G43 vs G26 Review
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.