Once you become involved in the world of firearms and handguns, you will quickly be exposed to the Glock 19 semi-automatic handgun. It’s physically impossible, due to the giant reputation by this company, and the fact that the 19 is considered a stellar handgun of extreme reliability.

About Glock

While the company began in 1963, it didn’t produce its first pistol until 1982 after two years of research and development. Glock had joined a competition to produce a reliable handgun for the Austrian army. It had to meet a list of criteria, and out of the pistols offered, Glock won the contract.

Over the years since, Glock has maintained that reputation for durable, reliable, and affordable handguns. They led the world in polymer frames, lightening the load for those who need to carry a handgun daily.

The company has a variety of handguns available, though the Glock 19 gets the most attention.

Advantages

With the right holster, the Glock 19 is easy to conceal and can be tried in a number of ways until you find the one that’s right for you. The appearance is very functional, with a minimal number of controls, making it easier for first timers to learn.

It does have safety features, the Glock Safe Action System, which is easily managed by a straight pull on the trigger. The best part is it’s a three-part system to prevent accidental discharges in case of dropping the handgun, or it receiving a hard blow.

It’s a 9mm, one of the most common calibers available, so purchasing more rounds is never an issue. For those who want to be prepared for any situation, then these will be the rounds easiest to find.

Disadvantages

Some say the 19 is an ugly weapon, all function, but we maintain that its intended use is for self-defense, and it looks the part. There is no tab or button that prevents you from depressing the trigger, so if an inexperienced or underage person gets their hands on it, they can pull the trigger.

This model is only available in 9mm, and even the generations after it continue with that. The 9mm isn’t the hardest hitting round available, which will turn some shooters off the Glock 19.

The trigger can be a bit tricky to learn, as it has to be pulled straight back, and evenly in order to dismantle the Safe Action System. A bit of practice on the range should set you right.

The Generations

There are a number of Generations, or modifications, after the 19. Some of these can address a few basic handling issues, but mostly they offer improvements in the overall handling of the pistol.

Many consider Gen4’s to be the best Generation on offer, with better handling, and softer shooting. The cons of being a 9mm and the trigger action continue, though the trigger action is simply a part of the safety.

With the number of handguns available on the market, it can be difficult to decide on one, particularly for your first purchase. We say if you have the chance to buy a Glock 19 semi-automatic handguns, go for it. You won’t regret it.