Thursday, March 19, 2015

In Long-Awaited News...

Glock has (inadvertently) released news of its new, single-stack 9 mm subcompact, the G43.

I haven't had a chance to try the G43 out yet, but I'm sure it will do well. When Glock introduced the G42 last year, the single biggest comment,  bar none, was that it should have been a 9 mm. Interestingly enough, now that they *have* released a slim, subcompact single-stack 9 mm, all anyone can say is "too little too late" and point to S&W/Ruger/Springfield Armory/etc. as already having a slim, subcompact single-stack 9 mm.

From the standpoint of having shot the G42, I'm willing to wager the G43 will be fairly similar. It's blocky, but it works; and where it's a  Glock, it's more than likely going to keep on working for as long as you treat it properly. The G42 is slightly larger than the norm for a pocket 380; since the G43 is larger still, it's most likely again a little bigger than other small 9 mm pistols out there. Another interesting comment revolves around the capacity, with a growing refrain putting down the 6-round limit in the G43.

Honestly, what did you expect? The G26, with a double-stack frame, only has a 10-round capacity in the flush floorplate magazine. Glock doesn't have a machine capable of suspending physics; they can't produce a single-stack magazine with the same height as a double stack and the same capacity; it plain doesn't work that way. It's a tradeoff, and it's the reason the Springfield Armory XD-S in .45 ACP and the Kahr PM45 have a whopping 5-round capacity. You want small, it's gotta come from somewhere.

In any case, go read my colleague's write-up; it's pretty darn good and he was there for the unveiling.

That is all.

6 comments:

Matt W said...

It's a Glock. Whoopeee. If you are a Glock guy and have been wanting a 9mm single stack subby - great. If you already have a single stack 9mm subby from another manufacturer, you just might give 2 shits.

I pretty much agree with the "too little too late" comments, yet Glock is sure to sell a ton of these little things.

I looked over the spec sheet and tried to see if there was anything at all that could convince me to abandon my current pocket carry platforms, but like you noted the G43 is slightly bigger and heavier than many others (like my current CM9) and I just don't see the point.

If Glock had been "first" (or at least earlier) to market with this offering, I think I may have ended up with one.

ProudHillbilly said...

As small as my hands are, I can still use a Glock 19, which is double stack 9 mm. The only problem I have is reaching the magazine release easily. So I'm not sure what the facination with a single stack would be.

ProudHillbilly said...

As small as my hands are, I can still use a Glock 19, which is double stack 9 mm. The only problem I have is reaching the magazine release easily. So I'm not sure what the facination with a single stack would be.

Dave H said...

ProudHillbilly: A single stack grip fits more easily inside the waistband of people like me whose waistband is already full to overflowing.

I just bought a M&P Shield for that very reason. I already had an LC9 but I didn't care for the trigger. The Shield's trigger is much better. (I hear good things about the trigger on the striker fired LC9 but the Shield has been out longer, and has grown past some of its teething pains.)

If the G43 had been available at the time I might have given it a look, but again, the Shield has a little more experience behind it right now.

Bradley said...

Like I said on FB, its LC9 size, with -1 capacity, and ~100$ more. I dont see why it would sell other then it reads Glock on the side. It cant use any of the 9mm Glock mags already out there, so you cant even use I already have 25 mags as a reason to buy one.

Chris in TX said...

Personally, I'd rather have a slightly longer grip and more mag capacity, so long as it kept the skinny width.