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I carry a G19c, would you carry a compinsated model???

Discussion in 'The SHOT ShowCase' started by Folsom_Prison, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. Folsom_Prison

    Folsom_Prison Brew Crew

    May 2, 2010
    I carry a G19c. I was browsing google and ran into some other forums. They didnt reccomend carrying the compensated model due to the flash of the muzzle and slide. I really don't feel it's a issue IMO. What do you guys think??
  2. AZ Husker

    AZ Husker

    Mar 25, 2003
    I carry a G32C. The stories about blinding flash and burned flesh are hugely overblown.

  3. Folsom_Prison

    Folsom_Prison Brew Crew

    May 2, 2010
    I agree!! IMO the flash only lasts for a second!! It's not like it sticks around for minutes and you can't re sight and shoot your next round.
  4. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday CLM

    May 13, 2007
    Arizona Oven
    No I would not carry a compensated model.

    I want everything going out the front of the gun, not out the top and possibly bounced back towards me. (bullet shavings, hot gases and gunpowder)
  5. Folsom_Prison

    Folsom_Prison Brew Crew

    May 2, 2010

    Really, huh. I shot my G19c yesterday and didn't have any issues with bullet shavings, hot gases or gunpowder!!
  6. While I don't currently own a G19C, when I did I compared it to a 38 special revolver in low lighting conditions. Guess what, the revolver had more flash coming from the barrel-cylinder gap than the flash coming from the G19's port. This is highly over-rated IMHO.
  7. DJ Niner

    DJ Niner Moderator

    Feb 13, 2001
    North-Central USA
    This. ^

    The flash can be completely neutralized by careful ammo selection (most premium defensive loads flash very little, if any). Training can minimize the remote possibility of injury problems caused by the ports, just as knowledgeable defensive revolver shooters have dealt with magnum barrel/cylinder gap blast effects for decades.

    I own a G17C and G19C, and have carried both at various times.

  8. sigchaser723


    Jul 20, 2010
    The difference is that a revovolver has flash comming from the cylinder gap while the c models have it comming from the top of your weapon along the same plane as your sights. Under low light this could potentially deminish your night vision and lead to a problem aquiring a proper sights picture after the first round. I don't want to carry a c model for that reason and one other which is I don't see the point esspecially with a 9mm it just seems pointless but if it works for you then go for it.
  9. old wanderer

    old wanderer

    Dec 22, 2008
    I heard nothing but doom and gloom about tanking my 20c to Front Sight for a 4 day class that included night shooting.

    Other than a few students that tried to go through the class with foam ear plugs and got next to me, the gun ran through almost 700 rounds without a hicup, and was really fast on follow up double taps. My next in line students with the foam plugs complained about the noise. but they could move away.

    I could see the little fire jets coming up an inch or so during the night shoot, but running the AcroAir Ghost Ring tritium sights, I had no problem picking up my front sight for a 2 or 3 shot.

    Don;'t have a 9mm so cannot comment on shooting the compensated model, but have shot a lot of 10mm and 40Sw in the compensated barrel and especially with the 10mm my 2nd shot is less than .3 seconds after the 1st with the compensator. With the non-compensated barrel it is over .5 seconds so almost twice as long.
  10. JohnHoliday


    Oct 19, 2008

    another person that hasn't shot a C model before, just regurgitating info he/she heard on the internet.

    I've shot a C model in the night, is it no worse then shooting a regular model.

    99% of the people that talk bad about the C models on here have never shot one, so take what you hear for what its worth.
  11. ede

    ede Bama's Friend

    Jun 25, 2004
    no i wouldn't carry one. i don't like them. my worry would be more about dirt and debris getting in the openings than flash or noise.
  12. Theirs no need for a compensated model 19!
  13. D.S.Brown

    D.S.Brown Millennium Member

    Dec 24, 1999
    North Texas
    Yes! At some point I will own a G23C. I've shot them before in lowlight, and amazingly was not blinded the "flash." The only time I noticed it was when I was actively concentrating on looking for it, as opposed to focussing on my front sight.

    I've shot 4" .357 magnum revolvers with quality ammo during daylight hours. The FIREBALL that emanated from the cylinder gap, and the front of the barrel was HUGE and quite noticeable! No I wasn't blinded then either, but I have to wonder what it may have been like in a lowlight scenario.


  14. Jr.

    Jr. CLM

    Sep 18, 2008
    I shot my ruger 2 1/4" .357mag and my 19c, both loaded with federal sd ammo. The .357 looked more like a flame thrower and the 19c looked like a BIC on crack. I feel very confident in using it for HD.

    And as to Larry V, I dont need a 9mm "C" but my wife sure does and thats why the 19C exists because some people do need it.
  15. Bill Lumberg

    Bill Lumberg BTF Inventor

    Jun 14, 2002
    On the internet, compensated models are unsuitable for carry, or on the other end of the spectrum, police duty. In the real world, they are quite suitable for both.

  16. DannyR

    DannyR Moderator Millennium Member

    Dec 17, 1998
    Roanoke, Virginia
    I would not hesitate to carry a "C" model Glock.
  17. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    My limited understanding is that firing a ported gun from a "hip - retention" type position might increase a possibility of stuff getting into one's eyes. I am curious if there are any people or departments who regularly fire from that position who do use a ported gun.
  18. cubbyjg


    Feb 22, 2010
    if you are confident in your skills and can handle the extra muzzle flash, then I say go for it. carry what you are confident with. ive never shot one before so I can't comment on the muzzle flash, etc. all I say is practice, practice, practice.
  19. Bill Lumberg

    Bill Lumberg BTF Inventor

    Jun 14, 2002
    Zero issues from the hip, from CAR, or from retention in general.
  20. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday CLM

    May 13, 2007
    Arizona Oven
    Well, good for you.

    I don't even want the CHANCE of that happening, if I have to use the gun in a SD situation.

    As I said, I prefer everything go out the front, away from me and towards the bad guy.