Glock published a very informal video of the new model 42 pistol, and I now have an understanding of why it is a .380, not a 9mm. Hear me out on this one…
(Ed. note: It looks like Glock has now made the video private. I wonder why.)
What’s interesting to me are the comments:
You guys have been asking for it for a while.
It’s built because you guys wanted it.
I do not dispute that someone, somewhere has been writing Glock daily e-mails complaining about the lack of .380 ACP handguns in the US market. But I daresay that the majority of people have been asking for a single stack 9mm from Glock.
Perhaps the fault lies with the American public. After all, in Europe, the .380 ACP is also known as the 9mm Kurz, 9mm Short and even the 9×17. Perhaps, when looking at all of the customer requests, someone at Glock was tallied all of the stats and thought “We already sell them a 9×19. Those stupid Americans must be talking about the 9mm Kurz.”
Perhaps from this critical lack of precision in language, a PowerPoint presentation was born. And in that presentation the .380 ACP was (understandably) misidentified as the new gun that “us guys” wanted. Hence the birth of the Glock 42: the company’s first single-stack 9mm Kurz pistol!
Just don’t try stuffing any 9×19, 9mm Luger or what we Americans call 9mm(!) into it.
Here is another video of the Glock 42. This one is an advertisement, so it is more professional. It shows a little more of the gun, though it is more of a lifestyle ad. That said, the responses to this gun on the YouTube page and the company’s Facebook page are less than enthusiastic.