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    Contemplating being done with the G43

    I have a couple G43s one for training purposes, one I carry. And I carry that one less and less often. I am debating getting out of the G43 game entirely for the following reasons:

    With an Enigma I can carry a G26 just as easily in a deep concealment situation.

    I have found I can run using a belt and a Perun Holster and be just as happy with a G26.

    The G43 is too large for a pocket and with the size and reliability of the LCP MAX in my hands, I really like having ten rather than seven rounds on tap in a pocket gun.

    The G43 isn't pleasant to shoot. And while I have not had problems shooting it, I took a new, smaller framed, male shooter to the range who wanted to try out various guns yesterday; he had no problem with the G19 or LCP, but had quite a few malfunctions with the G43 which I attribute to weak grip/limp wristing.

    There is no way I would want my even smaller framed daughters running the G43 because they would hate it. I would rather they have a G42 or something fullsized.

    The G43 takes its own proprietary mags that don't fit any other Glock.

    I think the G43 in general is probably outclassed by the other small 9s from S&W and Sig. I can't imagine in this current world choosing a G43 over a P365.

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    Welcome to the dark side.

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    I also got rid of my G43s and am doing the G26/G42 pair to cover the bases.
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    The 43/43X/48 are not glocks best offerings in my opinion. I think the 26 is the best small gun they make, and like you said if you need smaller a P365 is probably the way to go currently.

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    Doesn't the 43X's higher capacity and larger grip compensate for some of the above complaints about the regular 43?

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    Quote Originally Posted by willie View Post
    Doesn't the 43X's higher capacity and larger grip compensate for some of the above complaints about the regular 43?
    Capacity of a G26, size of a G19 reliability of a G43. Sort of the worst of all worlds IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc_Glock View Post
    I have a couple G43s one for training purposes, one I carry. And I carry that one less and less often. I am debating getting out of the G43 game entirely for the following reasons:

    With an Enigma I can carry a G26 just as easily in a deep concealment situation.

    I have found I can run using a belt and a Perun Holster and be just as happy with a G26.

    The G43 is too large for a pocket and with the size and reliability of the LCP MAX in my hands, I really like having ten rather than seven rounds on tap in a pocket gun.

    The G43 isn't pleasant to shoot. And while I have not had problems shooting it, I took a new, smaller framed, male shooter to the range who wanted to try out various guns yesterday; he had no problem with the G19 or LCP, but had quite a few malfunctions with the G43 which I attribute to weak grip/limp wristing.

    There is no way I would want my even smaller framed daughters running the G43 because they would hate it. I would rather they have a G42 or something fullsized.


    The G43 takes its own proprietary mags that don't fit any other Glock.

    I think the G43 in general is probably outclassed by the other small 9s from S&W and Sig. I can't imagine in this current world choosing a G43 over a P365.
    FWIW, most of our lab personnel/forensic scientists opt for the 43 over the 19M. The vast majority of them are not “shooters,” and a lot are small-framed women. I don’t recall seeing any issues with the function of the 43’s (the main issue is they can’t hit anything…but the gun works).

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    Quote Originally Posted by willie View Post
    Doesn't the 43X's higher capacity and larger grip compensate for some of the above complaints about the regular 43?
    I keep going back and forth on whether the 43X/48 is the best of both worlds, or a weird in-between size I don't need.

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    I agree. I always got very good performance out of my Glock 26s. By the time you get a holster involved, especially one that is designed to actually be accessible in a fight, the difference really isn't enough to justify the micro-G. Dammit, now I want to get another 26.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth_Uno View Post
    I keep going back and forth on whether the 43X/48 is the best of both worlds, or a weird in-between size I don't need.
    100% the latter.

    I get that people like them, but if you can carry either then you can carry a 19 without any of the 43X/48 cons.

    However back to the topic, this thread is about the 43 which is a different gun with a useful envelope.
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