MAK­ING IT PER­SONAL

Concealed Carry Hand Guns - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - STORY AND PHO­TOS BY MIKE SEAR­SON

Stock or cus­tom, the Glock 43 makes for an ex­cel­lent every­day carry pis­tol.

By Mike Sear­son

STOCK OR CUS­TOM, THE GLOCK 43 MAKES AN EX­CEL­LENT EVERY­DAY CARRY PIS­TOL

When you buy a new pis­tol, should you keep it stock—the way it came from the factory—or does it pay to cus­tom­ize it? I tried the Glock 43 sin­gle-stack 9mm both ways and found that ei­ther way it makes an ex­cel­lent EDC hand­gun.

The Glock 43 de­buted in April 2015 at the Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion’s An­nual Meet­ing (NRAAM) to great fan­fare, and in the past three years it has been one of the hottest sell­ing pis­tols for con­cealed carry in the United States.

I was one of a hand­ful of jour­nal­ists who re­ceived the pis­tol in ad­vance of the NRAAM to pro­vide re­views the day the pis­tol was launched. Three years later, I now have two of them: one that’s nearly stock and an­other that has con­sid­er­able cus­tom touches. They are among my fa­vorite con­cealed carry hand­guns that make it into my reg­u­lar carry ro­ta­tion. But in the begin­ning, I wasn’t sure it was go­ing to work out that way.

AT FIRST LOOK

When I first opened the box con­tain­ing the Glock 43, I was dis­ap­pointed. It felt top heavy, I thought the grip frame was too small, and it was still too big for pocket carry. To make mat­ters worse, a some­what freak­ish three-day rain­storm in North­ern Ne­vada kept me from be­ing able to go out and shoot it, caus­ing me to hate on the poly­mer-framed pocket pis­tol even more than was nec­es­sary.

I was con­vinced that I was go­ing to write an ar­ti­cle telling peo­ple to run from this pis­tol and the folks at Glock had com­pletely lost their minds. Then the rain let up and I made it out to my shoot­ing spot in the desert. I tacked up a tar­get stepped back to the shoot­ing line and emp­tied the sixround mag­a­zine, form­ing one ragged hole on my tar­get. The group was about 2.5 inches at 10 feet and all the rounds were touch­ing.

Over the next few days, I pushed the tar­get far­ther and was achiev­ing out­stand­ing groups. There was some­thing spe­cial about this lit­tle pis­tol and, as is the case when I get a per­former like this, I asked Glock if I could buy the pis­tol from them when the re­view was over.

I was told, “No.” The pis­tol had to go back be­cause they were com­pletely sold out. So, some lucky shooter out there has a re­fur­bished writer’s pis­tol that is a to­tal tack driver.

“FOR MY AL­MOST-STOCK GLOCK, ALL I NEEDED WAS A HOL­STER AND A WEAPON-MOUNTED LIGHT.”

PA­TIENCE PRE­VAILS

As soon as I sent the sam­ple gun back, I be­gan my quest for a G43 of my own. For a year this proved to be an ex­tremely elu­sive pis­tol. The lo­cal shops sold out of them as soon as they hit the sales floor and they seemed to be back­o­rdered ev­ery­where. It did not help that the pis­tol was such a hot item that no used ones were be­ing traded in ei­ther. Even­tu­ally I found one and it came to me with a set of Tri­ji­con night sights in­stalled. For my al­most-stock Glock, all I needed was a hol­ster and a weapon-mounted light (WML).

A WML ON A COMPACT CCW PIS­TOL?

Af­ter at­tend­ing a pair of low-light cour­ses with LMS De­fense, I came home with two take­aways from the train­ing: Any se­ri­ous self-de­fense pis­tol needs a WML, and night sights were for the most part use­less out­side of a few hours.

It does not help that the sights on most factory Glock pis­tols are plas­tic place hold­ers for real sights, but

The semi-cus­tom G43 with tex­tured frame, threaded bar­rel, cus­tom slide and Streamlight TLR-6 is func­tional art­work that out-per­forms the au­thor's factory G43.

The ad­di­tion of a Streamlight TLR-6 is a "must-have" on these sub­com­pact Glocks. Min­i­mal bulk is added in ex­change for a light and laser.

Left: The G43 slide by Grey Ghost Pre­ci­sion (Tac­ti­cal Tai­lor) is a lim­ited run of pre­ci­sion-made slides.

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