Glock Introduces G43X Subcompact and G48 Compact Pistols

The slimline handguns have different slide lengths, both ideal for concealed carry.

The Glock G43X subcompact Slimline 9mm.
The Glock G43X subcompact Slimline 9mm pistol.Glock

After a rather sloppy introduction, the news is officially out on Glock’s two new pistols that will be debuted at SHOT Show 2019 later this month.

The Glock 43X subcompact and the Glock 48 compact both feature the design of the company's Slimline series with silver slides, designed for everyday carry.

Both pistols are chambered in 9mm and feature 10-round magazines.

The new Glock G48 pistol is the same as the G43X, but with a longer, compact-size length.
The new Glock G48 pistol is the same as the G43X, but with a longer, compact-size length.Glock

From Glock:

“With the success of the Slimline series in the marketplace and over one million GLOCK 43 pistols sold in just three years, the Slimline series pistols have been tested, trusted and proven,” said GLOCK, Inc. VP Josh Dorsey. “We listened to the consumers request for a GLOCK Slimline model with increased round capacity and both of these pistols deliver that flawlessly. GLOCK’s continued pursuit of perfection drives innovation while not straying from our promise of reliability and durability and that is demonstrated in the G43X and G48.”

Both models combine a fuller-size grip length with a minimal profile of about 1 inch for a balanced, comfortable firearm that’s adaptable and concealable.

Both the G43X and G48 have the same size frame but different slide lengths. The G43X is the same sub-compact length as the G43 (6.06”) while the G48 has a compact length of 6.85” and is also compliant with Canadian gun laws.

The new guns include elements of the Slimline series like a short trigger distance, a frame with a built-in beavertail, a reversible magazine catch, and the match-grade Glock Marksman Barrel. Both guns also include front slide serrations for conducting press checks.

Both models are available in three sight configurations: standard, Glock night sights, and Ameriglo BOLD sights.

The G43X and G48 will both be available for purchase on Jan. 21.

Glock G43X Subcompact Specs

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Overall Length: 6.5"
  • Slide Length: 6.06"
  • Barrel Length: 3.41"
  • Overall Width: 1.1"
  • Slide Width: 0.87"
  • Height (including mag): 5.04"
  • Trigger Distance: 2.64"
  • Magazine: Slim 01 mag with 10-round capacity
  • Weight (loaded): 23.07 oz.

Check out the new Glocks in action in this vid from FirearmRack.com

Glock G48 Compact Specs

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Overall Length: 7.28"
  • Slide Length: 6.85"
  • Barrel Length: 4.17"
  • Overall Width: 1.1"
  • Slide Width: 0.87"
  • Height (including mag): 5.04"
  • Trigger Distance: 2.64"
  • Magazine: Slim 01 mag with 10-round capacity
  • Weight (loaded): 25.12 oz.