But, with 6 in the magazine and one in the chamber, it’s right in line with most other carry pistols of its class.
The pistol comes with two magazines – one flat base plate version, and one with a finger extension baseplate. Recoil is quite minimal for such a small, light pistol, however, in my case the leverage that the finger extension baseplate offered made all the difference in being able to control the pistol for fast follow-up shots.
Spare Factory magazines are not cheap – $30 for the standard, and $36 for the extended baseplate versions. And as per my normal recommendation of 10 spare magazines for each pistol you own, that constitutes a bit of an investment.
MSRP for the 43 is $580, but are regularly advertised in the $450 range.
Holster manufacturers are still catching up – Comptac, and most others, are providing at least one or two their more popular holsters for the 43. Flashbang is offering their famous bra holster for it, as well.
The pistol is reasonably comfortable to grip; even those that dislike the Glock ergonomics may find this one more agreeable (note the absence of finger grooves molded into the grip.) Shooters with smaller hands should definitely consider it as an option.
Accuracy is often a topic with such firearm reviews as these, and one that I think is given far too much credence, as most modern defensive firearms are far more accurate than 99.8% of the people buying them. “Accuracy testing” makes for good copy and gives people something to argue about on the internet, but for our purposes most pistols produced by reputable manufacturers will get the job done regardless of their ratings by gun publications.
That being said, here are a couple of pictures of my first time out with the 43. (I stress that this is my personal pistol which I purchased. I get nothing for free from Glock.) No sand bags, chronographs, break in shots, or warm-up targets were employed.