In my previous post reviewing the Glock 42, I mentioned one of the minor drawbacks of the handgun, and a drawback of all subcompact handguns, being that the grip was too short to get your entire hand around. Even with the tiny hands this gun was meant to fill, you’re left with a pinky hanging off. Most smaller handguns come with, or at least have an option for, a magazine with an extended floor plate to give you that extra bit, the Walther P22 and Beretta Pico, for instance, come with both types of magazines.
While Glock currently offers an extension for sale, it’s not quite as, well, aesthetically pleasing, as a set I found on Glockmeister (where you may remember me finding the parts needed to complete my Glock 19 brass-to-face fix).
Enter the Vickers Tactical (produced by Tango Down) Glock 42 floor plates. These give just enough extra to get your last finger on there, without adding too much to the dimensions of the gun. The taper was a great touch, adding just a bit of functional flair, without looking too out of place.
They’re also easy to install (despite the “Gunsmith Only” warning on the package). Without going into too much detail here, simply use your Glock Armorer’s Tool to push in the tab on the bottom of the magazine, go in all the way to the handle of the tool, squeeze on either side of the magazine and pry forward with the tool. Once it starts sliding off, remove the tool, block the bottom with your thumb (or the spring will come flying out) and slide the old floor plate off. Slide new plate on until it clicks into place, done. If there’s a request, I’ll do a follow up on how to do this with picture, or a video.