9x19 mm Parabellum
300 - 460
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
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.
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.
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 -40°C to +200°C. Also this
rugged pistol do not rusts. All metal parts are covered with
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.
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.
prefer these pistols especially compared to the all-metal
alternatives, that are much heavier and are more prone to
is chambered for 9x19 mm Parabellum ammunition. The same ammunition is used by
This pistol has a relatively high muzzle energy and provides good
penetration even with 9x19 mm round.
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.
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.