No, there aren’t any interchangeable backstraps here.
Particularly in the summer, or when I need to pocket carry. While the 42’s length and width (G42 = .94″ wide, P3AT = .77″) are only marginally bigger, those extra millimeters do make a difference. A good illustration of the size difference is that I can only get 1 1/2 fingers on the P3AT (non-extended) grip, but can easily fit two on the 42’s. I side-by-sided the 42 with Dirk Diggler’s similarly-sized (but much wider) G26, the pistol that a lot of gunfolk will use as a comparison.
As far as the pistol’s controls go, everything is GLOCK as usual. The G42 is missing the 26’s vertical ridges on the trigger blade, probably because the blade is narrower on the .380.
So in evaluating the GLOCK 42, talking about it being “only” a .380 – and the fact that it’s not made in the caliber “everyone” really wanted – is pretty much beside the point.
You don’t buy a 42 to begin with if you’re not already OK with carrying a .380.
You buy one because it is, in fact, a slim, easily-concealed, relatively light weight pistol that you’re likely to pack every day.
And unlike some of its similarly-chambered competitors, being a GLOCK, it ships from the factory with a reputation for quality and reliability.
With their oh-so-sly teaser ad campaign and the fact that it seemed like GLOCK hadn’t introduced a new gun since late in the first Clinton administration, the company did a marvelous job of whipping up loads of interest and anticipation for their new gun . But Smyrna and their Teutonic overlords had other plans.
Firearms folk had been hankering for a slim, single-stack, Tenifer-coated, easily-concealable nine since, well, late in the first Clinton administration.
The fact is, for the vast majority of gun buyers out there, the G42 comes with instant credibility because it’s a GLOCK.
The 42 will be one of the first guns most gun store proprietors plop on the counter when a customer strolls up asking for something affordable that they can comfortably pack every day.
While GLOCK has had, well, difficulties with new springs in the past, the G42’s finicky nature doesn’t seem to be nearly as problematic. While it’s not what we’ve come to expect from GLOCKs, I don’t have a problem putting in a little range time to make sure my carry gun reliably runs the ammo I’m putting into it. And for reference sake, two of the .380 loads we tested that Shooting The Bull410 put in his top five – Hornady Custom and the champ, Precision One – worked flawlessly. This is a soft-shooting pistol with excellent (for its caliber) sights.