The ultimate conceal carry Glock is here. The Glock 43 is the slimmest 9mm in the line of perfect handguns. Although it is not as slim as Glock’s first ultra compact single stack (Glock 42 .380 ACP), it is still a perfect concealed carry companion. This slim beauty came out in early 2015, just two years after the first Glock .380 available in the United States.
The Glock 43 is slightly larger in size than people first thought it would be after the news of it’s release was announced. Since the size of the G42 was so small and easy to conceal, the anticipation of the G43 being the same size was expected. The G43’s slide is slightly wider and a bit taller than the G42, but still slimmer and lighter than any other Glock sub-compact.
The 9mm cartridge has once again risen to the top of the caliber charts. Recent powder abilities have evolved with such precision, the 9mm is able to nearly match the velocity and energy of the .40 S&W and .45 ACP. Since comparable power results are available in a smaller package it makes since to carry a smaller, lighter, thinner, and more concealable handgun.
Shooting the G43 has mixed reviews. The smaller sized frame make it feel a little more “jumpy” while shooting. The factory flush-fit magazine base cause it to feel slightly awkward in the hand, but the extended magazine base feels more natural in the hand. There are several after market magazine bases that both extend the magazine capacity and the grip length which adds to the stability of the G43 while being shot. The factory magazine holds 6 rounds of 9mm, but you can easily find accessories that add to that capacity. I’ve tried both the Mag-Guts and the Taran Tactical Innovations base plate +1 and +2 accessories. Both have worked flawlessly and function just as promised.
I’ve carried the G43 for a little over a year now using and IWB (Inside the WaistBand) holster. The weight of the pistol on my waistband is almost unnoticeable; however because of the magazine capacity I have to carry extra magazines in my pocket and that is a little more of a nuisance.
Ultimately, I will carry this piece until Glock comes out with an even smaller version.