What makes the Glock 43 special? Like many Glock 26 9mm handgun owners, we chose the 26 for a reason, mostly because of its smaller size compared to the larger 19 or 17 models. That being said, many considered it “fat” and wondered aloud, “Imagine if this could be the same gun, but just slimmer” – for even better conceal-ability. Fast forward to today and we have it: the popular Glock 43 frame chambered in 9mm. Sure we gave up a round or two of ammunition in the magazine, but who cares? IT’S SLIM! And unless you have huge hands, it fits very nicely into your hands. It’s a smooth shooter with familiar sights and functionality.
Slimmer And More Compact Glock 43
The Glock 43 is simply classic Glock overall, basing on its appearance. The slide has a nice nitro carburized finish that makes it corrosion-resistant. It has an oversized Gen 4 configuration mag release which is very easy to activate. Out of the box, this handgun normally comes with 2 six-round mags. It also has a nice Gen 4 texturing which allows small hands to get a good grip on this pistol's one-inch width frame. This Glock has a length of only 6 inches, a width of slightly over an inch, and a height of 4.25 inches.
The Difference from Other Pistols
In terms of how the parts are set up, one thing that makes the Glock 43 different from others is the connector in the rear. It has a different shape compared to most standard pistols. The trigger pull also feels a little bit different with its leaf spring. With the trigger mechanism fit inside a smaller frame, more pressure is required in the uptake process. The striker safety also has a unique oval shape as opposed to other Glocks' usual round shape.
Glock 43 vs 26
The Glock 26 is the original baby Glock. Both pistols look very similar if you stack the Glock 43 and Glock 26 on top of each other. Although, the 26 is as fat as any other Glock, while the 43 has a much slimmer profile. In some situations, it's easier to carry the Glock 43. You know you have a hit when the custom guys start taking notice – and they have. Here is the latest from Boresight Solutions in Florida. Their custom Glock 43 custom work features cutouts on the slide, grip stippling, a new trigger, and more.
Check out the full video review from our friend MrGunsnGear:
Now the question and debate are on. Is the Glock 43 the perfect carry gun? I have watched this debate for a few months now and am starting to wonder what really is wrong with the Glock 43 as a carry option for many, if not all of us. Overall, the Glock 43 is great and reliable for concealed carry. A lot of small guns have terrible triggers but not this Glock. For a gun of this size, the Glock 43 is one of the most shootable guns out there. It's definitely an excellent pistol for concealed carry.
What can you say about the Glock 43 versus other pistol models? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in September 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.