Glock 46 G46 pistol (Austria)

Glock 46 pistol was first announced in German press in 2017, and in early 2019 it was formally adopted by police of German federal land Sachsen-Anhalt to replace aged SIG Sauer P6 / P225 pistols. Despite obvious similarities in external looks, Glock 46 pistol is sufficiently different from Glock 17 and all its descendants to warrant a separate entry. Designed specifically for technical requirements of German police forces, it is not yet available for commercial sales in Europe or USA. Also, this new system is, at least for time being, is available in only one size (same as Glock 19) and in one 9x19mm caliber.

 

Glock 46 pistol
Glock 46 pistol

 

Glock 46 pistol is short recoil operated, locked breech handgun. Unlike all previous Glock models, it uses rotary barrel locking (broadly similar to older Austrian pistols like Steyr M1907 and M1911), whereas other Glock pistols use tilting barrel locking. Another major difference is in design of the trigger unit. While basic trigger operation is similar to other Glocks, using pre-cocked firing pin and automated trigger safety, G46 pistol also features manual safeties, installed on both sides of the frame. More important, it has completely new disassembly procedure that for safety reasons does not require operator to touch the trigger at all. To disassemble unloaded G46 pistol, operator has to lock slide in the open position manually, using slide stop lever. Once slide is locked back, operator has to rotate special switch, located at the rear end of the slide, thus disengaging the firing pin from the sear and allowing the slide (along with barrel and return spring) to be carefully released forward until it can be pulled up from the frame rails and out of the gun. As such, slide and frame of the G46 pistol are not compatible with other Glock pistols of similar size and caliber. Glock 46 pistol frame also features more pronounced beavertail, removable grip backstraps and widened magazine well for faster reloads.

 

Glock 46 pistol
Glock 46 pistol, patent diagram showing new disassembly control at the back of the slide

 

Specification Value
Full text name Glock 46 G46 pistol (Austria)
Caliber cartridge 9mm Luger - 9x19 Luger / Parabellum
Action type semi-automatic
Trigger type sa
Overall length, mm 187
Barrel length, mm 104
Weight empty, kg 0.6
Magazine capacity, rounds 15, 17