers, carried the Glock 19. One of them let me use the Glock in training. I fell in love with it. When I finished the class, I bought a Kahr, because of the price difference and easy to conceal and American made.Had no trouble with it, but it was not a Glock. Now own a Glock and love it. No complaints and concealed carry no problem for me. I love the look, looks bad A__ and is.

  42. Took my 19 and 26 out for their first shoot and both did not like Federal Champion 9mm Luger ammo. Miss-loaded 1 in 3 for the most part, in each. Will attempt different ammo this weekend as I have found slight differences between the Federal and two different brands I’ve purchased for trial before I contact Glock Co.

  43. G19 actually is a god compromse, and it is my favourite GLOCK pistol, BUT I shoot a lot better with GLOCK 17

    1. The Glock 19 doesn’t use clips. It takes a magazine. High capacity magazines can be found at local gunshops or online. Try Cheaperthandirt or Budsgunshop.

    2. They are sold every where. Most important is, are they legal where you live. Don’t get in trouble for just having one. Also some companies will not even ship to you if they are illegal where you live, like lucky me who lives in California. They catch you with any magazines over 10 round capacity here both handgun or long gun and you loose all your guns for a long time.
      There is a lot more involved.

  44. I am a retired law enforcement officer. I carried primarily the Sig 228 in 9mm, but I also carried the Glock 19. I always preferred the Glock to the Sig Sauer. I own a total of four Glock pistols. My first Glock was the model 19, which is wonderful shooting pistol. It is an excellent combination of light weight, high magazine capacity, accuracy, ease of shooting and reasonable power. I carried the model 19 for several years, year round, as a concealed carry pistol. I added a model 27 in .40 as a small and powerful close quarter self defense pistol. I later added two 10mm Glocks – a full size model 20 in 10mm for handgun hunting and a compact model 29 in 10mm for both concealed carry and carry in the woods. Of the four, the model 29 is my favorite Glock, The recoil is no worst than the 27, and “light” loads which are comparable to hot .40 cal loads are available for in town, as well as the full power loads for out in the woods. I normally carry either the model 29 (10mm) or model 27 (.40) for concealed carry. While I prefer the extra power of .40 or 10mm, I would also feel comfortable out in the back woods with a model 19 loaded with 16 rounds of a good hollow point.

  45. I have a large frame (6’2″ 260), so carrying the 19 in IWB for over 23 years has never presented much of an issue. Thousands of rounds through it and NEVER a hiccup. Fits MY hand extremely well. For lighter occasions, I sometimes go with the G26 – equally reliable IMO. For both, I do carry an extra IWB Mag holder and I’ve added Snake Eye Tritium Night Sights by Dead Ringer to both pieces for quick target acquisition. Both G’s have the extended mag for my pinky. Have Walter PPKS and Ruger also, but rarely carry either as primary (as a backup yes, but not as primary). Tried many others . . . and non have successfully replaced my Glocks – BUT . . . you’d better practice drawing (a lot) from your holsters while wearing all types of clothing to ensure a clean draw without engaging the trigger safety. If you’re looking for reliability during high stress, you can’t go wrong with a Glock model suited for your frame and hand size. IMO

  46. I have a Glock 19 and really am happy with it. Being 6
    ‘3″ with large hands, I did not like the butt and considered trading up to a Glock 17 for the larger grip. Then I discovered Pearce Grip Extensions. This replaces the floor plate on the mag with one that has a place to accommodate my pinkie finger. The 19 now feels just right in my hand. These can be had via mail order from Dillon for $9.95. There are also extensions which will increase the mag capacity but living in CA I cannot legally have more than 10 rounds capacity

  47. Sometimes I am truly amazed by the negative comments and cons that some people can find in a COMBAT WEAPON. Almost any of the Glock’s “issues” can be corrected with the plethora of aftermarket items.

    Equally puzzling is how the weight of this firearm is almost always overlooked. I can hide almost any weapon on my large frame, but the weight of a heavy gun tugging on me all day long is troublesome. The 19 weighs only 30 ounces loaded with 16 rounds of ammo. Nothing else comes even close.

    After reliability, my two favorite reason for carrying my 19 are my guide rod laser sight and the 33 round magazine I carry in my back pocket for a reload. Carries better and more comfortable than any mag holder that I have ever put on my belt.

  48. I keep hearing that the Glock trigger is “difficult” to manage of get used to or learn or whatever. Perhaps it is because I have shot Glocks for years in competitions, but I find the Glock trigger to be a very easy trigger to manage. To me, it has a crisp break and a short, easy reset allowing very rapid fire after you become accustomed to it. IF I was to “complain” about anything with the Glocks, it would be that the grip angle is different than many other pistols and take some adjustment. I personally like it but it does take an adjustment from someone who is used to a 1911 or other type pistol. Of course, I also think that Glocks are good looking esthetically (although utilitarian), so maybe I am a bit off! 🙂 Personally, if you could put the S&W M&P grips on a Glock, you might just have the “perfect” pistol, IMO. Of course, I always change the sights first thing when I buy a Glock to my personal favorite. And as far as safeties are concerned, I want a pistol that I can draw from a holster, aim, and pull the trigger. Simplicity. For self defense , that is the way to go, IMO. In a stressful Life or Death defense situation, with my stress level through the roof, I do not want to have to think or remember anything else! My two cents.

  49. Good Weapon! I also have several Sig Sauer’s but I prefer the Glock
    Trigger Mechanism. It is a smooth 5.5 pound trigger pull through all seventeen rounds. As far as ammo, I prefer the Federal Hydra-Shock 9MM. Looking at holsters I use a Uncle Mike’s Tactical Reflex Holster. Bottom line, you can not go wrong with a GLOCK!

  50. Dont get me wrong, I love the way it looks, it’s easier to carry than many guns. I like it so much I’ve bought several G19 throughout the years and as I buy them I have sold them. I can’t shoot them the way I shoot a 191, or a SIG P 226. I guess I get frustrated and then get rid of them. Let me see how long it is going to be before i buy another of the one. Well I guess I’ll never learn.

  51. The Glock 19, best combat pistol, carry weapon, in the world.

    It needs tweaking, sights (me TruGlo, all green Fiber optic) factory can be improved on.

    Need the Glock extended slide release (slide lock lever according to Glock) the only way to reload. Butt plug, allows for real fast reloads, more precise too.

    The trigger has to be clean. Same holster, same place, always.
    Carry a second magazine, Glock17, two more rounds, but best of all, does not bite my palm.

    Same gun every day carry, same working for my Sons Security Co. G license one iota of change, also same pistol in IDPA sport shooting.

    Do I ever know that gun.

  52. Ugly as a base point for a self defense gun? Right then and there I could tell this was nothing but a fluff piece.

    Then ‘only 9mm’ as another negative to the Glock 19?!?!? Seriously, that was the final nail in the coffin of this trash piece.

    Claiming the trigger is ‘difficult’ to learn?!???!?!!! Maybe if all you care about is how a gun looks and have never fired one. Maybe if you know so little about Glock that a 23 exists.

    This may be the worst review of a weapon I have ever read.

    1. No kidding. This article was nonsense. Half of it was just rambling about police work and shooting criminals, and the rest felt like reading a poorly translated article from a foreign language.

      Saying a Glock is ugly is hardly “stretching limits”. What are we going to learn next? Is the grip angle odd for 1911 fans?? So much new ground to be broken.

      Also, the ONLY safety is a trigger safety.

      If a Glock trigger is hard to learn you should CC a stick instead.

  53. The Glock 19, in my opinion, is the best compromise between shootability and power. Bottom line, for defending your home, it may not always be “Me” that does the shooting: it could be the Wife or Children. The .40 cal option is simply too much for most females/youngsters. My Wife can and has operated a 19 and keeps one in her car. We both took a multi-day tactical training course in the Desert Southwest, She with her Gen3 and Me with my Gen 4. 500 total rounds, no cleanings at night and the only word I can think of to describe the results: Perfection. Oh, wait, they already thought of that word…

  54. I agree with the author. Self defense guns need to be about reliability and simplicity. Single trigger pull and anvil like reliability are the main advantages to the glock line. The glock does not have the best trigger, but it is consistent. I tried to love the SIG but on double tap drill I never got over the trigger difference. The glock doesnt have goofy decockers, magazine safeties or other gee gaws. I know – TRAINING is the answer. But how much quicker is your training if you do not have to learn how to overcome design features like these? BTW – I have a G23 which is almost identical dimensionally to the G19 but allows you to swap in aftermarket 9mm and 357sig barrels. 1 gun can shoot 3 different calibers. IMHO recent ammo shortages give the advantage to the G23 because combined with aftermarket barrels the G23 can adapt to ammo availability.

  55. “I have been lucky to fall into the orbit of a visionary editor who has asked me to stretch my limits in writing.” If that is so, then you might also ask him to proofread your work as well. Fresh eyes and all that. “You need a good tool to save your save” Then we have the “Cons” “No trigger safety” “only available in 9mm” Strange comments for a “review” of a 9mm model with a trigger safety. As to its shape being ugly, well that is odd seeing as nearly every major manufacture has tried to copy it to the point you have to pick some of their copies up and look very carefully to tell the difference. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, it can’t be all bad.

    As to “the trigger is hard to learn” that is a stretch, IMHO. We are not talking precision target shooting here; this is self defense. Put the sights on the target, pull the trigger and a Glock will go bang. No levers to flip, no buttons to press, and no weird two-stage long travel multiple action stuff.

    Anyway, I have been carrying, shooting and competing with Glocks for 20 years now. A Glock 19 for a while and then upgraded to .40 S&W for all sizes.

  56. I like the Glock 19 gen4 was my 2nd handgun.. My first handgun was a Kimber eclipse ll 10mm 1911.. the 1911 and Glock are totally different in every way and u gotta get use to each gun.. i do just as good with the Kimber as the Glock.. if I was night time had both guns laying there I could pick up either and know exactly how to use it. Its muscle memory i know by just touching the Kimbers trigger its an easyer pull.. I don’t mind the glock trigger at all just gotta have a good steady aim. but diffently gotta practice..

    Best upgrade for any gun more Bullets

  57. I own a Glock 19, Gen3. Very easy to use and it is my personal choice for conceal carry. I always keep a round in the chamber.

  58. I have glock mods,19,21,27.i have used them in competition as well as concealed Cary . I have however replaced the spring and pin to a 22 pound. Added a thumb rest and dive tail. More weight more control . I also put rear adjustable sights and the new sf designed night sights. I shoot 25-50 yards with tight groups. Main reason people have problems are, lack of triger control , popper hold, lack of training. And lack of regular shooting. Like anything in life you have to practice. And learn the right way to shoot befor a good old boy teaches you the wrong way and it imprints on mussel memory. I have shot now for 30 years. Ex army operator . And home land security . A lot if people will buy a gun that is a large caliber , and not be able to Handel it. Poor hand fit , to big or to small. Learn right first. Buy right practice. There is no right gun. It’s what is right for you. If there was a one right gun , there would be only one . Opinions on guns I are one mans . With hand guns and long guns I buy what I like and modify to fit my needs.

  59. I am a 72 year old woman who has been shooting for only 11/2 years. We went through a number of guns for me, due to “old” hands. I like the trigger pull on my gun, very smooth gun to fire. It does not hurt me to shoot it. I would recommend this firearm for women. Gun shops recommended the SW Bodyguard for me, and we sold it, too much recoil. Love my Glock 19. It is an easy gun to handle, racks easily, is forgiving.

  60. If I carried a 9mm it would be the Glock 19 or the 26. I carry a 45 acp so my choice for off duty is the Glock 36 which is about the same size at the 19 and 23. I believe the Glock trigger is very simple to learn, so as far as you learn any trigger.

    Any firearm requires practice to shoot well.

  61. I own 5 different Glocks from the G26 to the G24. The Glock 19 is stored in a quick safe. It’s combat accurate and reliable (Gen3). The Glock trigger is easy to learn. It does require practice to shoot well. It’s easy to push shots low and left if you don’t push the trigger straight back. A lot of people push to the left (right handers) and also reflexively milk the grip.

    In my opinion a G17 is much easier to shoot well.

  62. Just a few of things….

    First, the Glock DOES have a trigger safety. It does not have a thumb-operated or lever type safety, nor can the gun be de-cocked without removing the magazine and clearing the chamber first. As a duty weapon, this might not matter much. But if you keep a Glock in the nightstand (or similar) it is probably an exceedingly bad idea to keep a round in the chamber — when grasping for it in the dark under difficult circumstances you may end up discharging it. No matter – I use a Glock for defense, just make sure your reflex is to rack it as soon as it’s in your hand.

    IMO, you should use a defense weapon that is the same as the one you shoot most often. Your defensive gun needs to be very, very familiar so that you are relying on muscle memory and don’t have to think, “ok, rack it, no safety on this one….”

    Second, I disagree with the comment that the Glock trigger is hard to learn. It’s just the opposite- it’s super consistent, with an exceptional feel to the reset. It’s all subjective. Some people may dislike the trigger, but that’s a different complaint than it being “difficult to learn.”

    Third, there is really nothing wrong with the sights. A lot of replacement sights have been sold because Glock sights are plastic. But then again, a lot of gun gadgetry is sold that is not needed at all. Personally, I have a light hung on the rail of my Glock; that’s the only mod I think is needed.

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