[SHOT 2016] American Tactical Glock 43 Threaded Match Barrel

The Glock 43 single stack pistol is becoming a very popular option for conceal carry use so it’s no surprise that the aftermarket is releasing new parts for it every year. While browsing the American Tactical booth at the SHOT Show I noticed they had a threaded match grade barrel for the 9mm Glock 43 on display. There are a few other threaded barrels on the market for the Glock 43 out there, like the XCaliber Firearms threaded barrel, but American Tactical claims theirs is the only “match grade” threaded Glock 43 barrel out there.

Their barrel is made out of CNC cut 416R stainless steel, it’s broach cut and finish honed. It’s 3.9 inches in length and has a 1/2×28 thread that includes a billet thread protector. It has a 1:10 right hand twist and it’s compatible with lead bullets unlike factory Glock barrels. They’re made right here in the USA and American Tactical says it’s a drop in fit with no gunsmithing required at all. They’re actually available now and go for around $150 at various retailers and are covered by a limited lifetime warranty from American Tactical. Check out americantactical.us for more info.

I’ve never actually had a chance to shoot the Glock 43 so I’m not sure how accurate they are out of the box and if a match grade barrel will even help much, thoughts?


Ray I.

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  • Theo Braunohler

    Match grade barrel on a subcompact CCW. That’s hilarious, considering most people can’t even shoot 20 MOA on a single action pistol with a 6″ barrel, when the pistol itself is capable of 2 MOA from a vice.

    • Duray

      “Most shooters” don’t invest in suppressors. This isn’t marketed to the average bubba.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        I would argue you are confusing “shooters” who do use their guns with most firearm owners I would consider “collectors”.

        I find year after year I have little in common with collectors.

        • rolls eyes


        • A collector

          Thank god.

  • M@

    My shop got three of them in a couple months back… They are “drop in”… however, once dropped in, the gun won’t go back together…

  • ExMachina1

    The need for a threaded bbl on such a small gun is dubious. However, I like the fact that it lengthens the bbl so I find it an intriguing option.

    • I’m all about longer barrel/slide despite grip size. Would love a Glock 43 with a 4″ barrel.

    • Laxguy59

      With more modular suppressors out there with compact configurations you may see some people wanting smaller threaded guns to match.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    The typical difference between anything “match” and “not match”, is that the match barrel has tighter chamber dimensions.

    One of the various reasons why a Glock is considered such a reliable gun is that the chambers on factory barrels are kinda sloppy. For reliability, that’s a good thing.

    For carry, you want reliability, not “match”. You want that big sloppy chamber.

    I mean, if you just want to shoot suppressed at the range for fun, sure. Go for it. But this is NOT a barrel I would carry with. Ever.

    • Cpt. Obvi

      I guess that’s why it is labeled MATCH and not CARRY.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    I dont care about match grade I just want it threaded.

    • Civilized Man

      That would be like eating sushi without fake buck teeth and rice paddy hat…….most uncivilized

  • Jwedel1231

    This is a ridiculous add on. It’s like putting a 5-25×50 scope on a home defense shotgun.

  • AJ Ryder

    Other than to “look cool,” pretty much unnecessary. The 43 is pretty damn accurate out of the box. I wouldn’t change anything but the bottom of the short mag to include a place for the pinkie finger.