Handgun Roundup: the Glock 19 Killers?

By - Last updated: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Glock 19 dimensions sketch

The Glock 19’s dimensions place it in the center of the compact camp.

Over the years, I’ve spent a lot of time in gun-related forums, and I don’t know how many times I’ve seen a new-to-guns person post something along the lines of, “I’m looking to buy my first self-defense pistol, any advice?” Invariably, someone will respond, “Glock 19.” Sometimes with no explanation, just make and model.

Brevity aside, it’s a standard answer because when it comes to utilitarian, do-it-all self-defense pistols, the 19 arguably is the standard. It’s chambered in 9mm, an adequate self-defense round that doesn’t kick excessively. Its compact, shortened grip improves concealability but still offers a hefty 15+1 rounds of capacity. Its shortened barrel also improves concealability while delivering acceptable velocity and accuracy. Its polymer frame makes it light to ease carry, but not so light that recoil becomes an issue. With a striker-fired trigger system and no manual safety, it’s simple to operate. It’s not expensive, relatively speaking. And probably most importantly, it’s stone-dead reliable.

Since Glock first blitzed the shooting world with its polymer pistols in the 1980s, numerous gun manufacturers have stepped into the arena with their own polymer pistols in a wide range of sizes and varying features. If a new model hews closely to the basic Glock design, it’s sometimes hyped as a “Glock killer,” much as some new smartphones aspire to be iPhone killers.

Glock 19 Killers spreadsheet screenshot

This spreadsheet lists all the below Glock 19-esque guns, and each gun’s user rating and specs.

In 1988, Glock introduced the model 19, and since then several manufacturers have developed pistols that match up well with the 19’s form factor. Are any of them actually better than the Glock 19? I’m not sure, but I think it’s interesting to check them all out side-by-side.

To that end, this article pulls together info on the seven polymer pistols currently in production that closely match the Glock 19’s specs. That means the only guns making it in measure roughly 5″ tall and 7.28″ long, with barrels measuring approximately 4″ long. And of course the other parameters must match up, too—caliber, capacity, firing mechanism, etc. Continue reading

Glock 19 Gen5

By - Last updated: Monday, September 11, 2017

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Rating: 4.6/10. From 22 votes.
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Glock 19 Gen4

By - Last updated: Friday, March 18, 2011


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Rating: 6.1/10. From 73 votes.
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Glock 19 Gen3

By - Last updated: Monday, May 3, 2010

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Rating: 7.6/10. From 41 votes.
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Glock 17 Gen5

By - Last updated: Thursday, September 21, 2017

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Rating: 3.9/10. From 19 votes.
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Glock 43

By - Last updated: Friday, October 16, 2015

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Rating: 8.0/10.
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Rating: 5.4/10. From 181 votes.
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Glock 42

By - Last updated: Friday, September 19, 2014

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Rating: 8.0/10.
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Rating: 6.4/10. From 105 votes.
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Glock 41 Gen4

By - Last updated: Monday, January 27, 2014

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Rating: 5.9/10. From 17 votes.
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Glock 30S

By - Last updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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Rating: 8.0/10.
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Rating: 7.2/10. From 117 votes.
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Glock 33 Gen4

By - Last updated: Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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Rating: 6.6/10. From 37 votes.
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Glock 29 Gen4

By - Last updated: Monday, January 28, 2013

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Rating: 7.5/10. From 69 votes.
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Glock 34 Gen4

By - Last updated: Wednesday, September 14, 2011


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Rating: 5.1/10. From 46 votes.
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Glock 27 Gen4

By - Last updated: Wednesday, March 23, 2011


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Rating: 4.6/10. From 50 votes.
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Glock 26 Gen4

By - Last updated: Wednesday, March 23, 2011


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Rating: 5.7/10. From 77 votes.
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Glock 22 Gen4

By - Last updated: Sunday, December 19, 2010


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Rating: 9.0/10.
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Rating: 7.4/10. From 167 votes.
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Summary: Nick Jacobellis’ review and rating of the Glock 22 Gen4 pistol, including a range report, photos and specs, and user ratings and comments. (Click here to see all of Jacobellis’ gun reviews.) Continue reading