Rumor Mill: Upcoming Glock 43X with 10+1 Capacity

Glock may heat up the already bustling concealed-carry market with a larger G43 with a 10+1 capacity. This is a mockup of what that might look like from the side.

Rumor has it that Glock’s big reveal for 2019 is a new pistol for the concealed-carry market. If true, it means that the Glock 43 is getting a bigger sibling, the Glock 43X.

Supposedly the major change is to the grip frame. By lengthening it and making it a little wider, Glock can pack a 10-round magazine into a package not that much larger than their first single-stack 9mm model.

“Compared to the dimensions of the G43, the G43X grip is ‘4mm wider and 15mm longer than a G43’ to accommodate its new 10-round magazine,” said Rob Curtis.

By using a tapered, semi-staggered-stack magazine, this seems more than reasonable. It may even be possible for the new frame to fit in existing holsters, but that could be wishful thinking, too.

Right now this is all speculation, but there’s a growing trend for higher-capacity handguns designed for concealed-carry. This is true for both commercial and police markets.

SIG Sauer effectively created a new category of carry pistol a year ago when they announced the P365. Partly single-stack and partly sub-compact, they invented the “micro-compact” with a stepped magazine.

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Magazines like these are long enough to provide a full-handed grip but thin enough to conceal easily, and they offer a round count advantage over single-stack mags. This also lets manufacturers go with slimmer slide assemblies and thin or flush controls.

Such a gun would be a little heavier than a Glock 43, at 16 ounces unloaded, but likely lighter than a Glock 26 which weighs  3 ounces more. Add ammo and a magazine and that makes even more of a difference.

But the real advantage is ergonomics. Adding a longer grip is better when shooting, especially with minimal bulk and with less bulge. Short double-stack grips may have the same or slightly higher capacity, but they can be hard to shoot since they’re simply cut-down versions of full-size guns.

It’s hard to deny that guns purposefully designed for concealed-carry have advantages over guns designed for duty and home defense when it comes to every day discreet carry. If this rumor pans out, Glock is likely to sell a lot of these, and not just to Glock fans.

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About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. His ambition is to follow Thomas Paine, as a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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  • Rod Combs January 1, 2019, 6:13 pm

    I love my P365 it shoots great easy to conceal and carries 12 Rd mags. I have a new Xds mod 2 which needs a trigger job?? A shield which got an Apex trigger and night sights. My 365 came ready to go great trigger night sights the 12 Rd mags are extra but comes with 2 10 Rd.I had a 43 but could not shoot it well

  • tsh77769 December 23, 2018, 4:56 am

    One of the things that Glock could do, but most likely never will, to increase capacity while maintaining size is to go to a metal mag such that the internal volume would be increased while maintaining the exterior volume.

  • Donald Wortham December 22, 2018, 11:14 am

    make it shorter but caddy the bullets a little more like and hold atleast 8 with a 10 round xtra mag. With maybe a cat hair thicker so beefier parts

  • Steve December 22, 2018, 8:43 am

    Glock seems to be confused by the CC market. I don’t have a problem with the barrel printing. I didn’t want a g19 with a bigger grip, I want a g19 with a longer slide. That’s the mod people actually do. And I know this isn’t just a glock thing. I’ve seen people mod TCPs with long magazines and grip wraps. It just makes no sense.

  • Steve P December 21, 2018, 7:43 pm

    The first “micro-compact” 10+1 cc pistol was the Kel-Tec P-11. It’s had a 10+1 double stacked magazine for decades now. It may not be “cool enough” by some elites but it was first. It’s not a “pretty” range gun but it goes bang every time you pull the trigger “11” times. Give credit where credit is due.

    • Ghostmaker December 23, 2018, 11:51 am

      I was going to say the same thing about the Grendel P-10. I have owned both, but sold the Grendel years ago. I only have a pair of P11’s left. I thought the first one was going to wear out… but after 20 years, the second one is still a safe queen. Fantastic design. So much so that S&W, Ruger, Taurus, and a few others have nearly direct copies on the market. Imitation is a sincere form of flattery.

  • charles hutson December 21, 2018, 6:40 pm

    You knew it wasn’t going to be long before the P-365 stirred up the CC nest. That’s good for all of us gun guys. can I say “Guy” and not offend ?

  • Gary C Stolp December 21, 2018, 2:49 pm

    Another Glock to solve the wrong problem. All that’s really needed is Glock 42 and 43 with an 8 round magazine capacity. That would give a full hand on the grip. I’ve had a Glock 26 and the problem was solved on it with a Glock 19 magazine and magazine adaptor. We don’t need another Glock 9mm. Just give us an 8 round magazine for our models 42 and 43!

  • Tony D December 21, 2018, 2:39 pm

    Longer grip length is harder to conceal.
    I’d rather see them offer the 22, 23, and 45 with a MOS version. Too much attention has been given to the 9mm as of late.

  • Bryan December 21, 2018, 10:45 am

    I like my 19, my 26 and my 43 but I’m not sure I see the logic / appeal of having a mashup between the three. (grip length approaching 19 realm, width approaching the 26 realm, same capacity as a 26 with no interchangeability with magazines of other models)

    • Mars December 23, 2018, 6:11 pm

      Excellent pount… I was almost tempted by this article to rush out and buy one as soon as it became available… But then, I remembered I carry my g34 owb concealed under a jacket with tti 21 round mags, along with my g26 iwb… why bother with a ten round concealable glock that carries 10 rounds concealed if I can’t stick that big 21 round magazine in it?

  • 🐜 Man December 21, 2018, 10:45 am

    I’d like to see Glock do something similar for the G36. There’s got to be a way to squeeze a few more rounds of 45 into those magazines

  • Louis C December 21, 2018, 10:07 am

    “Add ammo and a magazine and that makes even more of a difference.”

    Maybe in Dr Who’s world, but how would adding a mag with the same number of rounds as a G26 make the 3 of different even greater?

  • Dennis McCarty December 21, 2018, 9:34 am

    Am I the only one noticing the 43X should take 26 magazines?? Ummm yeah!!

  • Scott Couch December 21, 2018, 9:31 am

    It’s still a Glock, they know they are losing out to Sigs and Shields. Why buy another block of junk when there’s pistols on the market in the same price category with steel sights that won’t fall off and features that are standard.

  • John December 21, 2018, 8:11 am

    Dumb idea, I will just carry a 19.

    • Bad Penguin December 21, 2018, 11:37 am

      G26 with a G19 mag is a better choice.

  • Richard Dilorenzo December 21, 2018, 6:13 am

    It’s hard to question Glock’s decisions considering the success they’ve had.. Several video reviewers used the expression, “late to the party” when the G42 and 43 came out….seems likely we’ll see it again with this 43X…. While other manufacturers have offered extended magazines for their guns, Glock has left that to the after marketers. Now, if Glock came out with a revolver (ala Kimber) THAT would be news…

  • Grail December 21, 2018, 12:33 am

    It will be just like a P365 except it will actually work!

  • Timothy R Largent December 20, 2018, 11:34 pm

    I work partime for our local sheriff’s office this would be a great sub compact backup carry sidearm. Looking foward to seeing this produced and also look foward to purchasing one in the future, Keep up the great work god bless!

  • Robert Smith December 20, 2018, 10:47 pm

    I could go for Glock doing single-stack versions of the full-size models, especially the G17 and G21. For those who want a full size but find the double-stacks too thick. It’s not a crazy idea – the venerable 1911 is a single-stack.

    • 🐜 Man December 21, 2018, 10:47 am

      Glock 36 is a 45 single stack and my preferred carry piece.

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