Glock 19 - How do you like yours?


Dollar An Hour
November 23, 2006, 12:40 AM
I like 9mm's and am thinking of picking up a G19 for range & some carry. Would probably install aftermarket NS on it.

What are the 19's strong points? Are they reliable, soft-shooting, accurate, easy to maintain?

It'd be my first Glock, FWIW. Thanks for your input!

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November 23, 2006, 12:46 AM
Glock did it right w/ their 9mm line up and the cream of the crop is the G19. I have owned a few other models but I only have the 19. It lightweight, points easily, goes bang every time you pull the trigger, ultra reliable & durable and a good size for concealed carry....what more do you need?
Oh yeah, and ugly to spare ;)

November 23, 2006, 12:57 AM
I used to have one. It felt great in my hand, but it had a "whipping" effect that I didn't like. I don't hate plastic guns for the sake of the "metal is better" issue, but I think its just a by-product of the design. To each his own though. My friends Walther P99 also had the same "whipping" that I didn't like.

So for you question on "soft shooting", I would have to say no. Mine had combat accuracy, so I wouldn't call it a target pistol, but it would drop someone if need be.

November 23, 2006, 01:42 AM
What are the 19's strong points? Are they reliable, soft-shooting, accurate, easy to maintain?

this and more, they are reliable, have an outstanding finish (tennifer), very controlable while doing any form of shooting, even with hotter jhp loads, they are accurate enough for range and carry that is for sure. and very easy to maintain and one of the quickest handguns out there to dissassemble. i own a 19 and i like it in every respect, but it dosen't fit me but i sure wish it did. they are great weapons and of they fit you properly, then there is no reason not to have one! i would like to suggest xs 24/7 night sights, they are sweet, though my favorite are three dot night sights the xs sights are very quick on target aquasiotion.

November 23, 2006, 02:02 AM
The Glock 19 is very reliable - shoots soft enough and very easy to maintain. For a 9mm - the G19 is tough to beat. IMO, the Glock 9mils are the brightest stars in the entire Glock line-up. I cc a G26 with meprolight night sights, no worries.. The XS 24/7 standard dot night sights are sweet - have them on my G30 and suggest that they favor a self defense role best. Almost forgot - for cc the G19 is easy but the G26 is easier..

Steve C
November 23, 2006, 03:18 AM
I've had my Glock 19 for close to 20 years and its one of my most carried and shot pistols. Its a great pistol, reliable, compact, accurate. It doesn't scuff up when carried and shoots any 9mm from ball to hollow point, standard to +P+ without problem or worry about it durability. I did add night sights a year ago and find them to be a nice addition. Glock has upgraded parts on it over the years. I've had to rebuild my magazines with new springs and followers but for the most part its very maintenance friendly.

Fred Fuller
November 23, 2006, 08:49 AM
All pistols should be 9mms.

All 9mm pistols should be Glocks.

All 9mm Glocks should be Glock 19s.

'Nuff said 8^)


November 23, 2006, 08:56 AM
I owned one for years, but it was just so so for me. Always reliable. But, every Glock I have ever own except for my current Glock 34 has shot low and to the left for me. That is a common issue for people until U adjust to the Glock trigger. But, as the Glocks were not my ONLY gun, I didn't practice with the exclusively, and I never got over it.

Now, the Glock 34 has a lighter trigger stock. When I rented one in early 2005, I was amazed at how I could shoot it so well.

But... For around the same size of gun, I'd look at the Walther P99 w/ the A/S trigger. Much better gun in my opinion. I can shoot my P99 better than I can a 1911.

And, I sold my Glock 26 that I carried for 8 long years and went to a 9mm P99 compact w/ the A/S trigger.

Sweet guns :)

November 23, 2006, 09:01 AM
I've had my G19 for 10 years now. I shoot IDPA,GSSF,and carry it CCW. Of the 17,19,26, or 34 I like the 19 the best. It is all I'll ever need for a carry gun.

November 23, 2006, 09:33 AM
The G-19 is my favorite carry CCW weapon! Perfect balance between concealability and capacity.

November 23, 2006, 09:53 AM
Checkout TruGlow TFO combination fiber optic and night sights, they are great. I have them on my 2 Glock 22 and they work better than I had expected.

November 23, 2006, 10:01 AM
Buy a Glock 19C. They are awesome. The follow-up shots are fast, controlable and accurate. Besdies, it receives the 15, 17, 19 and 33 rounds magazines.

It has been 100% reliable with all form of ammunition.


November 23, 2006, 10:08 AM
Loved my new 3rd gen G19 so much that I bought a 2nd gen G19. Along with my G17, all have the XS 24/7 Big Dots. The 17 is my 3 gun pistol, 3rd gen has a Glock Light for things that go bump in the night, and the 2nd gen is my concealed carry weapon (when I don't carry my Bersa Thunder .380:D ).

Love my Glocks!

November 23, 2006, 10:13 AM
Shipwreck, I just realized in shooting that low left is a less than perfect sight picture, ie front sight is not crisp in your view. I was a very bad "compensating shooter", aimed for the high left shoulder on a B-27 to put them in the kill zone. I was trying to focus on the target and the sights, changed that around and hold for my intended area and they all fall in that zone. Kust my opinion as I do not know what kind of shooter you are obviously.


That said I carry a G19 off duty and just added the 3.5 trigger connector and can't miss with the darn thing

November 23, 2006, 10:58 AM
By far my favorite of the Glock frame sizes is the 19 sized frame. I have 2 G19s (one is a third generation 19C and the other is a second generation plain vanilla G19). Reliable? Absolutely. Soft shooting is more of a perception, but recoil is mild to say the least. Easily maintained? Absolutely. Strong points are the reliability, durability, easy serviceability, and the fact that it's large enough to be an all day shooter, but small enough to easily conceal. Parts and armorers are basically all over the place. Repairs are cheap. Leather, Kydex, whatever you want are common.

November 23, 2006, 09:47 PM
Love my G19. Low recoil. Very easy to shoot well. Never jams. Holds 15+1. What's not to like?

November 24, 2006, 01:55 AM
I LOVE mine...with it, I finally found the just-right Goldilocks solution.

November 24, 2006, 02:02 AM
The agency I retired from issued Glock 19s so I've seen hundreds of them. Great size for CCW not too big, not too small. 100% reliable. Some minor parts breakage which did not tie up the gun. The only problem I've ever seen was operator induced. People would clean it just by wiping the interior of the slide over the firing pin with solvent which would look pretty but wash all the gunk down around the firing pin. Eventually this would build up and lock up the firing pin (as it would with any gun I've seen this happen to S&Ws and Berettas and only 3-5 times on hundreds of Glocks). Just flush it out with Gunscrubber or Brake Kleen and it'll be fine.

If you feel the 5 lb trigger is too light don't go to the 12 (horrible). Ours was issued with the 8 which is okay by me (I still haven't taken it out of my Glock since I retired). The 3 1/2 pound is for comp guns only not for a carry gun.

If required sights can be adjusted by installing different height front sights and drifting the rear.


Zach S
November 24, 2006, 09:26 AM
I dont like several things about glocks. I hate the fingergrooves, hate the grip angle, hate the trigger, hate the cheap plastic sights, and hate the slide stop location.

That said, I own a G19. Its my beater pistol. The one that gets tossed in the door pocket of my truck or the center console of my car, it gets carried when doing outdoor automotive work. Out of all of my handguns, its the one that if it did get stolen, I'd be more ticked off about the losing the money invested rather than the pistol itself.

The G19 is my third glock. My two previous glocks were second-gen G17s. I like the 19 better simply for its smaller size. It fits into door pockets and consoles better than the G17, even with the M3 hanging on it.

November 24, 2006, 11:33 AM
The 2nd generation G19 is one of my favorite pistols.For some reason,I manage to shoot the mid-sized Glock better than the full size.I don't have any problem with the grip angle,though I don't like the finger grooves of the later guns and just for aesthetics,kind of funny when you're talking about a Glock with 1/3 the finish worn off the slide,don't care for the rail.I have nightsights and the "New York trigger" on mine, wouldn't call it perfection but for a CCW piece it's danged hard to beat.

November 24, 2006, 01:54 PM
I don't own one but my wife does and becasue of the whole "one flesh" thing I get to shoot it a lot.

First things first:
<RANT>Guns should be metal. PERIOD! Guns should not be plastic. The term is "Metal Canvas" not "Plastic Canvas"! Metal and wood are what God intended firearms to be made out of! Maybe Buck Rogers’ Death Rays can be plastic, but Firearms need to be hunks-o-steel!</RANT>

Ok... I feel better and can continue.

Like a sinner bogged in the quicksand of an addiction he can't break, I... I... like the Glock. There! I said it! I also like one or two other PP's (Plastic Privations).

See if you can get one with Factory NS and you will save a small bit of $$.

My wife ditched the standard trigger spring and got a heavier one. I think an 8 lb’er. It made the gun much nicer to shoot. Some say the heavier Glock spring makes a safer defensive setup. I just know I liked shooting it more with the heavier springs. But my bias is for DA and DAO trigger pulls.

My wife's has the extended Mag Release. She likes it... the jury is still out for me.

We also have the Advantage Arms G19 .22 conversion. Great kit. I find myself going to that from time to time to work on the basics. It's a great Fungo Bat for guns.

November 24, 2006, 03:49 PM
when all things are considered it is hard pistol to beat.i use a 19c for training,and a 23c for carrying(saves on ammo) the c model makes sense if your shooting +p or +p+ ammo .if your buying one for sd stay away from non factory fire control parts.

Dollar An Hour
November 24, 2006, 04:06 PM
I have one on the way, thanks for the feedback. The 19 has quite a following it seems. I've tried a friend's G23 & G30, but never a 9mm Glock. I think 9mm sounds like a good caliber for the platform.

I want to add night sights, probably Heinie Straight 8's. I know a Glock armorer so will probably just have him do it.

Will run it stock for awhile, then maybe add extended mag & slide release. I plan to leave the trigger alone.

I currently have three different CC handguns (P99c, P239 in .357Sig, J-frame .38) but if the 19 impresses me it may see some carry time for sure. :D

November 24, 2006, 08:36 PM
Pretty good feedback on the G19. I shot one at the range, and I have to admit it was quite nice except for the tight magazines. Wouldn't mind having one.

November 24, 2006, 09:10 PM
Guns should be metal. PERIOD! Guns should not be plastic

Yes, Guns should be RELIABLE, Period! :D Even if it's all steel but jamomatic, it's worthless and useless. ;)

Johnny Guest
November 24, 2006, 09:52 PM
Okay, right up front, I'll say I like metal firearms. I'm very partial to Colt's 1911 series, and particularly the Commander. After that, I really like the Browning High Power 9mm. And I have an abiding affection for Colt and S&W revolvers, especially their alloy framed .38s.

But, all that being said, I like the Glock 19 far better than I thought I would. I obtained one several years ago, just to have for firearms instruction, and to have a "loaner" for visiting peace officers and my out of state friends. When I set about learning the piece, I found I could shoot it pretty well, with little additional effort. The grip-to-barrel angle doesn't suit me as well as the Colt or Browning, but a few practice draws reminds me of how it's done. ;)

My favorite G19 is a first generation version. I really don't like finger grooves, and I have absolutely NO use for the accessory rail. The pistol is light for its capacity. While a bit thick and blocky, it is reasonably compact.

Before I retired, I even carried on duty occasionally. I used a Fobus paddle holster. It just seemed appropriate: A plastic pistol in a plastic holster. :D


November 25, 2006, 12:22 AM
" like 9mm's and am thinking of picking up a G19 for range & some carry. Would probably install aftermarket NS on it.

What are the 19's strong points? Are they reliable, soft-shooting, accurate, easy to maintain? "

You have gotten a lot of response to your questions, haven't you? Since I can't seem to resist, here's one more...

1. Reliable? Yes, very. Exceptionally so.

2. Soft shooting? Well, it's a 9mm. It's a Glock, with their high grip and low barrel axis, so yes.

3. Accurate? Yes, with the factory sights. I like the XS Big Dot sights, myself. Old eyes need a big fat dot to focus on.

4. Easy to maintain? Sure. They're mostly plastic after all. Rust never sleeps, but plastic never rusts.

Enjoy your Glock.

November 25, 2006, 02:15 AM
I sold my glock 19 that I had for nearly 10 years last week and no not miss it.

It is a very good gun, just not the gun for me.

Sometimes I am afraid people will want to lynch me if I say the Glock is not my favorite.

In handguns I now have to loves, the CZs and Smith revolvers.

November 25, 2006, 10:36 AM
Best 9mm handgun hands down IMO!

November 25, 2006, 05:45 PM
I like the g19 I have. However, I like the S&W 3913TSW I have better. I shoot the G19 is a little more accurately than the 3913, but the 3913 is lighter, a single stack, alloy framed, and my choice for a carry pistol.

November 25, 2006, 06:04 PM
I must the the only man in America who has not held or fired a Glock. Sleep good at night too. 1911's for me.:)

Green Lantern
November 25, 2006, 06:14 PM
My carry gun is a G19 with Meprolight night sights (front dot green, rear dots orange). I think you can get 'em from the factory with Trijicons - seemed to be having a "dry spell" on those when I got mine, so I did it aftermarket.

This was the only modification I made to it til this week. I noticed quite a bit of dust in the backstrap after carrying it for a while, so I installed...

The Plug! :D (sorry to open a whole 'nother can of worms on this thread!)

Oh, and when I bought the plug I also bought myself a combination "Christmas/Election Day" present of a 33-round mag and a 15-round mag with the +2 baseplate installed. Conceals better than I thought....

(the SEVENTEEN rounder of course, not the 33!!! :what:)

All that stuff aside, the meat: A magazine article pointing out all the advantages of Glocks - durability, simplicity, reliability, accuracy - was what got me to looking into one and talking to people. I bought one and I haven't been disappointed yet. It's light, and fairly easy to conceal with the right holster. In my RM Holster Works Low Rider I can wear it all day long and forget it's there. OTOH, in my Uncle Mike's Kydex IWB rig I bought as a "backup" holsder - the holster digs painfully into my side or, well, my butt after a short while!

There's a new issue of Combat Handguns out that I bought for 2 things I glanced at - Ayoob's new article and Walt Rauch's article on several methods of concealing all sizes of Glocks - ya may want to give it a read.

Shooting the gun...well, "soft" to me may not be "soft" to you. I admit that I have rather weak hand strength but don't find the Glock a bother in any way from racking to recoil to takedown. From what I've heard, you WILL want to follow the section of the manual on lubrication. "Just a little dab will do ya!"

Good luck, hope you enjoy the being part of the family! You may also want to check out for many more things Glock. :cool:

November 25, 2006, 06:17 PM
I strongly considered the G19, but ended up with a CZ PCR.

Basically exact same size/capacity, but all-metal and with an external hammer, different grip angle, etc.

I'd say that a Compact (not Sub-Compact) 9mm of good manufacture is a pretty solid purchase for anyone. Small enough to conceal if needed, but large enough to shoot properly. Low recoil, inexpensive ammo, etc.

They're all pretty much much of a muchness.


Dollar An Hour
November 25, 2006, 07:01 PM
I like the g19 I have. However, I like the S&W 3913TSW I have better. I shoot the G19 is a little more accurately than the 3913, but the 3913 is lighter, a single stack, alloy framed, and my choice for a carry pistol.

S&W 3913 is one of the great 9mms out there IMHO. I enjoy my S&W TDA .45 very much. I like S&W's trigger reset better than my TDA Sigs, but don't like the decocker location at all.

I'm all for something simple, reliable and easy to maintain and don't own a Glock yet, and the 19 is a great place to start.

I also own a P99c, Steyr M9-A1 and Sig Pro 2022 9mm and like things about each of them. :)

November 25, 2006, 09:10 PM
I personally don't own one, but have shot 2 that friends of mine have owned. I personally can't put a good grouping with one to save my life, and before anyone responds nasty to that last line I can put good groups with other pistols. I guess it goes to prove that you just have to fit right with the gun. Both of my friends shoot great with them, and i've shot great with other plastic pistols. I'd say try to find one you can rent first. But that's just my 2 cents. : )

Nail Shooter
November 26, 2006, 07:46 PM
A G19 w/ trijicons was my first Glock. I would never consider selling it. It is a gun that just does so many things well. Get one, share in the joy. Regards,


November 26, 2006, 10:22 PM
Owned several Gs, kept the G19. :)

November 26, 2006, 10:46 PM
Anyone here ever tried the 8lb or the 12lb trigger, if so did it kill you accuracy?

BTW I am thinking of buying a G19 myself and after doing much research I have found they are probably more ugly, reliable and durable than any other gun on the planet, kinda like a bull dog aint pretty but when the SHTF you want them by your side.

November 27, 2006, 12:20 AM
I'll take the weight in ammo not steel.

The Glock 19 is great!

Steel guns will be here 50 years from now. BWAHAHAHAHAHW! I'm here now I will not be 50 years from now. My granchildren can BUY there own.

November 27, 2006, 12:32 AM
I love mine. I carry it all the time and shoot great with it. I really prefer the second gen guns because there is a lack of finger grooves.
..that is a 20 round magazine and I do not carry with this magazine.

November 27, 2006, 04:09 PM
Steel guns will be here 50 years from now. BWAHAHAHAHAHW! I'm here now I will not be 50 years from now. My granchildren can BUY there own.

Do you think I i purchased a glock today that it would still be here 50 years or will the polymer actually become britle and dry rot like plastics?

Dollar An Hour
December 1, 2006, 07:39 PM

Picked up a new G19 today, just gonna give it a quick clean & lube and get out to the range ASAP.

Looking forward to seeing how it compares to my Steyr M9-A1 as I see these pistols often compared, and they're pretty similar overall.

December 1, 2006, 09:00 PM
With a 33-round magazine :cool: !!!

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