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Smyrna, GA. Sept. 24 – Glock Inc. just announced another addition to its lineup of pistols chambered in 9x19mm. Named the Glock 45, this new “Crossover pistol” incorporates design aesthetics and engineering in Glock’s 5th-generation pistols. According to its rather short description on its website:

“The Compact Crossover pistol G45 in 9x19mm combines a compact slide with a full size frame and has all the benefits of a Gen5 model. Utilizing the design and engineering GLOCK developed for its military pistols (G19X), combined with Operator and worldwide Law Enforcement specifications.”

Screenshot of the new G45 on the Glock website, listing the pistol’s specs


In a press release, the new Glock 45 is touted as the “Ultimate Service Pistol” and according to Glock Inc. VP Josh Dorsey, “After the release of the Glock 19X, we saw a strong interest from the law enforcement community for the design in a black model. 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.”

So what made the Glock 19X a hit in the first place, and why does Glock Inc. think the G45 will be likewise successful? Glock aficionados will quickly point out that the Glock 19X and Glock 45 are both comprised of a compact Glock 19 slide on a full-sized Glock 17 frame, but with a few significant differences. Most visibly, the G45 is in black, while the G19X is in a Coyote Tan color. The slide serrations on both models are similar, but with the addition of precision-milled front slide serrations on either side of the new G45. The lanyard loop isn’t on the G45, and the magwell isn’t as flared as on the G19X. The G45 also has the Modular Backstrap System (MBS), smoother trigger pull, reversible mag catch, ambidextrous slide stop lever, and of course the extremely accurate, match-grade patented GLOCK Marksman Barrel (GMB).

LEOs have been clamoring for a Glock 19X (top) in black, which is basically the Glock 45 (bottom), but with marked differences. Touted as “The Ultimate Service Pistol”, the G45 is expected to arrive at store shelves on October 5 (

The press release goes on further to state that “The G45 incorporates elements of the 5th Generation of GLOCK pistols including a smoother trigger pull, an enhanced frame texture for sure handling, a reversible magazine catch, ambidextrous slide stop lever, the Modular Backstrap System (MBS) for individual adjustability and the incredibly accurate, match-grade GLOCK Marksman Barrel (GMB).  The G45 also features front serrations which are precision-milled forward of the ejection port on both sides. The GLOCK Compact Crossover Pistol Model G45 will make its debut at The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference and will be available on dealer shelves beginning October 5th.” While this latest Glock was requested by and designed for the use of Law Enforcement Officers, it will soon be available also for civilian purchase.