Glock 42

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The GLOCK® 42 Semi-Auto Pistol is a slim, subcompact semi-auto pistol designed specifically for concealed carry. Made with the same materials and quality control as all GLOCK semi-automatic pistols, the G42 is a carry gun you can count on at the moment of truth. Internally, the GLOCK 42 employs the same striker, short-recoil operated, and locked-breech barrel as the larger framed GLOCK pistols, and uses a dual recoil spring assembly as the Gen4 pistols. The Safe-Action trigger system makes shooting in stressed situations infallible. The rough textured polymer grip provides a solid hold, and while quite concealable, it offers shooters enough surface area for ultimate control. The white-dot front sight and the white-bracket rear sight provide rapid acquisition in dim lighting situations. The length, shape, finger rest, and size of the trigger opening are the same as the larger pistols, and the trigger is same size and shape as the smooth-faced triggers used on the Gen4 pistols, making them all familiar to those who already use GLOCK pistols. The GLOCK 42 Semi-Auto Pistol is a reliable, easy to maintain firearm that's perfect for everyday carry. The G42 comes with 2 ultra-reliable single-stack 6-round magazines.

Glock 42 Specs

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2 Category

Technical Data


.380 Auto (9mm Browning Short)


12.3 oz




Safe Action




Gas Nitride

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Barrel Length



4.1 Inches



Glock 42 Features

The Glock 42 is a semi-automatic, sub-compact pistol chambered in .380 ACP and has a 6 round magazine.  Designed between Gen4 and Gen5 production, this 1 inch thick pistol uses the new Gen5 grip texturing and has a reversible magazine release to accommodate left and right handed users.

Glock 42 Ballistics

.380 Auto (9mm Browning Short) Ballistic Data
Range (Yards) Drop (inches) Velocity Energy Wind drift (inches) Time (milliseconds)
0 0 0 0 0 0
50 0 0 0 0 0
100 0 0 0 0 0
150 0 0 0 0 0
200 0 0 0 0 0
250 0 0 0 0 0
300 0 0 0 0 0
350 0 0 0 0 0
400 0 0 0 0 0
450 0 0 0 0 0
500 0 0 0 0 0

Glock 42 Capacity

The Glock 42 is chambered in .380ACP and ships with two 6 round magazines.  Aftermarket magazine manufacturers offer larger capacities of 7, 9, 10, and 12 rounds.

Glock 42 Ergonomics

While the Glock 42 is their smallest offering, it still manages to offer the majority of Glock’s ergonomics.  With texturing around the entire grip, controlling this pistol with a 2-finger hold is easy for any user.  The grip diameter is incredibly small compared to all other Glock pistols, so large-handed users may find it marginally uncomfortable.

Glock 42 Fit & Finish

The build quality of the Glock 42 is exactly what you would expect out of any Glock.  The nDLC coating is consistently applied across the slide, and the polymer frame is free of any overpress defects from the injection molding process.
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Glock 42 Concealability

Between its small size and unparalleled reliability, the Glock 42 has become one of the most highly regarded sub-compact pistols for concealed carry.  Measuring 5.9 inches long, 1.1 inches wide, and a height of 4.1 inches, this pistol can easily be concealed just about anywhere with the proper holster.

How much is a Glock 42 worth?

In 2023 a new or used Glock 42 value varies depending on supply and demand. In the last 12 months there is great demand for a Glock 42 and most other pistols. The Price for a Glock 42 has increased in cost by $0.00 in 2023 compared to 2022.

Estimated New and Used Values for a Glock 42 Values are based on a basic model with no options or colors.

Condition Trade-In Private Party Dealer
New In box $250.70 $327.84 $385.69
Excellent $231.41 $308.55 $347.12
Very Good $212.13 $308.55 $347.12
Good $192.85 $289.27 $327.84
Fair $134.99 $250.70 $308.55
Poor $96.42 $192.85 N/A

Gun Value Conditions explained:

New in box - 100% condition in unopened box. Excellent - 95%+ condition with or without box.

Very Good - 90% - 95% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Good - 80-90% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Fair - 30% - 80% condition, parts, and finish may or may not be original. Must function properly and shoot.

Poor - under 30% condition. Firearm has severe wear and tear, does not function, or is damaged.

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