By now, the public has grown pretty familiar with the U.S. Army’s new standard issue sidearm, the Sig Sauer P320 modular handgun system, or more accurately, its military counterpart the M17, but Sig wasn’t the only pistol maker courting the Army for that contract. Glock also had a dog in that fight, the 19X, and although it didn’t win out as the Army’s new pistol of choice, it might be yours.
For Glock enthusiasts, the 19X should look pretty familiar: considered a crossover pistol, the 19X combines elements of two different tried and true Glock platforms, each already in use by members of the U.S. military and law enforcement. The pistol boasts a full-sized frame borrowed from the Glock 17, allowing for larger ammo capacity and solid feel in the palm of your hand, but is coupled with the shorter slide and barrel traditionally seen on the Glock 19, allowing for better concealment.
The G19X was developed for the military and is a practical everyday pistol that will do what you need it to do, when you need it to; every time, in every condition,” said Glock VP Josh Dorsey.
Of course, it’s a Glock, that means reliability is among the heaviest touted aspects of this new platform, which goes on sale at the end of this month in retailers all across the country.