GLOCK 43

Concealed Carry Hand Guns - - THE ARMORY -

Glock fairly in­vented the striker-fired gun mar­ket, but the brand was a lit­tle late in of­fer­ing up a sin­gle stack 9mm for con­cealed carry. In 2015, the Model 43 broke cover, and if you’re a Glockophile, this trim Aus­trian semi-auto is just the ticket for per­sonal de­fense. It offers up all the fea­tures you’ve come to ex­pect from the brand such as a poly­mer frame, Safe Ac­tion de­sign, black fer­ritic ni­tro­car­bur­ized metal and tex­tured grip sur­face.

The G43, be­ing a Glock, should hold up very well to the el­e­ments and will sur­vive years of hard ser­vice as a carry gun. The gun’s stan­dard magazine ca­pac­ity is six—one short of many of the other guns on this list—but at just un­der 18 ounces un­loaded (22.4 ounces with a full mag) and mea­sur­ing 6.3 inches long and a hair over an inch wide, this gun is ex­tremely por­ta­ble.

Over­all height is just 4.25 inches, and that helps con­ceal this gun even un­der light cloth­ing. Add to that the nar­rower de­sign of this new sin­gle stack, and you’ve got a Glock that offers all the fea­tures that shoot­ers love (mi­nus the added magazine ca­pac­ity) in a very con­ceal­able pack­age. The sights are very ba­sic—a white out­line rear and white front—but they are func­tional. And if you don’t like them, then you will be happy to know that there are dozens of af­ter­mar­ket op­tions. But over­all, the Glock is a great op­tion.

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