Glock G42: A Remarkable Handgun

GLOCK G42, CORBON DPX Ammunition and ProChrono

For most of my life, I have carried what some refer to as big guns. The Chief’s Special is a backup. The Commander .45 is a carry gun.

And I am familiar with practically every light pistol made in the past century, from the Harrington and Richardson SLP to the Walther PP Super.

Some work better than others. Very few have service-gun reliability.

The very nice, slick SIG P230 is a great handgun, and there are not many others I trust.

And frankly, compared to the current crop of compact 9mm handguns, the P230 is not that small.

Enter the GLOCK G42, a long-awaited and much-heralded pistol. The GLOCK G42 is a slim, light and reliable .380 ACP pistol. To its credit, GLOCK did not attempt to build a pistol that stuffs 10 rounds into the frame.

There really is not anything quite like it.

The GLOCK G42 bears a resemblance to the Generation 4 GLOCK, with the same grip texture and magazine release, although it does not have the light rail or interchangeable backstrap.

Features of the GLOCK G42

The pistol is a fresh design, building on proven GLOCK principles. The G42 is a 6-plus-1 capacity pistol, thin, very thin, with a 0.95-inch frame and 0.825-inch slide.

The pistol is only 4.25 inches tall and just short of 6 inches long and weighs 12 ounces unloaded. While some pistols pretend to be pocket pistols, the GLOCK G42 .380 ACP is a true pocket pistol.

An important difference between the GLOCK 42 and the other .380 pistols is that the G42 is not a blowback pistol. In these handguns, the slide blows to the rear off of a fixed barrel.

The locked breech is the stronger system and is seldom used in pistols of this size and weight. An advantage of that operating mechanism is recoil and pressure are controlled more efficiently.

The pistol features dual recoil springs in the modern spring-within-a-spring GLOCK design. Another advantage of the locked-breech design is that handloaders may load the cartridge a bit hotter.

I do not wish to contribute to the delinquency of handloaders, but another locked-breech .380 ACP pistol, once very popular, was the Star S Model.This was a strong locked-breech with which I experimented a few decades ago.

However, .380 ACP ammunition has improved somewhat in the past decade, as I discovered while testing the G42.

The pistol features a six-round magazine and comes with two magazines (supplying a pistol with only one magazine is ridiculous). The pistol’s trigger action, sights and appearance are typical GLOCK, and it feels good in the hand.

I have never thought the GLOCK has a natural point; this pistol is an exception.

Another exception is that it is made in America. Imports, exports and tariffs are heady political discussions, and the bottom line is that Glock has given a lot of good folks in Georgia honest work. I like that.

The pistol operates in the same way as every other GLOCK. When you rack the slide, the trigger partially cocks, or is “prepped” in GLOCK parlance.

The striker partially draws to the rear, and a long press of the trigger completes the job of cocking and releasing the striker, resulting in a 6-pound trigger compression.

In my experience, the GLOCK trigger action may run from 5 to 6 pounds. The G42, however, feels lighter, which may be a result of the leverage of the small handgun.

The RCBS registering trigger compression gauge does not lie.

The mechanics of the pistol are similar to the full-size GLOCK, with slight differences, such as the springs in the takedown lever and the slide stop’s design.

That is understandable when the pistol is downsized to this degree.

Firing the GLOCK G42

After initial familiarization, I fired the G42. I had on hand no less than six types of .380 ACP ammunition. Considering the present ammunition shortage, that is a good amount.

I had:

  • Three types from Fiocchi, one ball load and one using a standard JHP.
  • The Extrema line, using the XTP bullet.
  • The COR-BON DPX load, using the all-copper X bullet.
  • The new Winchester Defense load, using the PDX bullet.
  • The Hornady Critical Defense loading.

I will remove the suspense—there were no failures to feed, chamber, fire or eject.

The G42 is very comfortable to fire. In my experience, small guns are less reliable than larger pistols.

There is simply a more crowded platform that invites the fingers to interfere with the slide stop or trigger.

The GLOCK platform is businesslike and manageable, even in this small pistol, and the G42 is never uncomfortable to fire. There was little difference between firing the hottest loads and the mildest ones.

There was more push and more muzzle flip with the COR-BON loading, yet nothing uncomfortable.

In my mind, that is the rationale for the light .380 ACP pistol; it is lighter than the 9mm and should kick less.

I do not mind mastering a hard-kicking big bore, although when carrying a light caliber, the recoil should be light as well.

The bottom line is that the pistol should be reliable. The GLOCK G42 meets all of those criteria.

Ammunition Performance

Ammunition performance was an eye-opener. As an example, the COR-BON 80-grain DPX load averaged 1070 fps. That is impressive because the G42 barrel is a stubby 3.25 inches.

The COR-BON loading breaks right at 200-foot-pounds of energy. The heavier bullet loads exhibited respectable velocity.

A defense load must demonstrate a balance between expansion and penetration. None of those loads fundamentally change my mind about the .380 ACP, and they do make the most of the caliber.

I found it interesting that the G42 is accurate enough to invite recreational shooting. Small sticks and the usual range bric-a-brac were easily addressed to 15 yards.

It is accurate enough to serve pests and reptiles at a reasonable range. The G42 is fast from concealed carry and comes on target quickly.

I find it the best-handling and most accurate .380 ACP in my recent experience.

GLOCK has a winner in the G42.

Ammunition Test Results

Load Velocity 15-yard group
 Fiocchi 95-gr. FMJ  902 fps  2.5 inches
 Fiocchi 90-gr. JHP  908 fps  2.65 inches
 Fiocchi 90-gr Extrema  870 fps  2.0 inches
 COR-BON 80-gr. DPX  1070 fps  2.75 inches
 Hornady 90-gr Critical Defense  881 fps  2.25 inches
 Winchester 95-gr. Defense  915 fps   2. 6 inches

Do you have a GLOCK G42? What do you think of it? Or, if not, do you plan to check it out? Share in the comments section.


About the Author:

Bob Campbell

Bob Campbell’s primary qualification is a lifelong love of firearms, writing, and scholarship. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice but is an autodidact in matters important to his readers. Campbell considers unarmed skills the first line of defense and the handgun the last resort. (He gets it honest- his uncle Jerry Campbell is in the Boxer’s Hall of Fame.)

Campbell has authored well over 6,000 articles columns and reviews and fourteen books for major publishers including Gun Digest, Skyhorse and Paladin Press. Campbell served as a peace officer and security professional and has made hundreds of arrests and been injured on the job more than once.

He has written curriculum on the university level, served as a lead missionary, and is desperately in love with Joyce. He is training his grandchildren not to be snowflakes. At an age when many are thinking of retirement, Bob is working a 60-hour week and awaits being taken up in a whirlwind many years in the future.

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Holsters for Combat and Concealed Carry
The 1911 Automatic Pistol
The Handgun in Personal Defense
The Illustrated Guide to Handgun Skills
The Hunter and the Hunted
The Gun Digest Book of Personal Defense
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911 second edition
Dealing with the Great Ammunition Shortage
Commando Gunsmithing
The Ultimate Book of Gunfighting
Preppers Guide to Rifles
Preppers Guide to Shotguns
The Accurate Handgun
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Comments (66)

  1. I purchased the G42 as a second pocket to my Pico. I travel alot for work and it’s easier to have equipment for home and travel. The G42 is kind of big for a .380, for having 6+1 it almost as big as some 9mm sub compacts. It felt better at the range than the Pico but it has many typical Glock features that make it a poor pocket pistol. The boxey Glock build prints a lot in pockets. It’s light trigger means in needs a holster of some form, which doesn’t help concealment. My US made G42 has a nasty finish that started to rub thin before I broke it in or qualitIed with it. I loaded a magazine of Underwood Plus P Xtreme Penetrators, a round the Pico handles well. Not the Glock, 1st round stove piped, 2nd broke off the extractor. Once I replaced the extractor I sold it. Glock failed on the pocket pistol, they features that work well on their full and compacts don’t transfer well to a pocket gun. That said I bought the G40 (10mm) and love it, can’t wait to take it hunting (put a nice Delta Pro on it). Pocket wise I got a second Pico for travel.

  2. Mine was the April 2015 edition. It has run 100% with everything including all the cheap Russian stuff which sometimes has hard primers and will not work in other 380s. I since went with the Glock 43 part-time and find the 9mm version is far more accurate and it too shoots everyhing you put in it. I bought my first Glock 19 in July 1990 and really don’t like plastic guns…I like 1911s and top quality wheel guns, that being said, the 3 9mm Glocks I own have never, ever had a failure of any kind whatsoever. I dont shoot reloads or cast in Glocks polygonal barrels so that may help. But you you realize I have had one of these since 1990 and never had a failure, that is pretty remarkable.

  3. I bought my G42 September 2015 and had issues with ejection. It was manufactured June 2015 with the latest updates at that time. I sent it back to Glockenspiel in January 2016 and they replaced the ejector and upgraded all 5 of my magazines to version 3 for free, even the ones I bought elsewhere. It has worked flawlessly ever since. Flat tipped Winchester was the worst before the fixes but even they work now.

  4. I purchased a 42 and had the same problem with mine. I have always carried hollow points in my weapon, but the first time I took mine to the range, the hole in the tip of the round hung-up. The FMJs work perfectly so that is what I am loaded with. not happy about it, but it is what it is. I love my 42 as it is small, light, and unnoticeable. Sort of wish I had gotten the 43 as it is almost the exact size, but 9mm.

    1. Mine runs Hornady and Fiocchi 90 gr. XTP’s with no problem. Of course, no problem with the FMJ practice rounds, either. You just gotta hold the gun with authority. Good groups at 25 yards; good enough to put the bad guy down. Had a problem my 1st time shooting, but learned through the net you just have to hold it tight. As fast or slow I can pull the trigger, no problems anymore. Gun was bought new Dec. 2015. I like it, hardly any kick. As fast as I can pull the trigger I can put them all into a paper plate. And, I am no sharp-shooter; this was my 1st semi-auto that I owned, and first time I’ve shot any hand gun in 18 years. I also have a .38 & .22 Smith & Wesson, like I said, it’s been 18 years. I’m no pro! The G42 fits me well.

  5. I love my glock 42 and have no issues using ball ammo. However the other day I bought Hydra-shok rounds and had a handful of hang-ups while chambering the rounds. I dont have this issue with rounded-Fmj style bullets but can someone recommend a JHP for the glock 42 that they havent had any feed issues with? I would like to carry this during the summer months rather than my .40 but i dont want my second round in the gun to hang up god forbid i have to use it

  6. My G42 was purchased new in late 2015. I have since added the plus 2 magazine extentions, you will not believe the difference this makes to the over all comfort and control of this awesome little glock. It’s recoil to weight is not what you would expect from a small frame pistol, it’s almost unnoticed. As far as ammo choice, I shoot the speer gold dot 90 grain JHP for personal protection. It’s performance is the best as far as penetration and expantion, see the happy gunner ballistic charts. It’s never failed to perform every single time,and like the author I have shot several brands of ammo through it and not one problem. You hardly notice it while concealed carrying. I am a small framed man so it doesn’t stick out like it’s big brothers. So if you want a small light weight concealed carry pistol, this is the one for you. With this caliber and the mentioned ammo from speer, you have a concealed partner you can bet your life on.

  7. I bought my G42 in Dec., 2015 (My Christmas present to me!) and finally got my 1st chance to shoot it yesterday, 3-24-’16. I used Remington102 gr. bjhp (whatever that means!) Out of 20 bullets, I had 3 failures to eject and 2 failures to reload. Up until yesterday, I’ve read many stories of people with the same problems, but 5 failures out of 20 is too many, especially for a Glock. I read several reviews where the XTP bullets had no problems, so I will try them next. I had a box with me but I was so pissed that I decided to run some .38 specials through my S & W, and some .22s through my other Smith Revolver. I figured the bugs were worked out by now but I guess not. I’ll try the XTPs next week. I live in the city (Pgh, PA) so I have a 1/2 hr. drive to the range.

    1. Oh, by the way, the shots that did work were right on target at 25 yards. This was the 1st time I’ve shot a gun in at least 14 years, so, for a guy like me, that’s saying something for the accuracy of the little pocket pistol.

  8. Yep the G42 is a handy little gun…it is 10″00 pm and open carry starts soon in your state…personally after 40+ years carrying a gun in law enforcement, I think it is tactically foolish to open carry….I train people that the first time a dangerous animal or criminal should suspect you are armed is when they see the first muzzle flash….now back on the subject, I have both the Glock 42 and 43 and have been impressed the both fire every hollow point or ball ammo I put thru them. I am especially pleased that they shoot all that cheap steel cased ammo you can buy…Glocks are not my favorite guns, but they are what I carry most often…enjoy yours…

  9. I purchased the G42 for concealed carry and love it! The one thing that I did discover on my first trip to the range is that the hollow point rounds hangup when chambering a round. All of the fmj rounds work just fine with no problems. All in all, this will stay on my belt for total concealment unless I go to a G43 when Texas goes open carry in January.

  10. I discovered you need a higher energy round. I used PMC (low energy rounds) the first time I shot it and had 5 consecutive stove pipes, + continuous FTF’s etc. After using a “death grip”, I had no failures. This gun is very sensitive to limp wristing. I’ve got an LCP, Shields in .40 and 9, and never had to put a grip on them like this one. Next I’ll try higher energy rounds (195 to 210).

    1. Yes, the gun is very sensitive to limp wristing. The Glock factory rep told me in person they had lots and lots of gun returned and all of them were people who could not hold the little grip frame well….I have had mine nearly 17 months and have never had a single failure and that includes several brands of that cheap steel case ammo….that said, the Glock 42 is one of the least accurate handguns that I own…I have been carrying Glocks in law enforcement and privately since 1991, and never had any problems at all….and I just bought the Glock 43, single stack 9mm….it shoots great, even better than the Glock 19…so my suggestion is if you can’t hold the little 380, then move up to the little Glock 43….If you have large hands, you just may not be able to shoot the little gun….FWIW..

  11. I’m 61 and live in Florida ,experienced shooter with almost guns you can get since my 16 years.
    That said,I use to carry a Glock 19 ,Beretta nano and now a Glock 42 depending the dress code of the occasion ,in Miami we use to dress very light so concealing a weapon some times is at least complicated.
    I’ve heard about the 42 6 months ago but waited until others use this gun.
    So couple of months ago I bought the 42 ,I fired a lot of ammo ,even that Mr. Campbell have mentioned here ,in around 500 hundred rounds I’ve had two failures of extraction same box of reloaded ammo with poor powder charge.No issues or malfunctions with the other ammo .
    Now I’m using the 42 for my EDC ,and because some times without holster I’ve changed the strike pin spring for one stronger provided by Wolf.
    I feel very confident with this tiny and reliable glock ,the caliber is not the best but believe me ,a couple of Corbon ,Hydra shock or Hornady bullets in the chest it’s not a joke.
    Hope this work for someone

  12. I now carry the G42 since I am an advancing senior and don’t like a lot of recoil. Since I’ve had it, I installed an extended magazine release, a set of Dawson fiber optic sights, and + 2 magazine extenders. The extension fits my hand perfectly. This gun is a hog – eats and feeds anything I put in it, so far 200 + rounds as fast as I could fire, single or two handed. Carry round has been and will continue to be the Corbon DPX. So far, I haven’t seen any of the problems claimed for the initial release. Mine has a frame stamp of 2, made in June, so maybe the problems have been corrected. It’s no trouble to carry 3 spare mags giving me 32 + 1. Nice gun Gaston.

  13. I am a new gun owner and a new shooter. I chose the G42 because it is a smaller gun that fits my smaller hands. I don’t have alot of experience as I have only shot a gun 6 times ever…but have been to the range 4 times since purchasing my G42 and have had no problems. As a “beginner” I like that fact that it doesn’t have alot of kickback. I also find that I have no problems with the slide and have had no jams. I think that the G42 is an awesome gun and am looking forward to carry it for protection when I receive my CC license.

  14. Joe S. I see you cried fowl as to my comment that the Glock rep told me 99% of the problems that had had dealt with limp wristing. Please note that I bought my gun in April, at a military only event where a VP of Glock, several reps, and their spokesman R. Lee “Gunny” Ermy were present. I am a disabled/retired vet and had a chance to buy one on a military base at a 2 day event at which Glock was present. As an NRA certified handgun instructor, concealed instructor, and 4.5 decades in the military and law enforcement, I was just having shop-talk with the rep and just asked if they had experienced any issues. His comment was that 99% of the ones that had been sent back, all shot well at the factory and the guns seemed more prone to limp wristing. It was just a responsive comment. So, everytime I shoot mine, I hold with a death grip. It has run 100% with everthing I put in it. These little guns have a totally difference slide speed and return, somewhat like the little Taurus and Ruger guns, yet slower due to the longer slide length. I can make any semi auto you own by limp wristing….Send it back to Glock…..if they shoot it OK, then maybe you should buy something else? Not to be rude, but I see folks often complaining about jams and 99% (my number) of them either limp wrist or have dirty guns or occassionally reloads. Anyway, just clarifying where my comment came from.

    1. I agree with PhiL, I own and carry several different guns, but find myself carrying my Glock 43 the most, I guess because I trust it, it shoots straight , it’s reliable and super easy and comfortable to wear all day, I can shoot with both hands , but am a lefty at heart, all my Glocks work well for me as well as several other makes of guns that I own, for some one that just a few years ago wouldn’t own a Glock, I now have several and fine them all to be reliable and trust worthy, I have never had any, and I mean any problems with any of them, even though I like some of my other guns better…..during the cold Winter months I carry my G43 as a back up gun to one of my other 45’s 357, or 10mm,

  15. Gentlemen:

    While I appreciate that the Glock Rep stated that 99% of the problems they investigated were related to ‘Limp Wrists’ – I also own a G26 & a Ruger 357. I do not believe the ‘Stat’ repeated above by the Glock Rep.

    Moreover, based upon my personal research Glock, Inc. has had multiple problems reported on the FTF issue with the G42. As an aside, they have been very cooperative in working with me, including a statement that if they could not discover the problem, they would replace the gun. So, Kudos to their Customer Service Dept.

    That said, the G42 I purchased was in June, 2014 – And, after experiencing several FTF problems – some of which were simply using the Slide Lock Release, which would ‘jam’ and not feed the 1st shell – I began my research to see what others were reporting. So, the FTF issue I’ve seen multiple times relates to the inability of simply releasing the Slide Lock Release, and the G42 would jam. Hummmm! [There have been other FTF issues while shooting the G42 as well – but a FTF occurring when you simply release the Slide Lock Lever is a valid indication that there is probably an underlying engineering problem.]

    If you are not aware, Glock, Inc. did begin replacing certain parts in the G42 …….not widely known or advertised, but the respective part numbers are followed by a ‘-1’ [i.e. Dash-1] after each respective part. So, Glock, Inc. is aware of these issues. As an aside, all of these parts in my G42 have the ‘-1’ ……… they include the Magazine, and various other components with the G42. Still, I have experience multiple FTF issues, even with the ‘-1’ parts installed.

    I was initially thrilled with the G42. However, the multiple FTF problems I have had are not due to a ‘Limp Wrist’. If you review multiple blogs – many of which are posted by experienced individuals – it is widely reported that the G42 is very Ammo Sensitive. In fact, I have been in contact with Glock, Inc. and one of their initial questions was what Ammo I was using – they then stated that the Manufacturer of the Ammo I was using had recently borrowed a G42 from them to determine why there had been multiple FTF issues with their Ammo. [I won’t ‘Name Names’ until that is confirmed to avoid spreading miss-information…..but based upon my research it appears that the HP Ammo is less receptive to the G42 than the ‘Hard Ball’ Ammo – Not always true, but certainly more prone to the source of the problem. Again, I need to conduct more research to determine that – but there are multiple YouTube videos of individuals who have discovered the same.] Another fact: The G26 & the Ruger 357 will ‘eat’ anything I put into it………that ostensibly is not the case with the G42.

    So, Kudos to Glock, Inc. for producing the G42 – I love the size and the fact that I am so familiar with so many other Glocks, which makes it simple to ‘take down’ and maintain. But, it is apparent to me that Glock, Inc. needs to be more candid with the owners of this handgun, and possibly re-engineer it – too many individuals – many very experienced – have encountered the FTF with this specific model.

    One last comment – I have noticed that if I load a magazine with 6 rounds, I almost always experience a FTF problem. This was confirmed by a writer of a prominent industry magazine ……. He had noticed the same, and we compared our respective experiences. Maybe coincidental – Maybe not. Still, if I load 5 or less rounds, the FTF problems greatly diminishes.

    Those have been my observations. I always enjoy the exchanges & information I obtain in reading what other people share. Thanks.

  16. Have around 300 rds through my G42. Only 2 malfunctions. Both of which I attribute to weak chambering of 1st round.
    It is now my primary pocket carry, replacing my LCP. The G42 is a soft shooter with great sights.and short trigger pull.

  17. Joe,

    I have had numerous Glocks and my wife and I both shoot modle 19’s in a steel league as well as teach with them. Never had a problem. I purchased a new 42 and have had NOTHING but problems, and yes, the same as you, jambs, stove pipes, etc. This has happened with all types of personal def. ammo. I’m also a Glock Armorer and feel that the problems are the recoil spring and the barrel not being throated properly. I have a new Colt Mustang XSP 380 and it runs like a clock using the same factory ammos that would not function in the Glock. The Colt has the feed ramp polished to the extent that it looks chrome plated and is heavily throated.

    1. Gene, your comment is like the one Joe gave a few days ago. Joe sent his gun back 2 times, and both times Glock says it was fine. As I said in my earlier comment, 99% of the time the problem when only some shooters have it is limp wristing. It is truly common with the little plastic guns. They are dainty and you dont get all your fingers on the grip. I suggest you wear leather shooting gloves or weight lifitng gloves that do not have much give in them and hold it very tightly. I too shoot model 19s and have carried them as a LEO and personal arm since 1990. The hold is totally different from the model 42. You gotta hold em tight….again, the Glock rep I met with told me in April that 100% of the problems they had received about the gun were limp wristing. Mine has been 100% with everything you throw at it. I have not polished anything, just bought it for the novelty of having a mini-Glock. I can get it to fail with a dainty grip, but I can also get full size guns to fail with a dainty grip. FWIW. Best of luck.

  18. I own glock 26and 19 fired many rounds with no problem also have glock42 sent back two times for jam and eject problem s glock says it s fine they tested they were very nice but they said it s me I am beginning to think it is does anyone else have this going on thanks joe

  19. As a Glock owner (Models 36, 32 and 29) and former LEO carrying the Model 22 and 27 I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. After putting myself on five waiting lists in town I finally got the call that mine was in from one of the local gunshops. Absolutely worth the wait. Right now I am using it as a training pistol for folks with little or no experience with firearms but won’t hesitate to carry it when one of my other handguns won’t quite work with my choice of clothing. (I live in FL and shorts and t’s are my norm). I own other .380’s (Sig 232, Mauser HsC, Ruger LCP) and this is by far my favorite. Thanks to the folks at Glock for finally bringing us one stateside! Highly recommend it! Oh and invest in the Pearce mag extensions. Makes it that much more comfortable.

  20. I bought a 42 on Saturday 5/17/14. Since first handling one in January, it has grown on me. I have a Steyr C40-A1; it’s trigger is superb and has easy to handle recoil. The 42 trigger felt much the same, recoil reports indicate a more manageable gun than a Kahr 380, and it’s size is about the same as a p238, another good shooter. Those points finally sold me on the 42–that and the fact that right now they are almost impossible to find. Now to shoot it. Oh, and accessories are available–grip extension and night sights and soon a trigger guard laser.

  21. Armorer had one; I bought one too. Replaces a very nice Bersa Thunder .380 CC. Very accurate, relatively soft recoil, no slide bite for me. Got extensions (no adnl rounds added) from Pearce and NDZ, both really helped my medium handed grip. Easy to conceal, easy action, trigger pull excellent for my old hands. 350 rds so far: second mag fired was shot by friend who “followed” the slide causing two jams, cleared, showed him correct action, no jams for anyone trying it or me since. Light, but solid. Easy to take down and clean. Price is excellent. I’m an old ICBM jock. Only negative so far is very hard to get extra mags (comes with 2, so not critical; expensive online). Mags are staggered; between single and double stack size. Pachmayr grip glove makes it even a little nicer (same size as Kel Tec P32 works).

  22. If it works for the people at Glock and not for you, then it is something on your end. The Glock rep told me in person that 100% of the jamming issues they had investigated were limp wristing and I see it all the time. I shoot 44 mag an 45 Colt +P and 400 Corbon have learned to use a very strong hold. I have no problem with my G42 or PF9 and other people do have those problems. It will also vary by how fast your ammo moves down the tube so one brand may fail with a limp wrist and the other may not. I also have my students wear gloves just to see if that changes the rate of jamming, if it does, then it is your holding technique. Hope this helps.

  23. I bought one back in January. All I can say is WOW! I have shot at 50 yards into a burn barrel that needed air holes, all 7 rounds hit the barrel and punched through! I will try my 100 yard gong…hope to hear that familiar sound! the bullets used were FMJ out of a standard Winchester 100 round pack from Walmart.


  25. I have taught lots of folks to shoot and these little plastic guns are notorious for limp wristing. Even strong folks dont lock the wrist and then blame the gun. The KelTec PF9 suffers the same fate. I bought my 42 actually at a military event where the Glock VP, sales folks and the Gunny were there. The factory rep told me that the “only” complaint they had was jammings, and in every case it turned out to be limp wristing. My suggestion to those who are having jams with both magazines is to have a storng person with a good grip shoot the gun. I just dont believe these guns are jamming. Mine is 100% and most of the ammo I have used is that cheap Tullamo from Walmart. They can”t be jamming with every type of ammo unless the feed ramp is bad or they are limp wristing. This is just too simple an issue. This is a neat little toy and I will be carrying it for casual defense……Glock on.

  26. I have owned and shot my Glock 42 for about a month now and love it. The only thing I would like to see is an extended clip for target shooting. It is as accurate as you can hold it. It likes hot loads which is what most Glocks like to function properly. To date I have put 500 hundred rounds thru it. I have only had one round stove pipe and that was because it was a lighter handloaded 100 grainer. I have 4 other Glock pistols and is as dependable as all the rest and I truly trust this gun.

  27. My wife and I are avid Glock owners and shooters. I also a Glock Armorer but unfortunately I’ve had nothing but problems with my newly purchased 42. It repeatedly stope pipes and has failures to feed. The ammo jambs into the area (throat) coming out of the magazine. I’ve tried 4 different brands of factory ammo, Horn. Crit. Def. Lawman, CorBon and Winchester. I sent it back to Glock on April 4th., and have yet to have it returned. In addition, the owners manual has NO REFERENCE to the new model 42. It just a generic manual for all their other models. As an armorer I called Glock to inquire and all I got was that they were considering sending something out. This gun has 1 less assembly pin and uses a new style “coil” spring for tension on the slide lock. Very displeased at this point with the gun and how they are handling it. I even read many of my same complaints on the NRA’s site on the blog about the 42’s problems.

  28. I sometimes carry in my hip pocket and, even in a holster, the magazine release of small autos can be pushed when I sit down. Until someone makes a modern auto with an old-fashion heel mag release, I’ll stick with my hammerless revolver.

    1. David, I go along with what you said about carrying your hammerless, or internal hammer, revolver. There’s nothing to misfire or hang up. It’s a solid easy to carry self defense weapon. What more can one say?

  29. Have always wanted to get the glock 25 or the 28 but was unable to get those hand guns. but the g42 is the greatest even though it doesn’t hold the amount of rounds they do. glock you have another winner, thank you for making this gun and putting people to work in the U.S.A.

  30. I bought a glock 42 and have to say its the best thing since sliced bread it feeds every ammo feed shoots very well but I have a question the one I have has an enhanced stippling on grip and ive seen 25-30 others for sale and this is the only one like it its not offered on clocks web site. I was told it was released from the shot show when it was not supposed to be serial number 906 can u get me any info on this. do I have a one of a kind

  31. My Glock 42 would chimney stack at eject half the time, later (other amo) it would just jam half the time….I sent it in and it came back with jaming less often.

    The problem is….I can’t have a self defense (last resort) that has the possibility of jamming. I have yet to try it with the critical defense bullets, but am in no rush…as I cant carry this until it can be trusted.

    hopefully they get the bugs worked out before next version. 🙁

    1. Dave,
      It sounds like your issue may just be too loose (or too strong) of a spring. I had tthe same identical issue with my Glock 34, and once a different spring weight was put in, I never had that problem again. It can also happen when the loads are not hot enough and don’t have the force to push the slide all the wayback and eject the round. If its neither of those, have the ejector checked. The great thing about Glock is the simpicity that they have, it allows you to trouble shoot much faster.


      John H.

  32. Let me start by saying I am a glock fan. I own several models, my 29sf carries with me quite often when I can comfortably conceal a decent sized weapon. Living in a warmer climate and working in situations where printing would be frowned upon, I started exploring pocket guns. I have been known to carry a J frame .357 mag, but that’s not what we’re talking about here. Back to small semi autos. I own both the Kahr P380 and PM9. I bought a G42 because I really am a big fan of glock and thier toughness and reliability. I have to say in my opinion, the Kahr models are superior in every way. All 3 guns have been 100% reliable, not even a hiccup. But the P380 is much lighter and smaller for very deep concealment. The PM9 is even smaller than the G42! I don’t think one could make a point that the G42 has any advantages over the Kahr. I have since sold my 42 and when I need a tiny semi auto that I know I can trust with mine and my families lives, it’s to the Kahrs I go. Let me know if you guys have exp. with the G42 and the P380 or even the PM9 since its still smaller. I would be curious to hear if anyone feels the glock has advantages over the Kahr.

  33. In concealed carry mode, I place the G42 in my underwear, in a manner that supports my testicles. It fits snugly in the space between my underwear and junk, with no chafing or sharp edges. Finally, a comfortable weapon for us true concealers. Way to go Glock!

  34. Let me start by saying, I am not a Glock fan in general, at all. I appreciate that it is a quality firearm, and I have many family and friends who are huge fans who own and carry multiple models each. However, I LOVE the G42!! It feels good, shoots extremely well, and conceals even better! As the reviewer said, I have not had any issues with any of the ammo I have put through it EXCEPT the “green” ammo, the kind that is supposed to be environmentally friendly. I was unable to get through even a full magazine let alone an entire box. So, don’t try to use that ammo and you’ll be good to go! I truly do love the pistol. While I still wouldn’t buy any of the larger ones, this one is awesome!! Kudos to the Glock folks!!

  35. Got one for my wife a few months ago. she’s run over 500 rounds through it at the range without a single problem. Mostly the cheapest practice stuff I could find. Accuracy for self defense is plenty good, even with a newbie like her. I like the trigger. I really don’t see the need for more than 6 rounds for self defense. Unless you need an assault rifle to hit anything.

  36. Got mine about 3 months ago and like it well. Only fired it maybe 100 rounds but zero failures. Like Bob, I have carried every kind of handgun in local state federal and military law enforcement. I carried a PPK/S stainless for over 30 years and find that one extremely accurate and terminated many snakes and skunks and one wounded deer as I recall. The 42 does not have that degree of accuracy. I quit carrying the Walther because it weighs about 25 ounces double what the 42 provides. It is almost identical in size and weight as the KelTec PF9 which I now carry. I was fortunate to have Lee Ermy the “gunny” autograph my box and will keep the gun as a family heirloom, but doubt it will replace the PR9 which of course carries 8 rounds of 9mm. But I do recomment the Glock 42 to everyone. FWIW, my preferred Glock law enforcement choice is the Glock 19 or 23. Glock on!!!!!

  37. I was fortunate to aquire the G42 the day it came out. It took minutes to decide. It fits comfortably like no other. It indexed naturally and after trying the trigger action I made it mine. I swapped out the stock sites with the Tritium Big Dot. I can easily shoot sub one inch groups. No failures. A broad range of leather is available. This may be the perfect compact automatic.

  38. Hey guys I am a hardcore Glock lover, I have 7 models and I love them all,However my 42 has a trigger pull over 10 lbs! It really sucks! Maybe it is defective, IDK. I think I need to send it back to have it checked out. I was wondering if anybody else is having this problem. I wish the had a fulcrum trigger for it,

    1. i have two glock 42,s n my trigger pull is 5.5 n 5.7 lbs. They shoot great. I put my 26 away for now.

  39. I got the 42 the day it was released along with a fellow officer. I’ve experienced numerous stove pipe and failure to feed issues. I won’t carry this gun.I doubt this review will get posted. This gun isn back ordered so almost all the reviews are biased towards glock since only people in the glock pipeline and leo’s like my self were able our hands on one.

  40. It took me several years to try my first Glock, and now I’m hooked, I have the 27/26/19, and all Gen 4 models, I look forward to putting the 42 in my hands, it looks and sounds like a real winner/keeper…

  41. Longer, taller, thicker, and lighter than my Micro Desert Eagle (all negatives in my book for a pocket pistol) and yet the same capacity. If it were chambered in 9mm Luger at that size it would be interesting to me, I was actually shocked at how large it was when I tried it out at SHOT last January.

  42. I’d like to see a side by side comparison of the G42 and either the KelTec P3AT of Ruger LCP (basically the same gun). Size? Weight? Recoil? Sight picture?
    Since I can’t find one at a local dealer yet, it would be nice to know.

    1. I own the LCP and the G42.
      The Glock has never had a malfunction in 300 rounds so far but the LCP doesn’t like certain ammo and is very susceptible to limp wristing causing stove pipes. The LCP is very snappy and takes longer to bring back on target for fast follow up shots, while the Glock42 is very shooter friendly and fun to shoot.
      The LCP came with a laser, which I really like, for less money than the Glock without one. The LCP is smaller and lighter but the Glock is not too large to conceal easily. Hope this answers some of your questions

  43. Carried a Glock 21 for years as a duty weapon and used the Baby Glock as an off duty weapon. Since I have purchased the Glock 42, I find no reason not to carry, even in shorts or when I exercise. Its a great weapon, in a small package. Love the action and performance, but it is a Glock so you expect it to perform. I would recommend it to all, if u can get one.

  44. I was lucky enough to find one 2 days after distributors got them. I love the G42. I have a Ruger LCP that I still carry on occasion but the Glock is much easier to shoot and unlike the LCP you can carry the G42 safely with one in the tube. I can shoot the G42 all day. The LCP I am done after about 50 rounds with the same ammunition. There is a saying that goes a carry gun should be comforting not necessarily comfortable. With the G42 you get both. In a defense carry gun you want to know it will be simple to run, totally reliable, accurate, and go bang every time you pull the trigger. That is a Glock. I trust my life with any of my Glocks. The G42 is no different. Don’t wait. Go get one for yourself! You will not be disappointed. And better buy a second for your wife because yours will become hers the first time she shoots it.

  45. Its still larger than a Kahr PM9 and probably costs more. These specs would be great if it were a 9mm

  46. I’ve had the Kahr P380 for years and it is smaller, not blowback operated, and lighter. It is a very accurate and usable pocket pistol. This review is a little misleading as it makes generalizations about other guns favorable to the glock without any real comparison.

  47. Very carry friendly and shooter friendly gun. Best I have experianced for both the ladies to carry and shot and the guys to carry practically anytine with confort and very dependable and trusted. Is that not the pupose of carrying. Allows discrete and comfort with the ability to carry it how you feel the most comfortable. I have ran many rounds through it and many of my friends have fired many more with theirs no problems. Big hands and small hands and with glocks recoil anyone can focus on what they are firing at and not the thump. See it/ need it /get it use it. This is a shooters gun not a box it away in the dark gun.

  48. I’ve been carrying a Glock 42 in a SneakyPete holster for a few months. Love it. It’s about two pounds lighter than my previous rig (a Glock 29 with spare mag in a Safepacker)… while it lacks the ridiculous 10mm firepower, it makes up for it with convenience and stealth.

  49. I have owned a Glock 42 for the past 4 months and enjoy the firearm incredibly well. As stated in the article, the G42 is absolutely the best “pocket pistol” I have ever owned. It just feels better than the sig 938, ruger lcp, and (my previous favorite) the Taurus top 738. It’s, “nothing extra” design is what I like most in a pocket pistol and is why the G42 edged out my sig (sig just has to much “stuff” with it to be a true pocket pistol imo). It is a fantastic firearm and Glock truly hit a home run with it.

  50. I have many Glock pistols and received the 42 about a week ago. Just holding it, you can see how effective it is as a concealed firearm. At the range, it was smooth, cycled flawlessly with no problems at all (put about 70 rounds of basic Federal). In my opinion, it’s a definite all around winner and absolutely worth the purchase!

  51. I own several handguns including the Glock 17 an the Glock 26 and find them very good in every way. I do plan to look at the Glock 42 after reading this article but am not surprised of what he said an found. American made will almost always make up my mind when it comes to a big purchase.

  52. I had one on back order with GT Distributing since Jan 24th 2014. I wish Glock would clear the backlog. I plan on using this for my Summer edc. I haven’t held or seen one yet, but I know it’s meant to be.I ride a Harley 5-7 months of the year and I think the 42 is the perfect riding companion

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