A Beginner’s Guide to Using a Glock 19 Compensator

The Glock 19 offers arguably the ultimate combination with regard to concealability and firepower. In fact, that’s why it’s the FBI’s weapon of choice for their field agents. As of now, many other agencies and police departments all over the world are using it as their primary sidearm. Glock handguns have a legendary reputation for reliability, durability, and ease of operation, effectively making them the most popular handguns in existence. 

The Glock 19 features the tilt barrel locked breech mechanism that’s used by almost all big-bore pistol manufacturers today. While the mechanism is robust enough for even very powerful pistol calibers, it does have a disadvantage. The muzzle flips upward every time you fire the weapon.

The Glock’s low bore axis compensates for it, but the 19’s short barrel and light weight increase felt recoil. When you operate your Glock 19, the escaping gasses push the weapon upward. This makes it difficult to take rapid and accurate follow-up shots. 

A full-power 9x19 round generates pretty stiff recoil, and a medium-frame polymer pistol invariably transfers that recoil impulse to the shooter. The greater the muzzle flip, the more time is required to re-align the sights on the target. 

How Compensators Help Reduce Muzzle Flip

A compensator is a device that is attached to the muzzle of a weapon. Its strategically placed vents help channel the expanding gasses in a particular direction. These gasses are released every time you squeeze off a shot, and they are directly responsible for muzzle flip. 

The compensator can help control the course the gasses take so you won’t feel the weapon jerking in your hand every time you take a shot. The compensator’s vents release the gas upward, thereby pushing the weapon downward every time it’s fired. This means the forces flipping the barrel upward are nullified since the compensator helps push the gun down. This effectively gives you a rock-steady sight picture for faster follow-up shots. 

The HC9C 3.0 Glock Micro Compensator by Herrington Arms is small enough to fit most EDC rigs, yet works every bit as well as much bigger compensators. It can be used on all Glock 17, 19, and 26 pistols and their variants, as long as they are from generations two to five. 

It has been constructed with light and durable 6061 Aluminum, and it comes in FDE and Anodized Black finishes to complement your Glock’s rugged looks. The Glock 19 Compensator is the ideal accessory for your Glock, especially if you use +P rounds in your carry weapon.