By Bob Walsh
The Gun of the Week this time around is the Glock 19X. This is the non-military version of the pistol that Glock submitted for the U. S. Army Modular Handgun System trials.
This is essentially a Glock 19 upper mounted on a Glock 17 lower, but there are some significant variations from both and even a few from the military version.
The 19X does not have a bilateral thumb safety. The military version does. The pistol is in what is called a Coyote Tan color, which is also present on the magazine bodies and even the box the pistol comes in. It is available with steel night sights or the standard plastic Glock sights.
The nose of the pistol is significantly beveled, making it easier to reholster. It features the new Marksman Barrel. This has the same polygon rifling of other Glock pistols but the rifling is “enhanced” in some unspecified way and has an improved crown.
The internals are somewhat different. The firing pin safety, operated by an interface with the trigger mechanism, has been changed to improve trigger pull. The tip of the striker and the hole it runs in are also different to make it less susceptible to misfire due to striker channel crud. Also the takedown tab is supported in place by a heavier coil spring rather than the traditional leaf spring.
The grip frame has the traditional two-pin layout rather than the three-pin layout used on Gen 4 pistols. It has a considerably improved trigger reset. There is also a 1 ½ long rail molded into the dust cover. The trigger guard is significantly undercut on the grip frame to make the firing grip on the pistol higher. There are no finger grooves and it does use the interchangeable backstraps of the newer Glock pistols. It also has a lanyard anchor fit into the traditional open section of the rear bottom of the grip frame. The pistol ships with two extended 19 round magazines and one standard 17 round magazine. There are some fitting changes at the magazine well so the pistol will NOT accept Gen 1 or Gen 2 magazines or many aftermarket magazines.
The pistol weighs 25 ounces with an empty magazine inserted. It is about 7.45 inches long overall and about 5.48 inches tall with a standard magazine inserted. It comes with four different backstraps so most owners should be able to find one that fits their hand well. The MSRP is $749.