Top 5 Reasons to Purchase the New Single Stack Glock 43

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The long-awaited single stack 9mm.

The long-awaited single stack 9mm.

Just FYI, this top 5 list is all in good fun. I haven’t even shot the Glock 43 yet, so my opinion is not really based on any first-hand experience or range testing (GunsAmerica editor-in-chief David Higginbotham has tried out and reviewed the gun. For his in-depth thoughts and commentary on the G43, click here). With this list, I’m essentially stating what’s obvious to me. Since my knowledge of firearms isn’t all-knowing and all-encompassing, feel free to add or suggest other reasons to purchase the G43.

I should also add that I’ll follow this article up with a “Top 5 Reasons NOT to Purchase the Glock43.” We try to be fair and balanced. We try not to let our fan-boyishness shine through.

1. It’s a Glock! — which means by its very nature, it’s easy to operate, it’s simply constructed and it’s supremely reliable. Add to that that Glocks are ubiquitous and after-market accessories are abundant one comes away with the impression that any Glock, let alone this subcompact single stack, is hard to resist. Even Glock detractors have to admit all that.

2. Conceal-ability. Yeah, the G43 is small (the frame width of the G43 is just over one inch and the slide width measures only 0.87 inch, the overall length is 6.26 inches) — not the smallest 9mm handgun on the market but it’s easily small enough to carry it concealed with the confidence that it will remain well-hidden while also being comfortable to wear. Weight-wise It’s relatively light (22.36 oz. loaded), and it wouldn’t surprise me if many folks see it as a more than suitable concealed carry gun.

G43 vs G42.

G43 vs G42.

3. 9mm. What’s not to love about 6+1 rounds of 9mm? I love 9mm. I certainly like it better than the G42’s .380 AUTO. On a random side note, I don’t believe my love affair with 9mm is mutually exclusive with .45 ACP. Meaning, I love both 9mm and .45 ACP equally, especially for EDC or concealed carry. To many this is sacrilege, akin to saying that I love both the Red Sox and the Yankees or Louisville Cardinals and the Kentucky Wildcats. What can I say other than spread the love?

4. Price Point. Sure, it’s not as inexpensive as say a Hi-Point, but Glocks tend to be reasonably priced. The MSRP for the G43 is $529, from what I’ve read. That shouldn’t break the bank. And if you do end up making the G43 your primary concealed carry gun, well, then $500 certainly worth it!

5. Resale value. Demand on this puppy is high. Everyone wants one. If you get ASAP and you shoot it and don’t like it — maybe it’s too small for your hands or you like your other subcompact better — then you should be able to sell it quite easily on the secondary market. People like Glocks — actually, people love Glocks. And considering this is, according to Glock’s VP Josh Dorsey, “the most exciting product release to date” I’m sure you’ll have no shortage of takers if the G43 is not for you.

6. Bonus reason to buy the G43! Self-defense expert and firearms instructor Massad Ayoob appears to have given it his blessing.

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  • BaldRob November 18, 2016, 12:25 pm

    I am interested in renting and trying the G43 before buying. Having owned and stupidly sold my G26 and G19, it has a high hurdle to clear. One great benefit of owning Glocks are the aftermarket support. One reason I traded away my perfectly functioning PX4 Storms was the simple task of finding a suitable holster. There are a lot of quality gun manufacturers but Glock is the industry standard. Two negatives I see is a negative is the single stack itself and capacity. I just assume carry a Jframe. Decades of compatability with magazines make the 17/19/26 a no brainer platform. Cannot wait to try it. The G26 is a fat little beast for all it’s plusses

  • Susan March 11, 2016, 2:14 pm

    I purchased my Glock 43 last night. I also have a Glock 19 and a Kimber Solo. I love the 43 for concealability. As a female, this was the gun for me. I can chamber a round quite easily, unlike the Kimber Solo. I also can use any 9mm ammo vs the Kimber Solo. But the BEST part for me….ACCURACY! I’m dead on with my Glock 43 and 19. Feel sorry for the poor fool who would ever have to meet my 43. ….. just sayin!

  • Patrick1787 February 4, 2016, 2:22 pm

    Just went here to read an article and am reminded why I hate the internet. Wouldn’t take firearm advice from any one of you. I don’t think any of your guns suck, on the contrary, it is all you.

    • Joe February 5, 2016, 9:26 am

      Well hopefully you will stay off the internet and keep your misery to yourself.

    • Brad 187 January 7, 2017, 9:46 am

      If we are lucky, you will no longer use the internet.

  • Jimbo January 28, 2016, 1:01 pm

    I am looking for a new CCW, I am considering the Sig 938 and the Glock 43. I own and have carried a Glock 26 (which living in a hot weather state can be a little tough to conceal on hot days and dressed appropriately). I am looking for a true ‘pocket gun’. My concern with the 43 is reaching into my pocket (if in a hot situation) and accidently hauling out the gun with a finger on the trigger (placed there inadvertently or slipping there accidently) causing an uncontrolled discharge. Also being in a pocket it would seem to me it’d be easier to catch the trigger on something causing an accidental discharge. Though I like my current Glock I am leaning towards the Sig with the safety, I love the idea of saving a couple of hundred bucks for the Glock as opposed to the Sig, but don’t mind spending the extra if it makes more sense. I am looking for your opinions and thoughts.

    • Vern July 1, 2017, 8:50 pm

      I use a DeSantis pocket holster for my S&W MP Shield it protects the tiger and the holster has nubs on it that helps keep the holster in the pocket while drawing. I never use my safety

  • Green November 24, 2015, 9:10 pm

    I can’t say enough good things about this weapon. I have put 200 rounds through mine and am still in awe of its accuracy. I can’t shoot well at all. It’s usually a chore for me to get a good group at 10m. With the GLOCK 43, I can destroy a silhouette’s head at 15-20m. Awesome gun. Well worth the price.

  • James November 4, 2015, 10:21 am

    I just purchased a Glock 43, to read a comment by a person who states, he never shot a Glock 43, or doesn’t own one would waste my time, and to further state the top 5 reasons to buy one is even more mind boggling.
    Love the way my Glock handle and perform.

  • George October 14, 2015, 10:11 am

    Carying a glock for my job .
    I won’t Cary anything else .
    Glocks is COPS best friend.

  • Joe June 14, 2015, 8:28 am

    I just picked up mine and I am excited to go do some shooting. Unless you have a real argument or negative review regarding this model and its performance all Glock haters can keep it to themselves. This gun as with all other glocks are designed to protect you quickly without fail if that moment ever presents itself. Saving $50-$100 dollars on lesser dependable manufactures makes little sense to me. As far as the safety goes it’s a personal preference and if you are trained and practice what you are doing like the thousands of Law enforcement and military personnel you would probably find yourself having a glock with you in your moment of need.

    • Henry January 20, 2017, 4:53 pm

      I love glocks period. Dependable reliability..

  • scott May 3, 2015, 11:53 am

    Got mine yesterday (5-2-15) at Academy Sports for $499. G43.

  • Billy Bates Jr April 23, 2015, 4:59 am

    My first 9mm I ever shot was a original Belgium Browning Hi Power.
    This would be my first time buying a 9mm, just wish more like a 9+1 format.
    For a single stack. Then again price wise I just mite get a single stack 36 for 6+1 in 45acp. One thing for sure I would never get is a 380 a baby 9mm.

  • Manny C April 17, 2015, 6:39 pm

    I just got a glock36 and fired 3 types of ammo blazer ,Winchester and tula ammo for a total of 300round and had no miss fires or failer to feed

  • Patrick Rutherford April 12, 2015, 1:56 pm

    I prefer “single stacks” ‘cuz I always know my bullet count- w/ dbl stacks I don’t know when to execute a magazine change – KNOWING exactly what that mag’s bullet count stands at should I need to re-use it – ‘cuz I’m running dry on ammo ( I pressume that I have 4-6 mags to fight with for a short engagement )

  • Jim Poteet April 8, 2015, 10:27 am

    With all due respect gentlemen all of you know that the most important safety of all is between the ears. I am 75 yrs. old and have handled and shot firearms since I was 7 yrs. with supervision of course in the early yrs. and I fortunately have never had a serious accident. No brag, just focus on the seriousness of handling a deadly weapon. Glocks are magnificient firearms in the hands of those who are willing to accept the responsibility of great care, forethought, and focus on the seriousness of carrying and shooting a potentially dangerous tool just as knives, screw drivers, arrows, etc. pose a potential risk and all require some measure of careful use. If a Glock is not for you please don’t begrudge those of us who choose to buy and use them. Thanks and safe shooting.

  • Rog April 2, 2015, 9:14 pm

    I have owned glocks and there is nothing wrong with them. My favorite carry gun is the sig 938 in the package with extended mag, rubber grips and trigger guard laser. Handles and shoots corbons awesome. Guess what? Im still going to buy a glock 43. I have seen glock 42’s on sell as low as $349. I love my XDS 45 but didnt like the xds in 9mm (shot horrible) so this new 43 should shoot close to a 26 which shoots pretty darn good. People like different stuff so why do people want to bash good guns. Bash the junk guns but for goodness sakes all gun lovers should be excited and thankful that we have the freedom to buy guns. Glock will sell a pile of these and I mean a big big pile. Think of all our dedicated law enforcement officers that will buy these for a backup gun!!! There will be alot of women buying them as well. Everybody that loves handguns should buy one of these and while your at it buy a PMR30 too!!!

    • Mark April 3, 2015, 11:57 pm

      Great reply Rog! My sentiments exactly. I tried the SIG 938 and really, really like it too. SIGs are like “Cadillac guns” to me, much like an H&K, extremely well made, high priced and well worth it. I have a PMR-30, and I very much want to love it, but it jams constantly! I hope shooting more rounds, cleaning, lubeing, shooting more rounds, ect, will break it in so it will be reliable. It is so light weight and great design! (by the way, I really hate the term, “cadillac guns” or cadillac anything, since I am a professional mechanic and if you worked on these things for a living like I do, that term could be taken as a cut down!)

  • Zach March 30, 2015, 9:46 pm

    I qualify for the blue label discount and I just preordered today and it was 385 out of the door

    • Hank April 1, 2015, 4:53 pm

      Put a deposit down for a May, or earlier, pick up of an LEO discount with night sights for $411 total.

      • Roger April 2, 2015, 9:16 pm

        Can general public get the night sight one and if so where at?

        • Amanda May 10, 2017, 10:37 pm

          Roger, to answer you’re question…I just bought mine with night sites yesterday. Pick it up Saturday (3day wait period since I’m still waiting on my concealed carry permit). Can’t wait to take it to the range.

  • Petru Sova March 30, 2015, 9:11 pm

    I was not going to get in on the un-safe Glock action until I read the usual statements of just keep your finger off the trigger. Reality has proven otherwise. Glock and Glock copy cat guns have extremely high rates of accidental shootings for a variety of reasons. The most obvious in the Glock is the unsafe takedown procedure which requires a person to pull the trigger with the slide almost al the way forward. Forget just one time to check the chamber and it results in an accidnetal shooting. Now compare this to much more safer designs like say the Berettal 92 that you can put on the manual safety as well as it requires you to jack back the slide to take it down which would automatically eject a live round that you forgot was in the chamber. Even a retarded Moron can see the tremendous difference in the well designed Beretta take down and the unsafe Glock take down.

    Now another reality check. The New York Police dept. had so many accidental discharges with Glocks that it demanded a heavier trigger and the New York Glock trigger was born but it was still a short stroke trigger not the traditional very long and hard double action trigger pull found on Revolvers and old style Automatics. Police departments found that when they went over to double action autos only like the Beretta 92 that cannot be fired in a single action mode that accident rates dropped dramatically. The tendency in a gun fight no matter how much training given to keep ones finger off the trigger has proven that people do not keep the finger off the trigger and accidental and needless deaths and injuries occur. As a matter of fact last months Guns Magazine or Gun World Magazine carried a story of a Cop who got out of his cruiser and due to the fact that he new one of the occupants had a record but at the time was doing nothing wrong and not offering any resistance the Cops Glock went off accidentally and he actually shot the passenger of the car who again was just sitting there in the car. As to be expected the Police Department paid out big bucks to another accidental Glock shooting. Gun Week News paper has carried countless articles in the past on innocent civilians accidentally killed by Cops that had their fingers on the trigger when they should not have and the guns went off killing people. Something way less likely to happen with the very long hard pull of the traditional double action only autos that typically have up to 13 lbs trigger pulls which are very long and hard. Various Gun Authors including Massad Ayoob in the distant past did articles on arming police with traditional long hard double action only automatics so this is not a new problem but a very old one.

    I think the idea of the manual safety is a very good one for police using such guns like Glocks and they would be way better off with a manual safety on a Glock so even if there finger automatically went to the trigger they would still not be setting off their Glocks so often accidentally. Better yet replacing Glocks with traditional double action only autos would really be the better route to go.

    • Mark Davis April 28, 2015, 9:56 am

      Perry, lots of stats there you listed. However, not one of those guns accidentally went off. The trigger was pulled due to incompetence. We default to our level of training. I’ve seen way too many negligent discharges due to idiots putting their booger fingers on the trigger while doing everything except pointing at a target. Also referencing take-down of the glock…check your chamber, check your chamber, and again, check your chamber. For the love of all that’s holy, how hard is it to check your effing chamber. Maybe it’s just because the Marine Corps beat safety into my grape, but I sigh every time I see someone blame a glock for a NEGLIGENT DISCHARGE.

      • Green November 24, 2015, 9:16 pm

        Couldn’t agree more with you. If you have a negligent discharge because you ‘accidentally’ left a round in the chamber…you shouldn’t be a gun owner.

        • Rogan March 21, 2016, 5:38 am

          Ehhh, I do not completely agree with you here. I do think that it is stupid that people blame the firearm for their negligence. However, it only takes once. My father whom is a firearms instructor and has been for 20+ years discharged a Glock into his left femur during an under stress take down of the weapon. He knew exactly how the firearm worked and had carried one on duty for 10 or so years. Even the greatest of us still make silly mistakes. It was his own fault that he did not clear the chamber properly, however it would not have happened if the handgun he was using (Glock 17) had a different process for it’s take down.

      • Thomas Forshey February 24, 2017, 4:50 am

        wow !!! that was my thoughts too,,, how darn hard is it to rac de slide n make sure it\’s unloaded?? personally i carry with none in de chamber, i can draw n rac de slide in one smooth motion, that one extra split second may get me killed some day

    • Kelly September 14, 2016, 4:11 pm

      First of all I just want to say that I have fired many guns in my lifetime and owned a few as well but I now own two Glock G43’s and I love everything about them. Hell I love all types of guns. But the real point I want to make about the Glock being an unsafe weapon is this: It is the person operating the gun! Guns don’t kill people! People kill people! Please stop blaming the gun for everything that dumb ass people do!

  • Ventures March 30, 2015, 2:32 pm

    I have never heard or seen so much CRAP. If you don’t like Glock, “Don’t Buy One”. Wonder why every other manufactur has copied Glock and it is the largest selling Handgun in the world.

    • Russ March 31, 2015, 12:54 am

      + 1 on that!

    • Ric April 27, 2015, 12:23 am

      Well said. Amen As much wining as I’ve read now for the past half hour, I feel like I should summons a whambulance for the anti-Glock geeks! I love my 41 and my 42! Now I wish I had waited a few months. My 42 will do just fine for now!
      I agree that other companies are following the Glock designs,

  • EPoch270 March 30, 2015, 11:18 am

    I’ll give you one very good reason why I’m so skeptical about this new single stack block. The Glock 36. That was Glocks first foray into single stack pistols and it was terrible. I had to send it back to block twice because of failure to feed and failure to extract issues. I was even told by a glock rep that they should never have produced it and I should never have bought one. It sots in my safe, unfit for carry and unable to be sold ethically.

  • george March 30, 2015, 9:42 am

    How many 9mm guns do you need?

    • James March 30, 2015, 2:09 pm

      As many as I like, I am an enthusiast and collector.

    • Larry Potterfield March 31, 2015, 11:21 pm

      At least one more!

    • Gene Mullane April 12, 2015, 9:11 pm

      I dunno, how many are there?

  • Petru Sova March 30, 2015, 9:34 am

    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.

    • brettski91 March 30, 2015, 6:32 pm

      Double stack may be the gun of choice for most men. As far as women and girly men who skinny jeans and tight shirts (much like myself), a small single stack that would traditionally be for pocket carry in baggy jeans makes for a great IWB CCW for the latter.

      • Russ March 31, 2015, 12:51 am

        brettski91,
        Don’t be fooled into the thinking that a single stack is easier to carry than a double.
        See for yourself the biggest reason NOT buy a G 43—- Glock makes a G 33 gen4.
        Compare it’s size, and it’s capacity of a superior round.
        4 mm. wider, 4 mm. longer, 2 mm. shorter. Size is hardly different.
        It’s a .357 magnum, not a 9mm. and holds 9.(extra mags hold 13 / 15
        G 33 ; http://us.glock.com/products/model/g33gen4
        G 43 ; http://us.glock.com/products/model/g43

        • Jon June 15, 2015, 6:50 am

          357 sig not 357 magnum… you really really should not be around firearms if you cant tell the difference between two entirely different rounds.

  • R.S. March 30, 2015, 9:11 am

    I’ve been a handgun instructor at the state and nra level for years . The thing is that on a 400 to 500 round advanced class I have only seen one glock that had a miss function and that was due to an after market addition. I have seen far more from other name brands. For me the fact that the controls are the same for all models makes it easy to transition from weapon to weapon when climate and clothing dictates a weapon change. The fact that I have several models for over a decade and with the fact that I shoot a minimum 5000 rounds a year is far different than having 500 rounds on a firearm is a big difference is not EVEN the main difference to buy a glock. The model 22, 26, 27, 36,& 42 all fit my hand. The mag release, slide release are very accessible to me. The grips no matter what model works well for me. But here is the bottom line:

    BUY A FIREARM THAT FITS YOUR HAND AND THAT YOU CAN OPERATE EASILY FOR CCW. IF IT’S A MAJOR MANUFACTURER THAN YOU’LL BE O.K.

  • Shaun March 30, 2015, 7:46 am

    LEO/Blue Label price is $358

  • Dave March 30, 2015, 6:59 am

    So, how about a top 5 article on owning a 1911?
    Yes, I went there! Lol

  • Robert March 28, 2015, 1:38 pm

    Being a small Glock and for what it is designed for, smallness, I’m sure they will sell millions of them. Being a Glock, well, they will be typical Glocks, nothing too exciting unless you get excited by a reliable gun that just works. Glock is jumping on the small 9 bandwagon and why not? I want to see it laying on the counter right next to my Keltec PF9.

    I can say this, if it come with night sights for the 500 price point that is not a bad deal. 320 for my Keltec PF9 and another 100 for night sights? 420? and I could walk out with a Glock 43 for another 100 with night sights? Sold! and, yes, I know you can’t even get night sights for PF9 though that is going to change soon.

    I have a Glock 20, mostly a night stand gun, it does what it needs to do very well, stay where it needs to stay loaded and ready to go when the time comes. When that time comes I know I can rely upon it, that is what a Glock is for.

    Now for the question, would I buy a Glock 43 right now? I don’t really need one and don’t have tons of money. If for some reason I start doubting my Keltec PF9 and need a replacement, sure I could certainly consider buying a Glock 43. I can say this, I don’t see any reason not to buy it. I’m sure it would work very well and do exactly what I want it to do just like my Glock 20. I’m sure it would be trustworthy, that is the thing about glocks, nothing fancy but they are quality and do what they need to do and are trustworthy, that is their appeal.

    Keltecs are hit or miss quality wise, I got a good one, my PF9 functions flawlessly and I shoot it well. I do not intend to start a small single stack 9 collection. Kind of too bad Glock is so late to the party but, as I said, they will certainly sell millions of these no doubt what so ever. I see no downside to them making the Glock 43 at all. I’m just not drooling to get one. Tell you what, want to hold a small 9 that sucks and I would never even consider paying actual money for? walk in to a gun store and ask to hold and dry fire a Kahr, OMG I just hate those guns. so so ergonomics but the worst trigger known to man kind, YUK! and a Kahr is too much $$. Next to a Kahr, I’m sure a Glock 43 would be 1000 times better. Hell. next to a Kahr a Keltec PF9 is 300% better. doubt me? hold one and dry fire it [use snapcaps] then pick up a Kahr and do the exact same thing, you will buy the PF9 and puke anytime you get withing 5 ft of another Kahr. For you Kahr lovers, try shooting some other similar guns, then again maybe you shouldn’t, it will ruin your day when you find out how much your gun’s trigger sucks balls.

    • mark April 3, 2015, 11:34 pm

      Robert, I’m sorry that you seem to have had some bad Kahr triggers in your hand. Personally I have never handled one with a bad trigger, and I shoot a lot of different guns. We have a nice large range/gun store near us and they always keep a wide selection of many different firearms to try out, for a fee, of course! But it is really nice to “try it before you buy it” so to speak. I have shot the PF9 and like it just fine. I actually have a hard time finding a handgun that I don’t like. Except for a few isolated instances, they all seem to work just fine to me and it comes down to more of a personal preference thing most of the time. After much thought and trial, I have a Kahr CW-9 now that usually ends up as my carry gun most of the time. It has a wonderful trigger. In fact it is even better than my Glock 34, (with trigger job), or my XD-9. I have many handguns but these 3 are my favorite semi-autos. (the Glock’s trigger is really too light for a carry gun, it’s for target/range). I love my Kahr and it fits my hand perfect and has never had a failure. I also prefer it’s sight picture. I just can’t believe that you could have handled very many Kahr pistols to form such a hated opinion of them. My Nephew is a law enforcement officer who shoots with me and he too settled on the Kahr, his a CW-40, for his off duty carry. (They carry Glock 19’s on duty). It’s fine that you hate Kahrs so much, to each his own, but it upsets me that you are so strong about it when I have had the opposite experience with the ones I have shot. I have NOT ever actually shot any of the “high end” Kahrs, though, or the tiny ones, just the CW series. Maybe the cheap ones are better! But I have handled many and they all feel fine to me. Sorry to all for being long-winded! By the way, I own 3 Kel-Tec handguns and one Carbine, like them all, except the P-11 has absolutely the WORST trigger on any gun I have ever owned. But that’s the only one. I can still shoot it well enough and it has digested everything I have tried in it. The cool thing about it is that it takes S&W 59 series magazines, just like my Marlin Camp Carbine. I have all capacities up to 30 round ones, and the Kel-Tec works with them all. Not so with my PMR-30, that thing jams every 3rd round, but I still have high hopes that it just needs a good breaking in! Good shooting everyone!

  • Drey March 28, 2015, 12:19 pm

    My money already went to a M&P Shield. Great gun. I can shoot it very well, great trigger, 500 rounds without a problem, easy to carry and conceal, you get an extra round or 2 ( depending on mag), lots of accessories, and $450 out the door. Too late Glock. Should have done it years ago.

    • Toby March 30, 2015, 8:33 am

      Agreed. I have nothing against Glocks what so ever. I own a few of them, and I enjoy them. My first .45 purchase was a G21 first gen many years ago. But this niche was already filled for me with my M&P. Great little reliable gun. If I were to purchase a G43, it would be solely to just have one. As far As the “safety” debate…….. bleh…. Just practice with whatever you carry and this will take care of itself.

  • lre March 26, 2015, 11:55 pm

    I like external safeties.

    • Russ March 30, 2015, 11:47 pm

      I shoot safe, and have no need for them.
      The trigger safety seems ok, so as to not accidentally push against the trigger while drawing hurriedly.
      Even though I don’t see myself making that mistake.

    • matt March 31, 2015, 11:23 am

      So you like extra controls to fumble with and slow you down when you’re stressed and your life is on the line. Yeah. That makes sense.

      • Dave C May 11, 2015, 5:11 pm

        If you train with a safety it will not slow you down appreciably. The reason Glocks, and other striker fired pistols that don’t have safeties, are involved in many negligent discharges, is that people often have a high rate of anxiety when in real danger. It’s easy to handle firearms correctly at the range, shooting at paper silhouettes. Different story when the threat is real.

        • RodH June 14, 2017, 9:52 pm

          Best comment I’ve heard/read on this site.

  • charles young March 24, 2015, 9:30 pm

    I owne both clock and xd xdm and xds .one thing that makes me not like glock are glock guys that get their panties up in a bunch bout stuff they never even tried .I can rack all my guns one handed left or right glock or SIG or xd .maybe you need to get to know your guns a little better .

    • Sid The Kid March 26, 2015, 2:33 pm

      Lol! U don’t like Glocks because people like them a lot!!? How trendy of you! Just because there are more people in the becoming gun owners and defending the brand they like shouldn’t make you not like them. They are utilitarian, not fancy, but reliable. For a life saving device $500 for reliability is cheap to me!

  • Robert Kalish March 24, 2015, 2:55 pm

    What a bunch of morons. The best you can do to bad mouth it is a $75 difference in price and grips? I have owned many guns. Once I got my first Glock I traded most others in. Glocks are reliable, easy to dissassemble and clean and will fire a million rounds without a misfire. When carrying that would be probably far ahead of price point and grips in my decision of whether or not to own one.

  • Jim March 23, 2015, 9:30 pm

    um…yeah, that 500 price point isn’t really a good selling point. considering you can get an XDs for around 425 at gun shows and it has better sights and better grips, not to mention the holsters and magazine holster that comes with it, and i think it might even hold more rounds. so yeah I’ll have to pass on the 43 at that price. maybe in a few years I’ll pick up a used one for around 400. Sorry, but that is a BIG letdown from Glock!

    • Jason March 28, 2015, 12:23 pm

      That is MSRP. Why do people insist on comparing the Glock 43’s MSRP to the street price of other guns? The MSRP for the Springfield XDS is $599.99. You will be able to get the 43 well under MSRP just like you can with every other gun. Unless you’re one of those people who has to run out and have one the first day it’s released.

      • Jak April 18, 2015, 2:39 pm

        Maybe because they’re actually being sold for $550 in stores right now?

    • steve rodger March 30, 2015, 8:54 am

      Carry an XD….because when you think quality, you think MADE IN CROATIA

      • doug March 30, 2015, 9:25 am

        XD quality is there. If you don’t own one then maybe you should.

  • J_Hays March 23, 2015, 6:41 pm

    Reason #2 Not to buy this gun!… No grip or secondary safety. Glock leg is a thing that happens to people that buy GLOCKS. Buy an XD series and you’ll keep your lead levels lower.

    • What I know March 23, 2015, 9:00 pm

      Buy an XD SERIES AND DIE.

      No grip or secondary safety.

      BUY AN BUY A GRIP SAFETY OF DEATH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      WHO IN THEIR RIGHT OR WRONG MIND WOULD BUY A GUN WITH A GRIP SAFETY ON IT, THAT
      WONT LET THE SLIDE BE RACKED!!!!!!

      INJURE YOUR STRONG HAND, OR GET INCAPACITATED SOME WAY, MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE TO RACK THE SLIDE, AND NOW YOU HAVE A GRIP SAFETY OF DEATH!!!!!!!

      • Doohickey April 14, 2015, 9:49 pm

        Your blood pressure may likely be a bigger problem for you than our grip safeties. Thanks for the passionate concern though.

    • Gene G March 24, 2015, 12:14 am

      Control of the trigger, the area around the trigger guard, and for that matter, the entire firearm, must be maintained at all times. That applies to ALL firearms. To an extreme if necessary. When handling my Glock 19 daily, always in condition one, my finger is way off the trigger area. either off of the gun completely or high and touching the top of the slide. Especially when swapping in and out of a different holster, holstering or re-holstering the firearm. I perform the procedure slowly and facing in a safe direction. This is a discipline for which I don’t compromise. Carrying a type of striker fired weapon with no external safety like the Glock is a personal choice and not for everyone. In the heat of the moment I would not want to have to worry about flicking a safety switch off. Just like a revolver, I want pull, point and shoot simplicity. For me personally, carrying something like a traditional 1911 would make me uneasy. Forgetting to disengage or engage the safety leaving the firearm in a state of hair trigger is not for me. I would have to have a de-cocking type. Striker fired guns with an external safety are just fine. You just need to train with it. My new Shield has a safety, but I don’t use it. The trigger is a full pound heavier than the Glock, and I prefer uniform training across guns.

      • OFBG March 30, 2015, 8:47 pm

        Good comment. I would have to ask: why not a DA revolver?

        • matt March 31, 2015, 10:34 pm

          Low capacity and long, heavy trigger pull are 2 huge minuses.

    • brian March 25, 2015, 12:46 pm

      My safety is keeping my finger OFF the trigger until I have a target. If you rely on a mechanical safety, you will shoot something or someone unintended, sooner or later. Finger off the TRIGGER. Glocks are made for big boys and girls.

    • Mark Raider March 26, 2015, 9:42 am

      No safety? You are an idiot! You are too stupid to have a gun, please turn them in.

      • Bill March 28, 2015, 10:36 am

        Glocks actually have 3 safetys – internal. Glocks are safe and awesome!
        Remember, off target – off trigger. On target – on trigger.

      • Earl March 30, 2015, 7:00 am

        Mark you are an idiot. Tell us about your thousands of hours carrying concealed, and those UC ops where you didn’t experience tunnel vision and auditory exclusion, and impairment of sensory skills. Wow me. I’ll put my S&W 4516 against anything made by Glock or Matel.

        • matt March 31, 2015, 9:41 am

          Yeah Earl nothing like a heavy, low capacity. 45 to bet your life on. If you ever get in a gun fight I hope you survive your first and second reloads while the guy with the Glock just keeps firing.

          Also, explain to us how a S&W 4516 helps with sensory impairment.

      • EDGY March 30, 2015, 8:19 pm

        LOL , your the one whom should turn in your guns . You don’t have enough knowledge and or the skill to handling firearms!! Again ha ha ha thanks for the laugh !

    • Jason March 28, 2015, 12:25 pm

      No secondary safety? All Glock models have 3 safeties. Grip safeties are….OK, I guess. But completely unnecessary. As to other external manually manipulated safeties, no self defense handgun should EVER have one of those. Your brain, your trigger finger, and your holster are the only external safeties necessary. Assuming you’ve been trained in how to safely handle a firearm.

    • matt March 31, 2015, 9:28 am

      People who say stupid stuff like this need to learn basic gun safety and how to handle a gun. A truly idiotic comment Mr. Hays.

    • Mike May 14, 2015, 10:15 am

      I just got back from tactical response taking the way of the pistol class. With the proper training handling a pistol you would find out that the mechanics don’t allow you to shoot yourself in the leg. The ones that have this happen are the ones who’s sole training come from backyard shooting sessions. Get trained, and I don’t mean from your buddy who knows “everything” there is to know about guns. And don’t even talk about those “safety classes” or the ccw class as being trained. Big difference between the safety class and going to a class where you run countless drills with either hand loading and charging your pistol, and expending 1200 rounds of ammo in 4 days.

    • realworld July 23, 2015, 7:08 am

      If you are worried about safeties on a CC, you need more training and experience Bro.

      Safety? For What?

  • Sam March 23, 2015, 6:04 pm

    I have nothing against Glock except maybe they should try a new look, but if you replace the word “Glock” with “iPhone”, you’ll understand why I’m sick of this brand.

  • Brian March 23, 2015, 5:35 pm

    I’ll give you reason number one why not to buy it. Price point. $500 for 6 plus 1 capacity….no thanks.
    cool article though can’t wait for the follow up

  • Brian March 23, 2015, 5:35 pm

    I’ll give you reason number one why not to buy it. Price point. $500 for 6 plus 1 capacity….no thanks.
    cool article though can’t wait for the follow up

    • Jason March 28, 2015, 12:16 pm

      That’s just MSRP. In the real world you’ll be able to get one well under that. If you’re one of the many different people who qualify for Glock’s Blue Label program you’ll probably be able to pick it for $400. And of course the only slightly smaller but also 6+1 9mm Kahr PM9’s MSRP starts at $810……..

      • Chris April 5, 2015, 8:16 pm

        Or you get the Kahr CM9, pretty much the same gun, for 350 or less.

        • Steve August 16, 2015, 1:20 pm

          Yeah, but that Kahr trigger pull of infinity…

        • Charles September 30, 2015, 10:18 pm

          I purchased a G43 today after comparing it next to the CM9. The CM9 doesnt have a hexgonal barrel, the clip never looks seated completely in the frame, the slide is harder to manipulate, and the fit and finish is not as good as the Glock. I wanted to like the CM9 due to the price, but I ended up buying the Glock instead.

      • Joseph Perkinson April 25, 2015, 9:32 pm

        How do you qualify for the blue label program.

        • Brock May 18, 2015, 10:43 pm

          Be LEO or Military.

        • Larry Downing December 13, 2016, 8:15 am

          You can join Glock’s GSSF for two years and qualify for the Blue Purchase program. Just bought a G43 last week for $380.

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