Glock 43 First Look

Glock 43 9mm
Glock 43 9mm with Winchester 9mm from Lucky Gunner

Yesterday I mentioned that my wife and I are updating our concealed carry handguns. Thanks to some strangely perfect timing, both handguns that we are considering arrived for testing this week. The first to arrive was the Smith & Wesson Shield, followed a day later by the Glock 43.

The release of the single-stack Glock 43 is arguably one of the biggest firearm announcements this year. Although it has only been available for a few months, there is already a wide array of reviews on the pistol. It is still early, but based on the reviews I’ve seen so far, the Glock 43 seems to be performing very well.

Like many of you, I try to stay up-to-date on firearm reviews. There are many reviewers out there that I have grown to trust. But that being said, there is no substitute for testing a firearm yourself. Especially when you are testing a firearm that you will be trusting to defend you and your family.

Over the next few months, we will be running a wide variety of 9mm ammo through each pistol and reporting the results. We are also working on getting some Glock 43 holsters lined up for testing.

Glock 43 Specs:

  • Caliber: 9×19
  • System: Safe Action
  • Length: 159 mm / 6.26 in
  • Width: 26 mm / 1.02 in
  • Length Between Sights: 132 mm / 5.20 in
  • Height: 108 mm / 4.25 in
  • Barrel Height: n/a
  • Barrel Length: 86 mm / 3.39 in
  • Weight:
    • Unloaded: 509 g / 17.95 oz
    • Loaded: 634 g / 22.36 oz
  • Trigger Pull: ~25 N / ~5.5 lbs
  • Trigger Travel: ~12.5 mm / ~0.49 in
  • Barrel Rifling: right hand, octagonal
  • Length of Twist: 250 mm / 9.84 in
  • Magazine Capacity:
    • Standard: 6

Stay tuned for a summary of our first range trip with the Glock 43 and S&W Shield.