Hands on with the Glock 48 (aka the Skinny Glock 19) – SHOT Show 2019

Three sight options are available for the Glock 48, polymer, steel and tritium night sights.

Glock took its ever popular Model 19, one of the most carried handguns in America and flattened it out. The Glock 48 is essentially a Gen 5 model 19 that was shrunk in width to make it better for concealed carry. This also resulted in it fitting smaller hands.

The model 19 is 1.34-inches thick so the 48 is a slim and trim 1.1-inches wide. That quarter of an inch may not sound like much but it significantly changes the feel and the carry of the 48 compared to a model 19. The grip feels remarkably better to me and due to the length of the grip staying the same. It provides plenty of support for fast, accurate shooting.

Ten-round single stack magazine keeps it thin.

The grip allows for a magazine capacity of 10 rounds, still plenty of fire power for a concealable handgun. The 48 has the same barrel length and sight radius as its thicker brother so there is a very familiar look and presentation when handling the gun. I think the length does not compromise its ability to be concealed, but definitely adds to its shootability.

The Glock 48 sports a fresh new silver slide color, setting it apart from its many predecessors. The physical vapor deposition finish has been tested and should provide years of resistance to holster wear and corrosion that are constant problems to many daily carry guns.

The Glock 48 is just a little over and inch thick.


  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Capacity: 10+1
  • Weight with magazine: 25 ounces
  • Barrel length: 4.2 inches
  • Trigger: Safe Action set at 5.4 pounds

The front and rear cocking serrations on the slide allow for a better grip during manipulations. Overall, it looks like Glock has put out a great new offering for the concealed-carry market and we look forward to seeing how it performs in a full review. Keep an eye out for that review on GunsAmerica.  You can find more information on the Glock 48 at the Glock website.

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About the author: Jeff Cramblit is a world-class competitive shooter having won medals at both the 2012 IPSC World Shotgun Championship in Hungary and more recently the 2017 IPSC World Rifle Championship in Russia. He is passionate about shooting sports and the outdoors. He has followed that passion for over 30 years, hunting and competing in practical pistol, 3gun, precision rifle and sporting clays matches. Jeff is intimately familiar with the shooting industry – competitor, instructor, RO, range master, match director. Among his training credits include NRA Instructor, AR-15 armorer, FBI Rifle Instructor, and Officer Low Light Survival Instructor. As a sponsored shooter, Jeff has represented notable industry names such as: Benelli, 5.11 Tactical, Bushnell, Blackhawk, DoubleStar, and Hornady. He has been featured on several of Outdoor Channel’s Shooting Gallery episodes and on a Downrange TV series. Jeff’s current endeavors cover a broad spectrum and he can be found anywhere from local matches helping and encouraging new shooters as they develop their own love of the sport, to the dove field with his friends, a charity sporting clays shoot, backpack hunting public land in Montana, or the winners podium of a major championship.

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  • Sam G April 3, 2019, 4:06 pm

    I have been carrying for 30 plus years, all different types of handguns. never was a Glock fan until a couple years ago when I was offered a deal on a Gen 3 17 that I couldn’t refuse. Within a week I also had a 19. Hooked on them and carried the Glock 19 every day since, but often said if they made a single stack 19, it would be my idea of a perfect piece.

    Fast forward to 2019: My wish came true. As soon as I picked up the 48 I knew it was coming home with me. Shoots great, well balanced, fits my hand like it was custom made for it and conceals well. Just picked up a second 48 this afternoon. I have 1911’s of all makes and styles, revolvers of all types, and probably a dozen more in my safe that I forgot I even had, but I am very happy with the new Glock 48. And this coming from a guy who once said he’d never buy a plastic gun!

  • Bob pettigree January 26, 2019, 10:25 am

    Not a g 19..trigger mechanism is that of a 43

  • JoeNorth January 25, 2019, 10:34 am

    I don’t understand why it is continually reported that the 48 has the same length barrel as the 19. The 19 barrel is 4.02 inches. The 48 barrel is 4.17 inches. They are NOT the same length.

  • Sandsock January 25, 2019, 9:30 am

    They should really just do a flattened .45acp that uses 1911 mags if they want to sell a lot of guns in the US…

  • Brad Herspold January 24, 2019, 9:33 am

    Like to see all concealed weapons

  • pneuby January 24, 2019, 9:13 am

    I can’t believe a Glock rep would flub-up in asserting that 48 mags were compatible with the 43. Plenty of other press out there already showing that it’s just not the case.

  • jon January 24, 2019, 8:54 am

    pointless, nothing article

  • krinkov5.45 January 24, 2019, 8:28 am

    G-Lock is getting to the point where one needs a wallet size cheat sheet to be up on all the model to to caliber numbers.

  • TK Martindill January 24, 2019, 8:06 am

    Great article brother, I feel like the community has been asking Glock for this pistol for years. The only thing that leaves me head scratching is why the short dust cover with the major weapon light Mfg’s all making a almost tailored G19 light, why didn’t Glock follow suit on the other single stack compacts and mold in the light rail
    I guess they had to leave some meat on the bone for the G48 gen2.
    Have a great Shotshow brother and keep up the great articles.

  • CadeJ January 24, 2019, 7:48 am

    This is fine and all, but i cant help but compare it unfavorably against a Sig P365 the whole time I’m reading this. Its twice the gun for the same job the Sig does. I just think glock should have released this years ago. It may be obsolete now.

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