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.
Using GLOCKs combat proven experience with consideration to efficiency, dependability and durability, and through rigorous testing, the G19X stands out above the competition and has the ability to function in harsh climates and all conditions with increased accuracy and ultimate reliability.” Glock quoted Dorsey in a press release.
“Our goal was to meet the demanding needs of the military while maintaining our standard of perfection. With proven testing results and fewer parts than our competitors’ pistols, the G19X has maximum efficiency, reliability and is easy to maintain.”
Despite its familiar look, the G19X isn’t just a Glock 17 and 19 cobbled together – there are a few unique elements to the pistol that may make it more appealing to buyers on the commercial market. It utilizes an “improved nPVD slide coating” to prevent corrosion, even when used in hostile environments, and unlike other Glocks, it comes in coyote color – including a Glock-first factory colored slide.
The pistol comes in a matching coyote case, with one standard 17 round magazine and two additional 17+2 mags.
One of the more valuable improvements over other Glocks, however, may be the barrel. Glock calls the new barrel used in the 19X the GLOCK Marksman Barrel (GMB), and they claim it offers improved accuracy and feed reliability. Other changes from the Glock on your hip include ambidextrous slide stop levers for better versatility, and a lanyard loop.
You can scoop up your own Glock 19X for what is expected to be around $750 starting on January 22nd.
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