I don’t do gun reviews because, well, because I don’t do gun reviews. I generally don’t have the opportunity to get an advanced look and the latest and greatest products before they come to market so by the time I’ve shot it and write the review, 100 others have already done so. Plus, I focus more on the practical aspects of the armed citizen genre than which company makes the best gear for a particular application.
Well today I’m going to break a bit from tradition and give you my thoughts on the latest offering from one of the premier firearms manufactures in the world, Glock, in particular, the new Glock 43. The 43 is the follow up to last years G42 which is chambered in .380 ACP.
The G43 is a single stack, 9mm slim line semi-automatic pistol that looks strangely similar to its little big brother, the G26, also 9mm. (Yeah, I know, all Glocks look the same.) I have carried the G26, both as a primary off-duty weapon, and as an on-duty back-up. My primary on-duty, and the Glock model learned on, is the G21 chambered in .45 ACP. When my department finally decided to let officers carry a back-up weapon, I decided on the G26, which while on duty I carry in an ankle holster.
After running thousands of rounds through the full sized G21, I found it difficult to transition with any degree of acceptable proficiency to the sub-compact G26. After many hours of practice to include live and dry fire, I became very proficient with the small gun and have grown to like shooting it very much. With that said, for me at least, the G26 is at the lower limit of what I find comfortable to shoot and couldn’t image going any smaller for a self-defense firearm.
My initial concern with the G43 is that it smaller size would make it difficult for me to accurately shoot and uncomfortable to hold. I really had no interest in shooting it because of this bias until a colleague of mine told me that he had just purchased one as a back-up and loved it. This colleague is will over 6 feet tall and north of 300 pounds with meat hooks for hands. I am of average size so I figured, if the big guy had no issues handling the new Glock, I should at least give it a shot. (Pun intended)
In short, I absolutely loved shooting the Glock 43. To me the gun handles like a dream with very manageable recoil, even when shooting duty rounds, and a crisp, familiar trigger pull that reminded me of all of my other Glock pistols. As far as accuracy goes, I found the G43 to be as accurate as anything else I have ever shot inside 15 yards. While I did not go beyond that range, my colleague did take it out to 25 yards and reports no issues with putting accurate, threat stopping shots on target.
I have shot several of the Glock models over the years to include the G18 in full auto (Yeah, it was friggin awesome!) and I would say that the Glock 43 is as good as any of them in every way. Where the G43 shines is in its concealability, especially with the ladies and as a back-up weapon. It fits nicely in an ankle holster, purse or even your pocket. While some will say that the 6+1 ammunition capacity is lacking, it is comparable to other single stack 9’s currently available and is one or two better than many revolvers of comparable size. If 7 rounds doesn’t do it for you, toss an additional mag in your pocket. The G43 magazine comes with a standard baseplate as will as an extended version to support your little finger, however, it does not add any additional ammunition capacity to the gun.
In conclusion, the Glock 43 is more than worthy to be included in the Glock Perfection lineup and fits in nicely with the other Glock pistols currently in use today. Glock has been extremely successful over the last 30 years by creating quality and reliable firearms that have been used all over the world to save lives. The G43 is yet another addition to the Glock line of firearms which will, I have no doubt, protect and defend many more lives in the decades to come.
Glock 43 SPECIFICATIONS
Caliber – 9mm
Ammunition Capacity – 6+1
Overall Length – 159mm / 6.20in
Slide Length – 154mm / 6.06in
Length Between Sights – 132mm / 5.20in
Weight w/Empty Magazine – 509g / 17.95oz
Width – 26mm / 1.02in
Slide Width – 22mm / .87in
Height – 108mm / 4.25in
Don’t just survive, thrive!
Carrying a firearm for personal protection brings with it an awesome responsibility. You have the power to change a person’s world forever, and even the power to take their life. It is you duty as a responsible gun owner to always obey the cardinal rules of firearms safety and to understand the laws where you live and travel with your gun. Do your due diligence become educated on the use of force continuum and become proficient with your firearm before you leave home.