Saturday, January 11, 2014

New 2014 Glocks - G41 .45ACP & G42 .380

New 2014 Glocks - G41 .45ACP & G42 .380

Unlike some of my writer counterparts, I can read... in this case an NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement) which expired right before Shot show on Jan 7th specifically preventing the release of anything including the name and pictures of the G42 and G41 prior to that.  You numb skulls will have to work out you noncompliance with Glock. Oops no more T&E account for you.

Ahhh I love the smell of new Tupperware in the morning.  As a huge fan of Glocks and one who carries one on a constant basis, I look forward to the introduction of new models.  What baffles me is that new Glock introductions are usually met with about as much skepticism from Glock shooters as the Glock 17 was when it first came out. This year’s introduction of the Glock 41 and Glock 42 will be no exception. Already I have heard an ear full from friends all starting the commentary with “WTF was Glock thinking?” it continues… “I wanted a single stack [insert favorite caliber here]”, “I wanted a competition tuned Glock”, “I want…,”I want…”, “I want…”

Here is the deal folks. Apparently Glock is smarter than all the loud screamers, because the new for 2013 G30S sub-compact .45ACP 10-round pistol was hugely successful over the last year. By contrast it was initially received by the “already got a Glock” ownership crowd about as well as a gut punch. For that same crowd, expect a hit a bit lower this year, because you hardened G17 and G19 shooters are going to again start poking fingers in chests over the new giant mega capacity .45 ACP and small single stack  .380 ACP.  I always find it funny that the more I initially loathe or attempt to find fault with a new Glock model the more I want one.

Before I head out to this year’s SHOT show, I wanted to give you a quick real impression of both guns before the paid hired guns writing for magazines spill bodily fluids in an attempt to be the the first to do gloriously fabulous reviews stating that they are … wait for it..”the best Glocks ever.”

What I have not seen leaked yet is that the  G42 is one of Glock's USA made pistols manufactured in Smyrna Georgia.  Since late 2012 Glock has been working on moving US sold Glock manufacturing to its US Georgia manufacturing facility.

A long term deep review is coming, but this is a quick peek.

GLOCK 41 - .45 ACP Longslide
I am sure some will gush that Glock finally built a better competition gun that is .45ACP powered based on the proven competition winning G34 (9mm) or G35 (.40S&W) platforms. Well that is a mighty dubious reason to own one, because if we compare it to the competition major power factor reigning G35 Glock,you just dropped to a 13-round .45 ACP mag from a 15-rounder without gaining anything in the competition. Holes in paper and dropped steel plates don’t know the difference.  

So why the G41? Let’s face it, some folks love, love, love the .45ACP round and up until now would rather go at it with a long sight radius 1911 framed gun and reload a lot than to move over to that puny little .40 S&W round. In the G41, the .45’ers get a competent high capacity competition gun with a sight radius roughly 1” longer than they had in the G21 but with less muzzle flip, a bit more velocity, and likely easier accurate shot placement in a .45ACP model. If we are all being honest with ourselves; the G41 is the pistol that lets chest thumping .45 ACP shooters go toe-to-toe equipment-wise with the G35 guys who are kicking their asses each competition.   Fire lit ... I welcome comments. ;)

The G41 is basically for all dimensional and spec purposes a G21 with a long slide. The end result is what I term a “Giant’s Gun”. The gun itself is too big for my hand. I have small-medium sized wide-hands with shorter fingers and the G41 feels huge. In other words I have an average hand size. This was one reason I went with the G20SF (short frame) version of my Glock 10mm to make the gun actually comfortable in my hands. To me the G41 needs a G41SF counterpart model for mere mortals. If you have giant monkey paws then hey, this is your gun; buy one and enjoy. Personally I love the idea of a high capacity .45 ACP competition long slide pistol… so chances are high, I will never own one or at least until they offer a G41SF model as they did in the G21 model.

Length (overall): 226 mm / 8.90 in.
Length (slide): 211 mm / 8.31 in.
Width: 32.5 mm / 1.28 in.
Height (with magazine): 139 mm / 5.47 in.
Barrel length: 135 mm / 5.31 in.
Length of twist: 400 mm / 15.75 in.
Trigger distance: 72.5 mm / 2.85 in.
Trigger travel: 12.5 mm / .49 in.
Barrel distance: 20 mm / 0.79 in.
Line of sight (polymer): 192 mm / 7.56 in.
Weight - Pistol without magazine: 690 g / 24 oz.
Weight - Magazine std. empty: 85 g / 3 oz.
Weight - Magazine std. full: 340 g / 12 oz.
Magazine Capacity (rounds): 13
Barrel Profile: right hand twist; octagonal
Standard Trigger Pull: ~5.62 lbs.
Muzzle Velocity*: 853 fps
Muzzle Energy*: 347 fps

"I will never own a puny little .380" said the guy who now owns a Ruger LCP .380... because it is so convenient to carry.

Man this gun will have blood squirting out of people’s eyes screaming “why, why, why not in 9mm?” Yeah OK put me in that column, but you know it's bound to happen at some point? It is a Browning 9mm Short (aka .380 ACP) does that count? 

Honestly i was so pissed off it was not a 9mm that i artificially hated the G42 initially. But then I shot it and holy crap I am in love.

If you want a single stack 9mm the Kahr CM9 and Walther PPS beat Glock to the slightly larger 6” long x 4” tall single stack pistol party, however recoil in those dinky little 9mm guns can be ugly with hot loads. The Glock G42 is still smaller. A similar recoil beating occurs with hot loads in the diminutively smaller Ruger .380 chambered LCP.  

So where does that put the new Glock G42? Squarely in the middle. It is a pistol with enough size and weight to make even hotter .380 rounds easy to shoot all in a size that still enables a decent grip and can be stunninly easy to conceal.  If it sounds like I am saying the G42 is today's equivilant of the .38 Special revolver or Glock's version of a Walther PPK, then you are absolutely correct. A decent grip to hold onto with just enough mass to make shooting with the thing pleasant and accurate all in a size that can be tucked and hidden anywhere.

The G42 delivers a solid platform in a caliber which in this format feels awesome to shoot and even train with. With that said in my opinion, the G42 is not really initially targeted to the Glock’iphile. Initially this is a gun targeted directly toward all new (initially recoil sensitive) females out there that are now hitting gun shops in a barrage that is terrifying the left-wing wackos.  Sure OK it could be a good back up gun, however where I see 99% of the sales going in 2014 are to new female shooters whose significant others own Glocks. They march out and will buy the smallest Glock made to conceal in their purse, pocket or waist. 

Men will be buying them for their wives in droves just like we did with the LCR, the LCP and now the G42.  In late 2014, we men will buy another for ourselves because we find out that all that macho bullshit goes out the window when you are wearing a khakis  at work and you need a tiny little gun to stay armed. Me? I am already over the macho B'S and love the format.  Well done Glock... checks in the mail.

Length (overall): 151 mm / 5.94 in.
Length (slide cpl.): 146 mm / 5.75 in.
Width: 24 mm / 0.94 in.
Height (with magazine): 105 mm / 4.13 in.
Barrel length: 82.5 mm / 3.25 in.
Length of twist: 250 mm / 9.84 in.
Trigger distance: 61 mm / 2.40 in.
Trigger travel: 12.5 mm / .49 in.
Barrel distance: 18 mm / 0.71 in.
Line of sight (polymer): 125 mm / 4.92 in.
Weight - Pistol without magazine: 350 g / 12.35 oz.
Weight - Magazine std. empty: 40 g / 1.41 oz.
Weight - Magazine std. full: 57 g / 2.01 oz.
Magazine Capacity (rounds): 6
Barrel Profile: right hand twist; hexagonal
Standard Trigger Pull: ~5.62 lbs.
Muzzle Velocity*: 886 fps
Muzzle Energy*: 162 fps

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