Glock Model G43 Single-Stack 9 mm

by
posted on March 18, 2015
glock43_9.jpg

Yes, the Glock G43 subcompact single-stack pistol is real.

The long-awaited semi-automatic falls between the long-established double-stack 9 mm G26 "Baby Glock" and the recently introduced single-stack .380 ACP-caliber G42. We got an early look at the G43 and even got to handle and shoot it next to a G26 and G42. And the G43 revealed itself to be …

… a Glock. It handled well, the controls were familiar and it went bang every time we pulled the trigger.

There has been considerable demand for this gun, given Glock's loyal customer base and the arrival of several competing brands into the market niche for flat subcompacts in 9 mm. This is primarily due to both the burgeoning concealed-carry market and the re-ascendancy of the 9 mm, thanks to high-performance bullet designs from major ammunition manufacturers. Despite the presence of numerous other makes in the market segment, the Smyrna, GA-made G43 has consumers eagerly waiting for it.

Since the introduction of the G17 30 years ago, Glock pistols' unusual assemblage of features (polymer frames, double-action-only triggers and double-stack magazines) has always been a strong selling point. That those features no longer seem unusual is evidence of just how successful the company and its products have been. It seems counter-intuitive that Glock should develop a hot seller by eliminating one of those features, but a flat subcompact that can easily be worn in a pocket holster has tremendous appeal for those who carry concealed yet want a pistol with some oomph.

There are also those consumers who have smaller hands. Okay, women. (Who're we kidding?) Yes, women tend to have smaller hands and some of them have found the grip circumference of a double-stack just a bit too much for them. Given that women are one of the fastest growing demographics among gun buyers, the G43 couldn't get here fast enough.

Look for more on the G43 soon at shootingillustrated.com and a full review of it in a future print edition of Shooting Illustrated.

Latest

cartridge cases
cartridge cases

Solving Issues with Brass Casings

Recently, while shooting a Norinco SKS, I experienced a failure to go into battery. Upon removing the cartridge, I found the round to be “shrouded” by another brass casing.

Handgun Grip Vs. Hold: What's the Difference?

Grip and hold on the firearm are often viewed by handgun shooters as one and the same. However, seasoned defensive and competitive shooters break down handgun shooting stability into two distinctly but equally essential subcomponents: grip versus hold.

First Look: FN America FN 303 Tactical Less Lethal Launcher

New from FN America is the FN 303 Tactical Less Lethal Launcher with a modular chassis system that allows operators and armorers to quickly customize the buttstock, grip or sighting system.

First Look: Diamondback Sidekick Rimfire Revolver

Diamondback Firearms is introducing the Diamondback Sidekick, a 9-shot, single- and double-action rimfire revolver that has an interchangeable swing-out cylinder.

Wilson Combat Unveils Their Latest Expansion

Wilson Combat recently underwent a $10 million upgrade to its facilities, which will help the company keep pace with ever-growing demand. 

Springfield Armory Donates Firearms, Equipment to Lake Ozark PD

Springfield Armory has donated guns and equipment to the city of Lake Ozark (MO) Police Department to ensure its officers can effectively protect and serve the law-abiding citizens in its jurisdiction.

Interests



Get the best of Shooting Illustrated delivered to your inbox.