Glock 19 Accessories
Chances are, you’ve recently read our article on 9mm pistols. If you haven’t, go ahead and check it out. Despite being one of the older handgun calibers still in use today, the 9mm parabellum, or 9×19 round is a serious contender in the contemporary handgun world.
One of the major players in that space, it almost goes without saying, is Glock. Military, law enforcement, and civilian shooters the world over trust Glocks with their lives every single day. It’s also one of the handgun platforms most open to being accessorized and modified, which you’ll see shortly.
If you’re thinking about or have chosen a Glock 19 as your carry or main 9mm pistol, here is a list of things you might find very useful in getting you off the ground in terms of shooting and taking care of this fine piece of Austrian engineering. In this build, we’re focusing on a Glock 19 set up for concealed carry. Thus, we’re be looking at ways to keep positive retention of the gun, make it run better when you need to use it, and keep it running for a long, long time. We’re recommending a few tiers of modifications here. The easy ones literally slide onto the firearm or can be added with just a few minutes of work. These will help make the gun a little easier to use. With just a bit more effort, however, you can make the Glock 19 one of the nicest to carry firearms available today if you have the time and want to put in the effort.
Kydex IWB Holster
The Glock 19 is one of the best and most commonly used pistols on the market. With that said, it’s also one of the most widely used carry guns. As such, you’re going to want to pick up a decent holster in order to make the most out of this really capable handgun.
This one, by 1791 Gunleather, is a quality modern holster from a well-established brand. It’s a kydex holster that clips securely on your belt, keeping the gun exactly where you need to put it. There are some nice features on this one that make it stand out from cheaper models. For one, it’s adjustable for cant, such that you can put it exactly where you want it in terms of angle,. The retention is also easy to change with the screws, and there’s a cool little plastic wing that keeps it close in to your waist. Lastly, it’s cut to fit threaded barrels, optics, and raised sights in case you want to modify your Glock 19, which most users will end up doing. Overall, this is a quality holster option to carry your Glock.
Trijicon RMR Cut Slide
One place to start modifying the Glock 19 is with a slide. This one is made by Brownells, who have been making quality parts for years, and have even stepped into the rifle manufacturing space recently. This slide gives you a few benefits over the stock one.
First and foremost, there’s a large window cut into the top: this reduces weight. Also, it lacks sights. Some might not like this, but it means that you get to choose the sights from the outset, which we’ll also guide you on here in just a moment. Finally, there’s a last cutout made for the addition of a Trijicon RMR, one of the best pistol red dots on the market. Basically, this slide is an excellent Canvas from which you can begin to make the Glock 19 your own.
In the past couple of years, there’s been a big increase in interest in the idea of a personal defense weapon, something that’s small and lightweight, but still a little more capable than a normal pistol. Pistols are, in a lot ways, tools of convenience. They have short barrels, you only get to stabilize them with your hands, and there’s a short sight radius. Really, they’re not ideal defense weapons except in how easy they are to have at hand.
If you’re willing to gain in some size, or already own a Glock 19, a chassis system like this Micro Roni is a really cool idea. Basically, this gives your pistol some of the features of a personal defense weapon, such as AR style charging, a magazine slot that you can use to stabilize, as well as a folding brace that, depending on how you and the ATF feel that day, can be used as a cheek or wrist rest for shooting more accurately. All you have to do is follow the simple instructions to drop your Glock 19 in and you’ll have a capable PDW based in the really reliable Austrian design.
Threaded Match Stainless Barrel
Another way to really get a lot more performance out your Glock 19 is to add a barrel. The stock barrels are more than adequate for daily carry and duty use. With that said, a little bit nicer barrel can increase accuracy, reliability, and durability. It’s also one of the parts that’s easiest to change out on a Glock.
This one, by ATI does exactly that. It’s a match grade stainless barrel in a 1:10 twist rate that is made from 416R steel. It’s also, like all Glock barrels, a simple drop in part. The real value here comes from the fact that it’s also threaded in 1/2×28 for a suppressor, with the barrel protector included. This is a great choice if you want to make your Glock 19 into a suppressor host or competition gun.
Magpul Enhanced Mag Well
Speaking of performance, some people really like to get into the details in order to make their Glock 19 run as well and as smoothly as possible. This is especially true for people who like to take their pistols to competition, but can be just as important if you want the best concealed carry or home defense weapon for you.
Tactically, the reload is the point at which competitions are lost, or self defense situations turn very badly. You can slick that process up a good bit with a flared magazine well. In this case, Magpul has an easy to install flared magazine well that is not silly in its proportions, making it usable on a carry gun as well as a competition pistol. With a single screw and a little bit of time, you’ll have a guide for your magazines that doesn’t add too much bulk. This is a commonsense mod for the Glock 19 that could deliver a lot of value for a relatively moderate spend.
Tritium Night Sights
Earlier, we did recommend a slide that doesn’t come with any sights. With that said, you should probably get some if you hope to hit the broad side of a barn. These are excellent sights whether or not you have any to begin with.
Trijicon makes some of the best sights on the market and these are no exception. Made for the Glock 19, the Tritium night sights make it so that your sight picture is a clear set of three dots that glow in the dark. That means that, regardless of conditions, you’ll have fast to use sights that can make all the difference in a self-defense or competition scenario. Making things even faster, the middle dot on these is outlined in orange to aid this recognition. Also, the rear sight is serrated if you want to use it as a point to grip the gun for cocking or press checking. Overall, these are truly excellent sights.
Adhesive Glock 19 Grip Panels
Now that we have you seeing a little better and reloading faster, we can turn to ergonomics just a little bit. There are a ton of Glock grip jobs out there, usually involving stippling or the changing out of the back strap. We have something a little simpler in mind.
These adhesive grip panels allow you to add a nice texture to your Glock 19 without doing any permanent modification at all. These can be really useful if you want to dip your toes into modifying your pistol, but don’t want to do anything drastic. These remind us of skateboard grip tape, and have a similar function, to keep you planted in your grip on the firearm. At a relatively low cost, these are more than worth a try.
Pachmayr Grip Glove
Getting a little more into the modification game, Glock is one of the platforms that has the most accessories available. Since it’s one of the most popular handguns to have ever been made, you can find modifications at a lot of different levels. If you want something a little more substantial than the grip panels that we just recommended, try out this Grip Glove.
Basically, this slips on over the stock grip of your Glock and provides you with a grippy rubber surface and some finger grooves. Like the last one, this will help you stay planted on the gun and can be easily removed. Where it differs is in some of its added textures. Both this and the last modification are great options if you want to improve grip without permanently altering the gun.
Identilock Gun Safe
It should go without saying, that safe storage of firearms is all of our responsibility. With that said, we do need to balance that need for safety with the need for the other responsibility we have, to defend ourselves and our homes. Identilock provides a great balance between the two. Basically, this is a mini storage and lock system that captures the trigger guard of a handgun. To unlock it all you need to do is put your finger near where you’d normally have it to fire the weapon, and the fingerprint ID pad will unlock the gun. Then the lock will release, and you will be able to put your firearm into action or holster it safely for daily carry. Should the battery fail, which will not be often, there is an included key you can stash to retain access to your firearm.
Trijicon RMR Sight
To finish out, we’re going for one final mod that can really take a Glock 19 to the next level. For most of us, most of the time, we’re building a concealed carry or duty gun. The amazing modularity of the Glock, though, has not escaped the attention of some high end modifications as well. The slide that we recommended, and many others, are meant for the attachment of this sight, the Trijicon RMR. Basically, it’s an ultra-light red dot sight that requires very little maintenance and gives you the bonus of a fast, easy to acquire picture on your target. While it’s meant for competition, these are durable and reliable enough to be very handy on concealed carry firearms as well. Basically, the RMR is the industry standard for pistol red dots, and is fast becoming a favorite of many fans of the Glock platform. Adding this to your pistol would normally require a lot of machining on a slide. With that said, adding a pre-machined slide is well worth the effort required if you want to add this excellent sight to your Glock 19.
Out of the box, the Glock 19 is one of the most rugged and reliable pistols on the market. Because of that, it has sold really widely and due to that popularity there has been a booming aftermarket of parts. This list was put together in order to introduce you to that massive realm of parts. We think that a few things are necessary, or at least helpful, to improve the Glock 19 as a concealed carry or home defensive pistol. At the very least, a quality holster is a great start. Then, you may want to tune up the grip a little bit. If you’re feeling fancy, you can add a new barrel, slide, and some sights. To make the Glock 19 extremely fast, a magazine well and a red dot sight will finish things out greatly. Overall, the Glock 19 is something like a Canvas: it can be made into anything you need it to be and we think with the right accessories it can become one of the world class carry handguns available to the discerning shooter.