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[FIREARM REVIEW] Glock 42 Review for Concealed Carry

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It’s here, and it’s going to be HOT. Concealed Nation was fortunate enough to get our hands on the Glock 42 and take it to the range for a 500-round test right out of the box. If you’re looking for a beautifully slim .380 for concealed carry, your search may just come to an end today after seeing this beauty.

^VIDEO REVIEW^

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Let’s start with some Glock 42 Specifications:

Dimensions
Length (overall): 151 mm / 5.94 inch
Length (slide cpl.): 146 mm / 5.75 inch
Width: 24 mm / 0.94 inch
Height (with magazine): 105 mm / 4.13 inch
Barrel length: 82.5 mm / 3.25 inch
Length of twist: 250 mm / 9.84 inch
Trigger distance: 61 mm / 2.40 inch
Trigger travel: 12.5 mm / .49 inch
Barrel distance: 18 mm / 0.71 inch
Line of sight (polymer): 125 mm / 4.92 inch
Weight
Pistol without magazine: 350 g / 12.35 oz
Magazine std. empty: 40 g / 1.41 oz
Magazine std. full: 57 g / 2.01 oz
Other Specifications
Magazine Capacity (rounds): 6
Barrel Profile: right hand twist; hexagonal
Standard Trigger Pull: ~5.62 lbs
Muzzle Velocity*: 886 fps
Muzzle Energy*: 162 fps
**depending on ammunition used

Glock 42 Exploded View:

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Size

Thinner and shorter than the G26 & G27, the G42 is a great size to accommodate smaller people who want to carry concealed. While it’s a little taller than the G26 & G27, it’s a minimal amount. I’ll tell ya though, it’s thin! Take a look at this comparison photo:

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As you can see from the dimensions above, this is a nice small package to carry, but not too small. Compared to a similar firearm such as the Ruger LCP, the G42 is larger. That’s fine with me, because the LCP was always too small for my hands. I never had a comfortable grip on it, and the slightly larger specs for the G42 are very welcomed.

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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster.

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  • Lynn McCrann

    I have a CCP and carry a Ruger LCP. I like the Ruger but for the fact that since it does not have a safety and I hesitate to put the seventh round in the chamber which would allow me not to have to chamber a round once out of the holster. And to be honest being a woman I have a difficult time with the pull so if in trouble that might affect my ability to quickly protect myself in an emergency.
    I wonder, does the Glock 42, 380, have a safey release and if so, is it easy to access?
    Thanks