Gun Review: GLOCK G48 Single-Stack 9mm

John Boch for TTAG

GLOCK introduced the new Slimline model G48 earlier this year and showed it off at the SHOT Show. It’s actually a longer-slide version of their new G43X pistol. Since it’s the same size, some describe the G48 as a hybrid between the GLOCK G43X and the GLOCK 19. I would describe it as a two-tone, single-stack G19 pistol.

The good people at C.I. Shooting Sports in Normal, Illinois provided the new GLOCK for me for testing and evaluation. Like many good retail outlets featuring nice indoor ranges, C.I. Shooting Sports has quite a fleet of rental guns you can shoot on their indoor range, including hot-selling, brand new guns like this one. And, like any good instructor, I encourage people to “try before you buy.” What looks or even feels good over a display case doesn’t always translate to good end-user performance.

As I held the new GLOCK G48 for the first time, I couldn’t help but think, “skinny GLOCK 19.”  The company’s latest features a factory silver-finished slide. It also sports shallow front slide serrations. But most significantly, The compact G48 also has a single-stack magazine.  All that said, the new single-stack 9×19 GLOCK looks and feels like a skinny GLOCK 19.

I have carried the G19 for the better part of 20 years, starting with a Gen2 model. I love its balance of size, capacity and weight. It gives great performance and near-perfect reliability. The finish offers corrosion resistance and you can drop it from an airplane and it will function just fine afterwards. With aftermarket tritium night sights, it will protect your family and mine from bad people with evil in their hearts.

For me, worn in a comfortable inside-the-waistband holster, the G19 rides discretely and comfortably over the course of the day and night, whether or not it’s counter-balanced with two extra magazines on the support side of the belt. Your mileage may vary, of course.

A whole lot of law enforcement agencies like the GLOCK G19 just as much as American gun owners. It seems like the overwhelming majority of law enforcement agencies from local PDs to federal alphabet soup agencies use the GLOCK 19 because of its price, durability and reputation for solid service.

So while this new two-tone G48 has almost all of the size and heft of the G19, as part of GLOCK’s Slimline series, it ships with single-stack 10-round magazines. The most noticeable difference is in the pistols’ width. A G19 Gen5’s overall width is 1.34″ (the Gen4 is 1.24″) while the G48’s overall width is 1.1″. The two guns have exactly the same overall height (5.04″) and length (7.28″).

Frankly, it seems almost as if GLOCK’s R&D department runs about five years behind their competition. Yes, they can generate hype with the best of them; Gen5, GLOCK 43x, nVPD and GLOCK Perfection and all that. And GLOCK pistols are unquestionably dependable and popular. In the end, though, it’s about what works best for the end user.

Gun Review: GLOCK 48 Single-Stack 9mm

John Boch for TTAG

The new GLOCK G48 mags remind me of the neutered 10-rounders from the ugly years of the 1994 Black Gun Ban.

Some folks have raved that saving those 24/100ths of an inch makes (less compared to the Gen4) the G48 significantly easier to conceal on one’s person that the ubiquitous G19. Frankly, that sounds like a promotional contract talking. Or “they sent me a free sample, so I better say nice things about it.” Where have we heard that before?

The weight savings in the thinner G48’s frame and slide comes in at three ounces unloaded, or not quite five ounces loaded, with five fewer rounds in a standard magazine.

Personally, I subscribe to the bubblegum theory when it comes to ammo. If you don’t have enough for everyone in a shootout, you may be in trouble die. Good old Clint Smith, that charming master of subtlety, summed it up nicely:  “The fight will last as long as your ammo.”

I certainly understand that smaller guns with reduced capacity definitely have their role in personal defense. People – myself included – sometimes practice deep concealment and tiny, lightweight guns — some with only 5, 6, or 7 rounds of capacity — beat a stern word and a sharp stick. To the extent that you’ll carry a G48 when you’d otherwise carry something smaller or not at all, I’m all for it.

However, why carry what amounts to a full-sized gun with a more limited capacity? After all, this gun doesn’t fire the .45 ACP cartridge.

Gun Review: GLOCK 48 Single-Stack 9mm

John Boch for TTAG

With a few hundredths of an inch of a G19’s chubbiness, you can have 15+1 round of ballistic persuasion in your hand. Or, if you like, you can use the GLOCK 17 mags and have 17+1.

For those days when you find yourself in the rougher parts of Chicago (which is most of the city these days), you can even carry a happy stick with 33+1 units of behavioral modification therapy. That, folks, is a lot of bubble gum.

Aside from its reduced capacity, though, the GLOCK G48 looks, feels and handles exactly as one would expect. The trigger feels like classic GLOCK – decent, but certainly not wonderful. Ditto for the factory sights (night sights are available), controls and the take-down procedure. They all scream GLOCK!

The grip and grip angle all feel familiar, although the thinner handle feels odd to hands used to the 19/17/26 (noticeably better to those with small hands).

Reliability was GLOCK-standard, too. Zero problems throughout the testing process. Nothing even close to a hiccup.

Gun Review: GLOCK 48 Single-Stack 9mm

John Boch for TTAG

One does not need to press-check this GLOCK to ensure a loaded condition. Users can easily see brass in the ejection port when loaded, much more so than in other GLOCK models I’ve handled.

I shot the Dot Torture Drill right out of the gate. I do this as a sort of a standard exercise to compare and contrast how various guns shoots for me. The drill does a nice job assessing how a gun presents, ease of getting the sight picture and ability to put rounds on target, with a dash of one-handed shooting (both strong and support) as well.

Gun Review: GLOCK 48 Single-Stack 9mm

John Boch for TTAG

Changes in my personal life of late have kept me from the usual amount of trigger time for better than six months. At the same time, those first five rounds at five yards with the GLOCK 48 – fired cold – showed it more than does its part in less-than-skilled hands.

In the end, I dropped nine of fifty rounds from perfect at five yards. Not at all inspiring, but none of the rounds left the paper. After those fifty rounds, I felt as though the gun’s thinner grip and ergonomics (standard 5-ish-pound trigger) contributed only slightly to my poor performance.

To put the G48’s performance in perspective, before my hiatus, I typically only dropped three rounds at that distance on the Dot Torture with my standard carry GLOCK 19 and its 3.5-pound trigger.

I expect some folks to understandably be excited by this new single-stack GLOCK. It has the new silver slide and a slimmer grip. It performs up to the standards that GLOCK has established for near-perfect reliability and consistency.

Ten years ago, this Slimline pistol might have shaken up the concealed carry marketplace. Today, in a world where everyone offers a single-stack 9mm CCW gun (or three), the G48 is playing catch-up. And some of those competitor guns – on the market for the past few years now – handle and shoot every bit as well.

For GLOCK, in a world where the SIG P365 has taken the market by storm, (and for good reason), the G48 may have a tougher row to hoe in grabbing market share. Then again, it has something those other pistols lack…the GLOCK roll mark.

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Specifications: GLOCK 48 9mm Slimline Pistol

Action: GLOCK Safe-Action semi-auto
Cartridge: 9mm
Capacity: 10+1
Overall length: 7.3 inches
Slide length: 6.9 inches
Overall Width: 1.1 inches
Slide Width: 0.9 inches
Height (with mag): 5.0 inches
Line of Sight: 5.0 inches
Trigger reach: 2.6 inches
Trigger: 5.4 pounds
Price: $580 MSRP (street price around $500)

Ratings (out of five stars):

Reliability: * * * * *
Flawless (even when dirty), as I expect from a GLOCK product.

Accuracy: * * * *
When I did my part, this gun certainly reciprocated. With the factory trigger, it will never shoot a one-hole group at 10 yards unless you shoot like a freak of nature. However, it only needs to shoot minute-of-bad-guy (or bad Minion, 10 rounds from five yards, below). Indeed, it does this exceedingly well.

Gun Review: GLOCK 48 Single-Stack 9mm

Ease of Use: * * * * 1/2
If you’re familiar with GLOCK products, you will intuitively take to the new G48. If not, it will not take you long to learn. Just remember to double-check for unloaded before you pull the trigger to field strip it.

Trigger: * * *
It’s a GLOCK factory trigger. You know what you’re getting. If you don’t already know, it slips, slides, and gets a little spongy as it stacks before it breaks, like pretty much all GLOCK factory triggers.  But it works decently right out of the box and will serve most folks well enough. Trigger reset is classic GLOCK as well.

Value: * * *
The gun lists for $580. Initial street prices are coming in right about $500 depending on where you buy. An average value, I would say. I would happily award it one more star if tritium night sights came standard as they do on the SIG P365.

Overall: * * * *
The GLOCK 48 will perform very satisfactorily for you should you decide this is the gun for you. Given its relative size compared to a GLOCK G19, the end consumer has to decide if the slight reductions in weight and overall width justify the reduced capacity.

comments

  1. avatar Neil says:

    These guns have a market for smaller handed shooters. But at this price, why not buy a VP9SK?

    1. avatar Specialist38 says:

      Ha…..trick question.

      Why would you ever choose and HK?

      1. avatar PistoleroJesse says:

        Because you suck and they hate you.

        1. avatar Specialist38 says:

          Ha

      2. avatar Calvin Banks says:

        Because the VP9 SK is a better, more accurate, easier pistol to shoot and built to a higher standard. Additionally, the VP9SK has a better exterior finish and more robust internal parts. H&K is the next step up in accuracy and quality! I have a HK VP9 SK and a HK P30SK. I have 5 GLOCK’s including a G19, G22, G30S, G32, G42.

  2. avatar Hoyden says:

    If your fighting zombies or 15+1 gang members, G19. Otherwise, G48.

    The new F150 of the polymer pistol market.

    I’d trade my loaded and upgraded G19Gen4 straight up for a 2nd G48 with Tritiums.

    2,200 rounds, not a hiccup.

    Glocks are boring AND brilliant.

  3. avatar Justin Case says:

    … but in the end, it’s still a Glock and while I don’t hate Glocks, I don’t love them either.

    It’s like liver; either you love it or you don’t & no amount of pointing out how it’s good for me or “I can make liver & it even doesn’t taste like liver”… um, no you can’t. Liver is liver & a Glock is a Glock. I’ve shot them many times and while I’d rather have a Glock than a baseball bat when things go bump in the night, I’d still rather have a 1911 or a CZ anything. Sorry, just the way I’m wired.

    As you were…

  4. avatar daveinwyo says:

    Oh, great. Another Fing Glock. This proves Gaston is a great salesman. When will the “perfect” gun be “perfect”? To the glock fans, what fools you are. Proves you have more money than brains. Or no brains. How many can you carry at one time? Sick of glocks. I have reached the point that I would rather have a rock. F glocks.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      daveinwyo,

      Don’t hold back — tell us how you really feel.

    2. avatar daveinwyo says:

      And you fools at TTAG, how many of you get paid or paid in kind (another free glock.) Way more firearms out there then glocks. And the little box to check to remember info is crap.

      1. GLOCK has never given us a single free gun. And we’ve never been paid by anyone to review any gun. Ever.

        If you don’t like reviews of a particular brand of gun we publish, there’s an easy fix…don’t read it.

        1. avatar A O says:

          How about a better review of this gun?

        2. avatar John in AK says:

          Why? What’s left to review? After all, it is a Glock. There are many Glocks like it, and, in fact, THIS one is also just like every other Glock, except that it comes with a slide color-mismatched and taken from another Glock, and is an irrelevantly-smaller width in comparison to the Glock that holds many more rounds in a slightly-thicker frame taking a double-stack magazine.

          Now, I like Glocks. I do not LOVE Glocks; There is little to ‘love’ about them, just as one does not love a shovel or a good hammer. Even as a Liker of Glocks, though, I do not see the point in this model at ALL excepting the fact that there are Glockophiles out there who simply MUST have an infinitesimally-thinner Model 19 with less magazine capacity, a goofy out-of-place-appearing Millenial-Grey slide and added ribs on the wrong end of the slide to provide extra pleasure for both them and their shooting partners.

        3. avatar A O says:

          It is only a Glock. I have a few, carry them regularly, but also not my favorite.
          More info could have been brought to the review. How about the exact weight of the trigger pull? Measured before you started firing and again after you’ve fired it a bunch to see the change.
          Did it feed well with different manufactures ammo? Ball or HP?
          All we get in this review is the basic fact sheet from the Glock webpage and an excuse why he thinks he dropped a few rounds when shooting a torture target.

        4. avatar daveinwyo says:

          DZ. I have read every review (almost) that you have written and I have learned much and I thank you for that. I also will apologize for my payback comment. However the number of glock reviews is as much as free advertising for glock. And quite frankly I feel that glock is nothing more than a ripoff of other guns. Someone comes out with something new or better glock comes out with a “new” gun Ruger makes better guns as does S&W at less cost. I have shot several glocks and my opinion is that glock is a an OK gun. Reliable? Yes but so are many guns. Accurate? so what so are Sigs. I do not like the grip angle and the full size glocks feel like a potato in my hands. Again sorry for the rude statement to you. PS the stupid check box does NOT work!

      2. avatar John Boch says:

        Daveinwho:

        I always try to let people know where the guns I review come from. Either they are my purchases, won in drawings, or range rental guns.

        I have never to this day had a any gun given to me for a review. Honestly, I don’t even know if I want that. Because in my mind, that influences/biases the review.

        Above all, I never want to be like the dead tree magazines that write glowing reviews of crap guns because they got a big ad contract.

        Like this:

        CQB MK-V Tactical Destroyer review

        Instruction From The Editor To The Journalist
        Frangible Arms just bought a four page color ad in our next issue. They sent us their latest offering, the CQB MK-V Tactical Destroyer. I told Fred to take it out to the range to test. He’ll have the data for you tomorrow.

        Feedback From Technician Fred
        The pistol is a crude copy of the World War II Japanese Nambu type 14 pistol, except it’s made from unfinished zinc castings. The grips are pressed cardboard. The barrel is unrifled pipe. There are file marks all over the gun, inside and out.

        Only 10 rounds of 8mm ammunition were supplied. Based on previous experience with a genuine Nambu, I set up a target two feet down range. I managed to cram four rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber. I taped the magazine in place, bolted the pistol into a machine rest, got behind a barricade, and pulled the trigger with 20 feet of 550 cord. I was unable to measure the trigger pull because my fish scale tops out at 32 pounds. On the third try, the pistol fired. From outline of the holes, I think the barrel, frame, magazine, trigger and recoil spring blew through the target. The remaining parts scattered over the landscape.

        I sent the machine rest back to the factory to see if they can fix it, and we need to replace the shooting bench for the nice people who own the range. I’ll be off for the rest of the day. My ears are still ringing. I need a drink.

        Article Produced By The Journalist

        The CQB MK-V Tactical Destroyer is arguably the deadliest pistol in the world. Based on a combat proven military design, but constructed almost entirely of space age alloy, it features a remarkable barrel design engineered to produce a cone of fire, a feature much valued by Special Forces world wide. The Destroyer shows clear evidence of extensive hand fitting. The weapon disassembles rapidly without tools. At a reasonable combat distance, I put five holes in the target faster than I would have thought possible. This is the pistol to have if you want to end a gunfight at all costs. The gun is a keeper, and I find myself unable to send it back.

        1. avatar Kat Ainsworth says:

          As someone who writes for the major dead tree mags I can say I have never been told, asked, or encouraged to write a “glowing review” for an advertiser (or a non-advertiser, for that matter). There are a lot of misconceptions out there about print pubs.

          I’ve also never been given a gun as a gift to review/in exchange for a review. Not once. Sadly, I cannot afford to buy all the guns I have liked enough to wish to own.

    3. avatar Kevin says:

      OK, then don’t buy one. I’m glad we have all the size/capacity options, and I’m glad the other manufacturers have the competition.

    4. avatar DamnYankee says:

      Wow, you really are mature. I mean, Im not much of a Glock fan either, but jesus grow up! So you hate Glocks, thats fine. No need to be a child about it, no one is forcing you to own one or even read a review on one. “An armed society is a polite society.” Remember that, next time you go around bragging about whatever it is you own. Atitudes like yours make us all look bad.

    5. avatar Sgt Hulka says:

      Lighten up Francis

    6. avatar Cloud says:

      LOL cry some more betch.

    7. avatar raptor jesus says:

      I guess people who buy Toyota Camrys are idiots too.

      Who on earth wants a reasonably priced, reliable product? IDIOTS!

  5. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

    I don’t understand. Either a 43, or a 19. As for Glock Perfection? If they are so perfect; why do they changing them? Just wondering. Don’t get me wrong. I like Glocks. One on my night stand. Been through their armor school a few times. But, it’s still just a Glock.

    1. avatar SAFEupstateFML says:

      States with stupid laws (ask me how I know), women/smaller handed shooters, maybe more comfortable inside waistband. But yeah boring like a honda civic and about as reliable and available.

      1. avatar John in AK says:

        YOU understand!

        Heavy-duty stapler? Bostitch.
        Hammer? Craftsman.
        Skilsaw? Skil.
        Chainsaw? Stihl.
        Underwear? Duluth.
        Pistol? Glock.

        1. avatar mike hill says:

          Don’t agree with your list in totality….but that was damn clever.

    2. avatar RandallofLegend says:

      I can only have 10 round magazines. So This might actually be my first Glock purchase. No sense on carrying a wider gun with a reduced capacity magazine. Also, I like two tone guns. This hits exactly what I was looking for. Previously I just carried a Kahr.

  6. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

    oh look.

  7. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    That single-stack magazine looks plenty wide enough to be a hybrid and fall somewhere between single-stack and double-stack — capable of holding something like 12 or 13 rounds in a staggered column that we could describe as a loosely packed double-stack (versus traditional double-stack magazines that have all the cartridges jammed together pretty tight).

    I have no idea if loosely packed cartridges in a magazine would cause feeding problems. I don’t see why it would, though, if tightly packed double-stack magazines feed without problems.

  8. avatar jwm says:

    You dropped 9 rounds out of 50. So instead of hitting the bad guy in the first shirt button you hit him in the pocket. It still works.

  9. avatar MouseGun says:

    Held one at my LGS. Still has the issues with the angle and uncomfortable corners on the grip. If a want a single stack full sized nine, I’ll buy a Kahr

    1. avatar Hoyden says:

      It does feel (and look) like the CT9, but without the projectile vomiting of rounds from the mag, and issues with getting the recoil spring in “just right”.

      And I like Kahrs.

  10. avatar UncleK says:

    A single stack 10 round G19?
    Why you may ask?
    Because it can’t take a magazine larger than 10.
    The manufacturers are gearing up for future laws.
    They know what’s coming.
    Thus, all these other new sub-compacts that only take 10 rnd mags.

    1. avatar SAFEupstateFML says:

      Absolutely nailed it. While even in NY we don’t have it that bad (yet and damn they are sure to have the idea now) a lotof the newer bans are going for the capable of accepting mags with more than 10 capacity. Not sure if the bulk will make the older guns a registered but grandfathered or a turn them all in but here is to hoping for a court challenge.

      1. avatar UncleK says:

        Yep, you have to keep your eyes and ears open to catch the shenanigans.

        I live in MD, “assault rifle” and mag ban central.
        Although its not entirely true…
        I can drive 5 miles and bring back all the 100 round drums I want from Delaware, np.
        My LE6920 is 100% legal because I was a resident and had the thing before a certain date.
        We can also buy ARs any day of the week as long as they are compliant. Mostly HBARs.

        But yes, we must remain vigilent as to what the left dreams up.
        This 10 rnd shit…
        Many of the new 9mm carbines and etc that can take an otherwise glock mag, those will be out of manufacture in short order.
        Get em while you can!

        1. avatar UncleK says:

          … In addition about stupid laws, I can and did buy a pistol here in “10 round magland” that came with 2, 15rnd mags, NP. The LGS just had to send the mags to my buddy in PA. I picked them up from him in PA a week later. All legal. All stupid.
          I’m holding on to my brother’s “high capacity” Sig mags because he lives in NJ, soon to be NC.
          Then there is the whole registration thing here.
          I had to confess to owning a pistol (w/serial #) to get my handgun purchase lic to avoid taking a $400 class.
          So THAT got registered in addition to the one I was buying.
          I sold that one via FFL in TX shortly after but apparently, now even if I OWN ZERO handguns, everytime a cop runs my veh lic plate, I show up as a firearm owner and extra caution should be applied when approaching my truck.
          Hey, all I wanna do is enjoy a lifelong sport and protect myself, home and family.
          I don’t even hunt anymore,,, lucky pheasants.

          The left wants to make us criminals and I DO feel that way sometimes. Gratz.
          I don’t have stickers on my truck, don’t wear gun stuff, don’t tell non-gun ppl anything.
          For me, up until 1970 and before we moved from the midwest to the east, it was still common to have unlocked firearms hanging on a wall. Nobody bothered them.

          Sorry for the of topic rant, just really wanting to move to AZ soon.
          But the fight goes on no matter where you are.

  11. avatar Hannibal says:

    Remember, there are plenty of states with lots of people in them where anything over a 10 round mag is illegal…

    1. avatar enuf says:

      Ruger SR9C. Problem solved and no need to ship American jobs and dollars to Austria.

      1. avatar Specialist38 says:

        Great gun….no longer in the catalog.

        Get another while you can.

      2. avatar RandallofLegend says:

        I love my SR40C. It’s basically a Glock 23/19. I wouldn’t mind a bit slimmer. The author of this article tried to frame the width stupidly, 24/100 is a damn quarter inch. That absolutely changes how well it can be carried.

      3. avatar raptor jesus says:

        Austria gave us their greatest gift to the world (Arnold) so I don’t feel bad giving them a few hundred dollars now and then.

  12. avatar Troy G says:

    If you are a Glock fan, and I am, it’s a cool change. I like how it feels in my hand, and it should be reliable, it IS a Glock! Maybe the reviewer is having a bad day. Not everyone wants a 1911. Personally I carry a Sig 365, but sometimes I like to change it up. This looks like a cool gun, and the Glock 43 will be interchangeable with both the slide and frame. I get 3 iterations with this gun.

  13. avatar enuf says:

    Yet another opportunity for Gaston’s fan boys to become, shall we say, “emotionally erect”?

    1. avatar Sean says:

      Yup, and looking through these comments, they’re in rare form with this article.

  14. avatar TommyJay says:

    I would never consider Glock for primary home defense or target shooting, but I would for conceal carry. Very light, reliable, and who cares if the trigger is sub par. (A hundred bucks off the price would make it a good value.) But then I’d want the G43X.

  15. avatar SoBe says:

    A waste of a lot of words in an article…regret having read all of it. Of course Eve was expelled with Adam from Eden because the Serpent gave her a Glock. We all know that God handed Moses a Glock along with some stones. In fact going back further, Prometheus was responsible for stealing a Glock from Zeus, along with a book of matches and some hottie’s number.

    1. avatar raptor jesus says:

      Moses got a 1911. Do you even scripture bro?

  16. avatar Specialist38 says:

    For me the G48 is what I wanted from Glock .

    I don’t like the G19 in any iteration because it doesn’t feel good in my hand. I have to work too hard to feel in control.

    The 48 cures that problem by letting me wrap my hand around it while them slim slide is much quicker on target for me. The trigger still sucks but so do most striker guns ( please save comments about the spongy POS trigger on an M&P).

    The 48 also gives me a full grip as compared to my 43 (only other Glock I own). While the P365 has 10 rounds it also binds as I release the mag.

    I have large hands and shoot a Beretta 92 pretty damned well. My double stack 9s are Rugers – because they are slimmer (SR series) and easier to hit with.

    So comparing to Glock 19 is a moot point for me. I like the 48 for what it is, a nice shooting pistol with a slim profile, full grip, and 10 rounds.

    Since I regularly carry an LCP or LCR, the round count is fine.

    As Clint would also say “I know how to load the gun”.

    They are gonna sell a bunch of em to people looking for a slim profile pistol.

    1. avatar Specialist38 says:

      Maybe Jeremy can do a review.

      He usually focuses on what the test gun does instead of questioning its existence.

  17. avatar TheSophist says:

    I think this could be a great choice once Magpul or somebody else figures out how Sig did it’s alchemy with the P365 magazine and come out with 15 round magazines for the 48. 😊 A slimmer G19 with same capacity could be very nice indeed.

  18. avatar AZgunner says:

    In my opinion, the 43X makes more sense than the 48, but to each their own. Obviously, as a few of the comments show, there are some people who will find it a perfect fit. I’ll never understand the “I don’t like it, so it must be stupid and so are you” attitude so many people here have anytime they don’t like a gun.

  19. avatar Bigus Dickus says:

    Headline.

    Glock releases a new Glock that’s just like all of the other new Glocks.

  20. avatar Anner says:

    Has Sig fixed the P365? Articles like this keep mentioning it in a good light and forums seem to conclude that post-summer 2018 models are solid. Trigger reset spring and striker issues are way too serious to just assume they won’t happen.

    Mine is a spring 2018 model and runs well…but I’m not carrying it until Sig CS works it over with all the mods they’ve done along the way.

  21. avatar Eng says:

    I got the 48 immediately when it came out. I always wanted a single stack G19 because the 19 grip is almost at the limit of grip thickness I can shoot comfortably. For some reason I find the G17 length makes it easier for me to deal with the width. I’ve been having a lot of fun shooting the 48 and anyone I’ve given it to to try enjoyed it immensely and a few went out and bought them already. I’m going to shoot a few idpa local matches with it. The 48 is a nice option.

    1. avatar Eng says:

      Also the slides absolutely function between the 48 and the 43. I have tried the 43 slide on the 48 and the 48 slide on the 43 at the range, live fire, and they run flawlessly.

  22. avatar Sean says:

    Finally, an honest review of this uninspired, low-effort, classic Glock product. Just like many other Glocks, far behind the competition timing-wise and unable to make a strong affirmative case for itself against the competition (even the in-house competition, in this case).

  23. avatar Wally1 says:

    So I have 2 Glocks because I want a gun that works. Just like an old truck. I just need it to work. Older Glocks work just as good as a new one. Boring? Yes. but it works every time.

  24. avatar Karl Rehn says:

    The g19 grip is too fat for more shooters than you might think. The actual size savings of the g48 is more than Boch’s numbers would lead you to believe.

    There are no other compact striker fired models on the market that offer a frame you can get all your fingers on *and* have a 4” barrel. Those that want or need a single stack striker gun are forced to accept 3” barreled guns with chopped frames. While the chopped frames are the same length with the magazine with pinky ledge added, when you try to reload the gun having the pinky sticking out is an impediment.

    And if Boch has bothered to do more than the most cursory research to bash out his quicky review he would know that there is factory option to get a G48 with Amerigko tritium sights. I prefer glock’s approach of putting cheap sights on the pistol and giving users the option to replace with whatever they prefer, vs the factory choosing one sight and forcing the customer to pay for the more expensive sight they may end up replacing anyway.

    1. avatar raptor jesus says:

      I like the stock sights . . . .

  25. avatar raptor jesus says:

    This article completely ignores the fact that many of us live in anti-freedom states, where 10-rounds is the limit – so this pistol makes perfect sense in those backwaters where we can’t take advantage of double stack capacity.

  26. avatar P. Miller says:

    I been a previous critic of Glock for not making more single stack pistols with G19 dimensions for height and length. Since the introduction of the G48 I put my money where my mouth is and ordered one.

    I also wanted a G19 size single stack in .45 ACP. But Glock has put their eggs in a G19 size basket proprietary caliber .45 GAP called the G 38. So I don’t expect them to produce a G19 size single stack .45 ACP.

  27. avatar Northern Cowboy says:

    The comments section gives better reviews than the actual review. I especially like reading the reviews of the “complainers”, they just seem so honest in a weird way.

    I never had a Colt or Springfield that didn’t cause me trouble (save for the old revolvers), not one, and I sold them all. America has forgotten how to make great firearms and that is why Colt and Winchester are out of business.

    I don’t expect Glock to change their business plan to the American vision of “Expensive and Shitty” to accomodate the whiners who don’t like the grip angle.

    Get ahold of yourselves. Glock makes a supremely reliable piece. And durable. And affordable too.

  28. avatar C Cochran says:

    Buy a Glock or don’t buy a Glock. I like them and carry them. I also like and enjoy SIG s, S&Ws, H&Ks, Berettas, Rugers, Kimbers, Colts,
    Steyrs and Walthers. I like them all but for different reasons. Point is this; your personal likes or dislikes have no place in an objective review of a product. Grow up stupid.

  29. avatar Pistol Packin' Pastor says:

    We live in a GREAT country, where we all have choices. What I like, you may hate, no problem with that here. But no need for the name calling. I went in to my LGS today to purchase a full sized 1911 to add to my collection, but instead came home with the G48. Wasn’t even on my radar. My usual EDC is a Glock 19, although I am not ‘enamored’ with it, in fact I don’t particularly care for it, but can’t bring myself to trade it in. I also have several 1911’s, a G17, a Bond Arms .45/410, a Pietta .45 Colt (my favorite) a few Blackhawks, also in .45 Colt, various Vaqueros and I have been known to carry the .45 Colt single actions on occasion. I have .380’s, .22’s of all sorts, including a few NAA mini revolvers, several AR-15’s, a few AK47’s and more than a few .357’s. (And this list doesn’t even touch on the guns my wife and daughters have) In other words, I ( and my family) enjoy our firearms, period. I just found that the G48 was a good feeling, good shooting addition to my collection and will get carried once I run it through its paces. Will I eventually get the fully loaded 1911 I originally went in to purchase? Of course I will. But that’s what is great about America…I can buy what I want and enjoy them all. Guns are not ‘either/or’, my way or no way, mine’s better than yours, etc… Buy what you like, and leave what you don’t. I for one am pleased with the G48, and did not expect to buy one today, but hey, again, we’re a free people…for now. Stop arguing about another person’s choice and enjoy them all.

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