Some interesting clues turning up around the 'net:
GLOCK UI4250201 GLOCK 42FS 380ACP 3.26″ FS 764503910616 0 $352.00 $399.00
Still all conjecture, but what the heck, may as well post it.
So, once again, Glock is going to bring shooters what we don't want or need. Two things the majority of Glock shooters have been clamoring for for decades - a subcompact single stack 9mm, and a 1911-sized single stack .45. So, we're getting a G21L, and a subcompact .380. Yawn. Maybe next year, after the kittening Gloc(k)arbine arrives we'll get things we asked for.
Then again, with the resurgence of .45 ACP in some LE circles, the long-slide G21 might be a hit with tactical types...
The .380 compact pistol is a big seller right now.
But the people I see buying compact polymer .380's are cheap and Taurus and Ruger have that covered.
I don't see your average .380 buyer passing up a LC380 for a Glock that cost $100 more.
And those who want a "high end" .380 are going to buy a Sig P232, P238, Colt Mustang, Walther PPK etc.
Glock would be better off going up against the Shield, PPS, Kahr P9 etc. in the single stack 9mm category.
Last edited by JodyH; 12-07-2013 at 12:06 PM.
Right now, there's few .380s with an ironclad reputation for reliability. As long as Glock doesn't cock up the launch , they'll clean up the market on reputation alone. Why buy a dodgy Bersa or a heavy Walther PPK when here's this light, reliable .380 G42?
As to the single stack 9mm demand, the aftermarket is doubtlessly hard at work making a 9mm conversion kit as I type this.
I've tried every serious contender in the small single stack nine category. Bought most of them on the used market and borrowed one other. Even put several boxes through a 290rs. The shield and XDs have come the closest to being right for me. I think Glock has a lot of work to do to come out as the clear winner in this category.
They hit the display case for a gun, the cheaper the better and a box of ammo, the cheaper the better.
Followed up by a trip to the Uncle Mikes universal soft holster selection.
Glock is bringing micro-brew craft beer to a Nascar race.