For fans of the .380 ACP and the mini Glock 26, the new Glock 42 .380 is a welcome, long-awaited addition to Glock’s line of lightweight, compact pistols. The Glock 42 combines the best features of the .380 ACP and Glock mini 26 into a pocket dynamo with a punch.
The Glock 42 .380 is a single-stack gun, which allows for a thinner design — always a consideration for CCW.
It’s a locked breech system designed to operate exactly like the larger Glock 26, thus providing an easy learning curve for Glock 42 owners.
The locked breech allows for a lighter gun, but limits caliber size.
The Glock 42 barrel is a mere 3.25 inches long and the frame itself is less than an inch wide at .94 inches.
Author and policeman Scott W. Wagner describes his excitement at USConcealedCarry.com when he first learned of the Glock 42 introduction:
“I thought that Glock would simply produce the European mini-Glock 28 on American shores and let it go at that. Was I ever wrong. Glock has developed an all-new pistol that makes more effective use of the compact and mild-mannered .380 cartridge.” (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)
During field tests, the Glock 42 experienced no problems with the tester in various firing positions. The ammo used was Winchester “white box” .380 with 95-grain FMJ truncated cone bullets. The gun performed without malfunction repeatedly through seven rounds.
However at the police range where the testing took place, at least one officer reported problems with the cycling and feeding mechanisms of the gun. After a period of trial and error, it was determined that the Glock 42 needs a firmer than normal grip when firing.
The narrow design of the gun allows a more natural feel to the grip, which may cause a tendency for the shooter to relax more while firing, causing what is known as “limp wristing.”
Limp wristing occurs when the shooter does not provide a stable foundation for the slide to move backward while allowing the muzzle to lift at the same time, thereby decreasing the backward force. This can easily cause cycling issues.
While a firm grip is recommended when firing any pistol, it’s especially crucial for the diminutive Glock 42. Its 13.7 ounce weight combined with decent power is a recipe for unwanted random motion when pulling the trigger if a strong, steady grip is not maintained.
The Glock 42’s are in high demand and difficult to find. If you’re in the market for an excellent concealed carry weapon, pick one up if you see one. It may be awhile before you get another chance.