The explosion in the number of GLOCK Gen 3 clones has apparently been led by some patent expirations. I know nothing of patent law, but I do remember when GLOCK defended their IP quite vigorously. I’m sure S&W remembers as well.
That doesn’t seem to be the case with Anderson, PSA, Adams Arms, and many more who are doing their own thing with Gen 3 Glock platforms. One company doing something different with the familiar platform is Matrix Arms who’s doing things with their MX19 pistol that are breaking the mold.
Polymer No More
Specifically they’re breaking the polymer mold. The Matrix Arms MX19 is an all-metal frame GLOCK Gen 3 clone. Well, mostly metal. It’s an aluminum frame that allows you to attach polymer grip panels, much like a more classic pistol. It’s a truly neat little Glock kit.
You can swap out grip panels to change the color as well as the grip texture. Matrix Arms makes the grip modules, and they’re pretty affordable. Speaking of colors, you get all the tactical options from black to FDE, as well as some fun ones like midnight purple.
As the name implies, the MX19 is GLOCK 19 compact sized. There are two options overall, a standard model and an elite version. The difference seemingly is the trigger.
The various models are optic-ready and compatible with GLOCK Gen3 parts and pieces. The Matrix Arms MX19 handguns also feature a 1911-like grip angle which will please many, a very aggressive grip texture, and a smooth trigger pull.
The guns were a blast to shoot at range day and were very light recoiling pistols. The gun delivers an interesting recoil impulse…a bit different than most GLOCKs. Not necessarily better or worse, just different.
Maybe that’s due to the more rigid aluminum frame. Whatever the reason, it’s enjoyable to shoot. The downside for some will be the price point. It starts at a grand and goes from there. It’s a neat concept that proves what’s old is new.
Polymer is out and metal frames are back! At least they are with Matrix Arms and the MX19.