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Info From The Glock G43 Live Stream

Today, Glock hosted a live stream event where they revealed details on the recently announced G43 9mm single stack pistol. We took a few notes and screen captures from the event, which can be seen below.


The G43 is not a straight-up GEN 4 pistol. It does incorporate GEN 4 features such as the larger magazine catch and dual recoil spring assembly, however the grip texture is not as aggressive as GEN 4 models, and the grip features no finger grooves. Additionally, the G43 will not feature a backstrap system, but does have an extended beavertail. The G43 also features a 2 pin frame.

G43 G26

When compared to the G26, the G43 is 4oz lighter, and overall a quarter inch smaller.

The G43 reportedly works with most soft holsters that were developed for the G42, however it will not work with hard G42 holsters such as those made from Kydex. This is due to the larger size of the G43.

Extended mag

The G43 comes standard with 2 magazines. One is flushfit with the grip, the other features a grip extension. However, both mags fit 6 rounds. Seen above is the magazine with the grip extension.

serrated trigger

The G43 features a serrated trigger. This is an option that adds points to the weapon for the purpose of importation. The trigger pull is 5.5lbs standard.

Some additional facts brought in by the Q&A session during the stream:

– Night Sights will be available after launch, around May – June.

– The G43 is not California compliant.

– MSRP is $580. In-store prices are expected to be around $450 – $525.

– The slide features the same finish as all current production pistols.

– The G43 will not feature an accessory rail.

dummy rounds

– Glock will be releasing dummy rounds around the same time as the G43. These rounds come in 9mm, .40, and .45 ACP. Edit: These will come in the above packaging, and will include 50 dummy rounds per box.

– The G43 has been tested to handle +P ammo.

Oh, and if you were curious, Glock has no plans as of now to introduce a .40 single stack to the market.

Additional information from the second stream: The G43 will initially be manufactured in Austria and imported to the States along with international distribution. Later on, Glock plans to manufacture the G43 in the USA.

If you’re interested in viewing the stream for yourself, there will be a second stream at 1800 EST today. You can view it here:


27 Responses to “Info From The Glock G43 Live Stream”

  1. No rail? WTF glock.

    • Geoff says:

      What would you even put on a rail if it had one? There wouldn’t be enough space to mount anything if they cut a rail into it.

  2. mike says:

    negligible size difference between the 43 and the 26…

    Cool, guess I can go back to looking at the SIG 224 after all. Thanks for the info!

    • Larry says:

      For IWB I bet the difference is noticeable for sure.

    • DSR says:

      The 224 is definitely bigger than this. Or a G26. If that’s what you’re looking for.

      • mike says:

        Well with the piles of 22X SIGS I already have the 224 has magazine compatibility on its side. I carry a 228 so I can’t imagine the finger’s width difference between a 43 and a 26 is going to matter and if I’m already going doublestack might as well choose one I have the mags to support.

        I mean are you looking at that second picture?

  3. Chucker says:

    I assume the grip length (not girth) is the same as the G42?

    • Tim says:

      Dave Spaulding (who has shot the G43 at Glock) reported the grip length is a bit longer than the G42.

  4. The second stream pretty much repeated a lot of the same info that the first stream revealed.

    One thing that was touched upon in the first stream and was confirmed in the second is the initial G43 pistols will be manufactured in Austria and imported to the States. One of the reasons the G43 has a serrated trigger is this feature adds points which allow for importation.

    Additionally, they showed off the commercial packaging for the Dummy Rounds. If I caught this correctly, it appears that the Dummy Rounds will come in sets of 50 rounds of a single caliber.

    I’ve updated the article with this information.

  5. Dan says:

    Not CA Compliant! Why the hell not?

    • Erik says:


    • SSD says:

      The 42 isn’t either.

    • Riceball says:

      To the best of my knowledge very few, if any new guns that have come out since CA came up with that list nonsense has been CA compliant. I could be mistaken but I’m fairly certain the list of CA compliant pistols has been shrinking instead of growing because no one wants to bother jumping through the hoops and meet the ridiculous requirements for certification neither do many, if any, manufacturers seem interested in re-certififying when a given pistol that is currently certified is about to fall off of the list.

      It goes without saying that CA’s certification BS is nothing more than a backdoor ban since the requirements and the procedures for certification are ludicrous. From what I’ve read even something as small as a change in the finish of a given model of pistol requires it to be (re)certified in order to be sold, this is even if the same exact pistol in another finish has been certified.

      • SSD says:

        True, but there are ways around it. For instance, you can do a transfer from a blood relative in another state.

  6. PTL21 says:

    The second video steam also confirmed that Glock 42 sights will work on Glock 43.

  7. Derek says:

    Nothing to see here folks move along…

  8. LawDog says:

    They missed the boat on this one by 2 rounds and an extra finger groove.

  9. Dennis says:

    I think I will stick with my single stack sig 938.

  10. mike says:

    Any info on if the mag release will be reversible?

  11. Billy says:

    Was initially excited about purchasing a G43, but think I’ll stick with my awesome G26 which is only slightly larger and has a capacity of 16 rounds when I use my G17 clip.

    • James Fugate says:

      You mean an 18rd capacity with the g17 mags, it would be 16 RDS with a g19 mag. Hard to justify buying a single stack for a backup, when I can get a g26 for the same price and have roughly 2x the capacity. Not sure the slight difference in size would make much difference in an ankle holster.