If you read our SHOT SHOW report not long ago, you may remember us mentioning the release of the G19X, a civilian version of their submission to the US Army’s Modular Handgun System trials. Apart from the missing manual safety requested by the Army, the G19X is true to the company’s original hybrid design of bridging the Glock models 17 and 19 for a variety of benefits. I ended that segment with a “more to come” tag as a writer’s sample was already sitting in the gun safe waiting for range time.
Regularly for the past 4 years, I have carried a standard model 19 concealed with a custom inside the waist band holster from the “King of Kydex” John Phillips at Survivor Creek Tactical. When teaching as a NRA Instructor on the range, I often use a Glock model 17 with another John Phillips creation on my battle belt. Honestly, the thought of mixing the two models never occurred to me, nor did a need for it. For a fresh perspective, I decided to team up with fellow reviewer, Clint Steele, who I knew also carried a model 19 daily and volunteered to do the same with the new 19X. Since then, Clint and I have spent quality time on and off the range with the G19X and now, its time to report on what we discovered.