The Glock 43x is a hybrid between the newly released Glock 48 and the smallest 9mm pistol offered by Glock, the Glock 43.

The baby Glock 43 was awesome until the Sig P365 came out and showed that DOUBLE the 9mm capacity can be obtained in a similar sized pistol.

This appears to be Glock’s attempt ton increase the capacity while not fundamentally changing the concealability of the Glock 43.

I haven’t put my hands on one yet – this article will be updated as soon as I do.


Final Grade:

Glock 43x Background

The Glock 43 was awesome… for a couple of years until Sig came along with the P365.

Many concealed carriers, even those who were normally “glock-shooters” opted for a non-Glock firearm for concealed carry.

This is not because Glocks are bad handguns – in fact, they are arguably the most reliable firearms available!

Instead, it’s because Glocks were fat. Yes, an averaged-sized male could conceal a Glock 19 (the mid-size Glock 9mm and hte most popular model they offer), but it was even easier to carry and conceal something a bit smaller and lighter.

Popular options were the Smith and Wesson shields, Ruger LCPs, and small-frame revolvers.

Glock finally got the message and came out with teeny-tiny Glock pistols… first the GLock 42 in 380 ACP (which drove people crazy but they still bought it for a year) and then (finally) the GLock 43 in 9mm.

I knew enough to wait for the Glock 43 in 9mm and carried it for years. I thought that it was the best possible CCW gun for me – Glock reliability and competent “shootability.”

It took Glock a while to catch-up and this G43x is their attempt.

The “X” in G43X stands for the gun being a cross between the Glock 43 and the new Glock 48. There’s only one other “X” Glock model (so far) and it is a cross between the Glock 19 and the GLock 17.

What is the Glock 43x?

The Glock 43x is effectively a Glock 43 with a slightly wider and taller frame to increase the grip size and capacity from 6 rounds to 10 rounds of 9mm.

Glock 43x Review – Our Take

The Glock 43x is an interesting move.

On one hand, the news has hit the industry with a bit of a thud. A “new” Glock that is bigger than the Glock 43 (and the P365), but still less capcity than the p365.

On the other hand, kuddos to Glock! They are one of the rare manufacturers who are actually listening to their customers.

Let me try to make sense of this…

People (me included) have been begging Glock to come out with a slimmer mid/full-size 9mm pistol for years now. Glock listened and here it is. That’s actually pretty awesome.

So why the collective…meh?

Perhaps it’s unfair. Afterall, this pistol is going to be reliable and accurate. It’s a Glock.

Also, this is a great overall size/combo. We can’t wait to get our hands on one to review for you. Stay tuned!

This is clearly a very competent CCW option. If you’re looking for a new CCW pistol and you’re a fan of Glock… this may be it!

Glock 43x Pros and Cons



Glock reliability


Glock familiarity


Common parts (sights, mag release, etc.)


Front cocking serations


Front cocking serations



Unique magazines


Unique holster


Larger than competition

Glock 43x Dimensions


  1. Overall length: 6.5 inches
  2. Slide length 6.06 inches
  3. Overall Width 1.10 inches
  4. Slide Width 0.87 inches
  5. Height (with mag): 5.04 inches
  6. Line of Sight: 5.24 inches
  7. Trigger reach: 2.64 inches