43x Upper on a 43 lower possible?

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  1. Peter Claver

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    Hi there,

    I just recently got my first gun, a G43x. Great gun, feels fantastic in my hand. I've seen posts where people claim to put a G43 slide on a G43x/G48 lower and that working well, but is the same also possible in reverse? Let's say I essentially want my G43x to be essentially be a G43 at times (for the heck of it and maybe ease of concealment in warmer weather) without having to spend a few more hundred bucks for a whole new gun. Has anyone tried this and/or had any issues trying this?

    -Thanks
     
  2. Nagoya10

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    I thought a 43X was already a G43 slide on the longer grip frame.
     
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  3. Borg Warner

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    It could be done, but I don't think you'd save much money buying a complete G43 frame and magazine compared to just buying a complete gun, which can be found used at reasonable prices.
     
  4. Cojo

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    The 43X uses a 43 slide.
     
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  5. drumgod

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    I have a g48 and a g43. The uppers/lowers freely interchange in both directions. 48/43x/43/43L. If you find a 43 frame I don't see why you couldn't put your 43X slide on it. My 48 slide fits fine.
     
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  6. Walter Bishop

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    The 43x grip is longer and wider than the 43. Mags don't fit.
     
  7. Nagoya10

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    And that is almost exactly what I said in my post. The slide is virtually the same on a 43 and 43X so someone would need to enlighten me on what is the purpose or advantage of switching one slide to the other.
     
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    Just fyi- you can get complete 43 frames on Gunbroker for about $215 and complete G43s for $500-$600. Like others have said if you get a 43 frame you'll have to get different magazines. You can get 43 magazines for about $25-$30 if you can find them. Not sure about the availability.
     
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    That combo is what is in the holster on my belt right now.
     
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  10. milsurpy

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    You get front cocking serrations on the g43x.
     
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    43 with 48 slide. All are interchangeable.

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    These were easy to find before the great rush of 2020. I bought mine in May.

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    To my untrained eye, the 43x and 43 use the same exact slide , made on the same exact machine , to the same tolerances , and with the same parts.

    I own a 43 and 43X and I have swapped slides back and forth and it works fine.
     
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    I personally would not bother swapping a 43 and 43X slide unless one slide is a plain jain OEM and the other has fancy features that you prefer such as front serrations or is cut for a RDS. I do like the idea of swapping a 48 slide onto a 43 frame for something different.
     
  16. Sherlock913

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    Longer, wider grip frame, different non interchangable mags, but yes, slide dimensions are the exact same and interchangable. Longer sight radius and just fun to tinker.

    Picture is a 43 long from Reddit (not mine)-

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  17. Walter Bishop

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    The reason why people talk about the slides interchanging is that if you own a 43 and a 48 you can also have a 43X by putting the 43 slide on the 48 frame. There is no advantage to swapping the slides on a 43 and a 43X.
     
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    There is an advantage if your 43 has night sights and your 43X does not and you prefer 11 rounds over 7 rounds rounds overnight.
     
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    Perhaps the OP just prefers the rounded nose and front serrations on the 43X.
     
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    If one slide has features that you like while the other does not, then by all means swap them. Use the slide with the features you like on the frame you shoot the most.