The Glock world went a collective gaga for the past three months over the rumors and then the reality of what is the Glock Model 42. This slim .380ACP single-stack is fast making headway in the polymer pistol community and is experiencing some teething problems according to some users. This has nevertheless not stopped it from being adopted by a major domestic police agency.
When first inserted into the shooting world, everyone (myself included) speculated that, of course, the G42 would be a slim-line subcompact 9mm deep concealment gun that would be aimed at the ever-growing CCW market. Well when it came out that the gun itself was in .380ACP and not quite as small as we hoped, there was a collective fizzle.
Nonetheless we cheered up and said, at least we finally have an uber-reliable .380 on the market, something that few of these guns can ever claim to be. The problem lies in the blowback action of these common carry guns, such as made by Walther, Bersa, Kel Tec and others, which often leads to finicky feeds with certain rounds (especially fat hollow-points). As many a vintage .380 carrier will tell you, finding a reliable load that cycles 100% can sometimes lead to problems.
That\'s what seems to be happening to the G42 for some users.
Lee Williams over at the Gun Writer column, had a fellow Glockster and new G42 owner each out to him complaining about barrel issues. Specifically, about his gun not feeding some JHPs properly. He even suffered barrel damage that required a new $120 replacement.
When Lee went live with the complaint, he got even more emails with reported stoppages and malfunctions, failure to feed, stove piping with ball ammo, and barrel issues.
Adoption by MPD
According to their public affairs people, the G42 just got adopted by Marietta, GA police department who took possession of 100 brand new guns at the nearby Smyrna factory. MPD exchanged the guns even-stevens for a like number of G27 model (.40S&W) baby Glocks that the department had bought sixteen years ago.
(The G42 compared side by side, left, with other Baby Glocks is very slim)
The gun will be used as a BUG or back-up-gun, deep-cover piece for plainclothes officers, and for off-duty carry for officers who will be given a choice between the G27 and G42 for this profile.
(MPD carries the G22 with underslung light for duty service. The G42 will be primarily for off-duty.)
The Marietta Police Department has carried Glocks for a long time, and we\'re proud to be the first department to adopt the G42,\" said Flynn. \"These new pistols work the same way as the officers\' primary weapon (Glock 22), so the training will be a natural transition when our officers begin qualifying with them tomorrow.\"
The Glock 42 is the smallest and lightest pistol Glock has ever introduced, making it easier for police officers to carry and conceal on or off-duty.
\"We\'ve seen a lot of hype around this new pistol in the law enforcement community,\" said Chad Mathis, Vice President, GLOCK, Inc. \"Our hope is that once the Marietta Police Department starts training their officers on the range they will spread the word on just how shootable and reliable the G42 proves to be.\"
We just hope that the teething problems with these guns are not wide-spread and are corrected shortly.
Or this gun could have lots of users sighing again.
If you have had any experience with a G42, good or bad, note it below.