With the (formal) introduction of the Glock 43 slim line 9mm subcompact week before last (after weeks of leaks) there has been much video, information and debate that has already accompanied this sought after pistol that is being pitched to the concealed carry masses.
Let us look at what we know...
What Smyrna says:
Glock themselves has built an entire site dedicated to the new piece that includes a promo video and lots of decent graphics and specs and an availability locator to highlight the gun.
The gun is a clear offering to the more than 11 million concealed carry permit holders out there, as well as legions who open or constitutional carry under their local laws. In fact, Glock confirms this with the preamble on the site that reads,
"The G43 is our new single stack 9mm pistol. The G43 is the most highly desired and anticipated release in GLOCK history. Designed to be the favored back up or last resort option for both civilian and law enforcement use, this subcompact slimline design is the perfectly balanced answer to your everyday concealed carry needs. It is ultra-concealable, accurate, and comfortable for all shooters regardless of hand size."
It's all about the specs
Overall, the new gun falls between the G26 (Glock's legacy double stack subcompact 9mm) and the new U.S.-made G42 .380 introduced last year. At 6.26-inches overall, with a 5.20-inch long sight rail, it's pretty compact. Where it really shines though is that at its widest point, you are looking at a 1-inch (well, technically 1.02-inch) gun.
While its not the smallest 9mm pistol on the market (as Triangle Tactical points out, the Ruger LC9 and Kahr CM9 are shorter in profile and the Springfield Armory XDS is a tad slimmer), Glock has long relied on its utter reliability in action as proven by its wide adoption in military and LE circles.
Glock advises that they have done their testing and homework on the pistol and say "From the 64 grain to the 147 grain bullet, the all new G43 will function within the full spectrum of available ammunition."
And of course, if you aren't a 9mm guy, keep in mind that Glock has had the slimline single stack G36, an under-appreciated 6+1 shot .45ACP gun on the market since 1997. (Keep in mind the 36 is only 1.1-inches wide, 6.96-inches long, and weighs but about a quarter pound more unloaded than the G43.)
Here's what Mas thought of the new gun
Massad Ayoob reviews the new Glock 43
For a little more in-depth and hands on:
Iraqveteran8888 spends a good half hour working a G43 and spends lots of time with it
While holster makers are no doubt scrambling to produce G43 kydex and leather, and you can likely expect a flood of offerings by this fall, NRA luminary and commentator Colion Noir reports that the gun "fits just about perfect in my M&P Shield comp-tac holster."
With the upcoming NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits in Nashville this week, Glock is set to put this little beauty in the hands of some 70,000 interested attendees, and you can be sure that there will be a lot more info and impressions available shortly after. You can bet it will be among the most popular booths there.
So with all this in mind, what do you think? IS the G43 the unicorn that everyone has been wanting? Drop your comments below.