Top 5 Reasons NOT to Purchase the New Single Stack Glock 43

The long-awaited single stack 9mm.

The long-awaited single stack 9mm.

On Monday, I published the “Top 5 Reasons to Purchase the New Single Stack Glock 43” which, as the title of the article suggests, enumerated five reasons to go out and buy the highly anticipated subcompact pistol. Now, I’m going to do the opposite and give you the top five reasons NOT to pick up the Glock 43.

Yes, in case you are wondering, it feels morally wrong to write an article that lays out reasons why one shouldn’t purchase a firearm. That would be true whether it was a SIG, Springfield, Ruger, etc. But, as I said in the first installment, this is all in good fun. So, don’t take anything I say too seriously and if you are truly on the fence about buying one, I’d recommend that you read our full review of the G43. There’s insight and commentary in the full review that’s based on firsthand experience as our editor-in-chief David Higginbotham was one of the lucky few who got to go to Glock headquarters in Smyrna, GA and put the G43 through its paces.

With all that said, here are the top five reason NOT to purchase the Glock 43:

Aesthetically Challenged. Admittedly, this is a pretty weak reason not to purchase a firearm. You want one that works, not one that’s purdy (pretty). But still, the craftsman in me can’t help but to point out the obvious: Glocks are ugly. The G43 is no exception. It’s blocky, monochromatic and relatively uninspiring. It’s a Glock after all! Fan Boys will take umbrage with this criticism but deep down they know I’m right.

Limited Capacity. Yeah, it’s a single stack, so capacity is going to be a problem, especially for those used to toting a pistol with a 10-plus round magazine. But that’s what people asked for, a thinner, smaller Glock chambered in 9mm. Yet for me, when I think of 6+1, I’m almost tempted to ask, why not just sacrifice that one round and carry a hammerless wheel gun with a speedloader? Glocks are the pinnacle of reliability in the polymer pistol platform, yet in that (reliability) category they still don’t compete with a basic revolver. If I’m not worried about capacity, I think I might just forgo the G43 and grab a nice snubby.

Late to the Party. It’s been years since the gun community first vocalized a demand for the single stack 9mm. To say the G43’s release has been long overdue is an understatement. Meanwhile, many other firearm manufacturers got the memo that gun owners and prospective gun owners wanted a suitable subcompact for EDC and/or concealed carry. While Glock dithered, most gun makers did not and they released quality 9mm single stacks (Here’s a list of the top 10). Chances are if you were in the market for a single stack, you’ve already found one you like. If that’s the case, there may be no reason to take the plunge to purchase the Glock 43.

My G__ Works Just Fine. Even those of you who don’t really like Glocks, probably own a Glock. They’re everywhere and they’re hard to pass up when a good deal comes along. I’ve been on the record as saying, “A Glock is a Glock is a Glock.” Obviously, in terms of size, weight, caliber that doesn’t ring true but in terms of feel and the overall impression one gets while shooting a Glock, I believe it does. On some level, if you’ve fired one Glock, you’ve fired them all. So if you own a G26, G17, or G19, you might just say to yourself, “Do I really need another Glock”?

Price Point. I wrote in the first article that I thought an MSRP of $529 for the G43 was reasonable. I still think it is, especially when put in the context of the high demand and its potential resale value. That said, some of you politely disagreed with me. Maybe you’re right, maybe shelling out 500 bones is a bit much. Comparatively speaking, one can get a Springfield XD-S for around $460, a Bersa BP9 for around $400 or, at the lower end of the spectrum, a Kel-Tech PF-9 for around $330, among others. When it comes to the cost, I’ll let you be the final judge but I could see a case being made either way.

Specs of the G43.  (Photo: Glock)

Specs of the G43. (Photo: Glock)

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  • Jim September 24, 2017, 11:37 am

    Readers Digest version of article
    1. Aesthetics I don’t like them.
    2. Capacity: I don’t like pocket pistols.
    3. Release: Didn’t make a gun I don’t like fast enough.
    4. Just another Glock: This Glock looks like other Glocks.
    5. Price: Glocks MSRP is more than you can get something else at less than MSRP.
    Conclusion: So why don’t I want one?

  • Tim August 25, 2017, 4:11 pm

    There are actually not valid reasons. This is just one persons interpretation of reality. Maybe he is from Fantasy land?

    • Gene September 7, 2017, 10:46 am

      Agreed.

  • rickey July 25, 2017, 10:47 pm

    You had to really dig deep to come up with really no reasons. When you say a glock is a glock is a glock, why buy another. That is when you lost me. Familiarity could save your life. Most sub compacts only have 6+1 and they are 380es. I like the fact that my backup takes the same ammo and operates just like my main weapon. DUH !!!! Price, same old adage, you get what you pay for. Pitiful.

  • Frank July 15, 2017, 9:59 pm

    But, do you have any valid reasons?

  • David Steber July 9, 2017, 10:15 pm

    Screw you. I’m gonna buy one!

  • Chuciet June 24, 2017, 2:09 pm

    Re: G43. No doubt in my mind it is a fine weapon. Having carried a G17, w G26 as backup for years, and later a G22, w G27 as backup, I never had an issue with them. I have fired well over 100K + rounds, and was an instructor, both for revolvers and semi autos. I was also a Glock Armorer. The only Glock misfeed issues I have ever seen have been caused by “limp wristing”, improper magazine loading & or seating, and in some cases, improper maintenance and cleaning.
    The caliber, size, and capacity of any weapon is a personal choice for the shooter. Almost any weapon will do, if the shooter is capable. In the words of Jeff Cooper, “Beware the man that has only one weapon, as he probably knows how to shoot it well”.
    Invest in quality training. Get trained, practice your skill set, and learn to shoot well under all circumstances. Rounds, once shot, cannot be recalled. Also, name calling, unless the person has a gun pointed at you, is completely unnecessary in this business. After all, we’re talking about life and death here. Peace, out.

  • Guy Verderosa June 18, 2017, 5:51 pm

    Its easier to place a magazine in the chamber quickly then speed loading 38’s. Its also a flat profile as opposed to a round cylinder. A 9mm with a 6″ barrel is a far better way to get on target with accuracy and power, then a “snubby”. I could go on, but my brain is exploding with your idiocy.

  • Capt. Colin Cameron-Tough June 4, 2017, 1:36 pm

    So! You deleted/erased my straightforward earlier comment!? which only proves that your deranged article is for assholes!

  • Capt. Colin Cameron-Tough June 4, 2017, 8:48 am

    If you need more than one shot, much less six+1 then I suggest don’t play with guns, or learn to shoot accurately!

    • Greg McSmelly October 5, 2017, 10:38 pm

      Now that is a stupid comment. Considering the average home invasion involves 3 intruders, the physiological changes that occur during SNS activation and the notorious inefficiency of handguns in general (a tradeoff for concealability) macho crap talk is a waste of breath.

  • TeW33zy May 23, 2017, 1:20 am

    I sware this dude hate Glocks everything he says seems like he has hate for Glocks therefor you are a conflict of interest therefor your opnion is not valid. I like reviews that are unbias

  • Greg April 24, 2017, 2:50 pm

    My nephew just showed me his new 43, pulled out my xds, exactly the same size, same capacity, also has an 8 round clip , BUT, the 43 was about a 32nd or maybe a 16th of an inch thinner. Why , would you want a 9mm.

    • Joe Smith June 18, 2017, 5:54 pm

      You want a “9” because when tshtf you will want to grab all the ammo you can get from the dead bodies laying around. The “9” is the most purchased pistol purchased.

    • Larry September 22, 2017, 3:42 pm

      Magazine, not clip.

  • William Estep March 30, 2017, 8:12 pm

    Ok, six rounds. In a bad situation, all I can say is don’t miss. Gun ranges are here for that reason, so practice, take classes, and hope that someday if you have to protect yourself and or family, you can. If you like the gun, buy it. Very nice gun for concealed carry, want more rounds, get the Glock 19.

  • Bubba Mustafa March 26, 2017, 9:29 pm

    Looks? *Every* Glock is a butt fugly gun.
    Capacity is a non issue too.

  • Larry Niver March 20, 2017, 9:23 pm

    Beware, I bought the Glock to legally carry concealed and fired around 30 rounds and it jammed midway to full extraction. It is now jammed so solid I can’t free it. Must take it back to the gun store and see if I can get a replacement. When you carry you expect the gun to function. So mad at Glock. I have a Glock 21 which is very reliable.

    • Charlie Parker August 13, 2017, 6:53 pm

      Had to be an Ammo problem. I shoot 300 rounds of 9mill. Can’t remember last jam. Honestly.

  • MustardTiger March 19, 2017, 8:41 pm

    Y’all need to quit acting so butt-hurt, and get out there and get you a real gun…
    http://www.hi-pointfirearms.com/Hi-Point-handguns/45ACP_handgun_camo.html

    • Boz June 3, 2017, 4:20 pm

      HiPoints are junk, heavy, ugly ass, guns. They are the Geo Metro of guns and make a Glock look like a Ferrari.

  • Jay Tee March 1, 2017, 10:00 pm

    Seen comments on the 43’s capacity of 6 rounds and it reminds me of something in Guns & Ammo maybe 30 years ago in the guest writer section, when the writer stated when he was in the back country and carried his 44 Mag revolver he always had the chamber empty behind the firing pin. His statement was if you gun falls out of your holster you don’t want to be shot by your own gun.
    A reader wrote in who also owned a 44 Mag revolver and made the following statement, what if you came up on a bear and you needed that 6th round. The guest writers response was classic, if you need six shots to kill a bear, my advice to you. “Sell your gun”

    • Brent Burroughs March 2, 2017, 11:49 pm

      Also fun fact, there is a mag extension that will add a round to the standard mag only adding like a 1/16 of an inch. hicock45 on one of his videos mentioned it and he said he noticed no negative affects to the spring and he had yet to get a jam with over 500 rounds through it. So if that one round is a concern to you then maybe the tiny mag extension is the perfect solution.

      • Larisa Estes May 5, 2017, 6:43 pm

        I have the extension for my pinky finger. It makes the 43 fit my hand perfect. Over 300 rounds through it and never a problem. It’s my carry and I have several more besides my AR

        • Drew June 28, 2017, 3:33 am

          This was a comment I was looking for, what brand and model of the pinky extension did you get and how much was it? I love my g43 but the extention is what I am missing.

          • Brian September 7, 2017, 7:24 pm

            Pierce

    • Ben Slam June 2, 2017, 1:48 am

      Very catchy comment by the gun writer, but also very telling. How many times have cops shot suspects a dozen times or more? Too many to count. What people don’t realize is handguns kill differently than rifles do. The 44 magnum is a pea shooter ballistic wise, when compared to a deer or bear rifle even like the moderate 30-06. Studies show to get hydrostatic shock impact velocity needs to be at least 2,000 fps, and that’s on human flesh. Deer are 10 times more dense in tissue, and I’m unsure about bears but it’s probably the same or more than a deer. Without that 2,000 fps or a CNS hit, the bear dies by bleeding to death. Now you know why a determined or drugged up suspect can suck up a dozen hand gun rounds. Now figure how determined a charging bear might be. That same gun writer, given a bear charging at him, would be wise if were possible, to sell his 44 and immediately purchase a rifle of moderate caliber. The reason we carry handguns in bear country is for convenience. If we knew we’d need to defend ourselves against a hostile aggressive bear, a 30 caliber plus weapon would be the 2nd best choice. The first choice obviously is, we wouldn’t go.

  • First Sergeant February 25, 2017, 10:13 pm

    I now own a, 19,22,23,41 (bad to the bone) and a 43. Not had a climax since surgery in “98. Now when I have a G— in my hand, the memory “COMES” back.

  • Pow February 21, 2017, 10:23 pm

    Credibility goes out the window when you complain about aesthetics.

  • Stax February 21, 2017, 1:12 pm

    Wow, can we all just pull up our zippers and put the ruler away? I’m indecisive Shield vs. 43 – I can cook, don’t need a boob job, I like bulldogs and things that are cute – like my tiny purse…

    As for the single stack – if shit hits the fan, I better be able to shoot, because Lord knows I can’t throw worth a damn…

  • Camilo Alvarez February 12, 2017, 12:48 am

    The write of this articles is TRIGGERED…

  • Seth Burgin February 4, 2017, 2:48 pm

    Mine malfunctioned about every second magazine, A round will either fail to fire, and not eject, or it fires and just refuses to eject, so this piece of sh** is going back to Glock. Then it will be traded for something else, even if it is a Kel Tec. I suspect I will trade it for either a PPS or a PPSM2. maybe a Kahr PM9. After the recoil spring recall on the Gen 4s, I think I shall start dumping every Glock product I own. They were great in the 1990s, but like the Honda Civic, which was a superb car in 1992, Glock has failed to keep up, and their attempts to improve have been thwarted with problems. I am old enough to remember the Glock technical bulletins on the G17 stating the magazine springs were weak, and to only load 15 or 16 rounds to avoid over-compressing the magazine springs, and causing feed issues. I remember problems with the early frames, I remember 40S&W & 10mm Glocks, with frames the blew apart. $500 for this plastic turd? NO WAY! No more! My birthday is next week, I was going to add a G19 MOS for a present, but we went out for a weekend shooting party, and my new, two week old Glock won’t shoot. Speer, Winchester, Federal Premium, CCI, Blazer, FMJ, JHP, bonded, unbonded. It does not matter. It has at least one defective part! If Glock can not turn this around in 72 hours and pay shipping, I will dump it for $450 and it has not been 30 days since I purchased it, so I will retract my warranty serial number and let the new owner have at it with Glock. I work on Glocks, and I have worked on the 42, and the 43. This one has some parts that should have NEVER made it past quality control. The ejector is not quite aligned, and I suspect it got bent because the extractor claw is misshapen. It has a goober blob of galled metal from the manufacturing process inside it, that is starting to break off, and is taking half the edged extractor hook along with it. I had a problem like this with other guns. I got money credited to my credit card to purchase a brand new gun, an RMA for the returning the defective gun, and should the defective gun not arrive or show signs of abuse my credit card would have the cost of the new gun subtracted from it. Being Glock only has a one year warranty compared to lifetime repair & replacement for Walther, Lifetime service and 1 year replacement for S&W, Lifetime for CZ. Even the Turkish guns like Sar, and Canik have lifetime guaranties, as do post 2006 Sig Sauer, Sphinx, Lionheart, and even lowly Kel Tec has a lifetime warranty. How is Glock so perfect, they are not even standing behind their product’s perfection. I suspect idiots that modify their Glocks first thing out of the box are responsible for the sub par Glock warranty, and if Glock was so perfect why does everyone buy improved parts within the same month they buy their Glock, and start modifying it? It ain’t 1997 anymore. 20 years have passed, Gaston Glocks patents are public domain, and other gun makers are implementing them in ways that exceed Glock’s 1970s engineering. Records were meant to be broken, and my Glock 19, will probably be a Sig P320. At least Sig has a 48 hour turn around time.

    • How is Feltersnatch February 14, 2017, 12:21 am

      Limp wristing it.

      • MRM July 8, 2017, 7:55 pm

        Glocks problems with this 43 and likewise the horrible 36 are not “limp wristing” but factory design defects. Terrible, terrible customer support. All the accolades of Glock are wasted on my experiences with this gunmaker.

  • hairloos January 17, 2017, 3:33 pm

    The ONLY valid reason is the 6+1 limitation. That said you can buy +1 and +2 base plates for your 6 round mags for a total of 8+1 quick reload 9mm capability. Imho somebody needs to make a 10 round mag for this thing so you don’t have to reload as often at the range and as far as looks it’s probably the BEST LOOKING GLOCK out there. I’d put a rail on it for a quick snap on/off light too but I know glock doesn’t do that cause they want to encourage you to buy another high cap gun but I think there’s room for it.

    Easy racking, thin, reliable, accurate. If you’re a woman and you want a bulldog that fits in your mini purse or on your person and kinda looks cute, well cuter than a m&p shield anyway, then this is your gun.

  • shooterkirk January 15, 2017, 6:26 pm

    Late to the party? Please!!! When the most sought after babe, a 10 on anybody’s scale, suanters into the party 1hr late, how many of you do not swagger on over, hold your breath, swell your chest, flex your pecks and say HI!? Better late than never. This weapon is a 10!

  • Calvin Baize January 15, 2017, 9:43 am

    A glock is a glock is a glock is the reason I purchase Glocks. I purchase the same upgrades they all work the same and as I switch weapons the muscle memory and ease of use is already ingrained. I fix up the triggers and Ive learned what parts work in all my caliber, brilliant, what a dush bag. You can disparage but there needs to be some logic in your thoughts.

    Late to the party? and they will still sell tons and tons, I traded my shield and now have a 43, both good guns

    Ok ya got me on one reason, i think for what you get a Glock is over priced 4 sure.

  • Calvin Baize January 15, 2017, 9:34 am

    The capacity and snubby comment is just stupid. Forgo a magazine for a speed loader,WHAT? I WONT EVEN GO INTO THE REASON THAT IS STUPID. The 43 is 1st a carry gun, made small as possible for those who have that as a priority. So simple and cheap to add capacity for THOSE THAT PRIORITIZE THAT, i.e. 1,2,3 mag extension. ever heard of versatility. In summer at beach I want it small and winter with sweat shirt, carry the big mag, stupid!

  • Mycolfire January 15, 2017, 2:03 am

    No one can say anything bad about Glock’s they are so ugly every movie uses them. Almost every handgun company copied them some almost down to the “T” especially the composit lower and the double stack clips. After the rumor that rhey could pass through scanners back in they day was over. Slowly its hard to find a new hand gun that doesn’t have a composite bottom. I have a Glock 19 9mm one of many Glocks I own but this one has never been cleaned ever in 20 years never fouled or had not one single problem. The amount of rounds I put through it is crazy I can’t even begin to count That glock was made in Austria I don’t know if that is a factor but, I take very good care of my other Glocks (well firearms in general) and clean them every time I shoot. If I knew I was going to do this test I would have done a better job of keepong records and I never ezpected it to go this long, 20 years ago exactly on the 8th of this month . No oil or no cleaning at all jus wiping my finger on the feeding ramp or by the fireing pin and I am still waiting for it to fail. I am sure i can dump every 9mm clip I have with it and it won’t fail. So when you look under the glass at your local gun store and count the copy cats. Try to remember what it looked like under those glass display cases before the Glock hit the scene.

  • Truckbuddy January 13, 2017, 7:01 pm

    OUTSTANDING pistol. I have a 30s, 19, and a 26. The 43 was the answer to more powerful casual carry. With a Pearce +1 extension it move up to 8, close to the 26 and half the weight. I use Polycase ARX, and it’s even lighter. The higher velocity ammo really makes a difference!

    Love the point/counterpoint with these articles. I think this one pushed me to get one. 🙂 I got mine blue label (military) for $379. Way better than the .380 I used to carry.

  • Stonie January 10, 2017, 6:42 pm

    I think it would be great as a ccw. If 7 is not enough, learn to shoot or carry an extra mag.

  • Weezey December 23, 2016, 8:09 am

    Hey Tactical Shitheads,
    Glocks are the iPhones of the gun world, you pick it up and it works. It may not have the best looks but hey, your a solid 5 and there is no way your going to pull a dime piece. You need to find one that is a great cook and get her a boob job.

    I f ‘n love gun people and remember liberals will always have a cold place in hell.

    Merica!

    • Joe Smith January 3, 2017, 10:25 pm

      When you say “I hate Liberals” please cut to the chase and say “I hate minorities and anyone who lives in a city.”

      • Libera January 5, 2017, 9:08 am

        Not true race baiter. I too hate liberals. People who dont want you to have any freedom from the govt., no guns, and force all their “hate” rhetoric down your throat and call you something phobe if you just disagree with their politics. Has nothing to do with minorities or city slickers

      • monstersdoexist March 26, 2017, 8:00 am

        From my observation, it’s only the liberals who are violent and live in their mom’s basement and imagine themselves as keyboard warriors.

    • Alex Fed January 9, 2017, 12:22 pm

      Glocks are not ugly. I love Glocks

  • Unimak October 19, 2016, 1:35 pm

    Man, that is one ugly glock, and that’s sayin somethin. Hope I don’t have to end up buying this one to. Trying not to buy it is like trying not to look at a train wreck. Will probably have to give up shooting if I buy. Dang.

    • Demetress Moses October 30, 2016, 3:00 am

      Man a good quality gun is the key. Ugly should not matter..

      • Nick November 15, 2016, 2:45 pm

        Somebody with common sense

  • Steven Booker September 27, 2016, 5:33 pm

    Glock model 43 is a great pistol for a woman. Bought one for my wife and she loves it. No problems. If ten rounds aren’t enough for you experts you most likely need more practice. I myself wouldn’t wanna be shot with one round by any caliber.

  • william buckey September 24, 2016, 9:20 pm

    its funny to read these comments. people don’t get the point of this article. its just for fun guys. there is no real reason why not to buy a glock 43

  • yourmom September 16, 2016, 1:37 am

    5 of 5 of your reasons are not legitimate reasons to not buy a single stack self defense pistol from a company with one of the best track records for making self defense pistols. Its ugly, its late to the party, my other (different) glocks work just fine, price point are limited capacity are strictly your opinion, and your opinion on this topic sucks.

    • Recker November 4, 2016, 1:37 pm

      Why does his opinion suck? Just cause it is different than yours? Everyone can have an opinion. You might not agree with it but it’s how you feel. That’s what opinion means.

    • Recker November 4, 2016, 1:37 pm

      Why does his opinion suck? Just cause it is different than yours? Everyone can have an opinion. You might not agree with it but it’s how you feel. That’s what opinion means.

      • AssFaceTheCLOWN November 25, 2016, 3:09 pm

        Because he makes and assertion (g43 sucks) and doesn’t back it up with any substantive points. Its ugly? seriously that all you have? Compared to what? A shield? a Kahr? Late to the party? Like every new gun. It doesnt hold 10+ rounds? Dude this is where I discovered you know jack shit about firearms. Holy Shit. You are fucking retarded. You have entirely missed the point of glock making the 43. People wanted a slimmer gun that was easier to carry, so glock maked a single stack firearm.

        • doofustheclown'sbrotherrr December 2, 2016, 9:02 pm

          “Retarded,” says the guy who can’t organize a sentence correctly.

          • Scotch'sBestFriend January 1, 2017, 9:31 am

            Great reply, He makes a valid statement that arguing a gun review is crap because its based on personal opinion. And your defense is to pick apart his grammar.
            Must be the OP posting under a different name, another post with no substance

    • David Phillips December 19, 2016, 10:33 pm

      I own a G43 it’s a beautiful piece, and with enough practice the single stack is all u need.

  • James A. September 2, 2016, 12:30 pm

    I tend to disagree with every reason except the fact that Glocks are ugly. Back in 1986 when I saw my Glock 17, my first comment was, “that is the ugliest gun I have ever seen.”

    By the way, a 5 shot .38 snubbby is bigger, just as hard or harder to shoot, much harder to reload.
    I have been shooting Glock since 1986, I am a certified Glock Law Enforcement Instructor and a Glock Master Armorer, I have never seen a Glock malfunction except for bad ammunition, revolvers will not work if this happens either, or operator induced malfunction.

  • yabbadabbado August 24, 2016, 12:54 pm

    The glock has one exclusive feature that I love. You can stage the weapon with a loaded magazine, but the trigger in the rearward (pulled) position. This easily tells you that the chamber is empty (or maybe has a dud in it) and will require a racking of the slide before firing. Steps: remove the mag, empty the chamber, close the slide, pull the trigger (it stays rearward), and then insert the mag.

    • Frank in VA September 10, 2016, 10:20 am

      That is the same as many, if not most, striker-fired pistols on the market. My Ruger SR9c has a trigger that stays to the rear when pulled on an empty chamber.

  • Xander August 22, 2016, 5:10 am

    The G43 seems to have some issues with their mags. In this video, Tactiholics had 2 serious FTFs from a G43 in their first shots from the gun. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zlhjh08cQY

    The Glock people that claim they are THE most reliable guns are just BSing themselves in justifying their purchase. Most other gun manufacturers like Walther, Springfield, S&W, H&K, Sig Sauer, and Beretta have just as much of a reputation for reliability.

    • Murray September 2, 2016, 11:08 am

      I disagree. Sure some people probably have issues. It happens with all firearms. I own a Glock 43 and work at a gun shop where we sell them. One of if not the most popular single stack 9 we sell. We also sell the Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Sig, Kimber etc….I have yet to see a Glock come back with any issues. Just saying. It’s always possible to end up with mechanical issues on anything.

    • jerry September 20, 2016, 5:57 pm

      Almost all automatics need a break-in. The mossberg 930 is notorious for ftfs…until you run 20+ rounds through, then they are flawless. You do not belong carrying a weapon for self defense if you never practice with it, anyway.

    • Finkelroy January 22, 2017, 10:03 pm

      The G43 mags fit pretty tight. It is possible to think you have it seated when it isn”t. I just watched the video you referenced. I can see when the gun malfunctions, the magazine is out of battery.
      This is the only flaw in an otherwise perfect gun and it simply requires getting in the habit of using a firm hand to seat the mag.
      I suspect Glock had not choice but to release it this way. I believe feeding reliability would be compromised if you used a lighter mag spring because of the much shorter cycling time of such a short pistol.
      I really discourage people from using the stock springs with magazine extensions.
      Taran Tactical makes excellent machined, anodized billet mag extensions and proper sized springs. One of the few upgrades out there I believe worthy of this fine pistol.

  • MCLowe July 26, 2016, 3:36 pm

    To the commenters below that think this guy is a Glock hater… I think you completely missed the point of this article. He even made it clear that he was being very tongue-in-cheek in coming up with these reasons to not buy this gun. These are ridiculous reasons to not buy this gun. That’s the entire point! After having written an article about WHY to buy this gun, he felt it was necessary to throw this in just for the sake of throwing it in.

    Have a sense of humor, you guys! I thought it was funny. I actually read this article while I was standing in the gun store contemplating buying the 43 a couple of months ago. Guess what… I bought it based on this article!!! I realized if this was the worst anybody could come up with to say about this gun, then I’m getting one! (For the record, I checked out his Reasons to Buy article after this one, too.)

    Jeez, people. I know the world’s a bit crazy right now, but learn to recognize humor! 🙂

    MC

    P.S. I LOVE this gun!!! I’ve put about 300 rounds through it and am looking forward to thousands more.

    • Murray September 2, 2016, 11:09 am

      Agree 100%. I too have a Glock 43 and love it.

  • Jerry July 22, 2016, 2:42 pm

    So do you think a glock 42 is better then a glock 43

  • FanBoy? July 15, 2016, 2:23 pm

    When people start using “fan boy” to describe something he/she may not agree with, that removes any credibility for me. If you don’t like something, leave it at that, but there’s no reason to use derogatory or belittling phrases. It’s the equivalent of calling someone a “stupid head” when you’re five years old.

  • Glockuser25 July 13, 2016, 2:12 pm

    You have not one comment on the functionality of this firearm. You simply just dont like glocks. You think there ugly… so i wont match you nail polish. Late to the party? This case you may be right!?!? Aint the first gen of anything the best ever made???

    This review has no solid facts on why you souldnt own one. He is just a glock hater

    You cant go wrong with a glock PERIOD

    • S&W Mastergunner August 15, 2016, 10:58 pm

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  • NEO June 1, 2016, 11:06 pm

    I think I got dumber reading this.

    • John Doe USMC June 5, 2016, 10:58 am

      I quit reading when the author is recommending a 6-shot snubnose wheelgun over a GLOCK G43. The trigger sucks….the sights suck and with any luck you can achieve reasonable combat accuracy 8″ or less at 10 yards with a lot of practice. The GLOCK G43 is capable of hitting a golf ball fairly easily at 15-20 yards. Mrs. Nutnfancy shot one for the first time at what looked to be about 7-10 yards away and blew the whole center out of the target. She stacked one round after another right on top of each other. Try that with a double action J-Frame revolver……also revolvers can and do lockup and misfire. If you never had it happen to you, you just don’t shoot it enough. The only problem with them is a less than 6-seconds max “tap-rack-shoot” won’t work….. Plan on having to take it to a gun smith or send it back to the factory for repairs. This GLOCK G43 is probably the best ultra concealable small single stack 9mm on the market at the present time. It blows the competition out of the water.

      Semper Fi~

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfyULpEhmug

      • Geary August 19, 2016, 9:36 am

        I agree 100% devil dog .Glock glock glock the corps is going to them the seals picked them over Sig what else needs to b said all cal all sizes cant ask for anything better if the military uses it to protect us then I will continue to use it to protect myself and others around me if you haven’t tried one go shoot one and you will b surprised thank you good shooting and semper fi .

  • Laurie May 25, 2016, 5:55 pm

    Thanks for the information, I have 2 Glock 19 and Glock 17. I also have a Ruger LCPs 9 that I carry. I actually like the Glock, I can hit better with it and able to take it down and clean it without difficulty. I am looking at purchasing the 43 but I have not yet decided. I am a Glock Lady!!! I have carried a 45 concealed also but after the passing of my husband needed something I could take down and care for myself. I would like any information about the Glock 43 and the best place to purchase one in Virginia.
    Thank you.

  • Jason May 23, 2016, 10:45 pm

    I just bought my G43 and here’s my take away.

    It’s actually pretty Aesthetically pleasing compared to other Glocks. It feels less blocky than other Glocks even though it’s basically a Glock 26 sliced in half.

    Round count for stock mags are a problem, but riddle me this. Can an averagely trained person get all 5-6 rounds from a speed loader quicker than just inserting a small box into a box size hole? I think the latter is faster, which is why an automatic is better for a beginner shooter than a revolver when it comes to speed loading under stress. Also I’ve just installed Taran Tactical’s +2 base plate and it conceals pretty well with an IWB holster while keeping the slim profile. It is still slimmer than any small revolver out there. I have TTI’s +3 as my spare mag. That’s now 8+1 with my carry mag and 9 rounds in my spare. That’s a lot more firepower in the game.

    I don’t care if Glock was “late to the party”. They offered something and it’s another option regardless of it being released on a market that is no saturated with micro carry guns.

    The Kel-tec and Bersa has notoriously heavy double action triggers. A bit hard on new shoots again and even veteran shooters. They just feel bad to shoot. A Glock Trigger is a Glock Trigger, Now price point is really up to how much you can afford. I carry a Glock 19 that closed me under 500, but I bought the G43 brand new plus all the extras because I could afford it. I know guys who bought SIGs as their carry guns and those equally expensive SIG mini 1911 looking guns which have single action triggers. So price point, it’s all about how much you can afford. If you can’t afford a compact Glock for 400+ and could only afford a Bersa, than the G43 wouldn’t be on your list of affordable guns either way.

    • clearanceman July 22, 2016, 7:10 pm

      I like the way the glock 19 looks Looks are in the eye of the beholder

      • Louie September 6, 2016, 11:46 pm

        Glock 19 MOS with Trijicom is even sweeter. Took it out to the range for the first time and I love it.

  • bryant seymour May 20, 2016, 12:14 pm

    How many of you noticed the disclaimer in the first part of this article??? May be you should go back and reread it before you get your nickers in a bunch.. read it for what it is quit turning into jerks and remember it’s always someone else’s opinion.

  • TacMed April 23, 2016, 8:44 pm

    Here’s why not to buy a G43. First off, I AM a glock guy, every pistol I own IS a glock EXCEPT for my PF-9 (which absolutely has its purpose). I am firm in having a good mag capacity given this day and age where assailants are usually multiple, etc…if I’m going to sacrifice my mag capacity then I want ultimate concealability…Glock was late to the party, good idea- poor implementation. The only advantage to a G43 is that it operates the same as any other glock (unlike the PF9)…however the G43 is TOO LARGE for such a small capacity, and its really only about a 1/4″ smaller than the G36 so you may as well buy a G36 and have the extra punch…and any price over $420 for one is too much…

  • David Elder April 12, 2016, 7:45 pm

    I like your article on the Glock 43, especially your opinion that we should all be able to form our own opinion.
    I really didn’t like Glocks, although I manage a shooting club on a military base and we have 8 Glock 19 we rent to people. But I returned my Taurus TP 745 to get a new mag release, and they’re kept it until their lawsuit is finally settled – so far, since last December. So a guy walks in wanting to sell a G22. Now this may not be what most people consider a carry gun, but for $300, with night sights, I bit. At the time I didn’t like .40s either. Then I started shooting it. Liked it, except the sloppy trigger, so spent$23 on a Ghost self-defense trigger bar & springs. I’ve never been so impressed with a cheap used gun before. Then I found out I could change barrels, and make it either a .40, .357 Sig, or 9mm. Wow! Then we started selling police-return Glock 27s, so we got one; trigger kit, 9mm and 357 Sig barrels, and we have six guns for about the price of one new one. I can interchange the mags from the G22 with the G27 time increase capacity, …Incredible! So, maybe when Taurus returns my to 745 I’ll trade it in on a Glock 43. But probably not, I.’ll just keep carrying my chubby little G26/27/33, and have 10 rounds in my choice (daily, even) of caliber. Really like that .357 Sig…and I can shoot it under water, too! Have a great day, and don’t take anything seriously except misses. Dave

  • VF 1777 April 4, 2016, 9:04 pm

    # 6) Walther PPS M2

  • JF March 19, 2016, 11:34 am

    This is a worthless article with no meaningful information.

    • moondog November 27, 2016, 7:02 pm

      glock owners are over rated

  • Brian March 10, 2016, 1:16 pm

    Like my 19 , but considering the 43 for ankle back up piece

    • TacMed April 23, 2016, 8:46 pm

      speaking of spelling…its AESTHETICS smart guy

      • dick August 30, 2016, 2:31 am

        Ever heard of Capitalisation and Punctuation, Mr. Smart Guy?

  • Wickedcoolname March 2, 2016, 1:39 pm

    First of all, you can’t spell. If you’re going to try your hand at being a writer, you should have a proof reader check your work. Secondly, if someone is a fan of a certain product why do people like you need to use dirisive terms like “Fanboy”
    Is your imagination so limited that you have to regurgitate a tired old pejorative like Fanboy?
    You list the first reason as astetics, and then you go on to say that looks shouldn’t matter.

    • Otis Campbell March 3, 2016, 11:45 am

      Really, a “proof reader”? You should do the same. LMFAO…. practice what you preach.
      YOU Wrote; Secondly, if someone is a fan of a certain product why do people like you need to use “dirisive” terms like “Fanboy”. Don’t you mean ” DERISIVE” …. again lmfao … and Yet Again, YOU Wrote: “You list the first reason as astetics, and then you go on to say that looks shouldn’t matter”. Certainly you meant “AESTHETICS”.
      I think you need to go back to School or at the very least, get auto-correct. Let the one without sin cast the 1st stone. Remember this, and you can go far in life.

      • Jimbo March 13, 2016, 3:51 pm

        Don’t let the pedantic responses of others draw retributive responses from you.

        I use the Glock 43 as a civilian instruction gun. I’m running with Teflon in it and I haven’t cleaned it
        at all and it has more than 2,000 rounds through it without even 1 malfunction. It’s literally the number
        one selling gun since it came out last year and every single example I have seen, having had more than 30-students
        purchase 43’s, have been hole-n-hole precise at 5 and 7-yards. There may be many reasons on paper
        not to do things, but when people respond so well to a particular item and buy them so often that
        there are still wait lists, a freaking year later, there must be something fairly decent about that
        product. Late to the show, sure, not as ergonomic as some, sure, not my other Glocks, okay, limited
        capacity, yup. But it’s going to likely be one of the most popular Glocks of all time. Time will tell,
        but God I wish they’d build a .40 S&W on the same basic design.

        We all have opinions, but I know what works 😉 — for me anyway. Stay safe and train often.
        Jim in Florida

        • Mark in Tulsa April 9, 2016, 2:30 pm

          Correct practice/training w/ 10k repetitions for the muscle memory, coupled w/ proper shot placement….what me worry?! Solid BUG it is.

    • Carl Capps April 7, 2016, 2:12 pm

      Learn how to spell??????

      How about you learn how to spell aesthetics.

    • dick August 30, 2016, 2:35 am

      Yes, learn how to spell and use punctuation at the end of ALL of your sentences.
      LMFAO!
      ===D~

  • Dan February 25, 2016, 5:28 am

    Can’t believe anyone. even remotely familiar with the current offering of 9 mm single stack pistols, wouldn’t mention the difference in price and capacity of the S&W Shield! did Glock specifically sponsor this article?

  • Pat February 15, 2016, 7:12 pm

    I’ll take my 10 shot Glock 26.

    • Edwin Jones March 13, 2016, 11:27 am

      My new Glock 43 is perfect for me for 2 reasons. 1. It is light enough for me to jog with and powerful enough to take care of any pit bull. 2. It is very small. I have a conceal carry permit and prefer the potential mugger not to know what I have until it’s too late for him.. I used to have a Browning High Power but it was too big, too heavy and attracted too much attention.

      • Aspca July 18, 2016, 8:56 am

        Why are you going jogging to kill pitbulls?

  • Rich February 10, 2016, 8:41 am

    Was looking for a CCW weapon to replace my Kel Tec .380. Already own a Ruger LCR .357 and a S/W J frame .38 special snubby. The Ruger & S/W are both too bulky for me to carry. Had my eye open for a CCW that would give me portability, reliability, and decent accuracy. A LE friend of mine near Phoenix suggested the G43. Already own a G17, so I know something of Glock’s reputation. Went to my local Field and Stream store and checked out the G43 along with some its peers. I have small hands so when I picked up the G43, it fit my hand perfectly and felt very comfortable and balanced. The price was right, on sale for $449, cheaper than its contemporaries, so I took the plunge and bought it. Took it to the range and I must say that the advice I received and my gut feeling about the G43 were spot on. Put body sized targets up and shot at ranges up to 30 feet and had mostly kill shots, even at rapid fire. Revolvers just can’t match the kind of rapid fire one can achieve with this weapon. Shot several hundred rounds through it without a hitch. Bought a Sneaky Pete holster for carrying and I’m in like Flint.

  • TOM February 2, 2016, 11:17 am

    After reading all these comments, I believe the biggest trouble is not with capacity but the person holding the gun. The G43 is a great little CC gun for protection. Unless you are planning on getting into a gang shootout I believe 2-3 well placed shots in center mass is enough to ward off a thug. If you feel you need more, you just may need more range time or training. As some of the comments stated, carry and use what you feel comfortable with, it may be a hammer.

    • MountainDewed February 5, 2016, 12:59 pm

      There is a huge difference between the range and a high stress attack situation. Do some reading/research and maybe realize the average Joe just may need more than 6 shots or “2-3″…

      • P.Y. March 26, 2016, 5:11 pm

        True, but more range time (while practicing GOOD shooting habits) equals better, more controlled shooting in high-stress scenarios as opposed to foregoing the range altogether because “it’s totally different than a real-life shooting scenario.” Put in the trigger time, have a vigilant mindset, and avoid potentially dangerous situations whenever possible and training will pay off. You will never be shorting yourself by honing your skills as often as possible. Just my take on it.

    • Jeff March 4, 2016, 3:44 pm

      how can you know in the heat of the battle that you will place those 2-3 shots accurately. Anyone at the range can put rounds on target, but when your blood is pumping and the adrenaline is kicked up in high gear, all bets are off. More rounds the better. Whos to say there wont be multiple attackers? Im a huge fan of round capacity. id rather have 20 rounds of .22 vs 10 rounds of 44mag. its all about shot placement. and i’d rather have more chances to place that shot in the engine room if need be. Im a fan of the glock 26. my edc carry gun. the only thing it doesnt offer is a 100 round concealable magazine and heat seeking bullets.

  • Jacob January 13, 2016, 10:29 pm

    Guess you never fired a snub nose revolver from retention. I would take the flock 43 over the muzzle flash of a revolver close to my chest. Not to mention I can release the 43 much faster.

  • Scott December 22, 2015, 7:02 pm

    You can’t even spell Kel Tec right and you tell others not to buy a Glock 43. Alrrriiight then.

    • Bob Stephens February 19, 2016, 6:58 pm

      Ha! There is such a thing as typos dude. But, in a round about way I totally agree. I know and appreciate these people trying to help us purchase our firearms but the reality is that a gun that you shoot good and love may be my most hated firearm. You have to shoot them for yourself and not rely on website “Gurus” to tell you what is wrong or what is best about a firearm. YOU HAVE TO SHOOT THEM FOR YOURSELF!!!! My most favorite gun may well be what you think is the worst gun on the planet. My 2 Cents! 🙂 Rock the 2nd Amendment!!!! It’s all good!!!!

  • Jackman December 18, 2015, 10:32 pm

    There’s a reason why we have so many different brands because one cannot please everyone IF YOU LIKE IT AND CAN SHOOT IT WELL Then it’s for you. Any how my d!(& is bigger than yours..

  • Chris December 16, 2015, 8:56 pm

    The writer clearly does not carry every day, does not understand the purpose of a single stack firearm, and has some phobia with GLOCK firearms. You will state that you do but you couldn’t possibly. There is no equal in performance to the Glock 42 or 43 in their class from any manufacturer for reliability, safety, performance, convenience or ergonomics. And their demand is still exceptionally high even though they have been available for some time. A wheel gun is zero competition for the 42 or 43 for a conceal carry firearm – you are wasting your time carrying a revolver with a DAO 10 pound trigger pull in comparison. I will empty the 43’s seven rounds fully into the target before you can get the second round off. This article is full of opinions and no facts. I have carried and shot every manufacturer brand. Some guns are just not easy to carry and shoot equally as bad. While Glock is not the only good brand available, Glock is by far the top of the crop.

    • jllinko January 29, 2016, 11:41 am

      I will empty the 43’s seven rounds fully into the target before you can get the second round off.

      Say that to Jerry Miculek.

  • John Haase December 9, 2015, 6:45 pm

    Well I have a Glock 17, Smith 66 2.5 357and Walther PPKS 380. FOR FUN I LKE THE GLOCK. FOR HOME.PROTECTION I LOVE THE SMITH BUT I CARRY THE WALTHER WITH CORBON 90+P AND FEEL TOTALLY CONFIDENT WITH A GUN THAT HAS NEVER FAILED WIH CORBON! THE WALTHER IS JUST COMFORTABLE and, yes, PRETTY TOO! ☆★☆★☆

  • Tom December 7, 2015, 5:54 pm

    The best one. The Ferrari is not sheaper, but all people want one. The Glock 43 is the same.

  • Phil December 2, 2015, 7:55 pm

    I signed up on this site to only say this, I have been reading gun forums for years, and THIS one has to be the DUMBEST I have ever read!!!! Not even going into details, just start at the top and go down you will see.

  • Matt December 1, 2015, 9:09 pm

    I didn’t read all the comments so sorry if this was already addressed, but I see a flaw in your math. I’m no genius, but 6+1 =7 and 5 +0 = 5. So when you say a 5 shot snubbie has one less round, I don’t follow. Also 5 + 5 in a speed loader is 10 and 6+1 + 6 in an extra mag is 13. Simple math…

  • jerry November 22, 2015, 9:29 pm

    the five reasons for not buying a block 43 are absolutely idiotic & make no sense written by a moron

  • Captain1201 November 17, 2015, 7:00 pm

    The problem with comparing the Glock 43vwith the Sig P938 is that the cost of the Glock is literally 30% less than Sig. Sigs are fantastic quality and reliability, but so are the Glock 43s, and at a much cheaper price. If the two are as similar as represented in this article with respect to quality and reliability, and I truly believe they are, then cost must be taken into consideration when making a comparison.

    • PJ February 16, 2016, 1:06 pm

      I have a 938 and no one I’ve had shoot it can hit the broad side of a barn with it. I wanted to like it. I wanted it to Bree my CCW gun but I find myself carrying an LCP instead purely and simply because I can shoot it better. I’m looking at getting a Shield or the 43. I am VERY disappointed in the 938.

  • nim November 12, 2015, 4:54 pm

    You cann not afoud s glock dummyy

  • Stephen B November 6, 2015, 8:09 pm

    I have a pretty short statement but brutally true.The best gun to have is the one thats with you & NOT in your safe when you need it most.The Glock 43 is small enough that your more likely to pack it with you VS the full size bulky full frame thats more unconcealable,heavier,etc.As far as 9MM goes,,It will def drop your blood pressure..2 in the chest an 1 in the head an no one knows the diff..End of story

  • Michael Z. Williamson October 28, 2015, 3:15 am

    Yet more of the “revolvers never jam” myth, right up there with “AKs never jam.”

    It’s not only incorrect, it’s increasingly like the people who refused electronic ignitions and fuel injection for “reliability.” Technology has improved.

    I expect the MTBF of nonfunctional weapons is much lower on a Glock than any comparably priced revolver, or even one costing quite a bit more (Have you priced them lately?)

    Stoppages are dealt with through proper training. Malfunctions on revolvers typically mean a trip to the smith.

    • Jim February 11, 2016, 9:24 pm

      Thank you Mike. I’ve been a shooter for 30+ years now and a certified Glock armorer for 25, and your statement is true. It all comes down to training and practice, practice, practice. And front sight, damnit.

  • Jim October 10, 2015, 9:38 am

    It seems to me you have no right to tell me where or how to spend my money. Since I earn it an you do not. When the day comes you do my job and make my money you may have a say in how it is spent. I carry a GLOCK now one of the 15 or so my money have bought me. They protect me 24 x 7 from the criminals. So I have had my say and by the way this is still America .

  • Don October 8, 2015, 3:46 pm

    You also failed to mention the Smith&Wesson M&P Shield which has 9 round capacity(8+1), a lower price point
    and a flawless history.

  • Laurence Almand September 18, 2015, 7:13 pm

    Aesthetically challenged? A gun is not supposed to look pretty, it is supposed to function reliably, which Glocks do. If you want to look pretty wear a gold chain around your neck. Glocks are durable and reliable and well made – what else do you want? Gold plating?

    • Doug February 18, 2016, 11:54 pm

      what in the hell are you talking about?

  • Dara Holsters September 15, 2015, 10:38 am

    I love my G43, perfectly concealable, always accurate and performs perfectly.

  • Jim August 25, 2015, 1:03 pm

    One of the great things about America is that, although they do force you to buy health insurance or pay a fine, as of yet they will not force you to buy this handgun. Buy it if you like it, don’t if you don’t, whine if you must. I purchased my G43 for $439 out-the-door. I didn’t buy it to be a pocket pistol, so I don’t care if there are smaller 9s out there. I purchased it to be worn OWB for summer carry in shorts and a t-shirt. It fits my requirements perfectly for that usage. It’s not too tiny for my mitts, I’m fine with the 6 + 1 capacity, and it’s a sweet shooter with little recoil. I’m a grown man and can handle the trigger just fine. In cooler weather with heavier clothing I carry a G30S, so I’m very familiar with the platform. I have other Glocks, some which I had for years with multiple thousands of rounds through them, and have yet to have a failure with any of them. Buy what you like, carry what you like, shoot what you like. Try not to get your feelings hurt.

  • Ding August 17, 2015, 4:18 am

    This article is retarded as is the arguments in the comment section.
    The last comment by: RedneckGeek is the truest to form
    “I always find the arguments over what gun is best amusing. Whatever floats your boat, as long as you carry one.”
    even my comment is retarded as I am commenting on retarded articles and comments.
    always good and bad in everything. Now go back to watching Television and go back to sleep

  • RedneckGeek July 27, 2015, 4:35 pm

    I always find the arguments over what gun is best amusing. Whatever floats your boat, as long as you carry one.

  • Sharp Shooter June 22, 2015, 4:28 pm

    I have just read through most of the comments on whether or not the Glock 43 is a stand up pistol. No one person can say it is good or bad for one reason or another. Most of my friends come to me for advice on what to buy and why. My answer is always the same “what is the application you are using it for?” Based on the answer you can then narrow down what pistol to buy. I am an avid 1911 guy, but I respect and appreciate other brands and calibers. I would carry my 1911 all the time but as much as I like them (even my Defender) it is heavy and cannot conceal it well with some of the cloths I wear. Therefore I have different pistols for different applications. I use a 1911 for when I do tactical police training and my pistol is on my tactical vest and a Walther PPQ 9mm if I don’t want to re-load as often as I do with a 1911. both have their merits. But getting back to the main point. I have all different kinds of pistols and a few for CCW depending on what I am wearing like my 1911 Defender 45, Walther PPS 9mm and S&W Air weight 642 .38+p hammerless revolver. Glock makes a very reliable pistol which is the reason for my recent purchase of the G43. You can be a die hard fan of a certain pistol, but it doesn’t mean others cant be just as nice and work just as well.

  • C June 20, 2015, 9:58 pm

    I’m a woman standing 5’2″. I bought this for my conceal carry. It fits perfect in my hand, and the trigger pull is nice. I appendix holster and have to shift around for a comfy spot. 6+1 is enough to get a beginner shooter out of a situation quick. That’s the point of the smaller body gun. Fits more females’ hands easier and a 9mm is just right.

    • M February 10, 2017, 3:46 am

      I agree with C. I’m a petite female and I love my Glock 43.

  • Jim Davis June 9, 2015, 9:19 am

    After reading this forum, my thoughts are, if the Glock was invented by Colt or Springfield would people have the same opinion. I owned a lot of different firearms in my life. Some junk, some excellent. I felt the same way about Glocks, til I shot one, then bought it. It’s a G22 with RTF . Then I bought a G35. I don’t carry either for EDC. I 100% trust them to work. My EDC is a Kahr CW9. It’s 100% reliable. Bought it new, put my Alpha male bullshit away and read the instructions. I trust it enough to depend on it. Some people don’t like Kahr because of the owners family. I know in today’s society everyone is very sensitive, to their own opinion, not others. The Glock,s reputation stands on its own, just like the Browning 1911. It’s a matter of preference. There is a reason Glock type pistols are being made. Because it’s a good design. So to everyone here I say use what you’re comfortable with, practice and maintain your firearms. Have a nice day.

  • VictorD June 6, 2015, 10:24 am

    Moot point, I know, I know, but no external safety. Trigger could snag during holstering.

    • Flamingbuttmonkey March 2, 2016, 1:47 pm

      Well, if your trigger snags during holstering it might be a good thing. If you’re that clumsy the world will be better off if you shoot yourself in the foot before you accidentally shoot someone else.

  • Kyle June 3, 2015, 11:24 am

    After reading your post and many comments below, I think I am even more convinced this is the gun I want to get for my first hand gun. No one has actually complained about the gun itself; no one has said there is anything wrong with the functionality of the gun. I tested 2 of the guns mentioned below that people like and hated them. Does that mean they are bad guns? No, they just didn’t fit my hand (one my hand went perfectly over the magazine release. Bad gun? no, just bad for me). Many people hate on Glock simply because it’s Glock. It’s just like people hating on Apple because it’s Apple. So what if you think it’s ugly? (personally I love the look of a glock). So what if it’s a little more expensive? Less than $100 difference isn’t a big deal when you are talking about a safe gun that you like and works for you. So what if it has limited capacity? Carry a second magazine. All the negative things about this gun aren’t actually negatives, just peoples opinion. If the gun works for you, great, but that doesn’t mean it will for someone else. And just because it doesn’t fit your needs doesn’t mean it’s not perfect for someone else. I’m looking forward to purchasing this gun!

    • Dudley November 10, 2015, 2:48 pm

      Really look into the 26 or 27 I have a 26 gen 3 recoil is minimum ammo is cheap and comes in a variety of different grains Hallows flat points fmjs,ect best thing I like with the baby glocks (26-27) is the 30+ exteded mags they fit in the back bocket of your jeans and easily into your consol or glove box but always go with what it gut tells you and how easy it is to operate and carry

  • Jerry G Hester May 21, 2015, 12:36 pm

    You mite add the S&W shield its
    vErry lite at 19 oz and its .Comes
    In 40 and it looks better and the cost
    iS less.

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  • Lawrence Oliver May 15, 2015, 8:22 pm

    Where did my comment go? Was it not approved?

  • Lawrence Oliver May 15, 2015, 7:13 pm

    The fact that you had to reach so far to come up with five reasons makes me that much more confident in my purchase of my G43.

    1). Really…? Not that it should matter but yeah a lot of people like for their guns to look “cool”. I personally like the simple clean look of the G43, not that it should matter anyway.

    2). Limited capacity. This one is a little odd to me since the one round extensions already on the market (Taran Tactical) add only a tiny amount of length to the magazine. Makes you wonder why Glock didn’t just go ahead and make them 7rd mags or at least one of them. Two round extensions are also available and I’m hoping to see Magpul spit out a 7 or 8 rd mag for the G43 sometime in the near future. Maybe Glock already have plans for extended aftermarket mags and just plan to cash in on them down the road. Either way it’s a mystery why glock didn’t make at least one mag 7rds to begin with since the difference is so small.

    3). Late to the Party. Okay well other than being minorly annoying so what. Who wouldn’t welcome a new well made reliable addition to any class of firearm. This is true of many things, for instance I’m glad I’m not still driving my first car, working at my first job or married to my first girlfriend (she was a nut). I’m sure those folks that bought the original LC9 would probably agree.

    4). My G… works just fine. Okay fine but I don’t know many people who are into guns that don’t want another one.

    5). Price Point. I got mine for $469.00 plus tax at a place called webyshops.com in Arlington, TX. Could I have picked up a used shield for $350 to $400 and probably have been just as happy, sure but I like the feel of the G43 better so to me it was worth it. I could have waited for a used one but I didn’t want to.

    Pretty much your only viable reason not to buy the G43 is capacity compared to some of the other single stacks on the market. Even that is easily enough remedied.

  • JD May 14, 2015, 9:24 pm

    I’m not a Glock user or considered buying one until I shot the G43. The grip angle of Glock doesn’t do it for me as well as the “blocky” frame. They are extremely reliable and you can do a lot with them but they aren’t for my hands. That said, after shooting the 43 I actually enjoyed it considering it’s a carry option. Before I was leaning towards the Springfeild XDS but ruled that out due to the annoying front sight falling out from recoil. I work at a range and have the privilege to shoot a lot of carry options. In the end it comes down to personal preference and confidence. Single stack or double, it doesn’t matter. Shot placement is the most important part of defense and not necessarily how many rounds you can carry. You don’t really hear of cases where the victim used more than a couple of rounds to end the threat. Also, those who experience jams or malfunctions, it’s most likely shooter induced called “limp wristing” proper grip and managing the recoil will help improve cycling and minimize malfunctions. There is no jam proof firearm and never will be, sorry revolver fans but I’ve seen revolvers fail too.

  • BB May 11, 2015, 10:25 pm

    Hey fellas, I bought a Glock 17 used 15 years ago. Tricked it out and love it. Accurate, Taking crows out of the air should explain it. No troubles. Just as nice looking as anything out there. Proud Glocker…..

  • BamaMan May 11, 2015, 3:07 pm

    17 rounds in a glock 19 is the trade for not being a jam proof revolver. Why get a single stack anything? Including your 1911 that holds 7.

  • Gary May 7, 2015, 4:47 pm

    Just got mine today…and was delighted to find that one of the 2 mags that came with it has a pinky extension on it – saves me a few bucks since I only have to buy one now. Size and ergonomics of this pistol are perfect, and best of all – it’s a Glock!

  • Rich May 5, 2015, 11:08 am

    Glock means tiny penis in German

    • daniel d. May 20, 2015, 5:19 pm

      1911 means tiny penis in “merican”

  • Taylor May 1, 2015, 7:11 pm

    I’ve been carrying my 43 for about a week now in my pocket and I love it. (I don’t wear skinny jeans tho) Most of the time I forget it’s even there. I love shooting it to. My opinion dont bash it till you try it.

  • Chechatonga April 29, 2015, 11:14 pm

    Ruger LC9S…….NOTE THE “S” TRIGGER better than glock
    Sights ….steel
    7 or 9 round mag.

    Better be many ways

  • Scott April 29, 2015, 6:37 pm

    Looks like a Walther PPS clone without the 40 S&W option and the magazine choices to me.

  • matt April 25, 2015, 10:28 pm

    Aesthetics are subjective. It’s not the prettiest pistol in the world but IMO it looks better than most of its competitors. To claim that we are somehow lying to ourselves is silly.

  • ejharb April 25, 2015, 2:45 pm

    9mm is for hurting Europeans for dangerous people you need a 45.
    I love glock 30s and 41s 🙂

    • Robert Smith April 28, 2015, 7:48 am

      Everyone needs to do some reading on Ammo and check stats on rounds 9mm has come a long way even as far as to make a
      9mm plus p round not to mention all the new hollow point bullets out there.

    • Art Frailey September 4, 2015, 5:56 pm

      Just priced a G43 today at my local sporting goods store. $425.oo So maybe you are looking in the wrong places.

  • steve April 22, 2015, 7:13 pm

    After my experiences with the G42 I will not be buying another Glock.

  • Rusty April 21, 2015, 2:03 pm

    Glocks are have crappy triggers, terrible ergonomics, the worst customer support in the gun industry, unsupported chambers that lead to short brass life, they come from the factory with warped frames(pignose) that gets worse the more you shoot them and they have an idiotic fanbase that makes Apple fans look intelligent in comparison. There’s 6 reasons not to buy a glock.

  • chad April 18, 2015, 12:07 pm

    I have ordered a Glock 43 . I’ll carry it on duty as a backup weapon. It should be the perfect size for all day carry. The 42 would be my first choice, but department regulations restrict caliber choice to 9mm or .40 cal.

  • Nick O. April 16, 2015, 9:42 pm

    You snooze you lose??? The Glock 42 came out last year and the sold around 200,000 in 2014 alone you’ll be surprised on how many people will upgrade. Haven’t seen all brands and models fired, those I’ve seen except the Glock has jammed in my presence. It’s clean looking gun it’s made for one purpose and that is to never fail when you need it.

  • xrey April 13, 2015, 6:55 pm

    I have been wanting a slimline glock for a while now and have opted for a Kahr, but when I looked at a S&W Shield and then the Beretta Nano, The Nano wins. All articles and regular guys opinions and experience with the gun made me decide on the Nano. The only thing I don’t like with Glocks and all point and shoot no safety guns is the shortcomings of having no safety. But I don’t put one in the chamber unless I am going to shoot at something in the firts place so compatibility became a priority. I now want a comparison of the Nano and the G43 and see which one comes out on top. As for issues with Glock’s breech face and other failures, all guns have some kind of issues. I am more concerned with the overall reliabilty, such as FTE, FTF, and accuracy. But as the G43 is new, it would have to iron out after a couple of iterations.

    • Robert Smith April 28, 2015, 7:35 am

      I hope you dont have a cpl because carrying a gun with out a round in the chamber wil probably end up in a bad way. you might as well be carrying a paper weight.if you carry a firearm with one in the chamber in the proper holster and keep your finger off the trigger till needed there should be no problems……………………..ed

  • Joe Mama April 11, 2015, 1:57 pm

    Im a Glock fan. Best semi auto made, IMHO. But if I only get 6 shots, I’m going with a S&W snobby in 38.

    • John April 21, 2015, 4:34 pm

      All .357/.38 S&W J frames are 5 shot.

      • Alan April 26, 2015, 1:04 pm

        Who said .357?

  • ChiGurh April 5, 2015, 3:19 pm

    Form factor is essentially no different from the G26. You exchange 0.16 of an inch of thickness for 4 less rounds. I rather my gun push off another 0.16 ” my waist and have 4 more game-changing bullets.

  • Brian April 1, 2015, 1:39 pm

    I think it’s ugly in the picture, but it might look better in person. Personally, I think Glocks look great when they aren’t suffering from pig nose.

  • Roger April 1, 2015, 1:03 pm

    Funny thing is, all the people that praised their existing high-capacity Glocks all lamented there is no single stack , low- capacity Glock. People just are never happy.

  • Larry April 1, 2015, 11:16 am

    I love reading the ‘my gun is better than your gun’ opinions. Some are just down right comical! We love our guns. In my mind it’s very simple, if you like your carry gun and it’s reliable in yours capable hands then what else matters?

    I had an FFL way back when Glocks first came out and after reading all the hipe and crazy rumors about the new ‘plastic’ terror gun and it’s ability to sneak through airport x-ray machines, my mind was made up. I hated it, and I hadn’t even SEEN one yet! Hell, they even talked about having to embed a radioactive hunk of medal in the frame so it would show up. What a bunch of crap!

    When the model 20 came out a good friend had me order one for him and when it arrived we immediately took it to the range with a wide assortment of ammo, from the FBI 10mm lite stuff to full power Norma loads. I was hooked! That first day we probably put over 500 rounds through that puppy and never once had even a minor hiccup. Years later I ended up buying that model 20 back from him and added it to my growing collecting of Glocks. The fire power of 15 rounds of full power 10mm fodder is impressive! Keep a two or three extra mags loaded and close by – well, you get the point. It’s now my ‘house’ gun.

    The debate rages about the perfect carry gun. I carry a G29SF and a G36 depending on how I’m clothed. The 36 is one of my favs in the summer time here in the south, but it is a little on the large size for pocket carry, but I make it work. I carry Glocks because when I pick one up I instinctively know the condition it’s in. They are designed to carry fully loaded with one in the pipe. No external safeties to worry about but three internal safeties, so I don’t have to worry about blowing my toes off if I drop it. All of my Glocks have the factory 5.5lb tigger pull. And I’ve actually grown to like the feel of the striker fired triggers with their slightly different take-ups and re-sets. And personally, I don’t use my hand loads in my carry weapons so I don’t worry about whether or not I mis-seated a primer, as someone else wrote about.

    Why is Glock just now coming out with a single stack compact 9mm when they already have the G26, 27, 29? To answer the demand from their loyal customers and LE’s that want another option for a Glock back-up or CCL carry. So now if I want something a little smaller than my G36 I can carry the G43. And if you think you need more then 6 rounds – heaven forbid, drop an extra mag in your other pocket or add Pearce extentions when they inevitable come with them for the G43.

    Ford or Chevy, Toyota or Nissan, McDonalds or the Colonel – Glock or Smith & Wesson. Who cares! So to all you Glock haters – lighten up. Carry what you’re comfortable with!

    • Mike April 7, 2015, 7:32 pm

      Agreed. I say buy and carry the gun that works for you and who cares what everybody else is doing. I like all guns and believe they all have their place and purpose.

    • Mike April 7, 2015, 7:33 pm

      Agreed. I say buy and carry the gun that works for you and who cares what everybody else is doing. I like all guns and believe they all have their place and purpose.

    • Justice Jack April 17, 2015, 12:02 pm

      I agree. There’s no doubt there are great guns out there, but there are also guns that “feel” terrible (to me). I love to go into Cabellas just to handle the various models…and then ask, “What do you think?” When the response is, “Well…I’m a ______ guy (Glock, HK, or whatever…fill in the blank)”, it’s going to be a favorable response if that’s they type of hand gun you’re handling at that moment. If it’s not, they’ll either call over the S&W guy or steer you in the direction of “their” gun. I especially like it when you hear someone say they’re signed up for the conceal carry class and looking for a recommendation. The person behind the counter is spewing the reliability and accuracy of the Desert Eagle. I’m not disputing their knowledge…and I’m sure it’s a fine weapon, but you do realize you’re talking to a 20-something wearing skinny jeans, right? Two months later, someone will be posting on here about how bad the BZ90-3 hand bazooka/flame-thrower sucks (and no explanation as to why it’s wrong for their needs).

  • Russ March 31, 2015, 1:34 am

    The G 33 gen4 – Shits on the 43!
    The size is extremely close http://us.glock.com/products/model/g33gen4
    The 33’s ammo and magazine capacity is far more superior = G 33 holds 9 with extra mags holding 13 or 15.
    .357 magnum ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=9ZJSGJqsVFg
    9 mm. ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=jexyDDA3TBU
    The G 33 is my only reason.

    • Brian April 1, 2015, 1:51 pm

      I don’t think the size between the G33 and G43 are as close as you think. Yes, the 1.18″ vs 1.02″ isn’t all that dissimilar, but I believe the measurement is taken at the slide itself. If you notice on a 26, 27, or 33—as with most Glocks—the frame is even thicker. The difference isn’t as pronounced with the G43. Taken together, that does make a significant difference, but I don’t think it’s worth it if it can’t carry comfortably in the pocket, and I have my doubts.

  • BRASS March 30, 2015, 8:30 pm

    Late to the party is a reason? A Vegas show girl, gorgeous, tall, leggy, built like a godess or a younger Brad Pitt or whomever the ladies are drooling over today walks into your party of normal folks and you throw her out because he or she is late to the party?

    Fairly dumb logic, you should sign up to be spokesperson for your local politician and give up on a useful life, you don’t derserve one.

  • smoke March 30, 2015, 7:51 pm

    I was told today that a one hand shot will not always offer the stability to let the clip and chamber mechanism always work right. You need that rock solid two hand shot for flawless reloading. Just what I was told. Do not own a Glock.

    • Robert Smith April 28, 2015, 7:14 am

      Yes one hand shooting can cause cycling problems. I can shoot just about any semiautomatic pistol out there and purposely make it jam.it is known as limp wristing!

  • Ross Walters March 30, 2015, 5:46 pm

    My Glock 19 is a jam-o-matic. Bought brand new I laboriously ran 150 round of various brands of ammo through it picking out the multiple stovepipes and unejected cartridges. Nasty Glock CS person said I had to pay the $72 shipping fee if I wanted them to look at it…so I did. It came back 10 days later in exactly the same unusable condition. Since then I’ve changed springs, Polished the feed ramp, and churned through a couple hundred more rounds but it still can’t be trusted as it still jambs often.
    God help you if you are unlucky enough to get a Glock lemon because their Customer Service Dept. won’t.

    • Dusty April 2, 2015, 1:07 pm

      I’ll gladly give you $300 for it sight unseen.

      • Ross Walters April 4, 2015, 10:32 am

        You must work for Gander Mountain.

    • Gregory April 3, 2015, 7:58 pm

      I have fired thousands of rounds through my Glocks with no issues. Perhaps you should shoot someone else’s model 19 and see if the issue is with you or the gun. Before you get all pissy and defensive, try another model 19 and eliminate you as the issue.

      • Ross Walters April 4, 2015, 10:30 am

        Two other people shot my Glock 19 with similar results. Because YOUR Glock works good everybody else who says they own one that doesn’t function properly is ‘pissy and defensive’? You remind me of the guy who drives a Silverado and has a decal on his rear window of the brat urinating on a Ford truck.

      • Joe Mama April 11, 2015, 2:16 pm

        Have to agree with this guy. Fired 4000+ thru a 19. Only jam was a non factory magazine. This is why I love the ugly ass Glock.

    • Old Cop April 12, 2015, 11:49 am

      I had the same experience w/a new Glock 42 .380. It was a jam-o-matic that went back three times only to be returned in the same condition. The last time the company said it had been reconditioned, but no explanation beyond that. The gun continued to stovepipe so I got rid of it. Customer service is less than what it should be.

    • William A graves April 21, 2015, 10:52 pm

      Why are all you guys worried about cost? I’ve been in 4 shootings as an officer and my students from Las Vegas metro have killed 6 hostage takers. Cost never mattered. You’re not buying a fucking dyson vacuum. Stop referring to NRA magazines ref shootouts.

      • Kyle August 7, 2015, 10:36 pm

        That’s an absurd amount of shootings… Clearly you’re a liability to that department…

    • Robert smith April 26, 2015, 9:35 pm

      I have sold and worked on gun’s for year’s have never had a customer bring it a glock for problems. I own 8 of them one being a 26 witch I have shot over 2500 rounds through and have not cleaned it the barrel and slide are covered in power and still no mis fires no stove pipes just endless reliability. I have been a master gun smith for 20 years. Sold and worked on every gun out there. Also have owned every gun out there just about my carry gun is a GLOCK 30 or a GLOCK 23 both nickel boron slides great Guns I also shoot comp with a GLOCK deer hunt with a 10 mil GLOCK and shoot comp with a 1911 also . only two gun models I own and can own any these are the top two………………..

      • Jdawgfromct May 15, 2015, 7:46 pm

        You’re a master gunsmith and you’ve never cleaned your Glock? Why not?

  • Ed Pate March 30, 2015, 4:56 pm

    I have a Glock 17 and love it. But for compact 9mm I would have to say I prefer my Ruger LC9. Much thinner and with a 7 or 9 round capacity. Also for concealed I like the fact it has an external safety and I like the loaded chamber indicator as well. In addition it is usually available for around $400, much less than the Glock.

  • DEBO March 30, 2015, 4:02 pm

    Glock 42 is still bigger than most “Pocket” 9mm guns, and I’m interested in trying the Springfield “Mod-2” which is same size or smaller than the G-42, and, it has 13 Round standered-Mag, and a 16-Round EX-Mag it comes with… But we need to get “ALL” the Makers to start going around the country to “Demo” their guns at local ranges… Because all these “Braindead” lawmakers are making it so we can’t resell our guns!! I can’t afford to spend “Thousands” of Dollars to try and find a gun I’m comfortable shooting! But I’m willing to spend about $20. to try each gun.(You should get full Mags that come with it, or spend $10 more for a box of ammo…) Then also add a couple of Days onto Shot-Show for the Public!! After all “We” are the real buyers not half of the FFL dealers that go to the Show…

    • USMCReconGuy March 30, 2015, 8:48 pm

      DEBO,

      For informational purposes only… you have absolutely NO IDEA what you’re talking about.

      The Springfield “Mod 2” 9mm is MUCH larger/wider than the G42. Common sense dictates that a double-stack 9mm can not POSSIBLY be as small as the G42 single-stack .380…. geesh.

      Come on guy, at least get some ‘hands on’, or do ‘a little’ homework before posting bad info.

  • John E. March 30, 2015, 12:19 pm

    I can’t figure out the hoopla over this gun. The question keeps coming up as “Why”? Any of the small Glocks, the 26 or 27 out perform it at a very small increase in size. Why carry a .380 when you can carry a 9mm or .40 in the same package and with more ammo to boot?

    • brettski91 March 30, 2015, 7:38 pm

      For some people, like me, the hoopla is that we’re glock guys but I can’t conceal a G26 in my skinny jeans and slim fit shirts. I’m also not willing to compromise my style in order to carry a 10+ round double stack pistol. I’m fairly new to the concealed carry community and have a G19 and need something a little more practical for my personal style than that. But since this is an “anti-G43” forum, I just might have to go with the XDs. ;-P

      • dick April 24, 2015, 10:25 pm

        Style? Skinny jeans are for homos………..

      • FabAbb September 22, 2015, 12:17 pm

        While I disagree with Dick about the homo comment, I must say to Brettski… Being a new person to the conceal carry community is nothing to take lightly. Changing your personal style just to conceal a gun is dangerous… People notice dramatic changes like that in a person and you never want to arouse more questions than necessary. Also, while a lot of the people on this page are downing the G43, I can’t wait for mine… I have a G19 3rd gen and love it. Glock makes a reliable product!! You can drag it through the mud, sand, water, or peanut butter and jelly and it will still fire with accuracy! People who bash the accuracy of a Glock are just really bad aims 😉 I had a G42 and could shoot just as accurate with it left handed as I could right (I have never in my life been ambidextrous). The only reason I’m going to a 43 is because I don’t see a reason in buying two different kinds of ammunition for hand guns… And depending on what I wear determines what I will carry for that day. I do understand having a shotgun and rifle by my bed or in my closet, however! No matter what though, you can pretty much bet that both guns will be easy for me to get to at all times.

      • APaxson December 18, 2015, 10:02 pm

        I am also new to this and will have the same problem with my choice of clothing and concealment. Looking real hard at the 43.
        PS: I’m not a homo, I’m a girl. Dumb@ss.

        • hgfan December 23, 2015, 12:11 am

          APaxson,
          I think I love you, well, I love your comeback at Dum@ss.

          Pac and carrying whatever you like!

  • hANNAbONE March 30, 2015, 9:59 am

    While you are reloading your single stack I’ll still be pluggin’ away on my CZ P-01 9mm – or my SP-01 CZ 9mm – or my 75B CZ 9mm. All of the CZ line 9mm put this new “Block” to bed.

  • petru sova March 30, 2015, 9:31 am

    I disagree with the Author when he claims the Glocks are so reliable. A simple home test will show you how weak the ignition system is on the Glock and other Pre-loaded striker fired systems. I tested both a Glock and a Walther P99 in regards to the strength of the ignition system and they both failed 3 times in a row.

    The test consisted of seating a high primer in an empty case (no powder and of course no bullet). Both guns failed to ignite the primer even though I struck the primer 3 times in a row. On the other hand I did the same test on a large variety of hammer fired auto’s all of which had a bone crushing hammer fired ignition system. The Hammer fired guns drove the high primer down into the bottom of the primer pocket and still had enough energy to crush the primer and set it off on the very first time. Now all this translates into what could happen if you weapon was cold, dirty, over lubricated or had a weak ignition spring. In other words the hammer fired guns would be far more likely to work under extreme conditions than the anemic ignition system of a pre-loaded striker fired weapon.

    As far as a single stack Glock. Due to the lower ammo capacity the gun would weigh less and be more comfortable to carry for long hours but the single stack does not offer a whole lot more conceal ability while at the same time reducing your firepower. I think the double stack will continue to be the gun of choice for most people as history has proven how popular it is. I think it is one of the major reasons for the high popularity of the 9mm over the .40 and .45 acp auto pistols.

    • Tom W March 30, 2015, 10:14 am

      It seems like a reach to call a mis-loaded reaload a problem with the weapon, but if you have a problem seating your primers, I encourage you to buy your ammo off the shelf, because if the primer catches on the frame of a wheelgun, or falls out during cycling, any weapon will fail to fire it.
      To make the quantum leap that if it can’t fire a improperly loaded round, it isn’t dependable, is unreasonable at best.

    • JtothaK March 30, 2015, 12:02 pm

      That’s an interesting experiment.

      However, I would presume the vast majority of Glock owners experience with their Glock goes something like my personal experience with Glocks: My gen 3 G19 has fired around 5,000-6,000 rounds of various new and reloaded ammo and I’ve had one single round FTE (stovepipe) shooting steel cased Russian. I clean it every 500 rounds or so. Sometimes it’s shot without much lube if I forget about it but keeps on trucking. I would argue that this experience isn’t an anomaly but more than likely, common.

      From a statistical perspective, I would further presume the above is a solid representation of any given sample population of Glocks given the propensity for Glocks to be used by LE and military, i.e. LE and military would simply not use an unreliable weapon. If that’s not true then prove otherwise.

      Trust me, I would love for my Glock to suck so I could have an excuse to get a sexy hammer fired HK (I already have a Sig 229) but that’s simply not the reality.

  • Rob March 30, 2015, 9:08 am

    The top reason should be: The Smith & Wesson Shield is an all around better weapon for less money.

    • Chris March 30, 2015, 9:21 am

      I have to agree with this. I have a shield in 40 which is a 6+1. The shield is my go to carry even though I a few Glocks. Nothing against a Glock but love the the shield and they can be found for around $330. Sorry Glock but if you snooze you lose.

      • JtothaK March 30, 2015, 12:13 pm

        I don’t have a Shield but I do have a micro single-stack Sig P238 which I carry 90% of the time due to the fact that it disappears in my front pocket (no holster) while running errands or hiking or even mountain biking, sitting, standing, driving a car. I sometimes forget its there and there is absolutely no printing. It literally disappears unless you’re a skinny jean wearing hipster.

        The other 10% of the time I carry my trusty Glock 19 and as small and concealable as a G19 is, I never forget its there whenever I have to sit down and regardless of holster and carry position. It also is much more likely to print than the P238 depending on clothing selection.

        Would I rather have the G19 in a shooting situation, of course but I would much rather carry the P238 all day.

        I’ll be interested to see if the G43 is “pocketable”.

        • Justice Jack April 17, 2015, 10:47 am

          I have the 42 and 43. The 42 is definitely pocketable and comfortable. The 43 is slightly longer and I haven’t tried it as a pocket carry (yet), but I don’t think it’s going to be an issue. I like that the 43 came with one mag extended (not in capacity, but similar to the Pearce extension for the 42’s magazine). It feels comfortable, and I like the slightly longer barrel of the 43. Range day today for performace comparison. Film at 11…

        • Alan April 26, 2015, 12:11 pm

          Who cares if it prints. You already have the best conceilable pistol in the P238. I love mine, and get a warm fuzzy just thinking about it.

          • Jack October 13, 2015, 5:19 pm

            Open carry would solve the printing problem , which is the way we should all be able to carry. #2A

      • Ray May 2, 2015, 4:24 am

        I would sure like to find a S&P at $330! Until then, I’ll stay with my Glocks.

        • Todd May 4, 2015, 6:47 pm

          I bought mine last month at the local Sportsman’s Warehouse for $325 new. I was going to buy a G43 until I saw the $600 price tag.

        • Gee we've never heard that statement before.Does itdick August 30, 2016, 2:51 am

          You can find the S&P on Wall Street, Sir.

    • Bryant March 30, 2015, 1:56 pm

      That was my exact thought when reading this article, the Shield is thinner in all of the critical areas, more ergonomic to the shape of your hand and much less expensive.

  • Jeffrey L. Frischkorn March 30, 2015, 9:06 am

    Reasons for not owning a double-stacked Glock (or a double-stacked anything): Unless you’re a member of the military, law enforcement, Falling Steel or other forms of competition, or one of the good guys on “The Walking Dead” then a single-stack handgun is plenty enough gun. Few citizens are ever in a firefight where more than 7 to 10 rounds are needed for anything. Look at the monthly “Armed Citizen” in either the NRA’s “American Hunter” or “American Rifle” magazines. Ever read where one of the citizens needed to fire more than one or two (three, tops) rounds at a bad guy? Nope, didn’t think so. High-capacity magazines should always be legal, of course, but they’re not much more than ammo wasters for the vast majority of handgun owners. ‘Friad we’ve been sold a bridge to nowhere on their necessity.

    • OFBG March 30, 2015, 8:44 pm

      I agree with you in spirit, but in practice…why not a DA revolver?

      • Jon September 26, 2015, 6:08 pm

        15 shots

    • AZArchangel55 March 30, 2015, 9:46 pm

      While I tend to agree with you, I carried a “six-shooter” for many years, seemed adequate, my only concern was more than one bad guy! These days these animals seem to run in packs, so more is better.

    • JC May 16, 2015, 12:01 pm

      So a single stack that holds 7 rounds is enough because most citizens only fire 7-10? Seems like you’d want ten rounds in that case. Also there are crime statistics showing 30+ percent of attackers will come in pairs or groups. I’m a Glock fan and all that jazz but your comments seem to contradict your conclusions.

    • Doug Lay May 16, 2015, 10:17 pm

      So just because the majority of encounters with bad guys only require a few rounds you are going to bet your life that your encounter will be the same. If I knew when I left the house I would encounter one bad guy that I would be able to put down with only two shots I would carry my shield that day or my revolver. Or better yet if I knew I would encounter a bad guy that day I would leave the guns in the safe and stay home. Since I don’t know what I may encounter and neither American Hunter or Americn Rifle magazine can predict the future I wil carry my G19 with two extra 15 round mags. I was a Boy Scout, “Be Prepared”.

    • Tim December 12, 2015, 8:17 pm

      Jeffrey, statistics may tell you that there are only so many shots fired, but you’ll be sorry when someone shows up to the party that takes more than 7 rounds. If you feel you only need 7 rounds, that’s your own comfort. And dont give me shot placement bullcrap. There may be one guy, there could be 4!! Don’t ever tell someone they shouldn’t carry a double stack firearm. Thats like telling someone they should only eat pizza with 20 pieces of pepperoni instead of 50. It is a preference.

    • glenn savastano December 20, 2015, 11:58 am

      EXACTLY, and the people who whine about the stock sites on a glock. You may get off a shot or 2 and hopefully shoot instinctively to center mass. my ccw is a 43 perfect. I practice draw fire only with it. Never having used the site. I do not care what is several yards out.

  • Charles March 30, 2015, 9:03 am

    Glock is a company that if there firearms have a critical flaw. They do not warn their customers of any flaws and call it a voluntary recall, where individual gun owners are put at the bottom of the list and forgotten about.
    Then Glock just upgrades to the next generation.

    • Jdawgfromct April 20, 2015, 1:27 am

      What’s wrong with that? Microsoft and Apple have done the same thing for years

  • Giantsteps March 30, 2015, 8:30 am

    At this time, both the Glock 42 and 43 are uninteresting albeit people will buy but not I. Cheers!

  • SneekySneaky March 30, 2015, 7:53 am

    For a single stack 9mm it is a little too late. If, on the other hand, there is the possibility of a barrel conversion to .380 and other calibers it would be a great addition. I have a G23 with a 9mm & 357 Sig barrel that allows me to practice 9mm & 40 cal yet carry the 357 sig round.

    • Giantsteps March 30, 2015, 8:26 am

      The barrel conversion is called a Glock 42.

    • Dick August 30, 2016, 2:55 am

      Who wants to practice with expensive .40 or .357 Sig??

  • Dr. Strangelove March 30, 2015, 6:43 am

    When Springfield came out with the XD-S, I said, “Wow, I gotta get one of those!” Glock arrived just a little too late to this party. Granted it’s the .45, but there is nothing wrong with my 5 year old KT P-11 which has very similar dimensions and holds 10 + 1.

    • Marc April 12, 2015, 9:58 pm

      There is something wrong with your p-11; it’s called the trigger. Worst ever. I had mine for about three weeks. I traded it first chance I got.

  • Steve K March 30, 2015, 6:28 am

    I find Glock’s blocky, monochromatic-look perfect for a carry gun (I love all BLACK). I’d get a 2 round mag extension for a backup mag when they become available. Better late than never if it’s a quality, reliable gun. Price is reasonable. I’d only carry it when I need a pocket carry. Other times I’ll carry a G27. The haters will be there, but the G43’s will fly off the shelves.

  • Peter March 30, 2015, 3:20 am

    ISIS is coming to America and Al Qeade already here before 9/11 so you better have hi-cap at all times.

    • Jahvid best March 30, 2015, 10:17 am

      Where did you buy your tinfoil hat? I’ve been looking for a good one lately.

      • Mike T March 30, 2015, 3:44 pm

        Apparently you missed the FBI report published mid-March which has Al-Qaeda/Islamofascists in 49 of the 50 states.

      • Accur81 April 3, 2015, 3:48 pm

        I consider Adam Lanza, Nidal Hassan, Elliot Rodger, and James Holmes to be terrorists. In the end it doesn’t matter much if they are Islamic or not (Hassan certainly was). I don’t think it is far-fetched at all that we could have yet another terrorist attack on US soil involving multiple combatants. It probably won’t be exactly like 9/11, or Charlie Hepdo (not in the US, but still an example), but it will happen nonetheless. There are mass murdering A-holes in this world and none of them will take my life without a fight. I care less about their ideology than I do about combat survival, but it would be the height of ignorance to deny that Islamic terrorist groups like ISIS, ISIL, Boko Haram, etc. have not killed thousands of innocent civilians. Most of them were disarmed by government gun control and had no effective means of self-defense.

        My prediction is that they will attack an enlightened “gun-free” soft target like a city in LA, San Francisco, NYC, etc. Or a school. It wouldn’t do much good to attack Texas or AZ and get shot by an 87 year old grandma with a .357 in her purse.

    • Russ March 31, 2015, 1:04 am

      I like your way of thinking Peter.

  • Nate March 26, 2015, 6:28 pm

    Article Fail.

    You left out the two best reason not to buy it.

    1) its a Glock.

    2) Its a 9mm.

    • Mick March 30, 2015, 4:50 am

      Comment fail.

      1. No explanation given as to exactly what is wrong with Glocks. Perhaps reliability, accuracy, and ergonomics aren’t included in your idea of what makes a good gun, but there’s at least a few people that do.

      2. Again, no explanation given as to what’s wrong with 9mm. When the round first came out there were issues for sure, but technology has taken care of that. Spend the right amount of dough, and you can have extremely capable ammunition for protection; spend less and go to the range to shoot all day.

      Arguments over guns is actually pretty pathetic, as while everyone has their own opinions on what they like best, there are actually very few new “bad” firearms. That being said, there are plenty of “bad” firearm owners who seem to believe they have the most knowledge, her prove they don’t when they open their mouths or begin typing…

      • Chemiker March 30, 2015, 12:00 pm

        Mick: You are absolutely correct. Some folks believe that only a 1911 is adequate, despite its inadequacy. Cocked with the safety on is inherently unsafe. I like my 1911 for bullseye shooting, not for carry.

        Glocks work. What else is needed? If you think that you need a .45acp, get a G21, or G30. Otherwise, a G34 works, and has adequate capacity.

        • mark March 30, 2015, 5:25 pm

          I love a 1911 but as you say “Cocked & Locked makes people nervous. Please Take a look at a Para-Ordnance LDA double action 1911. The “LDA” stands for “Light Double Action”, they have the “BEST” Double action on the market. No others are even close, they are a 1911, they have both a grip safety and a thumb safety, they come in sub compact, commander and full size, novak and fully adjustable target sights, single stack and double stack mags. What more could you ask for… Oh yeah Stainless, Blued or ceracote colors. Available in 9mm, 40, 45. Para also makes excellent single action 1911’s. I own Both types and accuracy is excellent…..m.w.

          • Josh Coburn May 14, 2015, 8:33 am

            Lol at para ordinance. 60% of agencies don’t use para for a reason shitty titties.

        • James April 28, 2015, 6:51 pm

          Huh. 1911 inherently unsafe? Do you know much about them? You not only have a manual safety but also a grip safety and hammer drop safety. To shoot it you hace to grip the gun right and make a conscious effort to flip the manual safety off safe. When holstering there is no worry about a shirttail getting into the trigger guard. With a Glock you just need to press the trigger. It has all the safeti s on the one thing that makes the gun fire. I suggest you study the 1911 more. Surprising as all the serious bullseye shooters I know, know 1911’s and think them very safe.

      • Dave Emery March 30, 2015, 7:37 pm

        Hummm…Tory Tanaka does pretty well with her Glock. I know it’s not a single stack but it is a Glock. But would I own one? Nope, I’m not a girl.

        • TURK April 24, 2015, 2:11 pm

          You mean Tori Nonaka….so you are to big of a man to own an awesome gun? Riiiiiiiight…

          • Jeremiah September 23, 2015, 6:46 pm

            You mean “too big of a man…” — not “to big of a man….” Moron.
            If you’re going to correct someone on their spelling, at least understand your own shortcomings and proceed accordingly.

      • Rex Jarman April 5, 2015, 9:22 am

        I’ve alway said , I didn’t like Fords. But that’s not true. It’s not the Fords, It’s the Ford owners. Kinda like Glocks.

        • Chris Switzer September 16, 2015, 11:53 am

          You sound like a twelve year old girl, no offense. “It’s the owners…” Really? Come on. Grow up. If you’re going to make a comment at least showcase your IQ level and don’t suffer the rest of us with someone we’d hear from our children. I understand if their are technical or other important reasons that you wouldn’t want to own ANY firearm, but your comment is ridiculous and anyone with an IQ higher than your age would see this.

          • hawg December 18, 2015, 11:20 am

            If I were you, I wouldn’t insult someone else’s IQ when you clearly don’t know the difference between their, there, and they’re…

          • Dick August 30, 2016, 3:02 am

            It should be technically I.Q. as those letters abbreviate two words (Intelligence Quotient).
            Hello from Mensa.

      • Mike December 11, 2015, 7:32 pm

        I completely agree, non of these reasons are good or even reasonable reasons. You are obviously a Glock hater or so it appears, and that is fine, however your post, article or whatever provides absolutely nothing of any value to those who might read it.

    • Mick March 30, 2015, 4:50 am

      Comment fail.

      1. No explanation given as to exactly what is wrong with Glocks. Perhaps reliability, accuracy, and ergonomics aren’t included in your idea of what makes a good gun, but there’s at least a few people that do.

      2. Again, no explanation given as to what’s wrong with 9mm. When the round first came out there were issues for sure, but technology has taken care of that. Spend the right amount of dough, and you can have extremely capable ammunition for protection; spend less and go to the range to shoot all day.

      Arguments over guns is actually pretty pathetic, as while everyone has their own opinions on what they like best, there are actually very few new “bad” firearms. That being said, there are plenty of “bad” firearm owners who seem to believe they have the most knowledge, her prove they don’t when they open their mouths or begin typing…

    • mountian man April 3, 2015, 11:31 am

      I agree. S&W gave us the m&p shield years ago. Dependable, 40 cal., accurate, ergonomic, cheaper. And oh yeah not a glock

    • Miketx April 3, 2015, 2:19 pm

      Don’t forget it’s all plastic and can go through metal detectors and shoot down a 747 and you don’t even have to aim it.

      • ....... December 1, 2015, 7:22 pm

        WTF are you talking about dummy?

    • Allison April 7, 2015, 11:28 am

      This was the stupidest article on handguns I’ve ever read. I use a Glock as my duty pistol and find it extremely reliable and accurate. It is also easy to take apart and reassemble so maintenance is easy. Isn’t that what I would want in my off-duty pistol – reliable? It isn’t freaking jewelry – its for personal protection. I look at my pistols as lifesavers – not bonbons.

      • Roy August 10, 2015, 7:48 pm

        Yeah this article is more then just stupid. As everyone knows you can’t fix stupid.

      • Serg December 3, 2015, 1:23 pm

        Allison, I agree with you in that this is a very stupid article.
        Your last few sentences are hilarious, but, on point 🙂

      • THUD December 26, 2015, 12:53 pm

        Read the part about “don’t take me serious”

        As for your comment, most handguns are “reliable and accurate”

        Also almost all polymer guns come apart exactly like a Glock, so maintenance is easy

        The author was being fair and balanced, or trying to be. Did you comment and agree with his article about the top 5 reasons to buy the Glock?

        The gun or caliber doesn’t make the shooter, every good shooter knows that.

    • Tammy May 6, 2015, 4:07 pm

      I just got my G43 about 2 weeks ago and LOVE IT! I also got it for $470.00 out the door…just want another mag pinky extender…it came with one mag with an extender from Glock but the other did not have the extender…desperate to try to find more…

    • Jay May 6, 2015, 11:49 pm

      If you think Glocks and 9mm are reasons NOT to buy a gun, perhaps you lack the judgement to own ANY gun in the first place. Have fun with your Rock Island 1911.

    • TKpeterGunn June 21, 2015, 12:30 pm

      Whats wrong with “Glock” and “9mm”? I suppose we should all be carrying a Desert Eagle?
      I am partial to Ruger and Sig, because the employ my neighbors, but the LCP is the only gun I ever hated after I shot it. My Glock 17 shoots every time…is is supposed to do something else?

    • Ralph James July 23, 2015, 11:43 am

      A double stack weapon is not necessary for personal protection in most cases. It has been proven that in almost all self defense cases only 3.8 rounds are fired per incident. Single stack is very sufficient.

      • Rod Runion December 29, 2015, 11:31 am

        How is it you already know what kind of deadly situation you will be in when you have to deploy your weapon? If you carry a 15 round magazine and only need 3.8 rounds, is there a problem with having 11.2 extra? will that 4 oz. of extra weight break your back? You should probably keep stupid comments to yourself, especially when statistics don’t mean a damn thing when your life’s on the line.

    • Bill December 4, 2015, 3:49 pm

      Glocks are awesome weapons and you are an idiot !

    • THUD December 26, 2015, 12:45 pm

      You missed the part of the article that said “don’t take me serious”

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