World's Best 9mm Handgun the Glock 19
Article Posted: December 17, 2014
The Glock 19 is perhaps the worlds most perfect handgun. When Gaston Glock stood on that mountain top and handed down the Glock 19 to all those in need he set forth new standards of reliability, capacity, conceal-ability, performance, and weight. The Glock 19 chambered in 9x19 / 9mm is the pinnacle of hand held firepower embodying all things good that are handgun.
All joking aside the Glock 19 is one helluvah handgun and one of our favorite mid size pistols.
We called and spoke with a Glock Sales rep from Tennessee and while he could not confirm hard numbers because as he says "it makes people nervous", he did confirm that it was one of the most widely sold handguns ever.
Why Is It The Best?
Let's look at the many reasons.
The Glock 19 weighs 21 ounces empty. It is so light that one-third of its total weight when loaded is made up by the 9mm cartridges.
The Glock 19 is a 9mm pistol that holds 16 9mm cartridges in a standard magazine and one in the chamber. The reason this is possible is because -- unlike other pistols prior to the Glock 17 and 19 -- the cartridges are offset right-to-left and left-to-right in the magazine. This technique is called double stacking. Another feature that illustrates the Glock's versatility is that it can be equipped with a 33 round magazine. For those people in states with magazine count restrictions, Glock makes a 10 round clip as well as a 14 rounder.
The ability to pair a Glock 19 with a PCC (Pistol Caliber Carbine/Rifle) is a game changer. There are many manufacturers of carbines that accept the Glock 33rd magazine. This means you can have your sidearm and rifle both use not only the same ammunition, but also the same magazines. 2 guns...1 magazine. Get the point?
Glocks are in our opinion the AK's of the pistol world. They are not the prettiest but they are reliable and will fire regardless of conditions raing, shine, dirt, sand, water, mud, etc.
Glock "lowers" are made from Nylon 6 a polymer. It does not rust, it is scratch resistant, it does not contract and constrict with the weather like metal. No rust means it cleans easy even if all you have to clean with is water.
*Notice video above from internet personality MattV2099 don't try this at home.
In addition to being one of the lightest 9mm sidearms on the market -- and far-and-away the most dependable of those lightweight pistols, -- the Glock 19 is only six-inches long from sight-to-sight. In total, it is only seven and one-third inches long. It is only slightly over an inch wide and only 5-inches in height.
In other words, concealment is not an issue. It is small enough to fit discretely under a light jacket.
The chambering for the Glock 19 is none other than the 9mm. It is the most widely used, widely available, cheapest, and comes in some excellent +P ammo.
We recently had the opportunity to hear a Glock Rep speaking with a group of local Sheriff Deputies. He stated that these new 9mm +P cartridges are just as powerful as the old 45 ACP rounds. I laughed slightly under my breath when he said that, I thought he was just trying to sell some Glock 17's or Glock 19's, but the numbers do indeed support his statement.
+P 9mm = 45 acp?
The numbers do support what the rep had said. The 9mm Luger Speer GDHP (gold dot hollow point) + P, 124gr has more energy than the .45 Auto (.45 ACP), Aguila FMJ, 230gr at point plank range. The 45 has more energy past 30 yards however.
People often speak of social collapse / shtf scenarios. Maybe we've watched to many zombie movies, maybe we as gun owners just enjoy justifying our buying addictions? (I always want another gun sometimes I just need to find a reasons to justify my purchase to the wifey.) Regardless of the reason the 9mm would be the choice cartridge. If you need ammo trying to find 40 S&W, 45 ACP, 380 acp, or even 10mm is going to be hard. 9mm is also cheap. I pick up plinker 100 round value packs at Wally World for about $22 every time I go there. If you like to shoot alot the 9mm is your best option, cause lord know you can't find .22 anywhere.
Historical Boring Stuff
Gaston Glock was the first to manufacture sidearms with frames made of industrial plastic. Prior to Glock, manufacturers believed only metal or chrome frames could endure severe conditions out in the elements. However, the uber-durable, extremely light frames produced by Glock changed industry standards of sidearm-manufacture almost immediately, and forever.
A plastic polymer called nylon 6 in the use of sidearms was Gaston Glock's first great innovation. Even a layman can understand why a plastic polymer that is as durable as metal is a better material. Nylon 6 is lighter than metal. Nylon 6 does not rust. It does not contract in cold weather nor expand in hot climates.
The Glock 19 is a concealable 9mm pistol that can take a 33rd magazine, and in addition be paired with many rifles.
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Source(s): Pistol-Packing By the Millions
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