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BEHOLD, THE LONG-AWAITED “SLIM-NINE” GLOCK 43 — 18 Comments

  1. About time, I will be checking it out and if I like it will be added to the collection. Love my 42

  2. Too funny! My co-worker and I were just talking about this today! Time for her to start saving money again.

  3. Great, I have been waiting for years for a single stack 9mm and finally gave up and got a Kahr CW9 along with 2 extra 8 round mags. For a GSSF prize in Heavy Metal I chose a 30s. My family got me a pile of extra 10 rd mags before I ever had the gun, finally got it after 10 weeks. Now I find that for a tactical reload I need mags for the G21, which I just received.
    Now I find out the single stack 9mm will be available. Well, the GSSF season is now upon us and if I do my part maybe lady luck will smile my way.
    On the podcast one of the speakers said that he shot up some Critical Defense ammo. This had been a sore spot with me for some time. With today’s use of modern technology (investment casting, c&c machining etc.) why can’t they produce guns where they can guarantee functioning with certain types of defense ammo. At pricing of such ammo hovering between $1 and $2 a bang, the prerequisite 200 rds for test purposes amounts to about $300. If you have a malfunction the balance of the ammo is now just practice range ammo as the dealer generally will not accept returns. You then start the process all over again. Pocket $300 and purchase another brand.

  4. I believe it would be a great backup for the G17 or good on a day where you cant wear concealing clothing and discreet carry is a must. I like the single stack Glocks for CC as well as I like to be able to bury a gun in my paws when I grip it…..that being said, I still carry a G17 almost every day. Never felt the need to but the G19 but I do like the G26 as my 17 and 33 rd mags fit it.

  5. BEAUTIFUL! If I was into 9x19mm Parabellum, I would buy one. As it is, I have to stock 12-gauge, .30-’06, .357 Magnum and .45 ACP, so I don’t want to bother with yet another caliber. Maybe someday. I love my Glock 30, and I’m a revolver guy! “Variety is the spice of life.”

  6. Looking forward to seeing these soon in the gun store in which I work and guessing the 43 is going to be a great alternative to the M&P Shield, which is currently our most popular concealed carry pistol in 9mm.

  7. I just bought a G41 – I’m going the other direction!?! However, there is always a need to be filled by handguns of various sizes and I will find one for the G43. Never can have too many, except when you go through a divorce like I did 20 years ago. Anyway, I sent that news around to all the male members of my family – man, their wives are going to be mad at me. Maybe not, they shoot too.

    Saw this announcement through another source earlier today (Gun Digest – maybe they let the cat out of the bag??). They even used your video. They said this was the first time that Glock let the media into their facilities. If so, then maybe you use some of that smooth talkin’ to get access to Fort Knox and tell us if the gold is really there? 🙂

  8. I, among many, have been waiting for this much more than recent 380! Undoubtedly, the aftermarket (triggers,etc) will be in overdrive to bring new products!Since Kahr sadly “cheapened” great little PM9 with CM trigger, Glock will likely supplant both! My dilemma is I have an “early” PM9 which is great, so might be a little while before a G43; but will definitely have to have one!

  9. I’m really interested in this platform. I carry a Shield now way more than my G19, because it conceals so easily, and is so comfortable in an IWB holster. My only concern with the G43 would be how it would fare against the shield. The price difference is dramatic. But maybe it’s shorter height makes it a different class of pistol?

  10. BOB, I do like the NY-1 module coupled with the standard connector, which gives about an 8-pound pull, on my personal carry Glocks. However, the Glock 43 under discussion here will not accept an NY-1 modification, nor will the G42 .380 to the best of my knowledge.

  11. *YAWN* Hmm… best of luck to Glock. Seems they are responding to the market about 8 years late. But even as the latest slim, 6-7 shot 9mm in an overcrowded field {Kahr PM9, Ruger LC9, S&W Shield, Spgfld XDs} I’m sure Gaston and friends will sell boatloads of them.

    I still argue the G19 is the MOST perfect carry piece ever. It fits almost everyone’s hand, holds 15/17/33 rounds, and is insanely simple. My 1911’s would win #1 prize if they didn’t weigh twice as much and allow half as many rounds. Just my $.02 YMMV. (apologies for sounding dogmatic or offensive)

  12. I wonder if it will sell that great MAS. A lot folks, me included,
    got tired of waiting for Glock to make the move and bought other
    single stack Nines like the XDs, Shield, or one of the several
    economical Kahrs. I love my XDs9 and CM9. My wife swears by
    her Shield9. I honestly see no need to buy a G43 and a lot of
    people I’ve talked to feel the same way.
    No Mas, I agree with you 99.999% of the time but I don’t quite
    see it your way on the G43.
    Respectfully,
    Dano

  13. No problem, Dano. Ain’t tryin’ to sell it to ya, just lettin’ folks know it’s there and what it is.

  14. Won’t be buying one. Bought a G42 a couple months ago for the wife, she now has her perfect carry gun. I might even buy another G42 for it’s role as a flat, compact backup piece. But other than that I have no problem with my G17 for daily IWB carry, I even wonder sometimes why I ever bought a G19, which I don’t carry much anymore since I realized how much I like the full grip and extra sight radius of the 17. As well I am now running the Liberty Defense 50gr +P 9mm and I want every bit of the 2000 fps it’s rated for with the slightly longer barrel of the 17.

  15. PREFERS REVOLVERS & SIG AUTOS

    The Glock 43 strikes me as a great choice for people who love Glocks but have small hands, but every other Glock lover is better off with a Glock 19 for most uses. Someone might like to make hi-cap 10-shot mags for it, which would be about the same height as a Glock 17 mag with the +2 extension.

    Sadly some people will view the Glock 43 as a pocket pistol as it is so small and light, which is a terrible mistake as they are prone to accidental discharges if so carried with a round in the chamber. If you carry it with an empty chamber will you be able to load a round in an emergency?

    The .357 SIG, .40 S&W, 10mm and .45 ACP chambered Glocks leave me cold as their chambers are not fully supported as they are in many other pistols like the SIG range, though if one uses quality ammo this should not be a problem (don’t forget to wear eye protection in case they blow up).

    I can’t imagine using a Glock except in a military environment wherein everyone used 9mm Glocks (the NZ Army is replacing their expensive SIG P226 pistols with the inexpensive Gen4 Glock 17). Their trigger design and lack of a thumb operated safety catch makes me a wee bit nervous.

    I’d much rather carry a small Ruger SP101 .357 Magnum revolver than a semi-auto in most situations. If I was in the wild and worried about being attacked by a large animal like a bear or hippo I’d carry a Ruger Redhawk .44 Magnum along with a Browning BAR in .338 Winchester Magnum.

    A lightly constructed person is often better off with a BAR in .308W as it is markedly shorter and lighter than a BAR in .338WM, with substantially less recoil and muzzle blast, and holds one more round in the magazine. Such people typically shoot a .308W much better than a .338WM.

    As for people who think a BAR is less reliable than manually reloaded rifle, they might like to consider the fact that in high stress situations you are more likely to suffer an operator error related stoppage with a manually reloaded rifle than a mechanical malfunction with a well maintained semi-auto.

    If you are grappling with a thug or a bear you don’t want a semi-auto pistol as (unlike a BAR) they suffer stoppages if the barrel comes into contact with anything when fired and can fail to fire if the barrel is pushed out-of-battery when it comes into contact with something like a hand or paw.

    If I felt the need for a high capacity pistol for home defense or some other use I’d favor a SIG P226 in .357 SIG as its DA trigger mechanism is much better for threat management than the SA type trigger setup on Glocks and (unlike Glocks) has a fully supported chamber in this caliber.

    People with small hands who cannot shoot a SIG P226 or any other high capacity pistol well might prefer a SIG P239 (single column magazine) with is available in 9mm, .357 SIG and .40 S&W. SIGs have the short reach trigger and short reset trigger options to fine tune them to a shooter’s hand.

    The P239 is markedly heavier than a Glock 43, but this makes it better suited to belt carry as its weight helps hold it in place and you can feel it tug the belt down as you walk, whereas with very light handguns you are constantly patting yourself to see that it is still there, which is bad on two levels.

    It is disconcerting to constantly think your handgun is not there because you left it somewhere or it fell out of its holster due to it being so light, while people who carry concealed will give away the fact that they are carrying if they are constantly patting themselves to see if their handgun is still there.

    I once tried a S&W 340 revolver and hated it because it was so light I often could not tell if I was carrying it without patting myself to see if it was still there. It felt like a toy made out of balsawood and had terrible recoil with .357 Magnum ammunition. I much prefer the far heavier Ruger SP101.

    As a matter of interest, the .357 SIG round has better penetration than most 10mm factory rounds with bullets from the 9mm 7N21 round (bi-core bullet with a steel penetrator), so you would have a good chance of killing a bear or lion with a brain shot if it did not suffer a contact related stoppage.