A Condensed History of
the Glock 19
The Glock 19 took the firearms world by storm when it was first introduced for law enforcement markets in 1988, revolutionizing the compact 9mm handgun category with its winning blend of concealability, handling, and magazine capacity. But, that was over three decades ago: and yet, the Glock 19 remains one of the most popular handguns in the world despite recurrent attempts to dethrone it. So, what accounts for the Glock 19’s continued success?
Here are the factors at play.
The gun that propelled Austrian firearms manufacturer Glock to international fame was the Glock 17, a striker-fired, polymer frame, semi-automatic pistol that fast became a best seller for its friendly ergonomics and low-recoil handling. Never the less, a sizable segment of the law enforcement and commercial market sought a “compact” version of the Glock 17 for easier concealed carry; thus, the Glock 19 was born.
On paper, the differences between the two Glocks are quite subtle. In practice, however, the Glock 19’s smaller dimensions made it a significantly better everyday concealed carry(EDC) choice. The weight difference of about two ounces, insignificant as it seems at first glance, adds up over the course of carrying the Glock 19 on one’s hip for an entire day. Meanwhile, the Glock 19’s reduced length and height can easily make the difference between the gun printing–that is, protruding through your clothing in a way that makes its presence obvious to those around you–or not.
The, no less important, ingredient to Glock 19’s enduring popularity is the glut of aftermarket support.
Smart enough for EDC support, but functional enough to be as a full-fledged service and self-defense pistol, the Glock 19 is the quintessential “Goldilocks gun”–a versatile, compact, and highly moldable firearm made to appeal to almost any consumer and a wide range of law enforcement customers.
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