When It comes to affordable lightweight handguns no one does it better than Glock. All of the handguns produced by this company are powerful and state of the art. With their polymer frame design Glock has created a gun that is ergonomic and easy to shoot – to say it plainly I love these guns! They are fun to shoot and easy to conceal. Glocks flagship pistol was the Glock 17. This semi-automatic handgun is still a fan favorite. This is the reason why Glock released a subcompact version of the Glock 17, the Glock 19. The Glock 19 is basically the 17 in a smaller frame. It has the same polymer build and packs the same amount of power.
In this article we will take a closer look at the Glock 17 and 19 to see what makes them tick. Although they are similar in many ways there are a few slight differences that you as a buyer should be aware of. At this point both guns have been updated 4 times so the ones I will be looking at are the 4th generation otherwise known as the Gen 4’s. Follow me as we journey into the world of the Glock 17 vs Glock 19.
Glock 17 vs 19 Shootout
First and foremost this article will not tell you which gun is better. This is a subjective answer and one that only you the buyer can decide for yourself. Both guns are powerful and the only real differences stem from size. Once again the Glock 19 is the subcompact version of the Glock 17 meaning the Glock 17 is larger. A larger frame and barrel usually translates into a more accurate shot but they also depends on the shooter. The Glock 19 is more compact meaning it could a better choice if you are looking for an conceal to carry weapon. I hope you are starting to see why saying one is better than the other is a problem from the get-go. That being said let’s take a look at the specs of both guns and see where they differ.
Glock 17 vs 19 Tech Specs
Glock 17 was the pistol that started it all. Gaston Glock designed this gun for the Austrian Army and soon it became the preferred pistol for many armed forces around the world. It was the first introduction of the polymer frame design that flipped the script on how handguns are manufactured today. The 910g lightweight frame when loaded allowed the weapon to sit comfortably in most shooters hands. Its 114mm barrel length ensured a more accurate shot. This is why it became a classic. The Glock 19 is once again a very similar weapon. The differences are minute but still have an effect. The Glock 19 is once again built out of Glock’s rugged polymer giving the G19 a unloaded weight of 670g and a loaded weight of 855g. Although that is only slightly lighter than the Glock 17 it can mean a world of difference when it’s sitting on your waist all day. The barrel is a bit shorter as well at 102mm. The height of the two is also different. The Glock 17 stands at 138mm while the Glock 19’s 127mm. The Glock 17’s 138mm height makes it perfect for those with larger hands and adversely the Glock 19’s 127mm height makes it sit comfortably for those with smaller hands. The last thing to take into account is that the G17 holds 17 rounds and the G19 holds 15. This is definitely something to consider before buying. Both have optional magazine capabilities of 10/33 with the 19 also having the ability to hold the Glock 17’s magazines.
Glock 17 vs 19 Accessories
All the differences aside, Glock is famous for their accessories. These guns can be customized to the point of not being distinguishable from a machine gun. You can essentially turn your Glock 19 into a 17 if you wanted. I wouldn’t recommend that because it seems silly to me. If you are looking for a larger handgun the Glock 17 is the one to buy. It has stood the test of time. If you find the Glock 17 is a bit too big for your hands the Glock 19 should do the trick. That was one of the main reasons it was introduced, to accommodate smaller hands. This is one of the reasons why it is so popular with second amendment conceal to carry gun owners, It sits comfortably on your hip and is easy to pull and shoot.
To conclude, I always recommend that shooters do their research. Go on forums and ask questions. Read other reviews like this one I found on Gunivore.com – Glock 17 vs 19. Purchasing a gun is a big deal and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Understand what your needs are so that you can purchase the right gun for you. I recommend Glocks for new owners and veteran shooter alike. The company has proven time and time again that they deserve to be on top. They care about their products and their customer service is amazing.
I will end with this, once you have made your purchase the most important thing to do next is practice. Owning a gun is a responsibility and the gun is only as good as the person who is handling it. Take your gun to the range and shoot a couple hundred rounds every now and again. This will ensure that if ever a threat arises you will be prepared. This is why we own and carry guns, to keep our communities safe. Thanks for reading. I love hearing from my readers so please feel free to comment below with questions or comments.