When you talk to a Glock fan, there will likely be a 1911 fan standing within earshot. The Glock pistol came onto the scene in the mid- to late 1980s. From that moment, the Tupperware gun was pitted against one of the most iconic pistols of all time, the 1911. Actually, the Glock was up against all guns and critically compared to every one of them. Those articles are out there; but this one is't one of them.
I chose to carry a Glock, not because everyone said it was the most reliable gun, but because I shot one and loved it. I had my Beretta M9 at the range when a buddy of mine showed up with a G23 Gen 3. The G23 is exactly the same size and dimensions as the G19 but fires the .40 S&W. I took the coarse polymer frame in my hand and fired off the first round—from that moment on, I was hooked. The pistol fit my hand perfectly. I want/need a safe gun to carry, is the G19 going to fit that bill?
Glock uses what it calls “Safe Action” as the pistol's “safety.” The pistol doesn’t have a traditional safety you flick, rotate or slide. The only visual safety is a strange looking trigger. A lever extends from the front of the trigger and will not allow the trigger to be depressed unless the lever is depressed with the trigger. The Glock is striker-fired, which means it does not use a hammer to strike the firing pin; it uses a firing pin under spring pressure to propel it forward to strike the round’s primer. While depressing the trigger, a piston rises by riding along the trigger bar to block the firing pin. When the piston rises enough, a cutout in the firing pin allows it to slide past and strike the primer. Every time the trigger resets, all of these safeties reset. This gives you the peace of mind in knowing that holstering after firing the pistol is as safe as it was when you unholstered the firearm. So I know this pistol is safe enough for me to carry. Still have a few more tests!
The reliability of a concealed pistol is extremely important. When I pull my pistol and squeeze the trigger, I need it to go bang. I needed a pistol that could survive pocket lint, dirt, grime, water or anything else I may find myself in on a day-to-day basis. I considered carrying my M9, but quickly scratched the idea when I noticed that every time the barrel got a drop of water on it, rust would set in. I liked my M9 but it wasn’t going to cut it. Mud, sweat, water and lint have all covered my Glock. At range sessions, it goes and goes and has never failed. The locking block and barrel are one piece, and with a contained spring, disassembly of the pistol is simple. You have no excuse not to clean your pistol when it takes you less than five minutes to strip and clean.
When I decided to carry, I knew I was going to want some type of light system on my pistol. Looking at the G19 Gen 3 it came with a rail, perfect! I got a Viridian C5L. It features a 100-lumen light and a green laser. Yes, I said laser; you may find yourself on your back and you won’t have time OR be able to properly acquire your sights if an aggressor is standing above you. I cannot stress how important it is to have a good light on your home defense or carry pistol. Does it add weight? Yes. Does it add bulk? Yes. However, you need to be able to see your target and what is beyond. Sounds great for my night stand, but as a lefty can I get a holster that will work for my carry needs?
So what’s the problem? Glocks are extremely popular, and they make plenty of holsters for them. But wait, I am left handed. Did you hear the screeching tires and cartoonish window breaking? I digress; being left handed is no walk in the park in the gun world. I found my self, adapting to the right-handed sport by manipulating my pistols and firearms differently rather than changing the pistol itself. I found I was going to need a custom holster built for my setup. I called my friend Scott. We began working on what would work best for my needs, and how I wanted to carry the pistol. A hybrid kydex and leather holster was built… first in right-handed format. Yes, Scott forgot I was left-handed. A good laugh later, and I was rocking a new left-handed hybrid holster system that perfectly held my Gen 3 G19 with the Viridian laser.
I prefer to carry my pistol on my side or slightly tucked around my hip. No small of back or appendix carry for me. Being a skinny guy, I picked the worst place to try to conceal a firearm. There are a few tricks to the trade to hide a pistol and break up its lines. First, add a cant to the way you carry your pistol. This helps drop the hard line created by the slide farther into your pants. Not only does this help conceal the pistol but it also adds to the ease of unholstering the pistol. You will have to wear looser-fitting clothes and understand that like working out carrying your pistol is going to be part of life.
Just like any conceal carry individual, I cleared my pistol and made sure it was safe. I practiced my draw from my holster on my back, my side that the pistol is on, face down and weak-hand drawing just to name a few. Knowing your pistol inside and out will help you learn the safest way to manipulate it. Remember, if you need your gun, your heart is racing and your focus is on the threat, your body needs to know how to handle the pistol.
Whatever you choose to defend your life and the lives of the people you care about and love, make sure it’s reliable and accurate. I carry a GLOCK G19.