Brought my new gen 3 Glock 26 home. Not a big fan of the new finish though.


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CPshooter
August 4, 2012, 01:53 PM
As the title suggests, I went to my local FFL and picked up my new Glock 26. This is my only Glock right now, but I've owned two 19s and a 27 in the past. Loved the 27, but .40 was too much for such a little gun. I regret getting rid of the 19s though..wish I had at least kept one of them. My H&K P2000sk 9mm is up for sale right now and this new 26 is replacing it for concealed carry duty. H&K makes the finest pistols in the world, but the P2000sk was just a little too large for me to carry day in and day out. It's actually closer to the size of a 19 than a 26 even though it's considered a sub-compact. The Glock is significantly shorter in height, thinner in most places, and lighter. Also, while I got used to the LEM trigger (lighter 5.5 lbs) on the P2000sk, the Glock trigger is just better overall. Shorter take-up and faster reset. I also like the position/distance of the trigger in relation to my palm when it breaks. The H&K trigger breaks further back and my finger joint doesn't agree with it.

Anyways, all that being said, there are two things I'm not exactly fond of on the Glock. First, I know it's not really an issue, but compared to the H&K, the recoil guide rod assembly seems very cheap and flimsy. The little round disc that seems to be riveted on and butts up against the barrel lug flexes and moves around. I can literally see it flexing off of its perpendicular axis. I know the factory guide rod assembly is still reliable, but I'm going to have a hard time not replacing it every 1k rounds or so. It's the only part of the gun that seems like it's capable of failing in a bad situation.

The second thing I am not liking is the finish. Before I bought the gun I was reading a lot of things online about the newer matte black/gray finish that has been showing up on the newer gen 4 and gen 3 guns. Seems that some people like it, some don't, and others feel it doesn't matter. I like the extra grip it offers when racking the slide, but otherwise I'm not a big fan. It's aesthetically less pleasing and seems like it will be difficult to clean compared to the wetter looking ~2000-2010 finish. From what I understand, Glock started shipping pistols with the newer matte finish around the end of 2010/beginning of 2011.

What I am really curious about is the durability of the finish. The barrel has the new finish in addition to the slide. Reviews I've been reading online say that the new barrel finish is actually more durable than the older one and those rings that show up from wear don't show up nearly as quickly. The slide, however, is getting different reviews. People are saying it scratches easier (I already see some fine scratch lines on mine) and it develops holster wear faster. So which is it? More or less durable than the old finish? I realize the underlying Tennifer treatment on the steel is the same (supposedly), so I'm not worried about rust here. I'm just worried about how quickly it will start to show wear.

Here is a pic after wiping it down with an oily t-shirt. It has that "wet" finish when it's literally wet with oil, but once it dries out it looks dull and almost chalky. The 2000-2010 Glock finish looked wet even when it was bone dry. I liked that.

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CPshooter
August 4, 2012, 02:12 PM
Question:

Where could one find a new Glock with the older "wet" finish? I'd like to pick up another 19 in the near future, but don't want to get another one with the dull finish. Anyone know of a place/distributor that still has access to these slightly older Glocks? I remember buying my P2000sk new in 2009, but it was actually a AF (2005) gun. Ideally, if I buy another Glock 19 I'd like it to be one that has been sitting around in a warehouse for a few years. I don't want a newer production gun like my new 26.

CPshooter
August 4, 2012, 02:23 PM
For the record, this is the "compromise" or "in between" finish. It's not super matte and chalky even though I described it as such. I think the gen 1s and even some gen 4s were much worse (or better if you like it). It's somewhere in between.

That said, I still know for certain that I like the wet-looking and darker finish better. If you know where I can get one, please don't be shy and share the info with us!

GlackAttack
August 4, 2012, 03:49 PM
I like the rough tennifer finish myself. I think people think it scratches easier, but the rough finish just holds onto things more. For example if you scratch your fingernail on it, it will show a white mark. However that will come off with time. I've noticed that big scratches that I didn't know how they got there, would dissappear with regular use and handling. Mine still looks brand new. As far as the recoil rod, I felt the same way and got a metal one..

CPshooter
August 4, 2012, 04:39 PM
Hey GlackAttack, thanks for the input. I should probably give the gun a real chance before I start hating on it.

As for the recoil guide rod, does getting a metal one affect reliability or performance in any way? This IS going to be a carry gun after all. I'm not interested if it will create timing and reliability issues. Does a little extra mass up front really affect reliability though? Seems like it's equivalent to having 2 extra rounds in the gun at any given point. If the rod is stationary and the only thing moving is the compressing spring, how can this possibly affect reliability of the gun's action?

GlackAttack
August 4, 2012, 07:16 PM
I don't see how any recoil rod could affect function or reliability, unless you start messing with stronger and weaker springs. Stick with a 17 lb spring and you should notice no difference. I couldn't feel any difference as far as weight. Some people say it helps keep the muzzle jump down when firing, maybe with one of those extra heavy tungsten rods..

Fotno
August 5, 2012, 01:10 PM
As the title suggests, I went to my local FFL and picked up my new Glock 26. I know it's not really an issue, but compared to the H&K, the recoil guide rod assembly seems very cheap and flimsy. The little round disc that seems to be riveted on and butts up against the barrel lug flexes and moves around. I can literally see it flexing off of its perpendicular axis. I know the factory guide rod assembly is still reliable, but I'm going to have a hard time not replacing it every 1k rounds or so. It's the only part of the gun that seems like it's capable of failing in a bad situation.

I realize that it doesn't look all that sturdy, but I've been shooting Glocks for quite a while and I know a lot of Glock shooters; and I've only heard of a Glock recoil assembly physically breaking once. I've seen some worn out ones that were failing to return the slide to battery; but knowing those shooters, they were likely exceeding a sensible replacement schedule.

I replace my Glock RSA's somewhere between 3,000 & 5,000 rounds.

intercooler
August 5, 2012, 01:22 PM
People don't buy Glocks for the looks from what I am told. It's hard to find an uglier Semi :what:

GlackAttack
August 5, 2012, 04:05 PM
I think my glock looks badass! Definitely not as pretty as my ruger.

coolluke01
August 5, 2012, 05:33 PM
Sweet gun. I have the Gen4 26. It's just an awesome gun.
I like the matte finish. As others have said, it holds up well, but you might notice temporary marks from things on the matte finish. Mine has always cleaned up fine.

I carry mine every day and I don't notice any holster ware. Both Kydex and leather holsters.

Try some long range shooting with it for fun. I was just shooting a 24" steel plate at 200 yards with mine the other day. Just a fantastic gun.

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