It’s become de rigeur to slam GLOCK for debuting a single stack .380 before unleashing a pocket 9. The internet’s abuzz with complaints. It’s too small. It’s too big. It’s ugly. It smells funny. Yadda, yadda, yadda. When I read the gunblogosphere’s take on the GLOCK 42 I was disappointed too. I’ve wanted a GLOCK for years; they just don’t fit my small hands. The scuttlebutt would have you believe the G42 was the wrong gun at the wrong time. And then I picked one up at Media Day . . .
To start, I slipped a GLOCK G42 in my pocket. It fit just fine. Better than a Smith & Wesson J frame revolver. So well I was tempted to keep on walkin’. Extraction wasn’t an issue either. In, out, in, out, GLOCK is what it’s all about.
As you’d expect from a small calibered pistol that’s not too small, the G42 shoots beautifully. Maybe it’s due to the fact I can [finally] get enough finger on the trigger, but the G42’s go pedal felt better than the GLOCK switches on their bigger guns.
Truth be told, I’m one of those hopelessly unfashionable types who carries a .380 from time to time. So, for me, the G42’s a hit. And if we’re talking about Show buzz, the GLOCK 42 had it in spades. Love it or loathe it you couldn’t ignore it. I didn’t and I don’t regret it for an instant.