Should I Get A Glock 42 or a Glock 43?
Choosing a subcompact Glock for concealed carry often comes down to the choice of Glock 42 or the Glock 43 since those are the most compact of the baby Glocks. Each has their benefits and drawbacks, so it's really up to the person doing the shopping to make the choice.
Both are easily among the best Glocks for concealed carry and should be anyone's shortlist for a deep concealment pistol.
Glock 42 Among The Best Compact .380s
The Glock 42 came about to fill the demand for an ultra-compact Glock that's compact enough for the deepest of concealment. The 42 is Glock's smallest pistol, and as a single-stack chambered for .380 Auto, it has slimmer proportions than even the tiniest of the Baby Glock 9mm pistols.
It's less than an inch wide, a hair over 4 inches tall and just under 6 inches long - small enough to hold it entirely in an outstretched hand. Given the polymer frame, it weighs less than 14 ounces unloaded. Loaded with 6 rounds of .380, it still only weighs less than 18 ounces. As a result, it's a small, slim light subcompact pistol that a person can easily conceal all day, every day, and barely notice it's presence...until it has to be used.
These factors make the Glock 42 a fantastic choice of backup gun or deep concealment pistol.
Given how ubiquitous the brand is, finding a Glock 42 holster is not an issue at all, as well as any accessories one might wish to purchase. Lasers and other optics are easily found, as are extended magazines, grip extensions, and so on.
If a person is looking for a subcompact pistol with the pedigree and reliability of a Glock, the Glock 42 is one of the first, best choices available.
Glock 43: King Of The Compact Single Stack Nines
Right now, compact, lightweight striker-fired single-stack 9mm pistols are all the rage and few tick every one of those boxes as well as the Glock 43.
The Glock 26 has been the default Baby Glock for some time, as the slim dimensions and compact form made it a natural for concealed carry. Shooters wanting a fuller grip could easily add a grip extension or extended magazine for additional capacity and better ergonomics.
However, a number of carriers are drifting away from double-stack magazines in favor of deeper concealed carry through slimmer dimensions and it is precisely for those reasons that the Glock 43 was born. It's slimmer and shorter in length than the 26, and about 4 ounces lighter, even when loaded.
Not everyone wants to compromise when it comes to caliber, either. There's no question that the 9mm Parabellum is the most popular round in the world, and certainly among concealed carriers in the US of A. Some people believe that there's no reason to carry the .380 if a compact enough 9mm is available. The Glock 43 subcompact is tailor made for deep, undetectable concealment and as a result, a person can keep a 9mm Glock on them at all times.
As a backup or as a deep concealment pistol, the Glock 43 is one of the best choices of subcompact, single-stack 9mm pistols available.
Glock 42 vs Glock 43: Which Should I Get?
Which should a person get - the Glock 42 or the Glock 43? Both are expertly suited for concealed carry, as they are lightweight, compact, easily concealed and are reliable and accurate enough to be counted on to dispatch a threat if called upon to. Glock pistols have a track record of reliability under fire that's unmatched by almost any other gun maker.
The truth is that the Glock 42 IS more compact than the 43, but not by very much. The 42 is only about a quarter-inch shorter in length than the 43, an eighth of an inch shorter, and barely any narrower. Those margins are not the difference between deep concealment and wildly obvious printing - unless you're pocket carrying in ridiculously tight pants. (Pocket carry should be avoided if at all possible.)
The Glock 43, on the other hand, carries the 9mm round instead of the .380. At close range, good shot placement matters the most, but a 9mm +P round - which the G43 will chamber - is about as good a defensive round as it gets.
If you are looking for a quality glock 43 holster, that is now available in the Alien Gear line-up.
Both are great guns. The best thing to do is to find a range or gun store with an indoor range that allows gun rentals. If you can, try them both out and see which you prefer. The one that shoots best, and is the most comfortable, is the one you should get to use with your glock holster.
About The Author
Born in southeastern Washington State, Sam Hoober graduated in 2011 from Eastern Washington University. He resides in the great Inland Northwest, with his wife and child. His varied interests and hobbies include camping, fishing, hunting, and spending time at the gun range as often as possible.