Overall: Again, don’t talk to me about the G42 not being a nine. That’s beside the point. As a concealable, personal defense . 380 that you’re likely to carry every day, the 42 is a strong addition to the Glock pantheon.
No, it’s not as small as some other . 380s out there, but it also won’t beat your hand to a pulp when you shoot it. It will be interesting to see what the gun does with the inevitable replacement recoil springs and maybe a grip extension to let you get another finger into the fight. Still, if you’re like me and deluded enough to be comfortable packing a . 380 with good defensive rounds as your carry gun, the Glock 42 won’t disappoint you. I know it’s been some time since this post but just thought I’d give my .
02 worth. When not carrying my G30 because of weather, dress or whatever the circumstances, I carry a Bersa Firestorm 380 and have been extremely pleased. It has never had a FTF, is accurate, reliable, and easy to conceal yet shoots well without feeling like it’s jumping out of my hand like some of the other small 380’s do. I have taken several defensive handgun classes the past couple of years using the Glock and when I brought up the Bersa to the instructors they reacted negatively. We usually get to shoot steel in the woods at the end of the class/day as a bonus plenty of fun and after finishing up with the G30 I asked if I could bring out the Bersa – and made some fans in the process!One of the ‘hardcore’ instructors admitted “Well you sure can hit with it”. Maybe it does look like a ‘woman’s gun’ I think it looks somewhat like a Walther but bottom line, if anybody wants an inexpensive gun to carry and not leave at home where it does no good I would recommend checking one of these out.
After buying a G21 and firing about 10,000 rounds through it without a single malfunction, I bought a G22, then a G30 and a G23 as well as having owned a number of G17s…9mm used to be my favorite caliber until the . 40SandW came along. I got rid of all my other guns on Auction Arms. I decided that ALL of my handguns should function the same. The last thing you need in a shoot out is remembering which gun and what safety or no safety is in your hand at that moment.
Because of the extensive shooting I have done with Glocks as well as proven FBI tests, the Glock…you pick the flavor won hands down and going away. The little G42 is no exception and after 1000+ rounds, I have NEVER had a FTFire, FTEject, FTFeed, etc. And I have run at least as many JHPs, FMJs and other assorted rounds through it. While breaking the little gun in, I purposly loaded the magazines with every cartridge being different from the other. Then I ran fast firing at targets…there has never been a hitch regardless of bullet weight or type. I currently carry 102 gr.
Remington BJHPs in mine. In wetpack they expand and they do so even with a burlap door entry mat over the top. It is easy to conceil whether it be in an ankle holster, pocket holster, back pack, small arms vest, etc. The other compact Glocks in 9mm and . 40 that I have also owned aren’t quite the demure little gun that the G42 is. Given a good expanding bullet with adequate penetration, the .
380 isn’t exactly a pipsqueak!It is a gun that you WILL carry on extended hikes, about town, etc. I find that while I really do love my G21s and G40s and the larger capacity, when I go on an arduous hike, I am much more likely to carry my G42. If there may be cougars and bears in the area…and to make my girlfriend feel more comfortable, then I carry a 5″ barreled SandW SS 629. Loaded with the 300 grain Federal Corecast it will penetrate shoulder to shoulder on a large black bear. I used to own a Casull in . 454 and believe me a bear won’t know the difference!I recently acquired a G42.
In spite of all the ridicule about this fine Glock being sensitive to ammo…mine is not…It is a pig…it digests anything it’s fed. I have fired light loads to the heavier 100 grain factory solids to 102 Rem brass jacketed HPs to 90 and 95 grain JHPs as well as FMJs and those that are +P My gun functions just like other Glocks I own…perfect function right out of the box to several hundred mixed rounds fired. All pitch about 5 feet to my left by about a foot in a nice pile. Accuracy is about softball size at 25 yards off a rest as long as I do my part. I have read articles by several well known gun magazines who conjure up the notion that this little Glock is ammo picky.
Mine is absolutly as reliable as anything Glock has ever made. For me, while the diminutilve . 380ACP doesn’t posess a 100% one shot stops according to Hatcher…it does provide over 30% one shot stops with +P ammo. The hottest 9mm +Ps are running in the low to mid 40s. Of course accuracy is everything and the fine sights in the P42 deliver.
I had a Ruger LCP that I waited 2 years for on a waiting list…for a ‘belly’ gun it was fine but the trigger was atrocious…long…yet smooth…but broke at about 10 pounds. Nothing for something controlled rapid fire. I’m obviously a Glock fan as is the FBI and many LEA. I’m not affiliated and yet through a great dealer got mine at Blue pricing. This is a fabulous little gun that will go on 10 mile backpacks with me when my larger Glocks would stay in the safe.
If I’m in bear country then out comes my beloved SandW . 44 loaded with Federal’s 300 grain solid…will shoot through any bear I can think of…. Hope this info helps those that have read rather dubious reviews on this wonderful Glock!As for stopping power vs. the 9mm, I suggest that you look up Hatcher’s Relative Stopping Power Index. This shows a 9mm with the finest +P JHPs with one shot stops in the 45% area. All of his data is based on actual shootings.
The . 380 isn’t too far behind that at around 30% one shot stops with +P ammo. By comparison, the . 40 SandW yields 70% one shot stops and the . 45 ACP again with +P loadings 100% one shot stops.
I used to be a fan of the 9mm and owned a number but have taken to the. 40 and . 45 as primary defensive handguns. Again, however the . 380 will go with me anywhere, anytime I choose where the larger handguns will remain locked in my safe.
GandA said the G42 was fickle about the ammo it was fed. too heavy or too light didn’t function properly. I’ve put everything imaginable through my G42 and it is a GLOCK in every way…. never had any FTF whatsoever…what they said was bunk. Obviously I’m a Glock guy, having had over 200 handguns in my day from SandW to Ruger to Beretta, Bernardelli, Colt and Star and a whole host of other manufacturers…too many to list here.
I love the Glock action and dependability. It is FBI’s standard issue in the . 40 and most LEAs offer it to their officers either in . 40 or . 45.
It was interesting to read your accounting of the . 380 and there is definitely a niche for it, compact, handy, reliable and serious in any flavor handgun you might own. Enjoy!BobBob, I want to correct a few things. This IS a very new gun and a completely new design. Glock has NOT been producing these for years in Europe. The Glock Models 25 and 28 are double stack designs and utilize a blowback action, similar to most .
380’s. The new US produced Glock 42 is a locking breech design, which is very rare for a . 380. As a matter of fact, there are very few similarities between it and the 25/28. It utilizes a new frame, a new recoil rod/spring assembly, new trigger linkage design, new magazine release, etc.
Since it doesn’t have to be imported, it also doesn’t use the competition trigger used on other subcompacts 26/27/29/30/33/39, etc. . I bought one about 6 weeks ago and have put over 800 rounds through it. There were initially 2 parts that have been modified during production, but I believe most of the FTF’s have been limp wrist related. Even though it is not a true “gen 4,” it does use a lot of the gen 4 design features, including the 2 piece recoil rod. Gen 4 models in general are a little more sensitive to limp wristing than single rod versions.
The only way I can get a FTF is by severely limp wristing the gun. Overall, I have been very impressed with it. It is a lot easier to shoot than my Walther PPK/S brutal 13 14 lb first trigger pull. It is very easy to take 15 25 yard shots and is light on recoil. It’s also a good 8 9 ounces lighter than Glock’s previously smallest guns. more junk from Glock,and more RandD research done by the John Q public as usual.
whatever happened to Glock perfection that Gaston Glock started in 1984. a military designed self defense pistol that’s finicky on ammunition that is absolutely ridiculous!Glock is just making money off their name now, their product has dropped in quality tenfold since 1984!and no most guns today will shoot just about any ammunition you want, its the older guns that have issues with hollow point ammunition in various load weights and pressure levels!most new guns Wolfire anything you put in the magazine. I own 7 blocks dating from 1985 all the way up till current and I’ve had a serious issue with my 19 as everyone else did with the request spring. I owned a 36 that the magazine delaminated in the mag well so bad I had to take the slide of impound the magazine out with a wooden doll and a hammer!more junk for the unsuspecting new gun owner that doesn’t know the difference between quality made firearms and crap!they’re just living off the name that guest on block made for them over years of producing high quality high functioning combat ready firearms not the junk there making today!Gigantic YAWN…. love my Glock 26 Gen4, but my other gun is a Kahr CM9, chambered in a “full blown” 9mm +P round; the CM9 is smaller in every aspect than the new Glock 42.
I carry the Glock 26 most of the time when I can conceal under a coat. Sometimes the Kahr CM9 fills the bill, being smaller I can pocket carry if I have to or holster it. I have the best of both worlds and can carry +P self defense 9mm HP rounds. Screw . 380, ammo cost more and it is weaker, no doubt.
If I got a 380 and don’t ever plan on it my choice would be a super small frame model not a G42. I already have a 9mm smaller than the G42. BTW I reload my 9mm for about 15 cents a round…. You all have a good day. Galloway Precision will soon have a +1 Mag Extension on the market.
Around $15. I might or might not opt for it. They already have a Stainless Steel guide rod assembly for $22. This is the best 380 I have ever shot. My only complaint was the finger grip ribs on the end of the slide weren’t aggressive enough.
I fixed that with a couple of little pieces of grip tape. I installed Ameriglo night sights on mine, and that is all I’m gonna do I think. At first I wanted to lighten the trigger pull, like on my G19, but not now. A little dry fire practice and the little 42 is just fine. I load it with Precision One 90gr FTX which shoots just fine in it.
I did run a box and a half of Buffalo Bore 100gr +P Hard Cast Flat Nose through it with no problems whatsoever, but they are quite a bit snappier, and I don’t like the over penetration factor. I love the bone crushing flat nose bullet, but I prefer my rounds to stay inside the recipient. The Precision One’s tested great, with 12 14″ penetration and expansion. I won’t abandon my G19 or my Sig P938, but I have no fear of carrying the G42 at all. A great little gun. The arrival of the Glock 42 in stores is a good thing.
Many persons who carry a concealed handgun pretend that they lug around a full sized 1911 in . 45 ACP all the time. That is untrue. Pistol and holster sales data demonstrates that . 380 pistols must serve as either a primary or backup carry weapon for a very large number individuals.
Competition in that market segment is desirable since it should improve quality – which is already good – and lower prices. The best thing about the G42 is that it provides another choice for people who either can’t or won’t shoot a more powerful round. I am still wanting to hold out for a 9mm. And there is no reason they shouldn’t be able to fit an extra round in that mag. The teething issues with ammo gives me the feeling that this will end up like the first few years of the 9mm gen 4 guns and to some extent the gen 3 guns at the same time First was the recoil springs, and they went through a couple revisions of those to find the ones that worked best. Then They decided to change to MIM extractors and that screwed up both generations, leading to them introducing a new ejector to fix the issue.
It seemed like it took about 2 years to get the gen 4 guns actually working properly. All this fuss over . 380 vs. 9mm, the size of your pistol and the size of your hands!The most overlooked gun on the market seems to be the old Glock Model 36. My 36 is 3/4 inch longer than the new “Baby Glock” and is 1/2 inch taller — AND IT’S A . 45 APC!With the Crimson Trace Laserguard, it eats the heart out of a target at 25 yards!It has never failed to cycle whatever brand or weight of ammo I happen to feed it.
I’ll admit that it is a bit heavy in my front pocket, but you get used to it — and the confidence that is felt with a . 45 vs. anything else is really good compensation!With a Fobus ankle holster sometimes I carry two!, you can almost forget it’s there. For the little differences in size and weight, I’ll stick with my . 45s!For my Glock weapons, I own a 21, 30, and 36 all 3rd generation and am looking at the new 42. I carried the 21/30 combo as my duty/backup for years on patrol I bought the 21 in late 2003 when starting the academy and wish the SF had existed back then.
The 36’s 22. 47 oz unloaded 27. 00 loaded weight versus the 42’s 13. 76 oz unloaded 14. 36 oz loaded IS a noticeable difference.
That’s why I’m attracted to it. I’m tired of dealing with the weight of the 30 or 36 on my ankle when wearing business casual. It would be nice to have something that is almost half the weight loaded but still presents the same sight picture. I’ll put the same Trijicon’s on the 42 once I can get my hands on one that are on my other Glock guns to keep it consistent across the board. I think it is just another nice option to have that will keep the transition from one to the next consistent. I like Glocks, but I don’t love them.
I own a 27 that I like to shoot and it has never failed to go bang, and I bought a 42 that runs just like described in the review. It will not fire the Barnes 80 gr. at least not more then once. It will fire most everything else had some issues with Buffalo Bore, but then so will my 30 year old Colt Government . 380 which DOES fire the Barnes If the new model 42 had been a Taurus, Kel Tec, Ruger, Colt or Springfield, I do not believe that it would have received such a gracious review. When most .
380s on the market will eat anything you feed them, why are we making excuses for the Glock?If I can always be sure to have enough ammo with me that the 42 likes, then I won’t have a problem. But what if I can only get the stuff it won’t eat?Since there are so many guns out there that are omnibalistic, why own one that is a fussy eater. Now don’t get me wrong, I like the 42 and when it goes bang, it is easy to shoot and very accurate. I even gave Glock a chance to “fix” my 42 and sent it back to them with the complaint that it will not fire the Barnes. 3 weeks later I got it back and it is still a single shot when I put the Barnes in it.
So for now, I’m going to keep carrying my old Colt. Maybe when my 42 is 30 years old, it will be as reliable. Linking a bunch of cry babies forum commandos at firearmstalk. com is really irrelevant anyway. That forum is composed mostly of couch potatoes and airsoft kids trying to talk shop with the adults.
I quit visiting that sight when one of their know it all mods canebrake decided to rewrite Ayoobs 10 Comandments for CCH and then sticky it himself. He advised tying people up with parachute cord after shooting them so they couldn’t get away and continuing to remain with the injured/deceased for the cops to arrive so you could act like you were reviving the person you just shot down with CPR while the cops were watching among other retarded statements. I love my 42 and as much as I hate to say it, I am carrying it more than my G19 and my Sig P938. I have shot a variety of 380 ammo out of it and it has failed to feed a few times, but this is out of around 1500 rounds, and the ammo I carry in it, Precision One 90gr XTP 4 rds and Buffalo Bore 100gr HCFN standard pressure, 4 rds, I have a +1 mag extension from Galloway Precision It has also fired Freedom Munitions 100gr perfectly, and that is the flat nose remanufactured ammo. Also, it fires Monarch, Winchester, and PMC with no problems. I have never cared for Hornady in 380, except maybe the Custom XTP.
The only mod I have made to the pistol is to polish the feed ramp to a very slick sheen with a small dremel. I think many people underestimate the 380 and I do not. The main purpose of concealed carry is to be able to carry a pistol that is comfortable to conceal, and easy to shoot. To defend you at close range. Many people act as if we are going to war and need massive firepower on our hip. They act like the shots they shoot are the only defense they have.
You can still fight back, even after you have shot someone and they are still attacking you. You can use the other hand to get into a position where you can put a round or two into the face or head or neck. I expect that if you pump a couple of rounds into the crotch or solar plexus area that will end the confrontation anyway. There are lots of fast bleeding arteries in the pelvic area and nerves and bones. A 380 loaded with good ammo is a very good self defense weapon. And the Glock 42 is the best 380 I’ve ever shot.
I can’t wait till Fobus makes an Evolution holster for it. Their are glock, sandw, khar, ruger, 380, 9, 45 people that swear they choice is the very best and every other choice is wrong. Most buy their choice, never shoot, never practice, never clean, hardly ever carry and didn’t do their home work in their purchase. I like the choices and caliber options. Just like vehicles amd the accessories to go on them. My personal choice today is glock 45 with a sandw 38 chiefs special on the ankle and a flip blade in each pocket.
Prepared notparanoid!And oh buy the way “F 250 super duty in case another idiot t bones me. 870 under seatJust sayingThank you Dianna. I have owned over 1000 guns in my lifetime…rifles, shotguns and mostly handguns in all available calibers. I decided to downsize my collection and sold just about everything. I don’t like mixed handguns for defense.
For example, I had a Ruger 9mm, several SandWs, a Glock or two and numerous other. I’ve studied the reaction times with various weapons and found that if you carry or have different guns with different safeties, that you end up with a HUGE problem…one of minor motor skills having to kick in when you are in a life or death situation. I didn’t want that. So I rebuilt my little Glock empire because a Glock is a Glock and firing any one of them is the same…just a pull of the trigger is all with each of them. The other handguns I owned are gone to FFLs for resale or purchase.
I’m glad that this information helped you. There are too many wana bees out there that do not fit and function like a Glock. I read a few articles regarding the G42 and it’s ‘supposed’ limited ability to digest heavy or light loads. Just a bunch of bunk probably posted by those selling other guns. My G42 eats everything I feed it…is accurate, recoil is way down from my now gone Ruger LCP.
I would say that the trigger pull feels a bit tighter than my other Glocks. However, In actuality it isn’t that way. The sights are great compared to competition. While the . 380ACP isn’t a . 45ACP…If you are into discrete carry will you take the G21 with you or leave it at home?For me, a .
380ACP is well worth carrying anywhere the law permits. PS: Hatcher’s rating on one shot stops with a . 380 is around 30…. the 9mm with the best +P loadings is in the 40 – 45 range…not much difference. I’ve had both G26 and G27s and find their size to be limiting for long hikes in the woods.
So the . 380 goes with me everywhere. If my GF is along and she is a ‘bear magnet’…along comes my SandW . 44MAG with Federal Castcore 300 grain bullets…great gun and ammo…. As a woman, I’ve noticed not many here talking about shooters being physically different and have different needs.
I, like some women have a really short trigger reach and have difficulty finding a handgun that will fit my small sized hand comfortably. Hubby bought me the Ruger LCP 380 for CCW. Fit was fine, but, I hated it…. the slide was difficult for me and recoil was not a happy thing. Tried on the G42 the other day and the fit was perfect, slide, NOT difficult. Range test sold me….
the G42 had greatly reduced recoil compared to the Ruger LCP. I so rarely can find something that fits me, feels solid, is comfortable to shoot, and is small and light enough to CC, I am thrilled that Glock developed the G42. Comfort, a lot of times, determines whether you will use it, or, set it aside. Love the way G42 works for me!Glock single stack 9mm would be on my list for future interest. Now these wonderful CC Glocks are made in the USA in Smyrna, GA.
They are wonderful just as the rest of my Glocks are!No FTF or fire, no misfires, no anything but everything in the market functions in this beautifully made creation of Gason’s is just as ammo friendly as any other Glock. I own a lot of them and have sold some and bought more. They are the ultimate defense weapon due to the fact that if you own a number of them…. they all are idential in safety, trigger pull and hand fit. When you or your loved ones life are at stake you don’t need to worry about…where’s the safety!?They are all identical.
I went with the 42 after picking it up at my local gun shop. I have a Glock 22 Dragonfly in 40SandW that I absolutely love. And have had just about all the offerings Glock offers except for the 10mm and 357 sig versions. I went in looking for a single stack 9mm but settled on the 42. None of the others impressed me when I picked them up except for the 42. I presently carry a Seecamp in 32 auto.
I’ve carried every caliber for concealed carry purposes up to 10mm, and have settled on the Seecamp. It is very reliable, never had a failure to fire or feed and has never let me down. Only reason I’m looking for something else was to get around the difficulty in finding recommended ammo for the Seecamp. I’ve carried the little Seecamp in my pocket for 10 years and have never been concerned if it would perform when needed. I have a Berretta 9000S that is not too far away when needed and have the 32 in my pocket all the time. I don’t feel inadequately protected by a 32, or 380.
Since I live in a hot climate I have to look for something that is light and reliable. As anyone who carries on a daily basis, we quickly find out what works best for each one of us and what does not. Hence we end up with multiple holsters, and purchases of firearms in quest for what works best for each one of us. When I’m hunting I carry my 500 SandW mag, Ruger 454 Casull, or my Desert Eagle 50 for dangerous situations, I tend to flip a coin. When I’m traveling out of town I carry my Sig 556 pistol loaded with Penetrator ammo in my vehicle, since it is legal, with my Seecamp in my pocket.
When around town I carry my Seecamp in my pocket and my 9000S in the vehicle. Which now I will be carrying the Glock 42 since ammo is not as hard to find. I believe Glock hit the mark with the 380 offering. If and when they come out with the same pistol in 9mm…. then I will be making a new purchase once again.
Hopefully they do. It will be another pistol to add to the collection. I have medium hands that fit a large size glove. I had a Gen 1 Glock 21 and the grip was too large for me to be comfortable. I have a newer G21SF and it fits me just fine as does my G22. The first .
380 I owned back in the early 70’s was a Walther PPKS. It was very nicely finished with an included target in the box to demonstrate that it was accurate. This must have been shot off a machine rest because, given the fact that I can keep all rounds with a one hand hold at 25 yards into a 4″ group says something. The PPKS trigger was obnoxious and heavy as was the safety. The weapon overall was heavy. I got rid of it when it blew up using the then available Super Vel ammunition.
I have since owned many . 380s made by Beretta, Mauser, Sterling, Glock, Colt, KelTek and many others. The only weapon of choice that offered the best carry for me for the caliber with 100% reliability has been the G42. The rest all had FTFs, etc. I carry my G42 when it is way too hot out to conceal a full sized auto and fannypacking is a sure giveaway…. Someone said they are only made for women and yet if you can manage one accurately and carry a spare mag they have a stopping power with the 102gr BJHP of roughly 30%.
That’s not the 40% that a 9mm gets or a 70% that a . 40 gets or a close to 100% with a . 45ACP, closer to a . 38 snub nosed special. Rather it is something that you WILL carry when otherwise you might leave your heavyweight at home. That is my sole purpose for the .
380. one that I will carry on hot summer days. Otherwise give me my G21 or G22 for everything else. Am I giving something up…yes, however I am armed and know exact bullet placement and the capability of the cartridge. If you do carry a Glock that is compact like the G27 or G26 just remember that all the high cap mags will fit these compact double stackers.
So, I’d skip the G19 and take the G27 in . 40 and my extra mag would be a 15+2…my personal preference is all Glock. With over 100,000 rounds fired not a single malfunction and very limited cleaning…and I’ve owned just about every model and configuration Gaston ever made…. I have a G 42. Had it about 4 months now. The first 700 rds.
went without a glitch. After that it started acting up. I cleaned it made sure it was good. Ran 50 rds through it and then half way thru the next 50 it started acting up again. I took it apart and found the spring loose rolling back and forth. I put it back on got off two magazines and it started again.
I took it down and the spring was off again. It was on properly but doesn’t isn’t very tight. Called Glock said they’re having no problems but sent me a new spring. The first guy I talked to said don’t worry the spring won’t fall out,, Really. said it should not be a problem.
I now have 1000 rds through it and even with the new spring when it starts acting up the spring is off. Anybody else seeing this?I have no problems with my G 23 or my G 27. Yeah John it is the recoil spring. I took a brand new one apart at the shop last week and I compared it to mine. It was exactly like mine. Even the cut in the barrel where the spring is suppose to be.
I thought maybe the spring was weak after 700 rds. But the new spring they sent is the same. Hardly no compression at all. The spring actually rides straight up before it slips off. I know I don’t trust it any more.
We had another guy at the range that had a problem with his right from the start. I couldn’t believe it because mine never skipped a beat. Not sure what happened but I don’t carry it anymore. When the spring slips off it’s good for one shot. You can rack another one in manually and it will fire that one. but then it can’t cycle.
Thanks for getting back to me. They say this is a good weapon because it’s one you will “carry every day”. I have a Glock 33, a Glock 21, a Bersa . 380, and a . 357 Magnum revolver as far as handguns.
I normally carry the Glock 33, EVERY DAY, which is a . 357 SIG subcompact. The 33 is a true man stopper, is very small, easy to conceal, and is very accurate with distance. I will say it has quite a kick, so for a female or small make it could be a little jarring. For an average male or skilled female it’s a dream.
I may get the Glock 42 though, for my wife. It’s a Glock, so what else can you say?They’ll likely be getting my money for it soon. Despite all the crap this pistol has received online I bought one. The three major arguments I hear about it are:1. “Its too big for pocket carry.
”Seriously?How small are your pockets?Anyone who claims this is too big for a pocket has never carried a J frame in one. This thing is much easier to conceal than my go to J frame, it prints less, its easier to draw, and frankly its more comfortable. 2. “It should have been a 9mm. ”Ok, yeah I can sort of see where your coming from here but by that notion so should the PPK.
The thing about a tiny little 9mm is yes, you have a powerhouse of a round considering the size of the gun but what are you giving up?Comfort namely. Certainly thats not the point of a carry gun, but I don’t know about you guys, I like to shoot. I tend to imagine if your on this website you do too. I don’t tend to shoot things that I don’t enjoy shooting. I can bust things with my 3 inch model 63 that I can’t with at 22 rifle because I shoot the 63 ALL THE TIME.
Its fun. Any gun your going to stake your life on you should also shoot ALL THE TIME. I enjoy the 42 enough to shoot it as much as finances will allow. To me, thats probably more important. If I am extremely comfortable, confident, and competent with the firearm I think that outweighs a firearm I shoot occasionally that can dole out 100 more ft. lbs.
but thats just me. 3. “Its a glock it should eat anything. ”Obviously some people are having different experiences than me, but mine does. I have bought a box of everything I can find and mine chews it right up and politely asks for more.
I know glock has made a few changes over the course of production and perhaps me getting a later model made a difference, I don’t know. I do however thinks its a bit ridiculous to expect any semi automatic to fire ANYTHING you put in it glock or not. If you want a firearm that is that apathetic about ammo, buy a revolver. If you carry a gun, you should have at least a few boxes of your carry ammo through it to confirm it will work. If nothing else you get to make sure POA and POI are what your expecting.
I tried out a Glock 19 several weeks ago and really, really liked it. I was thoroughly not expecting that, primarily because I have the hands of a second grader and did not expect the Glock to fit comfortably in my hand. It did. I didn’t have much interest in a . 380 because I had test driven a Walther PPK and, much to my surprise, I didn’t like it much.
I went to a local gun shop and noticed that the 42’s were on sale … and there was a waiting list for the 43’s. Handling the 42 felt very comfortable. A friend of mine found out about my interest in the 42 and let me test drive his over the weekend. I have to say, it handled beautifully. All of the accuracy of the 19, but a lot more comfortable in my little Hobbit hands.
I think it’s going to be my next birthday present to myself. I only carry 9mm and 45, for self defense. I started in 1973 with a Colt Detective Special, and carried a snubby or PPK’s for 20+ years in NYC. There are so many small guns out now, that it has become overkill as far as what to carry goes. I believe you should carry what you normally shoot, so I carry a PM9 with a 7+1 mag, sometimes the standard 6+1. I found that if you can conceal a 380, you can conceal a Kahr 9mm.
I have done so for 6 yrs now, and the gun shoots everything. As far as wear goes, it has held up well, ” the night sights still function although not as bright”, and I polished off some pitting last year. Other than that, I would replace it with another of the same if I needed to. I have owned the LCP, shield, XDS, and several other small guns from 22 to 45, over the years, and it’s just not worth getting a gun that is so small that you can’t grip it properly, or so large that you can’t pocket carry it , for me. The part about the 42 being pleasantly shootable is pretty much right…it STILL has some buck to it, just not as horrendous as some others…I owned an AMT all stainless . 380, and it was absolutely awful to shoot…something like a 16 pound, DA only trigger, sharp edges on the mag with the extension for the little finger, and it was heavy for such a small pistol.
Plus, if I remember correctly, it didn’t lock the slide back after the last round…I got rid of it…yeah, I know, don’t remind me…Am anxiously awaiting for Lone Wolff to do a stainless guide rod assembly for the 42…I put one in my 1st gen Glock 21, and it makes follow up shots exceptionally quick and accurate…recoil, which was never bad, is now even more mild, plus the straight back nature of the recoil makes staying on target that much easier…SUPER nice…THE GLOCK 42 IS A DANGEROUS WEAPON!I bought this weapon 3 years ago. It was my first pistol, I owned revolvers before. From the beginning I had major issues with feeding problems. On every full 6 round magazine, I would have a misfire at the range. The magazines I got with the weapon with marked 02.
After awhile, I finally contact Glock and they told me to send my magazines back and they would send me the newer 03 magazines. I did and the weapon still has feeding problems with the updated magazines. I believe the weapon is dangerous and undependable to say the least. It is not a weapon you want to depend on for your safety.