The Glock 19 is my #1 recommendation for first-time pistol buyers and anyone looking for the ideal home defense pistol. The G19 is not ideal for concealed carry but can be hidden in cooler weather when jackets are worn. I’ve written extensively as to why a Glock pistol is my recommendation, and you can read that here and here.
To summarize, here’s why it’s nearly impossible to top a Glock:
- Simple design. Point the pistol and pull the trigger. People think using a de-cocker or manual safety is easy, but they’ve never had to do it under severe stress. They slow you down and might put you in danger unless you are highly trained.
- Safe design. Glock’s have 3 internal safeties to prevent negligent discharges. Keep your finger off the trigger and safely carry with a loaded chamber. Think cocked and locked but the lock is automatic.
- Cost. Glock’s are inherently less expensive than other pistols in the same class. Cocked and Locked sells Gen3 Glock 9mm and .40S&W starting at $499.
- Consistency. Buy a Glock in any semi-auto pistol caliber you desire. Disassembly and function are exactly the same from model to model. Once you know one Glock, you know them all.
Glock’s tagline is Glock Perfection. I would say they are 95% perfect. It’s not unusual for groups at 25 yards to improve by 1″ or more with a lighter trigger and/or 3-dot sight upgrade. Here are my suggested Glock mods in order of importance:
- Night sights. You should buy a Glock with night sights if it’s for home defense, but if you didn’t and have regrets, why not upgrade? Sights only work when you can see them, and night sights are a must have when using your Glock in the dark for home defense. Buy night sights from Cocked and Locked, and I will install them for FREE. Glock factory front and rear night sight sets start at $70. We also sell Trijicon, AmeriGlo, and Meprolight night sights.Trijicon night sights for Glock pistols start at $105 installed.
- Trigger upgrade. The Glock trigger is the most debated element of its design. With striker-fired pistols becoming more popular, that debate has lost momentum over time. However, there’s no denying that a Glock trigger will disappoint anyone used to shooting single-action 1911s or revolvers.
Recommendation: Ghost, Inc. trigger connector and spring kit upgrade. Reduce the factory 5.5 lb. trigger pull to 3.5 lbs., eliminate the trigger “bump,” and shorten the trigger reset by eliminating over-travel. Read more here and here. $25-45 depending on the connector you purchase. I install drop-in trigger connectors for FREE if you buy your Glock from Cocked and Locked. Installation for kits requiring “minor fitting” costs $50.
The Ghost, Inc. “Rocket” 3.5 lb. trigger connector.
- Rear sight adjustment. Most Glock’s have fixed sights. The rear sight is adjustable for windage. Does your Glock shoot a little to the right or left? Don’t compensate by changing your point of aim, move the rear sight. Shooting high or low? Replace the rear sight with a taller or shorter Glock OEM sight. (Note: markings on the sight distinguish sight height.) Installed cost is $10 for polymer or $25 for steel. I will adjust the windage of your rear sight for FREE if you buy from Cocked and Locked. If you bought your Glock somewhere else, I’ll do it for $15. Read more here. The sight adjustment tool I use will not mar the finish of your sight or pistol.
Rear sights can be changed to raise or lower point of impact. Note the different markings on the side of the sight which indicate site height.
- Grip mods. You can find multiple grip mods our there like grip tape or Hogue’s HANDALL grip sleeve if you don’t like the feel of polymer.
The venerable Hogue HANDALL.
- Extended slide release. I’m a fan of pulling the slide back and releasing versus using the slide release after inserting a fresh magazine. However, what do you do if you can’t use one of your hands? An extended slide release can help you keep shooting one-handed. Under $20. Price varies depending on manufacturer. I suggest the Ghost, Inc. Bullet Forward slide release..
Ghost, Inc. Bullet Forward slide release is great for the thumbs-forward
- Vickers mag floor plates. In the very unlikely event that your pistol gets damaged or so dirty that magazines will not freely eject from the mag well, these piece allows you to more easily grab the base of the magazine and manually remove it. Priced at $18 per 5, it’s an easy upgrade that may be worth it if you operate in a dirty environment.
The Vicker’s Tactical Floor Plate aids in magazine extraction when it won’t drop freely.