Glock 43X Essentials with 10-8 Performance Lab

Here’s something some gun owners might not know: all Glocks are not alike. Not only that, but their differences extend beyond various calibers and compact-versus-full-size. The Glock 43X is one of those different models thanks to its Slimline design and updated components. Hilton Yam of 10-8 Performance Lab discusses what you need to know about the Glock 43X in the video review you’ll find below.

Hilton Yam Glock 43X
Hilton Yam gives viewers the lowdown on the Glock 43X. (Photo credit: 10-8 Performance Lab)

Should You Train with Your Carry Gun?

Short answer: yes. As Yam points out right off in this video, you should be training with your carry gun. Simply picking up the latest plastic fantastic pistol and carrying it around is never a good idea. Any gun you’re considering carrying should meet certain standards:

  • Reliability (more on this later)
  • Accuracy
  • Comfort
  • Durability
  • Factory parts (or factory trigger pull weight if you swap triggers)
  • Concealability

Before you start carrying a gun for self-defense purposes, it’s ideal to put at least 500 rounds through it. Those 500 rounds should cycle. If it fails, you’re back at round one.

Hilton Yam training with Glock 43X
Yes, you should be practicing with your carry gun. (Photo credit: 10-8 Performance Lab)

Ammunition used should be a combination of target rounds and your chosen defensive rounds, because defensive ammo is not the same as a target round. It’s understandable that it won’t always be possible to use that much ammo, but do your best to check its reliability. The last thing you need is a gun that might fail at the most important moment of your life (and remember, you can’t predict or schedule that moment). Remember, your magazine is your first point of failure, so check your mags first and be sure you have more than one.

Check out the video for more from Hilton Yam:

Favorite Glock 43X Feature?

The rear sight was one of the things about the Glock 43X Yam was apparently happy to see:

“So, the first thing I was pretty excited about is the rear sight has some serrations on the front and, of course, the ledge shape so that you can use it for catching on things to perform one-handed manipulations. So, my first victim was, of course, the bench…at the range. …one thing I kind of wanted to highlight is, it is very popular right now because it looks cool on YouTube or Instagram or whatever, is to take the gun and just smash it against something and hope something catches and racks it. However, I started in an era when we had wedge-shaped rear sights which you couldn’t catch on anything, no matter how hard you hit them, and that was by design. …we had to place the edge of the ejection port on the edge of our holster. We had to place it, and then rack it. …if you do the same with a sight or an optic…it’s a little less destructive.”

Glock 43X one handed manipulation - racking the slide with a belt
Yam demonstrates racking the slide using his belt. (Photo credit: 10-8 Performance Lab)

Because, Glock

There’s a reason Glocks are so popular. They are backed with decades of proof they’re reliable, they’re affordably priced, and they flat-out get the job done. The 43X was a great idea by Glock because the Slimline design — not technically a single-stack, but similar — makes it easier to conceal and fits a wider range of hand sizes while maintaining the gun’s reliability, durability, and performance. 

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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