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.

As stick magazines go the G19 is a gem with a locking follower and a large loading port on the back of the channel. The full size base pad assures a clean G19 profile when inserted.

While I have not seen anything from Umarex on the forthcoming blowback action G19 model, I would venture to guess it will be a fully working version of this same 3rd generation gun. The non-blowback model’s details are so accurate it is difficult to believe that almost none of them work. As a CO2 pistol, the new Glock G19 is a perfect external copy of the 3rd generation pistol and that in itself brings a lot to the table despite having a fixed slide and 16-shot stick magazine.

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I can find no justification for the non-blowback action even at this price point, but when you look at the excellent Umarex Walther PPS/PPS M2 CO2 models, which have blowback action, and how closely they match the 9mm Walther PPS, how well they handle and shoot, you can easily forgive the stick magazine. Looking at this first Glock CO2 offering, just on face value and how it feels in the hand, its weight, balance, accessory rail, fit, finish, trigger, and correct Glock white outline rear and white dot front sights, I am willing to give it a pass on the stick magazine and non-blowback action even before loading the CO2 and test firing it, because of its fundamental use as a Glock training gun. Remember, that almost 20 years ago when Umarex and Walther built the CP99 as a P99 training gun used by German police, the CO2 pistol was a non-blowback action design using an 8-shot rotary pellet magazine. Secondly, as a first offering of what may be several Glock models down the road, and with an eye on mass marketing through retail outlets, this G19 model makes perfect sense, even if it offends “in its lack of features” those of us (myself included) who expect more. And thus we begin the Part 2 evaluation with an open mind, and if you will, a Glock mindset.

The obligatory reading matter is well disposed of on the bottom of the triggerguard. The authentic dustcover serial number plate is used for a serial number, and the caliber and proof mark are also discretely placed where they are not a distraction to the lines of the airgun.

Initial handling

Remember what I said in Part 1, that if you are familiar with one Glock you are familiar with every Glock? This is true, even with the basic handling of the entry level CO2 model. The three key features are sights, trigger pull, magazine release. These are the parts of the pistol you initially interact with. Add to that drawing from a holster, and using rail-mounted accessories and all of these training aspects can be performed with this entry level G19 CO2 model. You are talking about hands-on familiarity training with a Glock G19 for under $80.

What really sells the non-blowback model for learning basic Glock handling is the perfect fit of this Glock GTL 22 tactical light and red laser taken from my own centerfire Glock model. From this point forward, everything involving sighting and trigger pull (with the crossbolt safety disengaged) is 1:1 with the centerfire model.

I own one Glock and have one accessory for it, the Glock GTL 22 tactical light and red laser. There are many lights and lasers made to fit Glock pistols, but none better integrate with the gun than the GTL series. And the first thing I did was slip it onto the G19 air pistol’s accessory rail. It was the same as fitting it to my centerfire Glock. That already gives this CO2 model a big leg up in the training gun category whether the slide moves or not.

As this image shows, the GTL 22 slips into position on the accessory rail and places the ambidextrous light laser controls in the same position as on the centerfire gun. The activation switches are right in front of the triggerguard and can be activated with the right or left hand trigger finger. You can also see the top of the slide and the totally authentic barrel lug slide interface, the slide release lever and slide lock, all non-functioning parts but 100 percent correct in design and appearance. You can’t even say that for the latest Sig Sauer CO2 pistols with blowback action where the slide and barrel lug are molded in.
Even without adding a GTL 22 or other GTL model light laser or any aftermarket combination, the Glock CO2 model still can give beginning or seasoned shooters a real Glock training experience because it has the correct Glock white outline rear and white dot front sights. Aside from the crossbolt safety there is no visual aspect of this CO2 model that is not pure Glock.

Fine details

Everything on the G19 CO2 model looks like it should work and I believe there is a reason for that, why tool up twice? The slide release is ready to go, the backstrap now allows access to load the CO2, but is also capable of being removed for switching out with Gen4-type medium and large backstraps. The slide locks are ready to be made operational for field stripping, the slide and barrel lug are two separate pieces (or the most convincing molded in design ever). Very simply, the gun is ready for phase II and a blowback action model. Will it be a BB or pellet model, has not been revealed officially, nor when, but rest assured with Glock in the driver’s seat it will be a CO2 rival for the forthcoming Sig Sauer M17 and current leader of the authenticity pack, the Umarex S&W M&P40.

It is a masterpiece of external design that does the best job of looking like its centerfire counterpart of any air pistol on the market. If the blowback action model is just a fully functioning version of this gun, Glock will have a winner on its hands. For now, the Glock gets to claim the best authentic looking non-blowback action air pistol crown.

In the Part 3 conclusion, holster fit (or not), operation and steel rounds downrange at 21 feet.

6 thoughts on “First Look: Umarex Glock G19 Part 2”

  1. I got an email from Umarex announcing that the new Glock BB pistol is now in stock. I also just checked Pyramyd Air and saw that they now have it in stock.

    • I don’t think there is any one article where I established 21 feet as a standard. Rather it is just generally accepted as an optmum distance (also it is one of several standardized shooting distances for centerfire and rimfire pistols; 7 yards, 15 yards, 25 yards). Some air pistol shooters prefer 15 feet, others 25 feet, so 21 feet is in the middle and is most often used for BB pistols just as 10 meters (33 feet) is for pellet pistols and Olympic air pistol shooting competition.

      • Denis
        I have seen 21 ft. mentioned so often over the years that I thought there might a specific reason for BB’s at this range (trajectory or holdover or whatever) but I guess not. Seems to be more to conform than anything else.
        Thanks for the info.

        • Well velocity is certainly a factor. Beyond 25 feet groups with most CO2 BB pistols begin to open up. At 300 to 400 fps from the majority of CO2 pistols optimum accuracy is going to be 21 to 25 feet and this has pretty much been the case with blowbsck action pistols. Remember that when I reviewed the Mosin-Nagant rifle last month I shot it at 50 feet and had excellent accuracy. You can certainly shoot BB pistols at greater distances but velocity begins to drop and accuracy suffers. I have shot the Colt Peacemaker BB models at 10 meters and they still do quite well. When reviewing BB models the 21 foot range just gives the best results. Most target shooters are comfortable at that distance with CO2 BB models. Not a rule, just a guideline.

  2. Denis
    Great info – I wonder how many people purchase one of these low power BB pistols and then try to use them at 10 or 15 yards. Then return or put them away and never look at them again because they think the gun is broken or just plain innaccurate.
    You should do an article on BB gun ranges and why, say 7 or 8 yards, is a general purpose range for proveing and documenting an action BB pistol and why an action pistol capable of ringing a 17″ wide Air Venturi gong at 25 yards is just as good as three decimal point accuracy at 5 yards.

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