Glock 43 – Glock’s Single Stack 9mm Does not Disappoint!

Glock G43 left side

When two ideas come together to a form a new, the result can be earth-shatteringly good or a head scratcher that makes you wonder what the engineers were thinking and why no one on the marketing team stomped on the brakes. Fortunately, when it comes to Glock, we have come to expect innovation and attention to detail. The Glock 43 will not disappoint.

As a single stack, super compact 9mm, the two Glocks that come to mind is the compact Glock 26 9mm and the micro-sized Glock 42 .380 ACP. From the outside at first glance, it would be hard to say whether the G43 more closely resembles the G26 or G42. However, it does not take long to realize the G43 more closely follows the lineage of the G42 in size and operation. Like all Glocks, the G43’s controls will immediately be familiar as will the grip.

By comparison, a tape measure will shows only very minor differences. A side-by-side comparison of the G42 and G43 will show the 9mm adding 0.25-inch to the length and 0.125-inch to the width. Fans of the G26 double stack will note that the G43 single stack is 0.125-inch narrower by comparison. That does not sound like much on paper and is only slightly noticeable in the hand. However, compare the two models in your waistband and you’ll feel a noticeable difference.

The size difference really matters when carrying concealed. As proof, the G42 drew a lot of criticism by shooters who were not fans of .380 ACP as suitable for self-defense. That being said, Glock sold about 200,000 G42s last year! Given the G43 is chambered for the 9mm and will handle +P ammunition without issue, it would not be surprising to look back a year from now and see sales of the G43 eclipsing the pocket-sized .380’s first year sales.

It is important to note that while smaller than previous Glock models, the G43 is not the smallest 9mm semiauto on the market, but it is the smallest Glock to be chambered in the caliber. The smallest may be the easiest to conceal and carry, but the same cannot be said when it comes to performance. In the hand, the G43 fits like most Glocks. It was designed for “medium” sized hands. As with other Glocks, sans the G42 perhaps, the grip is comfortable and the pad of the index finger naturally falls on the trigger. Accuracy at ranges the G43 was designed—concealed carry self defense—should not be an issue due to size.

Recoil is more of an issue for pocket pistols than most shooters realize. Sure, felt recoil is a pain and a necessary evil most simply live with. Of course, the smaller and lighter the pistol, the more felt recoil is typically felt. The same is true of caliber as a general rule —based on the load of course. On average, four rounds are fired during a gunfight, so recoil matters for second shot accuracy and speed. Early impressions of the G43 are more than favorable in recoil department adding to the excitement. While the G43 does have a little more bump than the G42, it does not have than would be expected when jumping up in caliber. Like all pocket pistols, this pistol is for defense and purpose built. That means you will not likely be as comfortable shooting a high round count as you would be a full-sized frame pistol.

During the initial media testing, the G43 was tested with CCI Blazer and Winchester’s white box FMJ. When all of the smoke has cleared, the only failure to fire was a bad round. The G43s preformed flawlessly with low dollar ammo, not the premium self-defense ammo most would expect to load in the pocket 9mm—that says volumes! The G43 single stack carries six in the magazine and one in the pipe. Glock has promised to deliver a magazine in the near future that will bump the capacity by one additional round and add a pinky extension. Either way, the capacity is sufficient for a single-stack pocket pistol, and enough 9mm to get the job done when it hits the fan.

Simply stated, Glock has heard you and delivered the single-stack 9mm you have asked for. The G43 is going to fly off shelves so fast you’ll think it was a magic trick. Get yours quick!

Glock G43
Action Semiautomatic
Barrel Length 3.39 inches
Caliber 9mm
Overall Height 4.25 inches
Overall Length 6.26 inches
Overall Width 1.02 inches
Weight Unloaded 16.19 ounces
Trigger Pull 5.5 pounds
Grip Textured
Capacity 6 +1
Frame Polymer

Glock G43s are sure to fly of the self as soon as they land. What are you first impressions on the G43? Share them with us in the comment section.


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Comments (47)

  1. Own the Glock 43 1 month. Excellent weapon. Added to Glock Perfection withTaran Tactical 2 round extension, Talon rubberized grip, XS Big Dot sights. Daily carry is Galco Ankle Holster. Have recommended to many family members.

  2. after having both a p938 and g43 I went with keeping the glock
    the sig is a great pistol and is a bit more accurate because of the great single action trigger but it also has its down falls, 1 the beavertail is to pronounced so it has a tendency to gouge you side when carrying unless you pocket carry then it is fine. 2 the magazine is a difficult to load because even after 8-10 months the spring was still to stiff I doubt if a older person or women could load more than about 3 rounds in it without help. The gun is a real challenge to reassemble after cleaning as the recoil spring is a non captive type so it is a real bear to get back together. it is a great shooter and pleasant to shoot and accurate as mentioned above but the Glock G43 is much more used friendly. It is a bit larger but not much maybe a 1/4 to 5/16 inch height and length and width is about the same, as far as weight on my postal scale fully loaded with 115gr hp’s the Glock is about 1oz. heavier, nothing that you would notice when carried. + the glock is about 200+ less and has the same boring Glock dependability

  3. Bought a G43 last week and shot 125 rounds (Winchester white box and a few Speer Gold Dot standard pressure) and didn’t have a single issue with any of the rounds. However, I did notice before I even shot it, that the trigger was getting hung up somewhere inside during the trigger travel, before it even got to the real squeeze point. It would do this about 80% of the time, loaded or unloaded, mag or no mag. It would fire just fine but the hang up was really bugging me and it kind of messed with my mind because it would feel like I was about to fire but instead it was just the hang up. I called Glock and they had me send it in. It shipped Thursday the 18th and I just received a notification from FedEx that it is already prepping for return, and should be back in my hands by Tuesday the 30th–so I’m actually kind of happy about that quick turnaround. Hopefully the issue will have been resolved when I get her back.

  4. I just purchased a glock 43, included two magazines, one with a pinky extension, one flush, both holds 6 rounds……….cost was $500 plus tax. I live in Indiana….shot 200 rounds with NO problems…….love it………..FYI.

  5. Been carrying glock 36 single stack .45 cal. for 3 years . When rumors of the glock 42 was coming out I figured it be in 9mm and I was going to have to have one . But the .380 jumped in the glock 42 shoes 1st. Well after a years wait the glock 43 in 9mm came out . The search was on picked one up may 15th. Have not got to fire it yet but dry firing it the trigger feels great and grip also . As soon as the night shift is over it will have to have at least 1 box ran through her and maybe 2 boxes !!

  6. I’m just off the phone with Glock. Technical Support there states that this WILL NOT handle +P ammunition. The SAAMI spec for 9mm is 35,000 PSI and +P comes in at 38,500 PSI. This is straight from Glock’s technical support.

    1. God… After reading several articles, which stated that the G43 would run +P, I called Glock back. Evidently, when you say G43, they think you mean, G42. YES, they now tell me the G43 will in fact run +P. What a waste of time. Sorry guys.

  7. I have a single stack Walther PPS in 9mm. It’s very comfortable to shoot and conceals well in an IWB holster. Six, seven, & eight round magazines make it a versatile weapon. I like it very much, but would still like to take a look at the new Glock.

    1. Per listed specs, the Glock 43 is 0.15″ longer, 0.35″ shorter, 0.07″ thicker, and holds one less round than the M&P Shield with the flush magazine. You’re not going to get a full three fingers on the grip of the Glock 43 unless you have very small hands, but unlike the Shield (or the Glock 26) there seems to be no extended magazine option.

      While there doesn’t seem to be pricing for the Glock 43 yet, for what it’s worth CTD lists the Glock 42 at about $20 more than the Shield.

    2. I’ve since learned that the Glock 43 includes one magazine with an extended floorplate. It doesn’t increase capacity, but does give you a place to rest your pinky for a better grip.

    3. I wanted the same thing,my LGS had the Shield for $385 and the G43 for $499.
      I had myself amped up to get the s&w because of all the positive reviews. Went in and got to hold the Shield,G42 &G43. The Glocks felt great as I am very familiar with the grip and ergonomics (own G19). While the Shield felt awkward. I thought it was just the frame of mind I was in so I went home. Came back the next day and held all 3 again,the S&W just didn’t feel good to “ME”(I stress ME because I know it’s a great gun and I’m the problem haha).
      Flash foward a month and I have a Glock 43 on lay away. I really wanted to love the Shield and buy it at $100-$150 cheaper but I couldnt.
      Can’t wait to have my 19’s Lil Sis home safe and sound!

    4. P.S
      I don’t know why it’s is but to me (and I’m only referring to myself) the Shield felt much larger in my hands than the G43. So I guess this is why we have so many guns and grips!

  8. Not at all. My polymer guns were not broken. What I meant was my all metal guns were not broken so I felt no need to replace them.Actually what I meant was not broken mechanically. It was just a reference to “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. I saw no reason to replace what has worked for years just to get the “new & improved.

    1. Well, in your case I would certainly agree. There certainly isn’t anything wrong with preferring the heavier all-metal handguns. It is kind of a “whatever floats your boat” thing I would think. I just like to try out “the new stuff”. As far as practicality, I have already bought way too many handguns. Why? Because they were there! Calling my name! A sweet Siren call. I should get rid of several of them. The only problem is that when I start trying to figure out which ones to get rid of, I just cannot quite decide. I’ve got Glocks in 9mm, 40 S&W, .45ACP, 10mm, most of them in several different sizes! (I like Glocks) But I also have several Springfield handguns that I like quite a bit as well. including a 1911 A-1 Fully Loaded two toned Stainless Steel .45ACP that I am quite fond of as well! And a little compact Kimber 1911 that is quite nice too! And I have several revolvers (not that I listed all of the semi-autos) such as a Ruger GP-100 that is very nice, a Ruger SP 101 in .357 that I just recently acquired. I even have a little Taurus .327 MAG (because I couldn’t find a Ruger SP 101 at the time!) I have owned other Taurus pistols, Kel-Tecs, Charter Arms, S&W M&Ps. I have gotten rid of a few over the years but not many. They are all fun to shoot. Some more than others. I should get serious in the next few years as I am getting older about selling off most of them. BUT, I have a 28 year old son “in the winhgs” eyeing them closely. So we will see.

    1. I don’t know as though that as been given out yet. I believe that will happen at the unveiling during the NRA show. ~Dave Dolbee

  9. I love how people answer this article in the comments by saying if they’re gonna buy the particular gun in said article or not. Save it. Nobody cares, or wants to hear what gun you think is better. Stay on topic. And for every swinger that says they’ll pass on the Glock 43, four other swingers will buy the gun. And another six will talk crap about those four. Welcome to Juvenile Gun Land.

    1. And it bothers you just enough that you’ve got to comment on it.

      Hook, line and sinker………

  10. If Glock wanted to be innovative, they could design a new pistol in 22 Mag, and even HMR .17, or for .500 S&W case, necked to a .45 bullet,same premise as a .40S&W necked to a 9mm which gave us the .357 SIG cartridge. If I had enough knowledge( and money) , I sure would give it a gun enthusiasts try! Wildcats sometimes catch hold, and my saying is the more available, the better.

  11. I like guns. I like guns that go BANG when I pull the trigger.i also conceal carry, which happens to b a Glock. And as stated above, and commonly known to pro gun folks, you either love them, or hate them. I am glad that ANY new gun is being made, I, personally would not carry this, unless as a back up. Not enough capacity for me, and a little “light” on power. My CCW is a G 32. And hand loads. AND I am used to it, and yes, it is a little heavy and it does “print” with a tight shirt. But no matter what you like, if you don’t carry, you can’t defend yourself. I tried other cheaper pistols, which on occasion jammed. One jam is one too many in a life or death situation . My .357 has NEVER jammed. And I have never had a bad round put threw it. Now my 73 year old father just purchased a Glock gen 4 in 9mm. Don’t recall what model, but he finally got to take it out to break it in. Inserted mag, chambered one, and nothing. Ejected it, and went to town, when empty, inserted another mag, and repeated the NO FIRE. But to be fair, I wasn’t there to check as to why this happened. May have been that he didn’t fully let the action slam closed, or maybe it was the brand of ammo. But, when he comes up from Florida this summer, we will do some shooting and check it out. I will hand load some just for his pistol, and get him a little more ” punch “. And remember ANY GUN IS BETTER THAN NO GUN.

  12. A glock 9mm with a 6+1 capacity and no finger grooves? I’ll have to pass. i do enjoy my gen 3 26 that carries 10+1 (or 33+1) has matching pearce pinky extensions on both stock ten rounders. This 43 is not terribly innovative to me, but to other shooters may very well be ccw Nirvana…

  13. You either love Glocks or you don’t. If you don’t, that’s fine. But if you do, do you really think that you would give a crap that others are still in love with the S&W’s of yesteryear? Yes, S&W make good firearms. But, they also caved in to government pressure years ago with the Safety crap. I love Glocks. I am sure that I will purchase a Glock 43 in the near future. But, after everything is said and done, my current carry pistol is the Springfield SubCompact 9mm Mod 2. I love it!

    1. I wore seat belts from the first car I had (Triumph TR3 in 1960) long before the government required them. Every time I watch a U-Tube, the presenter makes a big deal about showing the gun empty for safety. I also prefer a magazine safety. While I haven’t had anyone try to take my weapon, I’ve had someone try to strangle me with my own necktie while trying to make an arrest. That’s why I always wear clip on ties. I was always aware that someone could try to take my weapon while making an arrest. Just like carrying a gun in the first place, I’d rather have it an not need it than need it and not have it.

    2. I don’t carry as part of my job and I always carry concealed. I’m not sure what the benefit of a magazine safety would be for me. But as for the new Glock 43, I doubt anyone here has had the pleasure of ‘shooting one yet. A Glock is a Glock. You know out of the box what you are going to get. AND not get. So as I said before, people basically either like Glocks or they don’t.

  14. I suspect the G43 is a superior CC pistol for inside or outside the waist carry. I question whether it is sufficiently small for pocket carry in pants. In an outer garment like a jacket, sure, but in a front or rear pocket of ones pants, probably not.

    1. I can pocket carry a g26 in a desantis superfly, I mostly prefer to appendix carry with a cooks iwb holster. I can’t wait to see a g43 and hold it to see what if the lower weight will be more comfortable. I do like carrying 10 plus 1 and 15 as my back up.

  15. Funny thing. Those old S&W autos still work as well as ever. I’ve gotten rid od all my polymer guns and have replaced them with metal S&W DA/SA pistols. Plus one 1911 & a Walther P38. These old guns aren’t broke so I see no need to replace them. AND you can pick them up pretty cheap.

    1. I never experienced the S&W Autos although, the steel frame wheel guns I’m sure, with proper maintenance, will outlast anything being made today. There are Smith’s out of the 40’s that look and fire as well as the day they left the factory.
      The polymers and OK but the jury will be out a long time to determining the actual longevity. For now, with the proper training and familiarization of the functionality and trigger control, I believe one cannot go wrong with them, hence the new Glock 43 order.
      I still regularly carry the 36 and 60 Smith’s because there is very little chance of any type of failure with them IMHO.

    2. Are you saying that all your old polymer guns were “broken” such as cracked and that was why you replaced them with all metal weapons? I just could not decipher if that was your intent to your statement of why you got rid of the polymer. I have shot several thousand rounds, and I do check for any cracks or “delamination” , but so far, so good. I am seriously considering an upgrade to the double spring from an after market vendor such as Wolf to soften the slam when it “hits” fully back to eject . My G32 is a Gen 3. and everything is stock from the original purchase. Thanks for any replies.

  16. I have always been a die hard S&W fan. A collector of 40’s through 70’s S&W’s. In a former life I packed S&W 19 then a 36 or 60 for back up.

    During the transition to autos on the department, I opposed all autos having tested everything under the sun at the time. Yup…Die hard wheel gun fan.

    I did not appreciate the polymers assuming the position the wheel guns once had, that is, until I bought my first Glock. Ever since then, I made the transition to “Glockaholic” Now owning several Glock’s. I have been notified I am second on the list at the LGS for the new Glock 43 and I literally cannot wait. HUGE fan of the 42 and my everyday carry is a 26. They are all nothing short of wonderful when used for what they are designed. Soooo….I am now anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new baby. Can’t wait to run her through the paces and confirm she is as worthy as the other Glocks are.

    Oh yeah….I still and ALWAYS will Love the S&W’s of yesteryear.

  17. I’ve been waiting for Glock to come out with a single stack 9, and after the 42 I figured the 9 would be exactly what it is. I was sure hoping for a small pocket 9 though. I may end up buying one, but I think I’ll keep working on my diamondback db9, trying to make it reliable enough to depend on. I love the size of the db9.

  18. Simply not enough grip for me and by the way G43 is the name of the German 8mm semi auto rifle of WW2, a highly collectible weapon.

  19. The s&w 39 series in the 70’s an up to the 90’s (3913) answered this question for me. Times have changed and. I just don’t think 8 round is enough with multipul attackers .is 11 better in my glock 26 19 is not that far from. Me most days 16 ought o change someone’s frame of mind.

  20. My EDC is always a full sized .45 when that is at all possible, and a sub 9mm when it isn’t. I like the added capacity and accuracy of a full sized, but this is a Glock, after all, and I have never known a bad Glock yet. Accurate and ultra-reliable, they have never disappointed me in any way.

  21. I own a G42 and the gun shoots well. With the 380s low recoil, I can empty the magazine into a fist-sized group so fast that it sounds like fully-automatic fire, but with the capacity of only 6+1, the excitement is over before the rangemaster can crap himself. /;-). It’s a fun gun to shoot. Occasionally I carry it as a backup gun.

    However, with only an eighth of an inch difference between the G26 and the new G43, I doubt I would consider it for a primary carry weapon — although a 9 mm backup option for ankle carry would be sweet.

    In any case, I would not be too eager to purchase one. I would wait six months or so to let Glock work out any kinks just as they did with the G42.

  22. If this Glock has the entry to market problems the Glock 42 had, it will be a hard sell. Thought I saw a MSRP of $569 which is WAY too much. That said, I will try one to see if it replaces the 9mm Shield for EDC.
    LEO’s will jump at this for a boot back up as it will replace the 42 and keep carry amm the same caliber.

  23. Since it is a Glock, they will probably sell a ton of them just because Glock fans seem to want every Glock made for their collection. But for those not already in the Glock camp, I wonder how many will jump on this model. A single stack 9mm sub compact isn’t a new concept. There are already several other brands that offer a similar model and have been around for several years. Several years to prove reliability. Also depending on the difference between MSRP and “street” price, some may be less expensive. A year ago, I might have looked at this, but I opted for a S&W Shield 9mm. I’m not likely going to get one of these. As far as thickness (which is important for concealed carry) I noticed that my S&W 909 is almost as thin as the Shield. Longer barrel yes, but that sticks down in your pants anyway and hardly matters. And it carries 9+1 rds in a DA/SA pistol. IMHO, the Glock 43 is the answer to a question that only Glock fans have been asking.

  24. How much thinner is it then the Glock 26? Is it smaller then the Kahr Arms CM9? It’s a Glock, I’m good with that but 6+1. Well I carry a 36 so, it is what it is.

    1. The Glock 26 is 1.18 inches wide per Glock’s website, and the specs here report the Glock 43 to be 1.02 inches wide. That’s pretty thin for a Glock, but still thicker than many single-stack 9mm pistols that have already been on the market for years (such as the S&W Shield, Springfield XDs, or Ruger LC9).

      If this had been on the market four or five years ago it would have really made a splash, but Glock has come late to an already crowded space in the market. That said, there’s plenty of existing Glock owners out there who would gladly buy a 9mm version of the Glock 36.

    2. I suppose some will buy it just because it’s a Glock. If I was in to 9mm I’d probably get one too.

  25. Glock seems to have followedthe SIG path 238 to 938. Would rather the SIGs than the Glock, if for looks only. Not a fan of DA/SA or DAO. Prefer consistent trigger feel.

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