Glock showcased their Slimline series at this year’s SHOT Show and we were happy to get some first-hand experience with the new single-stack pistols. We got to shoot the 43X and it delivered.
The Glock 43X has a longer grip that allows for a full four-finger grip and a significant increase in capacity. While the Glock 43 has a standard capacity of 6+1 rounds of 9mm Luger, the 43X bumps it up to 10+1. The extra grip adds less than an ounce to the gun unloaded.
Glock manages to fit 10 rounds of ammo in the 43X magazine by going with a slightly wider design. The difference in width is bare noticeable and adds just .06 inches to the frame. Glock 43X magazines aren’t compatible with Glock 43 pistols.
Overall the grip length is the same as a Glock 19 at 5.04 inches tall. But with its slimmer profile and lighter weight, it’s much easier to carry and conceal. The extra length makes it easier to handle and shoot than the original Model 43.
The slide assembly is the same with a 3.4-inch barrel. The only change is that the 43X comes with a nickel physical vapor deposition finish, and the X-model has forward slide serrations. These PVD finishes have proven to be excellent for guns, with great wear- and rust-resistant properties.
All factory and aftermarket Glock 43 slide parts work with the 43X, so anyone with extended, threaded barrels can drop them right in, and the slides work other existing components including sights.
Glock is offering the 43X in three different packages at different price points. The standard model comes with polymer sights and is a good option for people looking to save money or swap out the sights right away.
The 43X will also be offered with steel sights as an option as well as with factory night sights. Pricing starts at $580 with in-store and online pricing starting in the mid-$400 range. The guns are currently shipping and available now.
For more information on the Glock 43X and the new Glock 48 check out the updated Slimline series.