Glock 48 Problems that New Buyers Should Know About

The subcompact Glock 9mm is the Glock 48. This Glock handgun is a fantastic choice for CCW when you take the magazine capacity into account. Simple operation, dependable performance, and a basic design.

But are they really the god-sent guns they sound like? No! The most common problems with the Glock 48 are: ejecting problems, slide won’t go to battery, trigger problem, heavier recoil spring and magazine issues.

After reading this article, you will know the solution to all these problems. You will also know how the users feel about this product. So stay tuned!

Features & Specifications of Glock 48:

Barrel Length106 mm
Magazine CapacityStandard: 10
Overall Length185 mm
Caliber9mm Luger
Twist Rate1:10
SightsAmeriglo Bold night sights
SafetySafe Action
Dimensions Width (Overall): 28 mm      Height incl.Mag.: 128 mm
WeightWith empty magazine 588 g
Trigger Pull24 N
Common Glock 48 Problems and Solutions
Glock 48 Problems

Common Glock 48 Problems and Solutions

Ejecting ProblemsFix the Ejector assembly.
Slide Won’t Go To BatteryChange ammo, troubleshoot.
Trigger ProblemTroubleshoot the connector and other components.
Heavier Recoil SpringTroubleshoot extractor depression plunger.
Magazine IssuesSwitch from gen 1 and troubleshoot.

Ejecting Problems

95 percent of the time, the Glock 48 will not eject brass.

The results are the same no matter the shooter, magazine, or ammunition type.

The extractor simply flops in and out when you rotate the slide side to side.

Possible Reasons

A defective housing/ejector assembly is the cause.

A bent or kinked black plunger or an extractor spring stuck in the channel are possible causes.

The Fix

With a new ejector assembly, the problem can be quickly fixed. If the black plunger or the extractor spring is kinked, replace them.

Slide Won’t Go To Battery

The slide won’t advance all the way until you let go of the trigger. Regaining control of the slide is also difficult.

Slide Won’t Go To Battery
Slide Won’t Go To Battery

Possible Reasons

These issues, (particularly if you have the light primer strikes), could possibly be caused by oil entering the striker channel.

Additionally, it’s possible that the recoil spring isn’t powerful enough to chamber ammunition. The slide may be sluggish around the birds head ramp.

The Fix

Try firing some FMJ or a box of 124 grain Winchester NATO through your Glock 48. View the operation. Try to avoid limp wristing.

Strengthen your grip. Swap out the RSA if it’s weak and inexpensive.

You can also try to get the spring moving by massaging the slide.

Trigger Problem

Even if the slide is allowed to cycle freely while the trigger is held back, the slide will stop short of fully charging the battery until the trigger is released.

Additionally, when depressed, the trigger snaps forward as a new round is chambered.

Possible Reasons

The “cruciform” of the trigger bar needs to be tucked into the hook of the trigger spring.

It might be a recoil spring assembly that is too weak.

The reassembly of the trigger-bar-cruciform-to-trigger-spring-hook may also be incorrect.

The safety lever might be stuck and cut your finger. Also, the trigger is smaller.

The Fix

Contact Glock customer service for support. Altering the connector is an option too.

It’s difficult to change the trigger. So I advise you to swap out other components, like the connector and see how it works.

Heavier Recoil Spring

Comparing the recoil spring’s cycling to that of ball ammo, it feels slow.

This was particularly obvious when the trigger was held back and not reset until the gun cycled.

Possible Reasons

The recoil spring on the Glock 48 is a little bit heavier. If your gun is clean, the tension of the spring might be the problem.

The amount of work the spring has to do can also be affected by reducing barrel hood, slide, and chamber friction.

It’s possible that the extractor depressor plunger and spring aren’t fully seated or mated.

The Fix

The problem can be fixed by removing the slide cover plate and seating the extractor depressor plunger again.

Otherwise, it is not a good idea to reduce your recoil spring. Here’s one way to do this.

However, a lighter RSA does aid in racking, and a light RSA is perfectly adequate if you’re only using light target ammunition.

Magazine Issues

The magazine frequently disconnects and drops. Regardless of how many rounds are in the magazine.

Magazine Issues

One of the magazines occasionally feels as though there is something in the well blocking it from going in and getting stuck halfway through.

Possible Reasons

It’s likely that the mags won’t function with a tighter mag well on the 48. With this gun, the issue is common.

According to Glock, the issue is with all Gen 1 guns. You will find scratches around the mag well.

Other than the stock mags, the S15 magazines also come out frequently. The aluminum mag catch provided by the shield gets rounded/worn too soon.

The Fix

Call Glock and let them know about the issue. Switch your gun from 1st gen ones to the latest generation.

Do not insert more than 10 rounds. Be very careful about modifications as well.

The Shield mags are a hit and miss. If they work for you, keep using them!

User Feedback on Glock 48

Most users have reported having a wonderful experience. It has a comfortable grip.

A firm grip is necessary when shooting to prevent the grip from flipping slightly to the right during recoil. Pretty mild, but hey, it’s a 9mm.

The magazines are simple to use, and there are no problems fitting the tenth round. While reducing fatigue, low weight also slightly reduces accuracy. It will, of course, depend on the shooter.

It is capable of being an EDC that is 100 percent dependable. The slide has a lot of friction because of its structure and coating. So the gun can be moved around easily.

Many police officers don’t frequently give printing much thought. In police work, having more ammunition is preferable when you’re on call and may be asked to work or assist.

The users feel that the frame is too thin, though. When the PVD is black and the frame is DS, the 48 will be ideal.

Top 3 Alternative Guns of Glock 48

Based on comparing the specs, features, practicality, and performance, I have found the 3 best alternatives to Glock 48. 

Sig P365XL

The P365 XL is more expensive, has better standard sights and stippling, and accepts OEM 12- and 15-round magazines. It may have a better trigger, according to some. But Glock lovers would come to fight me on this opinion for sure!

Glock 43X

If you prefer the better recoil impulse and balance of the 43x over the 48, that’s your Glock! Additionally, choose the 43X if you are all about the dot life and don’t care about the liner sight radius.

Sig Sauer P238

In terms of size, it can be placed next to a SIG P365. Factory mags, however, hold 15 rounds. Though a the Hellcat might seem “cheap” in comparison to the 365XL.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does the Glock 48 have a DLC coating?

No, it has a PVD coating.

Is the Glock 48 difficult to conceal?

No. Despite having only 10 rounds, the Glock G48 is much more concealable.

Is the Glock 48 magazine single stack?

Yes, the factory 10 round magazines are.

Is the Glock 48 Gen 5?

No. They are Slimline Gen 1 Glocks. Despite the fact that it has Glock Gen 5 features, it is not Gen 5.

Is the Glock 48 hammer fired?

Yes; an internal hammer-fired model, and not a striker


The Glock 48 is a fantastic choice for first-time gun owners, states with magazine restrictions, and people with smaller hands. You’ll shoot the 48 way better due to the grip of it. Especially with short fingers.

When designing the 48, Glock kept certain concealed carry details in mind. It slips on effortlessly under clothing.

After 150 rounds, the trigger might start to bother you a little. In that case, you could install a flat-face trigger.

People may want to dislike the 48, but I say try one for yourself—you’ll quickly change your mind.

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