Survival Gear Review: Glock 43

The official news finally broke at the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting in Nashville in April.  The rumors have been flying for several years that Glock best concealed carry gunwas working on a single stack, 9mm handgun for the concealed carry market.  Well, I can let you know that the wait is over.  I finally got my hands on the new Glock 43 at the NRA vendor show and trust me it was worth the wait.  As I held it, I thought to myself, could this be the ideal prepper concealment weapon?  A 9mm?  A Glock?  And this is coming from a guy who is not even a Glock fan.

By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to Survival Cache & SHTFBlog

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Glock 43 – The Ideal Concealment Weapon

Glock said at the NRA show that the G43 should be shipping right after the show closed.  best concealed carry glockAcademy Sports in Jackson, MS got two this morning and a good friend of mine bought No.2 for $499.  Apparently they were really ready to ship them so start looking if interested.  This new Glock 43 is a slimline design for everyday concealed carry needs.  The G43 is ultra-concealable, accurate, and comfortable for all shooters, regardless of hand size.  I have pretty big mitts to get around a handgun grip and usually part of my hand ham hangs off the bottom.

Well, it still does with the 43, but there is something inherently sticky about the Glock grip, so I was not annoyed as usual by a grip not completely filling my hand.  Besides, I expect Pearce or some other aftermarket accessory maker to come up with a grip extension soon enough to solve that issue for shooters with larger hands.  For now, we just have to let that little pinky finger hang loose like Charley (Postle) Waite trying to handle that fine china cup of tea in Open Range brewed by Miss Sue Barlow.  After all, we have to continue to keep in perspective, that pistols designed for concealed carry are indeed, small.  And for a very good reason.

The Glock 43 Profile

A true slimline, a really thin pistol, the G43 frame is just over an inch wide and the slide width is only 0.87 inch.  These dimensions come in the face of market demands for a carry gun that poses a minimalist approach.  The overall length of the new pistol is only 6.26 inches with a trigger distance of only 2.6 inches.  This will make handling the new Glock ideal for shooters with smaller hands, but as I said after handling it, bigger hands will be suited up just fine.  There is more than ample surface on the panels for a secure grip even under 9mm recoil.

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The single stack magazine will hold 6 rounds again making the pistol’s slim profile perfect for concealed carry.  The pistol will be a good choice for either a Bug Out pocket pistol or an extra lightweight carry handgun for around the house during a Bug In.  It would work ideally, too for a hideout carry gun in the car, motorcycle or even on a bike.

Why a Concealed Carry Prep Gun Anyway?

As I have written before one of the key aspects to prepping has to be to maintain a low profile and near shadow existence as far as our best concealed carry glock pistolovert planning is concerned.  Prepping in general is something we need to keep to ourselves, immediate family, SHTF team or tribe.  Our intentions certainly do not need to be broadcast far and wide.  We don’t need any eyebrows raised or suspicions about our prep or planning activities.

This mode obviously fits right in with the concealed carry philosophy.  I know people that right now, today are carrying a concealed weapon on their personal body just in case.  In some situations they may be violating the local state laws, but honestly, most of these carry people I know have secured the proper concealed carry permits and/or with the enhanced certificate to be more inclusive of where they can legally carry.  I have the same advanced permit having completed the classroom course and the range shooting requirements so I can carry anywhere legally.  I advise all to secure this legal standing as well so you are not crossing any lines prior to an SHTF event.  Afterwards, it will be a free-for-all anyway and nobody is going to ask for your CC identification photo card then.

So, having such a concealed carry handgun gives you options for active shooter protection should you need it.  Consider your daily travel routines, when and where, the pathways you take, and your work environment, where you shop or eat out.  Are these safe areas or suspect?  You may need that carry gun now.  You will surely need it during a SHTF.

Without any doubt there are many pocket pistol concealment handgun options on the market.  Too many some would say, but even with ice cream the more flavors the better.  This Glock while it may not dramatically represent a new dimension for new, light, slimline, 9mm concealment guns, it is a Glock.  That says an awful lot on its own.

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9 thoughts on “Survival Gear Review: Glock 43”

  1. To add to my previous post I had to catch a call, my personal reason for not having a glock at the top of my list is:
    it has a chubby grip that wallows around when fired.
    the sights are not for me too thick for precise work good for personal defense not so much for hunting and it needs to do both to a degree.
    as the mag runs out so does the balance and weight distribution so muzzle whip really plays with control so you have to have a lot of trigger time to get the feel you can, but that is not the issue if your not willing to practice it will shoot poorly for you unless your a real pistoleer.

    it does not have a safety is not an issue neither do revolvers and you do not have to engage a double actions safety
    but the glock has had some AD's and frame issues on older ones.
    Problem is we have no knowledge on how many rounds have been fired through them so is it time or use ?
    If I have a pistol I do not want it to come with an expiration date.

    I have a real problem with arms that have not had a long history it seems Beretta Browning hi power Colt and SIG in a few different models, I like SIG's and next Browning Hi Powers.
    H&K are great I like older ones the newer are BIG.

    9MM is it perfect NO as no pistol is all pistols require good bullet placement a 9MM is a 38 special P+ at best
    but all pistols tested had less than 357mag results but a second hit doubled take down so double tapping make more sense than carrying a 50S&W.

    I guess if your not familiar then some faith in a arm and round is important if it is not based in fact or not makes no difference.
    Mental gymnastics aside sometimes it is what it is you have X and you have to make it work failure is always an option it's just that it means your dead if you do not get it done.

    If you have a semi auto rifle the need for a semi pistol is negligible in that case a S&W revolver would do or anything.
    NOW if your walking the mall with the Social Security set or worried that the clown is going to attack you this is as good a glock as any.

  2. I'm looking forward to test driving of the 43, but right now I think the advantages the wider 26 offers are worth the hit in thickness. Plus the lack of general purpose mags that run on the 17, 19, and 26 are hard to beat. And my big mitts fit the 26 just fine.

    Oh, and there is the usual issue about first run new design Glocks. I'll give it a while before jumping in and let the early adopters do the crash testing. Once dialed in, I don't doubt that the 43 will join my party.

  3. Yawn, another ugly Glock pistol, no hunting ability, marginal self-defense. Only six rounds, my, my, isn't that what most revolvers carry, except in real calibers! I don't even want to get into the second amendment, that states "shall not be infringed upon", since having to mess with a CCW is just that! Don't think that the cops, no matter which government agency they work for (obviously not us), don't know you if you have a CCW, that info is probably only a keyboard tap or two away for them! Keep your enemies close and your firearms even closer! Good Luck!

    • Amen. The risk of my Glock 19 jamming is worth the 17 rounds of ammo vs. the 5-6 rounds I get in a jam proof revolver.

  4. One advantage of a revolver that is often overlooked is the ability to have 6 different rounds (in a six-shooter) at the ready! I often carry a bird/snake shot rounds directly under the uncocked hammer so if I suddenly need to shot a snake or maybe have a chance at on-the-wing dinner, I only have to thumb release the cylinder, allowing the cylinder to partly swing open, rotate the cylinder the number of places needed (in my case only one), close the cylinder, ready to fire! If you think this takes too long to do, do you really think you can draw and accurately fire before a rattlesnake can strike, and if it's that close any movement may make it strike. If you have more than six targets, you might be better off running and/or reaching for your AR-15, mini-14, FAL, etc.

  5. I like waiting for at least ONE YEAR, before becoming an unpaid "beta tester" for any firearms company. While I have and carry Glock pistols routinely, as well as my revolver BUG, I've no problem with MY Glock pistols reliability. Am I enamored with the Glock 43? Nope, I'm underwhelmed, as the Glock 26 with G-19 mags in it is my personal preference and easily concealable,even on me. What's NOT to love about 15+1 of Thug-Killa ammo, plus at least one full reload? I should go DOWN to 6+1? Not a chance. I'd rather be restricted to only one of my Smith snubbie K-Frames if that was the case. Far more reliable, and accurate.

  6. I was fortunate enough to purchase a Glock 43 a few weeks ago. I usually carry a Glock 32 (.357 Sig) but wanted a 43 for summer carry. I have not been disappointed. The 43 is typical Glock- reliable, accurate and ugly. I did find the G-43 grip a little thin so I added a Hogue Jr rubber grip- fantastic. The G-43 now fits my hand. I have put three weight 9mm cartridges though it. Feeds everything but seemed to shoot the 115 gr and 124 grain most accurately. Only downside (imho) is that the G-43 only comes with one extra mag.

  7. I have a 43 and purchased two additional magazines. I bought 4 Taran Tactical + 2 extensions. These are high quality giving you 9 with one in the barrel and 8 for back -up. I just carry one in my pocket. I have a shield and XDS but carry the Glock for EDC.


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