Range Report: Glock 45 9mm Pistol

By Wilburn Roberts published on in Firearms, Range Reports

A new offering from Glock is a pretty exciting pistol. The pistol isn’t just a black 19X, rather, it is a new take on the Glock line. It is configured in a similar manner to the Glock 19X but differs in important particulars.

Glock G45 pistol left profile

The G45 is an ideal size concealed carry handgun.

In some ways, the Glock 45 may be an improvement over the Glock 19X. It really depends on what you expect from a service pistol. While each shares common parts and capability, the Glock 45 has features I like. The Glock 19X has been called a Glock-style Commander.

The Glock G45 carries on in this tradition with a full-size handle and short grip, a mating of the Glock 17 frame and the Glock 19 slide and barrel. This seems to make for excellent handling. While the full size grip makes for a good grip on the draw, the short slide clears the holster quickly. The pistol has Generation 5 Glock updates and a few features unique to the G45.

The G45 does not have the finger groove design front strap of the Generation Four Glock. The G45 has the Marksman barrel and ambidextrous slide lock of the Generation 5 pistol. A feature of the 19X that did not appeal to law enforcement was the Coyote Brown finish.

Forward cocking serrations on the Glock 45

The G45’s forward cocking serrations are service grade and functional.

The G45 is in some ways a black 19X. The black G45 has the standard hard coating applied to all Glock pistols. The pistol’s gripping surface offers a pattern that offers excellent adhesion and abrasion.

I have tested and used the Glock 19X without issue, however, some have found the magazine extraction cutout in the bottom of the handle pinches fingers. The G45 features an enlarged and flared magazine well, without the offending cut out. I found the G45 design quite fast to reload. The generous magazine well and tapered magazine makes for real speed in reloading.

The G45 features an ambidextrous slide release. The flat magazine release is well designed for speed loads and unlikely to be actuated inadvertently in the holster. A true tactical feature is found in the well-designed and effective forward cocking serrations. For press checking the chamber and clearing the chamber, these serrations are a welcome addition.

Compared to older Glock pistols, I detect a bit tighter fitting of the barrel hood, and the new pistols are clearly more accurate than previous Glock models. The trigger action of the G45 breaks at a clean 5.4 pounds on the Lyman digital trigger pull gauge—easily within Glock standards. Perhaps my favorite improvement over other Glock handguns is the addition of Trijicon HD night sights.

Self-luminous iron sights with Tritium inserts are an important part of a service pistol package. Trijicon’s HD sights feature twin rear dots and a bold orange front dot. These sights offer an excellent sight picture in daylight or dim light. There are also grip inserts to custom fit the pistol to your hand.

A shooter should have at least three magazines for each pistol, with one in the handgun, one on the belt, and one resting. The Glock is supplied with three magazines. This is a plus in today’s market.

Bob Campbell shooting the Glock G45 pistol

The G45 9mm is controllable in rapid fire.

Before loading the magazines, I dry fired the pistol to get the feel of it. It is standard Glock at with a clean break and fast reset. I loaded the magazines with Winchester 115-grain FMJ USA loads. I addressed man-sized targets at 5, 7, and 10 yards, firing as quickly as possible. The cadence of fire isn’t set by how fast you may pull the trigger but how fast you are able to recover in recoil and regain the sights.

The excellent high-visibility sights and controllable trigger of the G45 were an advantage. Glocks handle well and it isn’t difficult to achieve good results with practice. Polymer-frame handguns tend to fire low without the proper technique. You must control the pistol, press the trigger to the rear properly, and keep the sights properly aligned properly.

A true test of a handgun and shooter is firing at small targets at known and unknown ranges. I was able to connect with various targets at up to 50 yards with the Glock G45 after some acclimation. I have fired several hundred cartridges at this point, and find the pistol fast handling and accurate. It isn’t a target gun but a superb combat gun. It handles well, and to use an old expression, the pistol is lively in the hand.

Glock 45 Accuracy and Velocity Performance

15-Yard Groups are an average of two 5-shot groups fired from a solid benchrest.

Load Velocity Group Size
SIG Sauer 115-grain FMJ 1,165 fps  2.0 in.
SIG Sauer 124-grain FMJ 1,143 fps 1.9 in.
SIG Sauer 147-grain FMJ 980 fps 1.7 in.
Winchester 124-grain +P 1,205 fps 2.0 in.
Winchester USA 115-grain FMJ 1,144 fps 2.2 in.
Winchester 127-grain SXT +P+ 1,240 fps 1.75 in.

After evaluating the Glock G45, I find it has certain advantages over other Glock service pistols. The Glock 17 is a formidable pistol but the G45 is easier to carry and conceal. The Generation 5 improvements, including the ambidextrous safety and Marksman barrel, are genuine advantages. The HD sights are an advantage, and so are the forward cocking serrations. The Glock 45 9mm may be the best service pistol Glock has yet offered. It is well worth a hard look.

The Glock 45 is billed as a “Service Pistol.” Do you like the long grip/short slide concept? What about black versus the coyote brown on the G19x? Share your review in the comment section.

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Comments (26)

  • mj


    To each is to own…personally, I loved Appendix while walking…hated it in any other situation…found Mitch Rosen Holsters, side carry…maybe a rare print. Perfect.


  • mj


    I’m smallish, blocky build…I can carry my ppq m2 side holster with any untucked shirt, no problem.


  • Marty Trask


    the same gun in .45 cal would be great.




    “The G45 is an ideal size concealed carry handgun.”
    This giant block is the ideal size for a concealed carry handgun?
    Either this guy is Andre the Giant or he’s spouting bupkis.


    • Kurt


      Most likely the latter. I wish people who were writing firearms reviews would drop the BS hyperbole and simply give a decent, factual review. Too often they go off on some verbal self masturbatory ramble that does nothing but increase word count and try to make the look cool, but in reality only increases the word count and makes them look like an idiot.


    • Bob Campbell


      Perhaps you should read my book Holsters for Combat and Concealed Carry. I am 5 10 and weigh 200. I have carried a Colt Government Model for years in an inside the waistband holster although these days it will be a Commander .45 more often. The Glock 45 is light enough for concealed carry. With proper holster selection the piece is ideal for those that practice and who wear a good holster and a proper gun belt and a polo or sport shirt worn over the holster


  • Paul Siemik


    Looking forward to shooting the G45.


  • Robby


    What cutout on the bottom of 19x frame were you referring to? Your remark, “I have tested and used the Glock 19X without issue, however, some have found the magazine extraction cutout in the bottom of the handle pinches fingers.“
    And I think you have this wrong, in your remark, “The Glock G45 carries on in this tradition with a full-size handle and short grip,”


  • Rod Klomp


    Wow talk about sour grapes, IMO,Glock did a great job with bringing out the Gen fives, an ambi pistol that really works, and everyting else about these Gen fives works well also, I never cared for the earlier Glock models, they were like holding a brick, but then came the Gen 4’s and now I have several and in different calibers, and I think they’re all great and reliable, then the Gen 5’s. and I have to say they are just better in all ways IMO, than any of my Gen 4’s. and I will be replacing the 4’s with 5’s as I go along, and they keep coming out with more models, but lately I picked up the new Gen 5 G45, , and once again Glock has come out with the perfect Glock for my needs, and sorry guys I have nothing bad to say about this gun, it;s just fantastic, and I think anyone that says different hasn’t picked one up or taken it for a spin, the G45, rocks period IMHO….


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