The new Glock carry hotness

Discussion in 'Autoloaders' started by stlgecko, Jan 18, 2019.

  1. stlgecko

    stlgecko Gecko Lives Matter

    May 24, 2014
    I’ve owned a few Glocks in the past but had sold them all. The G43 was tempting a couple years ago when it was released, but it was just a hair too big for me to pocket carry. So I ended up buying a Kahr PM9 and it’s been good. Fast forward to the G43X announcement, now we’re talking! If I have to IWB carry a pistol then I want a solid amount of bullets in it. The 43X is exactly what I wanted.

    So I picked it up today after work and it’s just seemingly great. The gun fits in my hand perfectly and all of my fingers fit great. The pistol is nice and thin, and also lightweight. The trigger is standard for a Glock, fairly short travel but snapping heavy break. For a carry pistol it’s just fine for me. The PVD slide finish is nicely done, we shall see how it wears over time in the kydex holster I have on order. Aesthetically the pistol is nice looking with the contrast of colors, and the front serrations are a nice usable and tactical touch.

    I’ll be shooting it tomorrow if all goes as planned and I will post up my shooting impressions. For now here are a few pics inside and out.

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  2. stlgecko

    stlgecko Gecko Lives Matter

    May 24, 2014
    Report: I started with a box of 50 115gr sellier and bellot. The target below is all different distances. I shot standing up, 2 handed and unsupported. Top left is 15’, top right is 21’, middle is 30’, bottom left is 45’ and bottom right is back to where I started at 15’.


    Then it was time for defense ammo. I loaded 4 rounds of sig performance hollow points and moved the target out to 75’. I was praying to hit at least 1 out four and to my pleasant surprise I hit 3 out of four.


    I then shot 10 rounds of Speer gold dots and then 10 rounds of Remington defense ammo. ZERO malfunctions.

    Shooting impressions: Very nice shooting gun with mild recoil. The recoil spring is quite heavy and I think that keeps the muzzle flip down. The only complaint I have is true for all glocks, the safe action trigger part is not very comfortable on the pad of my trigger finger. I won’t be shooting this gun often for leisure so it’s a moot point. At this point however I’m very pleased with this gun. The accuracy and shootabilty was very impressive for such a small pistol. This is a winner.
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2019
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  3. JM44

    JM44 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Feb 2, 2018
    First one I have seen in the wild, congrats! Will be very interested in your feedback. Being in a restricted state this and the 48 are very appealing to me.
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  4. Guy Montag

    Guy Montag Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2014
    Interested in seeing how you like it compared to the PM9, how much bigger is it than the Kahr?
  5. Jollyroger1

    Jollyroger1 Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2015
    Purdy, but begging for some new sights ;)
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  6. ~JM~

    ~JM~ Wrinkled Member

    Jan 23, 2017
    Saw a 43X yesterday. Looks nice!

    Also looked at a Sig 365. They look nice too.
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  7. stlgecko

    stlgecko Gecko Lives Matter

    May 24, 2014
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  8. tarosean

    tarosean Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2013
    Welcome to beta testing 101.

    Yes I know it's a Glock, but they seem to have a ton of issues with miniscule changes
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  9. stlgecko

    stlgecko Gecko Lives Matter

    May 24, 2014
    Post 2 updated with range report.
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  10. cgff

    cgff Well-Known Member

    Aug 24, 2015
    They got a few in at work, (3 each) a 48 and a 43x both went to the rental counter. The 48 is comparable in size to a commander or compact, If I didn’t know any better I’d say with the intro of the G48, glock may be seeking to chase the 1911 9mm market, I know apples to oranges but size, capacity, shootability, ease of carry? It’s Not as elegant as a 1911 or as storied a history but it’s as slim as a 1911 it seems to have something going for it, add some styling from a renowned smith on this board? Hmm?
    On just first handling if it’s up to glock dependability, only minuses out of the box are good sights
    A smooth trigger face, and a tad better grip frame texture. Oh and add a dozen or so mags.
    Just another addicts 2cents of observation.
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  11. switchback

    switchback Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2014
    Nice, report and pics. Just became aware of this offering and like you, would prefer the size and capacity over the g43.

    Thanks and go Cards!
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  12. Scaramouche

    Scaramouche Student of the Columbian Exchange Supporting Addict

    Sep 15, 2015
    I'm on the list at my local for a 43X as that extra grip will make it my 9mm range gun, I got rid of all my steel 9s since going to the dark side with 43s. The only steel 9 I sort of miss is the Colt Commander I sold, it had one of the best triggers I ever shot.
  13. tac45

    tac45 What me worry ? Supporting Addict

    Mar 4, 2012
    MOUCHE, I’m beginning to think your spending to much time in the desert heat. :eek::eek:
  14. Ethanol Red

    Ethanol Red Make it a double Supporting Addict

    Jul 12, 2015
    I don’t understand. The original was too big and this one isn’t?
  15. Ethanol Red

    Ethanol Red Make it a double Supporting Addict

    Jul 12, 2015
    The desert heat hears him.
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  16. Gerald D

    Gerald D Active Member

    Jan 19, 2019
    Waiting to handle one but my EDC for the past few years is a Blue label 43 that I added night sights to, I've been pleased with it and carry a spare magazine, hard to beat for light and handy. I wear carpenter jeans most of the time and the 43 will drop in the right front pocket quite well.
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  17. stlgecko

    stlgecko Gecko Lives Matter

    May 24, 2014
    The 43 is to big for me to pocket carry, and it’s not useful IWB with its limited capacity and small grip (I know extended mags, but they never feel quite right to me.). So for a thin IWB pistol this 43x is what I’m looking for. Kahr PM9 is still the king of 9mm pocket pistols.
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  18. stlgecko

    stlgecko Gecko Lives Matter

    May 24, 2014
    The 43X is identical in size to the Kahr CW9, but holds 2 more rounds.
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  19. Ethanol Red

    Ethanol Red Make it a double Supporting Addict

    Jul 12, 2015
    Oh, okay. Hadn’t heard of it yet. Sounds good. I love my Kahrs.
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  20. Greg45acp

    Greg45acp Double Secret Banned Supporting Addict

    Oct 31, 2016
    In another year or so (fix the bugs) the 48 (the single stack 19) will probably follow me home.

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