Those who are dedicated firearm enthusiasts often get asked questions by friends and family. I, personally, have received countless calls and texts over the years inquiring about everything from stopping power to the laws of concealed carry.
And, of course, there are many who wonder, “What is the perfect concealed carry piece?”
Like a modern-day El Dorado, those who make the (advisable) decision to begin carrying a firearm almost always begin their effort with a search for the “perfect” gun. You know- the one that is 100% reliable, shoots a .50 S&W, is cheap, light, tiny and has a magazine capacity of 17.
The trick to finding a good carry piece is identifying what situations one might have to use it in and individual preferences.
I switch-up my carry piece based on individual situations. Formal occasions get a shouldered stainless .45. When I need to be sneaky about it, I carry a .38. Most days, however, I carry a Glock.
The usual critique of carrying a Glock, however, is that the double-stacked magazine makes it a bit bulky. Now, Glock has unveiled a new, ultra-slim gun that is sure to get the gun community talking.
Milipol, a military and law enforcement convention in Paris, is the place to check out the cutting edge of firearm technology. This year, Glock unveiled the G43, a 9mm single-stack Glock that is sure to delight concealed carry enthusiasts who enjoy the reliability of Glock, but require a slimmer presence.
The G43 is single-stack and holds six rounds. It’s just over six inches long altogether and slightly more than an inch wide. The height of the gun is about four-and-a-quarter inch tall- just enough to accommodate both small and bigger hands. The trigger distance has been reduced to 2.6 inches which will make it comfortable for those with smaller hands.
The idea is great and, frankly, long overdue. Glock has a terrific reputation for reliability and their “no fuss” approach to gun cleaning is much appreciated by those who go the range frequently.
In recent years, the concealed carry market has boomed. With Kahrs, Sigs and M&P Shields filling the void between fullsize contenders and revolvers, it’s long overdue that Glock should enter into this arena.
However, I’ll be interested to try one and see for myself the pros and cons. Previous “concealed” Glock models have left me unimpressed with my fingers dangling off the bottom and the weapon feeling too top-heavy for comfort.
Until then, I’ll stick to my well-balanced piece with a larger caliber and 15+1 capacity.