Umarex Glock 19X Part 2
Two to one – the making of a G19X
By Dennis Adler
The requirements of the U.S. Army’s MHS program were for a duty gun that could serve multiple military needs as a standard issue sidearm as well as a handgun for special operations units. Glock did not have a design that would allow for the total modularity that was required, but to meet the size and capacity requirements, they could combine two existing guns to make a new model capable of consideration. Thus the Glock 19X was made of parts from the latest Glock 19 and Glock 17. What Glock created was a gun that provided a shorter barrel and slide length for ease of carry with a frame that allowed the 17+1 standard capacity of a full-sized Glock 9×19 pistol.
Sizing up the G19X as a totally new gun, it had a shortened Gen5 Glock 17 polymer frame combined with a new design Glock 19-sized slide and barrel. This made a gun that would measure 7.44 inches in overall length vs. 7.95 inches for a Glock 17 Gen5, while retaining the same 5.47 inch height from the base of the magazine to the top of the slide as a Glock 17. The 19X barrel and slide lengths were comparable to the existing Glock 19 at 4.02 inches and 6.85 inches, respectively, compared to a G17 at 4.49 inches and 7.32 inches (the overall length is greater than slide length because of the grip angle). With centerfire guns, that was all possible through new manufacturing and combining existing parts. As a CO2 model, it should be the same.
With centerfire Glock models, the latest version G19 + G17 Gen5 = G19X Gen5. The math for the CO2 version is a little different. G19 + G17 = G19X. What’s missing from the equation is the G17 Gen5 or even a Gen4. The new Umarex Glock G19X looks like a Gen5 from the outside, but inside it is a hybrid of the Third Gen G17 design. This means the G19X is using the Third Gen CO2 model’s short, short-recoil blowback action. This also means it is using the same 18-round self-contained CO2 BB magazine as the Third Gen, but with a coyote tan base pad.
What the G19X CO2 gives and takes away
If you want the military design Glock 19X model, that is exactly what you get from the outside with all of the improved features, flat checkered frontstrap, re-contoured slide with beveled edges for easier re-holstering, larger Gen4/Gen5 magazine release, and a G19X white dot rear, sight as opposed to the traditional white outline Glock rear sight.
As we know, the short, short-recoil blowback action design developed for the Third Gen CO2 model allows the gun to achieve significantly higher velocities than the short-recoil blowback action design used for the Gen4 CO2 model. Everything thus far goes into the plus column.
What the G19X compromises is the ability to fieldstrip the gun, the very thing that helped cost the Glock 17 Third Gen CO2 model last year’s Replica Airgun of the Year title. The negative column also gets two new strikes that didn’t apply to the Third Gen model; the centerfire G19X has ambidextrous slide releases (one of the MHS design requirements). So does the CO2 model, only the right side release is non-functional. It is there but it doesn’t release the slide, so the ambidextrous feature is lost. Last, the G19X is a Gen5 design and should have interchangeable backstraps, but the CO2 model is using a modified Third Gen polymer frame, so there are no interchangeable backstraps for this CO2 model like there are for the Glock 17 Gen4. Three strikes and the new Umarex Glock 19X should be out, but field stripping shouldn’t make or break this new model, because like the Third Gen Glock 17, it sells for only $99.99 which is about $30 less than the Gen4.
It offers a correctly designed blowback action model for training use, it has a velocity capable of accurate shooting out to 10 yards (actually a little better than that), it fits all existing holsters for the G19, and the magazines fit the G19/G17 magazine pouches. So, if you have the original non-blowback Umarex Glock 19 with a holster, it will fit the G19X. If you already have magazine pouches for the Third Gen G17, the G19X mags will fit, and aside from the color of the base pad, all your Third Gen G17 mags will work in the G19X. Three strikes aren’t enough to knock this new model out.
In Part 3 we will see just what this new CO2 hybrid can deliver in velocity, accuracy and handling.
A word about safety
Blowback action airguns provide the look, feel and operation of their cartridge-firing counterparts and this is one reason why they have become so popular. Airguns in general all look like guns, blowback action models more so, and it is important to remember that the vast majority of people can’t tell an airgun from a cartridge gun. Never brandish an airgun in public. Always, and I can never stress this enough, always treat an airgun as you would a cartridge gun. The same manual of operation and safety should always apply.