The Glock 19


A Brief History
The G19 was Glock’s second pistol model, created in the late 1980s in reaction to the American market’s need for a compact version of the 9mm G17. Glock’s path was to reduce barrel and grip length slightly to aid in concealment, while keeping the magazine interface and as many internal parts as possible identical to the G17. This would allow law enforcement to issue both pistols (G17 for uniformed officers, G19 for detectives or off-duty) without needing to maintain two disconnected inventories of spare parts. It was a rewarding system, one which Glock continued to put into practice until the arrival of the “slim line” G36 in 2000. The “compacts” (G19 in 9mm and G23 in .40SW) remain the company’s hottest models, and are used extensively by law enforcement. The G19 frame size is generally viewed as having the best size-utility of all Glock’s models small enough to conceal easily, but large enough to provide a fine grip, sight radius and accuracy.

I bought my first Glock 19 in 1989 after the range master at the Sheriff’s Office Range suggested that my Smith & Wesson Model 39 9mm may have been getting a little long in the tooth. He suggested the G19 as a replacement concealed carry weapon. It made scene since I was already use to the flat laying Smith and the caliber was the same. I discovered the G19 was even more concealable and it had twice the magazine capacity.  After market Glock accessories, Glock parts & Glock barrels were easily available as well.   

Fit and Feel
This gun is a 3rd Generation or “FG&R” model, with the finger grooves and accessory rail on the frame. The grooves and thumb depressions result in a slightly shorter trigger reach – good smaller hands – while the accessory rail allows mounting of the M3 tactical light just like our G17 model. In addition, the G17’s longer magazines will fit the 19 if necessary, but they will extend slightly out of the bottom of the grip. In the hand, the G19 feels very similar to the G17s, but more balanced. The grip size is ideal; all my fingers fit with no extra length left over. Because of the reduced trigger reach, there is the sensation of being able to get a stronger grip. I am partial to the finger-grooved frames, the older 2nd-Generation frames feel a bit boxy by contrast.

At the Range
The compact FG&R frame sits in my hand just a bit differently than the full-size FG&R frame of the G17s, so shooting it is just a bit different as well. After adjusting the sights a little and spending some trigger time with the gun, I’ve grown comfortable with it. The longer barrel and larger frame makes the G19 less jumpy and more than likely more accurate than the subcompact G26, but it’s not quite as accurate longer-barreled G17 or G34. That may change as I get more comfortable with the G19.

The G19 makes a natural companion to the G17, and I am pleased with it. I believe the .40SW G23 is the best blend of size, capacity and power currently in Glock’s catalog, and the 9mm G19 is the same gun in a slightly lighter caliber. As such, it has a couple more rounds on tap, is a some what more controllable and is cheaper to shoot, at the expense of some “stopping power”. If concealment is not an issue for you have a look at the Glock 21 in .45caliber. The round has been around for over a century and has a strong documented history as a man stopper and personal defense weapon cartridge.






Caliber – 9x19mm
Capacity – 15+1
Action – Glock’s proprietary “Safe Action” system
Barrel – 4.02 inches
Weight – 23.45 oz. with empty magazine


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