This one goes out to the Glock Guys!
We got some of the NEW Glock 47 MOS handguns at the shop, and wanted to share our thoughts.
The Glock 47 basically merges the compact Glock 19X/Glock 45 frame with the O.G. full-length Glock 17 slide and barrel with the Glock 19 recoil assembly.
It’s a 9x19mm with 17 round capacity, and was adopted by US SBP (Customers and Border Protection) in 2019. So what makes this different from all the other Glocks out on the market? It’s the best of both worlds for shooters wanting a longer barrel for increased accuracy and velocity, while also wanting to keep the easy to conceal compact grip frame. In addition to this, it’s MOS (Modular Optics System) ready which has become the industry standard over the past few years.
Parts compatibility has always been a strong argument point for Glocks. While there are different gens and models, the cross compatibility of parts has kept Glock on the map, even with them losing market share to Sig and other handgun manufacturers copying the Glock ‘magic’.
What is the magic behind Glock?
What’s made Glock such a force to be reconned with, in part, comes from their plethora of LE contracts. Whenever a large LE/MIL group adopts a specific gun, it’s common to see civilian sales spike as a reaction. Manufacturers have caught on to this in recent years, which is why now you’ll see press releases and announcements calling a specific gun the ‘weapon of choice for XXX division’. In a lot of consumer’s minds, if the firearm is good enough for LE or Military, it’s good enough for them. Just look at how the FN SCAR has become such a popular platform. What’s not commonly discussed, is that the firearms for civilians differ from the firearms for agencies. Many times they’re similar esthetically, but have fundamental differences including select-fire compatibility or differences in material. This isn’t always a bad thing for consumers though. At the end of the day, the majority of consumer owned firearms won’t see a fraction of the live fire time that LE/MIL groups will see. So yes, it would be kick ass if we all had select-fire guns, but no, it’s not going to happen anytime soon.
How about that ‘Performance Trigger’?
Glock triggers have always been a hinge point for buyers, as that’s one of the first parts to be replaced by most consumers, followed by threaded barrels for those who own suppressors. The new Glock 47 features the Glock Performance Trigger, and we had high hopes for it. Sadly, we weren’t too impressed. While it is an upgrade from the standard Glock trigger, it’s just not up to par with the after-market offerings from ZEV and Agency Arms to name a few. Being down in Vegas this week, we’ve seen and handled no less than 100 after-market triggers made specifically for the Glock platform.
What’s your go-to trigger brand when it comes to Glocks?
Going back to the modularity, something unique to this platform, is users can use the G47 frame with a G19 slide, making a Glock 19X or Glock 45.
While this was expected, and asked for by customers for years (if not decades), it’s still exciting to see companies the size of Glock listening to their customers and making products to meet market demand.
For all you Glock fanatics, do you plan to trade in your current CCW for the Glock 47, or are you sticking with what you’ve got? We’re impressed with it, but the consensus of the shop is it needs a sprinkle of magic from Agency Arms before we holster it as our everyday carry.
What questions do you have on the newest addition to the Glock lineup?
Keep an eye on our blog this month as we’ll be posting from SHOT show, and after with the products we’re most impressed with going into 2023.