The Glock 19 compact 9mm handgun has only 35 parts . This is one of its main advantages. With such a small amount of parts involved, there is less chance that thing could malfunction. For this reason, Austrian authorities went with the Glock 17 (the 19’s full size older brother) as their official carrying pistol, back in 1980. It was the first Glock, and it made quite an impression on Europe, and later the U.S.
Glock handguns are made of steel and polymer, and are considered some of the best, safest, and most accurate handguns around. The name Glock is recognized by people who have never held a firearm in their life, which should give you an idea of just how popular this company is. It is a part of pop culture, and it continues to produce and market new handguns in various calibers. The different models and generations are still being imrpoved on. Glock are looking for perfection. It is no wonder that “perfection” is their slogan.
And do you want to know something truly amazing? Gaston Glock himself, the founder, is still around and still making headlines.
So, how does the Glock 19 shoot? In a word, great. There isn’t a lot of recoil, and the recoil that exists is manageable enough to get some good follow-up shots. For my hand, the 19 is a great fit, but it never hurts to put a grip sleeve on there, for times when it might be too cold, too hot, too wet, etc. We all react differently in emergency situations, and some people have trouble getting a grip on their weapon, which is where a sleeve is a great help.
The standard magazine has 15 rounds, but the Glock 19 has to ability to fire higher capacity mags. Some people get the Glock for concealment purposes, and when you insert a 17- or 33-round magazine it could potentially compromise the concealability. If that is not a prime concern, and you want more power firepower, a 17 round magazine may also help with your grip.
Glock handguns are great right out of the box, and the 19 is no exception. The first modification which is recommended, however, is to replace the sights. The stock sights are good, but tritium or fiber-optic ones are more versatile. If you plan on carrying at night, or if you are using the Glock 19 Gen 4 (Reviewed by Gunivore.com) as a home-defense weapon, consider either adding night sights or a laser/flashlight to your gun. There are some really great designs out there, which attach themselves seemlessly to the Glock’s frame.
Glock accessories are everywhere, because Glock handguns are immensely popular. They are used by military, police department, government agencies, civilian security forces, and everyday carriers.
If the Glock 19 is not your cup of scotch, and you are looking for something full-sized in a 9mm caliber, the Glock 17 is your best bet. It has a higher standard capacity of 17 rounds, which is plenty of firepower. The 9mm bullet is tough, and Glock handguns are a perfect match for it.