The Glock 43 is a “slimline” version of the subcompact Glock 26. The Glock 43 being a single stack 9mm, meaning the bullets are loaded into the magazine straight up and down allowing for a narrower grip. The slim grip means it is ultra-concealable and it being a Glock makes it surprisingly accurate and reliable. The Glock 43 utilizes a 6-round magazine that fits flush into its grip. The front strap is flat unlike the Generation 4 models which sport finger grooves on the grip.
The grip on the Glock 43 being as small as it is will be enticing to the new and up and coming market of shooters, women. Women tend to have smaller hands and, as an instructor, I’ve heard a lot of complaints that the Glock double stack grip circumference is “too big” for my hands.
Glocks are known to have a low slide profile which holds the barrel close to the shooter’s hand. This has not changed on the Glock 43 slide. The Slide profile height on the full size Glocks is .85” while the Glock 43 is .75” but the area to grip the slide (serrations) is .75” on the full size and .5” on the Glock 43. What does this mean? Having a very small area to grip the slide makes it harder to manage. Couple that with the very slick surface of Glock slides, you will have difficulty cycling your slide.
A stronger more confident grip on the slide allows you to manipulate the slide while keeping the gun pointed in a safe direction. People are often seen pointing the firearm in many unsafe directions in order to get a better grip on the slide. In most cases the firearm is turned sideways to achieve this grip.
ArachniGRIP has solved that problem with our Slide Spider designed specifically for the Glock 42 and Glock 43. Our Glock 42 and 43 grips can be installed in a matter of minutes and if properly maintained can last a very long time. They will assist you in cycling your slide more safely. It does this by adding texture to the serrated portion of your Glock slide giving you a better grip.