Yesterday I stopped by Sparks Firearms to confirm my schedule for the upcoming week (I work there part time for fun) and found a new Glock 42 had just come in. I was amazed to see one so soon since it was just being announced at SHOT Show this week. I played with it for a while and did some size comparisons. Here is a quick overview of the new gun.
The sight and trigger felt and looked like any other Glock. No surprise there since Glock probably used parts they where already manufacturing to build this gun. The grip looks more like a Gen 4 then a Gen 3 Glock, but not quite. It doesn’t have an interchangeable back strap (no surprise as that would probably make the gun bigger) and only comes with 2 magazines.
This gun was designed to conceal carry and is a single stack and only holds 6 rounds of .380 ACP in the magazine. The mag has the normal looking witness holes to see how many are in it. I just expected them to be one on top of the other like the Glock 36.
The gun feels really slim in my hand but not too small to shoot. It wasn’t big enough to get a full grip on but it was comfortable to hold.
Guns the size of the Ruger LCP is they are too small to really shoot. This one is more the size of an LC380 but reels better. It doesn’t have the normal Glock square feel to it but feels more like a Kahr with nice rounded edges on the grip. The stippling looks and feels like it’s there for looks more then anything else.
I think this gun is going to be a big hit and can’t wait to get one on the range to shoot. This gun seems to be the right size to do deep concealment but big enough that you can still shoot. It is even (has to be) made in the USA.
I don’t mind the .380 ACP round as it makes the gun more controllable. Things this size with a 9mm round start to get hard to hang on to when shooting.
PS Thanks to Steve Sparks at Sparks Firearms for letting me take the pictures and handle the guns.
PSS Here are some more pics: