Glock 19 Gen 4 New Concealed Carry Choice

Damnit, Glock 19 — You Win, Again: Why I Switched


People who’ve been reading Concealed Nation for a bit may recognize I have a sort of predilection for interesting, if not odd, concealed carry handguns.  When I first started writing for Concealed Nation, Brandon asked me right up front, “have you tried the Glock 19?”

And I was like, “meh, yeah.  I’ve worked with it.”

Brandon just sort of shrugged his shoulders and was like, “cool, man.”  Not a very judgemental guy but I could tell he was kinda puzzled by my answers when I started rattling off my list of all-time favorite concealed carry compact pistols.  And like the nice guy he was, he didn’t say anything and figured I probably knew what I was doing and let me go about my way.

He never brought it up again.

However, today at the range, a strange thing happened — I rediscovered the Glock 19.

Glock And I Got History

When I was training to go back into Afghanistan in 2010 and 2012, I had to qualify with the M4 and Glock 19 as my primary firearms.  In order to get into theater with firearms as a defense contractor, one of the first steps is to pass a standard qualification test.  Ironically, in 2010, this would be the very first time I would pick up a G19.

Yep.  Believe it or not, the Beretta P92 (M9) was the standard-issue when I was in service.  There was never a reason for me to pick up a Glock.

The Glock 19 is a double-stack compact version of the Glock 17 and has wormed its way into becoming America’s sweetheart.  And you know what?  After firing the G19 for qualifications, I was astounded by how precise, smooth, and professional this pistol was.

In my mind, the Glock 19 is the business class section of the concealed carry handgun market.  With a baseline of 15 round capacity, a 5.5 lb trigger pull and weighing in at less than a kilogram fully loaded — it definitely left quite an impression.

So I went into theater and never once needed to use it outside of range practice.  Such is life.  I came home and returned that pistol to the company and went about my merry way.

Fast forward nearly four years and countless concealed carry handguns later…

I tried, man.  I mean, I really tried to find a different pistol that fit that niche I was looking for… Something that would be as comfortable and appropriate inside the waistband as outside.  What I found, instead, was a great baseline for what would inevitably become my default everyday carry.

Valuable Lessons Learned From Concealed Carry Handguns

Let’s go back to the start.  I’ve carried a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield .40 cal, an M&P Shield Bodyguard .38 Spc, an FNH 45 ACP, a CZ-75D PCR (9mm), a Sig Sauer P226 (9mm), and lastly a Walther PPS (9mm).  What did I learn from this?

  • Each has had their indisputable time in the sun as my everyday carry and all are fantastic choices for the right application.
  • Each truly was remarkable in its own way.
  • Each seemed to have a certain environment it really excelled and each seemed to have its own particular, unique drawbacks.

The M&P Shield .40 caliber, for instance, fit wonderfully inside the waistband and packed a great ammunition style for concealed carriers.  The price was right, it performed decently at the range — but it was rough around the edges when it came to actual shooting.

The Sig Sauer P226, on the other hand, was a full-size, high performance pistol that really didn’t fit my profile as a concealed carrier.  I like to stay subtle.  To me, and my carry style, the Sig Sauer P226 just wasn’t my thing.  It and the FNH .45 were probably my favorites to shoot at the range — neither were something I felt comfortable wearing inside the waistband for my daily activities.

And then there’s the Walther PPS… Walther has always gotten high marks in terms of performance, solid design, and plenty of high accolades in the concealed carry world.  For awhile, it was my daily carry when I wanted to stay extremely low profile.  It was a fun pistol to train with and it definitely had its merits as an everyday carry choice.  Just like the S&W M&P Shield .40 caliber, though, it really felt out of place carrying OWB.


Wait, What Is This ‘Outside The Waistband’ You Speak Of?

“But James, you’re a concealed carrier — who cares about outside the waistband?”

I’m a resident of New Hampshire and this great state affords me countless miles of pristine, beautiful woodlands to hike, swim and fish in.  It also touts one of the best open carry policies in the country.

One of the things I appreciate about getting away from civilization for a few days is being able to wear my pistol OWB.  For that, I traditionally (and still do on occasion) carry the CZ-75D PCR.  Definitely no problems there.

But then it hit me today while I was at the range — Why did I ever break up with the Glock 19?  I had trained with it, understood it very well, and felt extremely comfortable using it.

Was there some fault to be had with its design or its performance?

Did it ever remotely come close to failing or jamming?

Was it exorbitantly priced and hard to maintain?

No, none of the above.  So I picked up a Glock 19 and took it to the range — maybe almost as a way of proving to myself it was all in my head.

The gun I fired was a brand new Glock 19 Gen 4 with 3 15-round magazines right in the box.  For a price point of $542, I had everything I needed to rock and roll right out of the gate.

Glock 19 Gen 4 New

That’s professionalism.  With my Walther, I got one 6-round magazine.  I paid about fifty bucks less than what I paid for my brand new Glock 19 Gen 4 with three magazines.  That was more than a little annoying.  I’m not complaining about Walther’s design or anything else — it’s just that Glock gets it.  Glock gets that we want to take the gun out of the store and actually use it as an everyday, all-situations firearm.

Now, why the Glock 19?  Why not the new single-stack concealed carry series like the G42, G43, or G36 or the classic double-stack G26 or G27?  All of those have a great application and maybe in the future I’ll examine them at further length but for now, let me relish in this moment.

The core reason I felt the Glock 19 Gen 4 met my needs as an everyday concealed carry comes down to performance, professionalism, and price.  It’s not the fancy new gun on the block and nobody pats your back for carrying a G19 — but in terms of downright practicality, this model gets it.  So I got it.  And I must say – quite happy with the decision.

All this time I spent avoiding the one Glock I’ve worked with arguably as long as the Beretta P92 (which I have absolutely no love for).  We met up on one sunny afternoon at the range and we’ve been the best of friends ever since.

Damnit, Glock.  You got me, again.

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James England is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served as a defense contractor in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His daily concealed carry…

James England is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served as a defense contractor in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His daily concealed carry handgun is a Glock 36 in a Lenwood Holsters Specter IWB or his CZ-75D PCR in an Alien Gear MOD holster.

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  • Todd MacGrath

    How is the 19 at IWB carry? I’ve never handled one, and am leaning more toward the 26 or 43. Thought I’d at least ask.

    • Budz

      I use an alien gear iwb at 4:00, absolutely love it. I don’t even know it’s there.

    • Budz

      And the 26 is uncomfortable for me without a mag extension , which practically makes it same size (for concealability issues) as the G19, and you get way more capacity.

    • TheBoilerCowboy

      I’m 5’8″ tall and 140lbs on a heavy day and can easily conceal the 19 IWB with a Crossbreed holster. It is a working man’s gun and has enough ammo to not feel inadequate should I ever have to use it. I’ve got a 17 and a 26. If I had to sell one, the 26 would go, the 19 fits just about the same profile (minus ankle…26 wins on the ankle)…but the 19 is the vice grips of the gun world…the working man’s tool.

    • John Gaughan

      I carry the 19 IWB and have no problem. I have a little extra padding around the midsection and while I can feel it, it is not uncomfortable nor does it print much with a baggy shirt.

      I love how the 9mm packs a good enough punch for self-defense but has little recoil: a very good compromise that makes it easy to shoot accurately. The 19 is big enough to fit comfortably in my hands (I have large hands, I do terrible with compacts) with its normal-sized grip.

    • Hunter421

      G19 is the way to go IWB or OWB. I would only recommend the G26 if you’re going to appendix carry regularly, which places the firearm in front of you at about the 1 to 2 o’clock position. The shorter barrel is more comfortable when sitting and driving. The G43 is excellent for easier concealment but you really lose out on capacity. Whichever you chose, make you you get some good quality night sights.

      • B Hawk

        Capacity in an every day concealed carry is overrated. If you need 15 rounds in a concealed carry weapon, you need to avoid whatever neighborhoods you’re go into! The G43 packs 6 rounds of 9mm; which should be plenty of firepower to neutralize the threat, or at the very least , provide enough suppressive fire to escape.

        • 6 rounds enough to neutralize the threat? Ok… What if the threat has two other buddies, for a total of three threats? Criminals often travel in packs. That’s two rounds per threat… That enough for you? I doubt it. I highly, highly doubt it.

          • B Hawk

            Wow! If you run into a “pack” of criminals and they’re armed, 15 rounds is about as useless as 6. If they’re unarmed, 6 rounds are plenty! How many running gun-battles have you experienced, or heard of in your town? For an EDC concealed weapon, I would feel adequately armed with my Ruger LCR .357….6 rounds by the way, but to each his own.

          • Who said they were armed? Take three street thugs “armed” with baseball bats… But let’s say they are armed with firearms, It’s the armchair “operator” such as yourself that thinks 6 rounds brought to a gunfight are adequate. How many gun battles have *you* been in? Surely, you have some basis of experience or fact driving your dysfunctional opinion.

          • B Hawk

            I could tell you all about my experiences with the 7th Infantry, and you could bore me to death with how you received a purple heart after cutting yourself peeling potatoes in Helmand province with the Marines, but since you mentioned “dysfunctional opinions”, lets address yours. If you’re attacked by three “street thugs” armed with firearms, you will be dead before you draw your weapon.

        • Hunter421

          I would respectfully disagree. 15 rounds would give you the ability to engage multiple targets without having to reload or carry an extra mag for that matter. Additionally, many people fire as many as 8 to 10 rounds while only intending to fire 3 or 4. I would definitely want more than 6+1 going up against someone on PCP.

  • 1911HeadBanger

    I gotta admit. It’s probably the best packing, shooting 9mm pistol out there for it’s application. If you want a 45 CP, look at the Glock 30S. Same size, just with 10 rounds of 45 ACP.

  • Cougar Smith

    Glad you like it. I don’t. Sold mine and bought a Beretta Px4 in .40 S&W and I’m now a happy camper.

    • Jim Screws

      I’m with you. I usually carry a G33 in 357 SIG. Same profile as a G26 or G27. Love it!

  • Mark Morrison

    More of an XDM guy myself…but basically for the same reasons.

  • Earl Cooper

    Where I live, 2-3 thugs together are robbing bars and restuarants at nite and they all are carrying full-size pistols, typically 40’s from what I can see on the security camera videos clearly. Given the way they enter, I am certain that my G19 with 15rds and my extra mag could manage if I were to get-with-it immediately as they enter with head shots that I can easily place with the XS-Big-Dot sights I put on the Glock 19. What a difference that has made for my ability to come right on target very quickly, I could never shoot nearly as well with 3 dot sights (that’s just me)…I think they are perfect for this kind of situation that’s comming down around town everyday here. Packing anything less than 15 in the mag would be suicide from what I have seen in these robberies. Also, I have spent $$$-HUNDREDS-$$$ of dollars on custom holsters and have not found anything that really beats my $14 Glock holster that holds the gun very close to my body without any noticable printing, as I just pull my shirt over it (4-5-o’clock) and no one tatkes notice of it except those who know me…

    • Jim

      What holster are you referring to “my $14 Glock holster”? Inside, outside, name brand?
      Thanks, Jim~

      • Earl Cooper

        I am referring to the $14 Glock holster made by Glock.
        Glock Sport/Combat Holster for 9/40Item: G17143
        at Price:$14.00 or, the
        Outside holster for left, or right handed. It works for me…

  • Conservative Guy

    Beretta P92? Do you mean 92fs? What did you not like about it? I am looking to try a Beretta 84 or 85.

  • Ryan

    The irony I just had this same conversation today in my head. I have a ruger lc9s but feel it just isn’t up to snuff. I’m currently in the process of getting a g19

  • WolfofMainStreet

    I appendix carry a Glock19 on the regular. Easy light and ready to go to work. Love the 19.