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Glock 19

Austria (1988)
Picture of Glock 19 Semi-Automatic Compact Pistol
Picture of Glock 19 Semi-Automatic Compact Pistol

The Glock 19 was the compact version of the Glock 17 model series and one of the more popular sidearms put out by the company.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Glock 19 Semi-Automatic Compact Pistol.  Entry last updated on 5/22/2018; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The Glock 19 is a smaller pistol (defined as "compact") based on the original Glock 17 with the new gun made easier to conceal for use by military and police forces. The pistol was debuted by Glock GmbH of Austria in 1988. When compared to the Glock 17, the Glock 19 retained the weight to its slide to keep the short recoil operation in check while at the same time shortening the grip and barrel. Many of the components of the Glock 19 were made interchangeable with the Glock 17 and this included the magazine. Essentially, the Glock 19 was the same design, just made more compact.

Externally, the Glock 19 was of a conventional design. The squared-off slide was a defining feature of all Glocks as was the squared-off trigger guard. Sights were positioned at the extreme ends of the slide, mounted fore and aft. The grip featured an ergonomic hold and the magazine inserted into the grip base, it holding up to fifteen 9x19mm Parabellum cartridges. Total length of the weapon was 6.85" with the barrel measuring 4" inches in length. Unloaded weight was 21 ounces. Other magazine capacities made available were 10-, 17-, 19- and 33-round counts.

The Swedish Army took delivery of the Glock 19 in 1990, designating these pistols as "Pistol 88B".

In 2015 it was announced that the Glock 19 would supersede the Sig 226 pistol as the standard sidearm of the United States Navy SEALs. The gun is also in use by MARSOC units (MARrine corps Special Operations Command).

Any available statistics for the Glock 19 Semi-Automatic Compact Pistol are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering initial year of service, country-of-origin and manufacture(s) involved in bringing the weapon to market. Other qualities showcased are related to physical values such as the internal action, available calibers / chamberings, weight and lengths. Global operators are also presented in A-to-Z format as are any model variants available to the series.
Supported Mission Types:
Frontline Issuance
Special Forces
Close Quarters Battle
Sniper
Designated Marksman/Sharpshooter
Suppressed/Silenced
Area Effect/Suppression
Indirect Fire
Airspace Denial
Anti-Material
Attachment Weapon
Aircraft-Mounted
Vehicle-Mounted
Antique/Collectors
Prototype/Development
National Flag Graphic
Origin: Austria
Year: 1988
Type: Semi-Automatic Compact Pistol
Manufacturer(s): Glock GmbH - Austria
Global Operators:
Austria; Australia; Czech Republic; Indonesia; Iraq; Israel; Malaysia; Pakistan; Portugal; Sweden; Thailand; United States
Structural - Internal Design, Dimensions, and Weights:

Operation
ACTION


System
Short-Recoil / Double-Action (DA)


Operation
CALIBER(S)


(Model / Chambering Dependent)
9x19mm Parabellum


Operation
FEED


(Model / Chambering Dependent)
15-Round Detachable Box


Length
OVERALL


Millimeters
174 mm


Inches
6.85 in


Length
BARREL


Millimeters
102 mm


Inches
4.02 in


Structural
WEIGHT


Pounds (Unloaded)
1.29 lb


Kilograms (Unloaded)
0.59 kg


Ranged
Sights


Arrangement
Iron Front and Rear.

Operating Performance (Typical):
Variants: Series Model Variants
• Glock 19 - Base Series Designation
• Pistol 88B - Swedish Army Designation