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drop-free, fully-metal-lined, six-round
single-stack magazines. This extension makes the grip a little longer, a
bit more rounded, and it protects the
shooter's palm from being abraded by
the movement of the magazine base
during recoil.
One notable change to the interior is an enlarged firing pin safety
plunger with an irregular shape and
a beveled surface. The recoil assembly
is of the Gen4 variety with dual recoil
springs, a polymer guide rod and steel
supports in key locations.
One of the best choices the
company made with the G42 was to
retain the familiar trigger guard and
trigger dimensions of its larger pistols.
Although the trigger guard is narrower, its length, shape, finger rest
and the size of its opening remain the
same. The trigger itself is the same
size and shape as the smooth-faced
triggers used on the Gen4 pistols,
with the same 0.49" travel distance.
As a result, the trigger feels perfectly
familiar to those who already use
Glock pistols.
Specifications for the pistol indicate
that it's supposed to leave the factory
with a 5-lb., 8-oz. trigger. An early
version of it required 7 lbs., 3 ozs. of
trigger pull to cycle, which is heavy
for a Glock. Another G42 manufactured later in the year had a better
trigger, with a pull weight of 6 lbs.,
8 ozs., which was still heavier than

Stock sights on the pair of new Glocks are practical for their intended purposes. The G42
(above l.) employs Glock's familiar white bracket rear and front dot sights. The G41, with its
long sight radius, offers a three-dot arrangement: fixed front and windage-adjustable rear (r.).

listed. The trigger was good, but not
quite as good as it could be.
At the shooting range, the G42
proved to be a comfortable, softshooting pocket pistol. Diminutive
.380s tend to produce moderate to
intense levels of felt recoil, with some
loads becoming uncomfortable to shoot
after just a few rounds. The felt recoil

produced by the G42 was mild with
standard-pressure full-metal-jacket and
defense-type ammunition. Only when
it was loaded with the hottest ammunition in the test set did it start to
produce a moderate level of recoil.
Throughout the entire test, the
G42 did not experience any of the
traditional ammunition failures
that can occur with semi-automatic
pistols, such as failures to feed or
extract or stove-piped cases. The only
two events that could be noted as
malfunctions where when the pistol's
slide locked open when firing a
high-velocity load. In both cases, the
chamber was clear and the next round
in the magazine chambered when the
slide was retracted and allowed to fall
forward. This is the first time I've had
a semi-automatic pistol go into slide
Despite its long slide, the G41 in .45 ACP
actually weighs slightly less (3 ozs.) than
a standard Gen4 G21. The slide walls are
thinner, allowing the gun to point much
like a shorter-barreled gun, although with
the benefit of longer sight radius.

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