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Why I won’t give up my Shield for the Glock 43

As you’ve probably heard by now, Glock has announced the availability of its long-awaited single stack 9mm pistol – the Glock 43.

 

The new Glock 43

The new Glock 43

 

According to Glock VP Josh Dorsey, “The G43 is the most exciting product release to date because it addresses a variety of issues that many shooters face with pistols in the concealed carry category. It will be the pistol of choice for law enforcement and civilians. The G43 sets a new standard for concealed carry pistols.”

Well, I hate to disagree with Mr. Dorsey, but the Glock 43 sets a new standard for Glock, but not necessarily for the concealed carry pistol category as a whole.  My current CCW is the M&P Shield.

 

 

The author's M&P Shield 9mm

The author’s M&P Shield 9mm

 

I’ve found it to be reliable, accurate, and very carry friendly.  Given that, should I replace my Shield with the new kid on the block?  Many Shield owners will be facing the same decision.

Here are the stats for the new pistol.

 

G43 Technical Specs

G43 Technical Specs

 

SIZE

Out of the box, the 43 will be smaller than the Shield. Triangle Tactical did an approximate size comparison between the 43 and other popular pistols including the Shield.  In the grid below, the Glock 43 is the red pistol.

 

Glock 43 Compared to Other Pistols   Triangle Tactical

 

The Shield isn’t the smallest single-stack 9mm you can find, but here’s the thing.  The Shield holds 7+1 rounds (8+1 with the extended base plate) versus the Glock’s 6+1.  Glock fans are already making excuses for the loss of rounds by saying that Glock will ultimately release extended magazines for the 43.  Well, guess what?  Effectively lengthen the grip of the 43 by adding an extended magazine and the gun gets closer to the Shield in size.  The frame width of the Glock 43 is slightly narrower than the Shield by a scant 2 mm.  The Shield’s barrel is 7 mm shorter and the gun is shorter in overall length by 4 mm.  Overall, I don’t expect the 43 to print much different from the Shield.  Especially if you run it with an extended magazine.  Sorry, not exactly breaking new ground there.

 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

The Glock 43 weighs 3 ounces lighter empty.  That’s significant enough to notice.  However, I hardly notice when I’m wearing the Shield now.  It’s pretty light even when fully loaded.

I expect the 43 trigger to be very Glock-like, which is a compliment.  Many criticize the Shield’s trigger as being “gritty” and too heavy.  Mine has smoothed out over time and I believe it breaks around 7 lbs, which is heavier than the 5.5 lbs Glock trigger but not unreasonable for a carry gun.  In fact, I favored the Shield over alternatives like the Kahr PM9 and the Beretta Nano because of the trigger.  I’m more than fine with it.

Glocks are ultra-reliable but so is the Shield.  I’ve run every type of ammo imaginable through my gun without issue.

Accessories should be widely available for the Glock.  The same can be said for the popular Shield.  A draw in my opinion.  The guns will be a different story.  I suspect limited availability for the 43 in-year.  The new pistol will MSRP at $589 and prices won’t drop much until supply catches up with demand.  The Shield’s street pricing hovers around $350-400 so there will be a pretty significant price gap between the two in the near term.

 

CONCLUSION

I think the Glock 43 will be wildly popular with law enforcement (as an approved back-up and off-duty weapon) and civilians who like Glock and think this is a significant improvement over what they carry now.  Personally, I can’t justify moving away from a pistol that has worked well for me to shave 3 ounces and 1.5 lbs in trigger pull while losing 2 rounds of capacity and paying at least $140 more for the privilege.  Tempting but I’ll pass.

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49 Responses so far.

  1. Alan says:

    Would it not be prudent to wait for a hands-on comparison before passing judgement?

    Your comparative review is based on advertising for the new Glock 43 and experience with only one of the products, which I’ve never seen you do before.

    Real world conditions probably come down to whatever gun you’re carrying and shot placement. Shot placement would be enhanced with familiarity with the feel and characteristics of the particular brand. As would be take-down and maintenance procedures.

    If magazine capacity is the most important criterion then carrying a mini gun of any type would be illogical but in real world statistics most confrontations are settled with very few shots. A small concealed firearm is always a trade-off, generally sacrificing grip, capacity, sight radius and felt recoil.

    Some people also feel that the fastest reload is a second firearm.

    A LEO or CCW individual might be best served by carrying a backup or off duty gun of the same brand as what they use as their service or competition.

    Glock is a proven name in law enforcement, competition and CCW and now they’re trying to fill another niche.

    Shoot it side by side with your Shield and continue your review.

    • Blaine B. says:

      Alan, it wasn’t basing my assessment on advertising. I was going off the specifications released by Glock and based on my knowledge of other Glocks (the selected press that has shot the gun has reported it’s very “Glock-like”). But, you have a valid point. Everyone should shoot the gun to validate claims regarding accuracy, reliability, and in general whether the gun “feels right” to them. This is a new gun and the 42 (.380 version) did have reported FTF issues. The Shield was also recalled at one point. So you have to be cautious with a new design.

      With that said, I guarantee you a large % of the initial 43 orders will be sight unseen. Why? Because availability will likely be an issue and many Glock owners, who have waited a long time for this release, will rush out to get one from their FFL. I’m saying I wouldn’t place that order based on the information released to-date. I will shoot the gun when one becomes available to my local range for rental.

    • Dan says:

      I have the Shield and PM9, but feel that the G43 may fit right between them. I feel that the Shield’s extra capacity and shoot-ability comes at the expense of conceal-ability because of its longer grip. The PM9 is obviously the most concealable of the three, but seems to be almost identical in size to the G43, except for its longer barrel, which I see as a plus.

  2. Sean says:

    Another point of consideration coming from an owner of the other single stack glock, the 36. Even though its a glock, its just not the same as the other glocks. If I have to call customer service to work through an issue the first thing I hear is, well the 36 is a special gun from us.

    • Blaine B. says:

      Sean, the Glock 43 is going to be manufactured initially in Austria so that probably won’t be the case. That might change as they bring production onshore, but at launch the guns will be imported.

  3. Luke says:

    I think you have a valid point. It’s probably not worth switching guns for when you’re already invested in the Shield with holsters, support gear, etc. For someone new to concealed carry though, I think it’ll be wildly popular, and a great choice.

    I was hoping for 7+1, but one less round doesn’t really bother me all that much.

    Thanks for linking, by the way!

    • Blaine B. says:

      You’re welcome Luke. My issue with the round count is where do you draw the line between concealment and capacity? To be honest, I was initially leery to move from a double stack compact to a single stack sub-compact knowing it would be a major step down in round count. In the end, it was the right decision because single stacks are more concealable and comfortable to carry so it was a worthwhile trade-off.

      But, I guess where I personally draw the line is seven rounds (7+1). Less than that and you’re getting into wheel gun territory.

  4. John M Smith says:

    I think your opinion on why NOT to get the new Glock would carry more weight if you have actually used one, fired one, and / or carried one.

    Just one Shield owner to another’s opinion.

    • Blaine B. says:

      You’re 100% right – it would. Right now, I’m making a decision based on the specs and reports from a handful of press who have fired the 43. It’s the same information that many Glock and Shield owners will be using the make the same decision if they order the gun sight unseen. I was just laying out my thought process.

      What would convince me to order if I do shoot the gun? First, the Glock would have to measure up to being like a Glock. That’s table stakes. Then, it would have to be a significantly better shooting weapon than the Shield to justify the price premium and the lower round capacity.

  5. Alan says:

    I guess ‘industry press’ would have been more accurate than ‘advertising’. By the way, my back-up while in and out of uniform for 30 years was a J-frame .38 spl for see less one-handed operation but this little Glock or the Shield would have been contenders if available.

  6. Tony says:

    I love my Glock 19/23, perfect size “big” concealed carry weapons. I primarily own S&W M&P firearms now, including the Shield 9 as my main carry weapon.

    Glock will sell plenty of these no doubt, but will be playing catch up. I doubt I will buy one as the grip looks to be a similar length to the 26 I had and hated. Fine shooting weapon just too small for my already small hands. The shield fit like a glove!

  7. Steve Braswell says:

    Your take is certainly valid – if I already owned a Shield, I would not be excited by the Glock 43 announcement. But as someone shopping for a single stack 9mm for CCW (and a current Glock 21 owner and a soon to be M&P .22 owner) how do the two compare? and if you take initial cost out of the equation and just look at the capacity difference?

    P.S. got the patch – love it! Thanks!

  8. Joe Salerno says:

    “The Shield’s street pricing hovers around $350-400 so there will be a pretty significant price gap between the two in the near term.”

    I’ve already seen pre-orders being accepted for the Glock 43 at $449 by dealers in my area. So much for the significant near-term price gap.

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  10. bill says:

    Your a idiot
    I’ve shot a shield, its ok but doesn’t come close to a glock, I’ll carry my 26 in the fall/winter and pick up a 43 for summer carry…

    • Blaine B. says:

      Bill, I’m glad you’ve found a brand of firearm that works for you. You’re certainly entitled to your opinion. Why are you launching a personal attack after I’ve offered mine? Besides, the M&P Shield has been one of the top selling firearms in the industry for quite some time now. It may not be Glock-like but clearly many don’t consider that to be a bad thing.

  11. CQB60 says:

    I believe over time the G43 will be a success for Glock. As a Glock practitioner myself, the reasons for adopting the platform remains both its reliability and modularity with mags (G17 mag in a G19,etc). That being said, the past advantage was using sibling mags in the smaller pistols. With the G43 single stack, this can’t be done. Glock was late to the market with the single stack pistol and many competitiors such a S&W filled the void with their offerings. I have a 9mm shield that has had some improvements added and is now a superb SS lightweight 9mm summer EDC pistol.
    At this time, I can’t see making the swap to the G43 regardless of the success I’ve enjoyed with the larger Glock stablemates while I have a pistol that already fills the role of the G43. Sorry Gaston, you should’ve focused on bringing the G43 to market in lieu of the G42.

  12. gun papa says:

    In the 1990s I would have told you that it would be a cold day in Hell when I buy a centerfire S&W auto loader. I was not a fan of Glock either.
    Funny how things change. I would have owned a Shield by now if I could find one without the manual safety, locally.
    I warmed up to a Glock 19 while on the job, and it changed my opinion, at least for the 9mm caliber Glocks. Having reloaded and owned .380 for decades, I bought a recent manufacture Glock 42. It is one of the funnest guns I have shot. It makes my desire for the Glock 43 very intense.
    I am holding out for a Glock 43.

  13. RocketSurgeon says:

    Bill,
    If you’re going to go insulting people’s intelligence, it’s best to master at least the basics of our language first so you’re (not your) not ending up looking like an (not a) idiot.

    Thanks for your thoughts, Blaine. Please update when you get to check out the G43.

  14. Ken waldroup says:

    Don’t have a Shield to compare to but my son and i both just purchased a G43. I do have a DB9, LCP, LCR, P3AT, SW380, and G19 that i have all carried concealed. None of those guns will get used much now as i love the G43. Best gun purchase i ever made. Low recoil, extremely accurate, wont jam even with junk ammo, fits my hand and pocket perfect and is like all other glocks to take down for cleaning……2 to 3 seconds. I LOVE MY G43!

    • Blaine B. says:

      Ken, I’m glad the G43 worked out for you. I think the gun should be on anyones short list to try if they are interested in a single stack 9mm. I just don’t think it offers enough advantages over the Shield for M&P owners to consider switching – other than of course shiny new object syndrome. 😉

  15. Ken waldroup says:

    My problem is once i buy a gun, its mine. I wont sell it or trade it. I guess its a person relationship if you can understand that. As far as the shield i hope to own one too someday. Excellent gun i am sure. I have an amployee that carrys one daily. Another an xd45 and my wife an lcr. G43 for me for now but nothing more fun the putting them all in a box and going off to shoot them all day ! Maybe thats why i wont sell any.

  16. DW says:

    i just wish the shield would have ambidextrous safety being a Lefty! this is reason i am switching to the 43 from my shield

  17. notsobigal says:

    I have held Glock 43, a S&W Shield and a Ruger lC9S Pro and compared them all three side by side. Size and weight there’s very little difference between all three of them it’s just a matter of personal preference. The G43 is the same size in height and length as my G26 just thinner and lighter. The difference in width of the two guns in the area that will actually be in your waistband is a .250″. Is that enough to give up four rounds of capacity and plunk down $500? I can’t decide. I Iove my Glocks and I shoot them better than any other hand gun I’ve ever owned so I’m sure I will have a G43 eventually I’m just not in a huge rush.

  18. Gordon says:

    When I go to the range I often end up shooting my Glock 17. It is second nature and I shoot it well. My go to carry pistol is often a Kahr PM9. It is a great pistol but different than the Glock. I’m getting a Glock 43 because a) it is similar in size to the PM9 that I know carries well and b) operates like the gun with which I’m most familiar. People buy and sell guns all the time. Debating which is best pointless. Today there are a number of good choices. Try them out. Pick one you shoot well.

  19. grayson234 says:

    I’m a former career infantry officer. Guns that go bang every time have a special place for me. For that reason, I couldn’t wait to buy this Glock. Not everyone will love it. I do.

  20. Al K says:

    I’ve had a MP40 FS for years, and could put 5 rapid fire rounds into a playing card at 5 yds. However, now that I’m in my 70’s, due to arthritis in my hands, I’m having to down size in caliber. A Glock 42, with neglible recoil, is now my every day pocket carry. Also, I find that the ‘fish scale’ slide serations on the MP’s that I used to love, now cut into my swollen arthritic joints, so besides changing calibers I’ve got to change manufacturers. It looks like my house gun will soon be a Glock 43 or 23, as their slide serations don’t seem to bother my hands like the MP’s. They’re (MPs & Glocks) all good, you just have to be realistic, and adapt to life’s changes.

  21. Joshua B S says:

    I would like to state why I chose the Glock 43 over the Shield. First, lets go over the namesake of both companies. I have never ran into a poorly developed Glock product. With products like the Sigma and even the problems I’ve had with the 686, I have lost all faith in the S&W line. It really is like choosing a Ford Taurus over a Honda Accord for reliability. If you do trust the S&W name in the M&P line, here are some reasons that I chose the Glock. I sit very high on the frame of the firearm when squeezing the trigger. This becomes difficult to maintain when using the Shield. The break system in the Shield trigger safety makes it where I have to roll my finger towards bottom of the trigger well to engage the trigger. If you have seen the Glock 43 pinky extention, you will know that they can easily add another round in the magazine without adding much, if any length to the magazine. I also bought my Glock 43 for around $480, so the initial $600ish range was quite a miscalculation. I appreciate the noble try by S&W to yet again be as Glockish as possible but with the easy parts replacement and availability of everything Glock, I’m sorry, but I will stick with the tried and true Glock brand.

  22. mike hill says:

    I found your personal assessment of the two guns mentioned quite informative, notwithstanding the fact you lacked the physical presence of the Glock. Having both, as I’m sure you probably do by now, I think you’re pretty much on point with your comparisons.

    As always with any comparison, It’s going to be, with each individual, a personal preference. I confess, I think I like both the G43 and the Shield equally well. So for me it will depend on how I’m dressed at a particular time to determine which I will cary. But I can say that I will always opt for the Shield, attire permitting.

  23. Jerry Ray Howell says:

    Thank you for your article. I have a G26 and a Shield. Coworker and friend has s G42 and just purchased the G43. After two range outings I think the G43 is a typical Clock, just works. But I do not see myself getting one for the same reasons posted by you and others: I have the slightly wider G26 and comparable Shield already. But if I didn’t, it would be very tempting.

  24. Johnny Lingo says:

    If you know your way around a firearm, and say the M&P’s trigger is worth more than a pile of something smelly, you’re delusional. Even their ‘fixed’ trigger is garbage. You’re not going to get Ed Brown in a sub $500 poly-frame firearm, but come on. I couldn’t care less about all this Glock vs. S&W vs. SIG vs. whatever. Shoot what you shoot well, what you enjoy shooting and what will go bang every time you pull the trigger, but they blew it with that trigger and we all know it. All guns have pro’s and con’s, but you shouldn’t have to drop a $200 Apex trigger into a brand new gun for it to work like it should have out of the box. I got my 43 for $359 LEO price and it shoots like a glock. With &60 worth of dept. approved smith work the trigger is beautiful…for a $400 gun. A lot of shops that were die hard Glock retailers suddenly turned into M&P lovers overnight. I’m not a dealer, but have a few close friends in the business, and as all things go in the sales world, whatever has the highest margin is the best product according to the retailer. Now it’s all M&P everywhere because they make more money selling them. They were standard issue for the last 2 years or so for us, but now we’re going back to Glock.

    Now, is Glock the absolute best gun in its price range? I don’t know…I wish we had looked harder at the Sig 320, but it came down to dollars and Glock made the best deal. The M&P has a lot of good things going for it, and had the trigger been acceptable we’d still be issuing it. And I would be carrying a Shield and have an M&P in the house. I’m a fan of standardizing my platform and shooting the same gun in each application. Personal preference. I’d love to carry a nice 1911 for personal defense, but I don’t have infinite time and money for range work so I spend most of that time with my duty weapon.

    To me, a gun is a tool. I can only shoot one at a time so I don’t need a ton of them. I know it’s a hobby for a lot of people and that’s great. But until S&W improves that trigger it’s going to have a bad rap. I personally won’t standardize on a weapon platform that is flawed out of the box.

  25. mike hill says:

    I think you made some truly valid points, and I found the article interesting to read. I usually find advantage in learning another’s views on that which I find myself interested.

    So, I would like your views on the Shield (9mm) vs. the Ruger LC9s Pro. It would seem that some of your objections (for lack of a better term) to the G-43, when compared to the Shield, would not be replicated with LC9s Pro.

    For purposes of disclosure, I should say I own all three: Shield (9mm), Glock 43, and Ruger LC9s Pro. Oddly, of the three I like the Glock 43 the least, which is strange because I AM a fan of Glock. But I am finding some difficulty in discovering which of the other two firearms, Shield (9mm) & LC9s Pro, I like the best.

    I will concede that Ruger is rather economical when it comes to providing magazines with the LC9s Pro (it comes with one), and it charges a hefty price for additional mags. But, while the Shield comes with two mags, one of those is useless to me for concealed-carry, so I was forced to purchase two additional mags for it as well, and they are also not cheap.

    Clearly, the LC9s Pro makes for a lighter package, and mine shoots very well, but I still find myself carrying the Shield.

    If you find yourself so inclined, I would be interested in your thoughts on the Shield (9mm) vs. the Ruger LC9s Pro.

    • Blaine B. says:

      Mike, I have no first hand range time with the LC9s Pro but I’ve heard good things. My wife owns a Ruger SR9c that she really likes other than it’s hard for her to manually cycle the slide. The firearm has been extremely reliable – just like the Shield. Based on our experience with that gun, I wouldn’t hesitate buying another Ruger.

  26. mike hill says:

    Thanks for you feedback. I enjoy learning…even occasionally from myself, though others usually have to draw it out of me. Case in point: My 1st comment in this blog showed me to feel one way about the Glock 43, but a month latter I felt somewhat different about that gun, as is evidenced in my 2nd comment. And the more time that passes, the less the G43 interests me.

    On another note, the Rugers LC9s pro I mentioned earlier has had one failure-to-feed in 200-250 rnds, all UMC 115gr FMJ. I don’t suppose that’s too bad. My 9mm Shield has not had a single FTF in roughly 500 rnds (UMC, Sellier & Bellot, Fiocchi, Underwood, with a mix of styles and weights).

    I’ve finally gotten to where you were a while back, but I tend to be slow; I’m not giving up my Shield for a G43…or anything else I’ve seen out there.

    Thanks again…

  27. Matt says:

    Here’s my question with the Shield and I would like to hear some opinions. I’ve owned the Shield since December 2013. My first experience in shooting it was very positive. Felt good in my hand, accurate and little recoil. However, since that time, every time I’ve shot the Shield, multiple FTF each time, absolutely horrible jams that sometimes require tools to fix! It’s been back to SW 3 times. They have replaced the barrel and slide twice. It seems to me that magazines do not fully rest even with the barrel. There is always a little exposure of silver showing between the gun and end of magazine. I have a Glock 43 as well. No issues. Do I have the only “lemon” Shield?

    • Blaine B. says:

      Matt – In my opinion, absolutely yes. I’ve owned my Shield for a couple of years now and haven’t had a single failure with well over a thousand rounds through it. And overall, it’s recognized as a very reliable firearm.

      It’s my CCW and I trust it with my life. Can’t give it a higher endorsement than that.

  28. jpickett1968 says:

    I tested out the Shield at the local range. For the first time EVER, the Shield jammed up TWICE. Granted, it was a range gun, but my assumption is they want their rentals in great shape. Had those incidents been life and death, I can honestly say the experience proved to me the way to go – Glock all the way.

    • Blaine B. says:

      Jeffrey – my range doesn’t maintain their rental guns worth a damn. And the popular selling ones (like the Shield) get tons of use. I wouldn’t take that as an indication of a gun’s reliability one way or another.

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  30. James says:

    Our local range recently had a demo day with ten single stack 9s. All were in very good condition; the family that owns the range also owns Shooter’s Outpost, and they wanted the guns to impress and sell themselves.

    I love my M&P 9mm, and have carried it a couple times, but it’s a full sized piece and does not translate well for concealed carry for me. I was hoping to love the shield just as much… But I found my pattern drifting all over the target.

    I’m not usually a fan of Glock’s ergonomics, their testers must have bigger hands than mine, but the 43 fit me very well and made it on my “might buy” list.

    …as did the Walther PPS (loved the trigger) and the Springfield XDS (the piece I was most accurate with). The last maybe for me was the petite Sig Sauer 938… But it was too small, as there was no room on the grip for my pinky.

    As Sig’s HQ is just on the way home from work, I stopped by last week anyways, as I wanted to see what an extended mag would do. Which was simply make the gun fit perfectly. Now it’s a 7+1, still very petite, and a trigger not unlike a 1911.

    All that to say, when I found a lightly used 938, it came home with me. A little more pricy than the others on my list, but the size and trigger made the price worth it.

    Such an individual decision… Glad to have so many options! My M&P will continue to me my first choice for home protection or the range, but when I’m out, it’s the Sig that will be tucked away discretely.

    • Buchenrad says:

      I agree. I really prefer a SAO or DA/SA gun to a striker gun. I own a shield because at the time of purchase a few years ago I wasnt too familiar with guns and everyone said it was good and it worked well enough for me so I bought it. Now after having seen all my options I think a 938 would be a lot better for me. That was at least until Kimber announced their Micro 9 at SHOT show. The Kimber is prettier and its looking like it will be about $100 cheaper. If it shoots as well it will win me over.

  31. Nick the Enforcer says:

    I have had 9mm Shields [originally bought 4] for family members. Put sights on all and Apex trigger in mine. Shield is a solid gun however I sold 3 of the original lot b/c two of the folks who were going to CC it were older [dare I say elderly] silver-hared folks who had a tough time with the heavy slide manipulation. The third was going to eventually go to my teen son as he gets older, was starting point-shooting skills.
    I shot a club members 42 last year and did not like at all, when the 43 came out I took a look and called in a favor to test shoot one, great gun and my boy as well as the old folks can easily manipulate the slide which is a key consideration. I carry the 43 nearly every day on me; my G23 in my vehicle. I’ll probably keep the Shield b/c it is a good gun, I also still rotate in a S&W 38…We live in an age of endless carry options. It all comes down to personal preference. :)

  32. Bill says:

    I have a G42 and Shield .40, they are both exceptional carry pistols. I am not attempting to compare the two. I like the G42 in the summer months because its an easy pocket pistol, the one downside is the small caliber. The Shield is really nice to carry because the slide is very slim. Both are extremely reliable as I have never had a jam or misfire in either pistol. My wife loves the G42 and has absconded with it for her carry choice. So I will be shopping around for a new small frame for the summer months. Any recommendations?

  33. Buchenrad says:

    As a shield owner I agree with you. I think the G43 is a great gun (My mother has one and she likes it and after shooting it I like it too) but I have no interest in getting one myself. The Glock has nothing that the shield doesnt have. If I owned Glocks I might consider changing for the sake of consistency but I prefer DA/SA or SAO guns. One day when the budget allows a Kimber Micro 9 or Sig 938 will take the shield’s place, but until then the Shield is my gun.

  34. Captain1201 says:

    I have both pistols, the Shield in 40S&W and the Glock 43 (the 9mm Talo version, which has superior sights to the standard Glock 43). However, even comparing the upgraded sights on the Glock 43 to the Shield, I prefer the Shield sight picture.

    The Shield magazines are really difficult to load with cartridges, and you really do feel the need for a magazine loader to help it along. The Glock 43 magazine is totally effortless to load, and no loader is even remotely necessary.

    The Glock 43 is smaller and lighter, about 3 ounces lighter than the Shield (40S&W) fully loaded, similiar to the weight of a deck of cards. So, the Shield has the Glock beat with respect to firepower in a small package, even if you’re considering a comparison between the Shield in 9mm (just slightly heavier) versus the Glock 43.

    With the shield you have to use some serious muscle to push the magazine into battery. With the Glock, it’s totally effortless. But, I do use the the extended magazine insert on the Shield, so maybe that’s contributing to the additional effort needed to push the magazine into battery.

    I like having a thumb safety on any pistol I’m carrying in anything other than a duty holster. To me, there is just too much opportunity for accidental discharge when carrying in various types of off-duty concealed carry holsters in street clothes. I routinely carry the both the Glock and the Shield in their own respective Blackhawk A.R.C holsters, which I really like a lot.

    I do not advocate a thumb safety for duty use, or carrying with an empty chamber while on duty. But, in street clothes, I find the potential for accidental discharge outweighs any quickdraw advantage to not having a thumb safety, or carrying on an empty chamber.

    When carrying in a civilian capacity, I carry the Glock 43 with the chamber empty, and train accordingly. With the Shield, I can carry with the safety on, and carrying with a round in battery is a non-issue. I just wish Glock made a concealed carry 40S&W equivalent to the Shield, and that concealed carry Glocks had the thumb safety.

    Were Glock to make a 40S&W available in the same size as the Glock 43, I would be seriously tempted, because I personally think that the Glock is the superior firearm when comparing the cycling of their respective mechanisms, except that Glocks are lacking a thumb safety option, which is a major detractor for me.

    I’ve been thinking of reluctantly switching over from the Glock 43 to the 9mm Shield, just so I can have the option of a thumb safety, additional capacity, and so I can train with some equivalency between the two calibers. 9mm and 40S&W. But, Glock and S&W both have their own set of varying advantages and detractors, which has me waivering back and forth.

  35. Wayne says:

    I to own the Shield 9mm, bought my son the Glock 43, he loves it, I shot it, and it seems to be a very good weapon for concealed carry, but I prefer my shield, its been dependable and very accurate, and so far no problems with the 0ne thousand rounds plus we’ve put through it. I’ll keep it!

  36. Dennis says:

    When the G43 was released I was working part-time for one of the countries largest firearms retailers and LE weapons suppliers. I couldn’t get my hands on the G43 quick enough to get on our range and give it a try and based on it’s size, buy one. I’ve owned a Shield 9 since they first came out and made it my carry gun for several reasons. After range time with the G43 I couldn’t get myself to purchase one (even at LE pricing) and carry it over the Shield.

    The trigger on my Shield is very good for a sub-compact and feels lighter and smoother to me over the G43, size difference is minimal and I prefer the higher round capacity of the Shield.

    Not knocking the G43 or Glock because I also own Glocks and carry a G23 daily as a duty gun.

  37. Spearhead says:

    If it feels good, it’s reliable and you can shoot it well, buy it. But just know that it is like everything else, A Must Have One , is on it’s way.

  38. Mike says:

    I have both. I shoot my shield better than the glock. More grip on shield but I’m improving with my g43. I picked up my 43 for 330.00 brand new. Luckily I get a first responder discount or I wouldn’t have made purchase. I love the shield but the 43 does carry iwb a bit more comfortably for me in appendix carry. The 43 is no where near the 5.5 lb trigger as advertised. I dropped in a ghost and that helped. Pulls around 5.5 now. I will rotate both guns depending on my carry options but I find myself carrying the 43 iwb. Both great guns but if you own a shield stick with it. Good as it gets out of box but you can’t go wrong with either.

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