Short history of GLOCK
Austrian gun manufacturing company, first began producing handguns in the early 1980’s, hitting it big with the release of their highly successful Glock 17 model. Named for the number of renderings it took before the ideal model was captured, the Glock 17 is one of the most revolutionary and acclaimed handguns in history due to its build quality, ease of use, and comfort in hand. Having been made a best-seller due to frenzied buying from numerous law enforcement and military agencies around the world, as well as the general public (the gun remains a favorite for self-defense purposes), the Glock 17 put Glock on the map and gave way to its successor, the Glock 19, as we have covered in the past. Released in the late 1980’s and billed as a compact model of the Glock 17, the Glock 19 sports a shorter barrel and grip and has given way to three successors of its own since its introduction to the market – the Glock 19 Gen 2, Gen 3, and now Gen 4. The second generation Glock 19 features a textured grip and enhanced finish (check out our feature on Glock 19 finishes for more finish options), and the third generation Glock 19 offers a different grip, finger grooves for improved grip, accessory rails, and a thumb rest. In this review, we will cover the enhancements and features offered by the Glock 19 Gen 4, the latest and greatest in Glock’s long and successful line of handguns.
So what makes the Glock 19 special?
Quite simply, it is a wonderful tool if you need to defend yourself. While it might not be the perfect target pistol or even the best for competition, its simple design works just about every time you need it to.
Weighing in at 23.65 ounces unloaded, the Glock 19 is not exactly a boat anchor you strap to your waist making the carry of the striker fired gun relatively easy. As a bonus, the Glock 19 carries 15 rounds of 9mm in the mag, 2-3 more than comparably sized pistols at the time of its introduction.
When you open the pistol case on the Gen4 guns, you find a bushel of backstraps (that I have since thrown in a box never to be found), three magazines, a plastic cleaning rod, and a nylon brush along with the pistol. My Glock 19 is the newer Battlefield Green color; they are also currently available in the classic Glock black as well as flat dark earth.
The GLOCK 19 is effectively a reduced-size GLOCK 17, called the “Compact” by the manufacturer. The GLOCK 19 has a barrel and pistol grip that are shorter by approximately 12 mm (0.5 in) compared to the GLOCK 17 and uses a magazine with a standard capacity of 15 rounds.
The pistol is compatible with factory magazines from the GLOCK 17 and GLOCK 18, with available capacities of 10, 17, 19, and 33 rounds. To preserve the operational reliability of the short recoil system, the mass of the slide remains the same as in the GLOCK 17 from which it is derived. With the exception of the slide, frame, barrel, locking block, recoil spring, guide rod, and slide lock spring, all of the other components are interchangeable between the models 17 and 19.
The Modular Back Strap design lets you instantly customize its grip to adapt to an individual shooter’s hand size. The surface of the frame employs the new scientifically designed, real-world-tested, Gen4 rough textured technology. Internally, the new GLOCK dual recoil spring assembly substantially increases the life of the system. A reversible enlarged magazine catch, changeable in seconds, accommodates left or right-handed operators. The G19 Gen4 9x19mm retains the GLOCK accessory rail for your attachments
Ergonomics and Size
While the GLOCK 17 may be the most popular of the GLOCK models, the 19 gaining in popularity for concealed carry because of the shorter barrel length. The grip has a nice textured feel with molded areas for your fingers.
The magazine release is a decent size and is easy to find. Magazines drop out quickly and reliably every time for fast reloads. The rear serrations are nice and deep and can be handled with most gloves on.
Tear Down and Cleaning
The original GLOCK 17 was designed around a set of criteria set forth by the Austrian Ministry of Defence. Two of these design rules were:
- Disassembly of the main parts for maintenance and reassembling must be possible without the use of any tools.
- Maintenance and cleaning of thepistol must be accomplished without the use of tools.
GLOCK nailed these with a very simple takedown procedure that requires a very small amount of pressure to slide towards the rear, pulling down on the two takedown handles and then the slide will come right off.
On The Range
On the range the GLOCK 19 Gen4 is a fantastic shooter. I picked up the gun on a Friday evening and took it to a combat pistol class the very next morning. 400 rounds later without a single misfire or malfunction of any kind and I was sold that I had made a great purchase decision.
We expected a little more muzzle lift from the shorter barrel of the GLOCK 19 over the GLOCK 17 but were pleasantly surprised how little effect the shorter barrel had.
A Word About The Safety
The GLOCK “Safe Action”® was a huge departure from the traditional method of locking the slide or interfering with the trigger action. Instead, GLOCK with with an all-new design that is integrated into the trigger. Unless you have full contact on the trigger, it cannot be pulled back. This is the only real safety mechanism on the pistol besides the internal design which prevents shock and drop discharges.
While the GLOCK design is safe from accidental discharges, the primary safety is located between your ears. If you pull the trigger on the GLOCK, it will fire a round. There is no slide lock or hammer lock to have to remember to flip off, it is simply always ready to fire.
It is hard to find anything negative to say about the GLOCK 19 Gen4. The gun feels good in your hand, is relatively light weight, is very accurate, and is exceptionally reliable. With a price point of right around $500, the GLOCK 19 Gen4 is priced right as well. If you want a highly reliable, affordable, accurate, and simply enjoyable gun to shoot, it is very hard to go wrong with the Glock 19 Gen4.
Glock 19 Specs:
- Caliber: 9x19mm.
- Length: 7.28”
- Height: 4.99”
- Width: 1.18”
- Barrel: 4.02” – 1:9.84” RH twist.
- Trigger: 5.5 pounds.
- Sights: Polymer “U” dot configuration, rear adjustable (standard)
- Weight: 23.65. w/empty magazine.