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 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.
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.