Glock 43: An Interview with Glock

I had a chance to interview Glock’s PR and Communications Manager, Kie Wagner, at the NRA Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee where Glock released the new Glock 43. Here’s a transcript of our recorded audio interview, only for readers here, on The Firearm Blog. Scroll to the end if you’d like to listen to the audio:

Chris: Welcome, everyone. This is Chris Cheng reporting for The Firearm Blog. I’m here in Nashville, TN for the 2015 NRA Annual Meeting, and one of the great products that is coming out at the Annual Mleeting is the Glock 43. If you haven’t heard of the Glock 43 it is Glock’s single stack, subcompact, 9mm pistol. Super exciting. I’m here with Glock’s PR and Communications Manager, Kie Wagner. Welcome to the Firearm Blog!

Kie: Thank you! I’m happy to be here.

Chris: Personally, I’m so excited for the Glock 43. I’m 5’9”, 150 lbs. I have carried the Glock 26 and the Glock 19; great carry guns. But for someone like me (I don’t wear baggy clothes or loose fitting clothing), I bought the Glock 42 last year when it came out. Love the form factor, and so for me it just seemed like okay, Glock is finally going single stack, subcompact, here we go! The 9mm single stack is bound to come out. Tell me, how excited has Glock been in the run-up to this big announcement?

Kie: Well, this is actually our most anticipated and highly desired product that we’ve ever introduced. This is the largest most significant release we’ve ever had. People have been asking us for this pistol for years, and now we’re finally introducing it. This is our busiest NRA ever, which is awesome. You know, we typically launch our products at the SHOT Show. But launching at the NRA really made a whole lot of sense to us because it’s geared towards concealed carry and this is really the ultimate, concealable, every day carry pistol. It’s just over an inch wide and the slide is just over 6 inches. And it’s so slim. Single stack. Six rounds. One in the chamber. This is what everyone’s been asking us for so we’ve been really excited about it. We’re all ready to get ours.

Chris: Fantastic! As any Glock owner knows, one thing that’s really wonderful about the Glock platform is all the firing controls are the same. If you’ve shot a 17, then you can shoot a 19, you can shoot a 43, etc., etc…  And I’m really excited to get behind the 43 and check it out. Tell me a little bit about what comes with the Glock 43 with respect to the magazines.

Kie: Sure. It’s going to come with two magazines. It’s going to have the flat standard and it’s also going to have an extended magazine. That doesn’t add capacity, you’re still just going to have 6 rounds. What it does is it gives you a pinky extender, so if you have larger hands it gives you a little bit more room for control of the pistol. And then when you’re really considering concealment, you can use the flat one and it’s even that much smaller.

Chris: Yeah. That’s a really, really wonderful thing to have both options for the magazines. Because, correct me if I’m wrong, I think this is the first Glock that comes with a magazine with a pinky extender, is that correct?

Kie: I believe the G42 does as well. We have optional magazines with pinky extenders, but this one comes with it, which is the great feature for all of our consumers.

Chris: Great! Yeah, that is the thing I was talking about. So when I got my Glock 42, maybe I didn’t choose the option of getting it with the pinky extension, but I bought some aftermarket pinky extensions for the magazine. I think it’s great that the 43 comes with one of each. You can buy extra pinky extension magazines if you want, correct?

Kie: You can, yes.

Chris: So what’s been the holdup? What’s taken Glock so long to deliver a product that everyone has been asking for? Give us a little bit of the behind-the-scenes. What has taken so long here?

Kie: Sure. That’s a question that we’ve been asked a lot. You know we’ve been working on this project for a long time. There are a couple reasons for that. One, and the most important one, is Mr. Glock, in the pursuit of perfection in our product, is not going to release a product before it’s ready. There is a considerable amount of market research and a considerable amount of engineering that goes into each product that we produce and it won’t be released until it’s ready. And this one is finally ready. So we’re excited about that.

And also, folks want to know why we came out with the .380 first.  A lot of people forget that we’re an international company. Our domestic market is extremely important to us, but in a lot of countries the 9mm is considered a military round and the .380 is much more extensively used. The .380 market research that we did made so much sense to us, but we also wanted to address the domestic market, so now we’ve introduced the 9mm version of the G42.

Chris: Wonderful! Well I, again, am so excited for the Glock 43. It is going to be my new carry gun. The 42, also fantastic. For those who are fans of the .380 Auto cartridge, it’s got its pros and cons. But for me, I prefer a 9mm for concealed carry. But again, it’s a personal choice. My body frame and size, and the kind of clothing that I wear, obviously everyone is different, but the main thing I think, is to always give consumers a choice. And so, from the bottom of my heart, thank you to Glock for giving consumers a choice.  I think the Glock 43 is possibly going to be the Gun of the Year.

Kie:  I agree with you emphatically! You know, we’re halfway through the year already, well nearly, and it’s the only thing that anyone wants to talk about. You know I just received an email from my social media team and they said, “Hey! In association with the NRA, Glock and the G42 have been mentioned more than anything else.” So we’re really proud of that. People have been really excited about this product and we’ll all be carrying it as well.

Chris: Great! Well thank you so much! That was Kie Wagner, the PR and Communications Manager for Glock, and this is Chris Cheng reporting for the Firearm Blog from the NRA Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN, 2015.

Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of “Shoot to Win,” a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon Valley.


  • iksnilol

    I just don’t see the big deal over a G26. I mean, 4 rounds less for a half a centimeter thinner gun? that’s 40% less capacity for a 16.6666667% slimmer gun,

    • Nicks87

      I agree, plus the G26 shares magazines with the other 9mm Glocks. The G43 would work better in an ankle holsters I think. The G26 is just a bit too blocky.

      • Bear The Grizzly

        I think on paper the differences appear minute, but when you compare the two side by side the difference feels a little more clear. I mean if carrying the 26 is no problem for you then definitely do that, but some people might want something a shade lighter and thinner.

      • Conrad Gabbard

        Should a reload becomes necessary for your Glock 26, a G-17 magazine with a +2 extension awaiting insertion should be very comforting.

    • ClintTorres

      Yes! The Emperor’s new clothes. They should have introduced this gun 10 years ago. Now they’re celebrating the fact that they’re late to the game.

      • iksnilol

        It’s not that they did it late, it’s just poor execution. I mean, if they took advantage of the singlestack design to make it as thin as possible they could have made it 2 centimeters thick. That would mean 33% thinner than the G26 which would have made the lower capacity a worthy tradeoff. Also, if it is meant to be concealed they should have made it less blocky.

        • Matt L.

          I can see where you’re coming from, however… as a guy who’s spent time carrying both the 26 and the 43, as well as making holsters for both, there is a big functional difference between the two. You can get away with some things with the 43 that you just can’t with the 26. Even if it doesn’t *seem* that much thinner, I can guarantee it makes a difference. But honestly such tiny guns seem a little silly to me since I CC a full-size M&P every day.

          Also, again it may seem counterintuitive, but that smooth blocky look of Glocks makes them NICE to carry. Nothing to snag/chafe/wear unevenly (quite unlike my M&P).

          Of course, this is all perfectly subjective. What works for me may well be terrible for somebody else.

          • iksnilol

            The blocky nature worried me about snagging and/or printing more easily, ironic isn’t it? But as long as it doesn’t have too many sharp edges it should be good to go, right?

  • SirOliverHumperdink

    I would love for him to see and comment on that hilarious ‘glock engineer’ video with the Mexican guy missing teeth.

    • The man in that video was Spanish.

    • Lord Palmerston

      The video is from a very old Spanish TV show, around 1990, and of course has nothing to do with any Glock engineer. The missing teeth guy is actually saying that he couldn’t eat his paella at the beach because the pan was washed away by a quick high tide.

  • SD3

    G44 = Pistol Caliber Carbine

    • Herp

      Yeah, we all wish.

  • Ted Unlis

    I ordered a Glock 43 through a LE Supply that is one of the largest Glock distributors in the U.S., the price before tax was $358. The pistol arrived last week and I made the trip to the big city to take delivery this past Tuesday.

    Not being the type to buy guns sight unseen, I checked out and handled the new Glock at the LE Supply store before closing the deal. My immediate reaction when I first picked up the Glock 43 was that the pistol was much larger than I expected, about the size of my Glock 26, so I did a hands on side by side comparison of the 43 and 26 that revealed the Glock 43 is only marginally narrower while every other dimension is the same as the Glock 26. I couldn’t even feel much of a difference in weight as I held and compared the two empty pistols. To say the least, I was underwhelmed that the only real difference between the Glock 43 and Glock 26 is that the 43 is marginally narrower and a couple ounces lighter,

    I’m telling you folks, all the hype that the Glock 43 is “just slightly larger” than the 42 is very misleading, I was disappointed to discover that the Glock 43 is a 6+1 pistol “just
    slightly narrower” than a Glock 26, other than that, the two pistols occupy the same space.

    After the hands on assessment of the Glock 43 my take was; I just don’t get it, what’s the point? I have no use for a pocket/backup 6+1 capacity pistol that is jumbo sized when compared to my Kahr CM9 that also has a 6+1 capacity.

    For anyone entertaining the notion of carrying a Glock 43 as primary concealed carry weapon, it just don’t understand why it would make sense to choose the 43 with a 6+1 capacity that is only one sixth of an inch narrower with an empty weight only two ounces lighter than the 26, especially when you consider the 26 affords a 10+1 capacity and will accept standard 15 and 17 round Glock 9mm magazines.

    The LE Supply said I was under no obligation to buy the pistol I ordered if I didn’t like it, so I opted to pass on the purchase of the 43 since it is for all intent and purposes a single stack 26 with a 6+1capacity.

    Did I mention that I just don’t get it, what’s the point?

    • Nicks87

      I felt the same way. If I didn’t already have a G26 I MIGHT have considered getting a 43 but after handling the 43 I just couldn’t see an upside to buying one. Btw I am a glock fanboy and still think the G17 is the best handgun ever made but the 43 was a real disappointment.

  • USMC03Vet

    What is glock going to do now?

  • Conrad Gabbard

    I’ve never understood the concept of a magazine extension that doesn’t offer an extra round. I like the G-42 and G-43, but they hardly compare with my Kimber SOLO for concealability or accuracy. The more choices, the better!!!