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Glock 48 Review: Unveiling Its Niche Excellence

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What sets the Glock 48 apart? After all, isn't it just another striker-fired polymer frame pistol that, like other versions, stays true to Glock's DNA? Some might think that, but I believe it brings some highly sought-after features that people have been longing for in regards to a CCW.

Featuring a four-inch barrel and a single-stack magazine holding ten rounds, the Glock 48 strikes a balance between the compact Glock 43 and the slightly larger Glock 19. While it may be just a tad thicker than the Glock 43, it offers a notably longer grip to accommodate the increased magazine capacity.

With the Glock 48, you get the best of both worlds - a slim design and a higher round count. It's the ideal choice for those seeking a reliable and versatile firearm.





As a polymer frame, striker-fired 9mm pistol, this firearm offers several new features that set it apart from Glock. Firstly, it boasts front slide serrations that should have been included in all models, and now many Gen 5 versions have them. Additionally, it sports a durable, two-tone NVP coating that adds a touch of style. The checkering and magazine release are standard, with the latter being swappable for left-handed users. It's worth noting that this pistol lacks ambidextrous controls, which may be a factor for left-handed individuals. However, I've personally upgraded the standard sights to Glock 48-compatible Truglos and found them to be impressively superior.




For accuracy’s sake and to make sure you know all the basic hardware stats involved, here are the dimensions and specs of the Glock 48.


  • Model Name: Glock 48
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Action: Recoil-operated, striker single-action
  • Weight (uloaded): 20.74 oz
  • Capacity: 10+1
  • Overall Width: 1.10"
  • Overall Length: 7.28"
  • Overall Height: 5.04" (/w Mag)
  • Barrel Length: 4.17"
  • Slide Width: 0.83''
  • Slide Finish: Silver finished
  • Trigger Distance: 2.64''
  • Frame Material: Polymer
  • Safety: Safe Action® Trigger Safety
  • Sights: Fixed, white dot front, white square U rear
  • MSRP: $538




When it comes to reliability, the Glock 48 truly stands out. During my test of shooting a thousand rounds, I encountered only one failure, which was a light primer strike. However, I attribute this incident to the use of remanufactured ammunition at the time. It's also worth noting that I didn't clean the gun throughout the entire shooting process, and it performed flawlessly until around nine hundred rounds.

I believe the light primer strike issue was still ammunition-related. It's impressive to see Glock's well-established reputation for reliability, which is unmatched by many other gun manufacturers.




In terms of weight, the Glock 48 comes with two 10-round magazines and weighs around 20 ounces with an empty mag. This makes it slightly heavier than the Glock 43X by two ounces and around three to four ounces heavier than the Glock 34. 




The concept behind its longer barrel, as opposed to something like the 43 X, is twofold: increased velocity and a slightly extended sight radius.




Personally, I find the idea of higher velocity particularly appealing, especially when it comes to smaller barrels. They offer not only a boost in power but also consistent hollow-point expansion, which is critical for those who carry. After all, most individuals who carry a firearm opt for hollow points, right?

With a touch more velocity, you can achieve more consistent hollow-point expansion, resulting in a larger wound cavity. Given that smaller-sized pistols chambered in calibers other than 9mm lack significant hydrostatic shock, it becomes crucial to rely on the size of the wound you create.

The aim is to incapacitate the threat by delivering a sufficiently large hole to the right area. Consequently, this feature consistently ensures a slightly larger wound as the bullets expand a tad more.




In addition to the cold hammer-forged four-inch barrel, the Glock 48 offers a slightly better sight radius, which theoretically enhances accuracy. However, personally, I haven't noticed a significant difference in accuracy compared to the Glock 43X.

As someone with extensive experience and frequent handgun use, I shoot them similarly in terms of speed and precision. While the four-inch sight radius doesn't significantly benefit me, it may vary for others.

Some people on my social media have claimed that the Glock 48 is more accurate, although I can't personally attest to that. Additionally, the longer slide of the Glock 48 should slightly reduce recoil, but I haven't observed a noticeable change.

Nevertheless, it's worth noting that the half-inch increase in barrel length does improve velocity and aids in hollow-point expansion. This factor alone may be a compelling reason to consider choosing this firearm.




The accuracy of this gun is impressive. It's relatively easy to hit targets at a hundred yards and even at 50 yards, which is quite reasonable for a concealed carry gun of this size. However, the factory sights severely limit its accuracy. That's why I decided to change them.

The high-definition front sight allows for better focus and faster target acquisition. Additionally, these steel night sights are not only more durable and reliable but also functional throughout the day and night. (After all, attacks can happen at any time, not just during convenient business hours.) So, having night sights can be quite beneficial.




The main culprit responsible for accuracy issues in firearms is often the trigger. I noticed a significant difference between the triggers of the Glock 48 and the Glock 43X. The trigger on the 43X was around 8 pounds, while the trigger on the 48 weighed in at 11 pounds. Glocks, as you may know, have a reputation for trigger variances. Although they are advertised at 5.5 pounds, I have measured some that are 6 or even 7 pounds.

However, the 11-pound trigger on the Glock 48 turned out to be the heaviest and most unpleasant trigger I have ever encountered on a Glock. As a result, shooting it was quite challenging. On the other hand, I managed to address this issue with my Glock 43X by installing a Flat-face Pyramid trigger. This modification not only reduced the pull weight but also improved the reset and overall shooting experience.

Interestingly, the lower part of the trigger assembly is interchangeable between the Glock 48 and the 43X, which allowed me to test the 48 with the modified trigger.

With these adjustments, I found that I was able to shoot the Glock 48 much better. It became clear to me that many of the accuracy problems I encountered stemmed from the subpar trigger that Glock originally provided.




Accuracy is advantageous whether you modify the trigger or simply become accustomed to it. If the weapon in question is your sole choice, it becomes a negligible concern. However, my predicament arises from regularly handling various custom handguns. Transitioning from a three-pound trigger to a five-pound trigger poses little challenge.

Yet, when confronted with an eleven-pound trigger on a compact firearm, maintaining accuracy becomes precarious. The swiftness at which the trigger is manipulated may easily cause the aim to deviate.




Now, let's delve into the texture here - and I must say, this is the least appealing texture Glock has ever released. It differs from the Gen 5 texture and, despite what many reviewers have claimed, this one feels much smoother. While the overall concept and pattern remain the same, it lacks the desired aggression, in my opinion.

Take, for instance, my wife's carry gun, the Glock 34, which features some aggressive stippling. On the other hand, my current carry gun is still awaiting stippling, which is why it has rubber Talon grips.

I hope you understand what I'm trying to convey - I prefer a significant amount of texture on all my firearms. Hence, consider my perspective with a grain of salt.Undoubtedly, many of you will appreciate this smoother texture, finding it quite comfortable for everyday carry, especially if it's against your stomach or your back for an extended period. However, for me personally, I prefer a firm grip that truly meshes with my hand. In a critical situation where I have to swiftly draw and use the firearm, I may not be consciously focusing on maintaining a tight grip.

Therefore, it is crucial to have a gun that feels tailored to my needs without any unwelcome aspects. If it were me, I would add some form of rubber Glock 48 Talon grip or get it stippled.




One niche where this gun truly shines but often goes unnoticed is its suitability for individuals facing magazine restrictions.

Consider this: Rather than opting for a bulkier and more challenging-to-carry 19, why not choose this smaller and lighter Glock 43 that, regardless of its capacity, remains a practical choice? Let me tell you why the G48 might be a better option.




Let's say you reside in New York and prefer to steer clear of a magazine of 19 due to its added girth and cumbersome nature. While the shooting experience may be slightly easier with other options, it's pertinent to remember that the primary objective is carrying the handgun, not just shooting it.

So, if you desire a more convenient carry without compromising on sight radius and operate within a magazine-restricted state, this appears to be one of the finest choices available.




Of course, it may not be suitable for California residents yet, as I'm uncertain if it has made it onto their registration list. Nonetheless, for states like New York and others that impose magazine restrictions, this slimline single-stack full-size pistol seems to fit the bill very well. It bears a resemblance to a lightweight 1911 commander, albeit significantly lighter and smaller — a type of Glock that numerous enthusiasts have eagerly sought for years.




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Glock 48 FAQ


The Glock 48 comes with a slimline compact frame, making it a comfortable choice for concealed carry. It features a neat silver finished slide and a 10-round magazine capacity, combining both aesthetics and functionality. Its cold hammer-forged barrel ensures durability and long-lasting performance.

The Glock 48 boasts an impressive accuracy, thanks to its enhanced ergonomics and balanced weight distribution. Its smooth trigger pull and reset further allow for quick follow-up shots without compromising precision, making it suitable for both novice and experienced shooters.

Yes, the Glock 48 can be customized to suit your preferences. Many users choose to upgrade sights, grips, and triggers to enhance performance and comfort. Moreover, it shares compatibility with several Glock 43X parts, thereby offering an array of options for customization.

Absolutely. The Glock 48 is specifically designed with concealed carry in mind. Its slim profile, along with a compact yet balanced design, allows for easy concealment and comfortable carry throughout the day. Additionally, it maintains a substantial grip size, which helps in achieving a confident and secure hold.

The Glock 48 holds a favorable position in its class due to its reliability, durability, and ease of use. It bridges the gap between compact pistols and full-sized handguns, offering a higher capacity than many other slimline pistols, without sacrificing the ability for concealed carry. Its build quality and performance make it a strong competitor in the market, living up to Glock's renowned reputation for producing quality firearms.




At the finish line, I think the Glock 48 has carved a nice little niche in the firearms market, offering a blend of features that cater to a specific set of CCW needs that could be your ideal protection weapon.

Its slender design, coupled with a higher round count, makes it a compelling choice for those seeking reliability and versatility in a concealed carry firearm. The addition of front slide serrations and a two-tone NVP coating adds a touch of style to its functional design. While some may find the trigger pull weight and texture less than ideal, these issues can be mitigated through customization.

The longer barrel provides higher velocity and improved hollow-point expansion, enhancing its stopping power. For individuals facing magazine restrictions in certain states, the Glock 48 emerges as a practical and convenient solution, offering a fine balance of size and performance ... Especially when paired up with a Glock 48 holster optimized for concealed carry.





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