Glock’s Military MHS Pistol Now Commercially Available as Glock 19x

Last January, Sig Sauer Inc. beat out Glock, FN America, and Beretta USA in the U.S. Army’s competition to replace the 9mm M9, made by Beretta USA, in the Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS) program.  

Then over the summer Glock announced the company’s intention to release a civilian model of their entry, a military version of the Glock 19, for commercial sale.  

Now, a year after their loss, Glock’s ready to let us try out the commercial version, which they’re calling the 19X.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The Glock 19X is a kind of 1911-style crossover, with a Glock 17 frame and a Glock 19 barrel.  The 19X features ambidextrous slide-stop levers, no finger grooves, and a lanyard for high accuracy, easy handling, and increased dexterity.  

The Glock 19X's Magwell, Grip, and Lanyard Loop
The Glock 19X’s Magwell, Grip, and Lanyard Loop

The Glock 19X boasts a “marksman barrel” with polygonal rifling for increased accuracy, and the slide has an nPVD slide coating for added resistance to corrosion, chemicals, and the elements.

Slide Release on the Glock 19X
Slide Release on the Glock 19X

In a stab at Sig Sauer’s P320, the model chosen by the Army that has since become known for defects, vice president of Glock Josh Dorsey said in the company’s January 2 statement, “the G19X has maximum efficiency, reliability and is easy to maintain.”

The Barrel on the Glock 19X
The Barrel on the Glock 19X

Glock’s keeping quiet about most of the 19X’s specifications until the pistol launches at select dealers on Monday, January 22, but we do know that the 19X will come with a single 17-round magazine, a pair of 19-round magazines, and case the same coyote brown as the 19X itself.  

The Glock 19X with the Included Case and Magazines
The Glock 19X with the Included Case and Magazines

Glock has also revealed that the MSRP for the 19X is set at $749, while the blue label price is $455.40.

Even the 19X page on Glock’s website is sparse, with little more than the 19X and Glock logos, a blurred image of the pistol, and a link to the video below.

In addition, there’s a countdown to the Glock 19X’s release and a message asking customers to return to the site after the 19X’s release “for the full launch experience.“

A Magazine for the Glock 19X

As you can see, Glock’s really laying on the mystery for the 19X, and for good reason.  Details on the pistol are sparse, but all the hype has the Glock 19X already being called one of 2018’s most anticipated firearms, barely a week into the new year.

The Glock 19X Logo on the Pistol's Slide
The Glock 19X Logo on the Pistol’s Slide

So what do you think?  Any predictions for the Glock 19X any features that you’re hopeful for?  Any that you really don’t want to see?  Or do you have your credit card ready to go no matter what the specs end up being?  Let us know in the comments!

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  • Eric

    I totally agree with everyone that this is nothing really new. I really like my glocks and if you like the basic product you would probably like this pistol. I’m not crazy about the brown finish and it seems like that it would be harder to conceal. The lanyard loop was a nice try and probably a nod to the original 1911s but who really needs that this day in age? Equestrian competition shooters?

    1 year ago
    • Timothy J

      I gotta agree with you on the color, no thanks. But in reality remember this pistol was military based and if your exiting a humvee or an aircraft retention is everything and a lot of operators use lanyards. You and me probably not so much.

      1 year ago
  • JOHN

    Megan, Great article first off! After reading this article and looking at my needs for all weather conditions in Georgia, this is a fantastic addition to the Glock family. I plan to pick one up now to have when camping, hiking, or kayaking. The cost of aftermarket nPVD that I have looked at is worth this, and if it helps with reliability it's worth a few extra dollars. Thanks so much and this helps with my recent decision to go all Glock. PS - Can you do an article on the new Ruger PC Carbines? I understand it accepts Glock magazines? Or has someone on staff published one yet?

    1 year ago
  • WildBill

    Meh is the one word that comes to mind when I think of the 19X. I realized this is a cash grab by Glock to try and recoup some of their MHS development costs, but still. Is ANYONE asking for a full size grip but shorter slide? How about coming out with a 26L (or X) and giving us a 19 slide on a 26 frame? Let's make it easier to conceal, not harder. How about FCS standard on new Gen5 models? How about keeping with the backward compatible mags? How about instead of an ever so slightly improved "Marksman" barrel, they give us a Marksman Trigger? Glock really needs to go back to the drawing board and come up with some new innovations. The Gen5 release was Meh at best. If they can't innovate, then steal some ideas from their competitors like the CZ P-10 C and PPQ. Put a fantastic stock trigger and better sights in...ala Apex and TruGlo TFX. I own several Glocks, and most are not stock. Come on Glock, step up the game and show us what current century innovation and perfection means.

    1 year ago
    • Timothy J

      Actually my favorite Glock is my 22 with a 23 slide on it. High capacity better grip size shorter barrel.

      1 year ago
  • MJB

    Another lame attempt by Glock at "innovation".

    1 year ago
  • David

    When it comes to: product descriptions, published technical data, and mass advertising Glock, GmbH has a long history of bullshitting the gullible American public. For example there is their so-called ‘Safe-Action’ trigger system. It features a so-called ‘drop safety’ that, in reality is NOTHING LIKE what most Americans understand a genuine drop safety to be. There is also their so-called ‘striker safety’ that is NOT — in any sense of the word — a true firing pin block; AND, it can be overridden by certain types of mechanical vibration. There are NOT, in fact, three independent mechanical safeties on every Glock pistol. There is only one — One! That single non-discretionary user-applied safety is the trigger lever. If the trigger lever on a Glock pistol is ever compromised, then, that Glock will have no functional mechanism on it to stop the pistol from unintentionally/accidentally firing. Which brings us to ‘Why’ I’ve taken the time to write this reply: Glock’s new ‘Marksmanship Barrel’ (or ‘GMB’) does NOT come with polygonal rifling. It comes with conventional land and groove rifling! The bullhooey comes in when Glock, GmbH, states in its advertising that their new ‘GMB’ rifling is BASED ON their proven polygonal barrels. (Apparently Glock, GmbH had to ‘eat crow’ on their long touted polygonal barrels before being forced, for various reasons, to switch to conventional rifling; so the advertising people accomplished the switch with what appears to be genuine finesse.) These new ‘Marksman Barrels’ ARE conventionally rifled; and this is what accounts for the increased accuracy. (Glock did NOT ‘reinvent the wheel’. Instead the factory has finally started to make their pistol barrels in the way that they should have been making them all along — With conventional lands and grooves.)

    1 year ago
    • robert

      My finger is my safety

      1 year ago
  • Joe L

    It is a G19 with a longer grip, and it is brown. I don't know why a lot of people are so psyched about that. Personally, I'm looking forward to the Remington 700 PCR and the PSA MP5.

    1 year ago
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