Umarex Glock 19X Part 4

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.

Not all Glocks look like the box they came in. In fact, the aftermarket has done an overwhelming job of customizing frames, slides, triggers, etc., while still retaining the classic Glock silhouette. There are some, that so totally change a Glock that it is almost unrecognizable, but this example done by The Glock Store, shows how a few upgrades like a carbon fiber finish on the frame, ported slide, competition trigger, match grade barrel and tritium sights can make a world of difference. Unfortunately, none of this can be done (affordably) to a CO2 model.
The G19X does a good job on its own of giving the Glock a custom look with its re-contoured slide and frame and coyote tan finish. This also makes it a very distinctive CO2 model.

For this series of tests I drew the G19X from an ASG Strike Systems Tactical gear holster and fired 10 shots at 1-second intervals. My POA was center, 2-inches below the red bullseye and my total group spread measured 0.875 inches with multiple overlapping hits and a best 5-shot group at 0.68 inches. From this point forward I am doing training drills at 7 yards and 10 yards using a Law Enforcement Targets IPSC silhouette. This series will include drawing and firing double taps, kneeling, barricade shots one handed, strong side and off side, shooting from floor level on side, aimed shots at 10 yards and moving toward target. Every set will begin with the gun holstered. This will be my proof of the Umarex Glock 19X as an acceptable training gun, depending upon the accuracy it achieves. Total rounds will be 18.

For training with the Umarex Glock model, a good tactical or concealment holster is necessary. The ASG, available from Pyramyd Air is one of the most affordable. Holsters like these with a Level II triggerguard lock increase training skills in learning how to properly release and draw a locking holster, which is mandatory for most law enforcement. A paddle holster is also easier to put on and take off, or move around the waist to different positions.
The run of targets for today’s shooting tests gave me results pretty consistent to last Tuesday’s, with very tight, overlapping groups from 21 feet.

Find a Hawke Scope

All rounds hit inside the A-Zone and the spread for 18 shots at distances varying from 21 feet to 10 yards measured 4.1 inches. The final target was 10 shots from 10 yards fired off hand at a Shoot-N-C. It was another amazing ring around the bullseye that put 10 hits at 1.31 inches circling the red with a best 5-round group at 1.0 inches. Not a great target but with a blowback action BB pistol at 30 feet, good enough for a start.

I ran a combat drill test at distances from 21 feet to 10 yards firing 18 rounds from different positions, ranging from weak hand barricade, to lying on the ground, double taps at 7 and 10 yards, and aimed shots at 7 and 10 yards. All hits were inside the A-Zone on this regulation IPSC cardboard silhouette. The gun performed as well as pellet-firing models like the Sig Sauer M17.

As a practice gun, the Umarex Glock 19X is as good as the Third Gen Glock 17 and for velocity and accuracy at close quarter battle ranges, fair game for pellet firing semi-autos like the Sig Sauer M17 at the same distances. It may not field strip, and the right hand slide release may be a disappointment, but beyond that, this gun does not disappoint. For $99.99 the Umarex Glock 19X delivers on every penny’s worth.

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.

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