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Glock 48 G48 and mag Glock G48
Glock 48 G48 and mag Glock G48
  • Reliable
  • Thin
  • Good aftermarket
  • Mediocre trigger
  • Plastic sights
  • 10-round capacity
Editor’s Note:

The Glock 48 takes the universal standard Glock 19 and slims it down into a more concealable but still easy-to-shoot platform. A barrel length of 4.17 inches, a standard capacity of 10 rounds, and an overall width of only 1.1 inches. An overall weight of 20.7 ounces helps keep things relatively light, further improving the ease of carry. Although the trigger is the standard mediocre 5.5-pound Glock affair and the capacity is lower than some of the competition, it makes up for that in reliability and aftermarket.




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Glock 48 Specs

Trigger Pull
5.4 lbs

Glock 48 Features

10-round capacity
nDLC finish
Glock Marksman Barrel
Front slide serrations
Reversible magazine catch
Glock Safe-Action trigger

By The Numbers - Glock 48

Accuracy is solid for its size, but nothing earth-shattering here.
When using OEM magazines, the reliability is outstanding.
Glock pistols have one of the largest aftermarkets.
Some of the blockiness of the Glock is offest by the thinner grip. Controls are easy to reach and the gun feels decent in the hand.
The G48 is a solid, reliable option for those who want something a bit thinner than the industry standard Glock 19.

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Glock 48 Variations & Comparables

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Glock 43X

Glock 43X


Glocks do a lot of things right and G43x is one of them. This gun is very comfortable to conceal carry, easy to shoot, and great for defensive shooting. With its straightforward Glock platform and thin profile, this gun is a great choice for CCW. The Glock 43x has a short slide with a barrel length of 3.41 inches and a total length of 6.5 inches. It weighs only 18.7oz, is 5.04 inches tall, and is 1.06 inches wide. It has a trigger pull weight of approximately 5.5 lbs, consistent with other Glock models. Out of the box, this gun comes with standard 10-round mags which isn’t as efficient when compared to a similar-sized Sig P365.

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(2 ratings)
Sig Sauer P365XL

Sig Sauer P365XL


The SIG Sauer P365 XL is a larger version of the popular P365, with a longer slide and barrel for improved accuracy and a larger grip for better control. The pistol features a number of elements that make it highly versatile and easy to use, including an extended sight radius and a flat trigger. The P365 XL has a 12+1 capacity and is chambered in 9mm, making it a highly capable option for personal defense.

The pistol also features a number of customization options, including an optic-ready slide with iron night sights and a variety of aftermarket accessories. Overall, the SIG Sauer P365 XL is a highly versatile and reliable option for those looking for a larger concealed carry pistol with a high capacity and a variety of customization options.

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Sig Sauer P365 X-Macro

Sig Sauer P365 X-Macro


Sig is driven to continually do more, and that statement is plainly demonstrated in the X-Macro Comp. This micro-compact holds an impressive 17+1 rounds, featuring an integrated compensator making it a lot of bang for the buck. – Sean Curtis

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(1 rating)
Taurus GX4XL

Taurus GX4XL


The Taurus GX4XL builds on the standard GX4 micro-compact by adding length to the slide, providing a longer sight radius and increased velocity. Features include a DLC-coated barrel, flat-faced trigger, 11 or 13-round (extended) capacity, and a 3.7-inch barrel. At only one inch wide, the GX4XL combines capacity, accuracy, reliability, and concealability to make for a great EDC pistol.

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Kahr CW9

Kahr CW9


“It feels great in hand, although we prefer a bit more aggressive grip.  The slide starts off a little stiff…as does the magazine release…so make sure you can confidently rack it. And because it’s the more budget of Kahr’s offerings, there are some sharp corners in the ejection port and the front of the slide and some machining marks on the barrel. But again, as a budget 9mm for concealed carry, you have to expect some concessions. Overall, if you’re looking for a concealable single-stack 9mm at a great price, you can’t go wrong with the CW9.” – Eric Hung

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Glock 48 Upgrades & Accessories

final verdict

If it seems like the G48 is just a thinner, single-stack G19, it is; but that isn’t a bad thing. Some people struggle to easily conceal guns due to their width, but plenty of people also don’t want to have to step down to a tiny pocket pistol to offset that. With the Glock 48, you get to retain a full-length grip and longer sight radius while improving concealability by going down to a single-stack gun. Everything comes together to provide a thin, shootable pistol that enjoys all of the legendary Glock reliability users expect. Downsides include the standard Glock things like a mediocre spongy trigger and plastic sights, but these are easy to overcome with the near-infinite aftermarket for these guns.



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