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Op-Ed: Glock 43X & Glock 48 – new single stack 9mm pistols for 2019

New Glock handguns: Glock 43X and the Glock 48. (Courtesy of Dan Abraham)
January 23, 2019

Glock recently introduced two new pistols to their line up. The Glock 43X and the Glock 48 share many features that Glock fans are accustomed to. The trigger pull, sights, and the disassembly remain the same as their other handguns. The single stack magazine capacity, the matte PVD coated slide finish, and front serrations are the main changes that Glock made to these two models.

The Glock 43X (G43X) is what many people would call an “upgraded” Glock 43. Glock extended the grip, widened the magazine, and was able to pack in 10 rounds of 9mm without adding much additional weight to the pistol. That is a whopping four more rounds from the original Glock 43. The 3.41” barrel and overall slide length remains the same as the G43. The forward slide serrations and matte “silverish” color set apart the look of the G43X. Make no mistake about it –the Glock 43X was Glock’s sub-compact 9mm answer to the Sig P365.

The Glock 48 (G48) is a new development from Glock. They basically took the Glock 19 with a 15-round double stack magazine and created a 10-round single stack magazine. The slide width and grip are thinner than the Glock 19. Albeit larger than the G43X with a 4.1” barrel, the frame and magazines are interchangeable with one another. People who live in states with magazine capacity restrictions may find the G43X and the G48 advantageous.

I took the G43X and the G48 to the range and they performed as I expected — like a Glock. I did not notice a recoil difference with these new models. They were as accurate as the other four Glock handguns that I own.

Check out the videos and share with us your thoughts and opinions of the Glock 43X and the Glock 48. Are you interested in the new models from Glock?           

Dan is an outspoken supporter of the 2nd Amendment. He uses his YouTube channel, “TheFireArmGuy” to spread his 2A message along with reviewing and shooting all types of firearms.

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