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Key point: A specialized handgun that can be easily concealed.
Subcompact guns, like subcompact automobiles, are designed to fulfill a very narrow mission set. Neither are for everybody, and feature significant trade-offs to appeal to a specific type of customer. You won’t find a small pistol shorter than the length of your hand in the arsenals of most world armies, but they are ideal for everyday civilians who need to discreetly carry a firearm on them in public. The new Glock 43 is possibly the best combination of mobility, discretion and firepower on the civilian handgun market.
The Glock 43, also known as the G43, is the latest innovation from Glock. Glock was made famous when novice gunmaker Gaston Glock produced the G17 pistol to fulfill an Austrian Army contract. The double action, polymer gun with a large seventeen-round ammunition capacity quickly won a reputation for reliability, accuracy and ease of maintenance. Its use of polymers quickly made it a media sensation for allegedly being “invisible” to airport security X-ray machines, although the reality was that the pistol profile was still easily visible in an X-ray scanner.
From the single G17, Glock’s product line slowly spread out across calibers and sizes, producing standard-sized, compact and subcompact pistols in nine-millimeter, .40 Smith & Wesson, ten-millimeter Auto, .45 ACP, .45 G.A.P, .380 Auto and .357 Sig. Standard handguns, such as the nine-millimeter G17 and the .40 caliber G22, are generally issued to police departments and armies as sidearms. Compact handguns, such as the G19, are generally slightly shorter in barrel length and ammunition capacity, and make easily storable home-defense weapons.
Subcompact handguns, on the other hand, are built for carrying. The subcompact must balance a bullet powerful enough to stop a threat with the fact that the gun carries fewer of them in order to remain small and unobtrusive. Subcompacts must be small and ideally narrow in order to prevent “printing,” the dreaded phenomenon when the profile of a handgun is visible underneath clothing.
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