There are many things a new shooter will want to look for when shopping for a first handgun. You want a gun from a company that has street credibility for quality and strength. You also want a gun that will withstand anything you throw at it. Your gun is the most important tool to keeping you safe and you don’t want to settle for anything less than the best. That is why I always recommend Glock handguns and specifically the Glock 19. The Glock 19 gen 4 (check out our review at Gunivore) is the grand pappy was conceal to carry handguns and has been the go too gun for gun enthusiast and fresh gun owners alike.
The Glock 19 came out of the idea to create a gun that was more compact and lightweight than any that were on the market at that point. Glock started in the late 70’s and started its business with the success of the Glock 17 a handgun that won acclaim and a Austrian military contract. The Glock 17 was a radically new way to think about handguns and gun manufacturing in general. Other handguns at that point were made out of steel or other metal alloys and the Glock 17 was the first to be made out of polymer which was a lightweight plastic which was way more durable than steel and could withstand harsh situations like water and dirt. Many gun enthusiast thought that this “plastic” handgun was an embarrassment. Most were converted once they actually shot the pistol. But there was still a demand for a gun that was a bit more compact but still maintained the same level of precision and power. Gaston Glock went back to the drawing board and came out with the Glock 19.
The Glock 19 looks almost identical to the 17 and in a lot of ways is very imilar in how it functions. The real difference is in the feel and size. The Glock 19 is a more compact gun hands down. It is also made out of the high-density polymer and carries 9mm bullets. The difference appear in the ammo load, the Glock 17 holds 17 bullets while the 19 only holds 15. Of course things brings up another reason why I love Glocks, they are extremely customizable. So even though the stock Glock 19 only comes with a 15 bullet magazine you can upgrade to larger magazines. The only thing to be aware of is that the larger the magazine the more difficult it is going to be to conceal the gun. So that is something you should be conscious of.
Since the Glock 19 was introduced there are many companies that have tried to copy it. But like most things the original is the best. If you are a beginner and want a good gun that will serve you well for years to come I recommend you check out the Glock 19. It was the first gun I ever bought and I still own and shoot that same gun.