Keefe Report: Glock 43 Range Time

posted on May 1, 2015

Next week we start an intense week of “American Rifleman Television,” and before wringing out the Glock G43 for the TV crew, I took it to the range for familiarization (see video above). In short, I was impressed.

The Glock G43 is a departure for Glock in that it is the first 9 mm Luger in its class made by the Austrian maker—and according to Glock officials in Georgia, it is made in Austria, not in the firm’s U.S. plant. And by class, I mean size. The little gun is 6.26” long, 1.02” wide, and 4.35” high and has a 3.39” barrel. The 16.19-oz. gun has a single-stack magazine holding six rounds. It is remarkably similar in size to the .380 ACP G42 (see our review here), although the .380 is ¼” shorter, 4 ozs. lighter and 1/10” shorter in barrel and overall length.

On the range, the gun is a little snappy, as one would expect, but remember, it delivers 9 mm Luger performance in small, concealable package. Width of the butt section is one of the most important factors in discreet carry and, when combined with a Galco Kingtuk IWB holster, this makes for a gun easy to hide on one’s person.

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