Our friends at Monderno have photos and details of the new Glock 42 posted, and I have to wonder if this is the gun that people have been wanting from Smyrna. In a nutshell, the gun is a .380 ACP with a six round magazine. It is thinner than standard Glock pistols at 0.94″ and has a 3.1″ barrel. MSRP is $475.
But, how does the new G42 compare to alternatives already on the market? Let’s take a look at a few of the offerings:
The Glock 42 Compared
|caliber||380 ACP||380 ACP||380 ACP||380 ACP||9mm||9mm|
|weight (unloaded)||13.4 oz||9.4 oz||17.2 oz||10.2 oz||15.9 oz||19 oz|
** For the Shield, S&W lists frame width only. The external controls likely increase overall width.
The most analogous gun I can find to compare to the Glock 42 is the Ruger LC380. I’ve been told the LC380 has enjoyed good sales, but the majority of the people I have spoken to don’t quite understand the pistol. For many people, it is a 9mm sized gun that is chambered for an underpowered cartridge. A lot of people are looking for a smaller gun for a .380 ACP cartridge, or a more powerful cartridge in something of this size.
For a smaller package around the same price point, but in a more substantial cartridge, a shooter could pick up a Kahr CM9. The CM9 comes in a smaller package, maintains the same magazine capacity, but gives the owner 9mm +P rounds to use for self defense. I’ve tested the CM9 and found that it is extremely reliable and accurate. With even +P+ loads, the recoil was very easy to control.
Without a doubt, the Glock 42 is not the smallest gun on the market, nor even the smallest .380 ACP on the market. However, if the gun is as reliable as the Glock pistols tend to be, I can see sales being brisk for the firearm. It is smaller and thinner than other offerings from the company, and it maintains the same look and feel that many Glock enthusiasts like.
But, with all of the alternatives that are already established in the market, I have to wonder if this is the “next big thing,” or just another footnote to the new guns for 2014 column.
I’ve confirmed the G42 as being a .380 subcompact pistol from multiple sources who are all extremely reliable. The trigger will be a standard Glock trigger and the sights will be polymer. No word on if metal or tritium sights would be available.
No one has said a word about a possible 9mm version nor if a model 40 will ever be released by Glock.
SHOT Business, a publication of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, is also publishing that the Glock 42 is a single stack, .380 ACP pistol. That article is listing the gun’s weight at 12.35 ounces, roughly one ounce lighter than I have previously reported. It is possible the SHOT Business number is unloaded and without a magazine, while the heavier number above includes an unloaded magazine.