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Instructor Zero and Daniel Shaw got the chance to take a first look and shoot the new Glock 43 single stack 9mm just prior to the 2015 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits.

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He wasn’t wearing his sunglasses.

I walked into the Glock 43 launch event and found myself being greeted by a familiar face. The kind Italian gentleman presented me with kisses to cheeks, a smile and a handshake. I complimented him on his shoes; he complimented me on my beard. After getting the formalities out of the way, we stepped to the door to a training room and were called in.

A representative from Glock moved to front and center and began to explain how the Glock 43 was born and then developed into the firearm that many have been asking for.

 

The Glock 43 is too slim for standard Glock 9mm sights, but it was pleasing to hear that it requires sights with the same specifications as the Glock 42. There is already a large variety of sight choices available for the Glock 43 at launch.

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Glock 43 Data Sheet

The 42 sights fit, but the holsters, at least the form fitted ones, do not. How do I know? I was carrying my ATEI modified Glock 42 at the event and had to try it.

Once the brief was complete, Zero and I were led into the range and took positions in shooting stalls where 3 filled magazines and Glock 43’s were waiting.   I fired one mag (6 rounds) in a slow fire to gauge accuracy and came up with a 1 inch group (25.4mm). I then fired the next mag, still aiming at high center chest, but at a much more rapid rate to check my control of the handgun. With a slightly larger group, I found the gun very controllable for a gun in its class.

Relative to the Glock 17 I shoot most often, I would say the 43 is a bit snappy with substantial muzzle flip that makes it challenging to fire quickly with a high level of accuracy.   Obviously, that is a completely unfair comparison. Fair comparisons would be putting the Glock 43 against the Smith and Wesson M&P Shield or the Springfield Armory XDS 9mm. I have used them both on many occasions and have owned the former and used it in high round count classes.

To me, the trigger on the 43 beats both the XDS and the Shield with its positive reset and standard Glock trigger feel, but with a shorter trigger reach that my big hands liked and my wife’s little hands loved.

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Yes I was filling mags for Zero being a good gun caddy.

The recoil feels very similar to the XDS and Shield. Without having all three guns in the same place I can’t present a completely fair comparison, but at first glance, or in this case shoot, I would have to say that the recoil feels less punishing than the XDS, but there may be slightly more muzzle jump from the 43 than I have experienced with the Shield. That being said, I found it more comfortable to shoot than the Shield and my wife who has carried a shield for a while, found the same.

I realize that this post and my method for comparing the Glock 43 to the XDS and Shield are…less than scientific. Until my 43 arrives for testing, it’s the best I can do to get what i know to you.

 

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Eric Grauffel and Robert Vogel are superstars of the IPSC world and by watching the way they demolish this steel you can see why.  Both competitors possess an incredibly impressive resume of achievements within the firearms world, and although they are not combat shooters, both have mastered the pistol.

Eric Grauffel has astoundingly won 199 President Medals and is a five time World IPSC Champion making him one of the most accomplished shooting competitors.   He has succeeded in achieving an unprecedented winning streak by taking roughly 190 straight victories against the world’s top competitors.  Eric Grauffel is sponsored by Tanfoglio amongst numerous other notable companies.3

Robert Vogel is also not a person to be dismissed or taken lightly as he is an amazing competitor on the world stage. He is the only Law Enforcement Officer to have won both IPSC and USPSA championships and his resume includes a stunning amount of titles and awards.  Mostly accomplished with a Glock in his hands.

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Both shooters began early and since that time have spent countless hours training and putting millions of rounds down range.  By studying the videos and hopefully being able to train with them, we can take a peak at  the awesome skill and technique that these two display.

One element that stands out to me most is the way that each athlete does not hesitate or become thrown off by missing targets.  It’s great going when the ship sails smoothly, but real competitors are determined by how they deal with their errors or un-anctipated events.  On top of maintaining focus throughout the stage, their shot cadence, accuracy and speed are awe inspiring to watch.  Another skill that sets these two apart from the millions of other competitors other than their flawless reloads and smooth draws, is their ability to move efficiently.  This ability much like Bruce Lee’s economy of motion theory, allows both shooters to gain valuable time by not wasting it through excessive movement.  This allows them to make accurate hits on target.  It would be beneficial to also study their precise movements as they transition to different targets and how they move their shooting platform.

IPSC was broken down simply to me by a student of Eric’s.  IPSC, he said, is really two games in one. It’s a moving game, and it’s a shooting game.  The faster you move, the more efficient you move, the more time you give yourself to make accurate shots.  Not only have I found this to be true in competition, it has resonated within my other training as well, specifically the martial training.  There are more or less efficient ways to move your body from point A to point B, as there are with moving your fist from point A to point B.  By moving efficiently we are able to gain valuable time and perhaps distance, which when combined give us more space to react.  A straight line is more direct than a circle, and as such, a straight punch will always be faster than a hook. Assuming one has any preparation time to put the theory to work.  You may drive faster than I walk, but if you leave as I cross the finish line that fact is not going to work to your benefit.

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Eric’s characteristic giant step, like a sprinter out of the hurdles, initiates all of his movements.  Choosing where to change mags can be the difference between a good win and a close loss. 

It is my intention then, to highlight areas where our different skills and training cross-over in order to facilitate the broadening of our individual perspectives.  No single person has all the answers that we seek, so we must learn to accumulate, interpret, and extrapolate information from every source available.

 

_Adam

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 The team at Gallery of Guns.com reviews the generation 4 Glock 23 and discusses it’s practical uses for both open and concealed carry. The quality and factory features of the firearm are also put into perspective like the interchangeable back straps and tenifer matte finish. 

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After riding down a trail on his snowmobile, an unknown man comes across a moose in the trail. After attempting to scare the moose off, it charges and strikes with his front legs. The snowmobiler immediately draws his glock and fires several rounds into the moose dropping it immediately.

I understand that at this point the adrenaline must have been pumping, but one more round to finish the job would have been the proper thing to do in this case.

What do you think the snowmobiler should have done in this case? Do you agree with this decision? Comment below!

Zero demonstrates that with the enough ammo and experience you can accurately provide suppressing fire with a secondary weapon at long range, if you are forced into that situation. This video is not saying that a hand gun should be used as a primary weapon to engage targets at range, but if you are desperate, this video proves that a pistol is not COMPLETELY useless.

Less than 40 rounds were fired to achieve 3 hits on a figure 11 target at 300 meters. The entire shoot was completed in 1 hour and 30 minutes.