Stop the rumor mill and start the presses. Whether due to poor OPSEC or great marketing, the word has been leaking out for a few weeks that Glock will introduce a new .380 ACP version of its ultra popular pistols dubbed the Glock 42. The Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show begins January 15th and is the traditional launch point. That being the case, Media Day runs on the 14th and Cheaper Than Dirt! will have its cameras rolling with the first range reviews of the Glock 42 and other popular models.
New models rumored are the Glock 41 and 42. Industry insiders have detailed the Glock 41 as a long slide practical/tactical .45 ACP. This makes sense given the fact that Glock already has the Glock 34 in 9mm and Glock 35 in 40 S&W—both are practical/tactical long slide models. The Glock 41 would round out and balance the offerings.
The practical/tactical line has much to offer. The design is ideal for competition and increases accuracy potential. Out of the box, they are lighter; feature an improved trigger, extended slide stop release, and adjustable rear sights. They also offer a full 5-inch barrel length, which extends the sight radius and a lightened slide, which prevents the end of the slide from being too heavy and better balances the gun.
While none of the details are set in stone, enthusiasts and insiders uncovered a leaked ad. The ad states the Glock 42 will be a .380 ACP caliber with a 6+1 capacity. The rest is pretty much standard fare including a 5.5-pound trigger and white-dot notch sight.
That’s good news for shooters looking for a smaller Glock and do not mind a smaller caliber. On the hand, Glock enthusiasts will have to wait another year in hopes of a single-stack 9mm.
If you are savvy in the way of the Glock, you might be taking a mental tally and find a missing hole—the Glock 40. Nothing is confirmed, but the smart money is betting Glock will skip the Model 40. Conventional thinking believes a Model 40 could confuse consumers and novice shooter, believing it to be a .40 S&W.
Cheaper Than Dirt! commands a strong presence at the SHOT Show and Media Day. Rest assured, we will have a team of evaluators and cameras ready to present a first look. Given the ample Glocks already present on the website, I’d check back soon. The Glock 42 should carry an MSRP below $500.