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January 27, 2023
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Unlocking the Power and Precision of the Glock 19: A Comprehensive Guide

Glock is without a doubt one of the most popular handguns in the world. But why? Why is the Glock 19 Gen 5 so popular with today's shooters?


Glock 19
9 mm


9 mm
1.6 lbs unloaded
Barrel Length
Total Length
Total Height

Pros & Cons

  • Grip is comfortable and fits our hands, 2 included back straps for that perfect fit
  • Slide release position and trigger distance seem perfect
  • Comes with 3 - 15 round magazines
  • Vast array of after market upgrades and parts
  • MOS slide
  • Size is slightly larger than I'd like to conceal carry
  • Wish the grip was slightly more curved than blocky feeling
  • Difficult to reach the mag release and have to hit the front of the release to release the mag
  • Trigger safety is narrow and was slightly finicky for us based on finger placement


Glock is without a doubt one of the most popular handguns in the world. In fact, millions of this exact pistol have been sold since it was released in August of 2017. But why? Why is the Glock 19 Gen 5 so popular with today's shooters?

This week we're going to look at the FACTS behind the Glock 19 Gen 5 MOS.

As we were researching the guns for our "Best 9mm for the Female Shooter" test, over and over again the Glock 19 surfaced. It's absolutely one of Glock's most purchased pistols and seems to be accepted across many different types of shooters. I don't think we could have even called it a pistol test without a Glock 19!

Let's take a deeper look at the Gen 5 MOS.


One of the main things Glock advertises about the 19 is that it is one of the most versatile handguns in their array because of its size. It weighs in at 1.6 pounds unloaded, is a little over seven inches long, and barely over five inches tall. And, Glock would say the compact size and lighter weight makes it an option for concealed carry. We have found that to be true, and a lot of people use the Glock 19 as their everyday carry weapon.

Personally, I think there are good, smaller models out there (You may see one in our next post!), so I wouldn't want to have this one strapped to my belt every day. But, I would say that if I were carrying outside the waistband, I wouldn't mind using this gun because of how good it shoots.

As far as inside the waistband carry, I would definitely rather have something just a little bit smaller.

One aspect of the Glock 19 that does make it more versatile and why many people choose to carry it is a reduced amount of recoil. The lower recoil makes target acquisition for a follow-up shot faster. For me, I believe that's part of what makes this gun a great shooter.

How does this gun FIT?

You're probably going to get tired of reading this or hearing us say it, but - you're not going to know how a gun is going to feel to you until it's actually in your hand. Before you go buy a gun, make sure you have the chance to hold it at a minimum. But, even better if you can go shoot it yourself and see how it feels.

Both of us really like how this gun fits into our hand. We're able to get all of our fingers on the grip and really control the gun while shooting. But, most importantly this limits the possibility for pinching our finger between the frame and magazine, which you know isn't fun.

The Glock 19 Gen 5 actually comes with two additional back straps that you can easily switch out with the included pin removal tool. These back straps don't change the angle of grip at all, they just add or take away the bulk of the grip to make sure you've got a gun that fits your hand.

One of the main differences in the Gen 5 model of the Glock 19 is the removal of the finger grooves in the front of the grip. I would tend to agree with most of the articles I've read that say this feature is an upgrade. Rarely have I found mass-produced finger grooves on a grip that actually fit my fingers.

With this grip, just wrap your fingers where they fit comfortably and you'll have a good hold on the gun. And speaking of the grip, it is textured. The rough feeling of the grip is such that it helps you have a better grip, but it's not so rough that it's uncomfortable or painful.

How Does the Glock 19 Shoot?

With a trigger pull weight sitting right at 6 pounds, it's easy enough to squeeze and not pull down off target. After putting several hundred rounds through this gun, I'd say this gun is a shooter for sure.

It's reliable and accurate. Even with several different ammo brands (PMC Bronze, Remington Range, and Ammo Inc to name a few), we haven't had any jams, misfires, or misfeeds with any of the ammo we've ran through it.

It's durable, as it barely looks like it's even been shot. even though it's had a couple thousand rounds through it. The Glock nDLC coating is part of the reason for this and should help resist rust to stand the test of time.

And, I love any gun that we can easily mount a red dot!

The biggest difference between the Gen 5 MOS and the regular Gen 5, is the MOS. This stands for Modular Optic System. This means that it comes with several different mounting plates, making it really easy to fit a variety of red dots on this handgun.

Now if you don't have an MOS version but still want a red dot, check out the Leupold DeltaPoint Micro. We recently did a review of it on a Smith and Wesson, but they also make one for Glock.

For our shooting purposes, we decided to go with the Leupold DeltaPoint Pro to see how it would fit. It was easy to mount using the different plate options. And, while mounted on the Gen 5 Glock 19, we also had a really easy time getting this particular red dot zeroed in.

As is typically the case with me, I feel a lot more confident and a lot more accurate with a red dot.

So having the modular plate system for mounting various red dot options is definitely a plus in my book.

Buyer's Guide

I'm sure that you guys are getting super tired of hearing us say this, but it really depends on what you're looking for. First thing I would say is that before you go and buy one, you definitely need to shoot it yourself.

Retail on the Glock 19 is right at $540, and this MOS version is about $700.

Should I Buy This Thing?

For us personally, if we're looking for a concealed carry weapon, this one is just a little bit too big. But, if you want to have the sturdy feel of a compact but not micro-compact concealed carry, then this might be the one for you.

And, if you're specifically looking for a handgun for practice on the range, learning your technique, and then perfecting it - the Glock 19 could be exactly what you're looking for.

If you own or have shot a Glock 19 Gen 5 MOS, please email us or comment on the video and let us know your experience. If you have another EDC and consider it to be the best on the market, please comment or email us so we can check it out!

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Robbie has enjoyed the outdoors since he can remember. His earliest memories include hours upon hours of squirrel hunting and learning how to enjoy all aspects of hunting season in God's wonderful outdoors. Now he is always working hard and testing gear in the field to give you the best review and most thorough information he possibly can.