When Glock lastly launched their ultra-light, ultra-compact, ultra-portable Glock 42 after years of infinite hypothesis, one would have anticipated Glock lovers to rejoice – lastly a real Glock different to the Ruger LCP and Kahr PM9.
However nay… To my nice shock, this announcement was met with a refrain of disappointment, whining, and basic complaining from the huge vocal majority of Glock customers. Which frankly left me puzzled.
Why The Disappointment?
Effectively, the Glock 42 is chambered in .380, NOT the ever present, almighty 9mm.
Come on, of us… it’s not all about caliber. The best gun, the precise holster, the precise instrument or weapon depends solely on the job and the circumstances.
And let’s be trustworthy… Ballistics exams don’t present a lot distinction between the assorted small caliber handgun masses. Except you’re evaluating 9mm / .380 to 7.62 or .50 cal, the distinction can be minimal.
Positive, the .380 spherical is dearer and tougher to seek out than 9mm, and arguably has rather less punch. However Glock had some compromises to make given at present’s supplies expertise limitations. And I imagine they selected appropriately.
They produced a gun that’s far simpler to shoot [accurately] than the favored micro weapons in the marketplace at present.
Glock produced a miniaturized model of their normal platform, i.e. a tiny Glock 19. It handles the identical, feels the identical, and even breaks down the identical. This can be a Glock, simply smaller.
What’s So Nice About The Glock 42?
- It’s gentle! Virtually half the burden of the trusty Glock 19.
- It’s skinny! Half the thickness of the trusty Glock 19.
- It’s extremely pocketable. In cargo shorts/pants, you’ve acquired your self an important Again Up Gun or on a regular basis scorching climate carry.
- It has virtually no recoil to talk of. This gun requires much less hand/arm energy than any gun I’ve ever shot.
Severely, that is simply essentially the most underrated Glock of all time.
Positive, should you truly NEED a firearm in a life or demise state of affairs, you’d most likely a lot reasonably be holding a Glock 19 with its normal 15 spherical journal of 9mm. Further magazine, that’s one other 15 rounds.
The Glock 19 could be the proper 9mm firearm. It feels nice within the hand, it shoots rattling nicely, it breaks down effortlessly, it would eat no matter you feed it ammo-wise, it would run with little or no oil, it would go and go and to even with a horrible (uncommon) cleansing routine. It could be the AK of the handgun world… it. simply. works.
The Glock 19 is a superb on a regular basis carry choice. That’s the firearm that ought to all the time be at hand when wardrobe and setting permits.
However that’s a big 2 kilos of gun to have in your pants, and wardrobe / conditions don’t all the time go well with such a noticeable firearm.
So for these occasions when the Glock 19 can’t make the journey… we lastly have a viable choice that JUST WORKS.
The Glock 42 is a REAL gun, it FEELS actual, it handles like an actual Glock. But it’s small and lightweight sufficient to be way more transportable than your different Glocks.
The Glock 42 is small and lightweight sufficient to return alongside effortlessly and stick with you for the run… and nonetheless sufficiently small to maintain out of sight. Stomach band holster FTW!
It’s additionally sturdy sufficient to face up to the sweat it’s going to be uncovered to day by day, which is greater than will be mentioned for a lot of different carry weapons. Professional tip: Clear / Oil Your Carry Gun Typically (At Least Weekly)
Want a dependable, small backup gun or a pocket gun?
No downside – The Glock 42 matches neatly in cargo pant pockets.
For smaller pockets / tighter locations, try the Ruger LCP as a smaller choice. It might not shoot practically the identical, however it would slot in locations the Glock 42 can’t.
Want a gun gentle sufficient to tuck into the elastic band of your Beneath Armour exercise shorts?
Yep, Glock 42 acquired you coated (with the ever helpful DeSantis Nemesis cheesy holster).
Are There Comparable Firearms?
- Sig P938 – This might be the closest contender. Chambered in 9mm, the P938 is actually the identical bodily measurement because the Glock 42. However that 9mm spherical kicks much more in the identical measurement body. The P938 can also be noticeably heavier, and practically twice the worth ($800 road vs $400 road for the Glock 42).
- Sig P238 – Chambered in .380, barely smaller than the Sig P938, however nonetheless significantly heavier than the Glock 42.
- Kahr PM9 – Chambered in 9mm, the Karh PM9 can also be the identical bodily measurement because the Glock 42. It’s an excellent gun, I simply don’t take care of the texture… the steadiness is in some way barrel heavy in comparison with the Glock. Additionally maybe 50% dearer and considerably larger recoil. Additionally far, way more cumbersome to interrupt down.
- Kahr CW9 – Kahr additionally makes a decrease value model of the PM9 (the CW9), which is functionally equivalent however decrease value supplies and end. Identical comparability factors as above.
At this level, not one of the above are choices we might advocate over the Glock 42.
And there are smaller firearms, most well-known and broadly used maybe being the smaller nonetheless Ruger LCP, additionally chambered in .380. Then others just like the Beretta Nano, Kahr P380 (and the decrease value CW390), choices from Kahr, even Seecamp and North American Arms on the tremendous tiny aspect.
Thes smaller choices are extra concealable however should not practically as simple to shoot or break down because the Glock 42.
“By no means go anyplace and not using a knife.”
For those who carry a gun, you’re possible accustomed to that idea. For those who’re not, then take it to coronary heart. The knife is certainly one of man’s oldest and most helpful instruments. At all times carry a knife. Ideally two.
The Glock 42 pairs properly with a Spyderco Pacific Salt Serrated. At simply 2.eight oz, this can be a rattling nicely made, strong 4″ pocket chainsaw. Extremely really useful. Be warned, you’ll find yourself shopping for a couple of.
Conclusion and Abstract Suggestions
Please, of us… drop the caliber envy and take a look at the Glock 42 for what it’s… a wonderful, extremely transportable, pocketable Glock.
It’s a wonderful back-up gun to a bigger firearm just like the Glock 19, and is dependable sufficient to be major carry for conditions the place wardrobe gained’t allow one thing as massive and heavy as a Glock 19.
The best gun quantities to the precise instrument for the job, regardless of the job could also be. Select correctly.
Keep on, pals… keep it up.