What I want to do is I want to talk about what I feel is the best urban shit hit the fan pistol, the Glock 19. Quite frankly, we’ve all kind of gone over the scenario in our minds where everything just pretty much becomes chaotic and there’s complete anarchy, and each and every one of us inevitably becomes completely responsible for our own safety because there are no police, there are no outside organizations to intervene with respect to our safety. With that in mind, I want to talk about what I feel is the best urban pistol for that type of situation, and that’s going to be the Glock 19.
What makes the Glock 19 the best SHTF Handgun?
I just want to mention some points and talk about why I feel this gun is the best tool to handle this type of situation in an urban environment. Now we all know Glock 19 is one of Glock’s most popular firearms and that it’s chambered and 9mm. The 9mm is probably by far one of the most plentiful rounds you’ll ever encounter as far as the handgun rounds are concerned. In the situation where their are no rules and it’s just chaos, I’m pretty sure the 9mm will beat everywhere, if not. I don’t see this not being as available as say a 45 like a Weston. The 9mm is just an all around, ubiquitous cartridge and quite frankly, if I’m going to be an urban setting where I need to get my hands on a round, my gun needs to be chambered to 9mm because the Glock 19 is just that prevalent. Not only that, the rounds are cheap. They’re cheap to make and therefore they’re cheaper to shoot. The prices have gone up considerably over some time, but nonetheless compared to a 40, 45, 357 the 9mm is still a cheaper round to shoot, hell it’s even cheaper than a 380. With that in mind, the fact that the Glock 19 is chambered to 9mm, once again makes it a great, great gun for a lack of rule, a lack of law scenario.
Glock 19 Magazine Capacity
Now as we all know, what is the one thing that Glock’s are known for? The high capacity magazines. Now I currently don’t own a high capacity magazine, but we all know that the Glock 19, the Glock 19, the Glock 17, the Glock 26 they can all fit the high capacity magazines and by high capacity, we’re talking 33 rounds. In a situation where you need as many rounds as possible, without having to reload, I think 33 rounds speaks for itself. From that standpoint, this 19 lends itself to this scenario perfectly. Even yet still, even with a regular capacity magazine, you get 15 rounds of 9mm. You can’t beat that. With that being said, the capacity that’s available with the 19 is just unmatched.
Yes, shot placement is highly important, but at the same time we do live in reality and you may find yourself in a situation where guess what? Your shot placement just quite didn’t cut it and in an event that it didn’t, you going to need extra rounds, so if you’re toting a 6 shot wheel gun in a situation where you missed 3 times and then you miss another 3 times, then you got a problem and guess what? The person who’s carrying the Glock 19, has 15 rounds. God forbidden the man got 33 and you had 6.
The Glock Brand
As we all know, we all know the Glock reputation. We all know that the Glock is an unseemly, reliable firearm. The YouTube videos are there. The reviews are there. The reports are there. They’ve done just unbelievable things to this gun and it still manages to work and it will still continue to fire. From that perspective, in a situation where your life is completely dependent on your firearm, you need the utmost confidence in your weapon’s ability to be reliable and by far Glock has established that, since it’s conception and there is no arguing with that.
Glock 19 Maintenance
Another good thing about the Glock 19, which lends itself to an all out, hell breaks loose situation, is the fact that it’s so easy to maintain. The maintenance on this gun is minimal. Quite frankly, somethings own Glocks has actually made me become lazier in terms of gun care. I can take guns down in a matter of seconds. Just strip it and clean it, with no issue. How many guns do you know you can do that with? In the same breath, I can put this gun right back together in a matter of seconds. I win, you really honestly can’t beat that.
Not only that, this gun will run dirty. This gun will run filthy. This gun just runs. It goes and goes and goes without a hiccup and thus far I have yet to have a Glock fail on me, no matter what ammunition I was putting through it. The fact that I can run a gun that dirty in a situation where you may or may not be able to clean your gun as thoroughly as you would in a situation where there is law, that is absolutely important, as far as making sure this gun runs and since the maintenance is so low, it’s one less thing to worry about while you’re trying to fight for your life.
In general, one thing that stands out about this gun is how easy it is to use. Quite frankly, it’s simply point and shoot and that’s it. There are no safeties. There are no other levers that you need to utilize. There’s no double action / single action and it’s the same pull every single time and it just fires. You just pull it out, pull the trigger and you’re good to go.
Parts and accessories, take one. Now the Glock’s been out for so long and the Glock is such a popular gun, if a situation arose where let’s say the spring broke or let’s say you had issue with your barrel or let’s say you need to change out your slide or your lower or your upper, whatever the case may be, since the gun is so readily available and is so popular, it speaks to the aftermarket pieces or just the fact that you can find replacement parts for this gun, very easily. So many departments utilize this weapon. If you find yourself in a situation where you needed to go into a police station or somewhere will service and utilizes the Glock, you can find parts for whatever Glock that you need. Considering how popular in and of itself the Glock 19 is, finding parts and accessories for this gun in a situation where shit has gone crazy is optimal and quite frankly you can’t beat the Glock. With the H&K, I can never find parts for the H&K. I think I had to order online and quite frankly I think in a shit hit the fan situation, I don’t think the internet will probably be a available and I’m pretty sure the post office won’t be working either.
Considering how easy it is to get parts and accessories for this gun, I think that’s another notch under the Glock 19’s belt as far as being the optimal shit hit the fan weapon.