Glock 26. Should I?


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Olympus
October 20, 2011, 09:18 PM
Should I go over to the Dark Side? I'm looking for a replacement for my Ruger SR9c. I originally got the Ruger for a CCW piece, but I hardly ever carried it because I thought it was a little long and uncomfortable. I'm looking for something a little smaller to carry, even possibly pocket carry. But there are two things that are causing me hesitation. 1) Is the G26 going to be noticeably smaller than the SR9c or is it going to be roughly the same? 2) I have a ton of cast lead bullets reloaded for 9mm and I'd like to shoot them but have read back and forth info on whether it's okay.

I've looked at other options haven't haven't found anything that really speaks to me. The next best option for me would be the LCP just because I like the option to pocket carry, but I'm not crazy about .380.

Need some help from the good people of THR.

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Deaf Smith
October 20, 2011, 09:27 PM
Get a NY-1 trigger and 3.5 lb connector for your 26. Makes a 8 lb trigger that is smooth.

Yes go to the dark side. I did it along time ago to replace my Browning HP for IPSC/IDPA and now I have a bunch of them!

Deaf

Olympus
October 20, 2011, 09:33 PM
I'm completely dumb to all the lingo and accessories for the Glocks. Never owned one before and have no experience with them.

dagerv
October 20, 2011, 09:37 PM
comparatively the glock will be thicker.

Frozen North
October 20, 2011, 09:37 PM
Absolutely, without a doubt, yes.

Many believe that the Glock 26 is the ideal pistol for concealed carry. I am one of them.

I tell people that it is the smallest "real" gun on the market that does not suck to shoot.

It is ugly though.

RNB65
October 20, 2011, 09:38 PM
I have a 26. It may be a "compact" but it's still a bulky gun. Just as wide as a full size Glock but with a shorter barrel and hand grip. Not exactly a pocket carry pistol. But great in a coat pocket or on a belt holster under a loose fitting shirt.

Whatever form of carry you chose, be sure to ALWAYS keep the trigger covered with a holster (kydex pocket holster, belt holster, etc.). Carrying a small Glock with an exposed trigger is a disaster waiting to happen.

Loosedhorse
October 20, 2011, 10:02 PM
If you buy a 26, buy used.

If you want a great (expensive) alternative, look at the Walther PPS.I'm completely dumb to all the lingo and accessories for the Glocks. Never owned one before and have no experience with them.If you buy one, that will last about a month.

http://glockstore.com/images/magick_cache/pgroup_6773_image_260_shadow.jpg

Olympus
October 20, 2011, 10:03 PM
What about for a back pocket carry?

I think what I'd really like is a small, single stack 9mm like a Kimber Solo. But they're too expensive and too many reports of problems. I don't like the looks and feel of the Kahr models either.

Frozen North
October 20, 2011, 10:07 PM
A 26 will fit in many pockets, but by no means is it a pocket pistol. They are a thick little gun, too thick to be comfortable in most pockets.

There are almost nearly pocket sized 9mm pistols, but they suck to shoot and have less capacity. That is the trade off.

ugaarguy
October 20, 2011, 10:09 PM
I think what I'd really like is a small, single stack 9mm like a Kimber Solo. But they're too expensive and too many reports of problems. I don't like the looks and feel of the Kahr models either.
You might look at the Walther PPS, or the Kel-Tec PF-9.

Olympus
October 20, 2011, 10:24 PM
I've got plenty of full size guns for fun range shooting, so comfort while shooting isn't nearly as high of a priority. Comfort while carrying/concealability is probably the number one priority.

I don't like Kel-Tec guns at all.

ugaarguy
October 20, 2011, 10:30 PM
Olympus, you can always spend the serious money, and get a Rohrbaugh R9.

RNB65
October 20, 2011, 10:31 PM
I've got a Kahr P9 that I can pocket carry easily. It's significantly thinner and more compact that a G26. I figure if I can't stop the bad guy with 7 rnds of +P 9mm, having a few more rounds probably won't make much difference.
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Olympus
October 20, 2011, 10:36 PM
I think the Rohrbaugh guns are terribly ugly. What is it they say, "Life's too short to shoot an ugly gun."

ugaarguy
October 20, 2011, 10:39 PM
Springfield Armory EMP in 9mm then?
What is it they say, "Life's too short to shoot an ugly gun."
Yep, that's why I don't own a Glock. :D

W.E.G.
October 20, 2011, 10:41 PM
Get a proper holster for the tool that you expect to bet your life on.

Pretty guns are what we show to our friends.
Ugly guns are what we show to our enemies.

The G26 is a small gun.

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd7/rkba2da/pistol%20pics/Glock/G26comparedtoSWM60.jpg

With a good-sized magazine.

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

Olympus
October 20, 2011, 10:50 PM
I'd rather not drop $1000 for an EMP to use as a carry. For $1000, I will be buying a full size 1911 for range fun.

Frozen North
October 20, 2011, 10:51 PM
"Life's too short to shoot an ugly gun."

Have you seen a G26? It is a square black block that shoots bullets out one end! :D

jon86
October 20, 2011, 10:57 PM
Is the G26 going to be noticeably smaller than the SR9c

No. If you can't hide a SR9c, then you won't be able to hide a G26.

A 26 will fit in many pockets, but by no means is it a pocket pistol. They are a thick little gun, too thick to be comfortable in most pockets.

This has also been my experience. I can fit a baby glock in some pockets, but not all. Even if it can fit, I have another gun that gives me a quicker draw from the pocket. I still do sometimes pocket carry the baby glock though. Good luck.

ugaarguy
October 20, 2011, 10:58 PM
The only other thing I can think of to fit your wants is a Ruger LC9.

thefamcnaj
October 20, 2011, 11:06 PM
Yrs do it with out a doubt. I carry a g27. It carries well for appendix carry as well as 4 oclock carry. It is thick but not noticeable in a good holster. I carry iwb in a wild bills concealment, or a galco king tuck. Also if to want to carry a higher capacity mag as a back up the its interchangeable with the g19 and g17. If the grip isn't comfortable to you, you can get a pinky extension. Lots of things you can do to make the g26 a perfect ccw.

Girodin
October 20, 2011, 11:35 PM
I am a fan of the G26. I think it is a very viable carry gun and would readily recommend it. However, I don't think the G19 is a lot harder to conceal in many modes of carry and thus it is probably worth considering as well.

The LCP makes a great BUG. It is a huge compromise as a primary. I own one. If I were ever to have to be in a gun fight, I cannot put in words how much I would rather have one of my glocks than just my LCP. The LCP is a great gun to own because it is so easy top carry. It is easy to take anywhere that is legal. However, it is hard to shoot well, and hard to run well. My times on drawing and firing from the pocket versus a glock on my belt are notably slower. IMHO get the LCP as a bug but get the glock as your primary carry.

Ken Brock
October 20, 2011, 11:37 PM
I carry a Glock 26 every day

in an ankle holster (back up gun) when I'm working

when off duty it's my primary gun

I can hit the small size pepper poppers with it out to 100 yards and it fits my hand great with the Pearce grip adapter

I carry it everywhere

Chip1wa
October 20, 2011, 11:49 PM
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Chip1wa
October 20, 2011, 11:50 PM
With all the talk about the various smaller 9's, I can't believe noone has mentioned the PM9.

I front or back pocket carry a PM40 everyday without a hitch.

Either of the PM's very reliable and very pocketable.

Dirty

carbuncle
October 21, 2011, 12:50 AM
The G26 is a great, reliable little gun. No lead bullets, though: the polygonal rifling Glock uses doesn't play well with lead. You can get a Lone Wolf drop-in barrel with conventional rifling to shoot lead out of, though.

fxstchewy
October 21, 2011, 07:00 AM
When i carry OWB, the G26 is my favorite.

iblong
October 21, 2011, 08:05 AM
Id buy one,every colection needs a Glock and if you dont like it there not hard to get rid of.I carry a 27 every day,I bought the glock for summer carry to keep the sweat off my 1911's and some how it it gravitated to my all the time carry.I own 3 Kahrs several 1911's,snubies,keltecs and others Glocks.
My 27 gets the nod 90% of the time.
Get a good holster and belt and give it a month and it wont seem as fat as it does at the start.

Olympus
October 21, 2011, 10:06 AM
The Glock looks like a Glock. Blocky and no frills, but it has clean lines and a balanced look. The Rohrbaugh guns and also the Sig 238 just don't look balanced to me. The angles just seem to be weird.

I plan on stopping my a local gun shop to fondled a few today. Hopefully they have some options as well as the G26.

Olympus
October 21, 2011, 01:53 PM
Well, I just went to the LGS and fondled some different guns. I fondled the Glock 26, but it was too thick for my liking for an EDC (especially in dress pants). Same with the M&P compact. I tried the Ruger LC9 and it was much better in terms of weight and comfort. Very slim and easy to conceal. The bad part was the trigger. I thought it was terrible. What I didn't imagine I would like is the Sig 238. I was very impressed with the fit and finish on that gun. Racking the slide and manipulating the controls gives the impression that it's very high quality and made very well. Size is great, but I'm still on the fence with the caliber.

One small confession, I had my name put on the waiting list for a Kimber Solo AFA. The shop got 4 in a few weeks ago and they are selling them for $640. Hard to beat that price and maybe this way I will get to at least fondle one before I buy.

daytodaze
October 21, 2011, 04:09 PM
I prefer glocks to all other sub compacts that I have shot. Somebody said earlier that its the smallest real gun you can get, and I'm inclined to agree. You don't really sacrifice much with the small size, but it's going to take some experimenting to get it concealed just right.

My glock 27 is one of my favorite guns, not just for carry. I vote yes!

AJChenMPH
October 21, 2011, 07:31 PM
With all the talk about the various smaller 9's, I can't believe noone has mentioned the PM9.
The OP said later (post #8) that he doesn't like Kahrs.

I have both a G26 and an LCP. The G26 is my primary, and the LCP only goes with me when I have to tuck in my pants or when I go bicycling. Normal mode of carrying the G26 is IWB at 3:30 (I don't use pinkie extensions, but I do use the GAP floorplate (http://www.concealablecontrol.com/)), G17 mag as a reload in my front weakside pocket, and an untucked shirt. Virtually unnoticeable. I simply can't pocket-carry the G26...but it's my go-to carry weapon 95% of the time. Even if the wife and I are going out, I'll just wear a nice button-down shirt that's designed to be untucked.

I have a Kahr PM9, but it basically sits in the safe now...not quite small enough for pocket carry for me (I'm 6'0", 175 lbs, 33" waist), and if I'm going to IWB carry, I might as well just carry the G26.

ol' scratch
October 21, 2011, 07:34 PM
It sounds like you have made up your mind with the Solo. They are really new and outside of a few articles, I don't know much about them. There was an article in G & A last month. I saw an article this morning in one of the gun magazines, but outside of browsing the covers, I didn't stop.

WOW really useless post. Sorry about that.

Olympus
October 21, 2011, 09:21 PM
I wear dress pants a majority of the time, so something that could be pocket carried would be the best. I can bring out the bigger guns on the weekend when the wardrobe will allow.

gbran
October 21, 2011, 09:57 PM
The Kahr PM9 (top) is a true pocket gun. 6+1, but mine hasn't been as reliable as the Glock.

The .38 Airweght (middle) is small and easy to carry, but holds only 5 rnds and is thicker than the Glock.

The G26 (bottom) is a compromise. It is a little big for all pocket carry, but some pockets OK. It holds 10+1.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y145/gbran/100_0145.jpg

Olympus
October 21, 2011, 10:01 PM
The Glock is too big and thick to carry in pockets of dress pants. So is the J-Frame. And I don't care for the Kahr guns.

gbran
October 21, 2011, 10:15 PM
The Glock is too big and thick to carry in pockets of dress pants. So is the J-Frame. And I don't care for the Kahr guns.

Sounds like you've answered your Glock question. Time to find something else.

Olympus
October 21, 2011, 10:22 PM
I think you're right gbran.

rich636
October 22, 2011, 01:53 AM
I have and enjoy the G26, great gun. That being said my love for food doesn't leave a lot of IWB space. I found the Kahr CM9/PM9 fits more easily IWB and the recoil isn't bad at all.

ugaarguy
October 22, 2011, 01:57 AM
The Glock is too big and thick to carry in pockets of dress pants. So is the J-Frame.
A S&W hammerless J Frame in a Don Hume 001 (http://www.donhume.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=65_5&products_id=31) (or similar) leather pocket holster is one of the easiest guns to pocket carry in my experience. Holster selection is critical.

ChCx2744
October 22, 2011, 03:14 AM
The GLOCK 26 is a great gun. I stand behind what everyone else in this thread has said about it. I own 2 gen 3's myself. :)

ugaarguy
October 22, 2011, 04:39 AM
The GLOCK 26 is a great gun. I stand behind what everyone else in this thread has said about it.
The question wasn't if the G26 was a good gun or not. The question was whether or not the G26 is a good pocket gun. I think the OP, Olympus, has answered the latter for himself.

ChCx2744
October 22, 2011, 06:47 AM
So of all the other people that previously posted something along the lines of the G26 being "a great gun," (I count at least 5) why did you decide to single me out and attempt to "correct" me? Is there something I wrote that offended you that wasn't previously mentioned by those other members? I'm well aware of what the OP wrote and I'm also well aware of what the thread is about. My comment was to substantiate the OP's decision and urge to want to buy the gun; I was merely trying to add to the persuasion to push him in that direction. Don't bark up someone else's tree before checking yourself.

ugaarguy
October 22, 2011, 07:23 AM
ChCx2744, I quoted your comment because your use of "everyone else" incorporated your, and all the other comments about the G26 being great without addressing the OP's question of would the G26 would be good for the stated purpose. It wasn't directed against you personally, nor even specifically. If was addressing you specifically I would've used your user name as I have in this reply. If I wanted to address you personally I would've sent a private message. I'm sorry you misinterpreted my comment, and felt admonished & insulted.

jem375
October 22, 2011, 10:33 AM
I carried a G26 for almost a year and got rid of it, didn't like the grip angle and trigger that much, finally decided enough was enough for it and sold it.

Olympus
October 22, 2011, 10:38 AM
I think what ugaarguy was meaning is that all of the previous comments happened before I went to the LGS and handled a G26 and decided that it was not different enough from my SR9c to meet my needs. I don't think you were intended to be singled out.

gearhead
October 22, 2011, 11:19 AM
I pocket carry the Taurus 709 Slim in business casual pants all the time.

kayak-man
October 22, 2011, 11:32 AM
If you want something for pocket carry, get a J-Frame, LCP, TCP, something like that.

Have you tried carrying IWB or with a hip holster and cover garment? I usually carry a full sized SR9 at 4 Oclock, no problems.

Good luck,

Chris "the Kayak-Man" Johnson

Olympus
October 22, 2011, 12:42 PM
I can carry the SR9c just fine wearing street clothes. That's not the problem. Statistically speaking, I spend the majority of my week in business casual attire. Khakis, dress pants, etc. It's difficult to wear the SR9c in an IWB holster in those kind of pants, especially since those are not as loose fitting as my jeans. And it would probably be just as expensive to buy all new bigger waist pants to accommodate the SR9c as it would be to just buy a pocket gun. I've been going without a pistol during the workday and just carrying a knife. Looking to solve that problem.

But I guess I should go ahead and confess that I ended up buying a Sig P238 this morning. :D Out of all the pocket pistols I fondled at the LGS, the Sig was the one that just "spoke" to me. Probably because it feels so similar to a 1911 and that's what I primarily shoot. So I ended up getting the plain black Nitron version with the night sights and cheap black plastic grips. I've already combed through my wood supply and found some nice pieces to make a new set of grips for it. The one I got was $50 cheaper than the same version with the rosewood grips. I definitely liked the look of the rosewood grips on the all black gun, but I can do better than Sig can for grips and it won't cost me anything. :D

Pics to follow later this weekend probably.

ChCx2744
October 22, 2011, 05:25 PM
Understood. I apologize for my over reaction.

Olympus
October 22, 2011, 05:37 PM
It's all good man!

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