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Shootout: Is the Glock 45 Better Than the Glock 19X?

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Glock 45. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Glock Battleroyal: Is the Glock 45 Better Than the Glock 19X? The Glock 45 isn’t revolutionary, but it makes some solid choices that put it above the Glock 19X. Now I’m not saying you should ditch your 19X to get a Glock 45, but it’s certainly worth a purchase if you don’t have something similar already. If you want to know more about the Glock 45, keep on reading.

You might be asking yourself what the difference is between the 19X and the G45. The simple answer is: not much. You can mostly expect to see “quality-of-life” upgrades on the body of the gun. The internals are essentially identical.

The G45 most notably has received a change in color. Now instead of that sweet coyote color, you get a more practical color (for law enforcement): classic black. Glock has also added front serrations for your favorite resident press checker. All jokes aside, lots of people are really big fans of front serrations and I’m sure these are a welcome addition. Glock also got rid of the useless lanyard loop and included some improvements to the magazine well. A flared bottom makes reloading a lot easier, especially when you’re under pressure. It’s a pretty solid, albeit small list of improvements that edges the 19X out just a little bit.

As far as reliability goes, Glock’s reputation holds up as well as ever. I put a ton of rounds through this thing (after a preliminary cleaning and lubing) and in true Glock fashion, there wasn’t a single malfunction. I expected as much and I wasn’t let down. I try to run mostly brass through pistols I want to run regularly, but steel ran through just fine if you end up strapped for cash.

It’s pretty uncommon for me to come across pistols that I can outshoot, especially with these middle-of-the-line pistols from brands like CZ, Glock, and Sig Sauer. If you’ve purchased a $500 pistol, it was more probably more accurate than basically anyone is capable of shooting within reasonable parameters. At 25 yards, the Glock 45 is a great shot. I was able to land 2-3 inch groups consistently. When I was using steadying myself on my range bag, groups shrank considerably to an inch or less.

The Glock 45 has a lot of great stuff on offer if you’re interested in their “hybrids.” I don’t think it quite checks all of the things on my list though as far as practicality. I don’t see this as a gun I would use for concealed carry since the full-size frame can poke out a little bit at times.

To be fair though, the 45 does have better magazine capacity. You can get 17 rounds in the G45’s frame. The shorter slide can also make it less likely to dig into your thigh if you carry an appendix. For me, however, that hasn’t been much of an issue anyway since I carry a CZ P-07 that’s smaller and has a 17-round capacity with +2 mag plates.

I think the Glock 45 is a great pistol and is going to do a lot of firearm owners right. It’s accurate, has great performance and reliability, and is superb for dudes with larger hands. But it didn’t quite click with me. Just keep in mind that I usually favor compact guns or strictly full-size guns, but that’s just me. It’s not my favorite, but it might be yours.

Richard Douglas writes on firearms, defense, and security issues. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at the National Interest, 1945, Daily Caller, and other publications.

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Richard Douglas is a long-time shooter, outdoor enthusiast, and technologist. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at The National Interest, Cheaper Than Dirt, Daily Caller, and other publications.

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