The Glock 42 is a great gun. The smallest pistol Glock have ever made, it is perfect for pocket carry, or for shooters with smaller hands.
If you own this fine gun, though, which Glock 42 holster should you get? With a bewildering variety of options available, choosing the perfect holster can be a real hassle. You need a holster that will hold your gun securely, whilst also allowing you to draw quickly.
In our opinion, the Blade-Tech Industries Klipt IWB Holster is the best available at the moment. Its ultra-thin design brings out the best in the Glock 42, offering superior comfort and an extremely low profile. In addition, the propriety blend of super-tough polymers that this holster is made from are extremely hard wearing, and we are sure that it will provide you with years of reliable service.
Table of Contents
- 1 How to Choose A Holster for your Glock 42
- 2 Holster Reviews for Glock 42
- 3 Conclusion
How to Choose A Holster for your Glock 42
The compact design of the Glock 42 has made it a favorite among gun owners, because it allows the gun to be easily concealed. The lightweight design also means it can be carried for long periods without discomfort.
Its smaler size, though, can make finding the perfect holster difficult. The Glock 42 has a tendency to rattle around in larger holsters, which can be a disaster – not only is a poorly fitting holster uncomfortable to wear, but if it doesn’t grip your gun tightly enough, this can even lead to your gun falling out of the holster.
There are many things to look for when choosing a holster, and the priority you give to each factor will depend on how you use your weapon. A holster for competitions, for instance, is quite a different item to one designed for long periods of concealed carry. However, no matter what your purposes, the basic features to look for in a holster for your Glock 42 stay the same:
Your first criterion when choosing a holster for your Glock 42 should always be weapon security. You want a holster that will hold your pistol tightly, and one that offers a solid trigger guard.
Some of the best holsters available for your Glock 42 now offer fully adjustable retention screws. This means that even if you own a rare variant of the Glock 42, you can adjust the holster so that it fits your pistol precisely. It is also useful if you own a few similar guns, allowing you to use the same holster for various weapons with just a few adjustments.
Another thing to look for is the trigger guard mechanism. The guard on your holster should ideally cover the entire trigger mechanism, to avoid accidental discharge.
Type of Holster
The format of holster you choose depends on how you like to carry your weapon – some people prefer a concealed holster, some a holster that mounts onto your belt, and some even like ankle holsters.
Each configuration has pros and cons, and everybody will claim that their way of carrying their weapon is the best. Find what works for you, and choose a holster accordingly.
Ease of Access
In an ideal world, you want a holster that will allow you to draw your weapon very quickly. In reality, however, there is always a compromise between draw speed and safety features.
In general, the more deeply concealed your weapon is, the slower you will be able to draw it. This is why competition shooters use outside-the-waistband configurations!
If you are after a really quick draw, consider getting a pocket holster. The Glock 42’s small size is ideal for being carried in this way, and with your gun in your pocket you will be able to reach it extremely quickly.
The best holsters for the Glock 42 offer good concealment of your pistol. Many people buy the Glock 42, with its compact design, specifically for this purpose. It is no good having a small gun, if the holster you are using to carry it is really bulky!
With such a compact gun, the major obstacle to concealment is printing. Though some people worry unduly about this, it can be a problem. Luckily, the best holsters for your Glock 42 are now designed to either sit inside your waistband, where printing is less of a problem, or to break up the outline of your gun.
Even when carrying your weapon in your pocket, printing can be all but eliminated by choosing a holster that breaks the outline of your weapon, merely leaving you with bulging, but not suspicious, pockets.
Last, but of course not least, look for a holster that will provide years of reliable service. Whilst it may look like hard-case holsters, typically made from extruded plastic, will last the longest, this is not necessarily true. Soft holsters, if made from tough fabric, can last equally as long.
That said, if the way you use your gun means that it is likely to get knocked about, go for a hard-case holster. This will protect your weapon from accidental damage, and prolong its life.
Holster Reviews for Glock 42
Simply a great holster, and on our opinion th best choice for a Glock 42. This holster is really hard wearing, but it also made of extremely thin polymer, meaning that it conceals your weapon well. The inside-waist-band carry with this holster is extremely popular, because it means that your gun will always be easily within reach.
In addition, it offers the following features:
- The positive lock trigger guard system on this holster is a great, innovative feature. When the weapon is seated inside the holster correctly, an audible “click” will sound, letting you know that your pistol is held safely.
- This holster can be carried either in an appendix style, or moved to your hip – the choice is yours!
- The comfort offered by this holster is second to none. This is critical, because if your holster is uncomfortable, most of the time you end up leaving your gun at home, or in your truck.
- The retaining clip on this holster feels sturdy and secure, especially when clipped to a good gun belt.
If you like to carry your Glock 42 in a belly band, this is the holster to get. This holster will accommodate a wide range of guns, but is especially well suited to the Glock 42, offering enhanced concealment whilst also ensuring your pistol is close to hand.
- Unlike a lot of belly band holsters, this one is actually really comfortable. It is composed of breathable neoprene, the same material used for wetsuits, so even in the hot sun the holster will not make you overheat!
- Gun retention is enhanced by a dedicated strap. If you are active, this can help to hold your gun securely in place, though it is also possible to remove this strap.
- The reflective bands are a nice safety feature, meaning you will be seen when out on the road at night. On the other hand, the design of this holster lends itself to deep concealment, so don’t worry about your holster being seen if you don’t want it to be!
A really good pocket holster. If you bought a Glock 42 for its compact design, and plan to carry it in your pocket, this holster is for you! It fits neatly around your pistol, whilst also breaking up its outline to prevent printing.
- The pocket holster is designed to be fully ambidextrous, so don’t worry if you are left-handed.
- The mix of materials used on this holster are great. Cleverly, the inside of the holster features low-friction fabric than ensures a quick draw, whilst the outside has just the right level of friction to hold the holster securely in your pocket.
- Some people find that this holster is a little bulky to carry in the average pocket, due to the foam surround. This is actually designed to break up the outline of the weapon, though, so has advantages of its own.
A great ankle holster. Whilst ankle carrying is unusual in a civilian environment, if you prefer to carry your Glock 42 in this way, this is a great holster for you. Unlike some other ankle holsters, the neoprene composition of this holster means that it is really comfortable.
In addition, it comes with some added features:
- The draw speed of this holster is great. It is also completely silent, with no velcro to give away your position.
- The materials used on this holster are impressive. It is largely made of fabric, but the hardwearing neoprene used here manages to be both comfortable and rugged.
- This holster will also fit other handguns without adjustment. Whilst we highly recommend getting it for your Glock 42, if you own a number of different handguns it could be a great investment if you are looking for a concealed carry holster.
What you should look for in a holster for your Glock 42 depends, to a great extent, on how you use it. All of the holsters we have reviewed today offer a good compromise between safety features, comfort, and ease of use, and which one is perfect for you depends on how you normally carry your weapon – whether on your waistband, on a belly strap, or on your ankle.
The Klipt appendix "Inside the Waste Band" holster is the perfect way to conceal and securely carry any small or medium frame auto or J-Frame revolver. Its ultra-thin signature makes it very comfortable and extremely low profile. It can be carried undetectable without printing even when wearing minimal attire.Buy Now
For our money, though, the Blade-Tech Industries Klipt IWB Holster is the best available at the moment. Its ultra-thin design brings out the best in the Glock 42, offering superior comfort and an extremely low profile. In addition, the propriety blend of super-tough polymers that this holster is made from are extremely hard wearing, and we are sure that it will provide you with years of reliable service.
All in all, this is a great holster for the Glock 42.