Glock Model 42 .380 ACP: Too Big or Perfect Size?
How long has Glock’s fan base been requesting a sub-compact single stack? Well, the day has finally come, but why are people still grumbling? First, the .380 ACP caliber seems to have more detractors than fans, even in today’s micro pocket-gun world. The debate on whether the .380 is an acceptable caliber for self-defense is irrelevant. The question is, did Glock create the perfect one?
We have had the 42 for a little over a week and have put several hundred rounds of FMJ and carry hollow point ammo through it during this period. The ammo we were able to test was Remington UMC 95gr FMJ, PPU 94gr FMJ, and Federal Hydra-Shok 90gr Hollow points. The results have been as you would expect from any Glock, zero malfunctions. It fed, fired, and ejected every brand of ammo that we loaded flawlessly. This Model 42 seems very functional and also a comfortable soft-shooting little pistol.
With the thinner grip, you probably will not get the groups you are used to with your Glock 19, but with the slightly longer sight radius and almost zero recoil, it definitely outguns most micro .380′s in it’s class. Once I got used to the grip, I was able to easily put the bullets anywhere I wanted at 30 feet. It feels more substantial in the hand than other .380′s such as the Ruger LCP or the Bodyguard, but it still only has the same capacity (6 + 1).
It looks, tears down, and shoots just like any other Glock, only smaller of course. But, is it small enough? For me the answer is no. If I want to carry a 6 + 1 .380, then I prefer the comfort of carry that the LCP/Bodyguard sized pistols offer. I know some will say ” I have big hands and the LCP feels like a toy to me.” Well, I have large hands too, and I was able to adjust very quickly to the micros and shoot them accurately and consistently. So why would I want to add size, thickness,and weight without the benefit of added capacity or even caliber? The model 42 definitely pushes the envelope on what you would consider a comfortable firearm for pocket carry, and do you really want to have to holster a 6 round .380? Personally, for me to justify carrying a larger .380 than a Bodyguard, I would need at least 2 more rounds in the magazine.
Some people on the other hand do not mind carrying guns that are a little bit larger, thicker, and heavier. But, are those people carrying .380′s anyway? Probably not. We are talking about a 6 + 1 .380 ACP that is roughly the same size as a PM9. Did I miss something? I think that this pistol, even though it feels and shoots great, will only appeal to a small segment of the gun-carrying population. The people who will love this gun will be those who love Glocks, like .380′s, and wanted one in this exact size. To these people, this may be the perfect gun in the perfect size. To the rest of us, it is just another reminder that Glock is still a decade behind what the public has been begging them to deliver.