There's only pro's with the 19...
Hello everyone. I am new to the forum, and fairly new to handgun ownership. By that, I mean I am looking at my first purchase the Glock 19.
My primary reasons for ownership are Home and personal protection and range practice. I live in a really safe area of town but I own a Gas Station and I tend to leave the store everynight by myself. I would like to know the pros N Cons of this weapon.
I'm wide open for any feedback on the model or any new models that might apply for my use.
There's only pro's with the 19...
I just recently purchased a Glock 19c as my first handgun and I could not be happier, it is truly an amazing gun. I bought mine strictly for recreational shooting. Pros that I consider most important:
1. Glock reliability and durability, Tried and true. New generation Glocks are coated and they seem to repel buildup thus allowing for consistent operation, I sometimes shoot reloads and despite being dirty while shooting my accuracy and groupings are not affected.
2. Simple break down. Makes for easy cleaning, I also think less parts less problems.
3. Balance and feel. Although this is very subjective most people that hold and shoot a Glock enjoy the feel of the gun.
I have the compensated model and I will say it does create occasional muzzle flash, as well as excess powder and debris that shoots out of the porting. So for your situation you might want to get the non ported model. You wont see a significant difference in shooting 19 9mm because recoil isn't really any issue, however it does help when doing double taps. I compared double taps using my Glock and a friends PX4 9mm and my groupings were much closer, I believe the compensation helped keep the muzzle low during firing.
But overall for home protection and has a carry weapon you cant go wrong with a Glock. But in order to get a true assessment you have to go to the store hold the different models and test fire the ones that interest you.
Out of all the guns in that genre the G 19 is one of the best. It would be really hard to beat it unless the 9mm caliber was a problem with the user. I've never seen one that didn't perform as expected from it.
The Glock 19 is my semi-auto pistol of choice. I cannot really think of any cons with regards to this particular make and model.
The pros are many, among them the ease of concealment while still being large enough to shoot well. The high capacity is also a major plus.
Best bang for the buck in the market today in this line of pistol. It's the Time-X of the pistol world. You will not wear one out with normal use and it will last a life time.
Thanks everyone for your advices it was greatly appreciated. One last thing, How do I determine whats the best amunition for both target practice and general use for my new Glock 19. Also can yopu purchase ammnunition online if so what is a good site?
I agree that the 100 round value box from Wal-Mart is the way to go for practice ammo. It is 115 grain by the way. I do, however, recommend you get some quality JHPs for carry. Any of the premium offerings from Speer, Remington, Federal or Winchester will work. Do yourself a favor and do not worry about it too much. As long as you hit what you are aiming at, the specific grain and/or make really does not matter.
I don't know if there is a Dicks store near you, but I just bought 500 rnds of Remington there yesterday for a little over $80.00. I'm figuring on going back in a couple weeks for another 500 rnds of it. Both my G17 and G19 shoot it well, and at $7.98 a box I couldn't pass it up. It was the Green and white box Remington UMC, not the Yellow box UMC. It is $13.00 a box for the single box, and $7.98 a box if you buy 10 or more.
Guys thanks for the input, just one last question....I need a recommendation on some decent hollow point ammunition....
Once again Thanks
Speer Gold Dot, Remington Golden Saber, Federal Tactical, HST, or Hydra-Shok, and Winchester whatever they call their premium loads these days will all serve you very well.Originally Posted by Ptarmigan
If I had to pick one over the others I would pick the Speer Gold Dot 124 grain +P load. It seems to work very well in the Glock 19 and has a good track record as a self defense and police load.
Excellent choice. Enjoy shooting it.
Can't go wrong with the G19.
I am going to make a list with things I dislike about my G19... here it is:
How often or better yet when I receive my new gun should I clean it? is their a specific number of rounds that the gun should be clean when they are new?
Guys thanks for your response. I was wondering if you guys know of any decent deals for practice ammunition? I check out the Dick sport good store for the 500rs of Remington to they were out of stocks.
+1 on Wal Mart 250 round UMC bulk packs around $40 here. WWB $20.
Things that make you go hmmmm. Every couple of months the local Dick's put that ad in the local Sunday paper Remington 9mm $8.50 a box if you buy a case. Past two times they did that I showed up mid to late day Monday and they were "sold out". They would not give me a rain-check. Just an observation.
Show up earlier next time. Just a suggestion.