For the 2015 issue of CONCEALED CARRY HANDGUNS, author Dennis Adler reviewed Glock’s current lineup of compact pistols, including the new Glock 42 in .380 ACP. As part of his review, Adler goes back to the company’s first offering, the 9mm G17, and follows its impressive compact offerings over the years.

“With the debut of the Glock 42 in 2014, we have a new subcompact with the smallest frame, slide and barrel length Glock has ever offered,” said Adler. “The Glock 42 offers all the advanced features of the armsmaker’s subcompact line in a small, easily held frame size that offers every desirable feature for a .380 ACP pocket pistol, including dovetailed white-dot sights and easily operated slide and magazine releases—and the G42 slide locks back after the last round is fired.”

Aside from the G42, Adler looked at other compact Glock models that have earned a solid reputation among concealed carry enthusiasts over the years.

“Among the most popular concealed carry Glock subcompacts is the 9mm G26 Gen4, which offers a 10-round magazine capacity along with the smallest frame and slide dimensions available for a 9mm Glock model. Introduced in 1995, the G26 was the first subcompact in the Glock lineup and remains, in its latest form, one of the easiest subcompacts to shoot,” said Adler, before moving on to the G27. “Introduced in 1995 as a companion model to the Glock 26 but chambered 
in the more powerful .40 S&W caliber, the Glock 27 is otherwise identical. The G27 is favored today by law enforcement, even though in .40 S&W the magazine only holds nine rounds versus the 9mm’s 10-round capacity.”

To read the full article, check out the 2015 issue of CONCEALED CARRY HANDGUNS, available on September 9, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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