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Glock 43X & Glock 48

January 02, 2019

Glock 43X and Glock 48 Vs Glock 43

Glock 43XGlock 48

There's plenty of articles out now, however we wanted to give a streamline list of the new Glock 43X and Glock 48.

Interesting Points

  • Glock 43X is a blend of the Glock 43 and Glock 48.  Like the Glock 19X & Glock 45 which is a blend of the Glock 19 and Glock 17.
  • Glock 43X has the same grip length as the Glock 19.
  • Glock 48 has the same grip length and slide length to a Glock 19.  Longer sight radius than the G43 & G43X.
  • Frame is .25" slimmer than the Glock 19 while the slide is .13" slimmer.  Think slimmed down G19.
  • 10+1 capacity vs. the Glock 43's 6+1
  • Option for states with 10 round magazine capacity limits.  Is there really a point to a Glock 19 limited to 10 rounds for concealment?  You'll have to decide if the thickness difference is for you.
  • Silver slide is the only option.
  • Glock's Gen 5 upgrades continued with the G43X & G48.
    • Better slide finishing (silver or not, it's better than previous Gens)
    • GMB barrel rifling
    • Built-in beavertail
    • Reversible Magazine Catch
    • Front serrations (Like the G45 & MOS series)
    • Improved trigger
    • Improved internals

 

Misconceptions

  • Glock 43X & Glock 48 were not designed to compete with the S&W Shield or SIG P365.  Single stack design with longer grip and slide proves this.  However it could be seen to compete with Shield and P365 market shares.
  • Glock 43X & Glock 48 does NOT work with G43 magazines and vice versa.
  • True single stack design, will not work with G19 or other double stack magazines.

 

Overall, you'll have to decide if this is a new Glock series is something that you'll need (if on a budget).  For us, we'll end up buying both to expand our holster offerings.  Plus, now that we're in Arizona (from California), MURICA!  

Glock 43X

Glock 48

Glock 43X Specs

Glock 48 Specs

Glock 43 Specs

Glock 19 Specs





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