In response to consumer demands for increased capacity in its single-stack, subcompact pistol lineup, Glock announced the launch of the new G43X in 2019. The new pistol features an increased grip length, which is able to accommodate a longer magazine, providing a 10-round magazine capacity versus the original G43's six-round capacity.
"With the success of the Slimline series in the marketplace and over one million Glock G43 pistols sold in just three years, the Slimline series pistols have been tested, trusted and proven," Glock, Inc. VP Josh Dorsey said. "We listened to the consumer's request for a Glock Slimline model with increased round capacity."
Both the G43 and the G43X feature the same barrel length, measuring in at 3.41 inches long. Thanks to the increased grip profile of the G43X, the overall length of the new model clocks in at 6.5 inches, while the original G43 measures 6.26 inches in overall length. Of course, the significant dimensional difference comes with the increased grip-frame height, which measures 5.04 inches on the G43X, compared to the 4.25-inch height of the original G43. However, the width of the guns remains similar, measuring just 1.1 inches on the G43X. With a loaded magazine, the Glock G43X weighs 23.07 ounces, compared to the 20.4-ounce loaded weight of the Glock G43.
In a departure from the company's traditional, all-black finishes, the Glock G43X ships with a silver-colored nPVD slide finish, producing an attractive, contrasting finish between the frame and slide. The silver-colored finish is a variant of the same slide finished used on the company's coyote-tan G19X, which held up in aggressive military testing. In keeping with enhancements found on several of Glock's recent handgun releases, like the G45, the Glock G43X is also equipped with slide serrations at the front and rear.
Other elements included on the Glock G43X are an integrated frame beavertail, protecting a user's strong hand from slide bite, a reversible magazine catch and the same match-grade, hexagonally rifled Glock Marksman Barrel used in all of the company's Gen 5 guns. The Glock G43X is available with three different sight options: standard polymer sights, Glock Night Sights or Ameriglo BOLD sights. The suggested retail price on the Glock G43X is $580.