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Thinking about a Glock 19

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by DavidB2, Oct 3, 2014.

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  1. DavidB2

    DavidB2 Member

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    I am thinking about a getting a glock 19 for target shooting and concealed carry. Especially since I can get the blue label rate of $398.00 active duty military. May have to sell my Rutgers Blackhawks .357 but the recoil makes a pain to shoot. Anyone have other suggestions rather than Glock 19?
     
  2. NGIB

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    The G-19 is probably the "gold standard" of small to mid size semi autos, period. I am as far from a Glock fanboy as you can find and even I have one. If it came down to getting rid of my G-19 or my Ruger SR9c - I'd probably keep the SR9c as it feels better in my hand...
     
  3. g.willikers

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    Yeah, try a Ruger SR compact, too, before buying the 19.
     
  4. jmr40

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    Can't go wrong with the G-19, especially at that price. I gave my G-17 to my son after he moved out of the house and bought a 2nd G-19. I shoot the smaller gun just as well and it is just the perfect size. Big enough for serious work and small enough to CC without much trouble.
     
  5. Panzerschwein

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    The G19 is IMHO, the worlds greatest all around combat handgun. I trust mine with my life.

    You will NOT be disappointed.
     
  6. et2041

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    I've owned and carried one....... forever

    Over 22 years of that frame. I carried a G19 Early Gen 2 for 19 years bumped up to a G23 (identical size...more weight) for 3 years and just went back to a new G19 Gen 4 for work.

    I like Glock, but they are not the only game in town as far as striker fired handguns go. I bought my first non-Glock striker fired handgun a month ago...A HK VP9 and after being a Glock user for 22 years, I believe the HK to be better. When you do the math on your $$ for your Blue label (I only purchased those via my PD) that $398 is going to go up a bit in price. It will bring the cost of that Glock close to a VP9 which you can find now for $585. If shooting it with the cheap plastic Glock sights is ok, and you see no need for other odds and ends for it (different disconnector et.al.) then the $398 might get you by

    The Walther P99's are raved about as well and like the VP9 will have a substantially better trigger out of the box....substantially.

    As far as selling your Blackhawk, I have no idea how much they cost these days, or what you use it for (to me a Blackhawk is for hunting or Target ...maybe Cowboy Action) I would reconsider and save. Being a Ruger I don't think you'll see much cash for it, but I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong. Good luck my friend....and Thank You ...for your service.
     
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    Not to confuse the issue, but you could always get a 23 and add a 9mm conversion barrel. I like my Storm Lake, but Lone Wolf is a little cheaper...
     
  8. slickone

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    I like G19's so much that I have three. One Gen4 and two Gen3's. The Gen 4 has TFO sights. One Gen 3 has Trijicons and the other a standard adj sight.
    Either way you can't go wrong.
     
  9. Teachu2

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    +1 on that - and you can get a .357Sig barrel. Both my Gen3 G23s feed 9mm from the factory .40 mags just fine.
     
  10. ku4hx

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    .38 Special for plinking with the Blackhawk; leave the .357 Magnum fodder for hunting or whatever you do that requires that level of power.

    A single action can certainly be use to defend yourself but the protocols are a bit different and reloading is slow. There is some very competent .38 Special SD ammunition out there.

    I have a brace of 19s: a Gen3 and a Gen4. Both are great guns for all the right reasons.
     
  11. skt239

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    The 19 at that price is a must buy. I would be all over it.
     
  12. Blue Thunder

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    I have a set of Twin G-19's G3 and that is what I use for CCW and taking Gun Fighting classes. No failures of any type and as long as you shoot clean ammo in it, you will not need to clean it but every couple of years. I keep both of mine dirty and they function 100% with Factory and my reloads. Go get it
     
  13. RustyShackelford

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    My 2 bitcoins....

    I would highly suggest buying a new in box(NIB) Glock 23 .40S&W rather than a 19(9x19mm).
    There's 0 wrong with the 9mm Glock 19 but with a Glock 23 .40 you can purchase after-market conversion barrels/magazines/etc & shoot the .40S&W, .357sig, 9x19mm or .22LR(with a add on kit).
    By having the .40S&W Glock 23 you can now carry or shoot 4 pistol calibers. :D
    Many people like the .357sig for defense/carry but the 9x19mm is extremely popular.
    If I didn't buy my Glock 21 .45acp gen 04 police trade in, I would have got a LE trade in Glock 23 .40 gen 04. I'm left handed so I prefer the gen 04 series.

    To that, Id add if you buy a new Glock consider the TangoDown Glock gen 04 slide release & magazine release. They were designed by retired spec ops member Larry Vickers(US Army). I plan to add these parts to my carry/duty 21 .45acp ASAP. I have factory night sights too but If I didn't, Id add Trijicon HD(green-orange). They are steel & very bright. :D

    Here are a few Glock/gun websites to look over;

    www.CustomizeyourGlock.com www.glock.com www.trijicon.com www.brownells.com www.midwayusa.com www.glockstore.com www.glockworx.com www.tangodown.com www.nra.org www.froglube.com
     
  14. NOMI WASP

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    Love my G19 and love the price you posted. My G19 GEN3!!! I a close friend I respect and love. :cool:
     
  15. BSA1

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    Contrary to the Internet Glocks are far from a trouble free handgun. I have firsthand accounts of serious problems with them but it is a waste of time to post them as the Glockfans will call me a liar.

    I will admit I don't care for the design of Glocks. They don't feel good in my hand. The Ruger SR9c is a totally another story. I also like the thumb safety on the Ruger.
     
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    I also have the 19 and love it for all the reasons already mentioned. Going with the 23 and conversion barrel is a great idea also, but please be aware that if you do go with the 23, you should replace the barrel before shooting higher pressure .40 loads, such as Buffalo Bore's +P .40 rounds. Their web site will do a better job explaining this than I will.

    I'd also like to echo my thanks to you for your service. We say a prayer for your safety and that of all our troops daily.
     
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    check out the 19c=compensated. built in compensator
     
  18. ku4hx

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    And most shocking of all, I didn't even realize all the problems my Glocks were having until I got the internet and started reading gun forums. In fact, that also applies to cars, boats, computers and etc.. The internet was a real revelation. Everything I've owned, used and enjoyed for decades have just simply been flawed and generally unworkable. Who'd a-think it?
     
  19. RustyShackelford

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    Glock bashers....

    For many years(starting in the late 1980s) I was not a Glock fan.
    I considered the Glock 20 10mm worth owning due to it's good reputation with the powerful round(compared to other brands/S&Ws).
    I'm left handed so I wasn't fond of the ergonomics of the early Glocks.
    As the newer Glock gen 04 line rolled out, I gave Glocks a 2nd look & now really like them.
    Are there better pistols like SIG or HK out there?
    Sure. ;)
    But for the $, Glocks are a great value. They are easy to clean, wear very well, are light, they have a lot of parts/gear/custom add-ons/etc.
    it's reported that about 65% of US law enforcement use or authorize Glocks.
    They are called America's Gun by some for a good reason.
     
  20. BSA1

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    ku4hx,

    I don't know about Internet stories. My information comes firsthand from L.E.O.s, range officers and Glock armorers.

    Thank you for proving my comment about Glockfans calling me a liar.
     
  21. lpsharp88

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    I just picked up a G19 gen4 a couple weeks back. Fits great in my hands and has digested everything I've fed it (everything from Blazer Brass 115 gr FMJ to Critical Duty 135 gr +p). I now carry it regularly and couldn't be happier.
     
  22. Sniper66

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    My nephew loves Glocks and has a 19 Gen 3. I tried it out and am sold on it. Before shooting the Glock I had shot a Kahr 9mm, a S&W R&P, and another one I can't remember. The Glock out performed all of them with ease. None of the others came close. I'll have one soon.
     
  23. mdauben

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    I'm a Glock fan and own several of their guns. My Gen2 17 and 21 are both around 20 years old and we're bought new. Probably thousands of round through them with no gun related problems. My newest Glock is a used 36 I bought last year and again no problem lens so far.

    That said, no gun is perfect including Glock. They do have rare problems. A couple years ago there was even a well documented design flaw in the then new Gen4 gun extractors that gave a lot of people problems and required warranty service.

    The fact is, Glock guns tend to be pretty trouble free, but honestly the same could be said of the guns from, Smith, Ruger, Beretta or any quality manufacturer.
     
  24. Nakanokalronin

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    I have a 3rd. Gen G19. I'm not a Glock fanbot, but I think it's the best all around Glock out there. Glocks in general are far from perfection. I had to shave away the finger bumps to fit my hands, undercut the trigger guard to prevent irritation on my middle finger, add a beavertail so I don't get any more slide bite scars from the thumbs forward high hold I use on every semi-auto and put some GAP plates on the magazines to complete the grip at the bottom, but it's a good do-it-all handgun.

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  25. JR24

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    I recently picked up a lightly used Glock 19C (my first 9mm Glock) and I really am liking it quite a bit. I'm debating putting a Gen 4 on my list for a future carry gun as a result.

    I have a Gen 3 23 that I occasionally carry, but I don't really like using conversion barrels for CC pieces, just my opinion.

    EDIT: I also have a Ruger SR9c that is a fantastic carry 9mm. Small, slim, reliable and accurate. Some don't like the safeties though (I don't mind).
     
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