Glock 43

I was working the NRA convention on Saturday and got a chance to BS with the block guys and finger bang the 43.  They expected to start shipping 3000 per day starting yesterday, all the aftermarket sights for the 42 will fit the 43.  I liked it I will probably pick one up when my LGS has a blue label ting around.  If the crowds around the booth were any indication they will sell a ton of these little guys

6 of us sent paperwork  in on Monday morning. Hopefully the distributor will get back to us this week.

Unknown when they might be delivered.

Not much for holsters out there yet but I should think that Galco & DeSantis & Bianchi should have concealment holsters available in a month or so.

I just got my Mika holster for my G42 that fits on the straps on my body armor. The workmanship is excellent and it's quite comfortable.

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Tracking Gunbroker, they seem to be out and moving. Buy it now went from low of $900 yesterday to $650 today.  I'll wait three weeks and see where they are. I don't need to be the first kid on the block to have it.

"Hold my beer and watch this"

A couple guys I work with went and picked up a couple yesterday.  Just handling and dry firing, I was struck by how nice the trigger was.  This is what Glock should have been putting in their guns all along.  Firm, crisp, and with minimal overtravel, at least for a Glock.  Much nicer out of the box than a new G19, G26, and G34 I have.  

 

Size wise, I thought it would be smaller than it was.  Side by side with my Shield, virtually identical.    

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Originally Posted by KLR_Redux:

I carry an M&P .40C for duty and own a Shield that I purchased for off duty.  I find that I almost never carry the Shield as the .40C is small enough for the majority of my carry. J-Action gave the "formal dress" example, and I have to concur.  The 43 seems cool enough, I have just found that my Shield doesn't get as much use as I anticipated.  No need in my book.

My solution to the "formal dress problem" is to just not dress formally, ever. 

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Originally Posted by gulf1263:

I am probably wrong here but I think the popularity of the 9mm S&W Shield got their attention.

The Shield has been an entry drug into the M&P system 

 
+1
 
This bait and switch with the shield-->M&P worked on me. I still don't know how they planted those subliminal thoughts, "But the M&Pc is just a little bigger with twice as many rounds..."  
 
I would have to think the reverse thing would be true for the 43-->19. The reasoning is just reversed, "I'm not giving up much for a lot smaller package..." at the end of the day, either way, you end up with two guns, where one was probably OK.
 
Little guns are gateway drugs.  Never heard it that way before, but that would explain a lot of my collection
 
CR.
 
 
 
 
Originally Posted by Teufelhund3066:
 

My solution to the "formal dress problem" is to just not dress formally, ever. 

 

Believe me brother, I wouldn't either if I could help it. Aside from Florida being... Florida, I jokingly told the wife last year my goal was to go an entire year wearing nothing but shorts and a t-shirt, which we almost pulled off.

 

But, brother in law gets married, and we have to wear dress clothes, so she can have some nice photos from the wedding. The last time I was dressed formally was at my friends wedding 15 years ago... and only because I was the best man...

 

Honestly, this gun will sit in the safe the bulk of the time, only coming out for range days and some practice time, but, for that one specific niche, I will now have a suitable piece to fill it. I suspect it will be quite a while before I have to attend another wedding/funeral.

 

The flip side of this of course, is that we bought two... The second, will be filling the 42's role for the wife. I've never been happy about .380 as a carry piece, but the glock is a glock. Ours has performed flawlessly, and rather than complaining that she's lugging around the weight of a 19 with a light in her purse, she gladly carries the 42. The 43 will just be filling that role for her every day carry.

 

I am still not happy about the purse carry, and working on getting her to carry it on her body, but that's a whole separate battle.

 

I'd rather her have it in the purse than not at all, and 9mm>.380. On the few times she's had to meet someone to buy something/anything had a open possibility of being afoul she has at least stuffed the holster in the pants prior to the meeting. 

 

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There was mention that the G42 sights will fit the G43.

I purchased mine and my wife's G43s today.

LGS easily put G42 Trijicon HD yellow front on my G43.

Wife wants to wait for a bit on her's.

I had no interest in a Glock 43, until I held one and dry fired it today.

 

The front and back of the grip is more squared, vs. the rounded feel of the Shield. I have large hands, and when I try to grip the Shield, it has a tendency to roll just a bit in my hand. Especially if shooting one handed.  The Glock 43 is just squared enough that when I gripped it, it felt very solid and my hand could lock down on the gun easily. 

 

The gun is just enough smaller than a Shield to make a difference on the rare occasion that I pocket carry a pistol.

 

I won't be in a rush to sell off my Shields, but I am going to order a blue label gun this evening. 

 

 

 

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I walked into one of the local stores yesterday with the wife. They had a few Blue Label Glock 43's. I left with one and a Ruger LC9S for the wife.

 

I need to get night sights for it and it will be my new backup. It will probably replace my 27 for off duty carry as well.

 

I haven't had a chance to shoot it yet, but I like the way it feels.and it disappears strapped to my vest.

Jim
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About 300 rounds through my G43 to date.  Mostly by academy students and LE instructors.  This is going to be popular.  My 2nd one won't be available until June.  The pocket holster from Crimson Trace, built for the G42, fits it very well.

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Telling ain't training........listening is not learning.

 

I'm by no means a SME,but I have shot in GSSF matches for the past 18 years and made Master in 2012. I picked up my G-43 Thursday and was able to put around 150 rounds downrange Friday between thunderstorms. I had four different factory loads on hand : WW 147 T-Series , WW 124 +P Bonded , R-P 147 Golden Saber , R-P 115 MC as well as my 147 gr. hand load. The shots that are taped over were shot at 15 yards before adjusting my sights. The 42 shots that you see in the target were fired at 10 yards starting from a low ready firing 7 rounds with 1/2 to 3/4 seconds splits and are a combination of all five loads fired.The felt recoil even with the +P ammo seemed no different than a G-26 to me.Some comparison pictures. 

G-42 / G-43 / G-26

 

 

 

 

G-19 / G-26 / G-43 / G-42

 

 

 

 

 

Has anyone tried to see if the Vickers slide catch and magazine release made for the 42 will work in this pistol as well? I do know that the 42 sights will fit.  Mine is supposed to be here tomorrow, so I'd like to get it on order. I will hold off on ordering a magazine release until I shoot it, but I'm sure I'll want the slide catch.

 

Update with I picked up the gun today. No need for a larger magazine catch, but I'll definitely want the slide catch. I should get the sights on tonight.

 

Second update with according to LAV's Bookface page, Tango Down had someone perform 100 slide lock reloads using their 42 catch in the 43 with no issues. Tango Down's calling it good to go.

 

Third update in that I ran 75 rounds of Aguila ball through the pistol on Saturday with no issues. The Vickers slide catch came in from Midway yesterday, so I will try to install it by the weekend.

"Hold my beer and watch this"

Got mine yesterday; I've put 85 rounds through it (all I had in the car - Federal 115 range).

 

Did not have capacity to test for mechanical accuracy, but at 7 and 10 yards the plate rack was easy.

 

I was very impressed with the felt recoil/ muzzle flip - beyond my expectation, as was mentioned, reminiscent of the G26.  I was able to clear the plate rack in comparable times to my G19.  I will continue shooting, and evaluating, but as of now, I like it.

 

Not that it matters much, but no malfunctions as yet.

 

The only quirk that I'm not really accustomed to is that the magazine has to be inserted like perfectly straight, if you put any lateral tension on the magazine, the magazine catch cutout on the magazine will hang up on the magwell.  I'm not very used to single stack weapons, so that was new.

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Originally Posted by EzGoingKev:

 Not that it would be a deal breaker to me but it just felt heavier than I thought it would.

Until I saw the pics I thought the 43 was the same size as the 42. I guess since it is slightly larger it makes sense it is heavier.

 

 

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Originally Posted by K.O.A.M.:

Has anyone tried to see if the Vickers slide catch and magazine release made for the 42 will work in this pistol as well? I do know that the 42 sights will fit.

I got hold of a technical drawing of the 43 early on and provided it to Tango Down so they could figure that out. I haven't heard anything back though. I will update if Jeff gets back to me. I know he is interested in supporting the platform. 

I continue to be amazed, but not surprised.

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A Vicker's mag release is pretty much an "instant do" for me on all my Gen4 pistols, but, frankly, with my G43 in my hand, I don't think it's really needed.  The grip is so much smaller, I have absolutely no issues activating the magazine release without adjusting my grip.

 

I'd almost be worried that an "up sized" mag release might be TOO easy to activate - as in unintentionally activated (this is an issue for me occasionally with the PM9).

 

On a side note, my G43 arrived today, picked it up this afternoon.  I have little to add to other observations on here, except that I don't think the trigger is any heavier than any other stock Glock trigger I've used, and the break is VERY crisp.

 

Regards,

 

Kevin

 

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My local gunshop/indoor range got their first Glock 43 last week. They are keeping this one as a sample/rental. They sent out an email inviting people to come in and try it. So I did.

I ran 50 rounds through it. Not surprisingly, it shot much like a Glock 42, with a little more recoil . . .

I have a blue label gun on order and will buy some appropriate holsters as soon as they are available

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Picked up my blue label 43 yesterday. Hit the range today and put 300rds downrange. A mix of WIN NATO, FED 115gr JHP (standard and +P+), WIN 127gr+P+ JHP, Speer GD 124gr JHP, Sellior & Bellot & PPU 115gr FMJ.

It shot everything equally well as far as accuracy and not one single issue in reliability. I must admit I shoot regular size Glocks a lot better, including my 42 .380. I was kinda upset I wasn't more accurate with it. I did put a set of Tijicon HDs on it when I run Heinie Ledges on my other Glocks. That could be it and I've already decided to sell these to my brother for his 43 and I'm getting the Heinies for mine.

My big hands took a beating today with the 43. I always get slide bite on the right side of my thumb by the left rear of the slide. But I also tore a nice hunk off the ring finger by the checkering, what little there is.

Overall I'm happy with it and it has replaced my J frames for now. Once I get the Heinies on I'll hit the range again and see how the accuracy hopefully improves.


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I haven't read through the entire thread so forgive me if this has been answered but...are any companies on the road to making holsters for the 43 yet? Also, TTI has come out with their +1 and +2 base plates. Taran butler made a video earlier and they look good.

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DeSantis has Glock 43 holsters listed and you can order them but they aren't available yet. I don't think they have mag pouches available at this time.

Galco & Bianchi don't have anything listed for the G43 yet.

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I put another 50 American Eagle 124 FMJ, and one magazine of Cor Bon 115 +p HP; still nothing of note.

 

Coltjeeper:  it appears that you're my hand doppleganger; I always get some bite with the beavertail backstrap on my gen4 +'s, but the G43 seems to go deeper...I didn't think to get the gore picture, but my G43 was lubed with blood as well:

 

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Originally Posted by nightschneider:

I put another 50 American Eagle 124 FMJ, and one magazine of Cor Bon 115 +p HP; still nothing of note.

 

Coltjeeper:  it appears that you're my hand doppleganger; I always get some bite with the beavertail backstrap on my gen4 +'s, but the G43 seems to go deeper...I didn't think to get the gore picture, but my G43 was lubed with blood as well:

 

glockthumb

 

I can prevent this if I make a conscious effort to watch my grip. After it opens up pretty good you'll start making sure because it can hurt pretty good, lol. I'd say the +P+ rounds did the number on my ring finger. 

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Originally Posted by Tropleo:

       
I haven't read through the entire thread so forgive me if this has been answered but...are any companies on the road to making holsters for the 43 yet? Also, TTI has come out with their +1 and +2 base plates. Taran butler made a video earlier and they look good.

       


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Originally Posted by K.O.A.M.:

Has anyone tried to see if the Vickers slide catch and magazine release made for the 42 will work in this pistol as well? I do know that the 42 sights will fit.

Larry Vickers posted on his FB account today that the G42 Vickers/TangoDown slide lock works.

"Good news Glock 43 fans ; the guys at TangoDown confirmed with 100 slide slide lock reloads today that our G42 Vickers slide stop works in the G43

Baseplate and mag catch are in the works but the slide stop is good to go"

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For me, the J-frame is a VERY niche gun - mine only comes out of the safe in the winter, and rides in my coat pocket while my primary is buried under layers of clothing.

 

I have a PM9 and the G43.  The pistols are pretty identical in OAH and width, the G42 is about 1/2" longer, to my scientifically uncalibrated eyeball.  Capacity is a wash.  The Kahr is 2 ounces lighter - not a huge difference, but noticeable.

 

Where the G43 shines, IMHO, is in providing a workable trigger that's similar to my primary, and in offering plenty of affordable and installable options on night sights.  Plus, I've had issues on and off with my PM9 with the magazine dropping free unintentionally - a combination of a "soft" magazine release that can activate with very light pressure, and a magazine that doesn't drop free very well - so the mag gets just slightly out of lock, resulting in a single shot pistol.  Kahrs are also known for popping the first round out of the magazine kept for reloading - I've had this happen in my pocket and in magazine pouches.

 

If you already have a Kahr, it's reliable and works for you (trigger and whatnot), I don't see what the G43 offers.  If you're looking for a vest/pocket carry that mimics your primary and you're a Glock guy, I'd say go for it.

 

Regards,

 

Kevin

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Thanks for the info Kevin. I live in Phoenix so a pocket gun is a necessity. I bought a cm9 a few years ago and it turned out to be a GIGANTIC POS. I traded it to a buddy for an aim point and went back to the J Frame/g19/p7 rotation. 

I specialize in Bird Law...

I tried IWB and AIWB in the past with a G22/17, a G19, a G27, and various holsters but it just wasn't comfortable for me. That leaves pocket (and a j frame) or OWB. I can get away with OWB carry of my g19 from December to April but the rest of the year is hot as balls Out here.

 

When I eventually buy a G43 I guess I'll try AIWB/IWB again.

I specialize in Bird Law...

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