Glock 42, first impressions

Discussion in 'Range Report' started by Mercator, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. Mercator

    Mercator Active Member

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    Got around to test fire my new Glock model 42 in .380. Offhand, standing, at about 7 yards.

    It is a soft shooter. Especially for its light weight. In comparison the NAA Guardian and the Micro Desert Eagle (man I hate that name), both all steel, are snappy as heck.

    The sight picture is very clear. The trigger pull surprised me as heavy even for a Glock. But it is consistent. If you are accustomed to Glocks, it's a piece of cake. The mag holds 6 rounds. It is has a softer spring than the larger caliber mags. I liked that for multiple reloads. The grip is just right, not too short, but totally disappears in my hiking shorts pockets. The slide also feels easier to rack, may be the best Glock if you have delicate hands or arthritis.

    I experienced one malfunction early on with a round nose factory round. None with the 102 gr Golden Sabers, which particularly impressed me, because they are "flying ashtrays". I also fired 85 gr frangible hollow points, no problem. Total round count is about 160.

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  2. Defiant_one

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    Nice...

    Thanks for giving us the update. Does it take down like all the Glocks ?
     

  3. Mercator

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    Exactly the same way.
     
  4. Mercator

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    Finally got around to clean it. Comments:

    1)the barrel appears conventionally rifled not polygonal. It had fouled more than any any Glock I've cleaned,
    2)the mag is steel inside (evidently to keep it thin).
     
  5. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    It's better than the 2nd choice name: The Desert Pigeon
     
  6. yazul42

    yazul42 Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Thanks for posting about the 42 Merc. My wife just picked one up yesterday. She used her Bersa for trading fodder,, for some reason,, I have no clue why,, she cannot hit crap with her Bersa and I have tried it and it shoots well,, so she looked around and tried the feel of several and decided on the Glock. I was impressed with the trigger also in dry firing,, I normally do not like Glock triggers,,, I'll take her to the range next week,, she's shooting trap this weekend, and I now have an idea of what to look for in the pistol, she also commented on how easily the sights were picked up,, we shall see what she does with it and again thanks.
     
  7. John_Deer

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    New Glocks have grease in the barrel to protect the inside of the barrel during storage. To clean the barrel spray Break Free CLP in the barrel. Then run patches through the barrel until the patches are clean.

    All factory Glock magazines are steel inside. The factory Glock magazine is designed so it will not dent when you drop it to reload. Don't scrimp by buying aftermarket magazines for your G42. Only use genuine Glock magazines ro ensure reliability.

    If you plan to pocket carry your Glock 42 use Pearce +0 magazine extensions to prevent your G42 from falling out of your pocket when you sit down.

    I use a DeSantis Pocket-Tuk Inside the Waistband or Pocket Holster to carry my G19. MidwayUSA has the Pocket Tuck in stock for $15. It should serve you very well for your G42. Be careful when you order. You don't want to get a large pocket tuck.
     
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  8. Mercator

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    Even then, I remember shooting several different Glocks right out of the box. I think it is true that a polygonal barrel stays cleaner.
     
  9. John_Deer

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    I had the same issue with my G19. The rifling has nothing to do with the grease. Glock is just getting better at packing the grease in the barrel. I was getting black balls of grease in G19 after 300 rounds. When I sprayed the CLP in the barrel it diluted the grease enough to remove it for good. I have had no problems since I figured out how to get rid of the grease.

    I had a G23 and a G32 before I got the G19. Neither one of them had any issues with the grease.

    Here are the barrel specs for your G42.

    • Barrel Rifling
      right hand, hexagonal
    • Length of Twist:
      250 mm / 9.84 in.
     
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  10. Mercator

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    Glock knows best. It only appeared to me to have lands and grooves. The fouling wasn't a big deal, more like an observation. It it was grease, it won't happen again.
     
  11. yazul42

    yazul42 Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I finally had a chance to take the wife out to shoot her new Glock 42,, as Merc stated, the recoil was surprisingly light and it was easy to control for her. It prints about 3" low with the Fiocchi fodder we were using. I have not tried the defensive rounds we have , merely a fam fire session, getting her used to the weapon. She went through about 80 rounds and I was pleased that she shot most very well at defensive distances,, 5 to 10 yards,, she tends to unlock after shooting a few strings so she has spells of inconsistency until I let her know, but overall she did well. I fired a couple of magazines through it and found it to be a nice shooter and the trigger was pretty decent for a Glock, I prefer my 1911's but it's a very good pistol in my opinion and I am not a big Glock fan,, I was impressed.