Glock 41 Review – If You Really Want A .45…

Glock 41 Review – If You Really Want A .45…

Summary: It runs. It’s cheap. It holds a lot of ammo for a .45.

Recommended Uses:
Occasional Heavy Metal Division competition use.
Duty use if .45 is required/desired.

If you can effectively carry a Glock 34, you can probably carry the 41.


Eats any ammo. No malfunctions. For a .45 workable for small hands.  Fits G34 gear perfectly.

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Of all the .45s, this is one of them.

I picked up this Glock 41 from one of their prize table certificates at a major USPSA match. I have since done some modification and used it in several local and major matches in Heavy Metal division (3-Gun). I use it for certain Law Enforcement classes with TPC as one of our local LE agencies still issues Glock 21s to their officers, and the 41 is essentially a G21SF with a longer slide.

I sent this G41 to Taran Tactical Innovations for one of their Performance Packages. They reduced and stippled the grip, performed a trigger job, installed a new guide rod and recoil spring as well as their sight set (replacing the horrible stock plastic dovetail fillers sights). They also sent some of their +4 magazine extensions which increase the capacity to 17 rounds. While TTI is a great shop (and one of my sponsors), a lot of this work could be done yourself at home, if you’re so inclined. The only .45-specific part is the guide rod from Glockmeister.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t love it, but I don’t really hate it either. It works, holds a lot of ammo, and doesn’t cost a lot of money. With light loads, it’s an excellent low-cost/low-effort for 3-Gun Heavy Metal, and an acceptable (if not optimal; .45 ACP comes with significant performance costs in recoil and capacity) duty and defensive pistol.

Potential Uses

A low-effort Heavy Metal pistol

If you strongly desire to shoot Heavy Metal division at a 3-Gun match requiring .45 Auto, this is the easiest way to do it. It’s a Glock, you can buy it and expect it to work. It fits in standard Glock 34 holsters without modification, so if you already have a 34 you won’t need a new holster. If you’re shooting Heavy at a match that allows full capacity magazines, this holds as many rounds as a 2011 and seven more rounds (with TTI extensions) than a single-stack 1911. If the match restricts to 10-round magazines (like RM3G), spare magazines cost less than thirty bucks and will WORK out of the wrapper (unlike a 1911 or 2011 mag).

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The Author’s belt setup for RM3G 2018: Glock 41 in ALS holster, King Competition shell caddy, HSGI Taco pouches for rifle and pistol.

With a lighter recoil and striker spring (the two have to go together, otherwise the striker spring will pull the gun out of battery), it will function quite well with light .45 loads. Modifications are largely the same as what you’d do to a 9mm Glock to make it competitive. It certainly won’t be as nice as a well-built 2011, but it won’t cost as much in cash or time to get it to work. I shoot a 9mm 2011 at most 3-Gun matches because the performance gain I get is worth the work and expense since I use it 90% of the time. I use my Heavy Metal gear about 1% of the time, so I’d rather not invest a lot of money or frustration in it. If all I shot was Heavy Metal I would set up an STI, but this G41 is perfect for someone like me who occasionally shoots the division.  

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25yd 5-Shot Group fired from the G41: Berry’s 185gr HBRN bullet loaded by Dead On Ammunition.

I used this pistol in He-Man at the 2018 Rocky Mountain 3-Gun and was quite satisfied with it. Dead On Ammunition loaded some light .45 ammo using the Berry’s MFG 185gr HBRN bullet traveling at 730fps. I had one shooter-induced malfunction (thumb riding the slide, which isn’t problematic with full-power ammo but not good with light stuff), other than that the pistol performed as well as the operator.

A Duty Pistol

Let me start by saying that I don’t recommend .45 ACP for a duty pistol. 9mm works just fine. But if you simply MUST use a .45 (either department policy or personal preference), then the G41 is probably the best option. The grip (especially with some reduction, if that’s within your policy) is small enough that someone with small hands can still grip it, it holds a decent amount of ammo, and it’s easier to shoot than it’s 4.5”-barreled counterparts (the G21 and M&P .45). It’s fed every type of ammo I’ve put in the mag; three types of JHP, FMJ Round Nose, Flat Point and Semi-Wadcutter (not that you’d use FMJ for duty).

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G41 in Safariland 6360DO holster for Glock 34 (it works with or without optics and lights)

Personal Defense Pistol

Again, I don’t recommend a .45 for a personal defense pistol. But, if you want to  use a .45, then this is the one I’d recommend for home use, for the same reasons it makes a good duty pistol. It’s a 5.3” barreled gun, so carrying it would be a challenge, but if you can carry a G34 or 1911, you can probably carry the G41. If you already have a .45, want to shoot it faster but don’t want to buy another pistol, try some of Federal’s Personal Defense Low Recoil Hydra-Shok. This load is a 165gr HydraShok bullet traveling at a (stated) 1060fps. It’s far more pleasant to shoot and faster to return for follow-up shots. I was able to keep .50ish splits on an IPSC A-Zone at 25 yards.

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Ammo L-R: 230gr Winchester “White Box FMJ”, Federal 230gr HydraShok, Federal 165gr Low Recoil HydraShok, DOA Berry’s 185gr HBRN

AmmoGroup Size (25 Yards)
DOA/Berry’s 185gr HBRN2.49”
Federal 165gr Low Recoil Hydra-Shok2.72”
Winchester 230gr “Whitebox”2.42”
Federal 230gr Hydra-Shok3.39” (NOTE: shooter error suspected)