U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- You know that ultra awesome Glock 19 MHS gun that was teased earlier this year? Well, Glock is offering the ‘crossover' concept to the general public under the Glock 19X model number. Glock also had two new Gen 5 guns on hand for us to take a look at while we were visiting the Glock facility in Smyrna Georgia for the writer's summit.
NOTE: This is not a review. I will not review any of these guns without several thousand rounds through them. Call it being overcautious.
You all know that the Gen 5 guns come with the ‘Marksman' barrel that features a hybrid rifling that nets a small accuracy gain over the outgoing polygonial rifling found on the previous generation guns. Not only has Glock included the more accurate barrels on the Gen 5 Glock 26 and Glock 34, but also on the new Glock 19X.
They had a cutaway barrel on hand so that we could compare the two types of polygonal rifling easily.
I guess getting the elephant in the room out of the way with the Glock 19X is probably ideal.
The Glock 19X is basically the Glock 19MHS gun that was submitted to the Modular Handgun System trials but without a thumb safety. With the Glock 19X, you get a full-size Glock 17 grip has the same little toe on the leading edge of the magwell like the Gen 5 Glock 26. The slide on the Glock 19X is, you guessed it, Glock 19 size. The slide is built to Gen5 spec as best as I can tell with a nPVD coating that makes the slide this sexy coyote tan color that is very much tacticool. That goofy lanyard loop is removable if you aren't in need of one, I know I'm not.
Also in the Glock 19X box will be three magazines, one 17-round magazine and two 19-round mags that are sporting factory plus-2 extensions.
Internally the Glock 19X looks like a Gen 5 Glock, nothing terribly new or innovative here other than the fact that Glock has molded in a Glock 19 locking block where there would be a Glock 17 locking block in this size frame normally.
A notable change in the frame of this gun is that the frame is contoured the same as the slide unlike the Gen 5 Glock 17 and 19. While this change doesn't mean a lick of difference at the range, mall ninjas everywhere will rejoice.
Sights on the Glock 19X are standard Glock factory 3-dot night sights that appear to be private label sights made by Meprolight.
Overall the package is an interesting one that I am dying to get on the range and put through its paces as soon as I possibly can. If I am totally honest with myself, I think I might be the most excited about the tan mags since the .40 Delta mags that are floating around on the market just don't rustle my jimmies quite right. (.40 … ick)
Next up? The Glock 34 Gen 5 MOS. I am by far the most excited about the first MOS Gen 5 to hit the market for reasons that I will talk about in another post specifically about the new competition Glock.
Like other Gen 5 guns on the market already, the Glock 34 Gen 5 features the same flared magwell found on the FBI Glock 17M with a totally unessacary half-moon cutout in the leading edge of the magwell.
As I mentioned previously, the 34 Gen 5 is being offered as a MOS capable gun. The included plates are the same selection offered with the outgoing Gen4 MOS guns. Personally, I will be fitting a Shield RMS with one of their low mounting plates so that I can co-witness with standard height AmeriGlo Defoor sights.
Also, like the other Gen5 guns on the market, the Glock 34 has a re-contoured trigger guard with a slightly more aggressive undercut. You also get that nice big Gen4 style magazine release as well as a slide stop that mimics the older ‘tactical' extended unit.
The texture on the grip is a version of the RTF3 that was used on the Gen4 guns, just without the finger grooves.
Lastly, we have the new Gen5 Glock 26. It will have all the same features found on the other Gen 5 guns with the exception of the magwell. While I was at Glock I asked if there were plans for a MOS version of the Glock 26 and received a no. It was said that Glock didn't see much benefit in adding a red dot to such a small gun but I counter that a gun like the Glock 26 would benifit greatly from a MOS 26. I wonder if I can talk them into building a proof of concept to prove my point. Anyhow, I digress.
Again, the same RTF3 found on all Gen 5 pistols as well as the Gen4 guns.
Lefty shooters can rejoice in knowing that they will be able to use the slide stop on their prefered side of the gun if they so choose.
Additionally, that little toe that I described on the Glock 19X is present on the Glock 26 as well. On this gun, I feel that little toe makes a world of sense because it gives you just a touch more surface area to grab the gun.
Internally the Glock 26 Gen 5 looks a whole lot like a Gen 5 Glock, not that something different was expected. I guess if it works, why not?
So, are you interested in the new Glocks? Do you see why the Glock 19X is kinda exciting? How about the Glock 34 Gen 5 MOS?
MSRP on the Glock 19X is a hearty $749, the Glock 34 Gen 5 MOS carries an MSRP of $899, and the Glock 26 Gen 5 has an MSRP of $749 for the night sight model and $799 for the model with AmeriGlo Bold sights installed.
About Patrick R.
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