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I'd like to hear from G43 owners, I have wanted one for years, especially for the summers out here when clothes are at a minimum. Will I love it or hate it?

I have one optioned out at the Glock Store in my cart, stippled, upgraded trigger, night sights about $900 :confused:
 

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I have two stock from the factory for two years. Very easy to shoot accurately. I put metal sights on them & $15 grip sleeves and bought them for $450 each. I carry them all the time with the exception of winter when I carry a 1911.
Recoil is minimal, stock trigger is pretty good for a Glock (at least what I've heard about Glocks). They were my first exposure to Glock pistols and have been impressed by them.
I would not spend $900 for one.
 

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While not a current owner I have shot one a lot. They’re pretty good as far as single stack subcompacts go. But they have their limitations.

Btw Glock is going to be coming out with another single stack at shot show this year so you may want to wait for that release. Supposed to be a 10+1 Glock 43x (going to be a touch taller but still slim).

Also if you do decide to mod a 43 keep it simple and don’t mess with the trigger, they are very shootable as is. With Glock any mods to the trigger mechanism outside of a minus connector or professionally done trigger jobs is inviting safety and reliability concerns.
 

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Had one and liked pretty well. They shoot well. I was a first wave(90's)rabid Glock fan boy until I rediscovered my roots were in steel and wood. I agree with my esteemed colleague, Mouche.....I would not pay 900.00 for one, no matter how swell it is. You could buy 2 new ones or 3 used for that and have a throwdown. lol
 

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I have one and it is perfect for summer, they disappear on the belt. They do have a thin grip so if you have large hands you should hold one first. They do not need a grip reduction like the double stacks so I personally would not stipple either, maybe just an undercut. If you want a more aggressive grip look into Talon grips, they are around $15 and I put them on most of my glocks.

As NPV mentioned they are rumored to be coming out with a 43x shortly, which would have a longer grip and more capacity.
 

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I guess I'll be the odd man out here: I had one and didn't love it. At the time I was carrying a G19 most of the time, so I thought the G43 would be perfect for times I couldn't/didn't want to carry the bigger Glock. I honestly can't pin it down, but there was just something about the gun that I never warmed to. The trigger was definitely different from my Gen 3 G19, and I was less accurate with it than I wanted.

I ended up selling it and getting a Walther PPS, which I much preferred.
 

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I'd like to hear from G43 owners, I have wanted one for years, especially for the summers out here when clothes are at a minimum. Will I love it or hate it?

I have one optioned out at the Glock Store in my cart, stippled, upgraded trigger, night sights about $900 :confused:
I’ve had mine since they first came out, and other than a Ghost connector and night nights, it’s stock.

I like mine really well, but I’d never give $900 for one no matter how many “curb feelers” it has.
 

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I've carried one for a couple of years in my front pocket in a Galco Pro 0800.
It shoots like a laser, and outshoots some larger striker fire pistols I've owned, and utterly reliable.
Get a Talo edition with the Ameriglo front sight, and u-notch rear. And some plus 2 mag extensions. Taran Tactical, Hyve, or Vickers.

Glock is also introducing a larger 9mm single stack. The G48.
 

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I guess I'll be the odd man out here: I had one and didn't love it. At the time I was carrying a G19 most of the time, so I thought the G43 would be perfect for times I couldn't/didn't want to carry the bigger Glock. I honestly can't pin it down, but there was just something about the gun that I never warmed to. The trigger was definitely different from my Gen 3 G19, and I was less accurate with it than I wanted.

I ended up selling it and getting a Walther PPS, which I much preferred.

I’ll have to 2nd what 12VMan stated. I’ve got one that is stock other than a set of Hackathorn sights, but just can’t warm up to it over my Shield. I have kept it as I got it cheap enough on a blue label program, but hardly ever carry it as I shoot the Shield much better. I am a closet Glock guy in that I still have 3 other Glocks that I like quite well, but the 43 just isn’t the one for me. I’ve had it about 2 years, and have around 500 rounds through it, so it hasn’t been shot a ton. I’ll probably end up selling it at some point as it just sits in the safe the majority of the time. I mainly have kept it for a backup if I ever had problems with my Shield, but now have a couple of other guns that I’d rather carry as opposed to the 43.
 

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I'll be running a squad at a BUG (back up gun) match this weekend and I'll see a lot of Shields and a lot of G43's. I know folks who swear by one, or the other. They are both equally good choices in my humble opinion. You just have to settle on the one that works best for you.
 

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It's my main carry gun. Up to a few years back, I'd pretty much tried all the small 9's, (big exception for the sig365- which I'd like to try) and the glock was the best of them all. It's about as small as an acutal "fighting" gun can be. If your familiar with glocks it'll feel and shoot very similar. Mine is accurate enough, comfortable and can be carried all day much easier than most. I say go for it. $900 is a lot for a glock, but not too much in my book, if your getting exactly what you want.
 

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It's my main carry gun. Up to a few years back, I'd pretty much tried all the small 9's, (big exception for the sig365- which I'd like to try)
I owned a Sig P365 for about a week. Despite the great mag capacity in such a wee little package, I actually prefer the grip of the Glock 43, and sold the Sig.
 

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I carried my 43 a bunch in the summer in FL/TX. I found with the +2 Vickers extensions feeding the top round was not 100% reliable. The spring also wore out much faster than I liked. Only 7 rounds was not as comforting to me.

I personally went to a G26. It is a little heavier and wider, but I can carry a spare G17 mag and not worry about capacity.
 

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My personal opinion, I wouldn’t pay the Glock Store squat for their stippling job. Looks like they pass the job off to preschoolers. Even some of Zev’s stippling is garbage, compared to what’s out there. Tagging @sigsauerstx for his example of a Glock 27 recently.

I’d do a little more research on shops that work on the 43. There’s a ton of people doing awesome Stipple jobs out there.

Had two 43’s at one point. They are awesome.
 

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Only thing I don’t like about them is the grip is to small to get a good purchase IMO and prefer the m&p shield. But everyone I have shot was reliable and put the rounds where I wanted them.
 

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For what it's worth I won't pay for someone else to stipple plastic, unless i find something really amazing. If you've got a steady enough hand and the patience to shoot well you can stipple a frame. Just strip off the slide, sit on the porch with a beer and have at it. A little practice on the cheap mag loader glock gives you or a mag is a good way to start. Old & well trodden ground but worth mentioning I thought....(and heck I'm gonna show off my block anyway! LOL)



 
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