This Glock 43 Style Spring Pistol is truly a nice little Piece and has a great deal going for it, especially in this price selection of spring airsoft guns. First, the general look is pleasing, if not entirely accurate concerning the surface texture variations between the slide and molded grip-frame which are typical of the real Glock. There are quite noticeable molding lines on the cause, slide, frame and magazine foundation, but in this price range this is to be expected.
Additionally, the Glock 43 gun is Pictured with an orange coloured muzzle end slide face, but as provided includes a full length black orange and slide barrel extending approx 1/4 into 5/32 inches past the slide, which I find more attractive. The picture indicates ‘COMBAT DELTA’ and 9×19 indented to the left slide face, but mine came ‘smooth’.
So how does it feel and shoot. It is no wonder Glock’s are so hot. It just naturally matches, at least in my own hands. The clasp contouring and thumb indentation, even such as the ‘pinkie rest’ on the magazine extension, the rear strap shape and radius, trigger and trigger guard notch are ergonomically appropriate for an intuitive ‘grip’, website picture and target acquisition. What I find remarkable is the way the front page blade visually indexes so correctly inside the ramped Novak style back site blade allowing an extremely precise site picture which reduces the impact of the brief site radius.
The magazine holds 9 BBs, and is fed by manually retracting a spring loaded ‘follower’, thus permitting the insertion of BBs to the ‘ammo nicely’. The follower incorporates a detente notch allowing the user to lock the follower spring at the base position when loading – a wonderful touch – although maybe not really necessary. Just remember to publish the follower to ensure proper feeding before reinsertion of the loaded mag. Depressing the magazine release once the pistol is perpendicular will instantly drop the mag – there is no binding – yet the mag catch clicks and holds firmly. Being that it is a spring airsoft gun, the slide must be flashed to compress the spring and cock the pistol for each discharge. By the way, I am certain that this is ho hum stuff to most of you, but for those new to Airsoft, it is not terrible info., particularly since this is such a good ‘starter gun.’
Anyway, the spring Feels really firm, possibly because this is such a small pistol, and I found it necessary to grip the slide pretty much and it is length between the four fingers and thumb of my left hand. I suppose one ‘can’ cock this pistol by grasping only the cocking serrations on the back of the slide, but I do not recommend this technique, as doing so requires a grip tight enough to dimensionally compress the slide. After a couple of times though, it will become second nature.