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.
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.