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.