Weeks ago, when the buzz about the new Glock’s being released at Shot Show, there was a lot of excitement in the air. Being a Glock guy, I was all over every little bit of info coming out about the G42. Was this the long awaited single stack 9mm most personal defense minded people wanted from Glock? Was this the possible Shield killer, without a manual safety, that most wanted the Shield to be? Well the answer is NO to both. The G42 is a single stack 380 Auto. There is no doubt the G42 will sell. There are a lot of people who will buy it and like it, but the G42 is not the personal defense firearm it could be. It is neither as small as other deep conceal 380’s and it does not hold any more rounds than those 380’s.
Several reviews are starting to come out about the G42 and it’s already being praised as one of the most innovative firearms since the G17. Really?, I don’t think so, maybe if it was in 9mm or .40 cal. The G42 is in no way in the same class as the G17, G19, G26 or any of the similar Glock.40 cal and .45 ACP models. While it may be a Glock, at the end of the day it is not the serious deep conceal, personal defense firearm, it is being advertized as. The G42 is not filling a nitch that other .380’s already fill. It is larger than the other .380’s and is pushed into the 9mm sized single stack guns, i.e. (S&W Shield, Springfield XDs and the Kahr PM9). You would expect the G42 to at least have a few extra rounds in it due to the size but it does not even pull that off. It just feels like Glock has gone in the wrong direction with the G42.
If the G42 would have been released as a 9mm, I would not dispute that it would be a very innovative firearm, a single stack 9mm with Glock function & reliability. I would get one ASAP. This is what most serious personal defense minded people wanted from Glock. It still would be hard to touch the reputation of the G17 or G19 but it would be a serious personal defense firearm. I have talked with several of our Loose Rounds friends in the Firearm Instructing & Training community, all have been truly disappointed in the G42 being chambered in 380 Auto. Now, some out there will say; what’s wrong with it being 380? or don’t buy it if you don’t like it and they will argue all sorts of things about the G42. Simply stated, 380 Auto just does not get the job done. No round being fired at you is anything to sneeze at, but 380 has its place and that place is in a very small super concealable firearm. If you have to use a firearm in a “worst case scenario”, you want the most “bang for the buck”. I was really hesitant to pick up a G42, simply because it’s a 380. The G42 is too large for the caliber and this makes me want to stick with a G19 as that’s the case. Also, my wife is on the fence with carrying it because of the size. She has a smaller 380 and if she is going to carry a larger firearm it’s going to be in 9mm, she likes the Shield or a G26.
There is some good to go with the bad. The G42 is large enough to be chambered in 9mm. It is still a Glock with a locking block design and this makes the possibility of Glock coming out with a 9mm/.40 cal version possible. This will more than likely not happen this year but hopefully not as long as two to five years from now. If you look at the G26, the size is not hard to deal with/conceal and you get eleven (11) rounds of 9mm with it. If you are looking for a thin carry gun, the Shield which is almost the same size has 7+1 capacity, fills the role better and its a 9mm. For those of us who love Glock’s for what they are and what they do, the G42 is a major disappointment. It will definitely be on my worst of 2014 list at the end of the year. Not because the G42 does not work or people won’t buy it, but because it’s a Glock and it falls extremely short of being a serious personal defense firearm.
Here is a Link to some of the new internal parts of the G42: http://looserounds.com/2014/01/24/glock-g42-stripped-new-internals/
Here is a Link to Glock Parts Changes to the G42 http://looserounds.com/2014/05/10/glock-appears-to-have-made-changes-to-the-g42/