Another GLOCK 19. Yeah I know, neither the most interesting, nor the most original firearm to carry, but then interesting and original are not luxuries that I can afford. You see, I live in South Africa, where our government doesn’t acknowledge our right to keep and bear arms. We can still, however, own certain firearms, provided we have the correct paperwork and permissions . . .
That’s where things get tricky. It’s not impossible to own more than a few guns, but generally a person can only own one gun for self-defense. Any more guns need to be registered as either hunting or recreational firearms, and then only four guns can be owned in total. Under certain conditions more than four guns can be owned, but for most people a single weapon for self-defense is the realistic maximum. These factors coupled with the budget of a college student make a G19 the perfect gun.
I need a gun that I can carry concealed, take to the range as a plinker, and then use as a home defense weapon. Ammo, parts and accessories need to be available and relatively affordable. This last criterion is especially important. Where I live, gun shops are few and far between and often have a very limited inventory. Exotic ammo (anything other than 9mm, basically) is often hard to find and always very expensive. And accessories such as holsters, etc., would be impossible to find for any except a dozen or so different handguns.
I also don’t have the luxury of being able to get someone to tweak my gun to make it more reliable or accurate. I can’t change the grips or the recoil springs for anything aftermarket, as nothing is available here. I need a gun that I can take out the box and use for any and all of my possible needs. Buying the gun and then deciding I don’t like the feel of it isn’t an option.
So after some research, I decided on the GLOCK 19. Concealable, reliable and, importantly, versatile, it ticks all of the boxes. It seems even most people who don’t like GLOCKs would begrudgingly acknowledge that the G19 fits the above description. So until it’s possible to own a different gun for every application, the GLOCK 19 remains my go-to-gun for just about everything.