Earlier this year, I was looking to get my first handgun as a new resident of the United States. I recently moved from Canada, and I wanted an all-around, dependable, and capable handgun.
I asked a number of gun friends for advice, and they suggested a few different options. But one friend in particular, Mark Muller, whom I trust and admire, said the following; “Dude, just get a Glock 19. You can’t go wrong. It’s affordable. It goes bang every time you pull the trigger. You can trick it out or keep it stock. It’s just a great gun. It’s probably the only handgun you ever need.”
Of course, I was well familiar with the Glock 19. It’s been around since 1988 and is currently in its fifth generation. I was aware of its legendary reliability, and it was affordable. But it was also, perhaps, a little dated, and there was some fresh competition on the market.
NEW GUNS ON THE BLOCK
2021 saw some exciting new guns on the block. One in particular, the Walther PDP, piqued my interest. A workmate reviewed it and gave it a stellar rating. The trigger was supposed to be out of this world, and it was similarly priced to the Glock.
The reason I didn’t pull the trigger on a PDP was that it was still so new. I thought it might be wise to wait a year or two to make sure all the kinks were worked out. Think of the Sig Sauer 320 when it first came out. There were a few hiccups at first. They have since been worked out, and it is now an incredibly reliable and popular pistol used by consumers and the U.S. military alike.
But then fate also came into play. I was browsing the Guns.com website, and I came across a Certified Used Glock 19 Gen 5. It looked as though it was literally brand new. It was in a desert tan color, which I liked since I live in Arizona, and the price was right. So, I bought it.
A few days later, it arrived. True to the photos and description, it appeared to have never been fired. It was like the factory oil on the slide was still fresh. I was very pleased with my purchase.
I was a bit apprehensive as to how a gun in such great shape found its way onto the used gun market. So, I took it to the range and put approximately 1000 rounds from various manufacturers through it. True to Glock’s reputation, I didn’t experience a single jam or issue.
One of the things I like about the Gen 5 is the front slide serrations. Since it is my go-to gun, I check the status of my gun daily. I like that there are no finger grooves, the trigger is responsive, and the Glock Marksman barrel is supposed to be more accurate. A 15+1 capacity is plenty good for me.
The sights are clear, easy to acquire, and work well in low light. I added an Olight PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie on the rail under the barrel. It snapped right on. It's incredibly bright, and I can take it off and on in seconds. Super Vel 115-grain SCHP is my go-to defensive ammo. Overall, my Glock 19 is everything I could ask for. I'm very happy with it. It's an excellent all-around handgun.
Super Vel makes excellent 9mm 115-grain SCHP defensive ammo. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)