Glock 19 For Concealed Carry
The Glock 19 is not the best handgun on the face of the earth. But many concealed carry enthusiasts don't leave the house without it or it's trusty holster. Why?
Essentially, the Glock 19 is one of the popular form factors for the concealed carry markets because it is affordable, reliable, and has all the right characteristics for an inside the waistband concealed carry holster. Let's go over the characteristics that make the Glock 19 ideal for concealed carry.
Compact Striker Fire, Single Trigger Pull
That's pretty much the reason why the Glock 19 is a favored firearm for concealed carry. Not only does it have a comfortable form factor perfect for an inside the waistband holster but the Glock 19 has more than ten rounds of capacity. For many critics, they see it as simply a reduced form of the Glock However, in all practicality, this is a completely different weapon as the Glock 17 is truly geared for a tactical environment whereas the Glock 19 conceals well and is a compact pistol that suffices where a Glock 17 would be cumbersome and unwieldy.
Chambered in a 9x19mm parabellum round, it is the perfect middle ground between full size capability with a shorter form. Whereas the Glock 88 – chambered in SIG – is considered in a super compact class that isn't ideal for those with medium to larger hands, the Glock 17 fits fully in the hand while still having a smooth, sleek draw.
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Now that the merits of the pistol have been discussed, it's time for the inherent detractors. The main reason why the Glock 19 is a first choice for many inside the waistband concealed carry enthusiasts is because it's already gained its notoriety from law enforcement and military use.
Just as a point of comparison, let's take a few of the other major competitors and compare them against the GlockCZ Compact 9mm
- MSRP: $
- Availability: Rare
The The CZ is probably the most common handgun in existence. Issued standard to many NATO and UN allies, it's had the longest time in service of any compact 9mm. Current models are still produced through the Czech Republic and made with an aluminum alloy frame.
PROS: Aluminum alloy frame is more durable in cold weather environments. Many people who try the CZ find its grip is more ergonomical than the Glock It's also $50 cheaper.
CONS: Glock 19 comes standard with a 15 round magazine with the CZ has a 14 round magazine. May your day never be so dark that it comes down to a single round.
Sig Sauer P Compact
- MSRP: $
- Availability: Common
Sig Sauer is a brand that often gets overlooked in the compact concealed carry market even though they get issued often to members of law enforcement and the federal government. The P isn't the immediate head-turner in terms of Sig Sauer's pistol offerings – that's usually the domain of the P, P, and the coveted P However, the P is actually a fantastic value in terms of compact and concealment for an inside the waistband concealed carry holster. Here's why:
PROS: Interchangeable grip sizes and calibers. The Sig Sauer P retails at more than a hundred dollars less than the Glock It also has the same trigger pull ( lbs) and ammo capacity as the Glock
CONS: Standard grip can be a bit bulky. Polymer lower receiver has the same drawbacks as the Glock 19 polymer lower receiver – which can be a bit off putting for concealed carriers who don't appreciate plastic. The P Compact is WIDER than the Glock 19 (” vs. ”).
Do you prefer the Glock 19 for your daily CCW? Why or why not?
Tell us your experiences with it in the comments below.
About The Author
James England (@sir_jim_england) is the contributing editor for Alien Gear Holsters. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and private defense contracting in Afghanistan.
Now, theres obviously going to be an immediate preference for the Glock 19 vs
For years before the 43 was introduced, the 19 was considered Glocks standard concealed-carry firearm. The Glock 19 has been around forever and is a “Goldilocks”-size firearm that many consider perfect for both duty and concealed carry.
However, the 19 was also introduced in an age when there werent many truly small concealed-carry firearms. At one point, it was one of the only smaller firearms that you could conceal carry in a 9mm caliber.
The Glock 43 was one of the few guns that changed the micro-9mm market alongside the Smith and Wesson Shield.
So, if youre a Glock fan, you might be wondering, what should I get for concealed carry or even home defense? Should I get a Glock 19 or a Glock 43? If you want a gun to do it all, either might work for you. Its really going to depend on your situation and what youre looking for out of the gun.
To help you decide, were going to do an in-depth comparison of the Glock 19 vs 43 and show you all the pros and cons of each gun.
Glock 19 vs Glock Size Comparison
Size plays a large role in every aspect from concealment to shooting. We go over Glock 19 vs Glock 43 size Comparison in detail so you can decide what works best for you.
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Glock 19 vs 43 Concealed Carry
Right off the bat, theres going to be an immediate weight difference. When you look at the two guns, there are almost nine full ounces of difference between them.
Now, you’re also getting an extra nine rounds of ammunition with the Glock 19 over the Glock 43, but youre also adding over three-quarters of an inch to the length of the firearm and around a quarter of an inch in width.
That may not sound like a lot, but those are both significant numbers when it comes to concealing a firearm. There is no doubt that it is much easier to conceal a Glock 43 than a Glock
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That said, based on the way youre dressing, the holster youre using, and your body type, that difference may not make a difference for you. Personally, I can concealed carry Glock 19 in 98 percent of situations without issue, but there are some situations where the size of the Glock 43 is a major advantage.
Sometimes when youre carrying in an environment where you really cant have anybody know that youre armed, you need a gun that not only conceals well but within an extremely small margin of error. Thats where the 43 really comes into its own.
Both of these guns are Glocks, so they both have the same outline.
The biggest difference is going to be the width and overall size of the guns. The Glock 19 in Gen3 and Gen4 doesnt feel quite as good as the Gen5 Glocks do in my opinion, mostly due to the removal of the finger grooves on the Gen5 model. The Glock 43 does not have finger grooves either despite being a fourth-generation firearm.
Most people seem to find the Glock 43 feels a little more ergonomic in the hand than the Glock 19, but the 19 is simply a larger, more substantial firearm. If you have an average-sized hand, you can get your entire hand on the grip of the gun.
You also have the ability with Gen4 and Gen5 Glocks to switch out or add backstraps to increase the overall size of the grip, making it even friendlier for shooting with larger hands.
The Glock 43 has no such provisions.
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Now, grip length is very important as the strongest finger in the hand when it comes to controlling recoil is actually your pinky. Thats perfect because it provides the most leverage on the grip itself. I myself can not fit my pinky on the grip of a Glock 43, whereas I can get it on the grip of a Glock
Now, if you have much smaller hands than I do, you might actually be able to get a better grip on the Glock 43 than you can on the Glock I will go over a personal story in the shooting segment that explains why, but neither the Glock 43 nor the Glock 19 is the best choice overall.
The texture on the Gen3 and 5 Glock 19s are going to be different than the texture on the Glock 43 and Glock 19 Gen4.
The texture on the Glock 19 Gen5 is going to be a little more aggressive than the texture on the Gen4, and the texturing on the Gen3 guns is completely nonexistent. Its just a very slick frame.
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Really, the point where the texturing is sufficient starts with the Gen4 guns. I dont think anybodys going to decide where they get a Glock 19 Gen5 or a Glock 43 Gen4 based on the pistol’s texture, but its worth noting youre going to get a little more aggressive and better texture on the Glock 19 Gen5 than you will on any of the Glock 43 variants.
Both of these guns are Glocks, so the slides pretty similar to manipulate.
Its going to be slightly easier to manipulate the Glock 19 just due to the slide being slightly larger. The serrations are equal in depth and feel on both firearms. Dont really think into that too much; the Glock 43 slide is still reasonably easy to manipulate.
Both these guns are going to have similar sight options.
You have the option to get basic plastic slot fillers that you can then upgrade later with your preferred aftermarket sights, or you can get the gun from the factory with AmeriGlo night sights.
The AmeriGlo sights from the factory are absolutely an awesome option if you dont want to deal with replacing the sights on the gun. They had a bright orange tritium sight that’s really easy to see in the daylight and then a three-dot night sight set up for nighttime. The rear sight is blacked out with the exception of the two tritium vials.
Overall, its just a really good sight set that is available for both the Glock 43 and the Glock
Youre going to have more aftermarket sight options for the Glock 19 than you will for the Glock 43, but Glock 19 sights will actually fit the Glock Theyll likely just hang over the sides of the sight.
Honestly, this is probably a wash for most people as most of the companies that well be looking at like Trijicon, AmeriGlo, Heinie, and Dawson Precision are going to make the same exact sights for the Glock 19 as they make for the Glock 43, but there are a few more sight options for the 19 overall.
Currently, mounting a red-dot optic on a Glock 19 is fairly easy because Glock has their modular optic system (MOS) that is widely available and you can mount pretty much any red-dot pistol optic on the market on a Glock.
They come with mounting plates as well as there are a bunch of aftermarket manufacturers that make even higher-quality mounted sights for the Glock 19 MOS.
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Unfortunately, the 43 does not have any current red-dot options.
Glock’s recent 43X MOS release uses a standard Glock 43 sight but now has the capability to add a red-dot. Maybe well see Glock offer that sight on the regular 43 frames in the future, and if they do, that is going to be a great option.
A lot of people cant see the point in putting a red-dot on a gun this small, but I can see some perks. If Glock comes out with that model, I will likely be buying one.
The trigger on these guns is going to be slightly different, but overall, they are a Glock trigger which means youre going to have very light take-up, reach and pull more resistance, and then the trigger will break before a fairly short reset.
The resistance is whats going to change on all these triggers.
Now, the Glock 43 and Gen3 triggers are very similar despite the Glock 43 technically being a Gen4 variant. Im going to go over the Glock Gen3 and Glock 43 triggers together and then cover the Glock Gen4 and Gen5 triggers.
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Glock 19 Gen3/43 Trigger
The biggest difference between these triggers from the others is going to be their very hard, stiff wall. Theres almost no creep once you reach that point of resistance, and then its going to be a stiff, heavy wall to get the trigger to break. Personally, its a shootable trigger, but its not going to win any awards.
Gen 4 Trigger
The Glock Gen 4 trigger does not have nearly as stiff of a wall, but it doesnt have a rolling break either. Its somewhat of a hybrid.
Glock Gen 5 Trigger
The Glock Gen 5 trigger is their newest variant and probably their most well-liked. The Glock Gen5 trigger has a rolling break, which makes them a little bit more shootable for most gun owners.
The Glock 43 has a left-side-only slide lock in approximately the same position as the regular Glock 19 slide locks. If you have smaller hands, this is obviously going to be a lot easier to reach.
The Glock 19 Gen 5s have ambidextrous slide locks, so that is going to be an advantage if you have larger hands or are left-handed.
Again, if you have smaller hands, its going to be much easier to reach the magazine release on the Glock I am a six-foot-tall male with average-sized hands for a guy my size and the Glock release is easy for me to reach without breaking the grip including a backstrap mounted on the gun to increase the finger reach.
There are no issues there for that size, but again, I have a story that Ill come to in the Shooting analysis which will make more sense in regards to my rating.
Magazine Well Glock 19 vs 43
There is no magazine well or bevel to speak of on the Glock Theres technically a slight one, but I dont even think you can call it a bevel. The Glock Gen 4 and Gen 3 19s arent much better, but the Glock Gen 5 19 has this massive bevel on the inside of the mag well that really will help you speed up your reloads.
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These guns are both Glocks and I really cant find a difference in their quality. So this wont be a deciding factor for Glock 43 vs
Theres got to be more aftermarkets for the Glock 19, but there still are a ton of aftermarket options for the You definitely wont find a shortage of aftermarket options for either of these guns, but just for sheer number’s sake, the Glock 19 is going to be the winner here.
Glock 19 vs 43 Aesthetics
Personally, the aesthetics are also about the same. The Glock 43 is something that I would actually say is kind of “cute,” but I cant really say that about the Glock
Shooting Glock 19 vs 43
Shooting these guns is going to really depend on hand size. Its much, much easier for me as a six-foot-tall male with average-sized hands to shoot the Glock
It’s simply a lot more shootable as a firearm.
However, I was in a class once with a woman who was under five feet tall, very petite, and had come to the class with a Glock At the time, we were still dealing with Gen 3 and 4 Glocks.
The difference in the trigger was actually slightly shorter on the Glock 17 than the Glock 19s. She was having a very hard time running that pistol — not because she was an incompetent shooter, but because her hands were so small that she could barely reach the trigger, magazine release, and the slide lock!
She had to go to extreme measures of breaking her grip to manipulate anything on that firearm and was having a really hard time just shooting the gun.
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The shooting part wasnt what was intimidating to her. It was the weapons manipulation in relation to her size making it insanely hard for her. Her shooting that gun was similar to somebody with normal size hands shooting a Desert Eagle all the time.
Its doable: the Desert Eagle doesnt have a ton of recoil and I can handle it, but its a massive gun to try to manipulate and get the slides back. My fingers just dont reach that well. Shaquille ONeal and his massive size hands likely shoots a Desert Eagle like a normal person would shoot a Glock
Pairing Shooter To The Gun
I handed her my Glock 43 at the end of class and the instructors let her fire some rounds through it. She cut her group size down by a factor of four. She was shooting the Glock 43 immediately as well as I was shooting my Glock
The gun just worked for her because it fit her hand. It was sized to where she could manipulate and reach everything as easily as I can reach and manipulate everything on a 19 respectively.
On the inverse, its much harder for me to manipulate that Glock 43 than it would be for her because my hands are larger. If you are an individual with smaller, more petite hands, and youre looking for a gun that you can perform the highest with, dont look at the overall size of the gun, but at the gun itself and how well you can manipulate the controls.
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The instructors in the class were believers of the idea that a larger gun has more mass and less recoil, so it would be easier for a woman to shoot.
That’s true if you are a woman who is five-foot-nine or taller with normal-size hands, but when you have a very petite woman who is under five-feet tall, the Glock 43 was a much better choice for her. Despite the increased recoil from the gun, she was able to shoot better because she was able to get control of it.
In closing, I would say, get the guns and go off and shoot them if you can before you buy. But if you cant, check and see how easy it is for you to lock off the slide, drop the magazine, and manipulate all the controls on the firearm before your purchase just to be sure.
Glock 19 vs 43 Price/Value
The Glock 19 is going to be more expensive than the Glock You can normally pick up a Glock 19 anywhere from $ to $ depending on the sights and optic mounting features. A Glock 43 will normally go for about $ with plastic sights, so there is a $50 savings right off the top.
That said, the Glock 43 is a lot less versatile than the Glock The 19 can be used for carry, duty, home defense, and more while the 43 is really optimal for carrying concealed. If you’re looking for a small gun, get the If you want a larger gun, get the I don’t think the price will be the deciding factor here.
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Glock 19 Pros
- Ergonomics for large-handed shooter
Glock 43 Pros
- Ergonomics for small-handed shooter
This is an opinion piece, but I always aim to eliminate bias. Look, we’ve all read them before. Gun reviews that claim to be helpful, but they’re really thinly veiled hit pieces trying to get you to buy something before you’ve even started your research. Or, even worse, a review put together by a content writer who has never even held a gun.
I’ve trained with some of the best in the business to learn various shooting styles and ideologies to better serve our customers. I’ve purchased guns of all price points, calibers, and action types to build the best products for the market. I want you to walk away knowing you have the information you need to make a sound purchasing decision.
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The Glock 19 is an interesting concealed carry option in that it’s a middle-of-the-road size gun, unlike its smaller counterparts, the Glock 43 and 43x models.
On-body concealed carry hasn’t always been fun for me. I have an average to medium size build, and I never thought I’d conceal carry appendix.
I’ve found with concealing for some time, and now I’ve realized that bouncing between different carry methods works best for me.
Depending on which gun I’m carrying, most certainly a Glock but not always the same model, will largely depend on where I carry concealed that day. This article would apply to other polymer-framed pistols such as the FN
Let’s dig into concealing Glock 19’s specifically.
Benefits of Glock 19 Concealed Carry
Some of the benefits to carrying a Glock 19 over the Glock 43 or the Glock 43X are:
- Increased Magazine Capacity
- Control and Recoil Mitigation
- Aftermarket Accessories
- Light Mounting Optics
Here is a quick chart of the Glock 19 and the Glock
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The Glock 19 is a have your cake and eat it too gun. Its big enough to give the full-size guns a run for their money in terms of controllability and magazine capacity, but its small enough to conceal.
But its also not unconformable for someone with smaller-sized hands (sheepishly raises hand) to shoot and feel comfortable carrying daily.
Glocks are known to be workhorses and take a beating and just keep on keeping on.
I like to compare them to be the AK of the pistol world. Not the most accurate precision gun on the block, but it will always go *bang* when you need it to and still accurate enough.
Performance and Reliability are key factors I look for when selecting a concealed carry pistol. Performance and reliability are why the Glock 19 is one of the most popular handguns on the market today.
The release of the Glock Gen 5 brings a whole new life to the Glock If you want to know the difference between the Glock 19 Gen 4 and Gen 5 read our article.
Concealed Carry an Overview
Concealed carry can be a sore topic for some, literally. Carrying a firearm is not really the most comfortable proposition.
Its a tool that you want to keep on you to make sure you and your loved ones are safe and secure at all times.
Concealing a pistol really comes down to a few things that youll want to get right to make it as comfortable as humanly possible:
Most likely in that order, but everyone is different so that I wont start a war in the comments section, Ill leave the level of importance as subjective.
Lets start by taking a look at two different carry methods IWB, or inside the waistband, and OWB, or outside the waistband.
Both of these have their pros and cons and youll need to decide which method youd like to carry before you purchase a Glock 19 holster.
Glock 19 IWB
Carrying the Glock 19 inside the waistband can sometimes be tricky, depending on your body size and build.
Personally, as someone who is 5’8” tall and pounds, appendix carry can sometimes be a pain. But appendix carry is only one option when it comes to inside the waistband carrying.
Inside the waistband carry has multiple positions, but the two most popular are appendix and 3 oclock carry, which is carrying at the rear of the hip.
When I do carry IWB appendix I prefer to carry with the Harry’s Holsters Singleton.
I prefer the singleton because it is the most comfortable IWB holster for me.
The pipping along the trigger guard provides a relatively pain-free carry while sitting or standing for long periods of time.
With the singleton you can also wear it with a tucked in polo shirt or an untucked shirt to aid in the concealability of your gun.
3 O’Clock Carry
Many people who have extra body weight like to carry at the 3 oclock because its more comfortable, and the love handles tend to be much more forgiving than your gut.
I personally like the 3 oclock carry with a 45˚ cant on the holster. I think its the perfect angle to establish a master grip on the Glock 19 while carrying at the 3 oclock.
A big consideration for this concealed carry position is the type of shirt youll be wearing. This is not a good position for a tucked-in shirt.
If you are wear a loose fitting t-shirt or a light jacket this will work great for most people.
Sitting down with a gun at the 3 oclock will likely not cause you any back or love handle pain. While makes this carry position an extremely attractive option.
Glock 19 OWB
Carrying a Glock 19 outside the waistband is as interesting as concealed carry IWB. People fail to realize that nearly half the year, you can conceal carry outside the waistband.
Concealed carry doesnt start and end with inside the waistband carry.
If you have a light jack or even often, a baggy shirt will get the job done for concealing some OWB carry options.
Tight OWB Holsters
Im not a holster nerd, but I know a thing or just one thing about OWB holsters. The pancake-style Kydex holster design allows the holster to sit tight up against your body and not protrude out like a duty-style holster.
These holsters typically have belt loop slots that allow you to attach them to a belt, giving you the lowest possible profile while still being outside of your clothing/waistband.
Personally, I carry this type of holster every day, and its easy to conceal with an untucked shirt or even a lightweight jacket.
If the weather doesnt call for a jacket, a t-shirt thats 1 size larger than needed typically does the job. Just be mindful your Glock 19 may print on occasion using this type of concealed carry method.
Im going to lump any holster that can attach via a paddle or has any drop into this category.
These are not ideal for concealed carry as they accomplish the opposite of what youre trying to do when purchasing a Glock 19 holster for concealed carry.
These holsters create space between your body and the gun, and the theory behind creating space between the gun and the body making it easier and faster to establish your master grip on the firearm and present it to the target.
This space to establish a better grip would be great for self-defense as well, but the problem is that to accomplish this, it limits or often removes entirely your ability to conceal carry the firearm.
Level 2/3 Holsters
You will likely only see level 2 or level 3 holsters as duty-style holsters for law enforcement and military carry applications.
If you are looking to conceal carry your Glock 19 do not purchase a level 2 or 3 holster. These holsters suffer from the same issues as the paddle holsters. They dont sit close to the body and are hard to conceal even under bulky jacket.
Concealed Carry Belts
Belts are often key to making your concealed setup work. There are holsters that utilize the ulti clip that will allow you to clip them to basketball-style pants for runners and athletes who need to carry them while active.
But Ive found that carrying my Glock 19 using 1 of 2 belts works the absolute best for me.
My absolute favorite leather belt is the Mean Gene Leather “Reinforced” Shooters Belt. I wear this belt almost daily and have had the same one for 3 years, and its still holding up like an absolute beast.
I would never wear one of the reversible belts because the reversible mechanism on most of them is not made to have consent pressure put on them. Which causes them to fail eventually, and you do not want your belt to be your failure point in a life and death situation.
Youll need the belt tight in case you ever have to draw your Glock The belt will provide the appropriate force to hold the holster in place while the gun slides free.
The other belt I wear, largely due to being allergic to some metals, is a nylon belt with a plastic tri-glide style closure.
Get whatever works best for your retention needs, and it may take some trial and error, but the above suggestions are some great places to start.
Concealed Carry Pants
No, you dont need to buy a bunch of TruSpec or pants to have a CCW.
I wont harp on which pants you need to buy.
But what I would stress is waist size and the fit of your pants overall.
If you are carrying anything thats an inch or more in width, youll need to make sure your pants will accommodate the additional mass being shoved in your pants.
The most forgiving area of the pants is typically the appendix area near your zipper.
While theres no specific brand of pants, or shorts for that matter, that will help you with better Glock 19 concealed carry, there are definitely things you want to keep in mind that will help you conceal better.
Also keep in mind the tighter your pants are (Im looking and you skinny jeans Chad) the harder it will be to keep your Glock from printing while carrying.
At the end of the day, the only person who can determine the best concealed carry option for you is you.
Anyone who says otherwise isn’t looking out for your best interest.
This article is meant to show you a few of your options and give you a starting point for concealing your Glock
If you found this article on Glock 19 concealed carry, be sure to leave a comment below and let us know you enjoyed this content.
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