There’s no denying, the Glock 19 is one of the most popular handguns among people carrying concealed on a daily basis. When it comes to comparing various guns, the Glock 19 is the gold standard for capacity, weight, functionality and ease of use. Over the last few decades, Glock has built a reputation of being ultra-reliable and having a no-frills and easy to use controls. Glock series of pistols are some of the most reliable toughest handguns on the market. However, not everyone wants a Glock for one reason or another but want a striker-fired handgun with similar capacity and overall capabilities. Let’s dive into the top 4 Glock alternatives on the market.
One of the closest alternatives to the Glock 19 would have to be the CZ P10c. The P10c from CZ is a compact striker-fired handgun with a 15 round capacity. They offer regular and optics ready models just like the Glock MOS system and have multiple options in terms of red dot optics. One of my favorite styling features of the P10c is the ergonomic feel to the slide and frame.
The dimensions between the Glock 19 and P10c are almost identical but the various palm swells and chamfer cuts on the slide make it seem smaller than the bulkier Glock ergonomics. Having similar dimensions to the Glock 19 means a level of holster compatibility as well. This doesn’t mean every Glock 19 holster can fit a CZ P10c but the majority do fit. The trigger is a crisp clean 5lbs trigger with a very positive reset which makes it incredibly easy to shoot. If you haven’t checked out the CZ line of striker-fired pistols, I strongly recommend checking them out because they are a great value for the money.
SIG Sauer XCompact
The XCompact from SIG is a great alternative to a Glock 19 based on its overall size. SIG took its modular Fire Control Unit and built a 15 round compact handgun that’s crazy easy to control and has an overall shorter length than the Glock 19. The XCompact is probably my favorite summertime carry besides its smaller brother, the P365. There are a few different compact magwell options to make reloading easier.
Having the XCompact in combination with the Fire Control Unit lets you have a small compact carry piece during the summer, but if you want to convert it over to a compensated range slayer, it only takes a few minutes along with a new barrel and frame. So with one serialized part, you can have multiple configurations which gives the P320 series a real case for versatility. If you haven’t checked out an XCompact yet, I seriously encourage you to give one a look at your local shop.
SIG Sauer P365
Just like James does on his lists, I’m going to throw a wild card on this list most of you will probably cry isn’t fair. The SIG Sauer P365 turned everyone’s head at the SHOT Show when it first came on the scene a few years ago. There are a couple different configurations of the handgun on the market and really it has set the standard for concealed carry pistols as a whole.
Being able to carry either the standard 10rd, 12rd, or extended 15 round magazine definitely gives the P365 the ability to be a compact yet extremely capable package for a wide variety of concealed carriers. My personal favorite configuration is having the XL slide on a regular P365 frame which gives shooters the ability to have longer sight radius while keeping the low profile lines of the smaller grip module. In my book, nothing beats this little guy for a lightweight summer carry option and for that it’s one of my favorites.
If the Glock 19 is the blue collar worker in the family, the HK VP9 would be his wealthy and slightly more sophisticated cousin. The VP9 is very similar to the Glock 19 but feels like it was molded for the hand better than the Glock. Out of all the striker fired handguns on the market, I think the VP9 is one of the best in terms of comfort and ergonomics. HK did a great job making the VP9 melt into your hand so it feels natural.
The slide serrations work well and the gun feels slimmer due to its chamfer cuts on the top. It’s a great option for concealed carry and the new updated 17rd magazines give the VP9 a slight advantage in capacity to the Glock 19. If you’re looking for a very comfortable, soft shooting gun, I’d give the VP9 a look because it’s a great alternative to Glock life.
The Glock 19 is a great choice but many people forget it’s not the only choice on the market. There are some great offerings from CZ, SIG, and HK with all of them bringing their own unique qualities to the table. The CZ is a great alternative for the overall ergonomics and compatibility with Glock holsters. The SIGs are amongst my favorites for their modularity and the ability to tailor those guns to your personal preferences. I’m a huge fan of the HK VP9 for its comfortable grip and shootability along with the capacity upgrade with the new models.
Everyone has a preference and that’s completely understandable. Let me know in the comments below what you prefer and why. We all have different ideas of what the perfect carry gun is so please keep it respectful in the comments. If you have any questions feel free to contact me on my Instagram @fridgeoperator. Stay safe out there.