Recently we had the opportunity to head down to Nashville for the NRA convention. This year we had the special treat of being invited to the GLOCK 43 launch party. It was a media only industry event where we had a chance to get hands-on with the just announced and soon to be released GLOCK 43.
As a huge fan of the P938 and as someone who has not enjoyed most other “pocket guns” my expectations were not very high for the gun. In all honesty, I went more to have a chance to catch up with Michelle V and get one on one with several of my media friends.
After a safety brief, signing of waivers and a rundown on the specs as well as differences from the 42 and 26 vs. the 43 then it was off to the range with a Colion Noir
- In each lane, there was the new single stack 9 accompanied by four magazines two with pinky extensions and two without.
The gun itself is just slightly larger than it little brother the 42 but packs the punch of a 9mm vs. a .380.
- Length: 159 mm / 6.26 in
- Width: 26 mm / 1.02 in
- Height: 108 mm / 4.25 in
- Length151 mm / 5.94 in.
- Width 24 mm / 0.94 in.
- Height 105 mm / 4.13 in
This gun is small, and light at only 17.95 oz unloaded. Logic would dictate that a light small gun in a 9mm caliber is going to be snappy or harder to control than a full-sized weapon. To my surprise as well as the three gunner I brought with me, the GLOCK did not demonstrate this typical trend. It was easy to control, flat shooting and most importantly it didn’t feel like it was trying to jump out of my hand. Even a full mag dump went off without an issue or hand repositioning.
This is a fighting gun, but it still offers good sights that make further out shots manageable. The trigger is on par with any other “Safe Action” GLOCK pistol. It will not take magazines from the 42 or the larger models so for right now you’re limited to GLOCK factory mags.
The only real flaw I have found with the gun is the capacity. Standard capacity is 6 and even with the extended pinky magazine you do not pick up an extra round or 2. Capacity is lacking compared to the shield with a 7 or 8 round capacity or even the P938 that offers 6 and 7. The good news is Taran Tactical offers a +2 basepad extension that works like a pinky extension bring this gun to a formidable 8 +1 capacity in a very tiny profile.