Glock 43 Review (feat. The Spirit of Gaston Glock)

In this episode of TFBTV, James finally reviews one of his top picks for concealed carry, the single stack 9mm Glock 43. James compares the Glock 43 to not only other popular single stack 9mms like the Kahr PM9, S&W M&P Shield, Kel-Tec PF9, and Ruger LC9, but also discusses the Glock against other subcompacts in the brand like the Glock 26 or Glock 42.

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Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • USMC03Vet

    This is art. Somebody needs to put this in a museum.

    • T Edgar

      Agreed! I just hope the GLOCK faithful have a sense of humor about claims of ‘perfection.’ Highly entertaining and a great review – I have to go replace my wife (still giggling.)

  • John Yossarian

    TFBTV takes it to another level! James’s 5 guns videos have been really entertaining and informative as well. Keep the content coming, and I’ll keep sharing it with everyone I know.

  • Bob

    Heh. That was entertaining, and informative. I doubt I shall get a 43, I don’t even care much for my 17, but still useful info for discussion with Glock owners. My father might be interested.

    Two other thoughts: Are you suggesting a ready to rock and roll pistol in the pocket with only a brush safety? Me no likey. (Of course, I am guilty of shoving a Makarov PM into a jacket pocket, but with safety on and a double action pull if it should somehow come off…) Also, is the frame thick enough to support a rail if someone was crazy enough to want to stick something on a pocket sized pistol? Seems like a logical thing to add in order to appeal to the tacticool crowd.

  • Carl Mumpower

    Yes – very nicely done. Thank you.

  • rs

    I love the 43 as well, but I currently carry the 42. I can get aimed rounds on target a lot faster with the lighter recoil.

  • Daniel

    You and Alex are killin it on these videos. I enjoy the almost daily output now and really look forward to watching them when I get home from work. I’m about to put in a big ammo order and will definitely look at Ventura to help support you guys.

  • Don Ward

    Woohoo!

    There hasn’t been a video this EPIC and this B ITCHIN since Quiet Riot did “Come On Feel the Noise”.

    Well done James.

    And, ummm…

    Oh, yeah. Yay Glock too, I guess… Congrats on making your signature handgun small enough for your standard Glock owner to be able to negligently discharge it in their pockets.

    *Laughs maniacally!*

  • BattleshipGrey

    Good job on the effects, I couldn’t even see the strings 🙂

  • Marcus D.

    Never have been a Glock fanboy, just don’t trust it without a manual safety. So I’ll stick with my Kahr CW9, which is slightly bigger (length and height) than the PM or CM models, (3.5″ barrel, 7+1 capacity, no need for a pinky extension) but is still small enough for pocket carry in most of my pants.

    • DaveP.

      …your Kahr, which has no manual safety.

      • iksnilol

        But it has a DAO trigger. Better than nothing I guess.

        • Marcus D.

          And a very long pull. Unlike the Glock, it would be very difficult to have it accidentally triggered by an untucked shirt, a pen or keys in your pocket, an old holster, a finger, etc etc etc. Which has happened with some frequency with Glocks, but I haven’t heard of any incidents with a Kahr. The safe version of the Glock is called the Springfield XD.

          • Nicks87

            “but I haven’t heard of any incidents with a Kahr.” Of course not, because you own one, right? Or is it because Glocks are so much more common than Kahrs? The average gun owner has never even heard of kahr. Sorry you don’t trust glocks but what you are really saying is that you don’t trust yourself and your lack of ability to apply simple firearms safe handling procedures.

          • Marcus D.

            Bulloney. Accidents happen, even when due care is exercised. And some guns are accidents waiting to happen, some are not. I would rather carry an XD or a 1911 than a Glock any day, as they are simply safer designs, where the risk of accidents are significantly lower. The comment that I haven’t heard of accidents with Kahrs “because I own one” is nonsensical. Reports exist or don’t exist whether I own one or not, I simply commented that I haven’t seen any. You? But it is easy to find reports of accidental shootings or self-inflicted injuries with Glocks resulting from something getting in the trigger guard, or a child shooting himself or others.

  • Joe

    So, years of begging and long after the competition released single stack carry 9’s, Glock releases the G43, and kudos to them.

    So how long will we pester Glock before a carbine is released?

  • MrEllis

    Well done. I think I’ll give one of these a spin. My fav is a XDs .45 but maybe I’ll like this.

  • iksnilol

    James uses a Lenovo Thinkpad!?

    OHMIGAWD!

    EDIT: NEVER STOP WEARING TIGHT SHIRTS! #nohomo

  • Pmdata

    SilencerCo just released a threaded barrel and piston for the G43. Boom.

    (Still don’t see why I should carry a 43 over a 26)

    • iksnilol

      It’s like half a centimeter thinner.

  • Suppressed

    While I assumed this video would be informative, I never thought I would go a TFB video humorous. I was wrong, this was pretty funny. Good work James!