Glock 43 9mm Single Stack Revealed?

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Glock has been hinting over the past couple of days that something big is coming this Spring – something which many feel can only be a single-stack subcompact 9mm Parabellum offering. The Glock promotional images thus far released via their Facebook page seem to support this, one showing a short spring of a similar length to that used in the Glock 42:

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And another showing a decidedly compact slide barely visible in shadow:

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Finally, we have images purporting to be of the Glock 43 itself, both a promotional “reveal” image, and a product image:

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Could this be real? If it’s the product of Photoshop, it’s very convincing. Unlike the image below it doesn’t look to me like the numbers were tampered with, and I can find no image on the Internet from which it was obviously modified. EDIT: This image is a confirmed fake. Thanks to commenters N and Willardwisheswell. Image source: Moderno.com

 

 

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This image of the “Glock 43” is a subtle but identifiable fake. Unfortunately for the faker, the original image of a Glock 42 was readily available through a simple Google Images search. Image source: Armoury-online.ru

 

The latter image appears to be a Photoshop of an earlier Glock 42 product image:

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Image source: Cedarpostpawn.com.

Is the long-awaited single-stack 9mm subcompact Glock upon us? Even with rumor (and Photoshopped jpegs) running wild, that does seem to be most likely. Whatever Glock’s new announcement is, we will know for sure on March 20th.



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • Jack Morris

    I wonder if it will be grossly oversized like their micro 380. The market has already filled this niche. Glock; you’re late to the party.

    • They’ll almost certainly sell one to me. :

    • hami

      This is like a car manufacturer releasing a new van and people calling them out for it. Sure, vans already exist but that doesn’t mean no one should ever make one again.

      Micro .380s and 9s aren’t a niche; they are a category of firearms.

      • Jack Morris

        That actually makes a lot of sense. I’m just bitter my hands are too small to properly shoot Glocks. BOOM honesty.

  • billyoblivion

    I’ll take 2.

  • USMC03Vet

    Do people.

    Do people really get excited for Glock announcements?

    • Yes, because every time they think Glock will announce a single stack 9mm.

      • hami

        That gave me a chuckle. So true.

      • 3XLwolfshirt

        If it is a single stack, I’d rather it be a compact than a sub-compact. Something like a P239 or a CW9.

  • Pikey

    My inside sources tell me that they are releasing the most tactical .32 ever!!! AHAHAHAHA Glock I like a lot of your guns but you are way behind!!!

    • Major Fret

      .32 Glock?

      I wouldn’t buy it, but I want it.

      • Tod C

        I want it and I’d buy 3-4. 🙂

  • 48conkli

    Even if they are late, they will sell tons of them just like the 42. This could hurt 42 sales tho. Seems like it could cannibalize on there current lineup.

  • the_duck

    Only people likely to own these are LEOs in my wonderful state of California.

    At least I’m not a Glock guy, but bummer nonetheless.

    • John

      Eh. You’re probably better off with the Glock 19. I can’t imagine a single-stack 9mm from them being all that useful.

      • Cymond

        Keep in mind that Californa restricts magazines to 10 rounds, which reduces the G19’s edge over a single stack pistol.

        • Wetcoaster

          Canada too, although the 4.1″ minimum barrel length might disqualify compacts from import.

          Some of us have very stubby fingers though, so a full-sized single-stack would be amazing.

  • Jon

    I really hope they troll everyone with a pocket pistol in 45gap.

    • Why not .22 TCM? 😉

      • Tod C

        I want it and I’d buy 3-4. 🙂

    • John

      Tsk. Use your imagination. Imagine a Glock in .50 AE.

      • Anonymoose

        You mean the Glock 420?

  • Willardwisheswell

    It definitely looks like a fake. While most are understandably focusing on whether the product image is real, a cursory look at the type setting above it shows a completely different, albeit very similar, font is used for the copy on the right. Sorry to be a debby downer everyone, I would pick up a single stack 9MM Glock in a heartbeat. Source: am a graphic designer.

    • I’m not a graphic designer, so I didn’t notice it until you pointed it out!

      Having said that, Glock’s actual promotional images do seem to be pointing still towards the single stack 9.

      • Willardwisheswell

        Completely agree with you. Just didn’t want to give the amateur who slapped that image together anymore credit.

    • Rene

      The creation of the Glock 43 is true. The Youtube commercial was filmed last Nov, I know this for a fact because I know someone in it.

  • N

    It’s a photoshop created by Enhanced Precision Products. He admits to making it on his instagram page.

    • Thanks! It’s still pretty likely IMO that the new announcement will be a 9mm single stack, though.

      • N

        Oh yeah, I’ll bet it’s coming.

        • MR

          So is Christmas, which one’s going to get here sooner? How many Christmas’s have already passed with people so sure that “this time” Glock’s big announcement will be a single stack nine? Like “Chinese Democracy”, this pistol.

  • Michael Ducharme

    I think they’ll push the release date back to 01 Apr and announce a Glock pistol caliber carbine…..in .380

  • John in KC

    Since a G42 only has 6 in the mag, what will be the capacity of the G43? Who wants a single stack holding possibly only 5 with no accessory mag holding 6 or 7 coming out at the same time? This long after it’s release, one still can’t find a Glock made 7+ mag for the G42.

    • 6.

      If the G42 and G43 magazines are of remotely similar dimensions (and I see no reason why they shouldn’t be), the magazine capacity shouldn’t change. .380 and 9x19mm aren’t that different, with one having a shorter case than the other, and about the same bullet diameter.

  • dan citizen

    At least it’s not another $2,000 1911

    “The NEW Glock 43 is completely different then every other 1911 out there because it has GLOCK tastefully etched into the slide. Also we used 11.5 X 23mm for the chambering description. We lovingly copied every single part from every other 1911 but used extra Glockness to make it MORE the same. Oh, and slide serrations? They’re everywhere, even INSIDE the slide, barrel, magwell, because everybody knows the more serrations you have, the more tactical you are. “

    • Cal S.

      You, sir, win the comment section today!

    • nova3930

      I think a Glock 1911 in 9mm would implode the internet….

    • Curious_G

      Then every 1911 … what happens next?

    • AngelT84

      its tacticool…

  • dan citizen

    I’m still holding out hope for a double stack Glock in 7.62 X 25 Tokarev

    • Cal S.

      And then make that a carbine for the heck of it.

  • jpcmt

    Bummer, just bought a very nice LC9S that took the place of any future single stack 9 I would have liked to buy from Glock.

    • Buddy_Bizarre

      I’m thinking about the LC9S Pro myself. I don’t think Glock is going to come out with anything that will compete in that size/weight range.

      • jpcmt

        I wanted the pro too but the regular lc9s safety is easy to ignore and it doesn’t flip to safe very easily. and pulling out the mag disconnect wasn’t too hard..and it improved the movement of the trigger too. hard to find the pro.

  • Badger

    The frame of the gun in the picture is a G42 frame. Check the number of rows and columns of checkering on the side of the grip and other dimensional reference points. The 9mm round is too long to ever fit the G42 frame. Period.
    This is a very skilful fake.

  • Steve Martinovich

    I’d be more impressed if Glock could produce an attractive handgun rather than a single stack 9mm.

    • MrApple

      I don’t give a damn about attractive. I want functional.

      • Steve Martinovich

        The two aren’t mutually exclusive.

        • MrApple

          True but I like my guns like I like my women; moderately attractive, sturdy, and functional.

          PS. Don’t tell that to my wife.

    • sometrend

      function is the definition of attractive…would you rather have a trophy wife that didn`t cook,clean,or put out…or would settle for an average girl that did all of that well and did a few things you wouldn`t dream of! lol

      • Steve Martinovich

        Again, I don’t know why attractive and functional are mutually exclusive. You can have both. Glock simply chooses not to.

  • Gaston Moses Browning

    OK, now move past the G43 to the Grail Event, a future Glock Model 45, a Glockified 1911 that would align all the forces of the universe and usher in eternal peace and harmony.

    • Paul White

      ABOMINATION!

    • jamezb

      Gee thanks, I just threw up a little bit in the back of my throat..

    • MR

      I want those grips. The whole gun, too, but for now, I’d settle for a pair of those grips.

  • n0truscotsman

    jeez they would be only 10 years late to the game…

    Im still amazed that when they finally did release a single stack, it was in 380 (WTF over?)

    • Lammo

      IIRC my .45 Auto Model 36 is a single stack. Bought it in 2000 (lost it in a tragic boating accident).

      • n0truscotsman

        You recall. Correctly!

        And I stand corrected, “as you were!” 😉 See? im a crappy glock fan.

        • Lammo

          No worries. They just seem to work really well for me. That’s what I love about guns – – there’s something out there for everyone. If the 43 is a single stack 9mm, it’s going to have to be a lot slimmer and a lot lighter to get me to give up on my 36.

          • sometrend

            I`m a Sig and H&K fan,but if glock comes out with a good,light,single stack 9 I`m going to snap 1 up. I`m going to buy a G40 for hunting as soon as I can find 1. that will give me a chance to get used to glocks wierd grip angle. I`m an instinctive DA/SA shooter too so I`m not sure how I`m gonna like the trigger

          • Lammo

            I think I shoot Glocks well because I learned how to shoot with single actions. The trigger being the same every time takes me back to the beginning (yes, I know a Glock isn’t single action – – I shoot my Kimber Custom II just as well, it’s just not practical for me to carry). Never managed to master the DA/SA transition. If this new Glock is 9mm, I may even part with my 3913NL (on second thought, nah).

  • Dan

    Introducing the Glock 43, the first full size double stack 380acp glock ever.

    • sometrend

      I`m sure you know the reason for their other .380 models.

  • Harold

    Now I have to sell my Walther PPS I bought back in 2007 because Glock is so forward thinking.

  • Will

    If the Glock 43 fails to materialize this could be an option…..
    At least it would end the Glock Vs 1911 debate.

    • Core

      I would buy one merely to frustrate people: assuming the chamber is fully supported and it’s not polymer..

  • Tom

    Image is a fake, as mentioned already that type on the final image is totally different, and pretty poorly done.

  • BryanS

    .25 ACP or go home.

  • Tierlieb

    You’ll all be surprised when Glock finally presents their new competition length .380 acp instead.

    • sometrend

      jesus,not even glock would do that…would they?! lol

  • sometrend

    I don`t know,I`ve been a fan of Sig pistols since 89…that`s the date code on my first 226. I think I`m going to try to get used to Glocks grip angle and trigger though,they make alot of really sensible guns for their intended purpose. I`m going to buy a G40 as soon as 1 shows up in 1 of my local stores,that looks like a dandy white tail gun! My last revolver hold out is in the hunting arena. If I am able to master the damn grip angle on the G40 I`m going to have to rearrange my smith revolvers and my H&K and SIg guns to make room for some glocks. I tried a G17 in the early 90`s it didn`t suit me then but, like Scotch..it appears to be an aquired taste! lol

  • MrApple

    I look forward to the announcement, one way or another.

  • Robert

    If it is a 9mm, I’d have to get at least one to keep my G36 company. Maybe get two for a little Glock ménage au trois.

  • Core

    I would walk into my local Glock fanboy’s shop and ask him if he has any flack jackets in case my 1911 explodes in my hand. I would then show him my Glock 1911 and watch his face turn red and head explode.

  • LeeC

    Can’t wait for the G43 to become reality. Then maybe a G44 could be like a G21S (imagine G21 with Slim Slide ). Then, FINALLY… G45! The midsize .45ACP (imagine a G30S with extended 3 finger grip).

  • Alkaline

    Shut up and take my money!

  • Justice06RR

    Glock and its strange numbering system… naming the new single-stack 9mm as Glock43 just sounds weird. It wouldn’t matter though as it would sell like hotcakes.