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Old 03-21-2015, 06:33   #1
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Glock 42 question

I have been reading all over about how earlier made 42's have had some issues, and how Glock has made changes. I have a chance to trade for one dated 2/26/15, should this one be ok?
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Old 03-21-2015, 06:53   #2
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I don't know if it'll be Ok, but a 2015 date will have all of the tweaks.
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Old 03-21-2015, 07:43   #3
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I have a chance to trade for one dated 2/26/15, should this one be ok?
The first question I'd ask is,
Why does the G42 owner want to get rid of the gun?

It would be best if you could shoot it first to see if it is reliable.

I have two G42's that had all the usual G42 problems but are reliable enough to carry now.

I like the gun and pocket carry it.
But unless the person has the time and money to waste on the gun getting it reliable, I wouldn't recommend a friend get a G42.



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Old 03-21-2015, 09:17   #4
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Bought mine before reading all the bad information. The date 1-28-2015 was when mine was test fired and it been a excellent shooter so far. Its a chance game but I am lucky and a very happy 42 owner.
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Old 03-21-2015, 11:44   #5
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No way I would buy any G42 (new or used) without the chance to test-fire it.
No way, no how. Too many bad apples.
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Old 03-21-2015, 11:48   #6
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Thank goodness, I was able to trade my G42 today! A dealer at the gun show had a pristine "Tactical" 1911A1 in 9mm, and was willing to trade even. I've yet to find a Rock Island built 1911 that I didn't love, and had been wanting a 9mm one.

I can truly say that this Glock guy has found a 'bad' Glock. Still love the 19 and 36. But the 42 needs more engineering work. Mine was 2 weeks old. It did give me a lot more affection for my S&W Shield.
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Old 03-21-2015, 11:51   #7
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Latest 42 changes

So what are the most recent G42 mag or other changes? Last I heard the mag was now the 02 with the "380" above it. Is this most recent? Anyone having any issues with these new ones? Thanks.
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Old 03-21-2015, 13:10   #8
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According to the sources I've read there are already 200,000+ G42s out in the wild. Yes you hear of problems all the time on this and other forums, but the vast majority of these must be working fine or else you'd have heard of 150,000+ angry G42 owners marching back to the dealers where they got them from. Mine which was dated 12/19/14 has been a reliable feeder, and only had the premature slide lock issue which I seem to have finally corrected. However I do agree that you should try to test-fire it first, since anyone that ditches a new gun that fast must have a reason.
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Old 03-21-2015, 14:47   #9
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So what are the most recent G42 mag or other changes? Last I heard the mag was now the 02 with the "380" above it. Is this most recent? Anyone having any issues with these new ones? Thanks.
I have only seen them in the boxes with the new G42s sold by my local LGS in the last month or so. I have not owned or tested one myself.
But I have owned one of all the previous versions going back to Feb 2014 and not had a problem with any of them.
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Old 03-21-2015, 14:53   #10
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The modifications to look for are as follows:

Magazines marked with #2
Slide stop lever #33219-1
Frame marked #1
Trigger mechanism #1

I just picked up a G42 dated 1/27/15. I'll be bringing it to the range for its inaugural trial tomorrow. I don't anticipate any issues and I don't have much interest for the G43. I expect the recoil to be unpleasant and since its bigger than the G42 I see no reason to use it instead of the G26.

I hope I have no issues with Fiocchi ammo as this is my favorite stuff!!!
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Old 03-21-2015, 15:01   #11
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My G42 was a piece of crap. It's hit or miss.

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Old 03-21-2015, 15:04   #12
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The issues were in January and February 2014.
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Old 03-21-2015, 16:02   #13
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An unmarked change that has been added recently is some additional shaping and polishing of the barrel entry throat.
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Old 03-21-2015, 16:17   #14
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After the slide stop squeeze and file, mine functions 100% with the following ammo.

Winchester RA380T JHP (LE Ammo)
American Eagle FMJ
Winchester White box FMJ
Federal Hydra Shok
Winchester SXT JHP

It was back to Glock once and continued to have the pre mature slide lock issue. My gun is a late model and had all the upgrades including the latest # 2 magazines. The gun never had any other type of malfunction then the pre mature slide stop issue.

I also have one slide stop with the inner magazine "tab" completely removed. The gun is 100% with that slide stop but it does not lock back the slide on the last round. I really like the gun now but still love the J Frame for a bug.

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Old 03-21-2015, 18:41   #15
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The issues were in January and February 2014.
My two G42s were from May and July 2014, both of them had frequent (almost constant) slide lockbacks with any ammo, any mag, and any grip.
The May gun was returned to Glock in October, and came back worse than when I sent it to them.
There have been other posts about the same problem with guns produced more recently.

So the problems extended well beyond Jan/Feb 2014.

Both of mine were fixed by myself with the "slide stop squeeze" on both and on one, a bit of filing on the inside SS tab.
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Old 03-21-2015, 18:47   #16
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The wife purchased one a month ago and I just got around to shooting it today. I had a lot better luck with it. I shot about 75 rounds and it malfunctioned only twice. She shot 50 rounds and it malfunctioned six times. I still like my 19 and 26 a lot better than the 42. It feels good, but I don't enjoy shooting it very much.
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Old 03-21-2015, 20:37   #17
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According to the sources I've read there are already 200,000+ G42s out in the wild. Yes you hear of problems all the time on this and other forums, but the vast majority of these must be working fine or else you'd have heard of 150,000+ angry G42 owners marching back to the dealers where they got them from.
This.

I'd change "vast majority" to "near totality". 1/4 of 1% (500) of all Glock 42's could easily account for everything you read on the internet, and a percentage of those inevitably will be user driven.

The numbers really throw people off. 200,000 Glock 42's confirmed sold in 2014. That's insane. Compare it to Kahr just to get some scale.

We don't have 2014 manufacturing numbers but we know it was a boom year. So by way of comparison, looking at the latest publicly available data, we know that for example Kahr manufactured 81,598 pistols of ALL types and calibers in that year, 5,559 of them in 380!!!

Let's assume Kahr had a boom 2014 (few manufacturers did) and produced 5 times as many in 2014 as 2013. 30,000 .380's. Versus 200,000 Glock 42's.

Even though every malfunction results in ten threads on each of ten internet boards, do you think maybe the Glock might get a LITTLE heavier representation due to its sales volume?

Update: I'm at 2,500 rounds of every type of .380 I can find through my two "Week One" Glock 42's without a single malfunction. Just sent them in for the updates anyway, got 'em back in about a week, and have a third GSSF blue label 42 on the way. If you've seen the warranty service department at Glock, you know they are not turning hundreds of guns around that fast, the incidence of service just can't be too high.

And I hope to have my first Glock 43 on launch day!!!
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Old 03-22-2015, 07:47   #18
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^This is my take, also.

Statistically insignificant, but I have a G42 with a test fire date in late July, 2014, and it runs like a top.

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Old 03-22-2015, 19:00   #19
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We've had two at our house. One never ran and the other ran unreliably. Both went to Glock and were still unreliable when they returned. We think we have contributed our share of dollars to Glock research and to 380 ammo production.

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Old 03-22-2015, 20:55   #20
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I don't get how so many of these g42s are hit and miss. My local gun range has one for rent with Who knows how many rounds, and they haven't reported any problems and or ever mentioned anything of the such to me. I shoot there a lot and even used to work with one of the guys who works there, and if there was problems with the one that they have, he would tell me.

I really want to pick up one of these up, but I might wait longer and let them get all of the kinks worked out. It seems like they fix one problem only to have another develop.
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