The New Glock45 in 9mm
Don't let the model name confuse you, this is the newest compact Glock pistol based on the successful G19X, released in January.
Despite the name, the Glock45, a marriage of a Glock Gen5 G17 frame and G19 slide complete with front serrations, is chambered in 9x19mm and is basically a slightly updated, all-black version of it’s successful G19X.
The hybrid of the full-size G17 frame with the compact G19 slide is only available in Coyote, a nod to its military roots, but as a civilian model it loses the very un-Glock-like manual thumb safety it required for the trial.
The introduction of the G19X can certainly be considered a success, with Glock having sold 100,000 of the pistols as of the beginning of this month. The response was overwhelmingly positive, but there were a few things that some users would have like to seen tweaked a bit, hence the new G45.
Glock did their due diligence when they put the G45 together, and took customers’ concerns into consideration.
Most notable was the addition of all the latest Glock features to the G45, accomplished by using a Gen5 G17 frame. These improvements include a flared magwell and removal of the finger grooves on the grip. The G45 also features the Gen5 improved barrel.
Glock built the G45 with their new match-grade Marksman Barrel (GMB). The precision barrel, found on all Gen5 firearms, is crafted to even tighter specifications than the barrels on earlier gen models, producing better accuracy. To help protect the barrel’s lands and grooves, a recessed target-style crown caps off the tube.
The Gen5 flared magwell deletes the cutouts present on older models, which will certainly please many detractors that insisted the semi circles could cause magazines to hang up during reloads. The front strap extension that obscures part of the magwell on the 19X has been removed, allowing the G45 to use all the fifth generation magazines. Also gone is the lanyard lug, which probably won’t be missed by many.
The Coyote coloring of the 19X represented a big departure for Glock, as it was the first pistil that came from the factory in anything other than black. This was too much for some people that came to appreciate Glock’s you can have it in any color you want as long as it’s black philosophy, and detractors, and likely police armorers, called for a black version. The slide’s color comes from Glock’s Gen5 ion-bonded nDLC coating, which reduces corrosion and aids in un-lubricated performance.
One of the most obvious changes on the G45 is the front slide serrations. These will certainly be appreciated by those that perform press checks obsessively, and will make life easier if optics are added. The new gun doesn’t seem to have Glock’s Modular Optics System (MOS) installed, but you can have the slide milled for a red dot sight, which would require the forward grooves to rack the pistol. An ambidextrous slide stop lever is present, allowing both right and left-handed users to easily manipulate the slide.
Those interested in an optics-ready Glock right from the factory will be happy to hear about the release of the fifth generation G17 and G19 Modular Optics Systems. These MOS-equipped pistols feature a machined cutout on the slide to accommodate the one of the included adapter plates. By selecting the appropriate plate, owners can use almost any red dot or reflex sight on the market. Front serrations are milled on the slide for easier and quicker manipulations, even with an optic installed.
The new Glock45, as well as the Gen5 G17 and G19 MOS pistols, should be at your local FFL holder by October 5. For more information, visit us.glock.com.
|Length (Overall): 7.44″|
|Slide Length: 6.85″|
|Slide Width: 1.0″|
|Height including Mag: 5.47″|
|Barrel Length: 4.02″|
|Weight (loaded): 30.34 oz.|
|Weight (unloaded): 21.73 oz. w/o mag, 24.98 oz w/ empty mag|
|Capacity: 17 rounds flush mag, will accept 19, 24, 31, and 33-round magazine|
|Sight Radius (Polymer): polymer: 6.02″, steel: 5.98″, GNS: 5.94″|
|Trigger Distance: 2.76″|