Glock 43 9mm [Review]: Concealed Carry Perfection?
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– Is the Glock 43 the
right choice for you, for personal protection? That and more, coming up. (electronic buzzing) Hey guys, I’m Johnny
with pewpewtactical.com, your definitive source for gun reviews, gear guides, and all things that go bang. Today we are exploring
this guy, the Glock 43. Now, whether you’re new to guns or you’re a special forces door kicker, we all have the same
need to protect ourselves and our loved ones. One of the most popular
choices on the market today for personal protection is the
Glock 43 in nine millimeter. I’m gonna give you an
overview of this gun, tell you the strengths, give
you a couple draw-backs, and by then end you’ll be able to decide for yourself if
it’s the right choice for you. Now if you’re watching this on YouTube, there’s gonna be a link
down below that’s gonna take you over to pewpewtactical.com for a lot for information on this gun, and a whole bunch of other stuff that I hope will help you as
you make firearms decisions. And if you’re already on our
site, up above, down below, lots in there to help you out. Released in 2015, the Glock
43 has a plastic frame, and the slide and the
barrel are both steel. The 43 is Glock’s flagship for
an ultra-concealable pistol. And boy, it is small. From the side its smaller than a banana, about six inches long,
but the real slimness is the overall width. That’s because the 43 is a
single stack configuration, and that means the ammo is inside the grip lined up in single file. This is different from
nearly every other Glock on the market which
typically are double stacked. This is the Glock 26
which is nearly identical, except its fatter to
hold all the extra ammo. I think you can see the
difference on video, but in you’re hands you can really feel how slim the 43 is
compared to other Glocks. But that smaller size
does come with a price. It only holds 6 rounds in the magazine, and one in the chamber. Now even if you’re new to guns, you know the Glock name, made in Austria, they are synonymous with
the word reliability. They’re the number one
choice for militaries and law enforcements worldwide. Why? Well, every time you pull
the trigger they go bang. Now, like all Glocks,
the 43 comes in a hard plastic storage case and
comes with two magazines. Prices can very according to region, and whether you shop online or locally, but the 43 currently can be
found in the $450 – $475 range. Okay, lets talk about shooting and testing the actual Glock 43. It’s easy! There is no external
safety lever to consider. All you do is rack the
slide, line up the sights, and pull the trigger until it goes click. The sights are plastic and white. The rear side is a box or a U shape, and the front is a white dot on a post. Now this particular Glock
43 is my personal gun. It has performed flawlessly for me, and I’ve had zero problems. I’ve added a few things to it externally, but all of the internals are stock. No changes to the trigger
or any of the workings. For this test I went to the
range with a boat load of ammo. I put the 43 through it’s paces. I fired 30 full magazines,
testing for function, feel, and performance but the primary test was for basic accuracy at seven yards. And boy, it performed great,
which I hope you can see, but its a Glock so no big surprise there. One thing that comes up
regularly with Glocks is that Glocks don’t have a safety. I wanna be clear here that
Glocks do have safeties, three in fact. Two of the safeties are internal, and the third is a dual action trigger. Which it has a little
lever that must be pulled straight back in order to
engage the full trigger and for the fun to begin. And to be fair, an
extra level of safety is proper training, using good procedure when you load, unload, carry, clean, fire, transport, or store your firearm. Yeah, there’s a lot more
that goes into firearms beyond a little safety
mechanism on the slide. Now speaking of the trigger,
some folks simply do not enjoy stock Glock triggers. (laughs) Say that 10 times fast. The stock Glock trigger
sometimes can be, true, a little bit crunchy and the newer ones, especially the gen fives,
they’ve kinda solved those problems. I think the newer ones
are a little bit improved. But the 43 is a little bit crunchy, and I think what bugs me the
worst is the slight vibration you feel, after you pull the trigger. But, and everybody knows this, they are designed for duty,
not as competition race guns. So let me give you my top six
positives about the Glock 43. Spoiler alert: the Glock
43 absolutely rocks, it works, and it has earned
its reputation in the industry. But here’s my two Lincolns. Number six is concealability. If you wanna carry a firearm concealed, the Glock 43 is a fantastic choice. You can easily hide it in a vest pocket or in your waist line. Now, if you got a tactical dad bod, or you’re a lady with a
body like a back road, well, sometimes it’s difficult to carry a chunk of metal inside your waistband. Regular size guns are
big, and that’s where the Glock 43 shines. It is easier to tuck
inside your waistband, and still be able to breathe. Number five, it’s a nine millimeter. Boy do I love nine mm,
primarily for the price. There’s a huge selection
of ammo on the market, and boy, I just love it. I really do like nine
millimeter, love me the nine mm. Number four, is the support. There are tons of
peripherals on the market. You can upgrade everything
from mag extensions, to night sights, to triggers. I keep doing this, and
it’s freaking me out. Lots of support on
YouTube, and there are tons of holster options. This one is a single clip
for inside the waist band from Concealment Express. It’s all plastic. And for comfort you can get
one with a leather backing. Here’s a couple from CrossBreed. One for inside your waist
band and one for outside. I’ll put a link down below. ‘Cause where else would I put it? Lots more on Glock add-ons and holsters. Check ’em out and see what you think. Number three, the Glock
43 is easy to maintain. It performs just fine when dirty, because they’re mostly plastic. And they’re just simply easy to own. If you’re new to guns and you don’t want a finicky firearm that
needs a ton of maintenance, Glocks might be a perfect choice for you. Number two, is the price. Protecting yourself and
those you love is important, but it’s great that you
can do it affordably. Now there’s a ton of
upgrades on the market, but really on day number
one you don’t have to do any of it. And I think that’s pretty good. Its ready to go right out of the box. You can do some upgrades,
but overall at that price, $475 range, I think it’s a
fantastic bang for the buck. And number one, no big surprise
here, it’s the reliability. I think it feels good when
you go on a road trip, to put a tool down in
my vehicle that I know will perform every time. They are fantastically reliable. Now, life is full of
choices and most decisions are a double-edged sword. The 43 in many ways is outstanding, but there’s gonna be some trade offs. Heres my three biggest
short-comings with this firearm. Number three, the capacity. Now if trouble goes down, heaven forbid, most folks don’t wanna have
a six plus one capacity, they simply want more ammo. That’s why sometimes when
I carry this firearm, I use a holster with a side
car for an extra magazine, that doubles my ammo. Now if this is a major concern for you, you might consider the Glock 26. It’s about the same size, but it takes you from a
six plus one capacity, up to 10 plus one. Number two, are the sights. Now you don’t have to upgrade them, not at all; but for a bedside gun, maybe one for home defense,
I do think it’s important. There’s a ton of options on the market, but the good news is,
is we can help you out. I think the link will pop up here, but we have an article that
will help you with the install. A lot of different sights
at different price points. Yes, it’s an extra expense,
but it’s one that I think is worth it. And my number one least
favorite, it is no fun to shoot. I’m not gonna get into
the physics behind it, and I’m not gonna talk
about weight or bore axis. But I do wanna state clearly
that the Glock 43 is snappy. Every time you pull the trigger, it is simply too small to have fun with. Now don’t misunderstand
me, it is not some sorta Dirty Harry hand cannon. No, not at all. It’s easy to handle, and
it’s a great gun to learn on. But after you practice and
get comfortable with it, I don’t think you’re gonna
find yourself burning box after box of ammo
just because it’s fun because it’s not. So, all in all, the Glock 43 has my full, enthusiastic recommendation. It really does. It does what it was designed to do, and if you need a primary firearm, especially if you need to conceal it, the 43 is an outstanding choice. So what do you think? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave us a comment down below. Let us know what you have to say. On behalf of the entire
PewPew Tactical team, thanks for stopping by. I’m Johnny, and we’ll see you soon. (electronic buzzing)

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