Glock 43 Review

Glock 43 Review

Posted by AR15 Site on 03-07-22

The Glock 43 is Gaston's Gaston's 1st attempt to vibe this villain market with a compact conceal carry tool. Yet where many were hoping for it to be announced and outstanding success for the Austrian gun manufacturer, Seems as though the Glock 43 has become one of the least popular concealed carry choices on the market today.

What is a Glock 43?

In the spirit of competition, the Glock 43 was introduced to rival the Smith and Wesson shield, one of the first commercially successful single stack 9 mm pistols to enter the market. The Glock 43 was the 1st Glock model to implement the slim line magazine system in which the rounds sit in a very thin offset line in the magazine.

Although the Glock 19 was very popular, it was upset by the Smith and Wesson Shield which had a much thinner frame allowing people to conceal it much easier. The clock 43 was designed and sent out commercially in response to this.

With only 6 rounds and a 3" barrel the Glock 43 is truly the smallest Glock of them all. It is a compact concealed carry addition to the Glock family. The overall length however is still 6 and a quarter inches. So it doesn't compete very well against smaller, more compact concealed carry options like the Ruger LCP. It's very light with only 17.95Ounces, making it decent for concealed carry as a whole.

Features of the Glock 43

The Glock 43 has a 6 round flush fit magazine which isn't what you would call high capacity by any means. There is no other purpose for this firearm other than to be a concealed carry gun. It does not feature any forward serrations on the slide so there will be no racking the slide from the front of the gun. The magazines are standard overmold polymer and steel lined magazines, and there are plenty of aftermarket companies developing magazines for the Glock43.

The Glock 43 is a no Bells and whistles installment, meaning that it is designed simply, built affordably and and carried humbly. The grip has the Gen. 5 checkering on it which is a plus because that grip fits well for most hands. However the length of the grip is at best a 2 finger grip for those with bigger hands.. It is not meant for comfort so much as as being easily concealable. The magazine of the Glock 43 also has a pinky extension for a full grip, but still manages to be small.

One of the great things about the block 43 is that they did not just make a version of the Glock 42 that was 9 mm. Clock 42 had its own problems and thankfully none of those problems show up in Glock 43. The Glock 43 is uniquely designed by block while still managing to display those standard classic Glock features. This is mainly due to the use of the slim blind magazine system That is newly adopted in this lineup of Glocks. The most important thing that the Glock 43 excels in over the Glock 42 is that it is not as picky with ammunition. The Glock 42 could not take varying types of ammunition, severely reducing its overall accuracy and diversity. This is one reason many people stayed away from the Glock 42.

Who is the Glock 43 for?

The Glock 43 is for Glock collectors, and concealed carriers. It has a standard Glock functionality, making it familiar with most fans of the Glock platforms. On another note, it looks like a Glock, and does not stray from the Glock design at all. It is a little expensive, but a worthy investment for an accurate conceal carry tool. The Glock 43 can be used by anyone but is especially good for those with small hands as the grip on the Glock 43 is small. It has a decent size compared to other installments despite having significantly less magazine capacity than its competitor. This will be something to consider when choosing the optimal conceal carry implement for you.

The different finishes of the Glock 43. 

The Glock 43 is post Gen. 3 meaning that it has FDE and OD green models along with it. There are also other more custom legit finishes like the Apollo custom Glock 43 in a purple and shimmering aluminum finish.These are limited edition glock43 with a special coating on them. The Apollo custom lineup has two popular finishes: the Apollo custom block 43 in purple shimmering. And the Apollo custom Glock 43 lock 43 in rose rose silver finish. These are great for both functionality and corruptibility.

What does the Glock 43 come with?

The Glock 43 case comes with all the standard Glock components that you might expect to receive with a Glock model. It comes with a lock lock, a cleaning tool, a wire brush, instruction manual, safety manual, an extra magazine, a standard Glock speed loader and a nice case for it all to go in. The Glock speed loader is the typical loader you get from Glock. In spite of it not being the best out there, something is better than nothing, especially when constantly having to reload not one, but two magazines.

Rating the Glock 43


The accuracy of the Glock 43 is a 4 out of 5. The Glock 43 is a decently accurate pistol. It is not anything special, but it does handle itself in a variety of concealed carry situations. It's familiarity in the Glock family helps it as well.


The handling of the Glock 43 is a 3 out of 5. While Glock 43 brings a new kind of compact nature to the Glock family, it doesn't mean it was done in the best way. It has some issues with slide bite as the frame is too compact and the slide too long. The Glock 43X solves this issue while increasing the capacity in the magazine.


The Concealability of the Glock 43 is a 5 out of 5. Because the clock 43 is so small it is a great choice for concealed carry purely on that principle. Although it only has 6 rounds, its frame is the smallest out of any of the Glocks save for the Glock 42.


Overall, the Glock 43 is not a terrible option for concealed carry. It has the features of a Glock while remaining somewhat affordable to customers. While it only has a 6 round magazine, it's still a viable carrying option because of its small stature. It has a light build which makes it great for the pocket. A diverse set of ammunition can be used effectively in the Glock 43, however there's still the fact that the clock 43X is a clear improvement on this model.