Glock 19 is effectively a reduced-size Glock 17; it is called the “Compact” by the manufacturer. The Glock 19 has a shorter barrel (by about half an inch) and pistol grip compared to the Glock 17. Both these semi-automatic pistols use 9mm cartridges and were designed by Gaston Glock. The Glock 26 is the subcompact version and is even smaller than the Glock 19.
Contents: Glock 17 vs Glock 19
The Glock 17 uses 9x19 mm cartridges. It is 186 mm (7.32 inches) long, with a barrel length of 114 mm (4.49 in) and a standard magazine capacity of 17. It weighs 625g (22 oz) when unloaded.
The Glock 19 is considered the “compact” style Glock. It also takes 9x19mm cartridges, but is only 174 mm (6.85 in) long, with a barrel length of 102 mm (4.01 in). It has a standard magazine capacity of 15 and weighs 595g (21 oz) when unloaded.
The Glock 19 pistol is compatible with factory magazines from the Glock 17 and Glock 18, with available capacities of 10, 17, 19, and 33 rounds. With the exception of the slide, frame, barrel, locking block, recoil spring, guide rod, and slide lock spring, all of the other components are interchangeable between the models 17 and 19.
The Glock 17 costs an average of $500. The Glock 19 is the same price with an average cost of $500.
The Glock 17 and Glock 19 are virtually identical except for size. Users report no difference in durability, accuracy or reliability.
The Glock 17 is used by law enforcement officials in Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemberg, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States and Venezuela.
The Glock 19 is used by law enforcement officials in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Hong Kong, India, Iraq, Israel, Lithuania, Malaysia, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the United States and Yemen.
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