Glock 49 and Trijicon RMR: The Perfect Pair

Handguns mounted with red dots have become a popular choice in today’s world. Many gun companies now offer removable optic plates as a standard feature instead of an upgrade. With the release of the Glock 49, I didn’t waste any time in picking one up. I’ve been able to try a few different optics to see which one I like best with this gun. One would think if you liked an optic, you would like it on any gun. I can’t explain why, but I like different optics on different guns.

Glock 49 with Streamlight TLR-1HL and RMR optic.
The shorter grip on the Glock 49 with the longer (G17) slide is a perfect combination for me. [Photo: Jason Mosher]
The first optic I tried with the Glock 49 was the Holosun 407, which is one of my favorite optics. I also used the Vortex CCW Defender on it for a while. In the end, it was the Trijicon RM06 that seemed to be a perfect match. This combination is perfect for me because of my preference. The good thing about Glock pistols is they make a variety of combinations to meet anyone’s needs. There are plenty of good quality guns out there, but no one has the title of most reliable over Glock.

They make one style of gun, and they haven’t had a reason to do anything else. Those styles come in multiple sizes, but they all function the same. Because of this, the one that works best for one person may be different than someone else. Trijicon holds the same reputation in the optics world. There are other great handgun optics, but the RMR stands apart from all others.

Glock 49

Released in 2023, the G49 is a limited-run pistol that I hope Glock will make permanent. The last time I checked, it wasn’t listed on Glock’s website as a standard run model. It’s being distributed in the US by a third party with a disclaimer saying they cannot guarantee how long it will be available. My agency issues G45 handguns, which is a G19 slide with a G17 grip. Basically, the gun features a shorter barrel with a longer grip for a full 17-round magazine. I don’t mind this as a duty gun because the extra magazine capacity makes sense when I’m on duty.

Glock 49 with RMR red dot and TLR-1 HL light.
I installed the Trijicon RMR RMO6 and Streamlight TLR-1HL on the Glock 49. [Photo: Jason Mosher]
When I’m off duty, I prefer a handgun with a longer slide and shorter grip. This is exactly what Glock has done with the G49 handgun. The frame is pure G19 with a modified slide that has the length of a G17 gun but still fits on a G19 frame. One of the modifications made to the slide allows the G49 to use a G19 recoil spring. I shoot better with a longer slide, and the shorter grip makes it easier to conceal. The G19 frame also fits my hands a little better than a G17 frame.

To some people, this may be getting way too picky. But it’s okay to be picky with guns, isn’t it? There’s some version out there for anyone, no matter how picky you are. I have a G17, G45, G19, and G49, which are all 9mm Glock handguns. I like each one of them, but the G49 is the best combination for me. The removable plate came standard with this gun, and Glock includes an assortment of plate adaptors in the case. I was able to mount optics with multiple footprints by using these adaptors. The only thing I will still need to do is replace the sights with higher, co-witness sights.

Glock 49 Specs:

  • Make: Glock
  • Model: 49 MOS
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 15rds
  • Action: Semi-Auto
  • Barrel Length: 4.49″
  • Overall Length: 7.32″
  • Weight: 22.04 oz
  • Sights: Fixed
  • Optics Ready: Yes
  • Magazines Included: 3
  • Finish: Black

Trijicon RMR RM06

I didn’t just pick the RMR Trijicon because it’s one of the most durable handgun optics on planet Earth. But that is a benefit of this duo. For a high-end red dot optic, Trijicon has kept their optics simple to use. A large button on each side of the optic turns the brightness up or down. It also has auto-brightness mode and shake-a-wake technology. It’s easy to zero in as well with the windage and elevation screws. A small flathead screwdriver is all you need.

Trijicon RM06 optic.
This Trijicon has seen some abuse but is still running great. [Photo: Jason Mosher]
One of the things that makes this red dot so popular is its durability and four-year battery life. If you’re worried about water, the RMR is waterproof down to 20 meters. Trijicon offers a limited lifetime warranty on the RMR, which will absolutely last you a lifetime. During testing phases, the RMR has been frozen, dropped, immersed in water, and more. Besides the testing, it’s been proven on the battlefield and in the law enforcement community. In the past, I’ve used the RMR on a 10mm Sig X TEN because it can handle the recoil better than other optics.

Trijicon RMR Specs:

  • Length x Width x Height 1.8 in x 1.1 in x 1 in
  • Magnification 1x
  • Illumination Source LED
  • Weight 1.2 oz. (34.02g)
  • Reticle Pattern 3.25 MOA Dot
  • Night Reticle Color Red
  • Adjustment 1 MOA Per Click
  • Housing Material
  • Forged Aluminum

On the range with the Glock 49 and Trijicon RMR

Glocks all look the same, and the parts are all different sizes and variations of the same thing. But you can tell the difference from one model to the next when you’re on the range. In the police academy, I was more accurate with the G17, but I could shoot faster with the G19. This is because the grip is shorter, and it allows me to have a better grip on the gun. I haven’t updated my iron sights yet to co-witness with the RMR, but I zeroed the optic in at 15 yards.

Glock 49 and Trijicon RMR
On the range with the Glock 49 and Trijicon RMR. [Photo: Jason Mosher]
Because this is a self-defense weapon, I wanted it zeroed in at a shorter distance. My shots were about 3 inches off after I installed the RMR on the G49. It only took a few adjustments before I hit the center ring of the target. The RMR makes it easy to acquire targets faster than using iron sights. I use the auto-brightness setting on the RMR, so I don’t have to stop and adjust it. From night shooting to sunny days, it’s always easy to see the dot.

Because Glocks 9mm double stack mags are interchangeable, I can use my 17-round mags if needed. I also use my Glock 17 holsters to carry the G49. I fired more than 500 rounds through my G49 once I installed the Trijicon, and it’s now one of my best shooting guns. With Glock and Trijicon’s reliability, this duo provides accuracy and reliable firepower. It’s a match made in heaven. If you’re curious about the specs for each, I will provide them here:

Sheriff Jason Mosher is a law enforcement generalist instructor as well as a firearms and tactical weapons trainer. Jason graduated from the FBI-LEEDA (Law Enforcement Executive Development Association) and serves as a Sheriff for his day job. When he’s not working, he’s on the range, eating steak, or watching Yellowstone.

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