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Glock 19 opinions?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by ericp1, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. ericp1

    ericp1 New Member

    Aug 13, 2013
    Currently I have Mossberg 500 12 ga 6-round and Ruger SP-101 5-round .357.
    The reason for these are that they are easy to operate in case of home break-in or nasty outside encounter. Both are hard to jam or make malfunction.

    In my 'Handgun 101' class we were exposed to 2 revolvers and 4 semis.
    The revolvers were trouble free (although the light frame one was unpleasant).
    3 of 4 semis jammed for me or someone else in class. The zero-jam one was a Glock 19.

    I am considering getting a semi for entertainment and for a backup to the others (in case in the shop etc).

    Opinions on the Glock 19? My experience with it on the range was pleasant.
    Have since tried side to side Gen 3 and Gen 4. I prefer the Gen 3 (fits my hand well and does not have the fussy grip add on thingies).
  2. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Senior Member

    Aug 11, 2010
    Most modern semi-autos from quality manufacturers are perfectly reliable., if they are lubed well enough. What were the guns which jammed? Just as likely caused by bad ammo, bad magazines or not being lubed. You can have failures in a Glock as well. The way certain people hold it sometimes causes problems. I have over 2000 rounds through my Glock 19. I have not had a single failure. My dad shot it and had 4 or 5 in a row. He was bending both of his arms way too much and not gripping it tight enough. As soon as I told him to straighten at least one of his arms, the failures stopped. I tried to simulate his failures by limp wristing the gun myself and I had no failures at all. There was just some perfect storm about the way my dad was holding the gun which caused the failures.

    I have over 2500 rounds through my FNP40 with only a couple of failures, and that was due to canted bullets....it has a tighter chamber, other than that, it was been even more reliable than my Glock for myself and my dad.

    Advantage of the Glock 19 (some of these vary person to person)

    1) Great intermediate size.
    2) Same trigger pull from shot 1 to shot 15, 17 or 33
    4) Simple to field strip, simple to detail strip the slide without any special tools.
    5) Easy to find parts, especially magazines, and parts are generally cheaper.
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2013
  3. horsemen61

    horsemen61 Senior Member

    Oct 20, 2011
    I love the one I have and yes I agree that the gen 3 is better
  4. JH225

    JH225 New Member

    Feb 21, 2003
    I carried a Kimber 1911 for many years. Recently I thought I would give the Kimber a break. Went on a new CC gun hunt. Having had a G27 many years ago and hating it, I didn't think of one for at least 20 years. Well, as soon as I held a Glock 19 Gen 4, I knew I would have to try one out.

    Brought one home, ran it through its paces and it is now CC (or my new G26). Fantastic guns and I am glad I gave Glock another chance.

    The newest Glocks (gen 3 & 4) are so much more ergonomic than previous generations (in my opinion), are very reliable and I see no reason you won't be happy too.
  5. RBid

    RBid Active Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Wilsonville, Oregon
    I love mine, and my 23. I prefer the Gen 4 version. The medium, beaver tail backstrap is awesome. I use my 19 for EDC and nightstand duty. Fantastic, do-it-all pistol.
  6. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Elder

    Jun 5, 2006
    In a part of Utah that resembles Tattooine.
    I tell my concealed carry students, if you MUST choose a gun, and you absolutely cannot shoot it before buying it, find a used Glock 19. It is very simple and reliable, and you may decide to keep it forever. It is standardized enough that any accessory or add-on on the planet will be available for it.
  7. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Elder

    Jul 30, 2006
    Johnson City, TN
    I've had mine since 1998 and shot several bushels of ammo through it. This is in the "top tier" of defensive sidearms.
  8. PakWaan

    PakWaan New Member

    Apr 26, 2003
    Sunny Florida
    The Glock 19 is a great gun. I'm a 1911 .45 guy now, but have owned lots of 9mm pistols over the years. The only one I still have is my Glock 19. I carried it as my duty weapon when I was a police officer and trusted it with my life every day. Still would.
  9. Warp

    Warp Mentor

    Jan 22, 2008
    It is actually quite easy to have a pump shotgun malfunction. Short stroking is not-uncommon, especially under stress.

    The Glock 19 is an outstanding pistol.
  10. hentown

    hentown Participating Member

    May 13, 2012
    I shoot a G17 and G26 in 9mm; also own G21, G20 and G29. I carry the G26 daily. I depend on the G17 for a nightstand firearm. I'd much prefer the G17 to any shotgun made, for up-close self-defense purposes.

    If I did use one of my shotguns for home defense, it wouldn't be a pump; it'd be a semi-auto. Lots of disadvantages to pumps in close quarters.

    If I ever see a deal (around $400) for a ln 3rd gen G19, I'll buy it.
  11. tarosean

    tarosean Mentor

    Oct 22, 2010
    you can also make a glock malfunction quite easily..
  12. HexHead

    HexHead Senior Member

    Dec 15, 2008
    My first Glock was a 19. I was dubious about Glocks, so I got one to see what all the hub bub was about. I ended up really liking it. Next I picked up a 26, and basically stopped carrying the 19. Even getting a Milt Sparks Versa-Max2 holster for it didn't change that.
    Then I got a 17 and pretty much stopped taking the 19 to the range too. After it just sat for a year I sold it.

    The 19 is a great choice if you're only going to have one Glock. But it's a compromise. Doesn't carry as easily as a 26 and not as comfortable in the hand as a 17. The spacing of the finger grooves on the 19 made my hand feel crowded in comparison to the 17. I hear that's been addressed with the Gen4.

    If you aren't planning on carrying it, I recommend considering a 17. It's the Glock that started it all.
  13. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Senior Member

    Oct 5, 2011
    Southeast Texas
    My Glock 19 is my main carry gun, and since replacing the guide rod and recoil spring it has been problem free, and that was about 6,000 rounds ago. However, I am fortunate enough to have a Gen 2 ;)
  14. Flfiremedic

    Flfiremedic Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    My Glock 19 is my EDC. People in really bad parts of the world, in harms way daily, carry and trust them. With modern ronds the 9mm is effective-very effective. Glocks aren't as fancy and don't get you many cool points as with other weapons...but they are accurate and utterly reliable.
    With a bit more training and practice the 23 can be a better choice, however, without significantly more regular practice, I find that skills diminish more quickly due to the additional recoil. The choice between the two is as simple as an honest assessment of time you can and will dedictate to practicing and training.
    For me, if S&T require a full size or heavier caliber, I still choose the Glock, and truthfully as a stateside civillian, rarely feel undergunned with the 19.
    Two pieces of advice; Spend the extra $$ and get nightsites, and remember you get what you pay for with holsters. Just my opinion.



    ETA Im a Gen 3 fan
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  15. Flfiremedic

    Flfiremedic Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    Well said Hex. Spot on.
  16. ku4hx

    ku4hx Senior Member

    Nov 8, 2009
    Shoot many; buy one. In our area, ranges rent guns and our gun club has new shooter classes which provide several hand guns to try. You might want to check out such possibilities at your location.

    My Glock 19s (Gen3 and Gen4) are two of my most favorite guns. As far as the back straps on the Gen4 you can leave it off and the gun essentially becomes a Gen3 SF type configuration.

    All guns can fail regardless of their type. That's one reason I feel being trained in malfunction clearing is such a good idea. If you read enough forums on the internet, you'll find plenty of postings on Glock failures of all sorts.
  17. PabloJ

    PabloJ Senior Member

    Oct 17, 2010
    While if shopping for defensive gun today my top choice would be G30S the G19 is probably about as good all around defensive handgun one can get.
  18. muggia59

    muggia59 New Member

    Apr 9, 2013
    Sharon PA
    I'm a major cz fan, but after shooting a few glocks I picked up a g19. Very nice and a great shooter. Still prefer my cz guns, but I will keep this g19. As Ive always said, "Millions of cops cant be wrong".
  19. dogtown tom

    dogtown tom Senior Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    Plano, Texas
    No duh.
    You can make ANY firearm malfunction "quite easily"............what point are you trying to make?:scrutiny:
  20. miles1

    miles1 Active Member

    Feb 23, 2011
    I also have a gen 3 glock19.Well worth the money and will last you a lifetime.They are a tool that is easy to take care and reliable.Get one and you won't be sorry.

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