Glock 48


The Glock 48 is one of Glock’s newer handguns. It was introduced to be a slimmer version of the Glock 19, so this comparison of the Glock 48 vs 19 seems natural, in my opinion. For years, the Glock 19 was considered the ultimate concealed-carry firearm or do-it-all handgun.

Styles in clothing have gotten a little bit slimmer and guns tend to have gotten smaller. Is the Glock 48 actually the new Glock 19 in terms of versatility and comparable features? Maybe, maybe not. In this comparison of the Glock 48 versus the Glock 19, we’re going to go over both firearms in-depth and show you all the pros and cons of each option.

On the surface, these guns might appear similar, but there are a lot of important differences.

Glock 48 vs 19 Concealed Carry: Buyer’s Preference

The length of these guns from the bottom of the magazine baseplate to the top of the slide is virtually identical. There is a slight disadvantage to the Glock 48, but it’s negligible and not going to make a difference when it comes to concealment.

However, the width of the guns is quite different. You’ve got three-sixteenths of an inch difference in width, which might also sound negligible but is actually fairly significant.

Depending on the clothing you’re wearing, that extra width can make a huge difference on whether or not you’re printing. For certain types of concealed carry, especially types like OWB with a pancake-style holster, a thinner gun is always going to be better. For people who wear the gun at four o’clock or the appendix, thinner will be better as well.

Weight is also a consideration. With the 19, the gun is going to weigh almost four ounces more with five extra rounds. Now there are 15-round magazines available for the Glock 48, but I don’t have the exact weight with those attached.

The gun unloaded with no magazine weighs almost three ounces less.

You can assume that the Glock 48 is still going to weigh a little bit less than the Glock 19, even if you get one of the aftermarket 15-round magazines for the gun.


The ergonomics of the firearms are dang near identical. The frame on the 48 is obviously much slimmer vs. the Glock 19, but if you’re looking at a Glock 48 vs. a Glock 19 Gen5, you’re not going to see a big difference in the two beyond the width of the gun. It’s easier for me to grip and shoot a Glock 19 just because the frame feels a little bit better in my hand due to its thickness.

Controls Glock 48 vs 19
The trigger on these guns is going to be a little bit different. I have felt multiple Glock 48s and the trigger on them is very inconsistent. It’s somewhere between a Glock Gen 3 and Gen 4 trigger. Some of them have very hard walls while others lean more towards a rolling break.

However, neither is as good as a Glock 19 Gen 5 trigger. That trigger has a nice rolling break and is my preferred trigger feel. On top of that, most of the Glock 19s I’ve handled have a pretty consistent trigger for their prospective generations.


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