The Glock 48
Are you currently looking for a Glock 9mm pistol that is big enough to fight with but also slim enough to easily conceal? One of your top options should be the Glock 48.
The Glock 48 in its short life so far has already proven to be a successful pistol for Glock, competing directly with the SIG Sauer P365.
There are already several outside the waistband holsters and inside the waistband holsters for the Glock 48, in addition to new sights, upgraded triggers, aftermarket magazines, and so on.
In this review, we’ll cover the evolution and history of the Glock 48, and then we will dive into the features and specs of this pistol.
Evolution and History of the Glock 48
There’s simply no question that the Glock 19 is Glock’s most successful pistol, as well as one of the most successful pistols worldwide. The Glock 19 has been so popular for a variety of reasons: it’s compact enough to conceal, large enough to fight is, is incredibly reliable, has a wide variety of aftermarket parts and accessories, and is also very simple.
However, despite its compact size the Glock 19 is also too big as a CCW piece for some people’s liking. To answer this, Glock released the Glock 43, a scaled-down single stack 9mm designed to compete with the Walther PPS and the Smith & Wesson Shield.
But when the SIG Sauer P365 was released, a similarly sized pistol with a capacity of 10 rounds, Glock responded with the Glock 43X and the 48. The 43X is simply a normal 43 only with a grip length equal to the Glock 19 while keeping the single stack design so it’s slimmer.
In other words, the Glock 48 is essentially a Glock 43X with a longer barrel and side to give it the same height and length as a Glock 19, though again while keeping the single stack design. The magazines between the 43X and the 48 are therefore interchangeable. A good way to think about the Glock 48 is as a single stack version of the Glock 19.
Features and Specs of the Glock 48
The Glock 48 is built to the same level of quality that we have come to expect from other Glock handguns. It’s built with the same synthetic polymer frame and nitrocarburized metal parts that make all of the Glock pistols so durable.
However, there are some features of the Glock that are specific to it. Most notably is the built-in beavertail, which allows the shooter to get a higher grip over the weapon and reduce muzzle flip. This also permits faster follow up shots.
Each Glock 48 also comes installed with a GMB or Glock Marksmans Barrel with improved rifling for superior accuracy. Finally, the front slide serrations on the Glock 48 are good for conducting a press check to confirm the pistol is loaded.
Glock 48 Technical Specs:
- Country of Origin: Austria
- Caliber: 9mm Luger
- Capacity: 10-+1 rounds (standard factory magazine, extended magazines also available)
- Overall Length: 7.28 inches
- Barrel Length: 4.17 inches
- Weight (loaded): 25.12 ounces
- Weight (empty): 18.48 ounces
- Width: 1.1 inches
- Height: 5.04 inches
In conclusion, the Glock 48 is the gun for you if you want a single stack version of the Glock 19. The 10+1 round capacity should be more than sufficient for most self-defense needs, and its slim design makes it easy to conceal. If you want the same gun only with a shorter slide and barrel, you can take a look at the Glock 43X as an alternative.