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650 Days With The Glock 42: Have I Changed My Mind?


Nearly two years ago… and less than a year into Concealed Nation, I somehow convinced Glock to send me the G42 before it was officially announced. In the end, I got to showcase a great pistol and Concealed Nation was the first to publish a video and image. Not bad for business.

Immediately following the announcement, the response on the newest addition to the Glock line was mixed. Really mixed. It went from:

Yesssssss finally a baby-baby pocket Glock!


It’s not a 9. Do not pass GO, do not collect $200. SMH.

As you probably know, many people were hoping for a single stack 9mm. That clearly wasn’t the case. Now, we also know that the single stack 9 came out a year later.. the Glock 43.

Like it or not, many G42’s were sold (and continue to sell) and it’s become a favorite for thousands of people. Heck, I loved it as soon as I got my hands around it… But where do I stand now, almost 2 years later?

The first clue is this: The one that Glock sent to me had to be sent back to them. Bummer. Shortly after I did that, I went out and bought one. It was the new little brother to my G26 and G27, and they got along very well. Once I got a taste, I had to add it to my collection.

But what was I going to use it for? That was the big question I started to ask myself. Will it just be a range gun? Am I actually going to carry it? Is it going to sit on the castaway shelf in my safe?


The very first thing that I noticed when I picked it up for the first time was how nicely it sat in my hand. That was my biggest concern; it’s going to be too tiny to get a good grip on it. For me, that wasn’t the case. It’s a really nice-feeling pistol.


But would I carry it? Would I carry a single stack .380 vs my G26 or G27? Yea, I did. And I do. For me, it’s perfect on a hot day when I’m wearing shorts and a t-shirt. It either goes IWB (below) or inside a pocket holster in my right front pocket.

Do I carry it all the time? No, absolutely not. Just like anything else, it has a time and place for usability. If I’m wearing a jacket in the dead of winter, I’ll be carrying my G23 instead. Will I also have my G42 in a pocket? Maybe. It depends on the day, really.


It’s also a great range gun. Sure sometimes .380 is hard to come by (or waaaaay too expensive), but the G42 is a ton of fun to take to the range for the afternoon and sling some lead. I’ve had more than a handful of friends pick it up, shoot it, and immediately have their minds changed about what they’ve heard. They are fans of the smallest Glock to date.

It’s comfortable, it’s slim, it’s small. It’s reliable. It’s a Glock.

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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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  • Salvatore

    Brandon, how does it compare with the G43 for pocket carry? I presume it is a bit easier since it is slightly smaller. I have always used a snubby for pocket carry as I find the single stack 9mms too big due to the shape. Any thoughts?

    • I am a small guy and am able to pocket carry the 42 in a small pocket holster (with the right pants). Some pockets simply aren’t big enough to house a firearm. For the G43, I can’t pull off pocket carry at all.

    • Gdad

      I held out for the g43 and l love it. I’m a big guy so the larger size doesn’t print in my pocket. Rem 115gr hp chronograph @ 1077fps, just 94fps slower than my g19. I’m impressed.

  • Chris Lee

    Any recommendations for sights? I’ve been considering the Trijicon HDs like my G26, but they are so tall for the little 42 I’m afraid it’ll aim terribly with them.

  • Bob Grundman

    Not only does it fit my med-sized hands, it has very light recoil. The G43 is great, too, but it’s a little thicker, a little larger, and about 5 ounces heavier. I carry the ’42 in appendix in a home-modded Bladetech Klipt ambidextrous, and when I get home, the ’42 goes in a pocket of my pants or shorts — in the same holster. Great pistol, and there’s better .380 ammo these days.