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GLOCK
the operator's hands. In actuality, the
G41's level of felt recoil was generally
on par with the G21 but in some cases
it exhibited more recoil and muzzle
rise. The increase was negligible, but
the G41 should not be thought of as a
reduced-recoil .45.
When it came to accuracy testing, the G41 proved to be a top-notch
performer for an out-of-the-box pistol.
The 5.31" barrel and extended sight
radius kept the five-shot group averages below the 3" mark at 25 yds.

The Pocket-Size G42 .380 ACP

SHOOTING RESULTS (25 YDS.): GLOCK GEN4 G41
.45 ACP
CARTRIDGE
ASYM PRECISION
230-GR. MATCH
HARDBALL
HORNADY
CRITICAL DUTY
220-GR.
FLEXLOCK +P
WINCHESTER
ELITE
230-GR. PDX1
BJHP

VEL. @ 15'
(F .S.)
.P

ENERGY
(FT.-LBS.)

878 AVG.
18 SD

394

1.91

2.26

2.14

1018 AVG.
7 SD

506

2.24

2.79

2.49

929 AVG.
14 SD

440

2.56

3.15

2.87

AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD

GROUP SIZE IN INCHES
SMALLEST LARGEST AVERAGE

2.50

NOTES: MEASURED AVERAGE VELOCITY FOR 10 ROUNDS FIRED OVER A CED M2 CHRONOGRAPH
.
10 FT. FROM THE MUZZLE. RANGE TEMPERATURE: 89° F HUMIDITY: 48%. HANDGUN ACCURACY
WAS MEASURED FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE, FIVE-SHOT GROUPS FIRED FROM A BENCH REST.
ABBREVIATIONS: BJHP (BONDED JACKETED HOLLOW POINT), SD (STANDARD DEVIATION).
SHOOTING RESULTS (7 YDS.): GLOCK G42

.380 ACP
VEL. @ 10' ENERGY
GROUP SIZE IN INCHES
Shrinking an existing full-size
CARTRIDGE
(F .S.)
.P
(FT.-LBS.) SMALLEST LARGEST AVERAGE
handgun design into a pocket pistol
BROWN BEAR
938 AVG.
180
1.99
2.10
1.99
platform is no mean feat of engineer92-GR. FMJ
20 SD
ing. Many manufacturers don't even try;
DOUBLE TAP
1054 AVG.
234
1.20
2.13
1.69
rather, they often beg, borrow, or whip
95-GR. BJHP
22 SD
up a whole new design from scratch. It's
FEDERAL RTP
820 AVG.
142
1.45
1.73
1.60
interesting to see how the features of the
95-GR. FMJ
8 SD
G42 were compressed, modified and, in
LIBERTY CIVIL
1403 AVG.
219
1.29
2.09
1.64
some cases, left just the same as other
DEFENSE
25 SD
Glock models.
50-GR. NPCHP
Proofmarks on the slide, barrel and
WINCHESTER USA
877 AVG.
162
1.19
2.41
2.0
frame indicate that the G42 is made at
95-GR. FMJ
12 SD
Glock's Smyrna, Ga., facility. Although
AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD
1.79
it is not marketed as a Gen4 product,
it takes many of its cues from the
NOTES: MEASURED AVERAGE VELOCITY FOR 10 ROUNDS FIRED OVER A CED M2 CHRONOGRAPH
latest generation pistols. Using the
.
10 FT. FROM THE MUZZLE. RANGE TEMPERATURE: 89° F HUMIDITY: 48%. HANDGUN ACCURACY
WAS MEASURED FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE, FIVE-SHOT GROUPS FIRED FROM A BENCH REST.
same materials and processes employed
ABBREVIATIONS: BJHP (BONDED JACKETED HOLLOW POINT), FMJ (FULL METAL JACKET),
in the construction of the full-size
NPCHP (NICKEL-PLATED COPPER HOLLOW POINT), SD (STANDARD DEVIATION).
models, this little pistol is fitted with
Glock's proprietary Safe-Action trigger
the grip are treated with a light version of the Rough Texture
and internal safety systems. The G42 is 5.94" long, 4.13"
Frame grip treatment. The grip has a small, but distinctive,
high, and weighs 13.8 ozs. unloaded, making it the smalldownward-curving beavertail to protect the shooter's hand
est Glock pistol to date. It is listed as being 0.94" wide but
it's only this thick near the slide lock. The rest of the frame from the slide. The backstrap extends down below the mouth
is no more than 0.89" wide, and the slide is just 0.83" wide. of the magazine well, nearly flush with the flat base of the
continued on p. 94
The 3.25" barrel contains hexagonal rifling, which means it
should not be fired with non-jacketed bullets.
The pistol exhibits a mix of unique and familiar features. The matte-black slide is topped with factory standard polymer white-dot front and white-bracket rear fixed
sights. The slide lock, magazine release and takedown
lever are in their expected locations and are actually the
same size and shape as those found on the Gen4 pistols.
However, the frame has only one pin instead of two.
The grip frame has a Gen1-style straight frontstrap, with
the backstrap featuring the usual palm swell. All four sides of

Lacking rails on its dustcover, the G42 can still be fitted with
sighting devices, such as the LaserLyte (UTA-YY) TGL laser (r.),
that clamps around the little trigger guard. The magazine release
and the slide lock are the same size as on other Glocks.

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