When choosing a semi-automatic handgun for self-defense, you want a gun that’s lightweight, easy to maneuver, and chambered in a powerful enough round to keep you safe; fortunately, Glock has you covered with the Glock 42.
Chambered in the tiny but powerful .380 ACP (essentially a short 9 millimeter round), this single-stack handgun is built the same way as their full sized models but designed to be much smaller, perfect for smaller shooters or anybody who doesn’t want their personal protection firearm weighing them down all day.
The polymer design keeps it lightweight, the single-stack six round magazine keeps it slim, and the .380 rounds are big enough to stop an attacker, but not so big that making tight groups of shots is difficult (a typical problem on smaller semi-automatic handguns).
Of course, equally important to your Glock 42 is the kind of holster you choose to use with it. Situated firmly in the realm of personal preference and a key component for a concealed carry handgun, the right type of holster for you is the one that allows you to make the quickest, most effortless draw you can to keep you safe.
*** For other Glock holster options (besides just the 42), here are some good choices for all Glock models.
Below, we’ve got a few of the best quality examples of each type so you can find the one that works best for you.
- 1 The Best Holster for Glock 42
- 2 Glock 42 Paddle Holsters
- 3 Glock 42 IWB Holsters
- 4 Glock 42 Ankle Holsters
- 5 Glock 42 Shoulder Holsters
- 6 Glock 42 Pocket Holsters
- 7 Glock 42 Accessories
- 8 Closing Thoughts
The Best Holster for Glock 42
Designed to fit on the hip, these outside the waistband (OWB) holsters are the most common place for most full-size handguns. It’s probably the most natural place for you to draw from and incredibly comfortable, but it’s less concealable than most other models.
1. BlackHawk! Serpa CQC Holster
- BLACKHAWK! product
- Versatile holster
- Manufactured by ATK
- This holster will not fit polymer frame Taurus Judges
- Features the patented SERPA Auto Lock release
A common name in holsters that never fails to make uncommonly good products, the Serpa CQC OWB holster is a good choice for someone who wants to carry their G42 openly. A hard plastic design with a push button release, this Glock 42 holster keeps your gun securely in place, yet, thanks to its design, allows you to draw and reholster quickly.
Further improving on the comfort of this model is the extra-wide belt loops that will fit through any belt and clamp down (thanks to the belt tab), as well as the three screw mounting system that allows you to set the G42 holster at the best angle for a draw.
Whether you store your gun straight on your hip or farther back at an angle, you’ll be able to get the most out of this holster without any trouble. The best part about the Serpa CQC setup, however, is the fact that, with some aftermarket additions, can be put almost anywhere on your body, so if you find that you like the feel of this holster, you can easily move it around to the best position for you.
2. Glock-Tech MIC Holster for Glock 42
- Holster for the Glock model 42 .380 only
- This holster is for experienced users (speed/expert model).
- The retention vs. draw is 50/50.
A true original in holsters that really redefines minimalist, this unique holster is designed to protect just the trigger guard of your weapon, allowing you to store it inside your waistband with perfect safety. At first glance, it may seem overly simple; it’s just a locking trigger guard cover and a loop of cord; however, the simplicity is the real beauty on this model.
Without all the extra bulk of other holsters, the MIC holster really shines for small concealed carry handguns like the single-stack Glock 42. Simply click it onto your Glock 42 by sliding it down the barrel and over your trigger guard, loop the cord around your belt, and place the gun inside your waistband.
When you need to draw, just reach down and draw your gun like normal (with a short up and a pushing forward motion), and the guard simply falls away, allowing you to unholster and put yourself on target in one fluid motion. It may take a little practice, but if the bulk of a holster is a problem for you, the Glock-Tech MIC holster is a great way to make your Glock 42 as small as possible.
Glock 42 Paddle Holsters
A sub-type of OWB holster, these are a perfect design for people who aren’t always wearing belts. Relying not on a belt clip but rather on the pressure between your thigh and your pants, these holsters are easy to put on and take off, which make them perfect for areas where you have to store your firearm; the only tradeoff is that these holsters are a little less secure.
Fobus Model GL42ND Paddle Holster
- Passive retention, one-piece holster body construction
- Retention adjustment screw with passive retention
- Protected sight channel
- Low profile design for concealability
- Steel reinforced rivet attachment
For those of you who want their Glock 42 held in place, yet don’t want to have to remember to release the lock in a moment of crisis, the passive retention system on the Glock 42 Fobus model may be more your speed.
Designed by a company that works closely with the Israeli military, the Fobus is a paddle holster made in one piece from injection polymers and secured with a rubber paddle insert and steel rivet.
For retention, this rigid holster comes with only a retention screw; essentially, you can dial in the amount of resistance you want on your draw and then draw without pressing any buttons or locks.
With no locks to get in the way, this Glock 42 paddle holster promises an incredibly quick and intuitive draw, perfect for those moments where every second counts.
Glock 42 IWB Holsters
IWB, or inside the waistband holsters, do exactly the same thing as all the previous holsters, yet are stored inside your waistband. This little change makes your Glock 42 much easier to conceal, but it can be a little more uncomfortable than its outside waistband counterparts.
Outbags LOB3S Brown Leather IWB Holster
- Inside Pants Holster. NOT for Outside Pants or Small of Back!
- Handcrafted from genuine leather.
- Hand dyed to preserve natural leather characteristics
- Brown dye will vary in range from medium to dark brown.
- Cured and hardened to maintain custom shape.
If you want a Glock 42 IWB holster, you should probably pick one that’s comfortable; the all leather design of this model from Outbags definitely fits that bill. What you get with this holster is genuine leather cured to hold to the shape of your gun even inside your belt.
Like the previous model, this one is going to have only passive retention; however, the leather comes in nice and tight, so you don’t have to worry about your Glock making too much movement.
While it may come a little too stiff for your liking, the leather can easily be broken in, oiled, and treated in such a way that it can serve your purposes fairly quickly.
Glock 42 Ankle Holsters
A holster that fits around your ankle and conceals a small handgun (like the Glock 42) is probably the best way to conceal a handgun that you can buy. While you do trade off a bit of draw time, an ankle holster is going to make your Glock almost invisible, making it a great choice for concealed carriers or professionals who need a place for a backup weapon.
Desantis Die Hard Holster
- Product Type: Sporting Goods
- Item Package Dimensions: 18.796 L X 15.748 W X 3.81 H (Cm)
- Country Of Origin: United States
- Item Package Weight: 0.45 Pounds
Designed for law enforcement and sold on the civilian market, the Die Hard Holster from Desantis covers you both in terms of comfort and function. A neoprene strap secures the holster to your inside ankle comfortably, giving you a secure hold, and the added sheepskin interior makes sure you can hold the holster tight without chafing or rubbing sores into your leg.
You can be confident that the holster is going to be just as secure on your Glock 42 as it is on your leg, thanks to the molded polyurethane coated leather holster, secured with a simple snap that’s easy to remove, yet holds your gun tightly in place.
For concealed carry, especially for someone who spends a lot of their day sitting down, this Glock 42 ankle holster should comfortably fit all your personal protection needs.
Glock 42 Shoulder Holsters
A great rig for the winter months, the shoulder holster hangs under your non-dominant shoulder and uses your back muscles to hold everything. With the right rig, you can easily store your gun and extra magazines all in the same place and carry it comfortably all day, although drawing quickly does become a bit of a problem.
Shoulder Holster for Glock 42 Compact Pistol
To keep the gun itself both stable and comfortable, this model also comes with four different adjustable straps, making it perfect for any body type, and a tie-down strap to anchor it to your belt and, consequentially, your body.
While this makes a great visible carry setup, the vertical carry on this Glock 42 shoulder holster gives you the option to wear it concealed under a light jacket; combining the slim profile of the single stack Glock 42 with a vertical storage, it’s entirely possible to comfortably cover your handgun with your arm.
Whether you’re looking to carry your gun concealed or open, or you just want the best retention holster style on the market, this model should have you completely taken care of.
Glock 42 Pocket Holsters
For smaller guns and larger pockets, it may just make sense to store your Glock 42 inside one of your existing pockets; however, this tends to make the outline of your gun very visible (called “printing”). What you need is a holster for your pocket carry, something that doesn’t print. While they are one of the easiest ways to conceal small handguns, they are almost entirely wardrobe dependant.
Desantis Nemesis Pocket Holster
- Pocket Holster That Breaks Up The Outline Of The Gun
- Fits Glock 42
- For Ambidextrous Use
- Country Of Origin: United States
Yet another great product from Desantis, the Nemesis takes the concept of pocket holsters and strips it down to its bare essentials. While the main body is made of nylon, it’s got one of the thinnest foam cores on the market today; you won’t have to worry about your gun and holster being a tight fit with the Nemesis.
From there, this Glock 42 pocket holster just makes everything about pocket carry much easier; your exterior will stay in place inside your pocket, while the interior has a slick cloth, so retrieving your gun (and not your holster) has never been easier.
Whether you carry it in a front or back pocket, this Glock 42 pocket holster will keep your gun safe when you don’t need it, yet easily releases it when you do.
Glock 42 Accessories
While neither of these two products are holsters, they each do provide something extra for your Glock 42 to make it feel better in your hands. If you combine the right holster with the right grip, you can easily bring your Glock 42 out and on target comfortably, safely, and most important, quickly.
1. Pearce Grip Extenders
- Fits Glock model 42
- Provides control and comfort without sacrificing conceal ability
- Blends with the contours and texture of the handgun and has a factory appearance
- Made from High Impact Polymer and withstands drop tests at temperatures from -20 F to 350 F
- Does not add to magazine capacity
One of the problems that pistol shooters run into on concealed carry guns is the shorter handle; in some cases, your pinky finger will be hanging out into nothing. To fight this unnatural feeling (and to give all your guns the same uniform grip), you can use Pearce Grip Extenders.
Simply slide these polymer extenders on the bottom of your standard Glock magazines, and you gain another small length of handle to grip. Installation is all tool-less, and these extenders don’t interfere with your shooting in any way.
If you’re on the fence about the Glock 42 because of its shorter handle, buy yourself a set of these extenders and you’ll find it now fits your hand comfortably.
2. Talon Grips for Glock 42
- Durable, single piece, firearm specific design provides maximum coverage
- Proprietary material is less than 0.5mm thick adding minimal bulk
- Top quality fit and finish that mantains manufacturer's ergonomics and warranty
- Increases control and accuracy and reduces muzzle flip
- Trusted by law enforcement, military, competitive shooters, and firearms enthusiasts
A good textured grip can make drawing, controlling, and aiming your Glock 42 much easier than it would be otherwise. Fortunately, there are Talon Grips, a great option to add some extra grip to your Glock without any of the extra bulk to the handle.
Available in rubber or a granulated texture, these wrap around grips stick to your Glock’s handle and hold in place, adding only .7 millimeters of thickness and giving you coverage everywhere on the handle, including under the trigger guard and the thumbrest.
At a price that’s less than twenty dollars, Talon Grips can make a world of difference to any shooter, and just may make the difference in a dangerous situation.
Any or all of these holsters and accessories would be great to help you get the most out of your Glock 42. Take some time, look around and find out which style works best for you, then give one of our fine products a try.