The Perfect Glock 19 Gen 5 Holsters
For Concealed Carry
Glock 19 Gen 5 Holsters
Gen 5 Glocks & Glock 19 Gen 5 Holsters Have Arrived!
Glock 19 Gen 5 Holsters will be slightly different from the previous Glock holsters thanks to the left-handed slide release. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about the latest Glock.
Finally…It Is Here
The Glock 19 Gen 5 has finally arrived! While it may look like a Glock 19 Gen 4 minus the finger grooves, it is actually very different. Glock says the new Gen 5 has 35 new or upgraded parts. If you want a holster to fit your new Glock like a glove, you’ll need a new Glock 19 Gen 5 holster as well because one of those new parts is a left-handed slide release.
Let’s break all the upgrades into 5 categories:
- Look & Feel / Quality
- New Ergonomics
- Better Performance
- Stronger Reliability
- Stellar Safety
Look & Feel / Quality
They Look Different
The Gen 5 Glocks look different all right. This is perhaps the biggest change in looks you’ve seen since Glock stuck the finger grooves on the Gen 2 Glock lineup. But there are some other differences you’ll see as you pull the new Glock out of the box (aside from the lefty slide release).
The muzzle end of the slide has been tapered down. This adds a sleek look to the Gen 5 Glock 19. This tapered slide has already been present on other Glocks (Glock 26 & Glock 34 and a few other lesser known models).
The flared mag well is immediately noticeable as well.
The new coating doesn’t look different but it does give the Glock that same high quality finish you’re used to seeing on Glocks.
You Can Feel the Quality & the Coolness
All in all, picking up the Glock 19 Gen 5 for the first time puts a huge smile on your face. This gun oozes quality. It oozes cool. It’ so cool that holding it might in fact make you look cooler too. Maybe. You’ll look even cooler if you carry the Wonder 9 with you every day. For that you’ll need shop for Glock 19 Gen 5 Holsters. You’re on the right website for that! Clinger Holsters are the best in the biz at concealing your weapon comfortably and easily.
Every detail on this gun seems like it was designed perfectly for the purpose it serves. It also seems that it was manufactured with great precision. It almost feels as though every other gun model in existence might be doing it wrong because they don’t look and feel exactly like the new Glock 19 Gen 5.
The initial impression is that good.
The complete lack of finger grooves changes the ergonomics of the venerable Glock 19 completely. Gone are the days of the gun feeling different with gloves on versus gloves off. Gone are the days of the gun feeling “almost right” in your non-average-sized hands.
This has to open up new sales channels to Glock. This one change can add in hordes of shooters that never considered the Glock due to the finger grooves being either uncomfortable or out of sync with their hand size.
It has shocked many in the gun industry that Glock hasn’t already done this. The Glock 19M sealed the Glock 19’s fate on the existence of finger grooves. The FBI wants a mountain of Glocks to fill their armory. However, they want them sans finger grooves. While in development filling the FBI’s needs, Glock nicknamed the finger-groovless Glock the Glock 19m & Glock 17M. Who knows if they’ll call it the Glock 17M or the Glock 17 Gun 5 now but it’s pretty much the same gun.
The FBI Requirement Got Glock Thinking…
Glock wouldn’t dream of turning down such a lucrative contract over finger grooves. So of course Glock whacked off the grooves. Maybe this got Glock thinking. Perhaps it occurred to Glock that there might be a reason that one of the top after-market modifications to their great product is finger-groove-removal! Maybe…just maybe Glock was telling the customer what they wanted instead of asking the customer what they wanted.
I wasn’t in the board meeting with Gaston and his crew so I can’t be sure exactly how the finger groove meeting went. However, suffice it to say that they realized they were losing sales over them. So, they’re gone!
While the change in grip shape won’t affect holster fitment, the extra slide release means that you will need to shop specifically for Glock 19 Gen 5 holsters rather than using your old Gen 4 holsters.
The same great grip texture from the Gen 4 remains (thankfully). The texture feels great, grips tight, and isn’t extremely abrasive on your skin.
Again, not much change here. They struck a homerun in the Glock 19 Gen 4 with the swappable backstraps so it only makes sense to carry them over. Glock was innovative enough to include 2 styles of backstraps in both sizes. One has a beavertail. One does not. This feature really allows you to fine tune the ergonomics. This is a great detail to add in.
9 out of 10 of you won’t care about our Left-Handed brethren but they can run a Glock as good as you now. The reversible mag drop from the previous generation is carried over. However, left-handers get a left-handed slide release now!
This is another way that Glock will pull in more sales with the latest generation Glock 19. The Glock 19 is now fully Left-Handed compatible.
There is another implication of this new slide release though. It can cause problems when you put a Glock 19 Gen 5 pistol into a Glock 19 Gen 4 holster.
Previous generation Glock holsters weren’t molded with a channel to accommodate this new part.
This means that the gun can possibly catch when entering the holster. It also means that the new slide release can drag on the inside of the holster.
Therefore, a new Glock 19 Gen 5 holster will serve the latest Glock better than a holster molded for the previous generation.
No Front Slide Serrations?
It’s interesting to note the absence of front slide serrations when the Gen 4 now has the option of front slide serrations. Perhaps it’s just smart marketing born in a Glock board meeting. Adding front slide serrations right before Christmas of 2019 could boost sales when the newness has worn off.
After all, Glock was accused of this strategy by releasing the Glock 42 before the Glock 43. They wouldn’t have sold a fraction of the Glock 42’s they sold if they’d released the one we really wanted first!
35 New or Upgraded Parts
This is an important number. It tells us that the Glock 19 Gen 5 isn’t a Glock 19 Gen 4 sans finger grooves (although that alone would convince hordes of people to buy one). No, this is a truly upgraded Glock 19. It shoots better, is more accurate, and plain runs better at the range.
There are two main reasons the Glock 19 Gen 5 shoots better: better trigger feel and better accuracy.
Glock re-worked the trigger. The main differences are a reshaped safety plunger and a re-arrangement of springs. The safety plunger is angled now. This should smooth out the trigger pull somewhat. Glock has further refined the trigger feel by rearranging the trigger springs in the trigger assembly. The end result is a smoother trigger.
It honestly makes a difference. The new trigger feel is improved. It can’t compete with a great after-market trigger but what stock trigger can? This is a much better trigger out of the box.
Interestingly enough, Glock improved accuracy by losing the polygonal rifling! They have returned to regular rifling. They’re calling it a Marksmen Barrel and it’s capable of 4 inch groups at 50 yards. This new Marksmen barrel also has a smaller crown to help with accuracy. The smaller crown should contain fleeing bullets to tighter groups.
This is indeed a huge improvement. The better accuracy will please competition shooters and will be more than enough accuracy for a defensive pistol.
Dual Recoil Spring
This will have 2 main factors in the gun’s performance: less perceived recoil and it’ll take a bit more muscle to rack the slide. Most shooters will like this tradeoff. Less recoil means faster follow up shots. Period.
This is a big improvement for competition shooters. In fact, this will probably make most competition shooters that run Glocks want to go get the Gen 5 almost immediately. A flared magwell can really speed up reloads. The mag will funnel into the pistol grip much easier if the angle of entry isn’t perfect or if you’re a quarter inch off of alignment.
This isn’t just great for competition shooters! Fast reloads is a huge benefit in a defensive situation. When adrenaline is pumping hard through our veins, our motor skills seriously deteriorate. Fumbling with a mag in the middle of a gun fight is the definition of a living nightmare. The flared magwell will make the mag slide into place easier without fine tuning the angle or position of the magazine.
The beveling on the muzzle end of the slide isn’t just for looks. Re-holstering the latest Glock 19 into a Glock 19 Gen 5 holster will be easier now. By tapering the end of the slide to a smaller dimension than the opening of the holster, Glock ensured the gun would funnel into a Glock 19 Gen 5 holster easier, faster, and with less concentration.
This can be a big deal in a defensive situation. Imagine trying to re-holster your weapon immediately after using it in a defensive situation. There could possibly be another threat around but you feel it’s best to re-holster at the current moment. Would you rather take your eyes off your surroundings for 2-3 seconds to get your gun re-holstered (remember, your adrenaline is pumping and your fine motor skills are less precise)? Or would you rather take your eyes off your surroundings for 1 second to re-holster your weapon?
Beveling the end of the slide can seem like a small upgrade if you don’t fully take into account the implications of re-holstering.
Outside of a defensive situation, you’ll enjoy faster re-holstering on the range as well. The new Glock will slide into Glock 19 Gen 5 holsters with less effort. This makes it an awesome upgrade.
Glock uses a proprietary coating they call “nDLC” on the Glock 19 Gen 5 pistols. They say that it’s exclusive to the gen 5 pistols (for now). It’s an ion bonded coating that’s supposed to be tougher. This should make the finish last longer and keep the new gun looking new just a bit longer than before.
Glock coats the slide and barrel with the new nDLC coating. The new coating is supposed to improve performance if debris or a lack of lubrication tries to increase friction. Therefore, the new coating should have a minor effect on increasing reliability.
Ameriglo GLOCK Spartan Operator Sights
These awesome new sights are available right from the factory if you want a great set of sights already installed on your new Glock as soon as you open the box. These are a true upgrade if you’re willing to pay for them. This is a great option. These sights enhance the shooters ability to hit the target; in any lighting. Some Glock 19 Gen 5 holsters will accommodate the bigger Ameriglo sights and some will not. The Glock 19 Gen 5 holsters from Clinger holsters have a large sight channel that’s plenty tall enough to accommodate aftermarket sights like the Ameriglo sights.
Backwards Compatible Mags
Wow, that would have been uncool. Could you imagine needing to buy more backup mags? Thankfully previous generation Glock mags will work with the Glock 19 Gen 5 and vice versa. One cool upgrade on the Gen 5 mags is an orange follower. Maybe that doesn’t seem like an upgrade but it’s easier to look at the mag and ascertain that it’s empty if a bright orange follower is popped up!
If you already have mag holsters for your old Glock magazines, you won’t have to buy new Glock 19 Gen 5 holsters for your mags. The only difference in the magazines is the floor plate on the magazine being a little longer.
More Rounds Between Stoppages
How is that even possible with a Glock? Rest assured, they figured it out. Glock says that they can get an average of 11,000 rounds out of the latest generation Glock without a stoppage. Dang….Dang. Let’s just agree that the Glock 19 Gen 5 is reliable. I think we need a new term for it. Let’s agree that the Glock 19 Gen 5 is uber-reliable.
It’s almost impossible for this thing to misfire.
Less Parts Than Competitor’s Guns
Glock has always relied on less parts than most other guns to increase reliability. Fewer moving parts after all usually means less chance of something breaking or going wrong. Glock pistols are pretty much designed with a K.I.S.S. mindset. Keep it Simple and it won’t break.
Redesigned Firing Pin Hole
There’s a new “feature” on the Gen 5 though that goes one step further in adding reliability. The firing pin hole is in the shape of a tear-drop now instead of a circle (who thinks of this stuff?). This opens up the tolerances a little bit in case gunk gets into the hole. This lowers the odds of a light strike on the primer.
Details like that are what propelled Glock’s reliability to the stratosphere.
The Glock 19 Gen 5 is as safe as ever. One change to note on the latest Glock pistol is the reshaped firing pin safety. Gone is the round pin. The new pin safety is square and slanted down on the sides. The reasoning behind this is that it should allow the trigger bar to slide along the new firing pin safety easier.
Glock 19 Gen 5 Holsters Will Fit Differently
The new left-handed slide release will cause some issues with Gen 4 holsters. It can catch upon entry into the holster. In addition, it can drag along the inside of the holster. Especially on Kydex holsters. Soft holsters shouldn’t see a change however.
Glock 19 Gen 5 holsters will definitely need to be molded to fit the new slide release properly. Glock 19 Gen 4 holsters will probably catch the new slide release. Because Glocks are so popular, you won’t have any trouble finding new Glock 19 Gen 5 holsters. However, if you want the best holster available for the Glock 19 Gen 5, you should seriously consider Clinger Holsters.
Clinger Holsters are the Best
The new V2 No Print Wonder Holsters and V2 Stingray holsters by Clinger Holsters will fit your new Glock 19 Gen 5 100% correctly. Why? We’ve scanned the new gun and cut brand new molds specifically for the Gen 5. It’s the only way to ensure the new slide release won’t cause problems when re-holstering. Some Gen 5 holsters out there won’t be backwards compatible with older Glocks because of the tapered slide on the Glock 19 Gen 5. However, we’ve designed our Glock 19 Gen 5 holsters to be backwards compatible with Glock 19 Gen 4 holsters.
So go pick up the new Glock 19 Gen 5 pistol and get the best Glock 19 Gen 5 holsters available (Clinger Holsters)!