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The compact Glock G48 is a latest generation (Gen 5) 9x19 mm single-stack striker-fired polymer frame semi-automatic with a standard 10+1 capacity. It comes in three flavors: all matte-black, G48 Silver Slide with a silver slide mated to the otherwise black gun and, finally, the G48 MOS (Modular Optic System), featuring a slide pre-cut for red-dot sights, but does not include them. Of course, Glock offers them for sales separately or as part of a package with the G48 MOS.

The G48 compares to other Glocks such as the double-stack 15+1 capacity G19 or the double-stack 17+1 standard capacity G45. Capacity aside, the G48 is narrower and lighter and thus more portable.

The epicenter of all this is Glock’s narrow wonder, the Slimline frame. The slide is 6.85”. Width is only .87”! The G48 is slightly wider across the grips where it is still remarkably only 1.1” wide. Overall length is 7.28” and height, with the magazine that protrudes out a bit even when fully docked is 5.04”.

The sight radii vary by type of sight. With the Glock Night Sights, it’s 5.91”. This radius increases a tad to 5.94” with steel sights and 5.98” with polymer ones. Another key metric is the 2.64” trigger distance from the back of the grip to the trigger face.

The Glock Marksman Barrel (GMB) barrel is 4.17” long. Its extra internal grooving improves accuracy compared to more plebian barrels.

Without the magazine, the gun weighs 18.5 ounces. The “Slim” magazine adds another 2.25 ounces and, by the way, it has a cool orange follower that makes seeing how many rounds are left very easy. Load it up with 10 rounds and shove it into the flared magwell and weight is still a very portable 25.1 ounces.

G48 has a conservative design. The slide is long enough for vertical grip serrations in both front and back, but they are vertical rather than diagonal. The beavertail extends a bit past the end of the slide, and it is high up for improved felt-recoil mitigation and better general control. The grip has pyramid stippling all around, and there is a single-slot accessory rail under the recoil spring housing. The gun also has a tough corrosion resistant nDLC finish over the slide and barrel.

The G48 uses a Safe Action trigger system. It incorporates a trigger safety that blocks the trigger from moving back until the safety is pulled. There is also a firing pin bar safety, drop safety and visual and tactile loaded chamber indicator. Trigger pull is factory-set to 5.4 pounds.

The trigger guard has a vertical front face that curves forward a tad at the bottom. Within the guard perimeter is plenty of room for a gloved finger. The pistol grip has a short toe in front and a gentle palm swell in back and pyramid stippling all around.

The G48 has ambidextrous minimalist slide stop levers and squared magazine releases instead of the circular ones common to many other guns. Glock USA is based in Smyrna, Georgia.

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