The civilian’s search for the perfect EDC (every day carry) self-defence weapon can be daunting, particularly in South Africa where we are restricted to one Section 13 firearm for self-defence.
Large, powerful, high capacity handguns may be easier to master, and are ideal once in hand, but are seldom comfortable or easily concealable on your person, where an EDC firearm should spend most of its time. There is no ideal EDC handgun – at best it will be a compromise, with magazine capacity being the first sacrifice in making it smaller, slimmer and lighter.
Glock pistols require little introduction to Magnum readers. Innovative design and a reputation for reliability and durability have earned the brand its current place in the world market. In 2014, Glock introduced their first pistol featuring a single-column magazine – the Model 42 in 9mm Short (.380 Auto). Public demand for a more powerful cartridge in a similarly small package saw the Model 43 (G43) in 9mmP launched a year later.
Magnum recently had the opportunity to test the full-power “baby” Glock which comes in the customary plastic case containing a detailed owner’s-manual, cleaning rod, nylon brush and two 6-round magazines. One magazine has a flush-fit base plate; the other has a finger extension to provide a support for your pinkie-finger.
Designed for comfortable, all-day concealed carry, the G43 is compact and weighs only 509 grams. Adding seven 124 grain JHP cartridges (six in the mag and one in the chamber) increases it to a mere 634g. The accompanying table compares it with the G19 for size.
The G43 is a “snag-free” pistol – it has nothing sharp or protruding that might snare on or wear through clothing, car seats, lounge suites, etc or injure the shooter’s hand. Even the stippling on the grips is non-aggressive and will not cause abrasions or discomfort when carried against the skin. A small beavertail tang prevents the slide biting the web of the hand.
The slide release lever is small and set very close to the frame; users with strong hands will have little trouble operating it, but people with less robust digits are advised rather to retract the slide (the rear cocking grooves of which afford a secure grip) to chamber a round. We asked several women to retract the slide and none had any difficulty.
Read the full article in the March 2018 issue of Magnum.