Umarex Glock 19X Part 4
A good gun for training
By Dennis Adler
The Umarex Glock 19X will fit most Glock 19 holsters, like this ASG Strike Force locking paddle holster. The slightly different contours of G19X may require some molded holsters, like the Blackhawk Serpa, to be specifically for the G19X. Leather holsters for the G19 will all very likely fit the 19X as well.
It is time for comparisons with every other Glock CO2 model to end. The G19X can stand on its own. Yes, it is not the perfect Glock Perfection we got with the Gen4 G17, but is it newer, more powerful, as accurate, if not more so, and it has the latest military finish, coyote tan, which beats any previous Glock for appearances. Let’s face it, a Glock is not a pretty gun, and I use “pretty” as a reference to guns that have a sense of artistic styling beyond the needs of function alone. The new rounded slide contours and beveled muzzle on the G19X give the Glock brand something it has always lacked, a touch of character. Or perhaps that is antitype for Glock’s history of building handguns that, as so many writers had said over the last 37 years, looks like the box it came in. A Glock is a sturdy, form follows function tool, (and centerfire Glocks are damned near indestructible), so the company left providing character to the aftermarket, which has done an impressive, if not often overly flamboyant job of making the guns look like anything but a Glock. The Gen5 revisions and coyote tan finish are Glock’s first move in that direction. The Umarex Glock 19X gives us a taste for that change. Regardless of its shortcomings, it is a good shooter, a 1:1 match for its centerfire counterpart (except for that pesky non-functioning right hand slide release; sorry left-handed shooters), and it more than meets the standard for a training surrogate.