Comparing the Glock 43X and the Sig P365XL

Two of the most popular concealed carry pistols in recent history are the Glock 43X and the Sig P365XL Both guns are considered to be sub compact pistols but both are very controllable and easily concealed for every day carry.

I am a big fan of both Glock and Sig Sauer pistols. Both companies have had controversies over firearms they’ve made and both are known for making quality guns. Glock and Sig are both used by law enforcement and militaries around the world because of their reliability.

Glock 43x and the Sig p365xl are the perfect size concealed carry pistols

The average person doesn’t usually carry a full sized pistol for EDC, choosing something a bit smaller and lighter. There is a balance between a concealed carry pistol size and controllability. If you get a gun that is too small, it is harder to control. If you get a gun that is larger, it is harder to conceal.

The Glock 43X and the Sig P365XL are both a good balance of size and controllability. Both pistols are easy to conceal and still give most shooters the ability to grip the gun properly. If you are not able to grip the gun properly, you will not be as accurate shooting it.

Glock 43X has Glock reputation of quality and reliability

Glock was not the first polymer pistol on the market but they quickly became the dominant firearm. The Glock 43x has the reputation of Glock behind it. Glock pistols are carried by the majority of law enforcement officers in the country.

When Glock originally released the Glock 43 it became an overnight success. Like many, I wanted one of them but couldn’t get past the grip that was way too short. Even with grip extensions, the gun just didn’t feel right in my hands.

The 43x hit the market in a two tone finish that I wasn’t a fan of either. Shortly after, Glock got the message from customers and released the all black Glock 43x and I picked one up.

The trigger in the Glock 43x is standard Glock and has a small amount of take-up and then the break. Some people love the Glock trigger and some people hate it.

Sig p365xl made a great gun even better

The original Sig p365 had a few issues with the firing pin which prompted Sig to make some changes. They quickly got the issues resolved and the guns exploded in popularity.

The original Sig p365 had the same problem for me as the original Glock 43. The grip was just too short.

Sig Sauer was responsive to customer input and eventually developed the p365x and p365xl which both have a longer grip. The only difference between the two is the length of the barrel and slide.

I chose the Sig p365xl due to increased sight radius. The newer p365 pistols come with an optic already installed on some models of the gun.

The trigger on the Sig p365xl is typical of striker-fired pistols. Like the Glock, there is a bit of take-up and then the break. One difference is that the Sig does not have the trigger safety.

Deciding between the Glock 43x and the Sig p365xl

There are some differences between the Glock 43x and the Sig p365xl. The first difference is that the Sig holds two more rounds than the Glock. However, there are pistol magazines available for both models that will increase their capacity.

Each pistol has a different grip angle and some people prefer on over the other. Both companies offer models that can accept optics. Personally, I like both guns and that is why I own both of them.

If you are trying to decide between the Glock or the Sig, I would say you should try to find a gun range where you can rent one of each before deciding for yourself. Who knows, you may decide you like both as well.