Glock 48 Review: Why I Sized Up for Concealed Carry
The Glock 48 MOS – Modular Optic System – came out in 2020 and quickly became a popular everyday carry choice. I've been carrying mine for almost two years now, and it's my favorite EDC pistol. After carrying another firearm for years, I just knew that I needed something different, and the G48 fit the bill for me.
Let's look at the pros and cons to see if it might be right for you, too.
Choosing a New EDC Pistol
Before purchasing the G48 MOS, I carried a Glock 43 for about five years. I bought it shortly after it came out and was thrilled with a single-stack 9mm that I could easily conceal. At the time, I thought smaller was better, and this was my best option.
As I trained more, I realized I wanted something larger for several reasons. The G43 is snappy to shoot, and even with small hands, I find it difficult to get a good grip when drawing. I felt kind of stuck. At just 5 feet tall, there is only so much gun I can conceal, and I wasn't interested in moving away from Glock for my EDC.
When Glock announced the G48 MOS, I started to do my research.
Factors I considered when choosing a new EDC pistol:
Size, weight, and profile
Manufacturer quality and reliability
Handling, takedown, and cleaning
The G48 MOS checked all my boxes, so I purchased one and got to training.
Note: I've made some modifications to mine, including a gold-colored barrel from Zaffiri Precision (a purely aesthetic choice), a Holosun 507k X2 optic, a magwell from Shield Arms, and grip tape from Goon Tape.
The standard Glock 48 MOS magazines hold 10 rounds, which is decent for a single stack, but I wanted more. I've been using the 15-round magazines from Shield Arms without any issues.
The slimline profile is excellent for concealed carry. The G48 MOS is the same size as the Glock 19 but skinny. The grip is long enough for me to draw quickly and thin enough to get a good grip even with small hands.
You can't beat Glock's reliability. They've been making quality firearms for more than 40 years. I own multiple Glock pistols, and I love them because they aren't picky. You can feed them pretty much any ammo, shoot them dirty, or beat them up, and they still work.
Finally, Glocks are notoriously easy to take down. Anyone can learn to do it in a few steps, which was a selling point for me since I'm not mechanically inclined. Swapping parts or cleaning is a breeze.
I can't say I would change much about my Glock 48 MOS, but there are a few things I feel could be improved. As with anything, it's difficult to find a perfect option, so you try and get as close as possible.
If you've ever shot a stock Glock, you know what I'm going to say about the trigger. It's not the worst, but it's not the best when compared to stock triggers from other manufacturers. I haven't changed mine yet because I have no experience with aftermarket triggers.
The Picatinny rail is thinner than a standard rail. This wasn't a deal-breaker for me, but it's slightly annoying if you want to add a light. I like to dry fire with the Mantis X10 Elite Shot Performance System, which fits on a standard Picatinny rail. Since it doesn't fit on the G48 MOS, I mount it to a magazine.
The Glock 48 MOS is sold as "optic ready," but it doesn't come with suppressor-height sights. Sometimes I think Glock knows people will make changes based on their personal preferences and budget, so they stick to the basics.
The good news? Aftermarket Glock parts are abundant and range in price from affordable to Gucci, so there's something for everyone. If you want to make a change or upgrade, you can do that easily. My husband calls Glocks the Honda Civics of guns. They’re affordable and reliable with tons of aftermarket support and options.
In conclusion, the Glock 48 MOS is an excellent choice for an EDC pistol. Are there sexier choices? Sure! But you can't beat the affordable reliability of a Glock.