Seen at SHOT Show 2019: Victory First V43 Pistol Slide

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posted on January 26, 2019
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Quite a lot has been written about the Victory First V43 slide, originally designed for the Glock G43 single stack handgun. The V43 slide springs forth from the mind of Matt Jacques, owner and operator of Victory First, one of the country’s premier training outfits aimed at the LEO/Mil/Privately Armed citizen crowd. Jacques wanted a way to maximize the full potential of the G43 platform, and get closer to what many people had been asking for for years, a single-stack G19.

The V43 solves quite a few issues with the original G43 slide, namely that shorter guns do not carry as comfortably in the AIWB position and you lose terminal effectiveness from even the best currently available 9mm 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 fired are reaching their minimum velocity threshold for ideal expansion/penetration. An additional benefit is of course the increased sight radius that a longer slide offers, as well as improved comfort for those who practice AIWB carry.

The V43 slide is also interesting in that their is already a factory offered cut for the Aimpoint ACRO P-1 optic, which means as soon as Aimpoint starts shipping units, Victory First will have a direct mount option available for those that want to run a RDS on their guns, but don’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* drop directly 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 been announced yet, but the ACRO cut V43 slide should be available for “around $700” sans optic. For more information visit www.victory-first.com.

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