It was a very cold and rainy morning in December when a group of media contributors gathered at Glock’s headquarters in Smyrna, Ga. We had all been invited to see the new pistols that Glock is launching for 2018. As is the usual case, we all had to sign non-disclosure agreements and, as we met, the speculation was rampant as to what was in the mystery boxes at the front of the room. The answer was not one, not two, but THREE new Glock pistols: The Glock 19X, the Glock 26 Gen5 Subcompact and the Glock 34 Gen5 MOS.
Up first is perhaps the pistol that will stir the most excitement from Glock enthusiasts. The Glock 19X is described as the company’s first “Crossover” pistol in that it combines the full-size Glock 17 frame with the shorter slide of the Glock 19.
The 19X is basically a commercial version of Glock’s Modular Handgun System submission to the U.S. Army. The only difference being the military version was equipped with a manual safety.
Glock’s 19X is a coyote color and is the manufacturer’s first factory colored frame. The internal make-up of the pistol is Gen5 and features the improved fire control system, ambidextrous slide stop levers, and the Marksman barrel.
The G17 size frame is void of any finger grooves and features a flared magazine well, lanyard loop and an extended toe. This extension prevents the 19X from using Gen5 magazines.
The slide is finished in a durable nPVD finish that matches the coyote color of the slide.
Glock representatives pointed out that the 19X met all of the requirements from the MHS solicitation in one pistol.
*Photo courtesy of Glock