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Glock 19X: The 9mm Gun Built for the US Army (But Never Went to War)

Glock 19X. Image Credit: Creative Commons.
Glock 19X. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

The Glock 19X – a clear rival from the best 9mm guns by Sig Sauer and many others –  is loved by millions of firearms owners in the United States.

For many reasons, the US Army decided to pass on it. The Glock 19X was built for the US Army, but they decided to go in another direction, which meant Sig Sauer.

But what makes this now civilian firearm stand out?: Have you ever wanted to have a Glock 19 and Glock 17 contained in the same gun?

The Glock 19x just might have you covered. It started out as a submission for the military’s new sidearm, but it was passed on.

The 19X was then made available for civilians to purchase where it’s enjoyed a favorable reception. The question is if the praise is overblown or on target.

Does the Glock 19X meld two things into one seamlessly or do two separate things poorly? Here are my thoughts on the subject in this Glock 19X review.

Glock 19X Review: The Fact to Consider

If you stare at the Glock 19X for too long, it’ll start to look weird. The grip is that of a Glock 17, at about 5.5 inches. The slide clocks in at 7.5 inches, the same as a Glock 19. It does look a little funky since the slide and grip height are pretty close in size, but I’ve come to love it.

I’m also extremely fond of the sand color chosen for the 19X. It’s a good-looking pistol and I don’t reckon I’d want to change anything about it.

It feels like Deja Vu when I start to talk about Glock reliability since essentially every Glock has a similar performance. That’s to say they all run flawlessly for the most part. I personally didn’t get any jams during my review window or after.

I threw some trashy ammo at it too, but Glocks can eat up steel-case like no one’s business.

Accuracy is good, as is par for the course for Glocks. Pinging targets at 25 yards is no issue and groupings tighten up significantly at less than 15 yards, but you can still be pretty bang-on at longer ranges if you’re a good shot (or maybe it’s just my red dot).

I mostly shoot at less than 15 yards to drill for concealed carry situations and the 19X is great for that.

Concealed carry for the Glock 19X is a mixed bag. It’s not overbearingly big, but might be a little bit hard to conceal since it essentially has the frame of a full-size Glock 17. Then again, you can carry two extra rounds plus one in the chamber.

The 19X isn’t dramatically hard to carry around, but it might give you a little more trouble than your average G19.

It’s worth noting that I carried the 19X IWB at 1 o’clock. Typically full-size length pistols can start digging into you a little, especially when sitting down. This, however, is not an issue since the 19X retains the G19’s shorter profile. Grip length was the main issue surrounding carry viability.

I guess at this point, I’m somewhat of a Glock fanboy. I just don’t really have anything bad to say about the 19X. It’s a good pistol that combines the best of both worlds effectively.

I can’t help but love it. It’s also similarly priced to other Gen 5 Glock models so you won’t really have to drop extra cash on a high-quality firearm like this.

Richard Douglas writes on firearms, defense, and security issues. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at The National Interest, 1945, Daily Caller, and other publications.

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Richard Douglas is a long-time shooter, outdoor enthusiast, and technologist. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at The National Interest, Cheaper Than Dirt, Daily Caller, and other publications.