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G43 vs G26 Review

Uncle FesterUncle Fester Senior MemberPosts: 1,348 Senior Member

Today, I decided to take the new Glock 43 out for some range time.  Specifically, I wanted to shoot it head to head against my G26.  With the G26, I also wanted to test out some Magpul magazines I had purchased.

G43:  until you sit down to load it, the six round capacity doesn’t really hit home.  Basically, I am now carrying a J frame revolver in a boxy looking package.  

- Compared to the G26, it is much easier to load mags due to the lower spring tension on the G43 mags.

  • I put 100 rounds through it with zero malfunction. Typical, Glock reliability. 
  • Although the 9mm round is more powerful than a .380, the G43 was much easier to control than my LCP.  Plus, the size penalty vs. the LCP is not significant.  I won’t be packing the LCP if I can possibly carry the G43.
  • The mag with the pinky extension makes it very easy to shoot. 
  • People with big mitts might struggle with the thin profile.

G26: it worked flawlessly with both the factory mags and the Magpul mags (15 rounders).  

  • it was easier to shoot accurately than the G43; however, both guns guns were accurate enough for personal defense.  
  • The Magpul mags worked fine, but they lack a way to visually check how many rounds are left in it (unless it is full).
  • With 2 15 rounds mags, it is my nightstand gun. 

Conclusion:  the G43 is a winner for me for concealment.  Unlike the G26, it is thin enough for pocket carry (in a holster) which is important to someone who wears t shirts and shorts most of his non working hours,

Unrelated Rant:  I have a bunch of Thundercruds left over from when the .22 shortage was going on.  I decided to pop off 100 rounds while I was there.  I had low expectations, but they failed to meet them.  I got at least one malfunction on every mag using my trusty Ruger MkIV.  It almost never has malfunctions using decent ammo.

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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,394 Senior Member
    I liked the G43 - it was a toss up between that and the LC9s that I ended up purchasing a couple of years ago. Nice shooting gun, handles well.

    Loading mags: Of course you have an UpLula mag loader...
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • Uncle FesterUncle Fester Senior Member Posts: 1,348 Senior Member
    zorba said:
    I liked the G43 - it was a toss up between that and the LC9s that I ended up purchasing a couple of years ago. Nice shooting gun, handles well.

    Loading mags: Of course you have an UpLula mag loader...
    I don’t shoot enough centerfire pistol rounds per year to justify the expense.  The simple mag loader that came with the G26 is enough for me.


  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,394 Senior Member
    If it works, that's all that matters!


    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 23,519 Senior Member
    I like them both but actually prefer the G43 for it’s slim, slightly mor diminutive size. 

    At G26 dimensions, I’d rather carry a 19. 

    In fact, once I got my G43, I gave my father my G27 and kept my G23 for that reason. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Uncle FesterUncle Fester Senior Member Posts: 1,348 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    I like them both but actually prefer the G43 for it’s slim, slightly mor diminutive size. 

    At G26 dimensions, I’d rather carry a 19. 

    In fact, once I got my G43, I gave my father my G27 and kept my G23 for that reason. 
    I agree with you on the G19 vs G26. I just don’t think the difference is enough to incur the cost of selling the G26 to buy a G19.  
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 23,519 Senior Member
    No, I agree 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • GunwritrGunwritr Posts: 3 New Member
    I carry a G43 with a +2 baseplate making it an 8+1. It's small, conceals well, reliable but I am thinking of switching to a SIG Sauer P365. A friend bought one and I borrowed it for a day to shoot. I liked the trigger, sights and larger capacity...
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,394 Senior Member
    The P365 is a game changer; Glock and the rest of the industry are trying to catch up! I have yet to shoot one.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 5,254 Senior Member
    There is a P365 in my future.
    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,394 Senior Member
    I would have certainly tried one if they'd been out when I bought my EDC. I tried most G43 sized guns, and it came down to a neck on neck G43/LC9s. PSA had a blow out on the LC9s, so that's what I ended up with (and I prefer a manual safety). Mossberg et al introducing highly acclaimed 7+1 pistols post P365 is a case of closing the barn door after the horse got out.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 5,254 Senior Member
    I’ve been carrying a Kahr PM series for a while and it’s a tiny gun that vanishes AIWB.  The DA trigger does not bother me much.  I also have a 43 that does not go out all the much.  Sits higher on my belt, it’s longer on top and seems to print just a hair when I sit unless I reposition it pointing straight at my man bits.  Kind of annoying.  

    I spent some time shooting a friend’s P365 and had a chance to tuck it in my waist and I’m sold on the gun.  Damn thing pretty much shoots itself.
    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

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