The Glock 19X has received a lot of hate from the concealed carry community who wanted a Glock 17 slide on a Glock 19 frame.
My guess is that they may have their wish later on, but for now, the 19X is a problem solver for a different customer.
Daniel Shaw of GunMag Warehouse discuss with Jeremy Strafford of Guns & Ammo Magazine about this hate. The focus of the conversation is really about who this gun was design for.
For starters there isn’t any problem with the 19X according to Jeremy. (who is also an LE officer) Even though this gun is open to the public market. This gun actually caters to those that carry a pistol on a daily basis as part of a job description like police or military.
The hate coming from the internet are people that don’t fully understand its purpose. This 19X was not design to be a concealed carry but for open carry.
There is a reason why this modular platform (19X) was built with a full size hand grip and a shortened barrel/slide.
They needed the 17 round extra capacity.
The shorten barrel is due to the environment that are used in confine spaces. Where you need to pull it out from your armor.
Having a full size barrel on it can be bulky.
(From personal experience while back in the post 9-11 days, I had to pull air marshall duty. They didn’t have the smaller Sig for me so they gave me a Beretta 92FS. Thats right with the full barrel in the middle of my back. If I had to pull it out quickly, no way, not in record time.)
Sorry back to the story, the 19X is well suited if you’re in an armored vehicle, patrol car, amphibious assault v and helicopter.
With the shortened barrel, you’re not losing much velocity.
Another complaint on the internet is that there isn’t an external safety. There isn’t much to say, most experienced shooters in the real-world of LE and military will attest their finger is the safety, especially for a striker-fire pistol.
Anyways, this is a very opinionated subject, what do you all think? Let us know below.
Sources: Daniel Shaw of GunMag.com, Jeremy Strafford of Guns&Ammo