Glock 25 vs 43: Which One Is Better and Why?
Who doesn’t know Glock? It’s a staple for guns industry for sure.
All their guns are known to be highly reliable and durable. They’re also lightweight and ergonomic (they fit in your hands so well).
And you can shoot accurately with a Glock!
Recently, the manufacturer introduced the Glock 43 model into the market, which has made it even more confusing for people looking for the perfect weapon for concealed carry.
The aim of putting up this post is to bring out the differences and similarities between the Glock 25 and Glock 43 — to help you easily decide which gun is more suitable for you.
As usual, we start with a comparison chart for Glock 25 vs 43:
Glock 25 is a semi-automatic, low-recoil, medium-frame pistol that’s chambered in the .380 ACP. Introduced in 1995 in Germany, this gun was primarily designed for the South American civilians who weren’t permitted to carry the military caliber weapons.
One thing that sets it apart from the other recoil-operated guns from Glock is the fact that it’s a blowback operated firearm with double action.
Because the .308 ACP-chambered guns didn’t require any barrel lockup, don’t be surprised to not find one in this pistol.
In addition to the 15-shot magazine, there are additional magazines that you can use with this pistol — ranging from 17 to 19 shot counts. Note that all these are angled for inserting into the base of the gun.
For those who don’t know, there is not much difference between .380 ACP (for Glock 25) and 9mm (found in Glock 43), except that it comes with a longer range plus less stopping power.
Concerning safety, its double-action mechanism also acts as a safe-action, where the safety is on the trigger and not on the inside. In simpler words, the ONLY way you can fire a round using this gun is by pulling the trigger. The internal design will not allow the firing pin to punch forward or any other possible way. As such, you can rest assured that your Glock 25 won’t discharge if you drop it accidentally.
The pistol shares all the other features associated with all the other Glocks. These include a polymer grip that’s extremely lightweight, making it weigh 1.7 pounds when loaded. On the front part of the grip, you’ll find finger grooves. The sides feature rough texture that feels like the sandpaper.
We also can’t fail to talk about the cost of this gun. The MSRP of this gun is around $595. Needless to mention, you can find the gun at a lower price, depending on where you’re buying it. But we advise all our readers to avoid purchasing used guns if they intended to use them for self-defense. Our opinion is that you’re using the weapon to protect your life, so you’d want to ensure it’s in the best possible condition.
Again, Glock 25 was intended for open and concealed carry.
On the other hand, Glock 43 is a subcompact 9mm weapon intended for concealed carry. This weapon is one of Glock’s first single stack weapon ever produced. The manufacturer states that it’s one of the highly anticipated weapons in Glocks history. (It was released in March 2015).
Looking at this new release, you’ll agree that it’s basically a miniature version of the Glock pistols.
To start with, this Glock comes with a 6-round magazine capacity (extended) and a spare magazine that also takes 6 rounds (non-extended). This is one area where it sharply differs from the Glock 25 we’ve just described above. And not just Glock 25, this capacity is below what we’re used to in all the other Glocks.
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Concerning handling, this gun comes with a slim grip that’s short and small, so it’ll fit hands of different sizes, including the small ones. For this reason, you’ll find the gun quite easy to control when firing.
You’ll also easily note the 180-degrees grip angle, and striker-fire trigger that come with this gun. Although the trigger is indicated as 5.5 pounds, we’ve seen many people complaining that it feels even harder to pull.
Just as all the other Glocks run without any problems, Glock 43 will give you a smooth experience. You’ll need to keep adjusting the grip here if you’ve been shooting other makes before. But after firing a few magazines, you’ll surely get used to it.
Talking the cost of this gun, its MSRP is $580. And like we’ve told you earlier, don’t think of buying a second-hand weapon for self-defense just because you want to save some cash. It's always advisable to go for a gun you’re 100% sure of its quality.
Remember that Glock 43 is lightweight, compact, and extremely easy to carry. It is so light to the point that you might even forget you’re carrying a gun. (You may sneak into the Glock 32 vs Glock 43 Comparison for more.)
Final Word — Glock 25 vs 43
That’s all you need to know about the Glock 25 and Glock 43. As you can easily see from the above discussion, both guns are great. Both are highly reliable (as it’s expected of a Glock), accurate, and will be great choices for concealed carry.
They even come with almost the same price. So, there’s no debate of which one is cheaper than the other.
What really should inspire your choice between the two guns are the key differences that we’ve seen between them.
For instance, if you always have issues shooting compact pistols, then the super-compact Glock 43 might not be a good pick for you. But again, the same gun is much easier to conceal, plus its lightweight nature will make it ideal for everyday carry.
The ammo capacity factor should also influence your decision. While the Glock 43 gives you only 6 rounds, Glock 25 will provide you with more (up to 15) rounds. That’s more than double of its counterpart.
So, if you don’t think 6 rounds are enough for you, you might be better off with Glock 25.