The folks at Cincinnati-based Faxon Firearms (a family-owned and operated outfit that makes rifle and pistol components, as well as complete firearms) just announced that they’ve released a new line of Glock 43 and Glock 43X barrels. They call it the Match Series. Each Glock 43 barrel is 100 percent machined in-house. The company says these barrels can be dropped into factory slides—no gunsmithing required.
Here’s how the company described the new barrels in their recent press release.
Faxon Firearms, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based manufacturer of quality rifle and pistol components, and complete firearms, is excited to announce the release of their new Match Series Barrels for Glock G43/43X.
Faxon’s Director of Product Management, Jay Wilson, said, “This year we are making a big push to expand both our pistol barrel and pistol part and accessories lines. We released M&P Shield barrels last month, G43 is just releasing, and keep your eye out soon for another single-stack offering. After that, expect some exciting new accessories and different pistol platform barrel offerings. We’ve brought a lot of new machines and equipment online over the past couple of months, which will allow us to really push into these segments.”
Faxon’s Match Series pistol barrels for Glock G43/43X are machined 100% in-house from stress-relieved 416-R stainless steel. These barrels are then given a black Nitride or PVD coating to increase lubricity, barrel life, and resistance to surface wear.
Watch the new Glock 43 barrel in action in this product launch video from the Faxon website.
Match Series Gloc 43/43X Barrel Technical Specifications:
Handgun Type: Glock G43/43X 9mm
Barrel Caliber: 9mm
Barrel Material: Stress Relieved 416-R Stainless Steel
Barrel Twist: 1:10
Muzzle Thread: ½-28 TPI
Crown: 11-degree Target Crown
Rifling Type: Conventional
Finish: Nitride or PVD
Each Match Series Glock 43 Barrel is backed by Faxon’s Lifetime Guarantee.
Read more at Faxon.
By the way, what’s the difference between a Glock 43 and Glock 43X?
We get it, Glock nomenclature seems bizarre. Kat Ainsworth does a thorough job explaining the difference in her article, Glock 43 vs 43X: A Faceoff,
After all, there’s no correlation between the model number and the gun’s size or caliber. Unless you have their patent numbers memorized you’re out of luck understanding the process.
Then there are guns like the 43 and 43X which sound like they must be basically the same model and are not. Why does the 43X simply have an “X” added to its designation?
Just to be clear, they’re not interchangeable, as Kat Ainsworth further explains,
The slide of the G43 is not the same as the G43X and their holsters are not interchangeable (neither are their magazines). The G43 is technically a Gen 4 and the G43X is a Gen 5, so their internal and external parts and features vary quite a bit.
Be sure to read her article to get the full comparison.
You might also want to read Richard Johnson’s review, The Glock 43: One Year Later.
Stephanie Kimmell is the firstborn daughter of Missouri’s Pecan King, worthy scion of a Vietnam veteran sailor turned mad engineer-orchardist-inventor-genius. With a BA in technical writing, she freelances as a writer and editor. A Zymurgist greatly interested in the decoction of fermented barley and hops, she is in many ways a modern amalgam of Esther Hobart Morris, Rebecca Boone, and Nellie Bly. She hunts, fishes, butchers, and cooks most anything. When not editing or writing, she makes soaps and salves, spins wool, and occasionally makes cheese from cows she milked herself. Kimmell is a driven epistemophilic who loves live music and all sorts of beer.