Glock 43
There’s one more I want to see, because over the years I’ve learned that there are few handguns more reliable than Glocks. Glock isn’t famous because its pieces are frequently seen in movies or referenced in rap songs. It’s known around the world because it’s likely the most reliable handgun ever invented. Quite simply, it goes bang every time. It’s genius it that its design is simple, there are few controls to fumble or figure out, and they are inherently accurate. For these reasons and more, Glock models have become a favorite of law enforcement, sport shooters, and concealed-carry-permit holders. In the past, however, Glock hasn’t offered a true sub-compact. Glock historically utilized double stack (bullets are staggered in two stacks within the magazine to increase its capacity) mags that hold 10 to 16 rounds, but in doing so they were naturally fat. But Glock’s Model 43 is a single-stack 9mm handgun that’s 1.02 inches wide and weighs 17 ounces. It holds only 6 rounds in the magazine, but that’s why it can be hidden by a t-shirt. What I really like is the curve on the 43’s grip. It’s a beavertail design that allows the shooter to hold the gun as high as possible on the frame, a move that mitigates recoil by forcing the gun straight back into the hand rather than up during recoil. It just feels good. ($529; With all these choices, it’s also tough to decide without shooting them. So that’s what I intend to do next.

Introduced by Glock this year, the G43 is a single-stack 9mm that holds six rounds. Its frame width is just over one inch and the slide width measures only 0.87-inch, according to a company press release. Its overall length is 6.26 inches, which is just a bit longer than the Glock 42, a .380 that measures 5.94 inches. The G42 got a lot press in 2014, but the .380 ACP round is lighter than many shooters want in a self-defense handgun.

Glock 43

The Glock 43 just might be the ultimate carry gun.

The G43 will take Glock into another segment of the concealed-carry market, noted Glock’s vice president Josh Dorsey. “The G43 is the most exciting product release to date because it addresses a variety of issues that many shooters face with pistols in the concealed carry category,” said Dorsey. “It will be the pistol of choice for law enforcement and civilians.”