Glock 49: Not Just ‘Another’ Glock Pistol

Glock 49 9mm semi-automatic handgun, right profile

It isn’t difficult to work up enthusiasm for a Glock pistol, or to enjoy firing it, but making the report interesting is a challenge. All Glock pistols are much the same. If the pistol were not reliable, it would not be a Glock. I don’t say that lightly. Glock is among the most proven pistols ever manufactured.

There were no surprises when testing the Glock 49, save that it handled better than anticipated for several good reasons. The Glock 49 is a blend of the Glock 17 and Glock 19 with a 17 slide and 19 grip. My friend Drew calls it a Glock 19L for long slide, and he isn’t wrong.

Inforce weapons light on a Glock 49 9mm semi-automatic handgun, left profile
The Glock 49 and Inforce light are ideal for home protection.

I could not help but harken back to when Glock introduced the 19X and soon after the G45. These pistols use a full size Glock 17 grip and Glock 19 slide. At first many asked why? These are now among the most popular Glock handguns. One may ask what is the point? Let’s get to that.

Glock 49 Hybrid

The Glock 45 9mm is my favorite carry Glock. The short slide allows a more compact holster and a faster presentation than a full-size slide. The full-size firing grip makes for rapid acquisition of the grip and higher magazine capacity.

As for the Glock 49, the long slide is easily tucked away in an inside-the-waistband holster. Concealment isn’t an issue with a proper IWB holster. The slim grip isn’t as likely to print and or become obtrusive beneath a covering garment.

While magazine capacity is less, you still have 15 9mm cartridges on board. A real advantage for some of us is that the shorter grip accommodates smaller hand sizes well. The Glock 17-sized slide, however, makes for a long sight radius and real speed when firing.

As for the pistol’s configuration, is it more of a Glock 17 or a Glock 19 in handling? The frame is a Glock 19 in fit and size. No surprises there. The guide rod and recoil spring are also Glock 19, although the slide and barrel are Glock 17. So, what we have is a pistol with the shorter grip of the Glock 19 to accommodate small hand sizes and to maintain concealment and a Glock 17 slide for the sight radius and balance. And the Glock 49 doesn’t look odd at all; it looks well balanced.

Fieldstripped Glock 49 9mm semi-automatic handgun
Disassembly is standard Glock, simple enough.

The Glock frame texture is the same as all modern Glock pistols. The treatment results in a nicely pebbled fit with good adhesion and not so much abrasion. The sights are standard Glock — white outline front and rear.

The trigger action is the standard Glock double-action-only. Trigger compression is 5.7 pounds typical of modern Glock pistols. The action may smooth a little from use and cleaning out the packing grease. The pistol features the Glock universal rail for mounting combat lights or lasers.

The pistol features the new Glock Marksman barrel. There is nothing in the Model 49 that is a surprise to Glock shooters. There is much that is comforting to those of us familiar with the Glock. It is a trusted handgun to understate the facts.

Glock 49 MOS

  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Capacity: 15 +1
  • Barrel length: 4.5 inches
  • Overall length: 8 inches
  • Weight: 22.5 ounces, unloaded

Range Testing

I collected a good mix of ammunition for testing the Glock 49 9mm pistol. I like to use full metal jacketed (FMJ) ammunition for economy and function testing. If a modern handgun doesn’t feed, chamber, fire, and eject… something is very wrong. Some of the readers mentioned we don’t use 147-grain ammunition as often as 115- and 124-grain loads in our testing. The reason is for economy.

The 147-grain loads simply cost a bit more. In personal defense loads of 20-round boxes, 147-grain loads don’t command that much of a tariff. So, I included 147-grain ammunition as a test asset. Most of the loads fired were Blazer 115-grain FMJ, American Eagle 124-grain FMJ, and Federal 147-grain FMJ ammunition. I included Federal Train and Defend 115-grain JHP, Speer Gold Dot 124-grain, and Federal 147-grain JHP.

Federal, Blazer, and Syntech ammunition boxes
The author used Federal brand ammunition for the majority of the test program. Results were excellent.

A good thing about the 9mm is its modest recoil. I was not rubbing my wrist or complaining after firing several hundred cartridges in range testing. The Glock 49 features Generation 5 improvements including an ambidextrous slide lock, optics ready slide, and flared magazine well.

The Glock 49 is a good shooter. I fired at 5, 7, and 10 yards in initial work, drawing quickly and getting on target as fast as possible. I fired hammers at close range, double taps at 7 yards, with controlled pairs taking over at 10 yards. The pistol handles well. Here is my take: the Glock 49 shoots more like a 17 than a 19.

I don’t consider the 9mm a hard kicker. However, when you run the 19 fast over a combat course, there is a difference in performance. The 17 simply handles a bit faster. Recoil is noticeably more comfortable with the 49 compared to a 19 and indistinguishable from a 17.

The smaller grip allows easier concealment when worn in an IWB or body hugging OWB. There is no weight penalty in a Glock — all are light handguns. So, I prefer the Glock 49 to some Glocks. Those with small hands will find this pistol a great all-around home defense and range gun. A person with a shorter torso just may need a Glock 19 length slide. In the end, we have greater choices. Take a hard look at the Glock 49, it may be your best bet.

Accuracy tables, firing slow, fire from a solid braced barricade. It isn’t a benchrest, but it is an artifact of my training and realistic for gauging accuracy. 25 yards distance, 5-shot groups.


5-shot (average)

Blazer 115-grain FMJ3.0 inches
Federal American Eagle 124-grain2.0 inches
Federal 147-grain HST2.3 inches
Speer 124-grain Gold Dot +P2.6 inches

Carrying the Glock 49 9mm

I chose the DeSantis Intruder inside-the-waistband holster based primarily on prior experience with the type. The Intruder features two strong belt clips that take a robust bite on the belt. The belt loops ensure rigid carry. You want the piece to be where it should be when you reach for it!

The strong, well-molded Kydex holster makes for a rapid draw and easy reholstering. A supple backing makes for real comfort. This isn’t the only choice among holsters but a good choice for my needs.

What’s your take on the Glock 49? Is there any advantage to the configuration over other models? Share your answers in the Comment section.

  • Target after speed shooting with the Glock 49 9mm pistol
  • Paper target With a Inforce weapons light on a Glock 49 9mm semi-automatic handgun and 5 bullet holes
  • Federal, Blazer, and Syntech ammunition boxes
  • Inforce weapons light on a Glock 49 9mm semi-automatic handgun, right profile
  • White outline sights on a Glock pistol
  • Fieldstripped Glock 49 9mm semi-automatic handgun
  • Inforce weapons light on a Glock 49 9mm semi-automatic handgun, left profile
  • Glock Marksmen barrel and recoil spring for a Glock pistol
  • supple backing of the DeSantis Intruder holster
  • Glock 49 9mm semi-automatic handgun, right profile
  • Glock 49 9mm semi-automatic handgun, right profile in a DeSantis Intruder holster

About the Author:

Wilburn Roberts

When Wilburn Roberts was a young peace officer, he adopted his present pen name at the suggestion of his chief, as some of the brass was leery of what he might write. This was also adopted out of respect for families of both victims and criminals. The pen name is the same and the man remains an outspoken proponent of using enough gun for the job.

He has been on the hit list of a well-known hate group, traveled in a dozen countries and written on many subjects, including investigating hate crimes and adopting the patrol carbine. He graduated second in his class with a degree in Police Science. It took him 20 years to work himself from Lieutenant to Sergeant and he calls it as he sees it.
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Comments (25)

  1. @FRED ALBUMIN and Bob. Fred, don’t get me wrong about Glock, but Bob stated ANY firearm, which goes outside of just Glock. On Glock only, I too, tried some of the modifications you have, and came to the same conclusion, “stock Glock” is the BEST way. In fact one that I researched well, and didn’t do is the metal guide rod, especially for a Gen 3. Research I found blamed the metal guide rod for breaking off the lower circle on the front of the slide, allowing the slide to come off rearward during firing. I believe the plastic guide rod also acts as a cushion to prevent this issue.

    That said, I am one who prefers manual safeties, and would be happy if Glock offered them. Great for re-holstering, then flip it off if you are a non-manual safety person. There is no way to flip it ON if it is not there.

    Maybe Glock should look at the Striker Control Device, evaluate it, and if Glock approved it, it is a simple way to offer a manual safety, even in retro fitting. It simply replaces the back plate. It works just like the thumb on the hammer of a SA/DA pistol technique, that is it, there is no on or off to remember, thumb on the back plate when holstering, the trigger cannot be pulled just like when doing it on a hammer pistol. It is an ingenious concept, but also seems Glock may be the only striker design system that this idea will work on.

    Maybe do an article on a SCD? It could be interesting.

    One day, dry-firing and re-holstering, finger off the trigger, mine went “CLICK”. I am not sure what it caught on, but that was scary. Also why I am a believer in manual safeties. Needless to say I am a LOT more attentive now when using ANY Glock.

  2. Speaking only about Glocks here and not addressing other firearms, as Glocks are the subject here, I support Bob’s statement, “I would be very leery of after market modifications to any firearm.”

    As a Glock owner and shooter of over a decade, I have succumbed to the siren call of aftermarket Glock parts. Replacing some Glock parts are rather innocuous. Glock owners may replace the plastic and inadequate sights or wrap the frame with Talon grips without any dire consequences. However, replacing some parts such as the the striker spring, the striker, the trigger or the trigger spring, the trigger bar, the recoil spring, the slide, or even the back plate may result in unintended consequences.

    I have completed all these “improvements” and more to some of my Glocks and the results were, in no particular order: 1) light primer strikes, double fires, failure to extract, failure to feed, failure to reset, and difficulty in disassembly of the Glock.

    One has to be careful about modifying Glocks, and perhaps other firearms as well (I can’t speak to that since I don’t). After a modification the results must be thoroughly tested. If you carry a Glock concealed, or if a Glock is your duty firearm, it’s prudent to run it stock.

  3. @ Bob. “I would be very leery of after market modifications to any firearm.” From a legal standpoint in a court of law, it is agreeable what you are saying here.

    On the other hand, is it wise to own say a Remington 700, without a quality aftermarket trigger/safety replacement?

    What about correct-handed people who are safer when their AR is updated to ambidextrous controls, especially the safety?

    “The Glock has been drop tested from a helicopter and ran over by a truck without firing.” While Glock is known for its dependability, and durability, unfortunately it is also known for a number of trained police self inflecting incidents. It is not clear if those involved had the option to get another gun. Maybe ALL guns, including Glock, should have a manual safety, as a “no charge” option? Then everyone could be comfortable. The military seems to lean heavily towards having manual safeties. Must have a good reason?

  4. On manual safety–

    The Glock has been drop tested from a helicopter and ran over by a truck without firing.

    If you are uncomfortable with only the finger lever get another gun.

    I would be very leery of after market modifications to any firearm.


  5. Just got the Glock48. It’s actually a real different Glock. It’s basically a g19 but I think they call it streamlined. Stick mags were 10rds. But they have aftermarket that hold 15rds and still fit flush on the handle. Put a holosun optic and a tlr6 (it’s a little shorter light than the 7 I think) and holster to snap on the light that interchangeable from outside or inside carry. It may be my new favorite for this year!

  6. @DIXIE BOY. “i wish it had a manuel saftey does any body have a idea about intallling a Manuel”. Well there sort of is, it is called a Striker Control Device or a SCD for Glocks. It is used like one who puts their thumb on the hammer when holstering. It replaces the rear plate on the slide (very easy to do on a Glock), it “hinges” out when the trigger is pulled, so when holstering, if one puts their thumb on the back plate and apply pressure, the trigger cannot be pulled. It is just there, there is nothing to turn on or off, just press on the back plate when holstering. It is simple, and it works. Do an internet search for a SCD for a Glock, and it should come up.

  7. Oooooh look… A Glock. 🙄

    I get it, they’re reliable. They still look bleh and their grip angle is still “wrong”… sorry, but they don’t point naturally.

    My Smiths are reliable too, compairable in price for the M&P and way more affordable in the SD series, and point naturally.

  8. Ilove my glock 45 9 mm i also have big hands but i wish it had a manuel saftey does any body have a idea about intallling a manuel saftey thanks

  9. P80 made a run like this; 19 frame/17 slide. I built one and use it stand alone and in a carbine upper. Super flexible and fun to shoot.

  10. Most of the “new” iterations of Glock don’t really excite me. I own a solid handful of the usual Glock family, (17/19/21/26/43x/19x) I also own pistols from nearly every other major manufacturer…I rarely CCW anything other than Glock, although they’re blocky, not great looking and have a mediocre trigger, I trust my life to them.
    The only new-ish Glock I’m considering is the G45. It’s slim design and G19 dimensions are what has my interest, certainly not a 19L. According to FBI stats for self defense shootings- 3rounds, 3yds, 3seconds. I don’t need a 4.5” barrel for that.

  11. It kinda cracks me up that gun fans are all a Twitter about this pistol. Colt made a Defender Plus some years ago with a full size grip and an Officer’s length slide. It wasn’t well recieved and Colt discontinued it after a few years. I stumbled on one a while back. Functions great with good accuracy and carries well

  12. I shoot Glock models 34, 45 and 19. Of these three, I prefer the model 45 best. Why? I have X-large hands and when shooting the 19, my pinky finger hangs over the end of the magazine. This I do not care for, so I would not go for the model 49.

    I think that if you have smaller hands, the 19 or the 49 would be a good choice. However, when I draw the 34 from a holster, the presentation does take longer because of the long slide. This could be true to some extent with the models 49 and 17.

    For me, the model 45 is the Goldilocks size – not too small and not too big.

    Regarding Glocks in general, they may be ugly but they do run. The only time I have had issues with my Glocks is when I fool around with aftermarket modifications. My GSSF Glock instructor gave his students some good advice: “If you carry Glocks concealed or if a Glock is your duty firearm, please do not mess around with them by replacing factory parts. Run them as they come out of the box.”

    1. Hey Rob,

      No, you can’t. The parts won’t match up and the dust cover will be too short. You can, however, put a G47 slide on a Gen 5 G19 frame.



    On a Kel Tec Sub 2000, dominant hand being the left one, the trigger finger sits directly atop the protruding magazine release, making it VERY easy to unintentionally drop a magazine. Using right-handed it is not an issue. If Kel Tec would have made it reversible, like, or possibly even using, a Glock release, also not an issue. Magazine being in the pistol grip instead of in front of it, pretty well puts it over my left foot. Maybe I just stand funny?

    Anyway, after years of research for a PCC for a correct-handed person, Tandemkross [TK] introduced two absolutely brilliantly designed items, the “Cornerstone” ambidextrous AR style safety lever to replace the cross bolt design, and also a very simple ambidextrous bolt Hold-Open replacement, for the Ruger Pistol Caliber Carbine, combined with Ruger’s already ambidextrous magazine release, and bolt knob, basically making it the best affordable choice I could find for ambidextrous use.

    FYI: Doesn’t matter which hand is dominant, [TK] makes the “Cornerstone” AR style ambidextrous safety replacement for both the Ruger PCC & the 10/22, but they are different part numbers, and thus not interchangeable. Well worth the money, even if you never need to switch hands, the AR lever safety beats the cross bolt hands down.

  14. Rockit
    I am missing something

    IN a proper tactical stance the magazine drops nowhere near my feat but between feet in stance

    i use the left forefinger to hit magazine release


    “I dont think we will see a Glock PCC anytime soon.” I agree, because it took them years to introduce a .22LR pistol. S&W introduced not one, but two PCCs last year. Maybe the Glock board needs to hire the S&W guy? 🙂

    “First- the Kel Tec is very useful reliable and affordable and takes Glock magazines.” When I started my research, the Sub 2000 was my first choice, for all the same reasons you mention, but I am correct-handed, and one only has to pick one up in their left-hand, to realize they will instantly be dropping that Glock 33 rounder on their toes. That is really a shame, as the mag release is NOT a reversible design, and Kel Tec is smarter than that. Kel Tec could have simply used a Glock style reversible mag release, and open their sales up to a larger base. We don’t even have to get into the “no one cares about lefties” discussion, a right hander just has to use one in tactical training, and when they are forced to use it left handed, they too will be Magless.

  16. I dont think we will see a Glock PCC anytime soon.

    First- the Kel Tec is very useful reliable and affordable and takes Glock magazines.

    Sure, Glock would have a new factor but it would take a lot to beat the Kel Tec- at a price close to the Sub 2000. Just my thoughts


  17. It is often said: “Glocks are ugly, but they sure do work.” I guess maybe ugly, like beauty, is really only skin deep too? Another firearm comes to mind that same phrase fits is: The Ruger Pistol Caliber Carbine, well at least when using Glock magazines in them. Pistol Caliber Carbine being something Glock is absolutely clueless about! Hint! Hint!

  18. Rudimentary. Sure. Polymer made durable and affordable. A finish that will not corrode. A double action only trigger well suited to defensive use. An extractor that never needs tuning. Most reliable pistol magazines in the world. Sw was marketing double action first shot pistols based on a 1949 design and later the awful sigma. Colt had the disaster of the Colt 2000. Glock was of a different strata. I guess success is rudimentary

  19. oh wow (lower case)! Still no Glock Pistol Caliber Carbine? Preferably one that looks like a Tommy gun? Probably would constantly be sold out. May be time for the board of directors to get involved. ALL of Glocks competitors have PCCs available, and many were smart enough to allow conversion for use of Glock Double Stack magazines. Why? My guess is because of ALL the magazine brands out there, Glock ones are typical Glock. They look cheap, BUT they just work, EVERY TIME! AND they typically cost less than most competitors.

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