*UPDATE* — Revealed
Wait, so you are going to talk about and critique a new gun even before it is announced?
Yes. Yes, I am.
Come on, we all know what Glock is going to unveil at NRA Convention… unless this is some crazy off the wall WTF, then its going to be a Glock 43 single stack 9mm… So here is the rub…
My thoughts on the new “Glock 43″ are going to be the same as the Glock 42… is it really that big of an advantage over a Glock 26? I figure that the Glock 43 will be roughly the same size/weight as the Glock 42 but probably a little bigger (maybe not) and almost certainly a little bit heavier…
From my past musings on the Glock 42…
Go compare the specs on the two guns. While Glock did significantly reduce the weight of the Glock 42 from the 26, the dimensions are still about the same minus a half inch here or there. Its just not enough to matter.
Yet Glock is still billing the new Glock 42 as a pocket pistol. Its not. Its still too long (0.47″ shorter than Glock 26) and still to tall (0.04″ shorter than the Glock 26) to be considered for true pocket pistol use. Yes, a Glock 26 can be pocket carried, but its hardly a practical EDC method. The same will also ring true with the Glock 42. People are going to have to carry it in a traditional holster.
So what is there to be gained? … Especially if it is an increase in weight over the .380??? Maybe you could save 6 oz in carry weight, but with the right holster does that even matter? Why sacrifice the capacity?
Hopefully they will be smart enough to price this gun at the $400 level to make it that much more appealing… at least that way it will have two pluses going for it.
*FULL DISCLOSURE: Yes, I will probably be buying one once all the Beta testers wring it out.