So by now, it should be well known that the two newest Glock models were in fact known as the Glock 41 and 42. The 41 was the .45 caliber pistol we all expected and Jeff has had a chance to shoot it and the .380ACP Glock 42 just this past week. Being a .380, the 42 turns out to be a bit of a let down for most of us. It’s the gun almost no one asked for and Glock has taken quite a bit of ribbing for it. Time will tell though. We’d heard from someone with earlier production models in hand that the .380 was the “mythical” Glock 40 but, it could be that Glock is going to skip that number altogether.
Rumors have been swirling for months. There are even alleged pictures floating around on the Internet. It has long been said that new Glock pistols are coming. Well, this week, we’ve seen multiple industry sources indicating that Glock will announce at least two, possibly three new pistols around the time of the upcoming SHOT Show in Vegas.
The first, expected to be the Glock 40, is supposed to be Glock’s answer to the Smith&Wesson M&P Shield. It’s a modified single-column, sub-compact pistol. Word is it’s chambered in .380ACP. That’s a bit of a disappointment to some of us and comes up a little short as an answer to the Shield which can be had in 9x19mm or .40S&W. Previous Glock .380ACP pistols have been LE only in the United States due to import restrictions so it may be that the Glock 40 will be among the Glocks now being produced inside the US.
The second Glock, expected to be the Glock 41, is a stretched Glock 21SF designed to fit in the International Defensive Pistol Association’s “box.” In other words it is Glock’s new CDP (Custom Defensive Pistol) division gun, bringing to market a .45ACP equivalent to the Glock 34/35 that were introduced fifteen years ago. The longer sight radius would give this gun a slight edge over the 1911/2011 that has dominated in CDP for years.
No word yet on what, if anything will come of the Glock 42. It could be a direct competitor to the Shield in 9/40 where as the Glock 40 has already been confirmed for the most part to be a .380ACP pistol. Or it could be the mythical Glock Carbine rather than a pistol. Or it could just be vapor fueled by nothing more than rumor. We don’t know. Time will tell.