Accessorizing the Umarex Glock G19

Accessorizing the Umarex Glock G19

Best options for an entry level air pistol

By Dennis Adler

This is the Umarex Glock 19 air pistol, not an actual 3rd generation model, but it is hard to tell because there are only two obvious differences, first the crossbolt safety at the top of the trigger (if you see it) and the absence of the caliber marking 9×19 after the GLOCK logo, the model number 19, and AUSTRIA all in capital letters on the left side of the slide.

I like to think of myself as a “the CO2 cartridge is half full” kind of guy and hope that airgun manufacturers eventually get everything right. But I have learned that sometimes you just have to be overly optimistic. It’s like major league sports; you hope your team is going to win the championship every year even though you know from experience they’ll probably never make it to the semi-finals. But it does happen once in a great while, so there is always a glimmer of hope. I was disappointed with the first Umarex HK USP when it came out as a non-blowback model some years ago. After a long wait, in 2018 they hit it out of the park with the new blowback action USP, currently a serious contender for my Air Pistol of the Year. So, let’s take a second look at another non-blowback with the promise of greater things to come, the Umarex Glock 19, a pistol that was actually less disappointing than it appeared. This mid 2018 offering was a big surprise in ways that other non-blowback models have disappointed. For one thing there is the potential versatility of this entry level air pistol to lay the groundwork for a follow up blowback action model, very much like the first HK USP. When that will happen is a little uncertain, hopefully not as long as the USP, but what can the current G19 model accomplish in the interim? read more


First Look: Umarex Glock G19 Part 3

First Look: Umarex Glock G19 Part 3 Part 2 Part 1

Almost the gun you have been waiting for

By Dennis Adler

It is a form of Glock Perfection; the CO2 model is Glock’s first .177 caliber model (there have been Airsoft versions previously) and the G19 looks exactly like a 9×19 Glock pistol in every detail right down to the finish on the slide.

As a Glock training gun the new G19 non-blowback action model serves as a basic hands-on tutorial on holstering, drawing, aiming and firing a G19. It’s a 1-2-3 process that is fundamental to learning to shoot, whether a Glock or any semi-auto or revolver. What is lacking is feedback, i.e., any sense that the gun is working beyond the audible sound of the air pistol firing. No blowback action slide to instruct in sight reacquisition. It is an imperfect trainer in that regard but for practicing the basic handling skills for a Glock, including the magazine release, this less than $80 CO2 pistol has authentic design, weight, balance in the hand, and provides a basis for learning to properly fire a pistol with a Safe Action trigger. With a Glock, aside from specially modified guns, the only safety (externally) is that thin, cantilevered blade projecting from the trigger shoe. Glock put the concept on the map, others, many others, have followed, but no other CO2 semiautomatic air pistol has yet offered a working Glock version until now. read more


First Look: Umarex Glock G19 Part 2

First Look: Umarex Glock G19 Part 2 Part 1

Almost the gun you have been waiting for

By Dennis Adler

This is the air pistol, not an actual 3rd generation G19 but there are only two obvious differences, the crossbolt safety at the top of the trigger and the fact that the otherwise perfect slide that reads GLOCK 19 AUSTRIA is not followed by the 9×19 caliber marking. From an initial hands-on training experience this CO2 model is the same as picking up an actual G19.

How do we begin to evaluate a “new” CO2 pistol that has its design based on a 3rd Generation G19 at a time with the new Gen5 G19 models are out? First, from a purely external view, this is a physically over the top presentation in fine detail in an otherwise underwhelming package that lacks the two vital features most Airgun Experience readers and air pistol enthusiasts regard as obligatory, blowback action and a self-contained CO2 BB magazine. Nevertheless, for the Glock CO2 model, the major visual differences between a G19, G19 Gen4 and new G19 Gen5 are almost all internal, with the exceptions of ambidextrous slide stop levers, new frontstrap configuration without finger grooves (which is similar to the second version Glock grip design pictured in Part 1), new nDLC black nitride-type finish, and a slightly flared mag-well on the new Gen5. Most of these external changes (particularly the grip redesign) are also in concert with Glock 17M and 19M pistols now built for the FBI, the balance of 20 improvements over the Gen4 deal with changes to internal components and the barrel. However, Glock still makes the 3rd generation G19 and Gen4 models as well, so the new CO2 pistol, on the surface, is simply based one of three G19 designs, not a discontinued model. If you look at the 3rd generation G19 as a lower-priced “entry level” model (the MSRP for a standard G19 is $599, the Gen4 $649, and Gen5 $699), then the CO2 model is by intent an “entry level” gun. You have to think Glock. read more


First Look: Umarex Glock G19 Part 1

First Look: Umarex Glock G19 Part 1 Part 2

Almost the gun you have been waiting for

By Dennis Adler

The G19 was the second Glock model. A compact version of the G17 it was introduced in 1988. The G19 has remained a staple of the Glock line through the current Gen4 series. This, by the way, is the new CO2 model not a 9mm G19.

Ever since the 2018 Shot Show and the debut of the Umarex Glock G19 there has been speculation as to what the first model introduced would be. The wait is over; it is an entry level, non-blowback version with a stick magazine. Don’t start screaming yet, there is a lot to understand about getting Glock to the table let alone signing on to have a CO2 version of their groundbreaking 1980’s semi-auto put into production by Umarex. Glock is, in a word, conservative in its manufacturing and marketing as only an Austrian company can be. I have been writing about and testing Glock pistols (as one of the original writers for GLOCK AUTOPISTOLS magazine) for more than a decade and understanding Glock and founder Gaston Glock makes this equally groundbreaking CO2 version of the Glock 19 Compact all the more impressive. But first, let’s go back to what makes a Glock, a Glock. They call it “Glock Perfection” and it is evident even in this entry level CO2 model. read more