Glock 19 G19 Semi-Automatic Pistol Review

Review of Glock 19 Semi-Automatic Pistol. Gen 3 Glock G19 – My take on the gun I trust my life to. See why this pistol is so reliable.

After owning this Glock Pistol for over a year, I can’t believe I haven’t taken the time to sit down and write a review about it. Then again, after over a year of full use, in multiple applications and outings, after thousands upon thousands of rounds, I think that I can now make a well informed review on this pistol.

The Glock 19 or “G19” pistol is a polymer frame semi-automatic compact pistol. It is a slightly smaller version of the Glock 17 9mm pistol. It is chambered in 9mm (9×19, 9mm Luger, 9mm Para, 9mm Parabellum). Standard capacity is 15+1 rounds in a metal lined polymer magazine. If you want more technical details and all that stuff, check out the Wikepedia Glock page.

Enough with the tech specs, this review is about my personal experience and feedback on this fine pistol. I ran this gun in its bone stock configuration for the first several thousand rounds. In a previous post, seen here, you can see that I had it sent in for custom gunsmithing. During the first several thousand rounds, the gun functioned FLAWLESSLY. There were no issues whatsoever with any type of ammo. The most common ammo I ran through it was 115grn FMJ Ball ammo, mainly the Federal Champion stuff that comes in a red box from Walmart.

After sending it in for custom work, I really made this pistol my own. My Glock is my go-to gun. There are many like it, but this one is mine. Of course I started out shooting this like any other person would, at an indoor range. I’ve run several thousand rounds through this thing at the local indoor ranges. Bringing new shooters to try it out, or just for some personal stress relief. Shooting this thing was a lot of fun, but it really got good when I was introduced to competitive shooting. I don’t participate in IPSC, USPSA, IDPA or any of the National Competitive or Practical Shooting organizations. I’ve been honing my skills at the local steel matches in Corona, CA. This is where I would say 75% of my round count went towards. It really allows you to run your gun and figure out what works for you and what doesn’t. The time element also adds a stress factor so you can see how you react during stressful scenarios.

I have to admit, I’ve had my fair share of malfunctions with this Glock, but 100% of the malfunctions were attributed to ammo, especially when I first started reloading my own rounds. The Glock 19 is not picky with any type of ammo I’ve run through it. It’s eaten up all of the major brands such as Winchester, Federal, Remington, PMC, Fiocchi, Blazer, Sellier & Bellot, and much more. I’ve also run different types of bullets through it including traditional round nose ball full metal jacket ammo, moly coated cast bullets and of course defensive jacketed hollow point ammo. Again, the Glock 19 shot all types of bullets without hesitation. Since I started reloading, I have been running copper plated round nose ammo by Berry’s Mfg. and Xtreme Bullets by the thousands.

I clean my guns regularly. I usually do the whole detail strip and clean every part, simply because the Glock pistols are extremely easy to detail strip. I can access any and all moving components of the pistol within 1 minute.  However, I am human, so I do get lazy sometiems (read most of the time). I only detail strip and clean when I have absolutely nothing to do. My normal cleaning procedure for my Glocks are as follows: Check to make sure it is clear, wipe outside with cloth, insert mag, chamber round, set on night stand. I’ve had some pretty nasty carbon buildup before, but even then, the Glock functioned with no error. Simply put, for the average indoor range shooter, cleaning is not mandatory after each range trip.

For me, the Glock 19 is the perfect size pistol. It’s not too big, and definitely not too small. Especially with a slight grip reduction, the gun fits my hand like a glove.  I’ve run a few different set of sights on the Glock, right now I have a set of brand new Trijicon Night Sights
. Previously I’ve had Dawson Precision Fiber Optic sights which were REALLY great for day time use. I’ve found that the fiber optic sights need quite a bit of light from the top to be seen. This is not possible at night with a flash light pointed at your target, so I went back to the standard night sights.

These days, most guns are only as reliable as their magazines. Most malfunctions and failures are a result of faulty, old or bad magazines. The Glock magazines are extremely resilient. I’ve stepped on several of my own magazines. They’re dropped into dirt and mud several times a month. They are cleaned maybe once a year. They run with no problems. at one time, I even dropped a mag in muddy water and just wiped it off and kept using it.

In terms of additional parts and accessories, besides all the custom stuff that was done by Glockworx, I have an extended magazine release. This was a Lonewolf extended magazine release a co-worker gave to me. I sanded down the edges so it would not be too sharp. I’ve tried extended slide releases, but they just don’t agree with the way I hold my Glocks, so I keep those stock.

Overall, the pistol fits my hand great, it shoots flawlessly even after thousands and thousands of rounds. Maintenance and upkeep is extremely minimal. You’ll see in the pictures that this is a working gun. It is run hard at 100% of my abilities. It’s not a show piece that sits in the safe. It’s got scratches, and wear marks, but that is all cosmetic and does not interfere with the function. There is not a spot of rust due to the way Glock treats their slides in the manufacturing process. I’ve had 0 malfunctions that were not ammo based. I’m still on the stock barrel and recoil spring
, the gun does not want to quit, and that is exactly why I would trust my life to this pistol.

Glock 19 Left Side

Glock 19 Left Side

Glock 19 Right Side

Glock 19 Right Side

Glock 19 Right Side Open

Glock 19 Right Side Open

Glock 19 Extended Magazine Release

Glock 19 Extended Magazine Release

Glock 19 Trijicon Night Sights Rear

Glock 19 Trijicon Night Sights Rear

Glock 19 Trijicon Night Sights Front

Glock 19 Trijicon Night Sights Front

14 comments

  1. Drak says:

    Thanks for the post!

  2. Eric Jeffries says:

    After almost a quarter of a century after the Glock 19 arrived, it is still the benchmark by which all compact handguns are judged. Other makers have added the occasional facility here, the slight difference there but at the the end of the day, the Glock 19 still reigns supreme.
    Other manufacturers must find this incredibly depressing.

  3. brett says:

    awesome review and very informative. I love how you re-textured the grip and forward lower receiver this review has made my mind i’ve been thinking about it for awhile now im getting one tomorrow

  4. Lou says:

    I’ve had a gen3 G19 about a half a year. I’d never had a semi-auto before. This weapon was dead-on accurate right out of the box. I put a Houge grip sleeve on it & that’s all. It feels like a natural extension of my hand. When using both hands, I place the trigger finger of the non-shooting hand on the textured front of the trigger guard- minimizing the already minimal muzzle flip even more. Man, can I dump a bunch of rounds into a small target in very short order! I’ve had one issue- all my fault- I had lubed the striker and extractor before I read they should be kept dry. It continued to work flawlessly- until I cheaped-out one day at the range by running 150 rounds of dirty Russian ammo through it. 3 stovepipes in the last 30, or so rounds. I finally broke down and decided on a complete slide disassembly/cleaning. I dreaded it at first, thinking it would be complicated and I’dbe searching my carpet for small parts & springs. On the contrary- I was pleasantly surprised at how simple it actually was. The Glock is common sense simple. I wouldn’t be without it. On aesthetics- it’s not pretty, but neither am I!

  5. S.B.Chesnin says:

    I have had a Glock 19 Gen 3 for about 9 years. I have a 2.5 lb. trigger on it. I have run approximately 80,000 rounds through it. At 25,000 rounds, the slide stop notch wore off and Glock put on a relatively new used barrel and slide. I have shot IDPA with it and it has been my regular concealed carry gun. I switched to carrying a 4″ custom Kimber .45 apc about 2 years ago, but with the increased cost of ammo, I couldn’t afford to practice as much as I would like, so I sold the Kimber and went back to the Glock 19. I can usually put 50 rounds in a 2 inch hole on the x at 7 yds, so I suspect I can make an attacker sit down and think about it, if necessary.

  6. T Gunn says:

    Got my Glock 19 today. Will be my carry weapon. After using M9 it is a whole new world of gunfighting. Hopefully never again be in a gun battle but if happens, I feel I have a weapon for the fight to win. That’s all that counts. Winning and protecting my loved ones.

  7. T Gunn says:

    BTW. Pray for California shooters here in “gang Banger fertile crescent ” and our 10rd mags. Magazine drills are of utmost importance when outnumbered. Be safe friends.

  8. Omar says:

    Brilliant! Really liked the review!

  9. Frank says:

    Thank you for the post..My dealing with the G19 was in law enforcement. The G19 and feel safe in saying All models of Glocks are OUTSTANDING. RELIABLE ACCURATE. .EASE OF MAINTANENC..and Durability…and Ecomical

  10. noodles says:

    I was once told by a wise man, that this weapon was dropped from a jet at high altitude and still worked LIKE A CHAMP!! HUMMM remember Ripley’s beleive it or not?

  11. I have owned a g 19 23 26 and am going to get the wife her own 43 all have shot and perform better then my kimber custom 2 and ruger commander wich cost twice as much by by kimber here comes the 43 so my wife will leave my 26 alone lol good job glock and rock on thanks for great reviews and good shooting semper fi

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