Today GLOCK, Inc. announced the release of the new GLOCK single stack slimline 9mm pistol, the GLOCK 43. The G43 is the most highly desired and anticipated pistol release in GLOCKs history. Designed to be the answer to everyday concealed carry needs, the G43 is ultra-concealable, accurate, and comfortable for all shooters, regardless of hand size.
“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,” stated GLOCK, Inc., VP Josh Dorsey. “It will be the pistol of choice for law enforcement and civilians. The G43 sets a new standard for concealed carry pistols.”
A true slimline pistol, the frame width of the G43 is just over one inch and the slide width measures only 0.87 inch. The overall length is 6.26 inches. For those who have smaller hands, the trigger distance is only 2.6 inches, making it ideal for functionality. The single stack magazine holds 6 rounds and is the perfect concealed carry pistol for both duty and civilian use. The G43 is engineered to the same superior standards as all GLOCK pistols and the reliability instills confidence for all lifestyles.
The G43 will debut at the NRA Annual Meeting, April 10-12, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn., at the GLOCK booth (#633). Shipments of the product will begin directly following the convention.
The GLOCK Group is a leading global manufacturer of pistols and accessories. GLOCK’s superior engineering has produced a pistol with only 34 parts and a rugged polymer-frame, providing industry-leading reliability shot after shot. GLOCK is renowned for its pistols which are safe, featuring three safeties; simple, offering a low number of components to provide reliability; and fast, with no encumbering parts to slow the speed to fire. This combination makes GLOCK pistols the first choice among consumers and law enforcement, with approximately 65 percent of agencies within the United States choosing to carry GLOCK. Austrian-engineered, the group has manufacturing facilities in the United States and Austria. Based in Smyrna, Ga., GLOCK, Inc. is an advocate for our nation’s law enforcement and military personnel, as well as all citizens’ Second Amendment right to bear arms. For more information, please visit http://us.glock.com/.
Concealed Carry has been in effect since the mid 90’s in Oklahoma, and Open Carry was adopted in 2012. However, I never really considered going number two while supporting the number two amendment might pose some serious challenges. Colion Noir talks poop and guns in his latest vid, check it out:
Sound off in the comments below if you have some good ideas for concealed carry whilst pooping.
For many firearm owners, carrying their concealed handguns in a well-made holster is a priority. But with so many options available, such as pocket holsters, garment holsters, belt holsters and more, how do you choose the right one for your personal needs? It all comes down to safe, effective concealment that also allows for quick access. Let’s review some of the most important qualities of a good concealed carry holster, such as durability, ease of drawing speed, and retention options.
Comfort is key when it comes to choosing a holster. Oftentimes, concealed carry handguns themselves are blamed for irritation due to wobbling, sagging and shifting around in the holster. However, the holster is often the problem and is an inexpensive solution to the discomfort of carrying a large or heavy handgun.
Your holster should last for years, which means it should be made of a durable material. Don’t expect to pay $5 for a practical carrying solution for your $600 handgun. To ensure you get the highest quality holsters for concealed carry handguns, follow the rule of spending roughly 10-15 percent of the handgun’s cost. A quality manufacturer may even create holsters specific to the handgun you purchased, providing years of comfortable use. Such a holster should be impervious to adverse weather to provide the best protection for your investment.
You should be able to draw a handgun quickly and safely with the proper holster. It should not impede you from gaining a full grip on your concealed handgun, and should provide easy release of any retention devices. Place the holster on your dominant side to allow your dominant hand to easily withdraw the handgun with a straight-line draw that points toward the target. A good holster will never endanger the handgun owner while drawing.
A good retention device is a safety feature that should never be compromised. The holster itself may have a simple strap thumb break or other device that will keep the handgun in place during a hand-to-hand struggle or other physical confrontation. Regardless of type, a retention device is extremely important.
OTHER SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS
Your holster should always cover the trigger guard. If your holster material protrudes into the trigger guard, you will run the risk of setting off the trigger. The holster should also not interfere with the safeties on the handgun.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry lost his right to carry a concealed firearm after being indicted Friday on two felony counts of abuse of power.
While under his indictment, Perry is not allowed to carry a concealed firearm in a public place, and according to federal law 18 USC 922(n), he’s also legally prohibited from buying guns and ammunition, Austin American-Statesman reports.
The letter of the law reads:
“It shall be unlawful for any person to sell of otherwise dispose of any firearm or ammunition to any person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that such person (1) is under indictment for, or has been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.”
However, if Perry is acquitted of his indictment, he will regain his rights.
Perry was indicted for coercion and official oppression after he vetoed millions of dollars in funding for Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg last year. On Tuesday, he turned himself in to the Travis County Justice Center to be fingerprinted and have his mug shot taken, though he was not arrested.
If convicted, Perry faces up to 109 years in prison.
After completing the NSSF First Shots program, many of our participants move right on to getting their concealed carry permit. If this is your goal, there are a few things you need to know before you take on that process and begin to carry a firearm daily.
1. Get The Right Holster!
The right concealed carry holster will inspire confidence. You should be able to go about your daily business, whether your style is sedentary or active, without worry that your gun will move or fall out of your possession.
What do you look for in a goodconcealed carry holster? There are three simple things on which to focus.
First, a good holster will help you access your gun quickly, easily, and safely. It will hold your gun in a consistent position, so that, if you ever have to reach for it under stress, it will be exactly where you expect. A good holster will not move around and won’t require you to “check”the well-being or position of your gun as you move throughout your day.
Second, a good holster protects the trigger. No matter what your method of carry (waistband, ankle, purse, pocket, etc.), your holster needs to prevent stray objects or fingers from engaging the trigger. It is amazing how keys, loose coins, chairs, and other items can interfere with a trigger and potentially cause a negligent discharge.
Finally, a good holster will ensure that your gun remains under your control at all times. It will not allow your gun to work its way out of it. It will not detach itself from your belt or clothing. If you have an active lifestyle, you may even want to consider a retention holster that requires a specific physical manipulation on your part to release the gun from the holster.
If you’re unfamiliar with the wide variety of holsters available the many different ways to carry a gun, you might check out this book
2. Practice with a purpose!
If you need to use your gun for self-defense, it won’t be much like your outings to the range. Most attacks are sudden and unexpected, initiated and resolved in seconds. Your attacker will be moving. You will also (hopefully) be moving. If guns are involved, that means hitting moving targets while moving, all while under enormous stress.
Standing at the range plinking at cans and paper targets is fun and satisfying—by all means, do it! Just don’t think that kind of recreational shooting prepares you for self-defense.
If you want to start honing skills that might help you in a defensive situation, be sure to practice drawing from a holster, evaluating distance to your targets as well as what’s behind them (think a crowded street), shooting quicklyand accurately, and dealing with gun malfunctions. One good exercise many use for this last one is to have a friend load their magazines with different numbers of cartridges, so that they might have to unexpectedly change magazines. Another good exercise is to acquire some snap caps and have your friend insert them in your magazines randomly, so you can learn how to deal with your gun when it goes “click” instead of “bang.”
When you begin to incorporate these types of exercises into your practice routines, you might also create scenarios to track your progress. Try using a paper plate for a target and seeing how fast you can hit it, starting with the draw from the holster and firing five straight shots, then repeating that sequence at various distances. Track your progress and set goals for improvement in both time and accuracy. Of course, there are many professional trainers out there and shooting schools to help take you from your beginning First Shot skills and on to being a capable, accomplished, and confident shooter. They are well worth your time to research as you seek to expand your shooting skills and firearms knowledge base.
3. Defensive Shooting is Not Target Shooting!
Concealed carry for protection of self, family, and loved ones is not a sports contest. You need to change your mindset from perfect one-hole group shooting perfection to that of taking every advantage available to you to survive a deadly encounter. There’s a saying in the self-defense community: “If you’re fighting fair when protecting yourself, your tactics suck!”
If you’re thinking about carrying a gun for self-defense, the first thing to keep in mind is that, in a self-defense situation, evasion (when possible) is often the very best choice to make. No one wants to shoot someone else, so, if you can avoid doing so, you should.
Of course, evasion isn’t always possible. To prepare yourself for situations where you might have to engage with your firearm someone intending to do you harm, you have to start thinking through how such scenarios might occur, from a home invasion, a potential robbery on a quiet city street or in a parking garage, a carjacking—all those things you don’t want to think about. Think about them now, think about how you’d react while carrying a gun. Once you’ve begun to think about these things as you go about your life, start researching the many very good schools and instructors to assist you with this kind of self-defense preparation, and with the mindset and shooting skills needed to survive such an event.
4. Know The Law!
There’s not much that is more tragic than hearing about a law-abiding citizen who used a gun for self-defense, but did not know the laws concerning gun use where they lived and, so, ended up being arrested (and possibly convicted), as a result.
The nuances of self-defense laws are far too complex and varied to address here, but before you delve into researching what the laws are where you live and travel, the one thing I’d like to emphasize here is that you should understand that your concealed carry permit does not in any way, shape, or form give one person permission to harm or kill another. Beyond that, I highly recommend reading some of Massad Ayoob’s work. In my view, he’s the leading self-defense expert in the country when it comes to self defense scenarios and cases. Start with The Gun Digest Book of Concealed Carry and In The Gravest Extreme
5. Get Real Training!
If you’ve completed the NSSF First Shots program, congratulations! You’re on your way to safe and enjoyable shooting sports.
First Shots and concealed carry training classes are great starts, but your need to learn doesn’t stop there. If you have any interest in using a gun for self- or home-defense, you need professional self-defense training.
As a start, check out the hundreds of shooting videos produced by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and our industry partners. You’ll find plenty of great videos with tips and instruction. You can find those here on YouTube
. When you’re ready for hands-on instruction, you can start your search for local professionals by checking outWhereToShoot.org
BODY CONTOURED HANDGUN
A handgun curved to correspond more closely with the contours of a person’s body, achieving a comfortable fit when the handgun is worn for any appreciable amount of time on the person’s body. The handgun housing is inclusive of a top portion, an intermediate portion, and a grip portion, which may be separately connected or integrally formed parts sharing a radius of curvature to form asymmetric left and right sides, particularly a concave side and a convex side. This asymmetry extends beyond the grip portion and includes at least a portion of the trigger guard and a portion of the magazine securing clip. [Click here to read Patent Information]
Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry: When is it appropriate? with Jerry Miculek
Since 2004, concealed carry permit numbers in Kentucky have risen 447 percent as the state has eased restrictions on the application process while expanding gun rights.
The latest report from the state police show that in 2013 there were 59,530 permits issued which is a more than four-fold increase from the number issued a decade ago.
Who is getting these permits?
“Everyone from doctors, people with PhDs, a lot of women,” says state concealed carry instructor Dale Hanlon. “We’re getting probably 60 – 70 percent of our classes are women. We have a lot of people that’s first time handgun owners.”
Besides an expanding demographic, there have been several incremental changes to the Bluegrass State’s carry laws in the past decade. These include easing training requirements for military personnel to obtain a permit, speeding up application process rates from 90 to 15 days if the forms are submitted electronically, and trimming residency requirements.
In 2013, gun rights in Kentucky were greatly expanded for permit holders when legislation opened up county and municipal buildings including parks and libraries to concealed carry while preempting prohibitive local ordinances.
Currently the cost of a permit in the state is $60 and, following a background check and successful completion of an approved firearms safety or training course, is good for five years. Kentucky also offers special concealed carry permits for active and retired law enforcement as well as judicial members, with enhanced rights.
Kentucky is not alone in seeing the numbers of concealed carry permits rise dramatically in recent years.
In Minnesota, the number of permits have tripled since 2009. Two states, Kansas and New Mexicorecently saw their numbers of CCW applicants double. Colorado, facing strict new gun laws, processed twice as many applications in just the first six months of last year when compared to all of 2012.
Permit rates in Kentucky could continue to increase, as those with special interests in concealed carry are becoming more vocal about their rights.
This year, a bill to allow temporary concealed carry for domestic violence victims passed unanimously in the Kentucky Senate and is now under consideration in the House.
Meanwhile, a number of students at the University of Kentucky have been pushing for concealed carry rights to be extended to campuses in the state.
“What is the response time for the police? Three minutes? It takes three seconds to get stabbed,” said Chisum Kirby, 20, a member of UK Campus Carry, suggesting that students are sitting ducks if a deranged lunatic were to attack the campus.
You and I are blessed to live in a time in which there have been incredible advances in ammo technology. It seems every day an ammo manufacturer is releasing a new personal defense round that is superior to everything else on the market.
The thing is, because there are so many different self-defense rounds on the market, a lot of folks aren’t sure what’s right for them. Today, I hope to clear up a bit of that confusion.
Getting your concealed carry permit is only the first in many choices, when it comes to self defense. When it comes to buying ammo for your gun, much depends on what you’re using it for and where you will use it. Let’s say you own a Nano or Px4 Subcompact, and use your gun for concealed carry out on the streets. You likely want a round that has passed the FBI Ballistic Test.
If you’re not familiar with the FBI’s testing protocol, it requires a bullet to penetrate at least 12 inches and no more than 18 inches through ballistic gelatin. But that’s not all. It must penetrate at least 12 inches and no more than 18 after going through glass, plywood, steel, denim, drywall, and other substances.
You’ll want this much power and punch because you might have to shoot through glass, a car door, or even drywall in a building. You need the confidence that your self-defense ammo won’t fail you.
My personal ammo choice for concealed carry is Speer Gold Dot. Gold Dot passes the FBI Test. According to many people I’ve spoken with, it’s used by more law enforcement agencies than any other defense ammo on the market.
Now, I’m not going to bore you with the engineering behind Gold Dot (go to their website for that) but I will say that if you’re not using it yet, at least give it a try. Just remember, any time you are using a new self-defense ammo you need to put dozens of rounds through your gun to make sure your gun feeds it properly.
(Speer Gold Dot on the left and a box of Critical Defense on the right)
But let’s say you’re not into concealed carry and the reason you bought a PX4 full size or 92FS is for home protection purposes only. Well, in that case, you might not want a round such as the Speer Gold Dot that has met FBI standards.
No matter what kind of home you live in, over-penetration is something that every gun owner needs to consider. Over-penetration is especially dangerous if you live in a condo or townhouse. So while it may be beneficial to have a round go through several layers of drywall out on the streets, it’s not a good idea if you live in a condo where you can hear your neighbor snore each night because the walls are so thin.
Just like ammo manufactures have created dozens of rounds for “the streets,” they have also created many rounds for the home. These rounds are specifically made to have less penetration. Some of these rounds include frangible qualities. A frangible round is a bullet that breaks into pieces when it strikes an object. A lot of folks use it to shoot steel (to prevent ricochets) in addition to using it for home defense.
Personally, I don’t like frangible rounds and would never use them. I’ve seen them malfunction in guns too many times, and I don’t feel they have enough stopping power. If someone is in my house trying to kill me, I want to be confident my ammunition will stop the threat.
One of the newer home defense rounds on the market that is getting a lot of praise is Federal Guard Dog ammo. When you first look at Guard Dog it looks as if it’s a regular full metal jacket round. However, it’s tip is filled with polymer so that it won’t plug up in clothing and will still expand to stop a threat. It also won’t penetrate as much when used in a home because of the unique design.
The fact is, it’s often a good idea for gun owners to have multiple defensive ammo options available. For example, if you’re concerned about over-penetration but you also carry on the streets you may want to load Guard Dog while at home and then load Speer Gold Dot when you leave the house.
Of course, there are several other quality ammo manufactures out there, such as Hornady and their Critical Defense round. Whatever you go with, make sure you know what you’re going to be using the round for: in the home, out on the streets or both.