Seven Questions I Have After the Glock 46 Leak

Seven Questions I Have After the Glock 46 Leak

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Photos and parent drawings from a German source appear to confirm the existence of a new Glock model called the 46, which at first glance seems like any other Glock – but under the hood, a lot of changes have been made, including a rotating barrel and a mechanism for disassembly without pulling the trigger. Needless to say, we want to know more, and here are our top questions.

1. What Happened to the Glock 44 and 45?

Since the last Glock to be released was the single stack 9mm Glock 43, we were expecting to hear about a Glock 44 next, not a Glock 46. There hasn’t been a beat missed so far in the Glock model lineup, although some pistols just aren’t available to us, like the G18, and some pistols wouldn’t make sense to American buyers even if they were available, like the G25 and G28, compact and subcompact pistols in .380 ACP that operate by the blowback method and are the same size as the Glock 19 and 26. I expect that the Glock 44 and 45 are at least as production-ready as the Glock 46, and maybe we’ll hear about them in less than four months at SHOT Show. Are they the exact same pistols that were submitted to the MHS trial with minor variations? Are they a single stack 9mm and 10mm with larger dimensions than the 43 and the 36? Do they include a 40 S&W version of the 43 that literally no one will enjoy shooting? Are we about to see another 45 GAP pistol? What about a dedicated 22 LR Glock?

2. Will it Be Sold in the US?

The G46 is reportedly part of a German police handgun trial to replace the P7, which would presumably make the new pistol the P8. Initial indications are that it was only intended for that competition, but there’s no doubt that it would sell like crazy in the US. The simple fact that disassembly without pulling the trigger is a major factor that drives people to purchase handguns other than Glock could mean the company would have a better chance at clawing back US market share. The fact Glock rotating barrel patents have been filed in the US is a positive sign in this regard.

Glock 46 Top View3. A Rotating Barrel Glock?

Most puzzling is the switch to a rotating barrel. Glocks have used a modified Browning action since the early days – with the exception of the blowback 380s no one cares about – and it’s as much a part of the way we expect Glocks to work and shoot as pushrods are to the Corvette. Glocks in 9mm are very reliable handguns due in no small part to the design of the action, and this rotating barrel thingy is entirely different. Will a rotating barrel Glock have to win everyone over anew, or will they start with a lot of goodwill carried over from the standard Glock? This isn’t to say that rotating barrel actions aren’t good or that they can’t be as reliable as a Glock – I have lots of trigger time with and respect for the good old Beretta Cougar – just that experience in one area doesn’t necessarily translate to knocking another area out of the park.

4. Why the Sudden Focus on Accuracy?

Between the Gen 5’s “Marksman” barrel and the switch to a rotating design for the 46, a lot has been said about the improved accuracy of the new pistols. I’m confused because I have always been left with the impression from Glock marketing that the “old” Glocks were, at the time of their introduction, just as accurate as the competition, if not more. Is this an acknowledgement of the past Glocks not being as accurate as claimed or is it simply that competing pistols have improved and so too must Glock?

5. No More Glock Bite?

My friends with beefier hands have always told me that Glock bite is real and I’m inclined to believe them. I don’t think this is a matter of them not holding the pistol properly, and when I shot the Gen 4 six years ago with the then-prototype beavertail backstrap I definitely noticed an improvement in my shooting. The addition of the beavertail is something that I think a lot of people will appreciate and can benefit from. I can only hope that more Glocks have permanent beavertails like the 46 appears to.

6. Do People Really Care About That Grip Cutout?

Apparently, people hate the little half moon cutout at the front of the grip and magwell area on the Gen 5. I didn’t even notice it as being different because my primary carry pistols are Gen 2s, which, like the original Glock 17, had the same cutout. Neither model’s cutout bothers me, but I hear other people are upset over it. The Glock 46 doesn’t appear to have it, which I guess will make some people happy. I don’t care one way or the other.

7. Where is the Carbine?

Rumors of a Glock carbine have been buzzing practically since the first time Donald Trump considered running for president – in the 1980s. There’s a significant aftermarket for add-on components that turn a Glock pistol into a pistol caliber carbine. I’ve shot them, and they’re honestly pretty cool, in a put-a-classic-Mustang-on-a-Bronco-4×4-chassis-just-because-you-can sort of way, but a factory Glock carbine (or all wheel drive Mustang) would be a better solution. Between people who love Glocks and would buy whatever they sell and the current resurgence in interest relating to pistol caliber carbines, this is another item that would sell like crazy in the United States. Because of this, we can only hope that the answer to question #1 above is “They’re carbines.”

  • Al

    A rotating barrel will allow for a lower bore axis, which is an important factor in reducing felt recoil. I would be interested in this model just for that feature alone.

    • John Morrison

      This is totally wrong. Lower bore axis reduces muzzle flip, which can increase the speed of followup shots. However, because the energy is directed more directly into the hand, felt recoil actually increases. The best example is the Chiappa Rhino. When compared to a standard revolver the muzzle flip is greatly reduced. However, after shooting a number of rounds, you will feel much more soreness in your hand. In summary, all that energy that flips the gun up is now directed straight back. With 9mm, in an automatic pistol, the extra recoil should be less noticeable than the reduced muzzle flip.

      • Al

        You are absolutely correct, I guess I prefer the horizontal vector to vertical.

  • David Copping

    US buyers looking for the G46 can get the full steel chassis version with a heartier and smoother roller bearing to achieve rotary locking. It’s called the Grand Power Q100. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/70cfcd1808d1476b63913905a7930c4a79bb9c7cc0a3153d6311d9d2b4045b90.jpg

  • ChrisJ

    Regarding #4, you are thinking too literally. It’s not a sudden new focus on accuracy, nor is it any sort of admission that the old ones are worse. It’s just marketing.

  • http://looserounds.com/556timeline/ Daniel E. Watters

    FWIW: The German Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) has already assigned the designations P8 through P12. However, there appears to be a gap between the P12 and the P20. There is another gap between P22 and P30, and yet again between P32 and P46.

  • A.K. for T-7

    Glock 44 and 45 are the MHS pistols in 9mm and .40 S&W

  • Pranqster

    I’ll pass.

  • Lord Layton

    New Carbine! Already have one. Microroni SBR.

  • Reazione Catena

    It also appears that using the helical locking barrel it will afford the chamber be fully supported, the barrel essentially rotates on it “axis” rather than tilt up and down using the Browning system. I embrace their venture, Beretta had a choice with the Px4 and they made them to thick and heavy, yes they are good shooters but BIG. Glock if anyone will make this system work in a nice light accurate 9×19 chambered pistol… essentially the size of a G19