Folks have been clamoring for a slim mid/full-size 9mm Glock for a while now. I’ll admit, I’m one of them.
However, now that it’s here, I’m wondering if Glock should have known better than to listen to me. Something about the Glock 48, and its cousin, the Glock 43X, just feel like a big swing and a miss.
I haven’t put my hands on one yet – this article will be updated as soon as I do.
Glock 48 (G48)
Glock 48 Background
The Glock 19 is, by far, the most popular Glock pistol. In fact, I recommend it more than any other handgun for a general purpose handgun.
It is a great balance of size and reliability. It is just big enough to serve as a duty gun and be big enough for serious range use. It is just small enough that it is reasonably concealable. If I could only have one handgun, it would probably be the Glock 19 – it’s not really the “best” in any one category but it is ubiquitous. I can find parts and accessories for it anywhere and it runs like a tank.
If there’s one complaint of the Glock 19 as a concealed carry gun (besides the plastic/junk sights it comes with), it is this: it is just barely too big to be easily concealed. Yes, it can be done, but having a single-stack/slimmer Glock 19 for concealed carry seemed desirable.
A few years ago, Glock came out with a single-stack pistol for concealed carry but they missed the boat and came out with it in 380 ACP instead of 9mm. Actually, they were probably geniuses because everyone bought the Glock 42 in 380 ACP for a year before they came our with the Glock 43 in 9mm and people had to purchase an entirely new handgun. I may have had some inside information and knew to wait to purchase my Glock 43. 🙂
The Glock 43 seemed like what we wanted – a tiny Glock in 9mm. The problem with it was: it was too small to effectively use and it only held 6 rounds in the magazine. Yikes! My Smith & Wesson J-Frame revolver (which is lighter and arguably easier to carry) started sounding like a good option again with a 5 round capacity.
Glock was doing fine…until…..Sig came along with the Sig P365. It is not an overstatement to say that the Sig P365 redefined what a concealed carry handgun should be.
The Sig P365 was TINY, it held 12 rounds in the magazine, came with a great trigger, great sights, and it felt great in the hand.
What is the Glock 48?
Simply. the Glock 48 is effectively a slimmed-down Glock 19 that holds 10 rounds in the magazine.
Glock 48 vs Glock 19
The Glock 48 adds a silver slide and forward cocking serrations but the two biggest differences between the Glock 19 and the Glock 48 are the width and the capacity.
The Gen 4 Glock 19 is 1.26 inches wide and, as you can see below, the Glock 48 is 1.11 inches wide. The standard capacity of the Glock 19 is 15 rounds of 9mm and the Glock 48 holds only 10.
So, let’s do some comparative math…
You give up 1/3rd of your magazine capacity to save 0.16 inches of width. Yes, that’s it in a nutshell. Is decreasing from 15 rounds down to 10 rounds (having only 66% of the capacity) worth saving 12% of the width? Glock sure hopes that you think so.
Unfortunately, giving up a giant chunk of your ammo isn’t the only compromise…
As we mentioned above, the Glock 19 is BY FAR the most popular Glock pistol. I doubt that there is another handgun, by any manufacturer, for which you can find more holsters, magazines, parts, and accessories for.
So, in addition to giving up 33% of your capacity to save 0.16 inches, you also have to invest in (and wait for them to become available) new holsters, mags, etc.
If you’re just starting out, and don’t own a G19 yet, maybe this is a good place for you to start?
Glock 48 Pros and Cons
Common parts (sights, mag release, etc.)
Front cocking serations
Significant reduction in capacity for slightly smaller size
Larger than competition
Glock 48 Dimensions
- Overall length: 7.28 inches
- Slide length 6.85 inches
- Overall Width 1.11 inches
- Slide Width 0.87 inches
- Height (with mag): 5.04 inches
- Line of Sight: 5.04 inches
- Trigger reach: 2.64 inches
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