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Thoughts on the Glock 48 and Glock 43X

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The G26 is the “Danny Devito of Glock pistols,” says Michael Goerlich, however the Glock 48 is Goldilocks. It’s good. 

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The arrival of the Slimline collection of Glock pistols (Glock 43X and Glock 48) stirred up a predictably big quantity of dialogue. There have been compliments, declamations, criticisms, and pontifications of each sort.

Just about the similar as any time an fascinating or uncommon new firearm makes an look.

Glock 43X review and Glock 48 comparison - a discussion of use, concealability, practicality, and other concerns“The new “Slimline” collection it the closest factor Glock has ever made to Legos – you possibly can swap frames and slides between your G43, G43X, and G48.” (Michael Goerlich)

A type of concerned in the discussions was Michael Goerlich, of Raven Concealment Techniques. Goerlich, the Nice Glock Colluder of Cleveland, has had his lengthy, blanched dickskinners on a Glock 43X and Glock 48 for some time now, possible with a purpose to develop holsters for them. This gave him some knowledgeable perspective on it, extra so than many, lower than some. This, coupled together with his encyclopedic, if eerily pale, information of concealing stuff underneath garments (learn a few of his posts about it, someday), lent his commentary slightly extra credence than others. Maybe extra importantly to some, the photographs (with rationalization) offered many individuals with their first clear look of how the totally different pistol frames in contrast.

As a result of I haven’t put palms on both of the Slimline Glocks but (prob’ly ‘cuz I look higher in cowboy boots than Josh Dorsey), I compiled a bunch of what MG needed to say and put it in a single place.

Right here’s an instance.

Glock 43X review and Glock 48 comparison - a discussion of use, concealability, practicality, and other concerns.

MG: “Let’s compare the @glockinc G48 to other pistols in order to highlight some of the advantages that the G48 brings to the CCW handgun market. While it’s easy to make the obvious “single-stack G19” analogy, maybe a greater pistol for comparability is the Danny Devito of the Glock pistol household: the G26.

Right here you see two 9x19mm semi-automatic handguns with 10+1round ammunition capability. The G26 is brief and…nicely, what’s the socially acceptable time period? THICC? Husky? Chunky? Stocky? We aren’t right here to body-shame any firearms, so no matter time period you favor to make use of, it’s a double-stack pistol. The G48 has the similar capability as the G26, however an extended sight-radius, an extended barrel (which will increase muzzle velocity, even when solely a small quantity), an extended slide, and an general noticeably slimmer slide, body, and grip…all of which make it simpler and extra snug for many individuals to hide and shoot, particularly if in case you have small arms.

We recruited @waypoint_shooting to assist illustrate the distinction the G48 grip measurement makes for average-size palms. These palms put on a measurement Medium in @mechanix_wear and @mechanixtactical gloves, and you’ll be able to see how the two grips match his arms. So is that this gun a alternative on your G19 and/or your G26? That relies upon on your hand measurement, the place you carry it, and the way you gown.”

Learn on for extra about the Glock 48 and Glock 43X Slimline Pistols.

Glock 43X review and Glock 48 comparison - a discussion of use, concealability, practicality, and other concerns

Simply kidding, Josh. You look straight outta the Hat Creek Cattle Firm (& Livery Emporium). 

Q: What’s the huge deal about the Glock 48?

A: “It’s the capacity of a G26, combined with all the advantages of the G19’s longer slide and barrel (longer sight radius, higher muzzle velocity, reduced muzzle flip, greater comfort and stability IWB), but with the benefit of the slimmer profile of the G43. That’s a pretty fuckin’ Goldilocks combination of attributes if you ask me, especially if you have smaller hands or wear more fitted attire. What’s so hard to understand about that? People have clamored for a single stack G19 for 20 years.”

Glock 43X review and Glock 48 comparison - a discussion of use, concealability, practicality, and other concerns

Goerlich is a proponent of the G48 and G43X. You possibly can agree with him, or not, I’m simply passing alongside the info.

“The G48 requires a dedicated holster,” suggested MC in a single publish. “The 43X fits in our [Raven Concealment Systems] existing 43 holsters.”

Glock 43X review and Glock 48 comparison - a discussion of use, concealability, practicality, and other concerns

Glock 43X review and Glock 48 comparison - a discussion of use, concealability, practicality, and other concerns

“On the left [below] is the Glock 48. On the right is a Glock 19. I have seen some people hating on the G48 already because it’s “the same size as a G19, but with less capacity.” Properly, for these with smaller palms, the slimmer profile makes it considerably simpler to shoot. And there are situations the place a thinner grip is preferable to a shorter grip on the subject of concealability.”

Glock 43X review and Glock 48 comparison - a discussion of use, concealability, practicality, and other concerns

“The G43X and G48 give you the 10+1 round payload of a G26, which is nothing to sneeze at — especially if those ten rounds are in a form factor that is easier for you to conceal and/or shoot. In my opinion, the G48 is the most exciting product Glock has released since RCS has been in business.”

Requested about the seemingly minor distinction in measurement, Goerlich responded,

“…I can tell you quite often [that] 1/4” distinction makes a large distinction [chanted from all-caps to italics because all caps are annoying] in how a pistol conceals, particularly if you’re speaking IWB. Nothing drives that time residence like the VanGuard 2, as a result of typically simply subtracting the .16″ of bulk that a Kydex holster physique provides to a pistol dramatically improves the concealability of that weapon. Concealment and consolation is sort of regularly a problem that’s gained or misplaced over a fraction of an inch. For instance, I’ve a number of fits that I might conceal the G48 in far more simply than I might a G26, merely due to the discount in thickness.”

He’s proper, in fact. 1 / 4 of an inch would make a very massive distinction for me. *sigh*

Glock 43X review and Glock 48 comparison - a discussion of use, concealability, practicality, and other concerns

Glock 43X review and Glock 48 comparison - a discussion of use, concealability, practicality, and other concerns

Q: Will the 43X put the G26 out of the combine?

A:  The G26 continues to be higher for ankle carry. However for AIWB or strong-side IWB, the G48 beats the G26 in virtually each approach (besides magazine compatibility with service pistols).

Listed here are three totally different views of the Glock 48 and Glock 43X.; commentary under.

Glock 43X review and Glock 48 comparison - a discussion of use, concealability, practicality, and other concerns

Glock 43X review and Glock 48 comparison - a discussion of use, concealability, practicality, and other concerns

Glock 43X review and Glock 48 comparison - a discussion of use, concealability, practicality, and other concerns

“Imagine shooting a G43 that wasn’t so snappy – that’s what the G48 feels like. The G48 shoots pretty much like a G19, but with the slim profile of the G43. It’s some of the best features of the G19, G26, and G43, all rolled into one. Pictured here for comparison is a standard G43 in the center, with a Vickers Tactical magazine extension. I love my G26, and it isn’t leaving my lineup. But the G48 solves problems that the G26 just can’t touch, and vice versa.” MG

Now, right here’s a bit about holsters. There’s clearly some self-service right here as a result of, nicely, RCS builds holsters, however there’s nonetheless some information to be gleaned.

See additionally: capitalism.

Glock 43X review and Glock 48 comparison - a discussion of use, concealability, practicality, and other concerns

“We’ve got been getting fairly a number of questions on holster fitment for the new G43X and G48 pistols, so we took this image to assist reply them. The G43X will slot in all present RCS holsters for the normal G43, together with:

• the Morrigan (our IWB holster, pictured right here),

• the VanGuard 2 (our AIWB/IWB minimalist holster),

• and the Perun (our OWB holster).

The G48 will *additionally* match [I left the asterisks in, much better than all caps] in the VG2 for the G43 resulting from commonality of set off guard dimensions, however would require its personal devoted Morrigan (pictured) and Perun. Additionally value noting is that in the similar means you’ll be able to holster a G26 in a G19 or G17 holster, you possibly can likewise carry a G43 or G43X in a G48 holster. Any approach you slice it, RCS has holster choices for a number of carry strategies obtainable for pre-order RIGHT NOW  proper now on our web site!”

Q: Is the grip on on a gun the hardest factor to hide?

A: Sure physique varieties and clothes types/matches can deal with a barely longer grip if the gun is slimmer. Some can deal with a wider gun offered the grip is brief. It isn’t as minimize and dried as your assertion makes it appear. As the man truly in possession of the G48, I can inform you there are outfits I might DEFINITELY  undoubtedly choose the G48 for concealment, and others the place I would like the G26. However I’ve giant/extra-large palms and can shoot both pistol fairly nicely. Many individuals have small-to-mid-sized palms, and the G48 would find yourself being dressed round merely based mostly on the shootability.

Glock 43X review and Glock 48 comparison - a discussion of use, concealability, practicality, and other concerns

MG: In a earlier publish, we confirmed you “medium” sized arms on the @glockinc G48. Properly, right here’s one other essential comparability shot: HUGE palms on the G48. On the left, you see @barroompaladin holding his regular carry gun (a Glock 34) in his monumental palms. On the proper, you see his big mitts on a G48. In contrast to most ‘little’ weapons, the G48 is extremely shootable by individuals that may palm a basketball. The truth is, it matches an incredible vary of hand sizes. I’m 6’four, 210lbs, and look petite standing subsequent to Jack. The truth that he had the similar “hell yeah” response to the G48 as @waypoint_shooting (who has considerably smaller arms) did is a testomony to how “Goldilocks-perfect” the measurement of the G48 is.

[Editor’s note: those are real hands. A professional strangler for some barbarian king in his early years, the owner of those hands is an experienced shooter who failed miserably as a proctologist but eventually became a champion pickle jar lid taker-offer.]

Q: Why are you so giddy about the Glock 48? That is simply shady advertising stuff. You’re a pallid shyster.

A: RCS was as silent as a church mouse about the G42, G43, G19M, G19X, G45, and so on. Hell, I’ve even brazenly said I’m “meh” about the G43X. So inform me what’s humorous about the incontrovertible fact that after virtually 20 years of ready, Glock lastly made the pistol that I all the time needed, and now I’m excited to inform everybody about it?

Extra on the measurement comparability:

Glock 43X review and Glock 48 comparison - a discussion of use, concealability, practicality, and other concerns

MG: Massive paws don’t often combine with tiny gats. However the G48 is a Goldilocks measurement 9mm pistol. This can be a handgun that’s equally shootable by a 5′ three″ feminine with tiny arms or a 6’7″ berserker with arms the measurement of catcher’s mitts, A buyer requested a pic of “the other side” of this comparability photograph, so right here it’s.

Right here’s a take a look at the new Perun holster for the Glock 48, which can make their public debut subsequent week at SHOT Present.

Glock 43X review and Glock 48 comparison - a discussion of use, concealability, practicality, and other concerns

Glock 43X review and Glock 48 comparison - a discussion of use, concealability, practicality, and other concerns

GM: In my ebook, the G48 is actually a pistol to get enthusiastic about. Numerous ‘expert’ opinions are flying round on the market on IG, however these of us who’ve truly carried and shot these new pistols are fairly stoked about their upcoming launch.


As you possibly can see, he spent extra time on the G48 than the 43X however did reply numerous questions many individuals (myself included) have been asking.

Does this imply it is best to run out and purchase one in every of both? No, however hopefully it offered you with a few of the info you want to start making an knowledgeable determination. For myself, I might by no means purchase a gun I hadn’t had the alternative to shoot, and (if it’s one I may need to stake my life on) by no means earlier than speaking to people much more knowledgable than myself. I’m tending in the direction of wanting a G48 greater than a G43X, although the grip of the latter does seem like it might assist tame muzzle flip. Most probably I’ll wind up protecting the G43, however placing a V43 on prime, although (alas) neither will occur earlier than I end restoring my previous man’s truck.

I’ll submit some extra hyperlinks in the coming days. Wealthy Grassi of Tactical Wire has been doing a collection of articles (like this one with Chuck Haggard) about the Slimlines, and they’re nicely value the learn. In the meantime, go comply with Raven Concealment on Instagram (@ravenconcealment) to observe for extra of the Pale Man’s pontification.

Oh, and on the topic of IG accounts to comply with and concealing weapons, be sure you take a look at Sharp Dressed Shooter, too. You’re welcome.

That’s all for now. Go forth and conquer.

DR

 

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