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Glock 19

Semi-automatic pistol

Glock 19

The Glock 19 is one of the most popular pistols in the United States

Country of origin Austria
Caliber 9x19 mm Parabellum
Weight (unloaded) 670 g
Weight (loaded) 855 g
Length 187 mm
Barrel length 102 mm
Muzzle velocity 300 - 460 m/s
Magazine capacity 15 rounds
Sighting range 50 m (?)
Range of effective fire 25 ~ 50 m


   After initial success the famous Glock 17, the Glock company developed a large number of models, based on the same basic design. The Glock 19 is a more compact version of the Glock 17. Otherwise it is similar to the baseline model. The Glock 19 was introduced in 1988. At the time it was a futuristic-looking design due to its polymer frame. This feature alone led to many rumors and misconceptions about this handgun. This pistol became very popular due to its advantages and aggressive marketing.

   Currently the Glock 19 is one of the most popular pistols in the United States. It is used by various military units, law enforcement forces, and security agencies. This pistol is used by the US Air Force Special Operations soldiers and Marine Corps special operations branch, known as MARSOC. Some sources report that recently the Glock 19 has been selected by the US Navy SEALs. It will replace the SIG Sauer P226, that was used by the SEALs for three decades. The Glock 19 is also popular among civil customers.

   The Glock 19 is a striker-fired pistol with a polymer frame. This pistol incorporates a number of previously known solutions. However at the time of its introduction it was considered a revolutionary design. This pistol has a simple design with a minimum of parts. There are only 33 parts, including the magazine. Parts are interchangeable with other Glock pistol models. Furthermore this weapon was designed with wider tolerances between moving parts, which improves reliability. This pistol can be disassembled within a minute using just a pin, or nail.

   Low weight was achieved by making most of the parts, including the frame out of polymer. The only metal parts are barrel, slide and trigger mechanism. Even though this pistol is made of polymer, it operates well within a temperature range from -40C to +200C. Also this rugged pistol do not rusts. All metal parts are covered with rustproof coating.

   This pistol is simple in design and operation, durable, reliable, lightweight and inexpensive. Failures are rear. Furthermore it is able to take absolutely brutal punishment and keep on shooting.

   It is claimed that the barrel of the Glock pistols serves approximately 360 000 shots. It is a really impressive figure, as barrels of other modern and quality pistols last about 40 000 shots.

   Operators prefer these pistols especially compared to the all-metal alternatives, that are much heavier and are more prone to malfunction.

   This pistol is chambered for 9x19 mm Parabellum ammunition. The same ammunition is used by the baseline Glock 17. This pistol has a relatively high muzzle energy and provides good penetration even with 9x19 mm round.

   This pistol has got no external safeties. Instead it uses a patented "safe action" trigger system. An automatic safety is built into the trigger. It blocks the trigger if it is not pulled properly. This feature eliminates self-action or accidental shots. After each shot the safety lock is reset and turned "on", until the trigger is pushed once more. Another automatic safety does nor permit fire if the barrel is not fully locked.

   The Glock 19 is fed from a double-stack magazine, that holds 15 rounds. It can also accept 17-round magazines of the Glock 17. Furthermore there are optional 10- and 33-round capacity magazines. Magazine for this pistol are made of polymer.

   Most of the Glock family pistols have fixed sights. Only special target models, intended for competitions, have adjustable sights.

   Since its introductions the Glock 19 undergone a number of revisions. The first generation pistols were produced between 1988 and 1990. The second generation pistols were produced between 1990 and 1998 and had slightly different frames with textured grips. The third generation pistols were produced between 1998 and 2010. These pistols were fitted with accessory rail below the barrel, and had some other improvements. Production of the forth generation pistols started in 2010. These have a larger magazine release button, replaceable back straps for better ergonomics, and some minor internal improvements.

   The Glock 19 is only one of many models, produced by the Glock company. All of the Glock pistols are based on the same basic design. These handguns are chambered in all major pistol calibers. Various models also have different dimensions, barrel length, and magazine capacity. Pistols are available in standard, compact, subcompact, target and other models.



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