Saturday, January 4, 2014
Not That There Is Anything Wrong With A .380
Rumors have abounded on the Internet about the new Glock that will be officially released at the 2014 SHOT Show. Glock itself had teaser ads out in November about a smaller Glock pistol officially named the G42.
Just before Christmas, a post on BoomerShooter.com had two pictures of either a catalog page or an ad showing the G42 as being a single stack .380 ACP pistol. As Steve at the Firearm Blog said, they looked legit.
I guess they looked legit because they probably are legit if the video below released by Glock Inc USA is to be believed. I can't see Glock releasing misleading info on a new pistol on their official YouTube page. The video features Chris Reese, Warranty Tech Supervisor, of Glock, Inc. North America describing the new G42.
There are a lot of single stack 6+1 .380 ACP pistols out there now ranging from the Ruger LCP to the Sig P238 and everything in between. I'm sure the Glock is a decent pistol and will have good sales but the market has moved on to the pocket or micro-nines.
It could be that Glock is going to release a single stack nine as both the G41 and G43 are supposed to be released as well. They could be using the rumor mill about the G42 as a red herring to make the introduction of a pocket 9mm more newsworthy. I don't know and I'm guessing the only people who do know either work for Glock or have signed a really tight non-disclosure agreement.
UPDATE: SayUncle has a video up of the Glock 41 which is a long-slide .45 ACP pistol. You can see it here.