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Glock 43 first impressions

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Glockula, Aug 7, 2018.

  1. Glockula

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    Upon taking my concealed carry class I was in need of a compact carry piece. I looked at Ruger , Taurus, Smith and Keltec compact pistols. I also held the small SIG 9mm and a Walther .380. Sorry for my lack of model numbers but I would butcher them.

    I thought about a Taurus 85, super light weight, or even the small J frame 5 shot Smith's. It seemed only .38 +p guns were in my budget. I wasn't looking to spend over 500 for a compact pistol. I resisted and finally held the G43. She felt great in my sausage fingers. Then I found out Glock is offering blue label pricing with a DD214. Done deal. Order one please.

    My disclaimer is the only other Glock I have owned is an early Gen 3 G23 I bought new in 1999. Typical mushy trigger with great ergonomics. ( to me )

    The 43 looks well built with good fit and finish you would expect from a Glock. The trigger is on the heavy side but has a crisp break for a Glock. Not one hiccup through 150 115 gr ball rounds and a few 147 golden sabers. Recoil is on par with my 23 but very manageable. I like the weight and slim design. The two mags are good but I want a third with the pinky groove. The flat mag will be easier to conceal. The sights are standard Glock sights (huge) but I have learned them over the years and the gun is accurate in initial firing.

    So far so good. Worth every penny!
     
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  2. ColtPythonElite

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    They are ok.
     
  3. KYamateur

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    I have one and I really like it. For defense I use a 124 gr +p from Hornady and they shoot very well. I bought a Taran Tactical plus 2 mag extension, but rarely use it. I do like the Pierce plus 1 with finger groove, and that is what I keep in the gun. I do not like the flat bottom factory magazine. Gun is simple, small, and reliable. I traded a Shield for it and I prefer the Glock. I’m getting ready to give it some competition with a Walther PPS classic.
     
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  4. jonnyc

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    A G43 is the only Glock I ever bought, and I loved it. That is until it was stolen by some low-life. And if I ever find out where my daughter hides it I'll steal it back! Either that or buy another one.
     
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  5. Tallball

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    I like mine, too. You can add a pinky extension to the regular mags. They're $7 or so on Amazon.

    I liked it so much that I later got a G22, and then a G26. My friend shot mine and liked it so much that he bought one "for his wife". (I'm pretty sure I saw it on him when we were fishing today.)

    I carry it OWB. The trigger and sights seem very nice to me. I didn't like Glocks... until I shot some. :)

     
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  6. Capt.Roll

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    Sounds similar to my story.

    My wife used to carry a Colt Mustang Mark IV Series 80 .380 Auto. She could never get comfortable carrying it hammer back with safety engaged or hammer down and having to pull the hammer back on the draw. Tried a lot of different pistols looking for a small 9mm/.380 for her and settled on the Glock 42 over the 43. She loves the way it fits her hand, conceals easily due to size/weight and it's easy for her to run. Trigger action and sights are very acceptable to her.

    It's a sweet pistol; I'm going to sell the Colt and most likely will end up with a Glock 42 or 43 for my small "pocket" carry option.
     
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  7. Armored farmer

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    I dont own any, but i never shot a glock i didnt like.
     
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  8. paulsj

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    Five Glocks passed through my hands. In retrospect each one could have been trusted in defense of life right out of box. One went w/o a jam zero maintenance for over 1600 rounds. That is outstandng. The only thing I could trust as much is the PM.
     
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  9. stogiegila

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    Always loved Glocks, but always got severe Glock knuckle from them. I finally got my G43 to where it is comfortable to shoot thanks to a significant trigger guard reduction. I also have Night Fision sights on it (I really like them).

    You should also check out the Walther PPS M2. Slightly bigger, better ergonomics and to me a nicer trigger. You can get 6,7, and 8 round mags for it. The 7 rounder feels perfect.
     
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  10. Glockula

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    I honestly would get a true pocket pistol next. I have bigger pistols covered. I like my full size .357 revolvers .
     
  11. JeffG

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    My Glock 43 is my constant companion. Sunup to bedtime. Even if I am in the woods or at the range, I just slide it over a little, but it stays on my belt. IWB kydex.
     
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  12. Kingcreek

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    My wife tried to qualify for her CCL (range required in Illinois) with a Kahr cw9. She had shot it well at home with me on several occasions. The day of her class and qual she struggled with it for some reason. She immediately decided it was the gun and no matter what, she would never be able to shoot well with it. Her friend loaned her a G43 and she did just fine. Mental attitude or what didn't matter. She had no confidence in anything but a G43 so obviously I bought her one. It's a nice compact carry piece. I carry a pm9 but I will probably pick up another 43 just for mag compatibility when we are together.
     
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  13. rskent

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    His and hers Glocks. Aww, that’s just so darn cute.
     
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  14. GunnyUSMC

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    I've been carrying my G43 foe some time now. I love the little gun and can shoot it pretty good. I carry it in an IWB kydex holster I got from R M Holsters.
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    My daughter had to have part of her right hand removed due to a bone tumor and asked me about the G42. I got her one and she loves it. It’s her daily carry now.
    I pick on her, telling her that she doesn’t need the pinky extension on the mag.
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