Pulling Out The Backup CCW Glock 19

I travel quite a bit. Mostly by airplane. As such, checking luggage is simply a reality. When I made the switch back to Glocks as a work pistol, I automatically purchased two Glock 19 GEN 4 FDE’s. My logic being the 19’s would be the CCW platform of choice. And if one goes down for repair, or even worse become lost in transit, I would have a backup already in the safe.


Glock 19 Steel work 1

Working Steel. A Favorite.



Good plan, right? Well…as fate would have it, I ended up going with the full sized Glock 17 as my main CCW pistol. Having well over a decade of carrying an all steel 1911 for work, a Glock 17 doesn’t seem large or heavy as all.  Factor into that my hands aren’t the smallest to ever grab a pistol, and the Glock 17 ended up with the job. Oops.

Best laid plans and all of that sort of thing.

Well….what that means is I’m lazy and life gets in the way. I’ve been meaning to pull the “second” G19 out of the armory and get it squared away. Oh…for…about 2 years now? Maybe longer?


Glock 19 STeel work 2

Glock 19 FDE Gen 4



Being that tacticaltshirts staff are in full shooting season mode, we’ve been going through quite a pile of pistol ammo. So…in an effort to keep the mojo alive, I found the motivation to break out the back-up 19. Worked some quick steel drills on the timer. And she runs like a champ. ISO, strong hand, weak hand, malfunction clearance drills, etc.

Next up, I’ll knock those crappy factory sites off and get a proper ledge of some kind.

Of special note: I left the range that day and stopped in a  local business to pickup lunch. I couldn’t help but notice the sign announcing their security company. Took a little pic. Thought I would share. Pretty sure I will be back on a regular basis.

Glock 19 Steel work 3 lunch

Local Business Supports CCW



Hope you are getting outside, shooting guns and having fun.




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Marky Mark

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Areas of focus: Defense and National Security, Modern Light Weapons, Analysis of the Geo-political / Military Relationship in the Context of Strategic Goals.
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  • roydowd

    I really like the FDE! I own two Glocks, a 19 and the 26. I mostly carry the 26 during hot t-shirt weather. Was thinking about getting the model 42 as a backup pocket pistol but have read on various blogs that a lot of people are having reliability issues with them, which I am skeptical of as it’s so untypical of Glock.

    • Roy, without sounding shallow, I also really like the FDE color of the Glocks. I’m old and I get tired of black. I also have to deal with an issue of having modifications to weapons being allowed under certain rules. So a factory FDE is a nice change for me, personally.

      As for the Glock 42, let me state as of this writing, I have not fired one. I also know that Glock has made some modifications to the 42 since it’s release at SHOT earlier this year. As such, I have some co-workers who have put upwards of 500 rounds through a Glock 42 with no issues. Even when trying to induce a malfunction. So that got my attention.

      And finally, a 380 doesn’t do squat for me at all. Not a fan of the 380. But…but…I have started to see the light a little bit on the Glock 42. Being a single stack pistol, and it’s actual footprint, makes it a true pocket pistol option. I have seen a holster options that allows the Glock 42 to be truly carried as a Pocket Pistol / BUG.

      That got may attention.

      Roy, I appreciate you swinging by the website and making a post. Don’t be a stranger. We response to every comment here.