Posted April 16, 2018 10:30 am by Comments

By Chris Eger

The newest Glock on the block also is one of the company’s most curious designs. (Photos: Chris Eger/
Glock’s “crossover” design, developed originally for a mammoth military contract, has a lot of things going on– most of them good.
Introduced to the market in January, the Glock 19X is now marketed as something of a “do all” handgun, blending a full-sized frame with a mid-sized slide and the company’s Generation 5 features. But first, let’s start at the beginning.
The origin story
The saga behind the G19X is that it arose as Glock’s entry to the U.S. Army’s potentially lucrative Modular Handgun System competition. First floated in 2011, a vast field of more than a dozen interested firearm manufacturers came sniffing for the chance to both supply as many as a half-million handguns to the military as well as earn bragging rights likely to last for decades. Key to the competition was the prospect that the gun should be able to meet an extensive list of requirements to fit a wide range of users, hence the “modular” portion of the name. The ultimate MHS contract winner, the M17/M18– itself a variant of the Sig Sauer P320, used two different frames and a removable chassis


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