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Glock 45 Review: Comprehensive Look at Features & Performance

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The Glock 45, a pistol that has gained immense popularity within the firearms community, since its introduction in 2018 and especially within the community of Glock enthusiasts. In today's blog, we will look at different aspects of the Glock 45, including its history, technical specifications, upgrade options, shooting characteristics, suitability for concealed carry and self-defense and potential problems of this Austrian legend.


A Short History of the G45


The Glock 45 is manufactured by Glock Ges.m.b.H., a very well known and beloved Austrian company, renowned for their production of durable and reliable pistols. Introduced in 2018, the Glock 45 quickly rose to prominence, becoming a top choice for gun enthusiasts and professionals worldwide as their self-defense and duty pistol. And it is very easy to understand why. Glocks' excellent reliability, versatile shooting characteristics, and remarkable value for the price make it very rough to beat.


Quick Overview


Operating on a short recoil, striker-fired, locked-breech system, the Glock 45 is a formidable semi-automatic pistol. Thanks to a modified version of the Browning cam-lock system, the Glock 45 consistently delivers reliable and consistent performance. Chambered in 9x19mm Parabellum, it strikes a perfect balance between stopping power, manageable recoil and capacity, which for the Glock 45 is a very impressive 17 rounds capacity.

The Glock 45's uniqueness is based around its combination of a compact slide paired with a full-size polymer frame, giving it a comfortable grip and a robust construction while decreasing the overall size of the pistol and keeping it within the realm of concealed carry. The steel slide also features front and rear serrations for easier slide manipulation.


Upgrading Glock 45


One of the main Glock 45's strengths as well as Glocks in general, lies in the wide range of available upgrade and accessory options, allowing users to tailor their pistol to their specific needs and preferences. Everything from lights, lasers, red dot optics, compensators, suppressors, extended magazines, and interchangeable backstraps is available. Further optimizing the pistol's performance and characteristics to perfectly suit your needs as well as expanding its uses and capabilities, offering versatility in various shooting scenarios. However, keep in mind that it does not come with an optics ready slide.


Shooting Characteristics


The Glock 45 is widely known for its exceptional shooting characteristics. The recoil is snappy and the whole operation feels very smooth. The standard Glock trigger could be better but it's more than good enough for self defense scenarios. I also had no trouble landing pretty tight groups, and I am not the best shot out there. Its reliability, accuracy, and manageable recoil makes it a favorite of mine as well as other shooters. The great craftsmanship further ensures durability and consistent performance, even in demanding conditions. So if you decide to go with the Glock 45, you can expect a very satisfying experience.


Suitability for Concealed Carry and Self-Defense


The Glock 45 excels as a concealed carry and self-defense weapon. Its relatively compact size, in combination with its high-capacity magazine, make it an ideal choice for personal protection. The ergonomic design and slim profile of the Glock 45 make it feel very comfortable in hand as well as in concealment. However, it is essential to consider individual preferences and requirements when selecting a firearm for concealed carry. Some people might find the G45 a little too big to carry effectively. So it's always important to consider yourself as a factor in the “concealed-carry pistol equation”.


Potential Problems with the Pistol


While the Glock 45 is a highly regarded firearm, it is important to acknowledge potential concerns. Some users have reported occasional reliability issues or concerns regarding accuracy. However, all of these are very rare and far between. Or at least in my case, I have never had these problems. When it comes to reliability and durability, the Glock is king. Additionally, the pistol's weight and size may not suit all individuals, particularly those seeking a more lightweight or compact option. It is advisable to conduct thorough research, seek professional advice, and consider personal preferences when evaluating any firearm.




When on a lookout for the best self-defense pistol, you should always compare your top pics to the other options out there. In the case of the Glock 45, the best point of comparison is one of the other Glock giants. The Glock 19. When deciding between the Glock 45 and Glock 19, it really comes down to personal preference and specific needs. The Glock 45 offers a larger grip and increased capacity, making it ideal for those with larger hands or a preference for higher round counts. On the other hand, the Glock 19 comes in a more compact size for better concealment but slightly reduced base capacity. So in the end, it's a battle between concealability and firepower. In the end it's always important to consider your priorities and try both pistols at your weapons dealer or range to make the best choice for your needs.


Frequently asked questions about Glock 45


As this is a read-before-you-buy kind of text, let's take a look at our Glock 45 FAQ section, which might help you decide if you want to give this pistol a try.

You can get the Glock 45 for around $600 MSRP but you can also look for one sale in which case the MSRP usually comes down to around $530-$550. Considering everything, it is a fair price.

The Glock 45 comes with a base capacity of 17 round and the pistol features a double-stack magazine.

The Glock 45 comes chambered for the popular and fairly inexpensive 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge.

Just like most other Glock handguns, the Glock 45 features 3 different safeties - trigger safety, firing pin safety as well as drop safety.

If you decide to get yourself a Glock 45 pistol, don't forget to holster up with a custom made Glock 45 holster. If you do so, it’s highly likely you won't need to go through a holster break-in process. Nonetheless, if you find your new holster to be slightly tight, check out this Glock 45 Holster Break-in Guide for assistance.


Final Thoughts


In conclusion, the Glock 45 stands out as an exceptional firearm that strikes a great balance between power, reliability, and versatility. Really a pistol that can do it all. Its technical specifications, upgrade possibilities, shooting characteristics, and suitability for concealed carry make it a very hard choice to resist for handgun enthusiasts and professionals alike. When combined with a quality Glock 45 holster, it really becomes one of the most reliable and effective everyday concealed carry pistols. However, prospective buyers should carefully assess their specific needs, conduct thorough research, and seek expert guidance to ensure the best possible fit for their requirements. Even though the Glock 45 embodies Glock's commitment to excellence, providing a reliable and capable companion for various shooting applications, Glocks are simply not for everybody.


Conclusion - Is the GLock 45 worth it?


The Glock 45 offers a winning combination of power, reliability, and versatility. Its remarkable history, technical excellence, upgrade options, shooting characteristics, and suitability for concealed carry make it a standout piece in the Glock line of pistols. While the pistol may have some potential concerns, thorough research, training, and a well made Glock 45 holster can help address them effectively. Ultimately, the decision to purchase the Glock 45 depends on individual preferences and requirements, but its reputation as a reliable and effective firearm makes it a strong contender for those seeking a top-tier, self-defense handgun.