The G43 is our new single stack, 9mm pistol. The G43 is the most highly desired and anticipated release in GLOCKs history.
The G43 is the answer to your everyday concealed carry needs. It’s ultra-concealable, accurate and fantastic for all shooters regardless of hand size.
The grip has a built-in beaver tail design which allows the shooter to acquire a high and tight grip.
The aggressive texture of the grip lets the shooter more easily operate the pistol. The large magazine catch allows for easy removal of the six round magazine. Engineered to the same standards, the G43 can withstand the same tortures as other GLOCK pistols.
Glock wanted to have a gun that was truly purposely designed for concealed carry. So they introduced the Glock 42, which was a 380 single stack, Glock nine millimeter. The Glock 42 is a great gun in its own right.
You can read more on it in our Glock 42 review, but it still wasn’t 9mm and it was larger than most of the other 380 pistols on the market. Glock fans were very disappointed. They hoped that Glock would come up with something to compete with the Smith and Wesson Shield.
A smart move on Glock’s part, they did not release the 9mm version of the Glock 42. That is until after the Glock 42 had been on the market long enough for enough users to fall in love with the G42. Instead of selling one gun, Glock was able to sell two guns by delaying the release of the Glock 43.
That was a fantastic business strategy on Glock’s part.
The Glock 43, when it was introduced, became immediately successful. It did not have any teething issues because Glock had designed the Glock 43 side-by-side with the Glock 42. So all the initial problems of the Glock 42 were taken into account when they released the production version of the Glock 43.
Role-Based Off Size
The Glock 43 is a very small firearm. It’s not going to be a full-sized gun that you’re going to want to use for fun on the range or any kind of overt duty use. If you’re carrying this gun on duty as a law enforcement officer or a security guard or anything like that, then this gun is likely going to be a backup weapon. Not a primary, but it makes a great primary for concealed carry.
Glock 43 Concealed Carry
You can conceal carry the Glock 43 at multiple positions. You can do IWB carry, appendix inside the waistband carry or OWB carry. We’re going to go over the pros and cons of each carry position for the Glock 43.
When we’re speaking about IWB carry, we’re referring to the three to five o’clock position or the nine to seven o’clock position if you’re a left-handed shooter. IWB carry also covers appendix carry, but we’re going to cover that separately.
For IWB carry, the Glock 43 is very good due to its slim profile. It’s also a really small footprint gun, and because of that, it just conceals really well.
One complaint you might no think about when carrying at three to five o’clock position, is the short muzzle could be an issue. The reason I say that is the short barrel can oftentimes poke into your butt instead of sitting over it.
If you’re flatter in your rear section, this gun is going to be very comfortable. The shorter muzzle will mean that if you’re wearing a shorter t-shirt or button-down shirt. Whatever kind of shirt you’re wearing, a short muzzle is not likely to poke you out the back of your pants like a long gun might.
Appendix carry for the Glock 43 is fairly easy due to its small size. But again, the length of the slide is going to become an issue here. This gun is very short and if you’re carrying it in the appendix and you want to be able to get a full grip on the gun from the holster.
Then the gun is going to sit very high in your belt line. A lot of that weight is going to be sitting over the belt. While the belt is torquing on the bottom of the pistol.
This means is you’re going to have a lot of pressure being placed into your groin. This comes from the slide pressing into your groin. It’s a result of the grip of the gun wanting to tip out away from the belt. A longer muzzle helps alleviate this.
If you’re carrying appendix with a Glock 43, unless you’re carrying it with a very low ride height, so the grip of the gun is sitting on top of the belt itself. I would suggest going with a longer holster like one made for the Glock 48.
If you are carrying a gun for concealment in the OWB position, this is one of the better options. The areas that are most likely to print when you’re carrying OWB are the overall thickness of the gun.
This gun is very thin and the gun doesn’t sit as close to your body since it’s sitting outside of your pants. And again, gravity is working to pull the gun away from you.
Having an OWB holster that is in the pancake format helps as a thin holster is always better. It sits tighter to the body, but also having a holster with adjustable cant is highly suggested.
As the G43 won’t print as bad if you have adjustable cant. As small as this gun is, if your holster only has 15 degrees of built-in cant it will still conceal really well. At least for most people in body types.
With its six-round flush fit capacity, the Glock 43 isn’t what you’d call a high-capacity handgun. Considering their options like the SIG P365 on the market now, the Glock 43 seems lacking.
When compared to the SIG P365 and the Springfield Armory Hellcat. The gun is very slick and slim. It has a short grip and the slide itself has nothing fancy on it. There are no forward serrations.
This gun is designed to be a carry-on through and through. There is no other purpose for this firearm. It is not a firearm that is built for joy, it’s just your basic carry gun.
You can add a good set of sights to this gun as well. The magazines themselves are standard Glock over-molded polymer and steel line magazines. There are a variety of companies that make aftermarket magazines for the Glock 43.
Some of those even hold up to 15 rounds, although they’ll stick out of the gun a lot. There are a variety of companies making extensions for the Glock 43 that will work for concealed carry. You can easily add a plus three-round magazine to this firearm. Plus two extensions are the most common.