Best Ammo for Glock 19?


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MoBSix
October 5, 2010, 01:38 AM
After some research, I believe that I am going to buy a Glock 19 for concealed carry. The question now is, What is the best ammo for the shooting range? I am looking for good quality, but cheap, and easy on the weapon. Also, what would the best ammo for self/home defense and concealed carry? Price isn't an issue when it comes to my family's life, so what 2 choices would you suggest?

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lions
October 5, 2010, 01:42 AM
Best range ammo for Glock 19... just make sure it says 9mm and you're good.

For SD ammo there is a thread going about it here. (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=546757)

MoBSix
October 5, 2010, 02:13 AM
Thank you.

I heard that +P ammo is bad for glocks, is this true?

FatPants
October 5, 2010, 02:19 AM
Best range ammo for a 9mm glock?
The cheapest stuff you can get your hands on.

I carry 124gr Winchester Bonded Rangers, and Hornady Critical Defense 115gr in the 9mm's that I carry

David E
October 5, 2010, 02:19 AM
I heard that +P ammo is bad for glocks, is this true?

My Glox don't mind +P

You'd have to shoot 1000's and 1000's and 1000's of +P rds to prove different.......if then.

Total non-issue.

REAPER4206969
October 5, 2010, 02:20 AM
I heard that +P ammo is bad for glocks, is this true?
Glock's can safety fire any factory ammo. Even super hot, near P (Proof) level open bolt SMG only loads like Hirtenberger L7A1 (not recommended though.)

MoBSix
October 5, 2010, 03:09 AM
I have been advised to get Speer Gold Dot 124 gr +P JHP for self defense. What website would be recommended to get these from?

REAPER4206969
October 5, 2010, 03:14 AM
That's an excellent load. You should be able to find it at most gun shops.

MoBSix
October 5, 2010, 03:18 AM
I will definately buy it from a local gunstore if they have it, but if they don't, or it is too expensive, is there a website that sells them cheap or in bulk? I will be breaking in my new G19 as soon as I get it with about 200 or so rounds of cheap ammo, and then 100 or so of the Speer ammo to make sure there are no bugs in it.

psyopspec
October 5, 2010, 03:37 AM
Ammunitiontogo.com has 124 gr GDHPs. 500 for about 220 USD, IIRC. Be advised that they are not +P, but that is an amazing price.

Sgt_R
October 5, 2010, 03:41 AM
I have been advised to get Speer Gold Dot 124 gr +P JHP for self defense. What website would be recommended to get these from?

That's my personal favorite 9mm SD round. I buy 'em at Ammunition To Go. (http://www.ammunitiontogo.com/index.php/cName/9mm-hollow-point-ammo) They usually stock the 50/500 round boxes, but it looks like all they have are the 20/200 round boxes right now. Check back later.

R

MoBSix
October 5, 2010, 04:20 AM
When it says short barrel, does that matter for the G19?

BlayGlock
October 5, 2010, 08:28 PM
Personally I carry 124gr Gold Dot +p ammo in all my glocks and 1911s. Its good stuff and it feeds fine in all my handguns.

Strahley
October 5, 2010, 09:18 PM
It's a Glock. It'll eat whatever you want to feed it. +P? +P+? Whatever. It will not care, and it'll keep on chugging away until you're bored of shooting it

Manco
October 5, 2010, 09:18 PM
It's a Glock. It'll eat whatever you want to feed it. +P? +P+? Whatever. It will not care, and it'll keep on chugging away until you're bored of shooting it

Just make sure that whatever you shoot has jacketed or all-copper bullets--as long as there is no exposed lead on the sides of the bullets, you should be alright.

Damon555
October 5, 2010, 09:38 PM
Any name brand hollow point would be fine for SD ammo. I'd probably stoke it with +P fodder.

As far as range ammo goes, my G17 and G26 both get a steady diet of Monarch 115 grain FMJ. 10 or 11 bucks a box is the going rate at Academy. It's not as cheap as it once was but I almost can't reload it at that price.

JoeMal
October 5, 2010, 09:40 PM
Anything in 9mm should do just fine :)

MIL-DOT
October 5, 2010, 09:41 PM
Manco is correct, lead bullets can be dangerous in polygonal barrels, be sure and use something jacketed.

gofastman
October 5, 2010, 09:55 PM
funny, I have never had a problem with hardcast LEAD bullets

DBR
October 5, 2010, 11:57 PM
I suggest a +P load for the Glock 19. I have owned most of the 9mm Glocks. IME with several guns the G19s have been the most sensitive to "limp wristing". The +P ammo helps to prevent this problem if your grip is less than perfect under stress etc.

Glocks were designed for the 124gr NATO load which is very similar to SAAMI +P.

I use the 124gr +P Gold Dot in my G19s and G17s.

pmec
October 6, 2010, 12:27 AM
I've got a Glock 26 and I've fed it everything from Sellier & Belloit 124 grain round nose, to handloads using Berry's 124 grain hollow points and have never had a hic-cup. For a gun that costs less than $600, I'd consider it a best buy. Enjoy your gun and don't worry about what you feed it. There is one possible exception, I've never used Russian ammo with unloadable steel shells, so I can't speak for those.

MoBSix
October 6, 2010, 01:24 AM
Thank you for the information!

MoBSix
October 6, 2010, 01:25 AM
Does anyone know a good site to buy the Glock 19 from?

Steve C
October 6, 2010, 01:37 AM
When it says short barrel, does that matter for the G19?

Loads I've chrono'd out of my Gen 1 Glock 19 have statistically the same velocity (+/= 1/2 SD) of the same loads out of my Beretta 92 with longer barrel. A polygonal rifled barrel generally produces higher velocity than a conventionally rifled barrel of the same length. You are not giving any thing up vleocity wise with the barrel length of the 19.

As for self defense ammo, there's not enough difference between any of the police loads or commercial premium loads of the type that are also sold to police departments to make any difference. Gold Dots, Golden Sabers, Hydra Shoks, HST's, PDX, Rangers, SXT's, Critical Defense, XTP's, and a host of others all work well. Right now my flavor choice is Ranger partitions in my 19 and other types in some of my other 9mm.s.

Does anyone know a good site to buy the Glock 19 from?

Shop our local dealers, you have to go through one any way and saving $20 from an on line source will cost you another $30 to $50 for next day mail and the FFL transfer by one on the dealers. Visit a few stores, most that sell handguns will have a selection of Glocks.

Sgt_R
October 6, 2010, 02:11 AM
Does anyone know a good site to buy the Glock 19 from?

Buy locally. New in box should run close to $500, used maybe $100-150 less. You probably won't find a significantly cheaper price anywhere online, and if you do, S&H + FFL fees are going to eat into your savings anyway.

R

CWL
October 6, 2010, 02:31 AM
Welcome to THR!

There are many Glocks with 100K & 200K+ rounds out of them at this point so you shouldn't need to worry about what type of ammo or if the Glock will hold-up to constant practice.

I don't have a cartridge to recommend, all I want to say is that the effectiveness of any pistol & cartridge really depends on the abilities of the shooter.

You can buy the hottest load with the best expansion, but if you can't hit your target center mass, it won't matter. Just having a gun isn't enough for SD/HD.

You need to train and train and train, take some classes and then keep training. It takes months of shooting to become familiar with your pistola, then it takes years of training after that to be really proficient.

As a practice regimen for new firearms owners, I suggest that you buy a box or two of any jacketed hollow point, then buy as much FMJ as you can afford. Go to the range and shoot about 100 rounds of the FMJ. Then run 10 rounds of JHP through your pistol. Then go home.

Keep going to the range on a regular basis and shoot from 100-150 rounds of FMJ every trip and load the JHP only after you leave for SD/HD. You don't need to keep shooting the expensive JHP very often to develop the muscle memory necessary to quickly & smoothly fire your pistol, FMJ is enough.

Shoot-up your on-hand JHP supplies every quarter & replace while regularly shooting only FMJ.

Do this for 6 months to a year and then look into taking a self-defense class.

Good luck.

MoBSix
October 7, 2010, 12:09 AM
Can anyone suggest a good IWB holster for the G19? One that is comfortable and has a mag holder built in?

REAPER4206969
October 7, 2010, 12:40 AM
I recommend the Comp-Tac C-TAC holster. As for the mag pouch, you do not want one on the same side as the weapon. You want it on your support side. I recommend the Glock Sport/Combat mag pouch. It sells for ~$10.

Sgt_R
October 7, 2010, 12:45 AM
Can anyone suggest a good IWB holster for the G19? One that is comfortable...

Crossbreed SuperTuck (http://www.crossbreedholsters.com/Holsters/IWBInsideWaistBand/tabid/56/CategoryID/1/List/0/Level/1/ProductID/1/Default.aspx?SortField=UnitCost+DESC%2cProductName)
Comp-Tac Minotaur (http://www.comp-tac.com/product_info.php?products_id=95)

I have owned both. I personally prefer the Comp-Tac, but plenty of folks swear by the Crossbreed. You can't really go wrong with either one.

I can also recomend the Crossbreed belts, and am, in fact, wearing one right now. High quality stuff for a good price.

...and has a mag holder built in?

Can't help you there, I wear my spares on the weak hand side (when I carry them at all, which is rare - I prefer a 'New York reload').

R

possum
October 7, 2010, 10:05 AM
defense ammo: corbon dpx.

training ammo: get whatever is cheaper, right now brown Bear is cheapest @165 per K, i am going to pick up about 5k here in the near future. (and yes your glock will be fine with brown bear, wolf even though they are steel cased.)

MTS840
October 8, 2010, 12:45 AM
For self defense ammo, I'd stick to one of these that works best in your weapon. For cheap range ammo, you can use any factory FMJ.

http://www.m4carbine.net/showthread.php?t=19887

smallbore
October 8, 2010, 10:24 PM
Corbon DPX

Zerodefect
October 8, 2010, 11:16 PM
Can anyone suggest a good IWB holster for the G19? One that is comfortable and has a mag holder built in?

Crossbreed is the best IWB for Glocks. I carry mine at 5oclock, 6 for deeper concealment or days with lots of standing/walking.

I don't often carry an extra mag with my Glocks. But if I did, for IWB days I'd use a pocket holster for the mag, i make my own.

I don't understand having the mag on/near your gun holster. That makes reloads too hard. I keep my mags on my support side, bullets forward.


OWB mag and gun Holsters....I use Raven Concealment.

possum
October 9, 2010, 12:42 AM
I don't understand having the mag on/near your gun holster. That makes reloads too hard. I keep my mags on my support side, bullets forward.
The only reason that i would even think that someone one put their spare magazine on the same side at the handgun is if they had more than one reload. Had one of the "off" side, and one on the same side as the handgun in case they are injured, and only have the use of their primary weapon hand. I keep spares on the opposite side from the handgun.

DenaliPark
October 9, 2010, 12:45 AM
Thank you.

I heard that +P ammo is bad for glocks, is this true?
No, it's not! I use Federal 9BPLE 115gr +P+ as both range & carry ammo. I stocked up on thousands of rounds of it when it was available to me at just over ten bucks a box, I don't have an accurate count between my 9mm Glocks, but it has to be over 10,000 or so because I purchased 20,000 rounds to begin with, and I only have about half of it left.
If you do see some wear, it's usually in the form of some cutting, or chipping around the breech face, however this is rare.....

welldoya
October 9, 2010, 12:51 AM
You have chosen a fine weapon. I love my Glock 19.
I don't carry it as a CCW but have shot mostly Winchester White Box and Federal at the range without a hitch.

DenaliPark
October 9, 2010, 12:52 AM
I will definately buy it from a local gunstore if they have it, but if they don't, or it is too expensive, is there a website that sells them cheap or in bulk? I will be breaking in my new G19 as soon as I get it with about 200 or so rounds of cheap ammo, and then 100 or so of the Speer ammo to make sure there are no bugs in it.
One very important caveat pertaining to cheap ammo, DO NOT under any circumstances ever resort to firing lead(non-jacketed)ammo through your Glock factory barrel, EVER!

Zerodefect
October 9, 2010, 01:12 AM
The 19 should handle +p or even +p+ with no problems.

Aren't the 19/23/32 the same? The 19 used to have one less pin than the 23, but now they're the same right?

The 32 and 23 are like 9mm +p+++++. If they can handle all that snap, no 9mm round is going to hurt a similar frame.

sf13
October 10, 2010, 12:07 PM
While +P ammunition it will not hurt them, I would reserve them for carry/protection rounds. I typically will shoot ball ammo at the range for the day, then load 5 Speer Gold Dot 9mm +P for my final "see how I shoot" test. I do recommend try several different high performance rounds (Speer, Golden Saber, Cor-Bon, Hydra Shok, etc.) to see which round your weapon "likes". My Gen4 G19 happens to like the Speer.

DonRon
October 10, 2010, 12:27 PM
According to Glock Customer Service, their pistols are Combat Weapons and designed for any high pressure ammunition. My 26 and 19 just love NATO 9mm.

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