My favorite guns are the ones you own. But for me, when it comes to handguns, I favor Sig Sauer simply because of my training at Sig Sauer Academy. (read more about my trips to Sig Sauer Academy here, here, and here).
When I talk to my friends who own Glocks, they tell me how much they love them. I’m in the process of purchasing the Glock 19x—the model put forward in the U.S. Army handgun selection contest, because I figure if my friends love Glocks, and Glock submitted it for the competition, then it’s probably more than OK for me. At the end of the day, there’s never a bad time to get your guns and your training.
If you’re interested in learning more about Glock’s firearms, you can compare their pistols here.
You should also read this review of the Glock 19x by the staff of the NRA’s American Rifleman magazine.
Released early in 2018, Glock’s new G19X 9 mm pistol is the civilian model of the company’s submission to the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS) trial. It features a Gen5 G19 slide assembly, a Gen5 G17 frame and—with the exception of lacking a bilateral thumb safety present on the MHS model—features most of the unique design and finish changes intended to meet the military’s requirements.
The G19X is a striker-fired semi-automatic pistol with the same internal and external safety systems as its Safe Action predecessors. Coyote Tan coloring is found on the slide, polymer frame, interchangeable backstraps, magazine bodies and the hard-sided pistol case. The sights, slide plate, barrel, controls and magazine followers are black. This model is available with factory-standard polymer sights or steel night sights.
The pistol’s G19 slide profile reduces its length compared to full-size models like the G17, making concealment easier for daily carry. The slide features a beveled nose for easy re-holstering, rear cocking serrations and the proprietary nPVD finish that Glock touts as tougher and more durable than previous finishes. The barrel is also treated with nPVD, which is currently available only on Gen5 models.
One of the noteworthy upgrades made to the G19X is the inclusion of Glock’s new Marksman Barrel, which features enhanced hexagonal rifling and an improved barrel crown. It should be noted that despite the rifling pattern update, consumers should not fire non-jacketed, soft-lead bullets through these barrels.
Removing the slide reveals a captured, dual-recoil-spring assembly with a mix of polymer and steel supports. The slide-mounted safety plunger (the component that makes the Glock drop-safe) has been changed from a round shape to a more angled profile, which improves the feel of the trigger pull. The striker’s tip and firing pin hole are now teardrop-shaped, instead of round, to decrease the chances of a light primer strike due to dirt or grime. The takedown lever is now supported by a more robust coil spring instead of a leaf spring.
Read more here.
Here’s a review of the Glock 19x from the always entertaining hickock45: