From Police One Magazine, writer Richard Fairburn, who has years of LEO experience. Just passing along his take on the G-43 and an open letter he sent to Glock Inc. Article dated 8 Sept 15. Last year, Glock’s little .380 caliber Model 42 broke the long dry spell from their last — and only other — single-stack design, the model 36, their smallest .45 caliber pistol. The model 42 has been selling like gangbusters ever since its introduction, but that might slow down with the release of the 43. Only slightly bigger than the .380 version, the 43 kicks the power level up to the 9x19 and is designed to take all the hot loads you care to burn through it, +P and +P+. I asked one of their top sales guys why they didn’t just adapt the little .380 pistol to the 9mm cartridge — a couple of other makers have 9mm pistols that size. He told me the other brands were made for civilian concealed carry, pistols to be carried a lot and shot a little. Glock’s new Slimline pistols, on the other hand, were intended for on-duty backup and off-duty police and military concealed carry, thus were a little bigger to stand up to a lifetime of hard use. Good answer. Glocks Simply Work I won’t recite the various Glock features which were cloned so effectively into the model 43 — let’s face it, Glocks are boring pistols. They are not beautiful, like a finely blued S&W revolver with fancy walnut stocks. They don’t have the “breaking glass” trigger pull of a hand-built 1911. They don’t “feel right” in the hand like an old Colt Single-Action-Army revolver. But, even when they are poorly maintained and saturated with the dust and moisture of a rough environment, they run reliably almost forever. Glock fills the lion’s share of American police holsters and those of the Army’s elite Delta operators, who are notorious for selecting the best gear they can get — they’re pretty much exempt from “low bid” purchasing requirements. One of my agency’s full-time SWAT trainers recently showed me his “spare” Model 22 (his primary 22 is a Gen 4, for when he isn’t packing a 1911). The spare was a range loaner and he estimated it had logged in excess of 80,000 rounds, suffering little more damage than a couple of cracked locking block pins, a broken trigger spring and a few recoil spring replacements. The 15-year-old night sights were essentially dead, but it showed amazingly little wear. The little 43 I tested proved totally reliable with every brand and configuration of 9mm ammo I could scrounge, and is certainly more accurate than I can assess. It is easily concealable, yet big enough to hold onto, though I had to curl my pinky finger under the butt when using the flat-plate magazine. The magazine with the finger ledge floor-plate was perfect for my hands, but tends to “print” when used in maximum concealment mode, like with an ankle holster. It is small enough for BUG use by uniformed personnel (ankle or under-the-shirt vest carry). It Simply Fits The highest praise I can give is simple: this is the first Glock I have ever purchased. While I heartily recommend Glock pistols and have carried department-issued ones, they just didn’t fit my hands well enough for me to open my skinflint wallet and buy one. The 43 fits me! Unfortunately, it fits my lady also, and the slide is easier for her to manipulate than her smaller Kahr 9mm pistol. I might need to buy two. Included is his letter to Glock inc: Dear Mr. Glock, I just reviewed your new model 43 Slimline 9x19 pistol and loved it (and bought it). As a 37-year veteran police firearms trainer, I have seen my profession move from 99 percent revolvers to 99.9+ percent semi-auto pistols. Throughout those years one common denominator has troubled me: cops with small hands struggle with duty-sized handguns. The revolvers often came with big, wood target-style grips and we had to either whittle them down or choose the too-small “magna” style grips. As the semi-auto movement took off, most agencies chose the high-capacity 9mm or .40 caliber models with double-stack magazines and wide grip frames. The .45 semi-auto variations’ grip frames were even bigger. The most common single-stack semi-auto, the 1911 series, had to be carried cocked & locked, which gave uninformed administrators a bad case of the nerves. Almost anyone can, with enough practice and determination, handle a Glock 9mm or .40 S&W duty pistol. But, for many “small statured” officers, their performance is marginal and a smaller grip frame would be a Godsend. Please Mr. Glock, bring us a single-stack Slimline version of your models 17 and 22 full-size duty pistols (and the 21, too, for that matter). Then we will see officers with below-average-sized hands improve their marksmanship, gun-handling skills and, most importantly, their confidence. Sincerely, Dick Fairburn I hope he doesn't mind me sharing his article and correspondence with you, who don't get Police One to read.