The Infamous Glock 42 – What Is It and Do You Need One?

December 26 2013
by GSL Staff
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Ah, the Glock 42. The interwebz have been buzzing for weeks and even months over speculation on what this new Glock pistol would be.

In the end, it looks like we’re getting another .380.

This is probably the least exciting possibility. Of course, almost everyone (me included) was hoping for a single stack 9mm. For many, a single stack 9mm Glock would be the ideal concealed carry pistol. If you already shoot full size Glocks you get the same trigger system you’re used to in a tiny package.

As you can see from the above image (sent to us by a reader) from a Glock catalog or possibly a print ad (we still haven’t been able to independently verify the authenticity of the photo, but several other outlets are saying it’s the real deal), what we’re looking at is a single stack Glock in .380ACP.

This is a new model from the current .380’s Glock offers in other countries and to law enforcement in the US, the Glocks 25 and 28, which are double stack pistols.

The Glock 42, according to the specs above does seem to be the smallest pistol Glock has ever offered, coming in at an impressive .836″ in width. This puts it at just a little wider than both the Ruger LCP (0.82″) and the Kel Tec P3AT (0.77″) which would seem to be its main competitors.

All three guns feature 6+1 capacity.

While the .380 market remains popular for people who demand the thinnest, lightest guns on the market, there is no denying the current trend in deep concealment pistols is single stack 9mm’s. The Smith and Wesson Shield and the Springfield XDS both proved to be extremely popular guns this year. Although both of those models suffered setbacks this year with S&W issuing a safety warning for their Shield and Springfield recalling the XDS.

Personally, as a Glock user, I’m hoping the Glock 42 is the forerunner to a single stack 9mm, until then, my G26 will stay firmly holstered to my side.

Hopefully we’ll be able to get a better look at the G42 at SHOT Show next month.

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