What I’m Carrying Now: A GLOCK 43X With 15+1 Rounds

Courtesy Dan G.

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Dan G. writes . . .

This is my current setup. A GLOCK 43x with the 15-round Shield Arms magazine. I use a StealthGear USA appendix Ventcore hybrid holster.

My current knife is a Spyderco Shaman which I rotate with a Benchmade Bugout.

Having the ability to carry 15+1 rounds in the 43x was a game-changer for me. I began using the Shield Arms magazines before the COVID-19 situation. If I only had 10+1, I would likely be carrying my GLOCK 19.


  1. avatar Steve T Lynch says:

    Perfect gun and Shield Arms made it better

    1. avatar Imperfection says:

      What makes it perfect? Same Glock trigger, it works and that’s about it. It’s certainly not a “perfect” trigger. Not the best sights either. Finally, the size if the grip is usually the issue for a lot of people when it comes to concealing a gun. I don’t care what the experts at Glock are saying with their revolutionary (sarc) slide/grip length, most folks are going to struggle to conceal that gun in summer clothes.

      1. avatar enuf says:

        A Glock is a fashion statement. Does not matter how many excellent firearms from numerous manufacturers are out there. People have bought into Gaston Glock’s publicity machine and are now addicted.

        1. avatar whom'st says:

          That’s exactly why so many professionals use them. Like every single US sf and so unit.

        2. avatar Ron says:

          Whoa there, enuf. I’m definitely not a glock fan, in fact I’m an open 1911 fan boy, but a glock is by no means a fashion statement. If it is someone needs to call the fashion police and have it redesigned into a 1911 or revolver 😉

      2. avatar guest says:

        If you have trouble concealing a 43x in summer, you’ve got a shitty holster, not a gun problem.

      3. avatar B says:

        I conceal my 43x just fine under just a T-shirt most days. I carry it AIWB with a Vedder holster. Seems to work just fine.

  2. avatar CentralVirginian says:

    Bought the wife one of these along with a Mitch Rosen express belt and 5jr. She shot 2 mags through it, its never been worn 🙁. Although its made quite a few range trips with me.

  3. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

    First. Central, excellent choice in leather. Doesn’t come any better than Mitch Rosen. Mine has served well. Second, to the author. Flashlight.

    1. avatar CentralVirginian says:

      Im a big fan of Rosen’s express line. $75 and the only differences are its unlined and lacks boning. I’d like one of his standard line but I’ve been buying glocks as of recent and can’t see putting a glock in a $200 holster.

      1. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

        Central, I can.

    2. avatar Darkstar says:

      Oh yeah. Been carrying a G23 (.357 Sig) in a Mitch Rosen summer special for years. Flat out best holster out there. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Got the 400 holsters I tried before I discovered the Rosen.

  4. avatar Connie says:

    A common sense loadout unlike the walking Wal-Mart they posted yesterday. Add a small flashlight, and you are in business.

    1. avatar Wal Mart Shill says:

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      1. avatar The Real Walmart Shill says:

        Hey, is there space on the Bugaloo belt for my fleshlight? The fleshlight is huge and very difficult to conceal. So embarrassing when people recognize it. They really should make a pocket version that’s more concealed carry friendly. Or….how about cod piece carry? F all you bastards – thats my idea! Black leather and stainless spikes. Oh yeah!

      2. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

        ‘Army of Darkness’, an under-rated horror classic.

        S-Mart’s top of the line ‘Boom Stick’, made in Grand Rapids Michigan, walnut stock :

  5. avatar Specialist38 says:

    Interesting to see another Slimline Glock.

    I’m pretty happy with 10+1 with 48, but I’m waiting on my SA 15s.

    I may need to get a 43x as well for when I need a shorter pistol.

    Oh …I suggest a small light….or a big one.

  6. avatar strych9 says:

    Simple and effective. Dirty spider needs some attention though.

    1. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

      That’s a blade that gets daily use, not a pocket poser…

      1. avatar strych9 says:

        My blades don’t look like that and they’re daily use. Mine are scuffed and scratched but not dirty.

        But then I take care of the shit I own.

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  8. avatar Unlicensed Bozo says:

    Bought one for the wife, I didn’t like the trigger, so replaced it with the Poly Dat (Overwatch) trigger. The stock trigger is that vertical serrated one, and the new one is flat. Much better for $60!!! I’m not tempted to use it since the color is Robin’s Egg Blue . But the trigger is a big improvement.

    1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

      Installed the DAT on my wife’s Glock. Best $60 spent.

  9. avatar BusyBeef says:

    So . . . if Shield Arms can get rid of all that thick plastic and go with thin metal and get 50% more out of a Glock 43X . . . . . what could they do for a Glock 17?

  10. avatar OldProf49 says:

    I’m not a Glock fan and don’t know a lot about them. How is a G43x different from a G26? I don’t understand why Glock saw fit to make a slimmer pistol, then make it fatter. Can someone offer answers without the typical snarky side comments?

    1. avatar BusyBeef says:

      Glock 26 is a double stack 10-round gun. It has a really short grip and is chunky.

      Glock 43x is a slim “single” stack 10-round gun with a grip about the length of a G19 but the barrel length of a G26, although a thinner slide than the G26.

      I don’t get where you’re talking about making anything fatter – the G43X is a lot slimmer than a G26.

  11. avatar JUST THE COLD HARD FACTS! says:

    Carrying a non glock magazine proves ur a retard who cannot read or understand anything in the last 100+ years. Hope ur family does not find out how stupid u are!

    1. avatar Travis Thams says:

      I’ve torture tested these mags and they are great! Do you use pmags? Oh guess what, the AR-15 was not designed to be used with polymer mags! But it they work great!

  12. avatar Travis Thams says:

    I have always hated Glocks. Until I tried my wife’s 43x. I was very impressed with ergonomics and the trigger. The sights had to go though. Just received the 15rnd mags.

  13. avatar DB Cooper says:

    I only buy Glocks. My favorite carry now is their smallest 10 MM. Need the Force with me..

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