The European market has had the opportunity to own a Glock in .380 Auto caliber for a couple of years. Now, I’m happy to announce that it finally made its way to our shores. I am a huge Glock fan, so let’s get that out of the way, right now, but my brand loyalty comes from first hand experience and Glock is unquestionably the “AK47” of the pistol market with regards to reliability and value. Over the years Glocks have gone through very few changes, some cosmetic, some mechanical, but overall remaining a very stable platform. When properly loaded, it goes bang each and every time you pull the trigger; there is no better pistol for home defense, or self defense, than a Glock in any condition, except for nuclear holocausts where SIG and HK reign supreme. I know I risk alienating several manufacturers but facts are facts, and I’m not suggesting that others are inferior.
The new Glock 42 has an unloaded weight of 13.76 oz, 7 round capacity (6 in the magazine + 1 in the pipe), a width of 0.94 inches and overall length of 5.94 inches., so it’s extremely compact; making it an ideal conceal carry pistol especially for the ladies with their smaller hands.
The naysayers are quick to jump all over the .380 Auto caliber calling it inadequate for self defense. So, let me say this to you. The .380 Auto, a.k.a 9mm Kurz, was developed by John Browning in the United States. During WWII German officers carried the famous Walther PPK chambered in 9mm Kurz, and I can assure you that many men and women have fallen to this wimpy round. Furthermore, it is true that other calibers have superior stopping power but self defense is all about shot placement and limiting penetration so that you don’t injure innocent bystanders, like a spouse or kids. A bad shot with a .45ACP or .40 S&W, which have greater stopping power will not stop an assailant. What a .380 Auto gives you is lower recoil for greater weapon control, especially important to the non-professional or casual shooter. Second, the risk of over penetrating your target and striking an unintended target is diminished.
So, if you’ve been thinking about a home protection or conceal carry pistol but have yet to decide be sure to check out the Glock 42. You may also want to get your order in now, because every indication is that they’ll be hard to keep in stock.