Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Glock G42 Carry 380acp Review

I'm sure it comes as no surprise, but Glock won't have to change their famous slogan anytime soon. That's because their latest pistol, the pocket-sized G42 in .380acp, is worthy of the term "Perfection". This is the first, all new pistol we've seen from Glock in years-- and the first made exclusively in the new Gen4 format. Gen4 means a new style of grip texture, dual recoil spring, enlarged and ambidextrous magazine release, but interestingly enough: NO interchangeable grip backstraps. It's also the first Glock that is only being produced here in the US for our market. If you remember last year, Glock started offering their ubiquitous 9mm and 40S&W models with your choice of AUSTRIA or USA stamped on the slide. The new Glock 42 380acp is American as apple pie, or a Georgia peach for that matter: with an image of the state in several highly visible places on the pistol. So what has taken so long? This is the Glock we've been asking for, well… forever. You can tell the company waited until the G42 was worthy of their name before launching it. Fit and finish is impeccable, not unlike other Glock models. Reliability is unmatched. Accuracy is unparalleled. It feels great in your hand, and even better in your pocket. When compared to other pocket pistols in this class, you might think the G42 is a little big. You would be correct. It is bigger. And that's a good thing. With the Glock 42, you can get more of your hands wrapped around the tiny frame. Sure, your pinky is still hanging off the grip, but not as much as it does while shooting the venerable Ruger LCP or Smith & Wesson Bodyguard. The G42 feels substantial because it is substantial. Even though the antiquated .380acp round may be considered anemic by some, the build quality inspires confidence. This is no Kel-tec. It's a Glock-- and it means business. And business is good. The trigger is exactly what you've come to expect from the Austrian powerhouse. Any Glock owner will immediately feel comfortable and at home with its manual of arms. As you can see in our G42 photo gallery, the internals are also familiar. If I'm being honest, I still feel the Kahr P380 has the best-in-class trigger, but the Glock 42 takes a close second place. And when supply catches up with demand and prices flatten out, the street price will be well below the expensive Kahr. I'm also quite sure that there will be trigger modifications coming to market shortly. Frankly, the only negative I can find are Glock's obligatory plastic sights. Usually, that isn't a problem for Glock aficionados, since there are a wide range of aftermarket accessories for most models. But not for this micro Glock… yet. We'll just have to wait for the things to catch up. We'd also like to see an extended magazine and maybe a laser. I'm sure these are in the works. So, the Glock 42 is a must have for any fan of Gaston's mighty Glock. It's an instant classic. Now, please make us a single stack 9mm. And hurry up about it. Until next time, here are some items that have been recently marked down. Priced to move. Get you some of this: GLOCK 21SF 45ACP - $505 S&W SHIELD 9MM - $439 SPRINGFIELD XDS 45ACP - $525 PARA BLACK OPS 1911 45ACP - $999 FN PS90 30RD MAGS - $19 RUGER 10/22 TAKEDOWN RIFLE 22LR - $319 FN SCAR HEAVY 308WIN - $2699 ROCK RIVER ARMS LAR-8 ELITE OPERATOR 308WIN - $1699 LWRC M6IC 5.56MM - $2208 BRAVO COMPANY MID16 MOD 2 5.56MM - $1411 LWRC M6A2 10" SBR 5.56MM - $2549 LWRC M6A2 16" 5.56MM - $2000 HSGI WOOSATCH-E PLATE CARRIER - $119 LWRC M6SL W/ CA BULLET BUTTON 5.56MM - $1399 Have a good one and God bless! -- Evan

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