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So, What Took So Long? The Glock G43

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So, What Took So Long? The Glock G43

By now most of the free world is aware of the existence of the Glock G43. Another media entity violated Glock’s trust, so now the beans are spilled ahead of schedule. This gun is the follow-on to the G42 in .380 ACP released last year. undefined

There’s been much speculation on what took Glock so long to recognize the small, single-stack, sufficient-stopping-power semi-automatic carry gun as a category to go after. You have to look at Glock and the big picture.

This category has been around since the mid-1990s. It was pioneered by Kahr Arms in 9 mm and by Kel-Tec undefined in .380 ACP, and then 9 mm. American Rifleman had a story by Robert W. Hunicutt just as the category was emerging. It was not a particularly good cover, really it was quite ugly in retrospect, but it did feature that original Kahr and Kel-Tec. And the kind of handguns that Americans wanted, identified in these pages, changed on Glock. The most important factor in concealing a firearm on one’s person is width. Although there are many who are very happy with their short, fat blocky pistols, the guns have large magazines that make them wide. In my view, you trade magazine capacity for concealability with such guns.

Of course, pocket .380s eventually gave way to 9 mm pistols that were not appreciably larger but offered better ballistic performance (and kicked considerably more, too, as the laws of physics cannot be altered). Guns within this category included the Taurus Millennium and, later, matured with the Ruger LC-9.

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