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Glock 42 - initial thoughts

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Shomermaster, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. Shomermaster

    Shomermaster Portland, OR Member

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    Hello hello!
    The Northwest Armory received a few of these this week and I couldn't resist. I'm mainly a 9mm guy as my main EDC is a G26, but I have carried a Sig P238 (love it) and a Taurus TCP (HATED it, traded it for the Sig) and was super curious about this particular Glock addition.

    First impressions:

    Size - the thing is TINY. It's dimensions and heft are very similar to my Sig
    Glock-ness: It really is a miniature Glock. The only thing/difference that really stuck out, when compared to my G26, was the lack of (on the 42) raised polymer by/protecting the slide release. I've read some folks were riding the G42's slide release so it didn't rack open on last round. Hasn't been an issue so far.
    Spring: REALLY stiff. This concerns me... should it?

    First 48 rounds:

    First three magazines (18 rounds) - Flawless. What I expected of Glock. TOTALLY fun and easy to shoot. Mama. Tight groups at 5 and 10 yards. I love this gun.
    Second three magazines (18 rounds) - had one FTF and one FTE. Hmm.
    Third TWO magazines (12 rounds) - had FTF or FTE on every round. Hmmmmmmmmm.

    Maybe it just needs some breaking in? Got dirty quick? I cleaned it the night before. At the club I used a variety of S&B target ammo, PMC HP and Corbon HP...including in the last 24 rounds..same result.

    I've read a million "SHOT show Media Day at the range" reports and they all say "Flawless!"... "Left with a smile on my face!" ... etc... I wonder if Glock brought pistols that had had a 1000 rounds thru each already and maybe it just needs some breaking in. ???

    ...this seems weird since my other Glocks have fired perfectly from round one and thousands after... not sure I can recall a FTE/FTF on a single one of them..

    Ok, stay tuned for Range Report 2....coming soon...and I'll bring my cleaning kit...
     
  2. chevytruckman

    chevytruckman OLY Active Member

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    What did they charge? I'm thinking if getting one or the new new remington
     
  3. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Springs are really stiff on pocket rockets - they have to be.
     
  4. mpperales

    mpperales Happy Valley, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Price?
     
  5. Shomermaster

    Shomermaster Portland, OR Member

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    $399
     
  6. mpperales

    mpperales Happy Valley, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    $399...full retail as expected. We should see them on the boards in about a week or so...for $450-$500 just like the Shield. I'll wait until the end of the year....:)
     
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  7. clambo

    clambo Vancouver, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    Not bashing Glock, Ill admit they are a decent weapon but without even looking I can tell you exactly what the difference between this Glock and every other Glock since day one is! ...mmm......nothing. Im ready for somone to do something new. Something genuinely new. Its been what.....25 years or so. Want to bet what they unveil at SHOT 2015 ? And we will still be doing the same old bubblegum and gripe cuz they didnt pick our favorite caliber or favorite magazine configuration.
     
  8. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Reliable then changing to not as reliable would concern me, too. I'd surely give it a good scrubbin before taking it out for test #2, but the gun shouldn't have gone completely hay-wire in less than a box of ammo.
    I just read a couple of articles on this piece, but no one shot it. They weren't much more than an advertisement.

    Heep us posted, please.
     
  9. F2CMaDMaXX

    F2CMaDMaXX West of Portland from England Bullet goes where now? Staff Member Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Watching this one for pure curiosity. I've seen that in my Sisters P226, didn't look that dirty, but a reasonable clean and froglube, no problems.
     
  10. hker71

    hker71 Portland Metro Area Active Member

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    I may be interested if they release a 9mm that size, but I'm not a big fan of .380.
     
  11. Shomermaster

    Shomermaster Portland, OR Member

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    NWA got these in last Thursday eve. Sold out. Glock Handguns, Glock Gun, Glock Pistol, 9mm glock, glock 17, glock 19, glock 22, glock 26, glock for sale

    mpperales you are probably right...and I'm thinking they will be hard to come by. When I was there, I'm pretty sure the owner said they got 17 of them. Would love to hear another (local) perspective on the handgun.

    F2CMaDMaXX, I have heard good things about froglube....maybe I'll get some in time for club visit 3...

    In the meanwhile, I'm planning on club visit 2 this week... stay tuned!
     
  12. Shomermaster

    Shomermaster Portland, OR Member

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    Range Report 2:

    Unfortunately it was worse then the first. After the last visit I thoroughly cleaned and lubricated the pistol. Similar to the first report, two magazines, of PMC HP, went through fine. Next magazine (more PMC) FTE/FTF every other round. Switched to S&B target ammo. Same thing, every other round. This time I was getting worse FTF issues: the spent casing would fully eject, trigger would go 'click' but no new round had moved into the chamber.. I gave the barrel and feed ramp a quick, but full, cleaning. Didn't get through one magazine before the issues started again.

    I'm starting to think it's me. :) I had the XDs .45 before the recall. I gotta stop beta testing these new models. :)

    Anywho, called Glock, got right through. They are gonna start by sending me a new recoil spring. Happy to say that I have never had to call Glock customer service. Glad they have been good so far.
     
  13. Shomermaster

    Shomermaster Portland, OR Member

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    Oh, forgot to mention that I brought my Sig P238 this morning as well. I fed it 5 7-round magazines full of the same variety of ammo.. I noticed two things:

    1. Flawless performance, every single round
    2. The Sig's recoil spring is MUCH less stiff then the G42's. I'd say it's a least half as stiff.

    Stay tuned for further reports!
     
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  14. F2CMaDMaXX

    F2CMaDMaXX West of Portland from England Bullet goes where now? Staff Member Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Certainly sounds like a duff gun, the recoil spring sounds a good start.

    Hope you do get to try Froglube, the great part is being able to fully 'lube' mags with it, as it has no properties of oil, other than the slickness, it's perfect for them.
     
  15. coyote223

    coyote223 NW Oregon Stamp Collector,,,

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    You must have drew the lemon, Hickok's works,,,

    [video=youtube_share;LskihWv3ALw]http://youtu.be/LskihWv3ALw[/video]
     
  16. Stepside2000

    Stepside2000 Vancouver Member

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    I definitely want to get one of these when they make it in 9mm
     
  17. Skang

    Skang WA Well-Known Member

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    yeah, I will wait for the 9mm in same size. ;)
     
  18. ATCclears

    ATCclears Seattle area, WA Well-Known Member

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    I fondled a Glock 42 today at Westcoast Armory in Bellevue. It seems like a nice little gun. I won't be buying one though since I'm not ready to take on another caliber of ammo.

    Peter
     
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  19. wombat

    wombat Kirkland, WA Member

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    … interesting if the replacement recoil spring fixes the problem; or is it the magazine(s), the brass to face …
    I'm hanging on the the P238 a little longer … :)

    Can we get another update once the replacement recoil spring is to hand …
     
  20. Shomermaster

    Shomermaster Portland, OR Member

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    You can count on an update wombat!

    I love my P238! Love, Love, LOVE it. If the G42 doesn't work out I will certainly be content with my little Sig.