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Old 01-07-2017, 03:19 PM
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I am very seriously considering purchasing this handgun. Does anyone have feedback concerning reliability, likes/dislikes, any other issues, personal feedback if there might be a better choice staying with the same price point, and what a good, out-the-door price I can expect to pay?
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Old 01-07-2017, 08:12 PM
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It is small. Easy to conceal. Not a bad gun all in all. Bought one for my daughter and she really likes it.
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Old 01-07-2017, 10:03 PM
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I have a 42, and ended up buying a Bersa Thunder instead. The 42 just isn't wide enough for my hand. It shoots great and does everything well that Glocks are known for, but it is too small in my hand. The Bersa just fits better. YMMV with the 43.
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Old 01-08-2017, 03:35 AM
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I have a 42, and ended up buying a Bersa Thunder instead. The 42 just isn't wide enough for my hand. It shoots great and does everything well that Glocks are known for, but it is too small in my hand. The Bersa just fits better. YMMV with the 43.
I too was considering a .380 and was handed a 42. My immediate impression was that it did not fit in my hand!!! I could not even consider the other fine points of the gun.
That's why I am going with the 43.
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Old 01-08-2017, 09:05 AM
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The 42 and 43 are almost identical.

I agree=I can shoot the G43 but not as well as my G26 and G27. On the other hand, my wife and two of her friends have CCWs and all prefer the smaller grips and carry G43s. All three have jams in the G26 (or did, until I changed the grips on my Gen 4)
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Old 01-08-2017, 12:58 PM
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A new consideration now is the Glock 19. I don't think I need the ability to put different optics on it so the GEN 4 is just an increase in price. I want the GEN 3 for the light rail.

Any opinions on my new thoughts of purchasing the 19 as opposed to the 43 would be appreciated.
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Old 01-08-2017, 01:03 PM
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If you're looking for something that is more meaty than the 43, but still small enough for better concealability, then the 26 would be a good option. I've never handled or fired one, but it gets good reviews by the youtube folks.
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Old 01-09-2017, 07:20 AM
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I heartily recommend the G26 or G27 as alternatives to the G43 (if you have medium to large male hands!).

Reliability: I have not had a misfire with a Glock; I have a G26 9mm, G27 40 S & W (converted to 357 Sig & 9mm), a G22 40 S & W (also converted to 357 Sig), and a G20 in 10 mm. Except for the G20 (500 rounds) all have over 1000 rounds through them. Wife has TWO G43s with 200 rounds through her nightstand gun and 500+ through her EDC. Except for the limp-wristing problem mentioned before, NO misfires.

Accuracy: All give us under 3" groups at 10 yards (10mm and the wife with her 9mm). My 40 and 9mm give me under 2" and the 357 Sig gives me about 1"). For almost 15 years, I carried a 1951 Colt Commander in 38 Super and switched to Glocks about 2-3 years ago.

Concealibility: My G26 and G27 fit in the same IWB holster. Be sure to get one with a sweat shield if you wear it against the skin. I'm BIG and carry under a t-shirt or golf shirt. Wife purse carries.

Suggested Accessories: My house gun has a laser sight and flash suppressor on a threaded barrel. The barrel was what the LGS had on sale (Lone Wolf). The wife's nightstand was a TALO Edition with a lazer.

Both of our EDC have Hi Viz light sights (I prefer green and she prefers red). My 10mm has a ported barrel (Lone Wolf), All magazines have finger extensions except for the G20 and G22. All have the white outline rear sights (I am a traditionalist). The EDC and nightstand guns have Tac Racks cocking ears. All barrels (Except my G26) are Lone Wolf/Alpha Wolf or (one) Storm Lake. My G26 has a factory barrel.

BTW: The Glock 20 is the issue sidearm of the Sirius Dogsled Patrols of Greenland. This is a (appx) dozen man detachment who patrol in 2 man teams on dogsleds over an area larger than Texas. They are totally self-sufficient for four to six months during the winter. Their rifle of choice is a 1917 Enfield in 30-06. They have almost daily encounters with polar bears and aggressive musk ox.
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Old 01-09-2017, 12:31 PM
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Man, it must be nice! All dem 'spensive Glocks, extra barrels, tactical lights and sights. All da goodies. I'm comin' to your house to play!!!
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Old 01-09-2017, 02:27 PM
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Personally, I don't like any glock for concealed carry.

Too blocky, too sharp, not actually designed as CCW. they just scale down their guns from the full size guns with no thought to de-horning them, slimming them, or making them comfortable in your hand or IWB.

pick up a glock 43, and put it next to a ruger LC9s pro. You will immediately see which one was designed for concealed carry and which one isn't. Hint, it doesn't come from Austria.

Notice all the square edges on the glock??

Notice all the sharp angles on the glock??

notice the larger size of the slide for the same amount of ammo on the glock????

Those things bite and dig you. If you could see the view of both of them from the top, you would also see the ruger's "nose" profiled down to a smaller size with a smooth sweeping transition.
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Some Glock models come with a bullnose design. I think both the 26 and 27 are two examples, along with my 35. Like you, I don't like the "cut from a block of wood" look Glocks have. For a company with so many different models, you'd think they would have designed at least a few of them differently than their standard models. But....they're definitely top notch in reliability.
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Personally, I don't like any glock for concealed carry.

Too blocky, too sharp, not actually designed as CCW. they just scale down their guns from the full size guns with no thought to de-horning them, slimming them, or making them comfortable in your hand or IWB.

pick up a glock 43, and put it next to a ruger LC9s pro. You will immediately see which one was designed for concealed carry and which one isn't. Hint, it doesn't come from Austria.

Notice all the square edges on the glock??

Notice all the sharp angles on the glock??

notice the larger size of the slide for the same amount of ammo on the glock????

Those things bite and dig you. If you could see the view of both of them from the top, you would also see the ruger's "nose" profiled down to a smaller size with a smooth sweeping transition.
I definitely agree that the ruger is much more streamlined and ergonomic. The thing that really steers me towards a Glock is that everyone, and I do mean everyone, tells me they are the most reliable, don't jam, will shoot anything, and don't break. That sounds like good bang for $. But it certainly is not a good looking gun!
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I definitely agree that the ruger is much more streamlined and ergonomic. The thing that really steers me towards a Glock is that everyone, and I do mean everyone, tells me they are the most reliable, don't jam, will shoot anything, and don't break. That sounds like good bang for $. But it certainly is not a good looking gun!
if you can shoot a couple of different ones like the 43 and LC9s Pro, that would be a good thing to do.

I know the ruger I have is utterly reliable and rated for +p ammo. I carry it and my other carry 9mm [walther CCP] with 124 gold dot +p ammo. The ruger is used for deep cover CC IWB without a holster, and the CCP rides in a SHTF Ace-Gen II holster.
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Man, it must be nice! All dem 'spensive Glocks, extra barrels, tactical lights and sights. All da goodies. I'm comin' to your house to play!!!
How much is YOUR life worth?

All the extras are to coax the most out of a good basic platform. Most of the barrels (if you look around for a while) were about $100 (bought so I could use lead bullets). My laser was less than $100 (OK-it's a toy). Extensions to better my grip (I have medium large hands) Many accessories were 20-30 dollars, or less. My G27 and G22 were bought used (each was under $400). I feel they all made a great platform better!

Course, I had to quit smoking!

PS: The laser sight drives our terrier crazy! (I could have bought a laser cat toy but where's the fun in that?)
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How much is YOUR life worth?

All the extras are to coax the most out of a good basic platform. Most of the barrels (if you look around for a while) were about $100 (bought so I could use lead bullets). My laser was less than $100 (OK-it's a toy). Extensions to better my grip (I have medium large hands) Many accessories were 20-30 dollars, or less. My G27 and G22 were bought used (each was under $400). I feel they all made a great platform better!

Course, I had to quit smoking!

PS: The laser sight drives our terrier crazy! (I could have bought a laser cat toy but where's the fun in that?)
gotta love the glockiphiles.

they love to brag up their choice of pistols, then go on about all the things they buy to make it better. Does anyone else see the irony there???

Kinda like the guy that buys the $600 AR-15 and brags about the great deal he got, except he needs a replace the trigger, forearm, sights, stock, etc. LOL.


seems to me that if they bought a better product to begin with they wouldn't have to "upgrade" and improve their "perfect" gun. LOL
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"I feel they all made a great platform better!"

You CAN read English? Or, do you have to stretch that far to be insulting. You carry what you like and I'll carry what I like. The Ruger Forum has several threads on the unreliability of the LCP and Defensive Carry Forum discusses how bad the triggers are. My choice, out of the box, is dependable, accurate and ugly!

BTW: My "love" is the SAA, especially REAL Bisleys, and especially in 41 LC. Followed by OM Ruger Blackhawks and SBHs in calibers that start with a "4".

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"I feel they all made a great platform better!"

You CAN read English? Or, do you have to stretch that far to be insulting. You carry what you like and I'll carry what I like. The Ruger Forum has several threads on the unreliability of the LCP and Defensive Carry Forum discusses how bad the triggers are. My choice, out of the box, is dependable, accurate and ugly!

BTW: My "love" is the SAA, especially REAL Bisleys, and especially in 41 LC. Followed by OM Ruger Blackhawks and SBHs in calibers that start with a "4".
I don't own or carry an LCP.

i call anyone who is in love with the Glock a "glockiphile" even my friends. If the platform is so great, why does it need all these things to make it better????????


Sounds to me like a bunch of people are buying the hype and not looking at things in a honest way.
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Whatever....LC9 (Typo)
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How much is YOUR life worth?

All the extras are to coax the most out of a good basic platform. Most of the barrels (if you look around for a while) were about $100 (bought so I could use lead bullets). My laser was less than $100 (OK-it's a toy). Extensions to better my grip (I have medium large hands) Many accessories were 20-30 dollars, or less. My G27 and G22 were bought used (each was under $400). I feel they all made a great platform better!

Course, I had to quit smoking!

PS: The laser sight drives our terrier crazy! (I could have bought a laser cat toy but where's the fun in that?)
Ha! You traded one kind of smoking for a better kind of smoking. Good deal! I know I was ribbin' you a little bit, but I bought a 9mm barrel for my G35 too! I'm thinking about one of those lights, but I haven't made a final decision on which of my guns will be the main HD piece. I'm hoping to get into IDPA contesting, and I'll use the G35 for that. I've already settled on my main carry piece, a Bersa Thuder 380. I got the SP101 just for range fun. My G42 is gonna be trading material. So, for now, my Sigma SW40 is the HD gun, but I'd like to get something else. At least thats the excuse I give myself for getting another gun (as if I need one ).
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gotta love the glockiphiles.

they love to brag up their choice of pistols, then go on about all the things they buy to make it better. Does anyone else see the irony there???

Kinda like the guy that buys the $600 AR-15 and brags about the great deal he got, except he needs a replace the trigger, forearm, sights, stock, etc. LOL.


seems to me that if they bought a better product to begin with they wouldn't have to "upgrade" and improve their "perfect" gun. LOL
I think it's great that there are so many aftermarket products for Glock owners to customize their guns. I wish it was that way with all the major manufacturers. I'm trying to not become set on any brand. I want my gun collection to be varied with different guns from different manufacturers. What's the point of showing your friends your gun collection if they all look the same, like the Glocks do?
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