Typically, gun makers debut new product at large firearms industry events like SHOT Show in January or the NRA Show in late April/early May. However, that leaves 7-8 months of deadtime which it is hard for makers to get a ton of easy exposure.
But then, there is September.
That’s when you have The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference, which caters to the LE crowd, and the NRA’s new Carry Guard Expo which is geared to the nation’s 18 million CCW holders.
While the latter got rained out due to Florence and the former still a minute away, the releases are still flowing. Remington just released a new V3 shotgun (it’s a 22-inch barrel Compact model), Savage has a new (and suppressor-ready!) Rascal, et. al.
Well, Glock drummed up the PR bandwagon and dropped the new Glock 45 on the market this week.
Short story: the G45 is a 5th Gen 9mm that basically (and stop if you have heard this before) “combines the fast handling of the GLOCK 19 compact-sized slide with the full-size frame as a compact Crossover!”
Yes, it is a G19X, but in black instead of coyote tan and with front serrations.
“After the release of the G19X, we saw a strong interest from the law enforcement community for the design in a black model,” said GLOCK, Inc. VP Josh Dorsey. “The G45 is the result of a design that meets the demanding level of reliability with distinctive Gen5 design enhancements to improve durability, accuracy, and performance to those who go into harm’s way where fractions of a second matter.”
Personally, I have put 2,500+ rds through my own G19X and I really like it (full review here) but I think they could have just dubbed a black version with serrations as the same model, but tweaked, e.g. the G19BXFS or some shit. Meh.
Feedback to the hype on the new G45 has been luke already, although I am sure Glock will sell a million of them.
Also, Glock is expanding their Gen5 MOS (Modular Optic) series to include a G19 and G17, both optic ready right from the factory to enable users to mount their preferred reflex sights to their pistol in order to improve their target acquisition.
All of the new-ish Glocks will be available for purchase starting October 5th at dealers.