The Glock 19X: The Gun the Army Rejected Can Now Be Yours

    Kyle Mizokami

    Security, Americas

    Or is it a big waste of time?

    Austrian Gunmaker Glock’s latest handgun is actually two existing handguns in one. The Glock 19X, meant to capture the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System contract, is actually a melding of the original Glock 17 and the compact Glock 19 resulting in a unique handgun configuration that very well could have become the next service weapon of the U.S. Armed Forces. Although the G19X lost out that distinction to the Sig Sauer P320 the pistol is available on the commercial market.

    The U.S. Army’s XM17 Modular Handgun System competition was meant to field a replacement for 1980s-era Beretta M9 nine-millimeter handgun. The Beretta had one of the lowest rates in soldier confidence in the field. It was characterized as the least accurate and worst handling by combat troops in a government-sponsored Army small arms survey. Also, it was unable to take advantage in advances in handgun technology over the past thirty years. The Army refused to even consider an updated version of the pistol, the M9A3, for the MHS competition.

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