Glock 43

I used a pair of channel locks with a rag to protect the mag from the jaws. Saw it on you tube. This was for 17 mags to add a +3 extension and spring, I am ASSuMEing they are contructed the same.

Joined  4/5/03  Location Maine

I know some of you guys complained about the trigger and swapped out the connector.

It appears Glock changed the connector out for one stamped "33564" stamped on it. Does anyone know if this fixes the complaints with the trigger?

Joined: 3/27/09          Location: Back in MA for now

My wife and I each have a G-43 and G-42. The 33564 connector helped on both of our G-43's but on only her G-42. My G-42 was one of the very first ones produced and has always had a heavier trigger pull than most all other G-42's I have tried.

TNYankee posted:

I appreciate the desire to ensure your 43 is ready for serious use, but don't overthink what the gun is, or what it can do. For a deep concealment or back-up, I don't think drop free mags are needed, or even desired. I'm not worried about night sights on a pocket pistol that most likely will be used at very personal distances. I'm just saying that the gun as is will do just fine in the intended role. It's not for gunfighting, it's for saving your ass, ideally in 7 rounds or less. Shoot it a bunch before tricking it out.

Thanks, I'm definitely keeping those factors in mind, but I put a lot of thought and analysis into any firearm purchase.  I haven't bought a pistol in 9 years, I think, and I have a pretty small collection to begin with, so each addition is pretty carefully thought out.  Night sights are a no-brainer for me, both because I just prefer to have them for reference in low light, and because I don't care for the standard Glock sight picture.  The factory sights only add about $50 to the cost of the Blue Label G43, which is still less than the normal price for one with standard sights. I'm certainly not in a hurry to add aftermarket parts, but I also like to standardize things between similar pistols (e.g. G17, G19, and G43).

I've fire both the Shield and G43, but not in the same session (my local range only lets you rent one at a time).  I stopped by the shop a couple days ago and asked to handle both of them side by side, and I immediately noticed the difference in the two grips.  The Shield grip is a little bigger in terms of the distance between the front and back straps, and I found that my hand just fits the G43 better. 

Regarding the G43 useage in what it can and cant' do, I think it's more capable than what many give it credit for.  The only mods I've made are: Wilson Combat U-notch rear (not tritium) with Tritium front, +2 base plates, Tango down mag release and slide stop.  I haven't dicked with the internals in any way, and that's saying something considering I am really not a fan of Glocks at all and am mediocre with most of them.  

After less than a month of ownership and 100 rounds through it I ran a few "big boy" pistol drills with the gun.  I ran a modified version of the "Test" 10 in 10 from 10 on a B8.  Since my gun maxes out at 9 in the gun, I ran it from concealment instead.

I scored 87/90 in 9.02 seconds with all hits in the black portion of a B8 from 10y...out of an INCOG aiwb with 147gr Ranger

 

Mind you, I also have large hands (size XL glove) and I really don't have a problem managing the grip (but I DO need that +2 extension for leverage too).   The reload times still aren't bad, but not as up to par vs. a full-size.  I feel far better about having 9 in the gun with a spare 8 rounder than I did in the days where I carried a J-frame and 5 in a speed strip.  

I ended up with the 43 over the Shield because a co-worker was showing me some stuff with his shield and "flipping the sear deactivation lever" to disassemble it.  I said fuck that.  At least I know all the in's and out's of a Glock...

There isn't much need to over-think it.

I carry mine as a shorts gun in a pocket holster, as 2nd Gun in an ankle holster and want to carry it wearing a suit etc. 

Is anybody carrying it in a suit and if so, what magazine pouch are you using?

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BKS posted:

I carry mine as a shorts gun in a pocket holster, as 2nd Gun in an ankle holster and want to carry it wearing a suit etc. 

Is anybody carrying it in a suit and if so, what magazine pouch are you using?

I used a Raven Concealment pocket shield with a BFG 10 speed mag pouch in a front pocket 

 

 

 

Joined: 10/16/10  Location: WA

Well I ordered a blue label this week. Going to pick it up in 2 weeks, waiting period is 3 days but with the academy I wont be back up by that store for 2 weeks. So now I'm looking to spend more money on it. By policy no weapon mods as of now so just changing the sights, and buying a holster. Its going to be a backup gun on duty and a carry gun in certain situations when my personal 19 isn't practical. Hows everyone carrying them as a backup? And what sights are you using? I'm stuck between Trij HDs and Ameriglo Hacks like I have on my g19.

A Dark Star Gear clip on holster looks like it might be nice too.

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shadow93 posted:

Well I ordered a blue label this week. Going to pick it up in 2 weeks, waiting period is 3 days but with the academy I wont be back up by that store for 2 weeks. So now I'm looking to spend more money on it. By policy no weapon mods as of now so just changing the sights, and buying a holster. Its going to be a backup gun on duty and a carry gun in certain situations when my personal 19 isn't practical. Hows everyone carrying them as a backup? And what sights are you using? I'm stuck between Trij HDs and Ameriglo Hacks like I have on my g19.

A Dark Star Gear clip on holster looks like it might be nice too.

I also have Hackathorn sights on my 43. You really can't go wrong with these or the HD sights though.

I wear a Safariland Oregon City vest on patrol. It has a built in holster/pocket that I carry my 43 in. If you're wearing a traditional concealed vest I would look into getting a holster that velcros to the vest. Before I had an external vest I carried my back up in this fashion in a homemade kydex holster.

 

 

 

Joined: 10/16/10  Location: WA

I last wore a uniform eons ago (eons defined as 3 decades plus, but for a backup I had an inexpensive nylon holster hanging on the left side  concealed body armor straps . Carried an S&W 459 there-don't take the model number to the bank, all I can recall for sure is that it was a blued smith 9mm smaller than the model 59

I carry my BUG (not currently a G43) in an IWB holster velcro backed to my front trauma plate, inside the pocket.   Here's a velcro backed holster from a friend's company that goes on the front of the vest,  http://piecekeepertactical.com...187/category=8230492

Joined 12/2/02          Location: Puyallup, WA

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I finally got a Blue Label with night sights last week after evaluating the G43 against the Shield for a couple months using rentals. I just found that the Glock fits my hand better than the Shield, and it feels much more familiar since I'm used to the G19. I also thought that the Shield felt kind of "sloppy," like the slide rattles around every time I handle it, which I found kind of irritating. Just an aesthetic thing, but it bothered me.

I put 400 rounds through the Glock this weekend and initially had trouble putting shots on target, but I found in my second range session that when I tighten up my grip more than I'm accustomed to, it brings me back on target. I'm still pulling it to the left a bit by anticipating the recoil, but that's a bad habit I'm trying to break that I developed with all pistols.

I've been shooting with two Pearce +1 extensions with Glockstore +10% springs and a third mag with a Vickers +2. All of them functioned flawlessly, as did the pistol itself, but I'm going to continue to test the mags to ensure they're working reliably before I trust them.

I just ordered the Vickers extended mag release and slide stop from Midway (plus one of the $19 mags). Both factory parts are a little too flush for my liking, but I'm a little concerned the Vickers versions might interfere with certain holsters (I haven't settled on one yet but am leaning towards Kydex to accommodate a TLR-6 when I eventually get one).

i think this little Glock is going to work well for my needs. Believe it or not, this is the first pistol I've bought in ten years, so I'm excited to put it through its paces.

Dave

3ACR_Scout posted:

I finally got a Blue Label with night sights last week after evaluating the G43 against the Shield for a couple months using rentals. I just found that the Glock fits my hand better than the Shield, and it feels much more familiar since I'm used to the G19.

Dave

We sell a lot Shields and G43s.  You've essentially described the choice.  Both are good guns and effectively the same size when you look at the external dimensions.  However, they feel very different and consequently, some hands prefer one over the other.

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Joined:  2/24/2003                          Location:  Nevada, USA

Thought I'd share a quick update on my G43 experience.  I took it to the range after installing the Vickers extended parts. The extended magazine release is great, but the slide lock definitely does not work for me. It works well on my other Glocks, but on the smaller frame of the 43, my right thumb rests on top of it and gets cut up by the rear corner of the lever when the pistol recoils. I tried to shift my grip (not something I want to have to do) so my thumb a little lower, but that caused me to push up on the lever and lock the slide back inadvertently while firing. I switched back to the factory part and took it to the range again, and the problem went away. Not a big deal, since I release the slide by coming over the top with my left hand anyway. I also noticed that now that I've reached 900 rounds through this pistol, things have loosened up a little to where I can release the slide with the factory lever (with a little bit of effort).

One point of frustration with the slide release issues was that I had taken a variety of JHPs to the range that day to test the reliability of the Pearce and Vickers extended baseplates. Due to the issues with the slide locking back prematurely, I couldn't tell whether the JHPs were feeding reliably. I'm pretty sure that one 124 gr +P Gold Dot (a round others have reported issues with in the G43) misfeed on the last round.  Sig, Browning, Winchester SXTs, and 147 gr Gold Dots all seemed to function fine.  I got one Taran Tactical +1 baseplate for a decent price off Amazon and will test that one next time I get to the range.

I just got my TLR-6 in the mail yesterday and mounted it last night.  I really like this little light, and for only 100 lumens, it seems bright enough for most situations. For comparison, I also got a TLR-1 HL for my G19, which is crazy bright! I have a Stealth Gear IWB holster on the way for the G43 / TLR-6 combo - I liked the reviews I read of their products. Pretty happy overall with this little pistol.

Dave

Big B, 

Until your post, I didn't know anyone made a screw-on comp for a G43.  So, no have not tried one.  But thanks for the lead.  

I do have a KKM Comp'ed barrel on order for my G19 and am anxious to see how well that works.  

As to the G43, I use mine for times and places where either small size storage or carry is optimized, as a bug or going to walk the dog gun.  For me, small outweighs adding length to the overall piece.  But it would be interesting to shoot the stock and comp'ed versions side by side on a timer and see if it makes a material difference.  

On the G19, unless you already have a threaded barrel, based on a real quick internet search, by the time you buy a decent threaded barrel and the TBR Comp, you are getting pretty close to the good guy price of a KKM and Comp.  YMMV

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Joined: 29 May 2008          Location: AZ

I just read this write up on AMMOLAND about a G43 done in a "Roland style"

 

https://www.ammoland.com/2017/...600409#axzz4f1PrfbvC

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B0308,

I have a comp on my 19 with a delta point pro which I'm liking more than I expected. 

I understand the hesitation to make a BUG/pocket gun bigger. When I first got my 43 I actually wished they gave it a slightly longer barrel/slide.

 

 

 

Joined: 10/16/10  Location: WA

Big B,

Yup I'm a barrel away from a RS. So far, with a G19 with an RMR06, "-" connector and NY2 Spring it a really nice shooting Glock. We'll see what difference the Comp makes. 

Good luck with the G43 

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Joined: 29 May 2008          Location: AZ

Midway has mags on sale again. $16.74 per mag. One day only.

http://www.midwayusa.DOT/s?targetLocation=%2F_%2FN-0%2B23162%3FNp%3D2%26Nr%3DAND%2528p_visible%253A1%252Ccustomertypeid%253A1%252Cp_promotionid%253A1114530%2529%26Nrpp%3D48%26Ns%3Dp_metric_sales_velocity%257C1%26Ntpc%3D1%26Ntpr%3D1&userItemsPerPage=48

Joined: 3/27/09          Location: Back in MA for now

Big B posted:

 

I understand the hesitation to make a BUG/pocket gun bigger. When I first got my 43 I actually wished they gave it a slightly longer barrel/slide.

A G43 with a TBRCi comp and TTI mag extension will sorta be like having a soft shooting single stack G19.

My wife is actually considering such a setup as her new CCW, except she has no desire to have an RDS sight mounted on it.

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