Why the Internet is Wrong about the Glock 19X | Video

The easiest way to think about the 19X is this: it is a 19 upper on a 17’s lower. That is a bit reductive, but it captures the essence. The full-sized 17 has a longer slide and a longer grip. The compact 19 has a shorter slide and a shorter grip. There’s no point in putting a short grip on a long slide, but the longer grip of the 17 adds capacity to the compact 19. The combination of the two gave GLOCK a gun suitable for the Army’s MHS trials, which it didn’t win.

The 19X combines the full-sized frame with a compact slide. You might not recognize it as a GLOCK, as it only comes in coyote tan. In addition, the 19X comes with a GLOCK Marksman Barrel, which has “enhanced polygonal rifling” and an “improved barrel crown.”

To cap off the 19X, the new guns will ship with night sights and ambidextrous slide levers. The whole gun has an nPVD coating that should add even more resilience to an already durable package.

While the 19X isn’t generating the explosive praise that surrounded the launch of the 43, there is a subtle message in the 19X. GLOCK is stepping outside of its box. This gun isn’t quite so basic as most of their introductions. The extras here may indicate that GLOCK is willing to make some modifications to some of their other standards, if only to mix things up (or paint them tan).

The gun will have an MSRP of $749.

GLOCK 19X Specs:

  • nDLC Finish on Glock Marksman Barrel (GMB)
  • nPVD Finish on the Slide
  • Ambidextrous Slide Stop Levers
  • Reversible Magazine Release
  • G17 Frame paired with a G19 Slide Assembly
  • No Finger Grooves (similar to other w/ Gen5 Models)Coyote Brown finish
  • Coyote Brown pistol case  1st Factory Manufactured Colored Slide of any Glock pistol
  • Includes one 17 Round Magazine & two 17+2 Round Magazines
  • 9×19 / Safe Action
  • Length: 7.44 inches
  • Width:  1.3 inches
  • Height:  5.47 inches
David Higginbotham is a writer and editor who specializes in everyday carry. David is a former backcountry guide in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Boundary Waters Canoe Area who was a college professor for 20 years. He ultimately left behind the academy for a more practical profession in the firearms industry and was (among other editorial positions) the Managing Editor for a nascent Mag Life blog. In that Higginbotham helped establish The Maglife's tone and secure its early success. Though he went on to an even more practical firearms industry profession still, he continues to contribute articles and op-eds as time and life allow.

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