GLOCK THIS!

The ed­i­tor fi­nally gets his hands on this long-awaited pis­tol

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Phill Price re­views the long- awaited Glock 19 - a su­perbly made pis­tol from the Umarex sta­ble

The glob­ally re­spected and fa­mous Glock pis­tol rep­re­sents an in­cred­i­ble story about an un­heard of de­sign go­ing from near ob­scu­rity to be­com­ing one of the most pop­u­lar hand­guns ever made. Po­lice and mil­i­tary teams around the globe carry th­ese fine hand­guns in al­most every sit­u­a­tion imag­in­able be­cause they trust them deeply to save their lives when things turn ugly.

The chal­lenge the de­sign­ers took on was to make a pis­tol that could be car­ried eas­ily and that could be drawn from a hol­ster and fired im­me­di­ately when under ex­treme pres­sure. Dou­ble-ac­tion re­volvers are good for this, but tend to be bulky, usu­ally only of­fer six shots and are slow to reload. Sin­gle-ac­tion semi-au­tos of­fer more shots, but re­quire you to dis­en­gage a safety be­fore you can shoot, and many peo­ple feel that they’re not safe to carry with a car­tridge in the cham­ber and the ham­mer cocked.

Glock found ways around this prob­lem by cre­at­ing a multi-lay­ered safety sys­tem that al­lows the pis­tol to be fired im­me­di­ately it’s drawn, yet be fully safe to carry loaded. Oth­ers have tried to emu­late this sys­tem, but it seems that Glock is still far and away the leader in this area of firearm de­sign.

Over the decades, the pis­tols have evolved and spe­cial ver­sions have been made to suit the needs of in­di­vid­ual forces around the world, but at their heart they utilise the same in­ge­nious sys­tem as the very first one.

PICKY AUSTRIANS

Glock has been very wary of al­low­ing CO2-pow­ered repli­cas, and it took the rep­u­ta­tion and per­sua­sion of Ger­man giants, Umarex, to coax an agree­ment from this Aus­trian man­u­fac­turer. Judg­ing by the Umarex press re­leases, they’re over the moon to be the ones to make the replica that ev­ery­body has been wait­ing for, most es­pe­cially me! Part of the rea­son that the Glock was seen as so con­tro­ver­sial when it was launched to the firearms world was that it was very dif­fer­ent-look­ing to any other pis­tol that had been re­leased. It was bru­tally func­tional with no con­ces­sions to aes­thet­ics. They also em­ployed a poly­mer frame that started all the silly ru­mours that you could carry one through a metal de­tec­tor unseen. The slide and all the mech­a­nism, as well as the car­tridges are metal, so the whole idea was just plain daft.

The CO2 replica on test is a copy of the model 19 that shows fin­ger grooves on the front of the grip, and a sec­tion of Weaver rail under the front of the frame to ac­cept torches or lasers. I’ll con­fess I was dis­ap­pointed when I found out that this, the first re­lease, is a non-blow-back model, but I’m as­sured that they will fol­low in time. The pos­i­tives of the non-blow-back ac­tion are that they use the CO2 much more fru­gally, giv­ing many more shots per cap­sule, and they can also be more ac­cu­rate.

“they’re over the moon to be the ones to make the replica that ev­ery­body has been wait­ing for”

GREAT HAN­DLING

The model 19 feels small in the hand, although the grip feels long from back to front for a 9mm hand­gun. I was pleased to see that Glock’s sim­ple yet in­no­va­tive trig­ger blade safety has been copied here, and is func­tional. Over­all, the er­gonomics suited my medi­um­sized hands well, and my usual two-handed com­bat grip worked well around this frame. The grip an­gle also suited my hold with the sights com­ing up level for my eye straight away, elim­i­nat­ing the need for ex­ces­sive time­wast­ing read­just­ment. Although the sights are fixed, they’re big and bold, mak­ing them quick and easy to ac­quire. The front el­e­ment has the tra­di­tional bold white dot, whilst the rear one has the whole notch out­lined in white, which seemed very clear.

IN-BUILT TOOL

Load­ing is much like many other CO2 repli­cas in that a sec­tion of the back strap lifts out to re­veal the cham­ber that ac­cepts the ubiq­ui­tous 12 gramme CO2 cap­sule. A very neat up­grade to the more com­mon fit­tings is the hex key needed to drive the cap­sule onto the pierc­ing probe; it folds like a penknife into the back strap so that it’s al­ways there when you need it. 16 BBs are loaded into the stick-style mag­a­zine through a fun­nelshaped port in the back of the mag’. The spring-loaded fol­lower has a notch to lock it back whilst you’re load­ing, so don’t for­get to re­lease this be­fore in­sert­ing the mag’ or you’ll be fir­ing CO2 only.

As ever, I test­ing with steel BBs first and then changed to my favourite Ex­cite cop­per­coated lead BBs, which tend to be more ac­cu­rate and much less prone to re­bounds and ric­o­chets. Through the smooth-bore bar­rel, the lead pel­lets again proved su­pe­rior and shot to point of aim for me at six yards, which is ideal. I got some stun­ning ac­cu­racy with 14 shots in­side an inch, with the odd fly­ers spoil­ing the groups, per­haps show­ing the ben­e­fits of the non-blow-back ac­tion. The smooth and con­sis­tent trig­ger ac­tion must also take some credit here.

I’m so happy that we have a well-made, work­ing replica of the Glock at last. It’s iconic around the world and I’m sure that Umarex will be sell­ing th­ese as fast as they can build them.

Beauty is in the eye of the be­holder, and I think it’s a stun­ner!

I found the sights came up per­fectly for my hold

I found load­ing 16 BBs as easy as pie with this mag’

My two-handed com­bat hold worked per­fectly with this frame

The BB mag­a­zine drops free with a press of the re­lease but­ton

The hex driver needed to load the Co2 cap­sule is built into the back strap mould­ing

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