The US Army’s Modular Handgun System competition saw several designs and submissions along its multi-year down select process. Nearly all of those various designs have hit the commercial market. The M9A3 and APX from Beretta. The 509 from FN. The M&P M2.0 from Smith & Wesson. All of these were gunning (pun intended) for the new military M9 replacement and have ended up as popular items in the civilian market after the military passed on them. After all, their could only be one…
That one, as you know, is the SIG P320. The variants of that platform now known as the M17/M18, which are also announced as a limited commercial release for this coming year.
This left only the runner up, GLOCK, as the final unreleased MHS submission.
ANNOUNCING GLOCK 19X
GLOCK, Inc. introduces their first ever “Crossover” pistol, the GLOCK 19X, which combines the best features of two of its most popular and most trusted field-tested platforms. The full-size frame and the compact slide have joined forces to produce the ideal pistol for all conditions and all situations.
“The G19X was developed for the military and is a practical everyday pistol that will do what you need it to do, when you need it to; every time, in every condition,” says GLOCK VP Josh Dorsey. “The pistol was developed for the military using GLOCK’s combat proven experience with consideration to efficiency, dependability and durability. Through rigorous testing, the G19X stands out above the competition and has the ability to function in all situations with ultimate reliability and accuracy. Our goal was to meet the demanding needs of the military while maintaining our standard of perfection. With proven results, the G19X delivers maximum efficiency and trustworthiness.”
Confidence now comes in the coyote color with the first-ever factory colored slide. The nPVD slide coating of the GLOCK 19X prevents corrosion, resists chemicals, and stands up against the elements. Additional design features of the G19X include the GLOCK Marksman Barrel (GMB) with enhanced polygonal rifling and an improved barrel crown for increased accuracy, ambidextrous slide stop levers and no finger grooves for better versatility, and a lanyard loop for retention. The pistol includes a standard 17-round magazine and two 17+2-round extended magazines along with a coyote-colored pistol case.
The aggregate effect of all the G19X design enhancements gives any user the assurance to succeed and survive in all situations. A perfect “Crossover to Confidence”.
The G19X will be available beginning January 22nd, 2018 at select dealers.
Shortened slide “Crossover” pistols are not a new concept, the “Commander” frame 1911’s have been around for more than a minute, but I’m excited to see this from GLOCK for several reasons.
Firstly the G19 is my favorite.
Secondly, in the Gen5 frames the G17 I find most comfortable, a change from previous generations. I’ll never complain about more ammo either and the 19X gives me two 19rd magazines.
Finally, it’s in my favorite gun color. An entirely subjective point but when you take my favorite GLOCK model and put it in the most comfortable of your new frame line and present it to me in my favorite color for firearms… well to say the least you have my attention.
In addition to the G19X their Gen5’s are expanding to encompass the G26 and G34 MOS
January 2th, 2018 — For Immediate Release
GLOCK Expands the Fifth Generation Pistol Family
SMYRNA, GA. – Jan 2, 2018 GLOCK, Inc., announces today the addition of the GLOCK 26 and the GLOCK 34 Modular Optic System (MOS) to the Generation 5 pistol family, bringing the number of 9×19 caliber pistols in the Gen5 family of four.
The G26 Gen5 and G34 Gen5 MOS continue the evolution of perfection with over twenty design changes to distinguish them from their Gen4 predecessors. Through rigorous testing and development, GLOCK has combined the historical reliability and trust in the brand with precisely-engineered design changes to meet the demand of consumers world-wide.
“The development of our Gen5 pistols was the result of the constant pursuit of perfection and a desire to meet the requests of the consumer market,” said GLOCK, Inc. VP Josh Dorsey. “We have combined the standards of high-level performance and reliability with distinctive design enhancements to improve durability, accuracy, and performance. The benefits enhance the shooter experience at the range and in high-stress situations where fractions of a second matter.”
Among the design enhancements are the GLOCK Marksman Barrel (GMB) which delivers increased accuracy with enhanced polygonal rifling and an improved barrel crown, no finger grooves, ambidextrous slide stop levers for better versatility and control, and an nDLC finish, which is a tougher and more durable finish that is exclusive to the GLOCKmanufacturing process.
The G26 Gen5 and the G34 Gen5 MOS will be available on dealer shelves beginning January 22nd, 2018.
For more information about the new generation of GLOCK pistols, contact GLOCK, Inc., or go to us.glock.com/Gen5.
This completes the 9mm double stack line folding into the 5th Generation. I expect to see a draw down of both Gen3 and Gen4 production and with Gen3 phasing out entirely in short order. But only time will tell.
I’m looking forward to getting my hands on all 3 guns here at SHOT and a 19X in my inventory in short order after that.