Monday, May 28, 2012

Glock 19C vs Glock 19

I wanted to compete in a couple of stages in the nearby Glock shoot-outs, but my 19C was only eligible for the Competition class.

The 19C is a compact 9mm with a ported barrel and slide that shoots a small part of the explosive gasses up, giving a downward force. This compensates for the upward kick caused by the tangential location of the barrel relative to the point of contact with the shooter's grip. Some shooters notice that this produces the side effects of more loud report, muzzle flash, and percussion wave.

It is possible to convert the C model into a plain 19 by acquiring a genuine Glock unported barrel and switching into the slide of the 19C. Almost as soon as I learned that, I came across such a barrel for sale on eBay. I sniped that auction to acquire the piece necessary to allow me to enter the  Civilian competition, which also recognized my advancing age as a Super Senior.

Shooting two different configurations at the Dayton competition did give me slightly better results with the C model, but not enough to be statistically significant. So call it a wash as far as being a complete rookie goes.

In my experience, the 19 does have somewhat more recoil than the C model, but in the 9mm calibre, this is not as noticeable as it would be in larger sizes. I feel totally competent with the uncompensated arrangement, and will probably be shooting the ported barrel a lot less. In training especially, handling more recoil is a plus, as is less flash and report...

My recommendation for most newbies: Get the 19C. It is a great first experience. Then you can decide if you want to go in the direction of the second barrel or a second gun. I am completely happy with doing that.

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