The Skinny on the New "Slimline" G43X and G48
Earlier this week GLOCK announced two new pistols, the G43X and the G48. These are both single-stack 9mm pistols. While being part of GLOCK's Slimline series these two new pistols have some unique features:
Slim frame that measures about 1 inch thick
Front slide serrations (a favorite feature of mine)
Built-in extended beaver tail
Reversible magazine catch (similar to Gen 5 models)
GMB rifling (again similar to Gen 5 models)
The GLOCK 43X is similar in concept as the G19X. The G43X uses a slide similar in dimensions as the G43 and mates it to a grip that is longer than the G43 grip. By elongating the grip the magazine capacity increases to 10-rounds. The G43 has a magazine capacity of 6 rounds.
The GLOCK 48 uses the same grip as the G43X but features a 4.17 inch long barrel.
What I kinda like about the new pistols are the slim profile and the bi-tone look. I remember back in the day a lot of GLOCK users would sand off the black finish on the slides on their pistols to reveal the stainless steel. Kinda retro in a way.
According to GLOCK the new pistols are "designed for comfort, the G43X and G48 combine a fuller-size grip length with a minimal profile of approximately 1” for a comfortably balanced, versatile grip that’s ideal for a variety of users. While the two pistols share the same size frame, they have different slide lengths. The slide for the G43X is the same sub-compact length as the G43 (6.06 in.) while the G48 has a compact length (6.85 in) and is compliant with Canadian regulations."
GLOCK is touting the two new pistols as being a perfect fit for conceal carry and it looks like they want to compete the space the S&W Shield, Ruger EC9s, Springfield Armory XD-S, and other single stack nines.
Read more on the GLOCK website.