The Glock 48

The Glock 48

Until last year the gun that fit my body geometry the best was a Smith & Wesson M&P 1.0 with the Apex sear and trigger. I now seem to shoot my 19X with more accurately than both my M&P and my Glock 34. The Glock 48 may change that calculus once again, and for reasons I may have never imagined.

A comparison of the grip profiles of the Glock 48 and the Glock 19X.
The full-size magazine well of the 19X versus the “slimline” magazine well of the Glock 48.

There has been no lack of interest in having a single stack Glock 19. Little surprise then that the 48 would be a winner. The 48’s Gen5 pedigree benefits from the evolution of one of the best handgun architectures in existence, made even better by its laughable simplicity. The 48 does something else different, though — it wades into the world of “range carry” guns. Large enough to be taken to the range but compact enough for comfortable carry.

Its silver slide is questionable, but the Glock 48 does stand out in a sea of black guns.
A Glock with a silver slide and an orange magazine follower. New colors for the same great recipe.

And most importantly: the 48 is just fantastic to shoot. I haven’t done the math, but the Gen 5 trigger is delightfully crisp and has a moderately shorter stroke and reset. Takedown and reassembly are like every other Glock except for the trigger spring being slightly different on the Slimline guns. The slimline grip is what really makes this gun for me. There’s a trend in the industry to offer fatter back straps for people with larger hands. I find the Slimline incredibly comfortable and manageable in my big paws. My 19X is still a delight to shoot, but something about the 48 just feels right.

All of the bits and pieces of the Glock 48 laid out.
The guts of the Glock 48. Looks like just about every other Glock.

Curiously, rounds are a slight bit harder to insert into the 9mm slimline magazines that came with my 48, but they seem to be loosening up over time. I’ll wait to pick up a few more magazines to see if this was some sort of design feature, or just a fluke in that manufacturing run.

The biggest problem I’ve found with the 48 is the lack of holsters. My Crossbreed leather holster for the Glock 43 works fine; the bottom edge of the holster flares in a tiny bit and needs to stretch a bit for the 48’s longer slide, but it works fine and keeps the gun secure. I suspect it won’t be too long before more holster options become available.

I went into the Glock 48 expecting to be underwhelmed. Bravo, Glock, for knocking this one out of the park.