As part of its expansion of Slimline pistols in early 2019, Glock announced the launch of the new G48, chambered in 9 mm. This unique pistol stands out, dimensionally speaking, because it’s unlike any other pistol in the Glock lineup. There’s a reason for that: it’s made for Canada.
Canadian gun laws specify that handguns sold to the general public must have a barrel length no less than 105 mm in overall length. To overcome that particular hurdle, the Glock G48 is equipped with a barrel length of 4.18 inches. In metric, that converts to (you guessed it) 106 mms, stepping just over the line for legal sale in Canada. The G48 and its new-for-2019 sibling, the Glock G43X, also has an increased grip length compared to the original Slimline wonder nine, the Glock G43, answering consumer requests, according to Glock, Inc. VP Josh Dorsey.