glock 19x 9mm 10-round factory magazine
glock 19x 9mm 10-round factory magazine
The new for early 2018 Glock 19X (G19X) Crossover available this week is a hybrid mostly Generation 5 combination of a Glock 19 (G19) Slide and a Glock 17 (G17) frame. The G19X uniquely matched the U.S. Army’s criteria for their Modular Handgun System (MHS) competition with one pistol, and now it is being offered to the civilian market. The military test version required a manual thumb safety, while this civilian version does not have one. I am happy that Glock sent me an early one to review and test and I want to share my impressions with you.
Why did Glock Make the G19X Hybrid Crossover?
Several have asked “Why” a combination of the G19 and G17 is necessary? Many are wondering out loud “What is the purpose for this hybrid gun?” Generally, I believe the genesis for this new blend is to make one gun accomplish a lot of roles and to have the advantages of the full-size G17’s grip length for better control and the 17 rounds magazine capacity. This combines with the improved accuracy, shorter barrel and slide for possible concealed carry, and handling of the Generation 5 G19. But, not all Gen 5 features are included, as described below.
What shooters will this new Crossover appeal to?
Will it primarily be a tactical duty gun, home defense gun, and/or a range gun?
Will it meet the needs and work for concealed carry?
What is the primary target market for this hybrid blend?
I want to objectively identify the G19X’s strengths, weaknesses, and shoot and evaluate it for myself and give you some information. I hope my criteria, opinions, analysis, and evaluation help you to make your own decisions about the gun and how you might use it. Of course, any gun selection relies on your own personal criteria, opinions, preferences, and your handling and shooting the gun.
First, I will give you my ten criteria for evaluating the G19X Crossover. Then, I will present the G19X’s specifications and features. Next, I will evaluate it against each of my ten criteria factor by factor and then give you my final opinions, optimal use ideas, and recommendation about the G19X.
In my recent book, “Concealed Carry & Handgun Essentials,” I thoroughly analyze, compare, and rank my Top 21 Concealed Carry 9mm guns, including the G19. You can read my detailed comparisons and below are my G19X thoughts. I want to state up front that I am not on the Glock payroll, have not been paid by them for this review, for my opinions, nor influenced to say certain things about this gun or any product by them or anyone. Read on to find out if I do recommend the G19X.
Criteria and Considerations for this Glock G19X Review
Here are just 10 of my criteria and factors I use for evaluating any handgun, so I will use them for the G19X. In addition to my criteria, there are other subjective features that may be appealing for some, like a certain style, mag release location, action, caliber, appearance, number of mags included, type of sights/modifications, bore axis, rail, grip angle, non-porting or porting, included extras like a holster and pouch, customer service, etc. So, I combined these into my last Miscellaneous criterion. I must admit that ALL gun-choice decisions involve tradeoffs, but I really want ALL of my criteria to be met. I assigned a total possible point score of 10 points for each of my ten criteria for a total possible score of 100 points. You can certainly add your own additional criteria and preferences or subtract any of mine.
Glock compact. The 9mm Glock 19X is the first “crossover” Glock combining the features of the full–size G17 frame with the compact G19 slide into one perfect package!
Glock 19X (9mm)
- Polymer frame with a nitron finish
- Polygonal-rifled barrel and a Coyote nPVD slide
- Double action with a 17-round capacity
- GLOCK Marksman Barrel (GMB)
- Lanyard loop for retention
- No manual safety
- Ambidextrous slide stop levers
- Handedness: Right
- Metal finish: Nitron
- Product weight: 24.83 ounces
- Manual Safety: No
- Style: Pistol
- Magazine capacity: 15+
- Caliber: 9mm Luger
- Rifle Ammo Type: Centerfire
- Two 17+2-round extended magazines
- Standard 17-round magazine
- Glock G19X Gen5 NS 9mm Compact 17-Round Pistol
- Pistol case
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