The most controversial phrase I have ever put in print is this: I’m not a fan of GLOCKs. I never have been. I have always liked attractive guns. For handguns, that meant things like the venerable Browning Hi-Power with wood grips, the 1911 Colt in blue with rosewood trim and even James Bond’s Walter PPK because of its unique lines. I always found GLOCKs a bit ugly.
When introduced back in the ’80s, the plastic gun with metal barrel and parts made quite a stir, especially among the gun-control crowd. The fear was that current metal detecting technology at airports and such would not be able to detect these new guns, however, this induced hysteria quickly proved wrong. As the GLOCK became more widely used, it proved itself as a lightweight and exceptionally reliable handgun, going on to become the number one most carried firearm by law enforcement by a significant margin.
The party I was with at the 2014 SHOT Show media day dragged me into the GLOCK shooting area with the promise of something new that might change my mind. Did it ever. You see, since I becoming a concealed weapons holder, I have come to appreciate more than ever a lightweight firearm that is exceptionally reliable. I regularly carry an easily concealable lightweight polymer .380 even if I am wearing a suit and tie. Now GLOCK makes one.
Additionally, GLOCK added a full-size .45 automatic. I shot both of handguns and would consider myself a convert. The small-framed GLOCK G42 .380 is large enough to feel comfortable and point well from my hand; it shoots exceptionally well with great accuracy and almost no recoil or muzzle jump. There are arguments everywhere about the potency of a .380, the superior stopping power of a .40 or .45 caliber, even some that are against the carry of semiautomatics at all in favor of a .38 or even .357 revolver. I take heed of all of them but respectfully decline them.
I tried carrying a medium-framed 9mm, a small .40 caliber and, on occasion, a shoulder-holstered .38-caliber Colt Diamondback revolver. None was comfortable. There were times when I felt like taking them off for a break—just for a little bit. That’s the most dangerous thing you can do, because it doesn’t matter how much stopping power you have if it’s in the truck while you’re at the ATM.
With a standard capacity of 6+1 and a loaded weight of 14.36 ounces, GLOCK’s G42 is a gun that is both potent and a pleasure to carry. I found it exceptionally accurate for such a small gun, and plan it as an addition to my collection.
“What’s your favorite carry gun?” Have you ever taken it off for comfort/concealment issues? Tell us about your choice in the comment section.
Ace Luciano is first a seasoned hunter, an accomplished angler and experienced outdoorsman. He is also a published outdoor author, seminar speaker, consultant and entrepreneur. Ace is involved in numerous conservation and youth-oriented projects. He spends much of his time pursuing his passion of introducing youths to the outdoors through the United Sportsmans Youth Foundation. Over the years, Ace has traveled the globe in pursuit of both game and fish, from North America to Africa, from Europe to Australia. Aces highly successful booking agency, World Game Hunts, Ltd., specializes in affordable, unbelievable hunting and fishing trips. You can contact or learn more about Ace at www.AceLuciano.com.
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