Glock came to SHOT Show in Las Vegas last month with the new commercial variant of the G47, and we snagged one for a better look.
A pistol that debuted a few years ago but wasn’t available to the public, the G47 came as part of an $85 million/10-year contract with U.S. Customs and Border Protection in 2019. With more than 45,000 sworn law enforcement agents and officers, CBP’s mission includes security through the U.S. Border Patrol as well as customs and counter-smuggling operations at over 330 ports of entry. It is the largest federal LE agency inside the Department of Homeland Security.
The contract included not only the G47 but compact Glock 19 Gen 5 models and subcompact Glock 26 Gen 5s, all in 9mm. Keep that in mind moving forward.
Why is the new G47 special?
The G47 isn't a "game changer" but it does have a few little things that are interesting about it.
The easiest way to describe what the G47 boils down to is that it is designed to run a shorter Glock 19 recoil system in a Glock 17-sized slide and barrel with a slightly shorter dustcover on the frame. The slide and barrel are the exact same length as those seen on the G17 (7.32 inches and 4.49 inches, respectively), but with a shortened dust cover on the frame, thus keeping compatibility with the G17 Gen4/5, G19 Gen4/5, G19X, and G45. This makes it modular, say for if you wanted to go from a full-sized pistol to a compact and back again via an easy field strip and swap. Here you can see the reasoning behind the contract with CBP, with uniformed personnel carrying the larger pistol and plainclothes using the smaller variant.
The crossover nature is similar to the G19X, which uses a G17 frame and a G19 top half, or the G45, which does much the same as the G19X but in black with front slide serrations and no lanyard loop.
If you have a Glock 19 Gen 4/5 and want to put a G17-length slide and barrel on it, then picking up a G47 is ideal. This also lets you move a G19 slide and barrel to a G47, to make a sort of G19L (G1947).
Whereas Glock pistol models in standard MOS configuration previously came with four numbered DLC-coated steel adapter plates and hardware in a blister pack, newly announced MOS series guns – the G20 Gen5 MOS, G21 Gen5 MOS, and G47 MOS – will only come with the No.02 plate that will fit Trijicon, Ameriglo, and Holosun (except 509) pattern red dots. The others will be available from Glock for about $10 each.
In our first 100 rounds of testing thus far, the G47 has lived up to Glock's traditional reputation of reliability and had no issues. The G47, as it uses the compact recoil system of the G19 in a G17-length frame coupled with the larger, fuller grip of the G17, has a recoil impulse that feels like the crossover G19X or G45, guns I personally love.
There is a minor change in velocity and sight radius when stacked against a G19, and we'll dig deeper into that when we come back with a full review in the coming weeks.