Glock 19 or 26?


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SnakeLogan
January 15, 2010, 01:22 PM
Lookin' to get myself a birthday present in the next 2 months. I've shot Glocks and have always loved their simplicity. Which would you recommend for a carry pistol?

Thanks.

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legion3
January 15, 2010, 01:30 PM
In before the "Glock's don't fit my hand" and the "blah blah blah ergonomics" crowd show up!

What would you guys have done just 20 years ago?

I have both. I would always go Glock 19 first. It does both CCW work and home defense work well. Size to capacity to weight it has few equals.

The 26 is a great gun too.

The 19 may be the most popular Glock made and maybe even 9mm ever.

SnakeLogan
January 15, 2010, 01:35 PM
I have shot a 19 and 17. The 17 was too big to be comfortable for my hands (not to mention it'd be a little heavy for CCW). I've never shot a 26. Is it uncomfortable to shoot without a spot for the pinky?

ShootinDave
January 15, 2010, 01:40 PM
Get the 19.

jigglyjames29
January 15, 2010, 01:48 PM
Depends on your size and what you wear.
Height? Weight? Loose or fitted clothing?

DERGLOCKINMEISTER
January 15, 2010, 01:48 PM
I carry a 26 everyday in an office setting . The 19 was just a little too hard for me to keep concealed comfortably . If you get a couple of + 2 mags , you will increase your total rounds by 4 , and the extension gives room for the pinky.
I also put Crimson Trace and night sights on mine and in all , I am very satisfied with the total package . Not the prettiest weapon in the world but it always goes bang and it is always with me .

txgolfer45
January 15, 2010, 01:51 PM
Owned both. Still own my G19.

HOV
January 15, 2010, 01:55 PM
Vote for G26 here. The 26 can grow, but the 19 can never shrink.

I have a G23 (same size as 19) and it doesn't carry nearly as comfortably as the G26 in stock form. The G26 is a fantastic little gun.

SnakeLogan
January 15, 2010, 02:23 PM
How is shooting the 26 without room for the pinky?

Manco
January 15, 2010, 02:59 PM
In before the "Glock's don't fit my hand" and the "blah blah blah ergonomics" crowd show up!

What would you guys have done just 20 years ago?

Whoa there! A bit paranoid AND defensive, are we? ;) To answer your question, I'm not entirely sure. I might have gone for something else, but Glocks have many great qualities and I might have settled for one since nothing better had come along yet. But it's not 20 years ago, and there are very good--and I think better--alternatives available today.

Hey, you brought it up! :) Now let's get back to the topic of the thread. I don't have enough information from the OP to give any advice to the OP as to which size Glock would be best for concealed (I presume) carry. They're all pretty thick to accommodate double-stack magazines, so the lengths of the barrel and grip are the only issues, along with capacity. Personally, I'd go with the largest that I could comfortably accommodate because longer barrels have their advantages. As for capacity, if you prefer the G26, I suppose that you could still carry full-size mags for reloads to at least ameliorate this issue a bit (hopefully you won't have to reload, but you'll have more rounds if you do).

Cosmose
January 15, 2010, 02:59 PM
i used to own a 27 (same size gun just 40 cal) the pinky thing is not a problem just curl it under the mag. matter of fact i preferred the flush to the extended mag myself.

gb6491
January 15, 2010, 03:01 PM
How is shooting the 26 without room for the pinky?
I have a G27 and find it quite comfortable to shoot with the pinkie curled under. I've actually gotten to the point that (like Cosmose) I prefer it to using magazine extensions.
Lot of folks like the GAP base plate (http://www.concealablecontrol.com/). I like it some myself as I find it does aid in drawing the weapon (YMMV).
Regards,
Greg

oasis618
January 15, 2010, 03:13 PM
If you are planning to use it only as a carry pistol then the 26 will conceal a bit easier. However, if you plan on recreational trips to the range or plinking out in the woods, I would go with the 19. It still conceals very nicely but gives you a little more to hang on to. I don't consider myself a "Glock guy" but I do think my 19 is an excellent all around pistol. You really can't go wrong either way.

BlayGlock
January 15, 2010, 03:21 PM
I had this conundrum myself when choosing. I went with the G19 because there really was not that much of a difference in concealability for me (and I think for most people this is true from talking to others), if I have to go smaller I use my Kahr MK9.

That being said you will proabably end up with both:D in which case I would buy the 19 first. If for whatever reason you want to trade for a 26 I dont forsee it being much of a problem. Ive traded with several folks here on THR.

Cocked & Locked
January 15, 2010, 04:00 PM
I've had both the 26 and 19...kept the 19 and traded the 26 for a S&W revolver.

I prefer the 19...same thickness and just a little taller and longer, perfect size to me.

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/16805181/336269311.jpg

SnakeLogan
January 15, 2010, 04:06 PM
If you are planning to use it only as a carry pistol then the 26 will conceal a bit easier. However, if you plan on recreational trips to the range or plinking out in the woods, I would go with the 19. It still conceals very nicely but gives you a little more to hang on to. I don't consider myself a "Glock guy" but I do think my 19 is an excellent all around pistol. You really can't go wrong either way.

Trips to the range and shooting in the woods are necessary for carry pistols too. What's the point of carrying something if you're not comfortable shooting it?

possum
January 15, 2010, 04:07 PM
the 19 is quite possibly the best glock ever made. they are the perfect size for everything, duty, open carry, homedefense, and ccw is no problem, it is a great gun in a great frame size. really the do all size. little longer sight radius and barrel over the 26, yet easy to conceal.

9mmepiphany
January 15, 2010, 04:22 PM
i've found that the G19 is the overall favorite Glock for folks who usually own other pistols...it's just a great overall combination of features.

when i need something more discreet than the G19, i usually opt for a Kahr CW9

SnakeLogan
January 15, 2010, 04:48 PM
Folks who use your Glock 19 for carry, it doesn't seem too big?

AK103K
January 15, 2010, 05:03 PM
I have 17's and 26's. For me, the difference in size between the 17 and 19 isnt enough to bother about, and you get two more rounds in the mag to boot and a little extra out of the longer barrel with the 17.

The 19's are nicer now that they redesigned the grip though. The older ones were somewhat annoying to shoot before.

While the 26's are smaller, they really are not all that much smaller, and dont make much of a difference if your using an IWB holster. I usually use mine as a back up to my 17, which I usually carry and dont have any troubles hiding.

The pinky thing is probably going to be something you'll just have to shoot and see. I tried a couple of the extensions, and really didnt like them, as they just make the gun bigger, which is sort of self defeating. They also tend to pinch your hand during reloads and sometimes while shooting. Might as well just go with the bigger gun. I dont find the 26 hard to shoot with its stock mag, but its definitely easier to shoot with a 17 mag in the gun.

Bovice
January 15, 2010, 05:08 PM
Ok, laugh all you want, but this is how I see things

The 26 and the 19 are the same thickness. If you're like most people, you're probably planning to carry it in your waistband. Now, since the 26 is much shorter but still the same thickness, you're going to have what amounts to a sensation of having a golfball in your waistband. But lots of people do it and think it's fine, so that's just my personal opinion and do with it what you want.

Now, if you think the way I do and don't want any other guns in your pants than what you were born with, give this a try-a shoulder holster. With it properly adjusted for your torso, it should easily disappear under a loose-ish fitting buttoned shirt. I say "loose", because more and more people are going the way of "form fitting" when they pick shirts. Wear a normal t-shirt under this shirt to keep the sweat off and keep from irritating your skin.

With that setup, you can easily carry the 19. You won't have it sticking you in the back/side when you sit, you'll be able to use urinals again, and you won't have it pressed into your side while you're stuck in traffic at 5 o'clock. If you're the paranoid type, you can rest assured that it's always going to be easy to access-sitting, standing, or even hanging upside down. Most setups also have a mag carrier on the other side, where you can have one or two magazines also held in a more convenient location.

angel1216
January 15, 2010, 05:08 PM
get both!

oasis618
January 15, 2010, 05:35 PM
Trips to the range and shooting in the woods are necessary for carry pistols too. What's the point of carrying something if you're not comfortable shooting it?


I think you missed my point but I'll go ahead and divulge that I see yours. I was simply asking if this would be only for defensive carry or if it would be used for recreation as well. I agree that range practice is a part of responsible carry but I don't see how anything I said would get a response like "What's the point of carrying something if you're not comfortable shooting it?"

Just my .02

jglcolosprgs
January 15, 2010, 05:39 PM
Lookin' to get myself a birthday present in the next 2 months. I've shot Glocks and have always loved their simplicity. Which would you recommend for a carry pistol?

Thanks.
I've got a 23 and a 27 (the same two pistols as a 19 and the 26 only in 40 short and wobbly). I shoot my 27 much better than the 23..... I was amazed that the smaller gun would be easier to shoot.... that said you have to find a way to shoot the 26 if you have not done so. I was so down on my 23 that I really didn't even consider another Glock. I have an FBI friend that wouldn't let me off the hook on the 27 and we spent a whole afternoon shooting his 27 and I was hooked. I went out and bought one the next day.

The magazine extensions may or may not make the 26 easier to shoot. I carry my 27 without an extension and two reloads with a +1 Pearce extension.

The most important thing I learned from the whole experience was you need to try before you buy.

Strahley
January 15, 2010, 05:44 PM
19 should come first, no question. It can do it all. Small/light/thin enough for conceal carry, big enough for open carry or vehicle/home, plenty accurate, good standard capacity (15+1 or all the way up to 33 rounds if you really want to)

A 26 doesn't do much for me. If I'm wearing something that I can't hide my 19 very well, I'd rather have something thinner than a 26 (say, a Kel-Tec PF9?)

Strahley
January 15, 2010, 05:46 PM
Folks who use your Glock 19 for carry, it doesn't seem too big?

Not at all. I changed out a gas tank strap on my Jeep and went shopping for a few hours today, gun on me the entire time, didn't bother me at all

bestseller92
January 15, 2010, 05:52 PM
Both are superb. It comes down to personal preference or which feels best, I think.

JShirley
January 15, 2010, 05:55 PM
I had a 23 and a 27. I didn't find the 27 much smaller than the 23. I was 5'6" and 146 lbs as the time. I had no problem concealing the 23 under a heavy shirt or light jacket. I used a Kel-Tec P11 or P32 for warmer weather when I couldn't wear a cover garment.

If I could only have a single sidearm, it would probably be a Glock 19, if that tells you anything.

John

smince
January 15, 2010, 06:15 PM
but the 19 can never shrink.:neener:
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii219/msmince/HPIM1053.jpg
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii219/msmince/HPIM1052.jpg


I have a G26, a G19, and a G19 cut to 26 length. The chopped 19 has fast became my EDC gun.

buluser
January 15, 2010, 07:06 PM
I like my Glock 19, fitted with crimson trace grips. Use for CCW & target practice. Very reliable & accurate gun.:)

W.E.G.
January 15, 2010, 07:41 PM
Both, plus a 17.


There is no better choice than a 26 for a carry gun.

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd7/rkba2da/pistol%20pics/Glock/G26withammoandpennies.jpg

Katana8869
January 15, 2010, 07:49 PM
I have both and I carry the 26 most of the time. I find no real difference in accuracy between the two and the G26 does have the advantage of starting out in a smaller package. If more ammo capacity is wanted with the G26, using a G19 magazine fitted with an A&G grip spacer can be a good option. Like others have said, with the G26 you start small but you have the option of making it bigger if need be.

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f201/katana8869/gun%20stuff/010-1.jpg

skers69
January 15, 2010, 08:35 PM
Katana and WEG...nice pics. My G26 rides with me alot. It is a little heavy but I am use to it. If you can find a range that rents Glocks and try both.

chuck pullen
January 15, 2010, 08:37 PM
Everybody needs a Glock 19. They are a really ideal size.

SnakeLogan
January 16, 2010, 12:29 AM
Not at all. I changed out a gas tank strap on my Jeep and went shopping for a few hours today, gun on me the entire time, didn't bother me at all

Great to hear because right now I'm leaning more towards the 19. I handled by buddy's Kahr, and while it's slimmer than a Glock 26, has similar dimensions otherwise. I didn't really like the feeling of holding a pistol where my pinky hangs off and would probably dislike shooting it even more.

NMGonzo
January 16, 2010, 12:36 AM
Get a glock 34.

Someone had to say it.

MrWesson
January 16, 2010, 12:36 AM
A 26 can become a 19 but a 19 can never be smaller. You can use a g19 mag with coupler for the extra rounds comfort. If you want/need a rail then get the 19.

REAPER4206969
January 16, 2010, 12:41 AM
19...

jakk280rem
January 16, 2010, 12:50 AM
have both. the 19 fits my hand better. the palm swell is lower, but the extra length is difficult for me to conceal.

Magic_Man
January 16, 2010, 01:15 AM
Held a G26 & used to have a G19. I recently bought another G19.

devildog32713
January 16, 2010, 01:25 AM
Vote for G26 here. The 26 can grow, but the 19 can never shrink.


+1 up here, you can fit the 33 round 9mm Glock mags into a 26 if you want to, I dont know why you would, except for looks, but I agree with HOV

Mastifflover
January 16, 2010, 01:31 AM
26

I have a 26 and my dad has a 19. The 26 is just as accurate as the 19 and you can always use a 19 mag with a spacer at the range. The short grip of the 26 just makes it easier to conceal.

bds
January 16, 2010, 01:47 AM
Have you considered getting Glock 22/23/27 and using conversion barrels to shoot 9mm? (Lone Wolf makes drop in conversion barrels - $99 from Cheaper Than Dirt) - Gives you more caliber/cheaper practice options to include shooting lead bullets. http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/GNS141-1.html

G27 is the same size as G26 and although it kicks a bit more than G22, it is just as accurate and would be my recommendation for carry (you can always carry higher capacity magazines and I practice shooting with full size magazines in the G27) - I have the PG2733 Pearce magazine base (California legal) for my pinky and works well in the ankle holster or the Fobus paddle/belt holster (depending on my attire). http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/72858-1.html

Fobus makes a nice universal Glock paddle/belt holster with a forward slant (model GL2B) for carry ($20 from MidwayUSA) that is comfortable (I forget that I have the G27 in my waist in about 3 minutes) and accomodates G17, G19, G22, G23, G26, G27, G31, G32, G33, G34 and G35:

http://www.fobusholster.com/products/GLOCK_17_19_22_23_31_32_33_34_35_COMPACT_HOLSTER-2106-0.html

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=446980

denfoote
January 16, 2010, 03:00 AM
Ya want a G19 size gun that shoots something with a "4" in it's caliber name?? Get a G36!!
Oh yeah, there's a "5" in there too!!! ;)

If yer still wed to the European pellet, get the 26. Ya can't carry a G19 in the pocket!! That's how and what I carry. G36 is HD gun under the pillow.

smince
January 16, 2010, 08:45 AM
A 26 can become a 19 but a 19 can never be smaller.You must have missed post #29;)

SnakeLogan
January 16, 2010, 11:57 AM
Thanks for all the replies, guys. Definitely leaning towards the 19. I'd appreciate everyone's opinion on carrying the 19 IWB.

Choclabman
January 16, 2010, 12:14 PM
I have tried both and sold the G19. The G26 is just as accurate. Just as fun to shoot, and easier to conceal.

I carry the G26 with a 10 round magazine, and a G17 magazine as spare.

The Giant Skunk
January 16, 2010, 12:18 PM
I have owned both and kept the 26. For me, I noticed the difference in size when carrying the two. Although you can't go wrong with either.

smince
January 16, 2010, 01:18 PM
I'd appreciate everyone's opinion on carrying the 19 IWB. I use Appendix Inside-The-Waistband for carry. I find either to work very well in this position. This is what I use and it works for G34, 17, 19 or 26:
http://www.onesourcetactical.com/ProductImages/Ehud-Tan-1.jpg
http://www.onesourcetactical.com/index.asp
...and easier to conceal.At 5'11 and 218, I find it depends on what I wear. Sometimes I've just got to go with the G26 grip frame.

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