Did you know that Ruger in 2011 manufactured over 170,000 LCPs? That’s more than 20,000 pistols more than the entire pistol output of Colt, ParaUSA, and Kel-Tec in the same calendar year.
Why bring this up? Because of the Glock 42, the new .380 Glock. This gun will be manufactured in the US, and has been the topic of much debate on whether or not it will sell. I am of the opinion that it will sell decently, but not in numbers that even approach Ruger’s astonishing LCP production. It’s big for a .380, but that means it will also be quite pleasant to shoot, which isn’t something you can say about the LCP. In fact, it will be much closer to the LC380 in terms of its market, and to be honest I quite like the LC380.
I think there’s a market for a reasonably sized .380 pistol for new shooters and CCW holders. It won’t have sharp recoil like some of the itty-bitty .380s and single stack 9mm pistols, which means that someone who’s new/recoil sensitive will probably be willing to shoot it enough to get good with it.
Ultimately, I’m on the fence about the new 42. I personally am interested in the Glock 41, because .45 ACP. However, I am somewhat interested in the .380, because I’ve always had a soft spot for overgrown sub-caliber guns. One of my favorite guns to shoot was my Taurus PT58, a doublestack .380 that looked like a stunted 92FS.
What do you think? Is Glock going to sell a ton of Glock 42s or none?