When Gaston Glock bequeathed to the world his most perfect series of polymer-framed handguns, it was only a matter of time before he shrank them down to size. By 1995, he had designed a pair of tiny pocket guns, chambered in easy-handling .380ACP. These pistols, the seldom seen Glock Model 25 and 28, are guns you will probably never be able to own.
What are they?
These guns are the ‘mild mannered Glocks’. Chambered from the beginning in .380ACP (9mm Short), which has been one of the most popular self-defense rounds internationally for the past century, these guns have a low-recoil. Technically speaking they are slightly modified versions of Glock’s Model 19 and 26 compact and subcompact 9x19mm (aka 9mm Luger or Parabellum) offerings. Simply built to load the smaller round as the Model 25 and 28 respectively, these guns have almost the same dimensions and indeed will accept many of the same holsters and accessories.
To put it in reference, the G25 is 7.36-inches long overall, with a 4- inch barrel and weighs 23.3-ounces unloaded, 31 when loaded. The G28 is 6.41-inche long overall with a 3.42-inch barrel and weighs 20.65/23.83 ounces. They both use a 10-shot magazine standard although the G25 has a flush-fit 15-rounder for countries that allow it.
Loved In Latin America
On their website Glock says, “This small-dimension firearm was developed for markets where civilian personnel are not allowed to possess handguns featuring military calibers. In the USA, the G25, and all of GLOCK’s .380 Auto pistols are reserved for law enforcement agencies only.”
When you examine that two-part statement, it is true, in both cases. In countries like Mexico and Brazil that have very strict gun control laws, it is illegal to own handguns chambered for 9x19mm and larger. In these, .380ACP is the biggest chambering that civilian gun owners can have. This meant those countries were effectively marked off Glock’s Christmas list. The Glock 25 and its smaller Model 28 half-brother, however, can be sold there legally. They are extremely popular defense weapons in those countries.
Unlike most new Glocks, which are introduced at the Shot Show in the US, these two were debuted at the IWA Show in Germany, which goes further to explain how the company never really intended them for the States.
The part of that statement above where the G25/28 are sold only to LE in the States is also correct, but for far different reasons. You see these two are made solely in Europe and therefore have to be imported to the US. Back in 1968 the Gun Control Act cut off the supply of what then were called “Saturday Night Special” cheap handguns from Europe into the US. It established a point system that makers had to follow to get their guns eligible for import. The .380ACP chambered G25 and G28, sadly, do not grade out to enough points to make it legal. This is the same reason why Smith and Wesson makes the Walther PPK series of .380s under license in the US as the German company cannot import their guns in that caliber from Europe due to the point system.
The only way you can legally pack a .380ACP Glock is to be a law enforcement officer and have your department purchase one with public funds. This eliminates the possibility of officers buying one with their own money with the backup of department letterhead. Since departments can get the same size gun in a harder-hitting 9mm or .40S&W chambering, it’s unlikely that this happens very often.
Oddly enough, the Glock 19 and 26 which the exact same gun as the G25 and G28 respectively but in 9mm, are able to be imported, because that caliber scores more points than .380.
However, with the rumors floating around about the possibility of the new Glock 42 being offered as a slim line single stack G26, or even as a .380 (gasp) in 2014, American collectors may let the concept of ever owning a Glock 25 finally rest.