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. The Glock 48 is exactly what I asked for… a slim Glock 19. But, now that I’ve been able to compare it to the Glock 43x, I think I like the Glock 43X a little better (at least for CCW).
We’ve spent some time with the Glock 48, here’s what we think:
Glock 48 (G48)
Final Grade: A
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 Review – Our Take
We got to try out the Glock 48 at SHOT Show 2019 and we’ll admit, we were surprised – we liked it more than we thought we would.
By far, the easiest way to describe the Glock 48 is to call it a Glock 19s. Why? Because it is a slim Glock 19… it’s that simple.
Is that enough for us to recommend it?
The gun was reliable for everyone at the range (of course it was, it’s a Glock) and it was accurate enough for CCW.
This review is going to be very similar to the review for the Glock 43x because they are very similar guns. Why did my “meh” turn into a “oh, these are pretty cool!”?
One big reason and a couple smaller ones:
The Grip of the G48 is Just Right
Upon first holding and firing the Glock 48 at the range, it felt familiar but skinnier (go figure).
Being a self-proclaimed Glock-guy, I found that it was easy to shoot and operate (much more so than the smaller Glock 43). The grip of the Glock 48 seemed like the perfect blend of as small as possible for concealability while being as large as possible for grip/operation. Kudos to Glock here.
However, this means that everything I liked about the Glock 48 grip I also liked about the Glock 43x grip (because it’s the same grip!).
Front Cocking/Slide Serrations
Glock has been known, much like Apple, to come out with incremental upgrades to products.
This can be frustrating to consumers but both of these companies know way more about how to manufacture and sell products than I do. And, it must work – both produce quality products.
In fact, now that I think about it, the Glock/Apple comparison is pretty good. Other companies will come out with new features on their products faster than Glock/Apple but once Glock/Apple catch up, the features seem to be implemented smartly in a well tested and designed result.
Both companies also have intense followers who clamor over each new product iteration even though it may only offer slight improvements over prior models.
Also, both produce square-ish products with slightly rounded corners.
Back to the forward slide serrations:
Glock has finally been introducing these on their handguns and they are a nice feature on the G43X – it just wouldn’t be the same if Glock left them off this gun like they have for most prior models.
There’s something to be said for familiarity.
When you pick up the Glock 48, it feels like a…well…Glock. For some, that’s a bad thing but for others, like me, who are used to Glocks, it’s a welcome feature.
I’ve shot THOUSANDS of rounds through Glocks. All that practice/training is not lost when I pick up the G48.
The controls are where I expect them, the grip angle is familiar, and the trigger is predictable with a strong reset.
The accuracy of the Glock 48 was good enough (I didn’t shoot it as accurately as I shot the smaller G43x).
To be fair, the Glock 48 had the factory plastic sights whereas the Glock 43x had upgraded sights (both models available below).
Now, on to some of the things that we weren’t too fond about the G48:
Although the overall grip size is better than the Glock 43, and it was slimmer than a Glock 19, it was still a bit of a Glock-brick. We’ve started to get used to more ergonomically designed guns.
Strange enough, the slimline nature of the grip worked against what I’m used to. In my hands, a tight grip seemed to make the Glock 48 want to slide/twist a bit to the left. Something about the larger (more square) Glock grips of the larger models maintains alignment better in my hand.
This may seem like a small gripe about a small grip (it is), but we want to make sure that you get the full picture.
Second, this is pure personal preference, but I think that the sliver slide makes the Glock 48 look cheap. Your mileage may vary.
Third, the lack of a rail for lights/attachments. I get that it is narrower than a standard Glock and therefore standard Glock lights won’t fit. However, by not putting a rail, they don’t allow light manufacturers to develop something for this new gun.
Based on our experience, it is going to be very popular for concealed carry. This means it will be used/intended for defensive shooting which often happens in the dark… therefore, some people are going to want a light.
This is likely one of those guns that you’re going to know whether you should get it or not. The Glock 48 is either something that you’ve been waiting/looking for, or, you’re like us and can’t really find any faults with it but you can’t really see a big need for it either.
That is of course with one big exception: If you live in a state that limits your capacity to 10 rounds, then this might be a GREAT choice for you. True, it’s not much smaller than a Glock 19 for the decrease in capacity, but if you can only carry 10 rounds anyway, why carry and extra bulk? See our Glock 48 vs Glock 19 comparison below.
This Glock 48 is clearly a competent CCW option in a mid-size gun. If you’re looking for a new concealed carry gun and you’re a fan of Glock… this may be it!
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?
However, if you’re already invested in Glock 19 parts and accessories, jumping to a Glock 48 may not be the smartest move (unless you want one…then that’s surely reason enough). Instead, you might want to check out the Glock 43x – you get the same capacity and thinner profile as this Glock 48 in a lighter and smaller package.
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
Glock 48 FOR SALE
There are three versions of the Glock 48 for sale: the standard G48 for sale with factory Glock sights (please upgrade these when you’ve got a chance), an upgraded version with Glock factory night sights, and one with AmeriGlo Bold night sights.
Don’t be afraid to wait on picking your sights – buy the least expensive factory sight option now and then upgrade to one of the sights we recommend below later.
Factory Night Sights
Ameriglo Bold Sights
Glock 48 SIGHTS
In our experience, your eye really jumps straight towards the big/colorful front sights.
Of course, there are many other sight options available (many of them less expensive than our favorites) for your Glock 43x. Brownells has 173 Glock sight options available and Palmetto State Armory has 23 different sets available.
If you’re going to change the sights yourself, do yourself a favor and get yourself a Glock front sight tool. The front sight tool we recommend has a large handle to make changing the Glock’s sights easy. There are others available for $2-3 cheaper, but the small extra cost to make the tool easier to use is well worth it for us!
Tritium Night Sights
Tritium Night Sights