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The LONG awaited, and hotly anticipated GLOCK single stack 9mm, the G43, is finally here!  It’s certainly late to the extremely popular, highly-concealable, “pocket-9” party, but I’m still excited.  I, for one, tend to shoot Glocks pretty well, and I really like their triggers.  I know I’m not alone!

Since introducing the first, semi-automatic GLOCK service pistol in 1981, with its revolutionary polymer receiver, and the then new “Safe Action” system, GLOCK has attained quite a well-deserved following amongst both law enforcement and civilians in the United States.  In fact, GLOCK reports on their site that, “approximately 65%” of all US Law Enforcement agencies carry GLOCKs.

Will it be enough to make people switch from their S&W Shield’s, Beretta Nano‘s, Springfield XD-S‘s, Ruger LC9‘s, Kahr PM9‘s,  Kel-Tec PF9‘s, or whatever other “pocket-9” they’re already carrying?  Yeah, it’s a crowded market, and many of us, absent a GLOCK offering, may have made other choices.  

Will the late time-to-market, relatively high MSPR ($589.00), and early, but since resolved, issues with last year’s introduction of the GLOCK G42 .380 keep the G43 from becoming as hugely popular as it’s predecessors and brethren?

Will it prompt the .380 crowd to upgrade to the more powerful, yet less expensive 9mm?

If you’ve already made a different “pocket-9” choice, and are unhappy with it, for whatever reason, the G43 may be just what you wanted all along.  The G43 is obviously the perfect, no-brainer backup, or off-duty gun for the men and women in uniform whose duty-gun is a GLOCK.  Likewise, it might be just the ticket for those situations where the double-stack G26 “baby GLOCK” is a bit too wide, or too heavy.

Personally, looking at some of the competitive offerings and the G42, I am surprised the G43 is not a bit shorter in overall length, nor a bit more narrow.  That said, we’re talking fractions of an inch, and I’m confident the team at GLOCK certainly knows what they’re doing.  Many, myself included, are willing to accept a slightly larger gun for better overall handling characteristics, and better shoot-ability.

It is, after all, a GLOCK!! I certainly can’t wait to shoot the G43.  If it shoots as well as other GLOCKS I’ve shot, and meets or exceeds my personal conceal carry criteria better than other options I’ve explored, a G43 will likely get added to the stable.

The G43 is slated to be built at GLOCK USA’s Smyrna, Ga. facility.  Look for it to hit the market soon, hopefully with a lower street price than the MSRP.

Click the links for other great coverage from TheFiearmBlog, The TRUTH About GUNS, and Shooting Illustrated.  Scroll down from some pictures, courtesy of TheFirearmBlog.

What do you think?  Will this make you trade-in your current pocket-9, or upgrade from a small caliber concealed carry / pocket pistol?  Post up some comments.

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GLOCK G43 Single Stack 9×19 Picture courtesy of TheFirearmBlog

 

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G43 Dimensions Courtesy of TheFirearmBlog

 

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It was late on a dark, bone-chilling, record setting February night in the Northeast.  The family needed a fire.  After too much time cooped-up in the house, I needed a quick Bushcraft fix.  So out came my trusty BHK (Battle Horse Knives) CanteenShop Woodcrafter, and my BHK Small Workhorse to prep kindling, and practice my feather sticking skills.

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Both the are made from O1 tool steel, which means they take a wicked, shaving sharp edge, exhibit good edge retention, and are fairly easy to resharpen.  You DO have to keep them oiled to prevent rust.  (Neither would be my choice for a dedicated in-shore / off-shore fishing knife, nor for any kind of long-term use in a salt-water environment.)

The BHK CanteenShop Woodcrafter, the bigger of the two, has a 4-inch, 5/32-inch thick (new versions are 1/8″ thick, in-line with current trends), spear-point blade, and features the Bushcrafter’s favorite, classic Scandanavian (Scandi) grind, along with a 90* sharpened spine for throwing sparks from a firesteel, like a ferrocerium (ferro) rod.  Built specifically for Bushcraft use, the BHK CanteenShop Woodcrafter excels at tasks like batoning (splitting) wood for kindling, making feather sticks, making bow drill sets and other carving / woodworking tasks, like making tent stakes.  Though they’ll certainly get the job done, Scandi’s generally aren’t the best food prep knives, or slicers.

The BHK Small Workhorse, the smaller of the two, has a 3 1/8-inch, 1/8-inch thick, drop-point blade, and features the more general-use Saber grind.  A scaled-down version of another BHK favorite, the Small Workhorse is specifically designed as a hunting knife, for field dressing small to medium sized game, like whitetail deer.  However, with it’s more general-purpose Saber ground blade, the Small Workhorse also excels as an EDC, utility, camping / campcraft and food prep knife.  Me thinks it’ll make a great bird-n-trout knife.  As long as you respect the limits imposed by blade length, the Small Workhorse also makes a very good Bushcraft knife.  In fact, most people, especially beginners, have an easier time making feather sticks with a Saber ground blade than they do with a Scandi.  Most of those finer, thinner, smaller, tighter curls you see in the pics below came from the Small Workhorse.  The only thing I’d like to see on the Small Workhorse is a 90* sharpened spine, like that on the Woodcrafter and other BHK Bushcraft knives.  I may just add that myself.

Suffice it to say, both are GREAT, American-Made, heirloom quality knives, and both are an absolute pleasure to use!

I’ll tell ya, carving some curls isn’t a bad way to relax…

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