Gun Review: GLOCK 19X 9mm Pistol


The thing about reviewing a GLOCK is that, well, it’s like trying to review air. We all breathe it pretty regularly and it’s always around. It’s a common thing that we all tend to take for granted until it isn’t there for us. Now, I’m not saying that GLOCKs are necessary to sustain all life, but the new 19X is certainly a breath of fresh air.

First, it’s useful to understand what exactly the GLOCK 19X is and what it isn’t. It’s basically a G19 slide on a G17 frame. But an interesting thing happened earlier this year when it was announced and released.

I’d seen photos of the original guns sent in to the Army’s Modular Handgun System competition. I thought that the GLOCK entry was very cool and a departure from what they otherwise offered. I naturally wanted to put my hands on one and figured that they would eventually offer a version to the general public. I wasn’t wrong.

If you’ve been living under a rock for the last year or so, I have news for you: GLOCK lost the MHS bid to SIG SAUER’s P320 XM17/18 variant and chaos ensued across forums and gun publications.

Was the military wrong for selecting the P320 as their new service gun? Some seem to think so, others not so much. Oddly enough, the GLOCK variant, now known as the 19X, wasn’t exactly given a hero’s welcome when it was released to the civilian market a few months ago.

I tuned out the negative voices and determined to get my mitts on a 19X, mostly because it was a damn cool gun and offered some features I wanted to see in a full-size pistol. In what was a surprise to me, the general internet populace and others in the gun culture weren’t happy with it.

It thought the 19X had tons of potential, but it seemed like my opinion fell on deaf ears. I talked to lots of friends and colleagues in my professional media circles and they loved the idea of releasing the military variant to the public. So what went wrong?

What I found from talking to many people was that consumers decided that, with the 19X, GLOCK had released an unnecessary gun. They would have rather seen a G17 slide on a G19 frame. Or even a G19 slide with a G26 frame. The idea being that a shorter grip and longer sight radius was better for concealed carry.

I disagree with this concept, as I like a short barrel and short grip, but that’s just me. The thing I heard over and over again about the 19X was that GLOCK didn’t listen to consumers, but that’s false. People wanted the MHS handgun, and now it’s available. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it. If they hadn’t released the 19X, people in the forums and comment sections would have cried about that, too.

So, lets get on with the review. In the weeks I’ve had the 19X I’ve put a little over 2,000 rounds through it. I don’t know what some of the YouTube dorks were doing with this gun in the early days to make it jam (probably to generate more views on their videos with some manufactured controversy), because this thing runs exactly like a GLOCK always seems to. I had no issues to speak of in terms of reliability.

I fired everything from cheap ball to top-shelf Lehigh Defense loads and experienced exactly zero failures. I remember when the gun first came out it was supposedly plagued with stoppages and I saw none of that. In fact, it was so reliable that my testing was almost boring.

I didn’t clean the gun at all in the course of 2,000 rounds. I didn’t mess with the sights, swap out a trigger, or even bother to take it apart to wipe out the copper-colored lube. I just picked the pistol up, took it to the range, and began ringing steel.

One of the features of the 19X is GLOCK’s new Marksman Barrel. The barrel features different rifling than GLOCK’s traditionally used in their pistols. This enhanced polygonal rifling is a genuine improvement over the old style and I noticed that the 19X displayed exceptional accuracy for a polymer-framed gun.

Part of that accuracy is also due to the 19X’s improved Gen5 trigger that GLOCKophiles have been loving so much. GLOCK’s triggers have always been their pistols’ weak point. Serviceable, but certainly nothing to write home about. They made a market for Ghost Triggers.

But with the changes GLOCK has made to virtually every aspect of the trigger assembly, (trigger bar, plunger, spring assembly and locking block), GLOCK’s Gen5 trigger is a breath of fresh air and a huge improvement from past models.  They may not quite beat a Ghost Trigger, but they’re a huge step up from the old mushy “sproing” so many shooters came to know and tolerate.

I fired thousands of rounds through this pistol as I mentioned earlier, but I did not chronograph or measure accuracy in all loads. Data here was recorded over my Oehler 35P chronograph at a distance of five feet from the muzzle at 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Accuracy is in inches at 25 yards, averaging four five-shot groups.

Black Hills Honey Badger 125gr Subsonic 956fps, 3.23”
Lehigh Defense 90gr Xtreme Defense 1443fps, 1.75”
SIG SAUER 115gr FMJ 1117fps, 2.5”
Hornady Critical Duty 135gr +P 1144fps, 2.1”
Hornady Critical Defense 115gr FTX 1131fps, 2.85”

The barrel is, at least to me, a very substantial improvement over legacy options. I have always found that the barrel and accuracy was something that could be improved upon with many GLOCK pistols I have owned in the past. That improved accuracy is a big plus as I didn’t have to chase the sights or expect errant holes in my targets.

Moving on, the most visually striking features of the 19X is the color scheme. The nPVD-coated slide is the first colored slide that GLOCK has offered from the factory. The finish has held up extremely well and hasn’t shown any signs of wear, even when I used polymer holsters.

The frame features some things that are different than Gen 5 pistols. The 19X is basically part of the Gen 5 family, but isn’t quite a full member because of some differences in the frame. It doesn’t have the flared magazine well found on other Gen 5 guns, but adds a unique lanyard loop and a flared finger rest on the front near where your pinky would rest. In addition to these features, the grip has no finger grooves, which is an improvement all by itself.

About that grip, it’s been the subject of much controversy. The full-size grip fills my hands well and allows me a more relaxed grip than with a standard G19. Those like me with larger hands feel we’re being squished onto the grip in many cases, but not so here.

Another set of features that I find most welcome on this gun are its night sights and ambidextrous slide stop. Both come standard and are highly functional. An unseen feature is inside the slide. The gun has maritime spring cups that allow water to drain around the firing pin assembly. This is a little addition, but for avid outdoorsmen like myself, it brings peace of mind when out near rivers and open water.

Lastly, the 19X ships with three magazines, one 17-round and two 19-rounders. I usually leave the 17 rounder in the gun and have the others ready to go in reserve. I don’t know many people who will carry with the full 19+1 capacity, but it’s available should you want to.

The GLOCK 19X is a very solid, supremely reliable, and accurate gun that’s somewhat unique on the market today. I hope that GLOCK continues to push its design barriers and make more guns like the 19X. I’d love to see a 19 frame with a 26 barrel and slid. Despite the controversy surrounding the 19X in recent months, there’s a good chance the 19X will make you and your safe extremely happy. There just aren’t guns on the market that offer as many unique and functional features as the 19X. It may not look like your classic GLOCK, but is shoots a hell of a lot better.

Specifications: GLOCK 19X
Caliber: 9mm
Length: 7.44 in.
Width: 1.3 in.
Weight: 24.83 oz. unloaded
Barrel length: 4.02 in.
Sight radius: 5.94 in.
Trigger pull weight: 5.8 lbs.
MSRP: $749

Ratings (Out of Five Stars):

Reliability * * * * *
It comes as no surprise that this thing works as advertised. Perfection.

Accuracy * * * * *
This is by far the most accurate out-of-the-box GLOCK I’ve ever fired, and I’ve fired most of them. The Marksman barrel is a significant improvement.

Aesthetics * * * *
While GLOCKs aren’t known for their beauty, I love how this thing looks. Even the lanyard loop.

Ergonomics * * * *
Although it’s an improvement over prior generations, this is still a GLOCK and I still don’t like the backstrap system for adjusting grip size. All in all, in my large hands, it’s a very comfortable gun to shoot and handles like a champ.

Overall * * * * *
I’ll probably catch hell in the comments, but the 19X shoots great, handles well, and even looks good. And that third magazine is a definite plus.


  1. avatar Klaus Von Schmitto says:

    I don’t know, maybe it’s me but this gun sounds just like a Glock.

    1. avatar JasonM says:

      But it’s a new Glock, which means it’s better, because GLOCK!

      Seriously though, this “innovation” seems right in line with Glock’s 30+ year history of slightly different grip textures, slightly different sizes, and different calibers. I think the most innovative gun they’ve ever released was the G36, because it was their first single stack…and that’s not much innovation.

  2. avatar little horn says:

    what purpose does this gun serve that the countless other glock models deoesn’t?? i guess you have to stay relevant.

    1. avatar Don from CT says:

      Its simple. People wanted the gun that competed for the MHS contract to be available for sale. So Glock obliged them.

      1. avatar Daniel says:

        Yeah, except this isn’t the MHS gun at all. They removed the safety and a few other minor details.

      2. avatar Bloving says:

        Nope, I don’t see it meeting the definition. The fire control group (or chassis, or trigger assembly, or whatever you want to call it) apparently can’t be swapped from one frame to another and I’ve not heard anyone say the short slide can be swapped for a full-length one (If it can, cool – let me know!).
        So it still seems to me Glock lost the MHS contract because they didn’t submit a truly modular design.

        1. avatar Eric in Oregon says:

          They met the criteria. It didn’t specify that each individual weapon had to be able to be refit for all possible roles.

        2. avatar Helitack32f1 says:

          The modularity of this Glock fit the definition of what the military was looking for, otherwise it would not have been one of the last two standing. There were multiple reasons the Glock was not chosen but the modularity was not one of them.

          I have owned Glocks since 1993 and this is by far the best one I have owned or shot.

        3. avatar American Patriot says:

          They lost mostly because of price…Sig came in a He!! of a lot cheaper.

    2. avatar Mike says:

      Its a glock commander, thats all;)

      1. avatar Jack Crow says:


        How do you fix a Glock? Follow the 1911 as best you can, and the Glock will be as good as it can be.

        But still not a 1911…

      2. avatar tdiinva says:

        It’s not a Commander. It is the XD Service.

  3. avatar JR says:

    “19X is certainly a breath of fresh air”
    Care to elaborate further on that? Seems like the only things new here are extremely minor.

  4. avatar jwtaylor says:

    Solid review. I like the 19X for all the same reasons you cite. If I were going to go buy a new Glock, I would pick this over the 17 or the 19.

  5. avatar Michael in AK says:

    Why out a short slide and barrel on a large frame?

    1. avatar J says:

      The short slide reciprocates faster. Glock should have cut grooves in the slide for a red dot optic, this is just begging to be made into a Roland Special.

  6. avatar Mark says:

    I have one and I love it.

  7. avatar Rusty Chains says:

    “Don’t like it, don’t buy it” ummm, okay, I won’t. Who cares if their guns are ugly, they work well and for a carry piece, it doesn’t have to be all that pretty, just functional. That said, the 19 and the 43 are good carry pieces, no interest in anything else.

  8. avatar Shire-man says:

    I was waiting for the finger grooves to disappear to buy another Glock but now I’m waiting until they do something about that trigger guard. I’ve lost too much finger skin to Glock knuckle.

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      I’ve relieved mine under the trigger guard. It’s not the prettiest work, but it’s a nice improvement.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        Has anyone offered a professional service to do that trim work?

        It’s kinda like a soldering iron stipple job. I *could* do it, but I’d like it to look like it was done right…

  9. avatar Jim Davis says:

    It’s essentially a rebirth of a commander, and those are super popular. I like small guns small and big guns big… I may get one if I see it lighty used, but to bash it for being a commander size gun ignores much of whats sold for 50 years. Not really for me, but lots of people like full grip and 4″ barrel.

  10. avatar The Rookie says:

    Yeah, but does it take Glock – oh wait, nevermind…

    1. avatar New Continental Army says:

      But it doesn’t take AR mags. Also, could use more rails.

      1. avatar JasonM says:

        It’ll take my AR-9mm magazines. Does that count?

  11. avatar raptor jesus says:

    This makes no sense to me.

    G17 slide on G19 frame . . . yes
    G19 slide on G26 frame . . . yes.


    ? ? ?

    1. avatar S.Crock says:

      A g17 slide on a g26 frame might be pushing it but I would be interested to see Glock try it.

      1. avatar Terry says:

        I have one. Cut a 17 to 26 length grip. Makes an awesome carry gun.

    2. avatar Joleolsen says:

      I don’t see it either. I have big hands, 2X gloves and size 14-15 rings. Never have I thought that the grip on my G19 needed to be larger. I did occasionally think about a Lone Wolf long slide a few times. Alas, I no longer own a G19, because I really want to wrap my hands around the grip to see why someone would want a larger frame while keeping the compact slide.

  12. avatar mlk18 says:

    40 some years of the same gun being reintroduced as a new gun. But only 35 years or so of writers trying to pretend it’s something new and fresh. So there’s that.

  13. avatar Gregolas says:

    Great review. Quite thorough. Thank you John.
    I’d like the option of G19Y instead: G19 frame, G17 bbl/slide. Glad it doesn’t have the “flared”
    magwell of the Gen 5. That’s an unnecessary contrivance for a double-stack gun. If you like it, fine, guns, like cars, are 99% personal opinion. To each his own.

  14. avatar TheOtherDavid says:

    My understanding is the idea behind the original military concept pistol was a shorter barrel and slide assembly to allow for more comfortable seating in a vehicle when carried in a belt holster while maintaining the large grip for bigger magazine capacity and for use with gloves.

    Seems like a “niche” Glock that will appeal to some folks and probably has not cost Glock a lot of money in factory retooling, etc., to produce.

  15. avatar Ralph says:

    “If you don’t like it, don’t buy it.”

    Suggestion accepted.

  16. avatar Vic Nighthorse says:

    You make a compelling case. Good work. I’ll stick with my revolver but I almost always recommend Glocks and non Glock brand Glocks to friends getting their first EDC. I am a hypocrite I guess;-)

  17. avatar S.Crock says:

    Big grip and smaller slide makes about as much sense to me as bragging about big balls and a little dick.

    Let’s see a g43 frame with a 4 inch barrel. Like the xds 4.0 but not from an anti Constitution company.

  18. avatar cisco kid says:

    No the Military was not wrong in choosing the Sig over the Glock as the Glock has a much weaker ignition system as its only 67 per cent cocked while the Sig is 100 per cent Cocked. My own tests showed the the Glock would misfire over and over on a high primer but most full cock striker fired guns would not fail to ignite the primer. Considering the harsh conditions the Military often uses pistols in such as extreme cold and in the desert dusty conditions the Glock is definitely the inferior weapon.

  19. avatar cisco kid says:

    The latest Glock model was recalled last summer , oops I mean UPGRADE because we are all too stupid to know they are one and the same. THE REASON; SAME PROBLEM Glock has had for years. A hard drop and the slide falls off the plasticky frame when it flexes on impact. Glock went through 3 modifications of the slide rails and this time proves they still did not get it right.
    THROATING; If you want to experience the thrill of a handgun blowing up in you face the Glock is the one that will give this thrill to you. It can and does fire out of battery. Doubt my word, take a primed case without powder or bullet and let the slide run “almost” closed and then pull the trigger. It will occasionally fire right off. Not every time depending on how far the slide is still open and depending on the sensitivity and the hardness of the primer but yes it does happen. Just be glad you did not try it with a loaded round unless you want to blow yourself up. All this means that a dirty Glock that has its slide not fully close when shooting it could just result in it going ATOMIC on you.
    Check out the underside of the slide. You will find an open channel that the striker rides in. Perfect for letting in dirt, burnt power or excess lube.
    Check out the bottom of the grip and see the hole that leads right to the inner sanctum of the guns guts, perfect for letting in dust and dirt under combat conditions.
    Check on the anemic ignition system and compare it to a hammer fired gun like the Beretta 92. Pre-loaded striker fired systems have extremely weak ignition systems. Seat a high primer in a case, no powder and no bullet. Try and set it off. It will not happen people. Now try the same test with the bone crushing blow of the hammer fired Beretta 92, it will drive the primer to the bottom of its socket and still have enough energy to set it off each and every time no matter how hard the primer is. Now that is reliability.
    Try carrying a Glock in your coat pocket without a holster (empty of course unless you plan on committing suicide) and see how long it takes of the guns striker to trip off because there is no manual safety. Recently I saw an off duty cop from Columbus Ohio in a security video. He was on an elevator with his wife and attempted to take the Glock out of one pocket and put it in the opposite coat pocket and as you may have guessed the safety less Glock fired right off and he shot himself. I could give you add infinitum of similar accidents, many with Police Officers but why repeat the same story over and over again.
    Glock factory plasticky sights are pure junk and will break off or wear down with too many holster presentation unless the holster has a sight track.
    No way to un-cock the Glock unless you take the round out of the chamber first.
    No easily visible loaded chamber indicator and no the extractor sticking out 1/32 of an inch just does not get it.
    Take down system is an accident waiting to happen. Just forget just one time not to check the chamber and you must pull the trigger to take it down. Even Tarzan’s Cheetah the Monkey could have designed a safer take down system. Compare that to the Beretta 92 that makes you lock the slide open which would eject any loaded round you forgot to take out of the gun.
    And lets not forget the wonderful trigger pull on Glocks, its so long and creepy that even Nostradamus could not predict exactly when it will go off.
    And last but not least we can discuss the beauty of the Glock in all its Plasticky splendor. Yes Herr Glock finally did achieve something that was unbeatable, he designed the most ugly pistol in the history of the world,

    1. avatar mrlyle says:

      Can you repeat that? Wasn’t paying attention. A hot chick wearing short shorts was vacuuming her car out at the car wash

      1. avatar John in AK says:

        Here, allow me to translate:
        “GLOCK blahblahblah USELESS blahblahblah HATE blahblahblah UNSAFE blahblahblah TERRIBLE blahblahblahblah PLASTIC blahblahblah BERETTA blahblahblah UGLY blahblahblah NAZI blahblahblahrowrbazzleharrumph!”

        That’s pretty much it.

        1. avatar cisco kid says:

          To Johnny the Hill Jack. You can lead a Moron to knowledge but you cannot make the idiot think.

        2. avatar John in AK says:

          So, I accurately summarized your critique. Is that a problem for you?

        3. avatar American Patriot says:

          Kinda wondering if Cisco up there knows ANY thing about guns?

    2. avatar Jim Chema says:

      Cisco I’ll bet you like to hear yourself talk also. Don’t you

    3. avatar Pops45 says:

      My Sig P320 was a POS out of the box. Jammed with even ball ammo, takedown lever near impossible to operate, although it had an adequate trigger. It’s just a striker fired version of their failed P250. I own a lot of metal Sigs, great guns. Not this one. Traded it in on a Glock19x, haven’t had any problems with it. Shot great out of the box. A far superior gun to the 320. Even the Army is finding that out now in field testing.

  20. avatar AZgunner says:

    It’s a solution looking for a problem. I’m very much of the opinion that a short slide on a long frame is useless. There’s no niche this logical fill for me.

    And this is coming from someone who really likes Glocks.

  21. avatar John in AK says:

    The ‘maritime’ segmented firing-pin spring cups are certainly a cool thing, but they’re not really intended for rapid drainage of the firing-pin channel if the gun is dropped into water.
    What they are REALLY intended for are those occasions when one has to FIRE the pistol when it is completely submerged; As water is not compressible, and the firing-pin channel is ‘mostly’ sealed, any water in the channel COULD slow down or stop the firing-pin’s travel and prevent it hitting a primer with sufficient energy to work. The little segments in the cups are intended to allow the water to squirt out past them as the pin and spring/cup assembly goes forward, relieving any possible compression issues.
    Glock used to refuse to sell these nifty ‘military’ cups to ‘civilians;’ I assume that this policy has ceased with the 19X.
    REAL operators that operate operationally ALL have maritime spring cups. . .

  22. avatar Adam says:

    I’m a Glock fanboy but this seems like the worst of both worlds. The handle of a 17 so it is hard to conceal carry and the barrel of a 19 so I don’t get the best accuracy. Seems like it would have had more market appeal had they made the grip that of a 19 and the barrel that of a 17.

  23. avatar MIO says:

    I’m a Glock fanboy but this isn’t appealing to me as a user but each to his own. Did Glock miss the mark? Nope. It was made to do something that didn’t work out and instead of just scrapping it as most have they sold it to a market that is gaga over it.
    It’s a Glock it will run and there’s a reason it’s as popular as it is.

  24. avatar Lhstr says:

    wow, tan too!! I’m a Glock guy, I’ll keep my 17, 22, 26, 19 and etc!!!!

  25. avatar Redwal says:

    My opinion on the 19X was pretty much bleh, until I picked one up. The longer frame and the shorter barrel balance PERFECTLY for me. I bought one, took it to the range, dropped a little oil on it, and qualified with it. Actually shot a perfect score with it. And the FDE/Bronze combo are just pluses. It’s a keeper.

  26. avatar Jim Chema says:

    This is strange for me. That being I’m a 1911 guy. Carried one in Vietnam that’s all i own now, it’s what i carry now. I sell firearms at Cabelas and obviously handle a lot of glocks along with other firearms. The 19X is a great firearm. Fits well in my hand. It just feels like it belongs there. So I’ve ordered one and am quite anxious to get mine. I know what a great gun it is and can’t wait to shoot it. Whoever this guy is that wrote this review is spot on. Good job dude.

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