I recently picked up a Glock 42 in .380 auto as a compact concealed carry pistol. I was looking for something that was easy to carry concealed in the summer months with shorts and a t-shirt, yet had adequate stopping power and was very reliable (as Glock pistols are known for).
The Glock 42 is my second Glock, having picked up the Glock 26 this past Fall. Up until now, I was carrying a Springfield XDs in either 9mm or .45 ACP. While they are great concealed carry pistols, I wanted something even smaller and lighter for the warmer seasons. The Springfield XDs weighs in at 23 oz empty, while the Glock 42 is only 13.8 oz. The Glock 42 is also only 5.9″ long, where the Springfield is 6.3″ long. This makes the Glock slightly more comfortable in the appendix carry position while sitting.
I had heard and read good things about the Glock 42, so I decided to give this one a try. The Glock 42 lived up to the reviews and then some.
It is very simple, well balanced, comfortable to grip, a delight to carry, quick to clean, and a pleasure to shoot. After picking it up and giving it an introductory cleaning, I headed to my favorite range for a few hours. After a several boxes of ammunition through it, the pistol felt right at home. Surprisingly, for a very light pistol in a compact form factor, it had very little muzzle lift and was easy to control and bring back on target for follow-up shots. It was as on-target as my XDs after just a single session at the range. The lightweight design makes it more comfortable to carry in warm weather wear. While it only holds six rounds in the magazine, it comes with an extra magazine, which can be easily concealed in a pocket.
A fellow NRA instructor and former Marine officer, Dean Barr, was able to demonstrate the accuracy and handling of the Glock 42, performing double-taps at 7 yards in a nice close group.
Some gun owners may argue that the .380 auto is not a significant enough round for personal protection. However, the problem that many people face is that they may opt to not carry at all due to the bulk or weight of a larger firearm while dressing comfortably for warmer weather or climates.
“The Glock 42 is very simple, well balanced, comfortable to grip, a delight to carry, quick to clean, and a pleasure to shoot.”
The Glock 42 helped eliminate that need to choose. It allows for a lightweight, comfortable carry no matter what you’re wearing. The .380 can also be loaded a defensive round like a hollow point for added stopping power. The only other possible negative for some gun owners may be the grip size. The grip is fairly small, making a shooter with larger hands possibly problematic. However, for men with smaller hands or for women shooters, the gun will feel right at home.
All in all, if you are looking for a great concealed carry pistol for the summer or a backup concealed carry pistol, I’d highly recommend giving the Glock 42 serious consideration.