GLOCK Introduces the G42 .380 ACP

GLOCK 42 .380 ACP pistol

Stop the rumor mill and start the presses. Whether due to poor OPSEC or great marketing, the word has been leaking out for a few weeks that Glock will introduce a new .380 ACP version of its ultra popular pistols dubbed the Glock 42. The Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show begins January 15th and is the traditional launch point. That being the case, Media Day runs on the 14th and Cheaper Than Dirt! will have its cameras rolling with the first range reviews of the Glock 42 and other popular models.

GLOCK 42 .380 ACP pistol
The Glock 42 .380 ACP is the smallest pistol Glock has made to date.

New models rumored are the Glock 41 and 42. Industry insiders have detailed the Glock 41 as a long slide practical/tactical .45 ACP. This makes sense given the fact that Glock already has the Glock 34 in 9mm and Glock 35 in 40 S&W—both are practical/tactical long slide models. The Glock 41 would round out and balance the offerings.

The practical/tactical line has much to offer. The design is ideal for competition and increases accuracy potential. Out of the box, they are lighter; feature an improved trigger, extended slide stop release, and adjustable rear sights. They also offer a full 5-inch barrel length, which extends the sight radius and a lightened slide, which prevents the end of the slide from being too heavy and better balances the gun.

While none of the details are set in stone, enthusiasts and insiders uncovered a leaked ad. The ad states the Glock 42 will be a .380 ACP caliber with a 6+1 capacity. The rest is pretty much standard fare including a 5.5-pound trigger and white-dot notch sight.

That’s good news for shooters looking for a smaller Glock and do not mind a smaller caliber. On the hand, Glock enthusiasts will have to wait another year in hopes of a single-stack 9mm.

If you are savvy in the way of the Glock, you might be taking a mental tally and find a missing hole—the Glock 40. Nothing is confirmed, but the smart money is betting Glock will skip the Model 40. Conventional thinking believes a Model 40 could confuse consumers and novice shooter, believing it to be a .40 S&W.

Cheaper Than Dirt! commands a strong presence at the SHOT Show and Media Day. Rest assured, we will have a team of evaluators and cameras ready to present a first look. Given the ample Glocks already present on the website, I’d check back soon. The Glock 42 should carry an MSRP below $500.

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Comments (18)

  1. If the trigger reach is the same as all of the other Glocks then I won’t buy one. I have small hands so the Sig P238 works for me as well as the Walther PPK/s in single action mode. The trigger reach has to be close enough to get my finger pad or my index finger knuckle on the trigger. Otherwise I won’t shoot straight and will be limp wristing the pistol.

  2. I think this is the perfect gun. Nobody argues how great Glock 9mm’s are. But some people (my wife) can shoot them but don’t want to because of the recoil. So she has gone down to a .25acp. This will be a soft enough shooter to give people something that has a good chance of providing adequate firepower for self defense that scare away fro 9mm or bigger.

  3. Going…Going…sold. I wrote ’em, told ’em what I wanted and they gave it to me…very obliging bunch of Austrians. Now, make the 9 (spread around the good cheer) and while ur at it, I want a 32 the size of my Seecamp but make it a 7+1, that’s not finiky about the ammo and since I’m being so bold, try to make ’em cheap enough so I can get the 36 I’ve always wanted. And for all u 380 carriers we all know, right? Given all the 380 choices if the Glock’s thrown into the mix, what are u gonna carry? Hey, case closed…next case!

  4. Will the 42 tempt me to trade in my lcp time will tell. I did look at the Sig 380 but the price that bothered me. Now for a Glock model 40 I think it should be a 22 cal since the Glock 22 is a 40 maybe I just like to see the world burn LOL

  5. The Glock 42 will be a long term success despite what some on here think and here are the reasons why.
    1. First of all the price point will be under $500. Even if it was to be over $500, people will pay the premium because it is a Glock and they know it is a quality gun. I am sure it will not fell cheap and chinsy like the S&W Bodyguard. My wife has one and I personally hate it. There are two 380’s on the market now which sell quite well at over $500, the Colt Mustang and the Sig P238 which I have and LOVE!!
    2. Despite some comments, the 380 ship has not sailed nor is the market dead. Go try to find or buy 380 ammo. A year and half ago I could buy 50 ct box of Blazer brass target ammo for $15, now you can’t touch them for under $19 a box IF you can find them.
    3. Glock reliability.
    4. The CCW boom is nowhere near over.
    5. Glock is the IPhone of guns, period. Haters will bash Glocks just like haters will bash Apple. Fact remains they are the top selling for a reason other than just marketing. You can market a turd all you want, at the end of the day it is still a turd and NOBODY will continually buy turds. They are the best at what they do, hence they sell more than anybody else.
    6. Glock prices their stuff right. Not cheap but not overly expensive.
    7. The size of this gun may be bigger than some 380’s on the market but it will not matter to many. It is still something that a guy can put in his pocket. A woman can still carry it in her purse easily.

    Just my .02 worth

  6. Shooting Times has actual size pics of the Glock 42 this month. With a 7 round magazine my S&W Shield 9mm is the exact same size. Only it is more powerful with an extra round.

    Barrel Length: 3.1″ / 7.874 cm
    Overall Length: 6.1″ / 15.5 cm
    Frame Width: .95″ / 2.413 cm
    Overall Height: 4.6″ / 11.684 cm
    Weight: 19.0 oz / 538.7 g
    Sight Radius: 5.3″ / 13.3 cm

  7. I think this pistol will potentially be a flop long term if they put the price point at $500.00+. There are too many very good manufacturers producing quality .380’s at a much more reasonable price that are very reliable. I’m sure there are many Glock enthusiasts who will disagree but to place the price so high will push away many consumers especially when there are viable substitutes. In the beginning it will seem like a hit but long term I believe most consumers will not pay $500.00+ for a .380. The other challenge will be to compete against other pistols just as small with a frame less than 1” thick, barrel 3.125”, capacity 7+1 rounds (6 with flush magazine), height 4.6”, caliber 9mm, etc. Yes, I’m talking about the M&P Shield in 9mm with a current store price of $400 – $440. When you compare that to the Glock 42 which is about the same specs one would have to ask the question “why someone would pay almost $100 more (when you add in transfer fees + tax) for a .380 pistol with the same or less capacity than the M&P Shield or other subcompact 9mm that are close to the same size as the Glock 42.” I think Glock has really missed the mark with this new pistol when so many of their loyal customers have been asking for a single stack subcompact 9mm for years.

  8. I am already in love with this Glock, just from the video and thought of the size. Glock model numbers never confuse the daily connoisseur of firearms. Though, you will come across a few people that think your G22 is a .22 pistol, and their 9mm hi-point will put you down faster. (An oblivious “gangster wannabe” that I work with once said that to me when we got on the subject of firearms. I look forward to the 1st impression evaluation/s from CTD.

  9. Its longer,taller,wider,and weighs more than my diamondback db9mm. I dont think glock listens to us gun people,most of us have been screaming for a single stack 9mm. I own a single stack 45acp glock 36 and i love it. Iguess that pocket 9 from glock is not going to happen,someone should tell glock the 380 boat has sailed, ie 3at,lcp,bodyguard,p380,and db380 to name a few, all of them smaller and lighter. Its still a glock and im sure it will be a great gun. Any new gun is great news for all of us. It looks like 2014 will be a interesting year. I cant wait to get my hand on the new remington r51, that looks like the perfect ccw weapon. Until then my db9 in a desantis pocket holster will keep me and mine covered. L.T.

  10. GLOCK chart,, shows .380 models already in their line-up… law enforcement only at this time. Maybe those would fill that gap for civilians. Now, for the Model 40… maybe this will be the much sought after 9mm single stack? Then, could I giddily hope that my long requested and much fantasized G30XT is in the works?!?!? Just imagine, a G30S in Gen 4 (RTF and big mag button) with an extended grip (that’s the XT part)! See, there’s a hole in the chart between the G21 and the G30. If I may, GLOCK, please consider this design idea for the XT grip… mag well opening of a G26/27, with 3 finger groove grip of a G19/23. Overall height, length and thickness to be like the regular G30S by using a flat mag bottom instead of the ‘filler’ bottom on the G30 mag. Here’s the ‘cut and paste’ pic I made so y’all could see what I’m talkin’ about…
    Maybe this could be the new ‘Model G45’?!? PLEASE! PLEASE!! PLEASE!!!
    P.S. my previous offer still stand regarding my special request! Go “USA000”!

  11. I don’t think there would be any confusion with the Glock 40 being the single stack 9mm since the caliber is stamped right next to the model number. I bet they use it for something later. Maybe even the single stack 9mm. If someone is confused about what they are buying when it comes to handguns; they need to bring a friend who does know or count of the person at the LGS to guide them honestly; which I think most do.

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