Quite a lot has been written about the Victory First V43 slide, originally designed for the Glock G43 single stack handgun. The V43slide springs forth from the mind of Matt Jacques, owner and operator ofVictory First, one of the country’s premier training outfits aimed atthe LEO/Mil/Privately Armed citizen crowd. Jacques wanted a way tomaximize the full potential of the G43 platform, and get closer to whatmany people had been asking for for years, a single-stack G19.
The V43 solves quite a few issues with the original G43 slide, namelythat shorter guns do not carry as comfortably in the AIWB position andyou lose terminal effectiveness from even the best currently available9mm rounds when fired out of the G43’s standard length (3.39-inch barrel).The V43 features a 4.33-inch barrel, which helps to ensure that rounds firedare reaching their minimum velocity threshold for idealexpansion/penetration. An additional benefit is of course the increasedsight radius that a longer slide offers, as well as improved comfort forthose who practice AIWB carry.
The V43 slide is also interesting in that their is already a factoryoffered cut for the Aimpoint ACRO P-1 optic, which means as soon asAimpoint starts shipping units, Victory First will have a direct mountoption available for those that want to run a RDS on their guns, butdon’t want to utilize a dovetail mount, or an optic with a plastic lens.
While the V43 was originally designed for the G43, it *should* dropdirectly on to both the newly announced G43X and G48 models from Glock.This should make those wanting to immediately mount the newest red dot,onto the newest Glock, extremely happy. Final pricing has not beenannounced yet, but the ACRO cut V43 slide should be available for“around $700” sans optic. For more information visitwww.victory-first.com.