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My first gun: new Glock 19 gen 5 #4682132
03/02/18 11:05 AM
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So I'm now officially a handgun owner.

I've been going to the gun shows at the local expo center and pretty much knew what I wanted, more or less. I was really looking more at a S&W M&P, a SIG P320, maybe an FN 509 or inexpensive Ruger Security 9, really not wanting a Glock since they are so common and I wanted something a little different. I got close to buying a few times but always got turned off by the 'overly enthusiastic' folks running some of the booths there.

I was turned on to a small local shop near where I work. Reviews online where real good. Guys there, both the owner and his buddies, were friendly. After telling him what I was looking for, he still recommended the Glock 19 and after going through the whole list of pros (the only con for me being 'everyone else has one') I was sold. For a first (and possibly only) pistol that's a known quality piece, and has support anywhere and everywhere, he didn't really have to try too hard to sell it to me.

Now I'm perusing the Internet for ways to get rid of that already-annoying mag finger hole that my pinky rests on. Looks like aftermarket mag baseplates are in my future already.

Re: My first gun: new Glock 19 gen 5 [Re: Bottom_Feeder] #4682148
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Nice choice! The "everyone else has one" is a bit of a double edged sword. The 19 was my first centerfire firearm, still probably my favorite to shoot.

In your comparisons, any reason in particular you went with the Gen 5? Previous generations don't have the mag well hole, but some have the finger grooves (which may be a trade off to some).

Re: My first gun: new Glock 19 gen 5 [Re: Bottom_Feeder] #4682182
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The Glock 19 is a great choice. It's a practical size, fits a lot of shooters, great reliability, good capacity.


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Re: My first gun: new Glock 19 gen 5 [Re: Bottom_Feeder] #4682186
03/02/18 11:57 AM
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Not a bad choice. There are reasons to consider a .22, a revolver, a 1911, etc., etc. as your first gun, but the G19 is a great overall choice for a variety of reasons. Congrats! Now go punch holes in paper and show us how you did!

Re: My first gun: new Glock 19 gen 5 [Re: EdwardC] #4682251
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Originally Posted By: EdwardC
In your comparisons, any reason in particular you went with the Gen 5?

That's what he had in stock. wink

I'm usually a fan of getting the latest and greatest so even if I had a choice between a 4 and a 5, and the price was the same, I probably would have gotten a 5 anyway. I know Glock has made quite a few changes to their new pistols but I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume it was for good reason and not just to make them cheaper to make.

I also just really wanted a new new one, and this gen 5 was in the shop all of a day apparently.

Re: My first gun: new Glock 19 gen 5 [Re: Astro14] #4682254
03/02/18 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted By: Astro14
The Glock 19 is a great choice. It's a practical size, fits a lot of shooters, great reliability, good capacity.

Yeah, I didn't really want a full-sized pistol. The grip on this could be just a smidge longer but beyond that it really is the perfect size.

Re: My first gun: new Glock 19 gen 5 [Re: JHZR2] #4682258
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Originally Posted By: JHZR2
Not a bad choice. There are reasons to consider a .22, a revolver, a 1911, etc., etc. as your first gun, but the G19 is a great overall choice for a variety of reasons. Congrats! Now go punch holes in paper and show us how you did!

You won't be impressed, trust me. My vision's not what it used to be so we'll see what happens. lol

Re: My first gun: new Glock 19 gen 5 [Re: Bottom_Feeder] #4682303
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Originally Posted By: Bottom_Feeder
Originally Posted By: JHZR2
Not a bad choice. There are reasons to consider a .22, a revolver, a 1911, etc., etc. as your first gun, but the G19 is a great overall choice for a variety of reasons. Congrats! Now go punch holes in paper and show us how you did!

You won't be impressed, trust me. My vision's not what it used to be so we'll see what happens. lol


Then you might have considered one of the pistols that can have an optic affixed. I think there is a G19 G4 MOS slide - not sure if the G4 slide works on the G5 frame... New slides are available on GB pretty routinely.

I shot a G20 and 21 as rentals the other day at a range I visited. The holes just kept going in the same place more or less. Was pretty impressed.

Re: My first gun: new Glock 19 gen 5 [Re: Bottom_Feeder] #4682308
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Congratulations! Nice choice. I'm sure you'll enjoy it and it will serve you well.


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Re: My first gun: new Glock 19 gen 5 [Re: Bottom_Feeder] #4682330
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Originally Posted By: Bottom_Feeder
I'm usually a fan of getting the latest and greatest so even if I had a choice between a 4 and a 5, and the price was the same, I probably would have gotten a 5 anyway. I know Glock has made quite a few changes to their new pistols but I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume it was for good reason and not just to make them cheaper to make.

I also just really wanted a new new one, and this gen 5 was in the shop all of a day apparently.


Congratulations on your purchase!

The 19 is an awesome gun. I've had 100% reliability since I purchased mine in 2004. I alternate between the 19 and the 43 everyday.

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Re: My first gun: new Glock 19 gen 5 [Re: JHZR2] #4682368
03/02/18 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted By: JHZR2
Then you might have considered one of the pistols that can have an optic affixed.

Yes, I was considering a P320 with the red dot sight but just couldn't justify $900 for one. I still want one, so who knows, maybe someday.

Re: My first gun: new Glock 19 gen 5 [Re: Bottom_Feeder] #4682413
03/02/18 04:01 PM
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I held one. I HATE the mag rip cutout in the front of the grip. They totally screwed the pooch on the Gen 5 grip. The Gen 5 G17 is better, and better yet, the G19X is the most comfortable Glock grip in existence.


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Re: My first gun: new Glock 19 gen 5 [Re: Bottom_Feeder] #4682514
03/02/18 05:56 PM
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Originally Posted By: Bottom_Feeder
Originally Posted By: JHZR2
Then you might have considered one of the pistols that can have an optic affixed.

Yes, I was considering a P320 with the red dot sight but just couldn't justify $900 for one. I still want one, so who knows, maybe someday.


No they make glocks that can do it. See my comments on the G4 MOS above.

Re: My first gun: new Glock 19 gen 5 [Re: Bottom_Feeder] #4684519
03/04/18 08:45 PM
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Love my G19! There is a reason why they are so popular.



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Re: My first gun: new Glock 19 gen 5 [Re: JHZR2] #4684952
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Originally Posted By: JHZR2
No they make glocks that can do it. See my comments on the G4 MOS above.

Yep, I follow you, I just wasn't looking at Glocks at the time when I was looking at pistols with factory-installed red dots.

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