Does the New Glock 48 Kill the New Avidity Arms PD10 Pistol?


Avidity Arms PD10 Pistol Left
Does the New Glock 48 Kill the New Avidity Arms PD10 Pistol?

USA – -( No, the Glock 48 doesn’t kill the Avidity Arms PD10. I don’t even think most people will truly find it to be a better pistol… but, time will tell on that front.

Over the past few years, hundreds of people have shot the Avidity Arms PD10 and loved it. Over the past few decades, Hundreds of Millions have shot various Glocks and many have also loved them. Many of us fell in love with Glock when they were unique. A large segment of the market has figured out since then that other Modern Striker Fired Pistols, with better ergonomics, fit our hands better, have better triggers and can be shot better under the circumstances of most defensive gun uses than the blockier Glocks.

The kind of “oh, that feels good in the hand” response rarely comes from a Glock contour. One of the PD10’s primary requirements was “fit as many hands comfortably as possible”. The contouring bore axis, trigger shape & feel and several other design points have been crafted around that guidance to make the gun not only pleasing to hold but easier to shoot, especially quickly, than most people find the typical single stack striker fired carry pistols.


Original Avidity Arms PD10 Specification Napkin
Original Avidity Arms PD10 Specification Napkin

These were the original goals I laid out before getting to work on the design of the Avidity Arms PD10. They were teased publicly in an article I wrote in 2014 lamenting the presence of these traits in one package from a major manufacturer.

All that said, I am personally very excited about the Glock 48. Ever since I teased the design specs of the PD10, before Avidity Arms and my pistol design project were publicly announced, I lamented the presence of a full-size single stack 9mm modern striker fired gun from a major manufacturer. I’ve even talked about it in this video with Hank Strange. Every NASGW, SHOT Show or NRA Convention since that time (Spring 2014), I’ve been ready for Springfield, Smith & Wesson or Glock to release a gun that is close to the specs I laid out for the PD10. 4.5 years later, our start-up is still getting started and most established of the establishment in this arena has finally “beat us to the punch”… at least according to internet rhetoric.


Glock 48
Glock 48

I can’t wait to shoot a Glock 48 next to a PD10. I’m pretty sure that I’ll be the first to do it. I’m also pretty sure that I’m still going to think the PD10 is worth bringing to market, even if the trolls imagine a world where we just shrug and say “never mind”… as if we didn’t know all along that this was going to happen. Glock existed long before Avidity Arms and I believe that they will stick around even when we do enter the market with an alternative that I think many people will find better. That doesn’t mean the Glock 48 isn’t going to be good. In fact, with a set of I.C.E. Claw Sights, it may even become my new carry pistol… for at least a few more months.


Avidity Arms PD10 Pistol
Avidity Arms PD10 Pistol

In the meantime, I’ll be posting links to this article whenever people ask “Does the Glock 48 ‘kill’ the Avidity Arms PD10?” You can make the world more interesting by doing the same whenever you see people who have neither held nor shot either gun opining. It might also be worth pointing out that Glock just normalized the idea of a single stack striker gun that isn’t subcompact in size. Double stack Glocks were around long before the M&P, the VP9, the XD and the myriad of other very successful double stack striker fired guns. It won’t be long before people start shooting the Glock 48 for real… when they do, ask them if they’ve shot a PD10 before you accept their comparative thoughts. The good news is that more and more people will be able to make that actual comparison as time goes on.


Rob Pincus
Rob Pincus

About Rob Pincus

Rob Pincus has been educating people about defensive shooting and related personal defense topics for over two decades. He is the Executive Director of Personal Defense Network and the owner of I.C.E. Training Company. He has authored several books, produced over 100 training DVDs, appeared on several TV & Radio shows and trained military, law enforcement and armed individuals around the world. His advice focuses on efficiency and practicality based on his own experiences and continuing research of both real world events and cutting edge training practices.

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“These were the original goals I laid out before getting to work on the design of the Avidity Arms PD10.”

Which parts of the PD10 did you design? From where did you get your degree in engineering? Which CAD program did you use?

Scotty Gunn

The 48 was made for the Canadian market, from what I read. They require the longer slide. The 43X will be for the American side. I could be wrong, but that was my take from the first articles about them.

David Copping

LOL, as much as I periodically chuck feces at and with Rob, to the best of my knowledge the only time Canada entered the conversation about the PD10 was when I asked if a 106mm barrel would be possible. That was well after the design was fleshed out.


Prior to reading this article I never heard of the Avidity Arms PD10. I never heard of Avidity Arms. It sounds like a decent firearm. It sounds like a serviceable firearm. It has a decent look to it, kind of looks like a cross between a CZ and a Springfield. The article caught my eye because of the way it was worded. “Does the New Glock 48 Kill the New Avidity Arms PD10 Pistol?” This implies that the Glock 48 has to compete. After decades of dominating markets worldwide Glock has to compete against a firearm that hasn’t even made… Read more »


Pretty doggone good reply! I carry Glock but own a lot. I believe one simple statement covers it all: we shoot and carry what we like!

I have no interest in changing simply because I’m happy with what I have.


I bought and carried a Kahr PM9 shortly after they came out. Glock, recently discovered their existence and still aren’t there yet. Sure, the Glocks are 10 rounds, compared to the PM9’s 6, or 7. But if 10 rounds is the criteria, they Springfield EDS is better in that role and the new Sig 365 even more so.


I bought a Kahr P9 shortly after they came out. Contrary to the glowing praise heaped on it by the firearms press, it was a wretchedly troublesome POS. Numerous postings in various forums showed I wasn’t alone with a troublesome polymer Kahr. To Kahr’s credit, they TRIED to fix it – repeatedly – but eventually gave up and replaced it. I traded the unfired replacement for a Glock 26 which isn’t quite as neat a package, but it hasn’t malfunctioned yet, and has worked perfectly even when I tried to induce a failure by “limp wristing” and holding it upside… Read more »


Shame you had such problems, but while it’s not a range target gun (it’s a “you can carry it everyday anywhere” gun) I’ve put a couple thousand rounds through mine and never had a FTF, although you didn’t mention the problem. More importantly, I wouldn’t ever call Kahr, an “off brand.”

And having had a Glock 27 (.40 cal version of your 26), it’s not only not close to calling it “as neat a package,” it’s a slab of beef next to filet.

JP Jones

Glock 48 / PD 10. The design and production of these pistols are currently under the Kahr line as ST-9 or S-9. Only the long trigger stroke / reset of the Kahr, would not meet the aforementioned criteria.

Brian (Rev) Norris

Thanks for writing this Rob! Where can we shoot the PD-10? Sold out at SW. All the best to you and yours.


Glocks here, PD’s still “vaporware”. r.i.p. to two promising, but still born designs: PD10 and PD 8.


Fuck pd 10


I’ve been waiting, and waiting, and still waiting, for the PD10 to finally be available to buy. I’m not waiting yet ANOTHER year and a half, of it being “just around the corner”, for sale. I wanted one for two long years, but now the Glock 48, plus the Glock 43x (PD 8) equivalent, are here. I hope this doesn’t kill the PD pistols. More choice is a good thing, but inteminally waiting for vaporware, is ridiculous. The two Glocks make the PD’s redundant.

Brian (Rev) Norris

I don’t know Robb. Folks like options. The M&P 2.0 Compact doesn’t make the SIG 320 or Glock 19 redundant.