By Bob Walsh
The Gun of the Week this time around is the new Glock 48 Pistol. This interesting pistol is sometimes called the Canadian Glock 19. The standard Model 19 is not legal in Canada because its magazine capacity is too high and its barrel is too short.
The barrel of this 9mm pistol is 106 mm (4.17 inches). The grip frame is only 1.1 inch wide, compared to the 1.26 inches of the Glock 19. It uses a slightly offset magazine, giving it a maximum magazine capacity of 10 rounds. The 15 or 17 round Glock magazines for the Model 17 and Model 19 pistols cannot be fit into this weapon.
Strangely, even though the barrel is 4mm longer than a Glock 19 barrel, the pistol overall is very slightly shorter than a Glock 19.
These are so far only available as two-tone guns, with a typical lower and a somewhat shiny silver upper. They also have three different factory option sights available, the standard Glock sights, Glock night sights and the AmeriGlo Bold sights used on the current FBI contract guns.
The magazine release is reversible. The texturing on the lower is somewhat less aggressive than other recent Glock pistols.
Glock is marketing this pistol aggressively under its Blue Label program, which gives discounts to cops, firefighters, EMTs, active duty military and some other favored or appreciated folks.
This pistol is not available in the People’s Republic of California due to the idiotic microstamping law, but may be kosher in other communist states like New York and Massachusetts. (We are working on that microstamping thing but it is a slow slog thru deep mud.) If you have small hands or short fingers and the 10-rounds capacity works for you (and for most private citizens it is adequate) you might want to check this one out.