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Glock 19 Gen 5: The Best 9mm Gun Today?

Glock 19 Gen 5
Glock 19 Gen 5. Image Credit: Glock.

Meet the Glock 19 Gen 5: Could It Be the Best Gun Out There?Do you want a pistol that met requirements for the FBI and was later released to the public? Look no further than the Glock 19 Gen 5. If you are already a fan of the Glock 19, and many people are, you won’t be disappointed. While it has some downsides, such as the lack of a trigger safety and limitations to only 9mm chambering, the pistol is accurate and yields a high level of comfort for many users.

Glock 19X and Glock 44

Glock 19X and Glock 44 side by side. Image Credit: 19FortyFive Original Image.

Glock 19 Gen 5: Does It Look Familiar or Different?

At first glance, the Gen 5 looks like it has the trademark Glock design, but on further examination, it doesn’t exactly have the same boxy look as what you are accustomed to. But those who are not acclimated to Glock will overlook this difference. Other Glock enthusiasts probably won’t notice.

Good for Lefties

You may pick up on the way the Gen 5 holsters. That’s likely because of FBI standards. You can smoothly take it out and re-holster it. If you are left-handed, have no fear. The slide stop is ambidextrous and the magazine catch is reversible.

No Finger Grooves on this Model 

What users may notice is the lack of finger grooves on the polymer grip. This is a feature some prefer on their Glocks. The Gen 5 grip is smooth, so you may want to consider this before purchase. But the backstraps can be adjusted for many different hand sizes.

Glock 19 Gen 5, Here Are the Specs   

With a loaded magazine, it weighs just over 30-ounces. Chambered in 9X19mm, the 15-round magazine comes standard, but the Gen 5 can come in 17, 24, 31, 33- round magazines. The barrel length is four inches, and its overall length is 7.3-inches. 

The double semiautomatic action rarely malfunctions, but there is no manual safety. The trigger pull is 5.5 pounds out of the factory with fixed front and rear sights.

Barrel Is Good Out of the Box

A reviewer from Harry’s Holsters in 2020 was impressed with the Gen 5’s Marksman barrel. “It’s more accurate than a standard Glock barrel and negates the need for an aftermarket barrel. Unless you’re just looking to have your gun look visually different or you want to add a threaded barrel. Even if you’re adding a threaded barrel, I would probably suggest trying to find a Glock OEM barrel since the Glock Marksman barrels are so good,” the reviewer said.

Glock 19 Gen 5, More Pros and Cons

1945’s Brady Kirkpatrick has shot Glocks for 15-years. He likes the accuracy and reliability of the Gen 5, plus it has easy controls. On the downside, Kirkpatrick notes the pistol could use some improved ergonomics. Another complaint is that it is not as customizable as what you are used to in Glocks. He believes the Gen 5 is not as concealable either compared to other Glock 19 models. Kirkpatrick recommends replacing the sights with Ameriglo illuminated self-defense sights

Smooth Trigger Pull

SOFREP’s Dustin Gladwell, a 12-year Army veteran, believes that Glock made a good decision by making changes based on customer reviews of early models. You can notice this in the trigger. “Firing pin safety and trigger spring enhancements enable the trigger housing to endure long-term durability and result in a smoother trigger pull and improved trigger reset,” he wrote.

Glock 19

Glock 19 Gen 5 with some modifications. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Glock 19

Glock 19. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Glock 19 Gen5

Glock 19 Gen5. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Glock 19

Glock 19. Image: YouTube Screenshot.

The Glock 19 Gen 5 usually retails for around $599. But of course, since the pandemic, firearms prices are all over the place based on region and availability. If you are a Glock user or new to Glocks, you probably won’t be disappointed. If you can overlook the disadvantages in customization and ergonomics, the Gen 5 is worth a purchase.

Glock looks like it has another hit on its hands.

Now serving as 1945’s Defense and National Security Editor, Brent M. Eastwood, PhD, is the author of Humans, Machines, and Data: Future Trends in Warfare. He is an Emerging Threats expert and former U.S. Army Infantry officer. You can follow him on Twitter @BMEastwood.

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Now serving as 1945s New Defense and National Security Editor, Brent M. Eastwood, PhD, is the author of Humans, Machines, and Data: Future Trends in Warfare. He is an Emerging Threats expert and former U.S. Army Infantry officer.

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Timmer5673

    April 29, 2022 at 12:35 am

    This article needs some serious work.
    All glocks have trigger safeties
    No glocks have a double action trigger not one
    Yes a glock 19 only comes in one caliber but there are other glocks in the same size that are other calibers.

    Ugh terribly written.. get your facts straight

    • Steve Holly

      April 30, 2022 at 9:36 am

      You got many things wrong about the gen 5 Glock 19. Maybe you should write about something that you actually know about.

  2. Milton Laub

    April 29, 2022 at 4:07 am

    You haven’t compared other gumnakers like the CZ and the IWI families. A person on YouTube compared 5 of the famous gunmakers in the world and rated them on dependability, accuracy, and other important factors. Of the 5 gunmakers the second and third spots were Glocks. The top spot believe it or not was the CZ75 for which the IWI Jericho is made after.

  3. Milton Laub

    April 29, 2022 at 4:22 am

    There are other gumnakers that are superior to Glocklike the CZ and IWI families. IWI and CZ products have been proven in military combat. That is a very important factor.

    • Goyim

      June 29, 2022 at 7:02 pm

      LOL. DO you have any idea how “proven” Glocks are in combat?

      They were the preferred sidearm of US Special operations forces in the last couple of wars. The government-issued 1911s, Sigs, Berettas were usually ditched for personally-bought Glocks and saw tons of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

      CZ makes great guns with specific parts known to fail before 10,000 rounds, like the firing pin retaining pin. That’s why people in the know have factory-new guns rebuilt by customizers like Cajun Gun Works. The end product is great, but for twice the price of a Glock.

      Nobody outside Israel and the “tribe” gives a crap about IWI.

  4. Steve

    April 29, 2022 at 3:26 pm

    The Gen 5 definitely has some advantages of the Gen 4

  5. Justin Schreiber

    April 30, 2022 at 10:31 am

    I’ve owned a Gen 2 since 1994. Shot close to 50k rds with 1 misfire. I retired it in OCT for a GEN 5. It’s my every day carry with 30 year old Winchester Black Talons. I bet my safety and the safety of my family on it.

  6. KaosActual

    April 30, 2022 at 11:06 am

    Most ridiculous article I have seen. Not even a top ten pistol. Not even top five in the same price range. Smooth trigger? It like a barbecue lighter trigger. This guy shouldn’t be writing these articles.

  7. Jack A Furbush

    April 30, 2022 at 11:54 am

    What makes the Gen 5 19 less concealable than the Gen 3 or 4? My Gen 5 fits in all of my Gen 3 holsters. As others are posting, you don’t seem to know much about this pr any other Glock pistol. The Gen 5 pistol doesn’t make all the previous Glocks obsolete junk. The Gen 5 was chosen by the FBI based on the features that were specified by the FBI. The Gen 5 is also made available to the civilian market as well. I actually prefer it to my older Gen 3. For an out of box EDC pistol it fits my needs very well. Nothing that the FBI does impresses me lately so that didn’t factor into my choice, but that is one of it’s selling points not lost by Glock. The no finger groves and adjustable backstrap and better trigger did it for me. It’s always a good idea to be able to carry a gun that out of the box requires no mechanical modifications especially the trigger that fits your needs. Other than sights and grips, alterations especially to the trigger can cause legal complications should you actually ever have to use it.

    • Phil

      May 1, 2022 at 2:51 pm

      Right on, I’ve owned two
      gen 3 .40 23’s. My job
      I carry a .40 22 gen 4.
      Kiss
      keep it simple stupid…

  8. Brad

    April 30, 2022 at 12:56 pm

    In a world where the Sig P320 among many other choices exists… this is just completely wrong.

  9. Jeffrey E Lewandowski

    April 30, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    I still carry my S&W 5904. Have for years. Bought it new in 1991, carried since we were able to. I’d still take it over ANY glock, any day.

  10. Dave Rittner

    April 30, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    Wow. I have to believe this is your first gun. You really don’t know squat about guns. No trigger safety? Really? Funny, because the picture seems to show one. It also weighs a ton compared to some of its competition. Perhaps you should write reviews on cookware? You couldn’t do any worse.

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