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 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.


  1. There's nothing wrong with a .380 ACP, unless you can fit and handle a 9mm Luger in the same frame. Why only go with adequate when you can have better?

  2. It's a Glock. It'll sell just fine. It's not meant for us, anyway.

    That said, I like the P238. I used it to kill a 300 pound hog in December. As a caveat, it was a hog from my farm and I used Federal Hydrashock at point blank range (less than a foot) between the eyes. I am not suggesting this is a hunting round/gun, but for the close-in stuff it did the trick. It was also a one-off test. Next time back to the rifle.