Last year’s Glock rumors have officially come true with the announcement of the Glock models Glock 43X and 48. There are still plenty of surprises as the gossip wasn’t nearly as big as the real thing is turning out to be.
While the bulk of Glock product announcements tend to be old guns reworked into new configurations or rechambered for more cartridges, the 43X and 48 are the first two pistols in a completely new series. They make up the Silver Slimline with new looks and new functionality.
These Glock pistols are built on a new grip frame design with a standard 10+1 capacity in 9mm Luger. Glock introduced the original model 43 with a lot of fanfare, but also a lot of shooters criticizing its 6+1-round capacity. The improved 43X holds four more rounds and weighs almost the same.
The 43X weighs less than an ounce more unloaded and is a mere 4 tenths of an inch wider. The model 48 is a little heavier with its longer slide and barrel.
The 43X has virtually the same upper assemble as the 43. It has a 3.4-inch barrel and a .9-inch slide, just like the original. The 48 has a longer slide and barrel measuring at 4.2 inches long. The 43X weighs 18.7 ounces while the 48 weighs 2 ounces more.
Essentially the Glock 43X and Glock 48 blur the lines between compact and subcompact service pistols and single-stack concealed-carry pistols. For many people on and off the line of duty, this is an ideal everyday-carry configuration.
These guns have an above-average capacity compared to most single-stacks, a longer grip than sub-compacts and barrel lengths comparable to compact and full-size service pistols. They tick all the carry boxes.
Along with a new frame the Silver Slimline gets a makeover with forward slide serrations and matte silver PVD finish. Each model is offered in three different packages at three price points. Buyers have the option of the base model with polymer sights, more durable steel sights and at the high end, Ameriglo tritium night sights.
But for all the tweaks and changes these are still Glock handguns, fundamentally some of the most trusted and carried pistols in use today. They are polymer-framed, striker-fired pistols with a passive trigger safety an internal drop safety. They might have a new two-tone look but they are Glocks through and through.
These will be a big win for Glock. They will be available at the end of January and will quickly be carried by law enforcement on and off duty, by security professionals and by Americans everywhere. For more information visit Glock.com.