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The Glock 42 - Dead before arrival?


Note: Glock - please pay someone to help with your videos. Please.

So, the Glock 42 that folks were all excited about turns out to be a six shot 380 ACP that no one is excited about and nobody really wanted. People have been asking, hoping for a Glock single stack 9mm for years. This ain't it.

Maybe in 2005, this woulda been exciting. Really, we've had pocket 380s for a looong while now, and most folks who wanted one have bought a Kel Tec P3AT, LCP, Sig 238, Kahr 380 or any of the many, many other 380s out there.

Ok, it's a Glock, so you've got the reputation for reliability. But, let's just look at the dimensions of the Glock 42 (via Guns & Ammo):
  • Length (overall): 5.94 in.
  • Width: 0.94 in.
  • Height (with magazine): 4.13 in.
And then, for context, compare those dimensions to what is probably the most popular 6+1 380 ACP out there today, the Ruger LCP:


  • Length: 5.16 in.
  • Width: 0.82 in.
  • Height: 3.60 in.
So the Glock is longer, fatter and taller for the same amount of horsepower in the mag.

The new 380 Glock is actually closer in comparison to the 9mm LC9, which has the following dimensions:
  • Overall Length: 6"
  • Width: .9"
  • Height: 4.5"
And carries 7+1 rounds of 9mm. Overall length and width are essentially identical between the two, and the LC9 is just a smidgen taller.

What people wanted to see was Glock's version of the S&W Shield, which is again just a tad bigger than the new 380 Glock 42. Here's the dimensions of the Shield:
  • Overall Length: 6.1" / 15.5 cm
  • Frame Width: .95" / 2.413 cm
  • Overall Height: 4.6" / 11.684 cm
Maybe - probably - Glock is coming to market with the 380 ACP, and will follow up with a 9mm on the same or a very similar frame. But, the I don't see a ton of demand for the 380 6+1 pistol. The 42 will be more shootable than an LCP or equivalent size pocket pistol, and it has a longer barrel, so you'll get a bit higher velocity. But overall, not much to peak the interest.

What is mind boggling is that Glock expected a different reaction from the gun community. They coulda asked any of dozens of gun bloggers, YouTubers, firearms trainers, etc. how exciting a big 6+1 380 would be, and they'd have got the same vibe.

Gun companies: it pays to do market research.

12 comments :

  1. We have the Ruger LCP, and see no need to rush out and buy a Glock in the same caliber. We really like the LCP too.

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  2. If it racks easier than a LCP, or is less finicky than a P380, it should find its way into a bunch of people's hands. Yes it is bigger, but if it shoots easier (recoil, racking, trigger) than the other 380's it will also have the Glock reputation as well to help sell it. The bodyguard is kind of chintzy feeling, the LCP is good, the P380 is a sweet shooter after you get done breaking it in.... So if this is a typical Glock, no problems, just function... I think I will wait to get my hands on one before a final decision, but I do believe it will do well.

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  3. My first gun for my wife was a keltec .32, I figured with the smaller caliber it would be perfect for her, plus she wanted something small for her purse. Then I got the Ruger .380 LCP after she got used to the .32 to give her a tad bit more for an attacker to think about. Due to the long trigger pull she anticipated the gun firing many times and would jerk the gun, also she had a hard time racking the slide. I bought her a Glock 26 9mm and she can rack the slide easier and with the easier trigger she is spot on target MUCH more on targer than the .32 or .380. So this gun would be perfect for her, BUT now that she has gotten accustomed to the 9mm and it spot on I don't want her going down in stopping power. But this would have been a good starter .380 opposed to a keltec/ruger type b/c of the slide and trigger.

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  4. I own the Kel-Tec P3AT, its a compact little pocket pistol, about as minimal as I want to get. I call it the 'Atomic Fireball' :^)

    Remington just announced the new R51, a compact 9mm semi-auto - that looks very interesting! Space Age looks a bit strange, but a compact 9mm it is. Very slick, no sharp edges - me likey! And the price sounds very reasonable.

    Check it out.

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  5. http://i401.photobucket.com/albums/pp92/Mak-90/glock.jpg

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    1. Nice picture comparison. Thanks. It does kind of show how large of a gun this is, I have the XDS in .45 and if this is practically the same size that is a bit wild.

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  6. Thanks for sharing - a picture is worth a thousand words!

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  7. Well there is always the Glock 28. Oh wait ATF will not allow its import and sale in U.S.

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  9. I think the G42 is going to be a really hard sell. The market is saturated with a variety of quality, as well as lower quality, .380's. Also if the Glock comes in at their usual price point it will be significantly more expensive than a couple (LCP, Bodyguard) quality offerings. Why pay $550-600 for a Glock when a comparable Ruger can be had under 4 bills?

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    1. Man you missed that one Ryan. Sold out everywhere. As soon as they hit the store they are gone. Please throw away your crystal ball!!!!! I don't care for a ......380 but it seems Glock is smarter than you are. Oh and I got the wife one. She loves it.

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  10. Glock 42 will have the best trigger and reset of any pocket gun out there. That's why I am getting one.

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