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Glock blows through 100K G19X’s in just six months

My well-used (going on 4K rounds) G19X, along with my long-carried Tops Rocky Mountain Spike, the latter of which has long had its markings worn off…(Photo: Chris Eger)

When Glock dropped their “crossover” coyote-framed G19X onto the commercial market late last year, a lot of people went apeshit. Some complained that the concept, which blended a shortened Gen 5 G17 frame with a G19 tophalf and added some decent upgrades (like steel night sights and tweaked internals) should have instead done exactly the opposite to even mocked up a G26/G19 blend.

I have had one since the beginning– a T&E gun that I put 2,000 rounds through and really dug. In fact, I liked it so much that I bought it from Smyrna at the end of the eval period and I carry it often.

I’m apparently not the only one, as Glock announced last week that they have delivered over 100,000 of the pistols to the hungry market– proving that it wasn’t the clown shoes of modern handgun offerings that detractors said it would be.

“The Glock 19X has helped reinvigorate the polymer pistol market. Its demand and popularity has exceeded our expectations” said Flint Virgets, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Lipsey’s, the nation’s leading wholesale firearms distributor last week.

It’s a cell phone, no wait, it’s a gatt, no wait, it’s a credit card, no wait…

Kirk Kjellberg’s Ideal Conceal, a folding double-barreled derringer that mimics the profile when closed of a smartphone, is now shipping.

Promised two years ago at the ~$395 MSRP, I caught up with them at SHOT in January where they were closer to market at $500(ish).

(Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

But wait, because the Trailblazer Firearms Co. says they have released some 6,000 of their single-shot .22LR Lifecards– much the same concept as Ideal Conceal but more credit-card-sized– into the wild.

More on that here.

Springer’s Mustang is really starting to grow on me

In 1983, in the days before Baby Glocks and back when the Walther PPK was the coolest carry gun available, Colt introduced the Mustang (or Pocket Lite) single-action subcompact single-stack single-action pistols chambered for the .380 ACP cartridge.

Colt Mustang XSP-SS AMBI. 380ACP…their current polymer-framed offering.

Well, they stopped making them in 1996 but that didn’t stop Sig from coming out with their extremely similar P238 in 2009 and Kimber to produce a line of likewise very Mustang-y clones (their Micro series). Then, in 2011, seeing all the popularity of their dated design in play, Colt put the gun back into production (see above photo).

Well, this year Springfield came out with their own send-up of the gun- the Model 911. Debuted earlier this year in a bi-tone stainless top half and black frame, they now have a more sedate black nitride finish on the 416 stainless slide and barrel.

The new model 911 now shipping still uses a 7075 T6 aluminum frame to keep the svelte .380 ACP pistol down to 12.6-ounces in weight, which for comparison is about 2-ounces more than a Ruger LCP with the same magazine capacity. Springfield said the nitriding process hardens the outermost layer of the frame, creating a finish more resilient to the abuses of inclement weather and strenuous use.

Best yet, the MSRP ($599, with “street prices” closer to $450ish) complete with night sights edges out the Colt ($699), Kimber ($629 for the Micro Night) and Sig ($760) offerings bit. And don’t even start that “but, MIM…” argument either, because if you think the other guys don’t utilize MIM for some parts, you are higher than Snoop Dogg.

More in my column at Guns.com, including a look at the guns we took in Arizona in April.

DEA goes 5th Gen

Last December when Glock gently rolled out their Gen 5 models of the G34 (MOS) and the G26, I was sent one of each to review. While the 34 was no doubt a tack driver, the 26 really caught my eye as I had a 3rd Gen of the same breed back in 2001 and carried it for a bit but then passed it on to a friend in need but never got it back (apparently they still need it).

When I say that I liked the new 5G G26, I mean what’s not to like? First of the “Baby Glocks,” the G26 has been on the subcompact carry market for over two decades and it is the smallest Gen 5 model produced by the company. Notably, the 10-shot abbreviated semi-auto does not share the same flared mag well that is standard on other guns in the generation but does have a host of other features such as an improved barrel (Glock’s new ‘Marksman’ series), updated trigger and grip ergonomics (read= no grooves).

It is the same size as my classic snubs, such as this Colt Detective, while bringing 10+1 rounds of 9mm to the party…making it a logical carry option

It also makes good home defense sense, especially when you think about cornering and slicing around the rabbit’s den of staircases and hallways in my house

So with this in mind, it was no surprise to me that the DEA just sent out a RFQ for 100 of these (for starters, it is listed as “recurring”).

More on the DEA contract in my column at Guns.com.

Want a factory Walther PPS M2 with a RMSc red dot? Done

So I ran across this at the NRAAM in Dallas earlier this month. Increasingly, carry guns are coming standard with RMRs…even very small ones.

The parallax-free red dot is a slimmer version of the Shield RMS designed for subcompact carry pistols, a category that Walther’s PPS M2 fills nicely. The 1-inch wide single-stack 9mm uses a 3.18-inch barrel and goes just 6.3-inches overall, specs that are comparable to the Glock 43 and Smith & Wesson Shield. The factory-standard red dot model has its top slide milled to accept the RMSc with no overhang but ships with a cover plate should the user want to just rely on the co-witnessed iron sights.

More in my column at Guns.com.

My thoughts on fooling around with the Glock 19X for three months…

So in December 2017, Glock snuck me an early production model of the 19X “crossover” to test and evaluate. Now, after carrying it around the house and about town, at SHOT Show and in weather that ranged from snow and ice to desert and saltwater marsh, taking time out to fire 2,000 mixed rounds in six range sessions and not cleaning it, I have to say, it has rather grown on me over the past few months.

The full review in my column at Guns.com.

Carry choices for rangemaster certified instructors

I thought this list was pretty interesting. It’s a survey of the carry choices of 100 Rangemaster certified firearms instructors.

Most commonly, they carry (almost every day) a 9mm striker-fired semi-auto, with about 80 percent falling in the compact to full-sized arena (very few mouse guns or subcompacts). Almost all waist-carry (concealed) IWB on the strong side, appendix to the back of the hip, in a Kydex holster. All have a round in the chamber, with about half carrying a secondary piece for a New York reload.

Hmm. I agree with most, but I do like my leather sometimes…

 

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