Earlier this year, I was looking to get my first handgun as a new resident of the United States. I recently moved from Canada, and I wanted an all-around, dependable, and capable handgun.



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Mark Muller driving his patriotic jeep with his Colt 1911 in hand. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

I asked a number of gun friends for advice, and they suggested a few different options. But one friend in particular, Mark Muller, whom I trust and admire, said the following; “Dude, just get a Glock 19. You can’t go wrong. It’s affordable. It goes bang every time you pull the trigger. You can trick it out or keep it stock. It’s just a great gun. It’s probably the only handgun you ever need.”



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The Glock 19 hit the scene in 1988. It's now on its fifth generation. Each time, it has been improved. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

Of course, I was well familiar with the Glock 19. It’s been around since 1988 and is currently in its fifth generation. I was aware of its legendary reliability, and it was affordable. But it was also, perhaps, a little dated, and there was some fresh competition on the market.



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The Walther PDP hit the scene in early 2021 and received rave reviews. (Photo: Seth Rogers/Guns.com)

2021 saw some exciting new guns on the block. One in particular, the Walther PDP, piqued my interest. A workmate reviewed it and gave it a stellar rating. The trigger was supposed to be out of this world, and it was similarly priced to the Glock.

The reason I didn’t pull the trigger on a PDP was that it was still so new. I thought it might be wise to wait a year or two to make sure all the kinks were worked out. Think of the Sig Sauer 320 when it first came out. There were a few hiccups at first. They have since been worked out, and it is now an incredibly reliable and popular pistol used by consumers and the U.S. military alike.



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With a 15+1 standard capacity, the G19 is very capable. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

But then fate also came into play. I was browsing the Guns.com website, and I came across a Certified Used Glock 19 Gen 5. It looked as though it was literally brand new. It was in a desert tan color, which I liked since I live in Arizona, and the price was right. So, I bought it.

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One of the most noticeable features on fifth-generation Glocks is the front slide serrations. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

A few days later, it arrived. True to the photos and description, it appeared to have never been fired. It was like the factory oil on the slide was still fresh. I was very pleased with my purchase.

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Another noticeable feature on fifth-generation Glocks is the lack of finger grooves on the grip. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

I was a bit apprehensive as to how a gun in such great shape found its way onto the used gun market. So, I took it to the range and put approximately 1000 rounds from various manufacturers through it. True to Glock’s reputation, I didn’t experience a single jam or issue.

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Sights on the stock Glock 19 Gen 5 are white front and rear. I found them to be easy to acquire. As with all Glocks, there are tons of aftermarket accessories like sights. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

One of the things I like about the Gen 5 is the front slide serrations. Since it is my go-to gun, I check the status of my gun daily. I like that there are no finger grooves, the trigger is responsive, and the Glock Marksman barrel is supposed to be more accurate. A 15+1 capacity is plenty good for me.

The sights are clear, easy to acquire, and work well in low light. I added an Olight PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie on the rail under the barrel. It snapped right on. It's incredibly bright, and I can take it off and on in seconds. Super Vel 115-grain SCHP is my go-to defensive ammo. Overall, my Glock 19 is everything I could ask for. I'm very happy with it. It's an excellent all-around handgun.


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I added an Olight PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie to the rail under the barrel. It snapped right on. It's very bright, and I can take it off and on in seconds. I'm very happy with it so far. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

The Glock 19 is the pinnacle of modern semi-automatic polymer handguns. It is the benchmark by which all other handguns are measured. If you’re looking for your first handgun, or if you can only afford one handgun, I highly recommend the Glock 19.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you agree or disagree with me? Please let us know in the comments below.

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Super Vel makes excellent 9mm 115-grain SCHP defensive ammo. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)



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