The reduced dimensions of the Gen 5 Glock 19 make it a preferred compact pistol for competition, self-defense, and for others, possibly even for hunting.

The lack of finger grooves improves comfort and handling. The Gen 5 features modified rifling and crowning for enhanced precision. These features make it widely attractive to shooters for competition.

So what can you do to improve your confidence and handling in a match, when timing in scoring counts?

Here are two of the best Glock upgrades we can offer on that front.

A Glock 19 Gen 5 Extended Magazine Release
The facility with which you handle your handgun and the speed with which you can drop an empty mag can vastly impact your scoring.

Knowing you can quickly and effortlessly drop a spent mag can also improve your confidence and help prevent fumbling with the gun.

Nonetheless, despite the improved features and ergonomics of the Gen 5 G19, the magazine release leaves something to be desired.

Not that it’s difficult to engage, but it could be better. An Anarchy Outdoors Glock 19 Gen 5 extended magazine release can change that.

Anarchy Outdoors’ Glock extended magazine releases exhibit high quality and are available in a range of different colors, including black, red, gold, purple, and blue.

They’re also not only compatible with Gen 5 G19 pistols. They also work with Gen 3. 4 and 5 9mm, 10mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, and .357 SIG Glock pistols (except the G43 and G48).

Most importantly, they will let you drop two things quickly: your empty mags and the times off your reloads.

A Glock Magwell
Another practical Glock upgrade is a magwell, which will not only install easily but which will also confer a substantial assortment of benefits, just like an extended magazine release.

Anarchy Outdoors’ Glock magwells, which are compatible with Gen 3 and 4 G17 and G19 pistols as well as Gen 3 and 4 G20 pistols, are easy to install via a single screw and will not damage the frame of the handgun.

Magwells funnel the magazine up and into the gun, making it easier to reload, even in the dark or in stressful situations. They can improve confidence, slash reload times, and eliminate fumbling.

They’re available in the same colors as Anarchy Outdoors’ Glock extended mag releases, and like all AO products, come with a 100% lifetime replacement guarantee.

The Importance of Training
While these Glock upgrades can slash times off your reload speeds, it’s important to note that training is the number one priority when it comes to proficiency, accuracy, and thereby scoring: training.

Training will, more than any Glock parts or upgrades, increase your confidence, help you identify (and rectify) issues with your form or habits, and assist in developing proficiency.

If you’re thinking seriously about getting into competitive shooting, while these upgrades will help, they will not do the training for you.

Make your New Year’s Resolution to spend more time at the range, especially if you’re going to put good money into upgrades like these.