I Carry: Glock G43 in a Tulster Profile AIWB Holster

posted on November 24, 2017

Welcome to another episode of "I Carry," Shooting Illustrated's weekly video series covering the guns and gear needed to put together an ideal everyday-carry kit. Today, we have a Glock G43 pistol in a Tulster Profile AIWB holster. Rounding out the gear is a Tulster Echo magazine carrier, a SureFire Sidekick flashlight, an Ontario Knife Company UtiliTac II folding knife and a DeSantis Gunhide Plain Lined Belt.

The Gun: Glock G43 ($519.99) 

Glock unveiled its G43 pistol in 2015, providing the market with a single-stack 9mm with all of the functionality and durability found in the company’s larger double-stack models. The single-stack design allows for easy carry, thanks to the gun’s slim profile. The G43 measures in at barely more than an inch wide.

Other features of the G43 include a six-round magazine capacity, a beavertail-style frame extension that allows for a high, solid grip, and enhanced texturing similar to that found on the company’s Gen 4 handguns. Unloaded, the pistol weighs almost 18 ounces.

The Holster: Tulster Profile IWB Holster ($64.99)

We paired up the G43 with the Profile IWB holster from Tulster, which is made from Kydex and features a minimalist design, using as little material as possible to provide users with a low-profile carry option. The holster is form-fitted to the 43, providing audible, positive and adjustable retention, and features an undercut trigger guard that allows for a full firing grip before drawing. The rig is attached to the belt with an injection-molded belt clip and can be carried in a strong-side or appendix position.

The Mag Carrier: Tulster Echo Magazine Carrier ($44.99)

You can pack a reload for your Glock with Tulster’s Echo Magazine carrier, which is perfectly molded to the profile of the G43 magazine. The carrier uses the same low-profile design as the holster and can be oriented for inside or outside the waistband carry. The carrier also features an angled finger-index point for proper hand positioning when going for a reload.

The Flashlight: SureFire Sidekick ($79.99)

An easy-to-carry illumination tool is a great addition to any EDC kit, and the SureFire Sidekick is one of the smallest options on the market, measuring just 2.5 inches long and weighing only 2 ounces. Attached easily to any keychain, the light features 3 different settings, with a maximum output of 300 lumens.

The Knife: Ontario Knife Company UtiliTac II ($44.95)

Rounding out our EDC essentials, the Utilitac II from Ontario Knife Company is a solid daily-use knife, featuring a stainless-steel 3.5-inch drop-point blade. The knife opens easily with ambidextrous thumb studs and can be set up for both tip-up or tip-down carry, depending on your preference.

The Belt: DeSantis Gunhide Plain Lined Belt ($72.99)

Securing this rig, we have a 1.5-inch wide DeSantis Gunhide plain-lined belt, which is built with extra-thick saddle leather. It’s suede-lined, which gives it a little extra texture and keeps it solidly in-place around your waist. The belts can be had in black or tan leather.


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