G26 for daily carry?


F-111 John
November 22, 2012, 04:13 PM
I currently carry a J-Frame IWB with an Old Faithful kydex/leather holster, but I'm thinking of getting a Glock 26 to replace it.

Anyone carry a G26 daily, and if so how do you carry it and how does it work out for you?

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November 22, 2012, 05:08 PM
I carry the 26 every day. It's nice and light and carries well. I carry with a ankle holster due to my line of work on weekdays. Weekends and nights I carry IWB with a crossbreed supertuck.
I use a +2 extension when I carry on my ankle. It's hard to conceal with the extended mag IWB. So I use a normal 10 rounder then.

For fun I shoot at 200 yards with this gun. It's an amazing gun. I really don't see the need for the 27. .40 cal is kinda snappy and really not necessary when the 9mm is sufficient. I shoot 147gr Ranger T's.

November 22, 2012, 05:11 PM
Off duty I carry my glock 27 in either a galco King Tuk holster at around the 4 oclock position, or a galco mx7 holster. I tried the sepra holster route, but it didnt suite my needs. I would like to get a high end custom holster, but I have too many mouths to feed.

November 22, 2012, 07:24 PM
Yup. Carry my G26 in a Nate Squared Pro holster, and it's by far the most comfortable setup I've used. I carry at 3:00, and still conceal the gun with even just a t-shirt. And I do mean conceal... bending, twisting, getting in/out of the vehicle... it stays concealed.


November 22, 2012, 08:33 PM
I appendix carry a G26 in a High Noon "Mr. Softy'. The setup is surprisingly comfortable, easy to carry and conceals in anything.

November 22, 2012, 09:45 PM

November 22, 2012, 10:06 PM
I carry my 26 in an owb holster i made. I wear an over shirt mosy days, so iwb isn't something i have to worry with. I'm thinking about getting an ankle holster for it.
I usually carry the 26 when i can't carry a bigger gun in the summer.

Fantastic shooter and would probably be the last gun i gave up.

November 22, 2012, 10:12 PM
I've often carried its 40 caliber cousin, the same-sized G27. Most recently I've carried it in a FIST kydex or ultra thin kydex rig. I carry it inside waistband (IWB) at about 3:30 or 4 o'clock. My particular favorite is the forward cant of about 15 degrees.

No problems.

November 23, 2012, 12:25 AM
I'm of the opinion that most people could easily conceal a G26/27, or G19/23 in a Crossbreed Super Tuck or DeSantis Intruder. They really aren't excessively large or wide.

November 23, 2012, 12:49 AM
I carried a G26 for a couple years. I carried it in either a FIST leather IWB holster or RCS holster. Worked very well in all respects. Its a big enough gun that I could shoot and run it well, yet small enough it concealed relatively easily. My G26 was very reliable.

I prefer mine to my J frame and think that on a balance it is a better fighting gun. I generally prefer autos to revolvers though.

There is something to be said for the argument that if you can carry G26 IWB you can often carry/conceal a G19 just as easily.

November 23, 2012, 10:42 AM
N82 Tactical is good as well as the Galco Triton holsters.

November 23, 2012, 11:13 AM


Edit: that's a Dale Fricke Gideon Elite OWB holster. It's the most comfortable holster I've ever owned, and conceals completely under an un-tucked t-shirt or polo.


November 23, 2012, 03:16 PM
I get up in the morning and when I get dressed my G26 goes IWB at 3:30. It stays there until I go to bed. In the summer I use the standard 10 round magazine with a T-Shirt over it and in the winter I put a +2 magazine in it. I don't think I could carry a G19 as easily. It shoots very well and is my range gun as well. It handles very well. To me the G26 is as big as I care to carry and as small as I would care to fight with.

November 23, 2012, 03:29 PM
I have a G-27 and dont use it as I prefer the G-23 as my EDC.

But I am looking at the G-36 but it will have to be the gen 4 for me to like the grip.

I like the comfort of shooting the .45 over the .40.

I wish I had gotten the 26 as its a less recoiling gun and more fun/accurate to shoot.

Leastwise that is what I have found.

Take a look at the G-36 and see if that is a bit slimmer and still plenty of punch,not saying anything wrong with the new .9 MM's as they are great.

just think the G-36 is slimmer.

The Lone Haranguer
November 23, 2012, 03:34 PM
Sure, it would make a great carry gun. A gun roughly the same size, holding twice as many of a more efficient cartridge, with good sights and a short trigger pull - what's not to like? :cool: The revolver would carry better in your pocket, however. I would recommend putting a finger extension on at least one of your magazines - or better yet, another magazine with an extension and two extra rounds - for belt holster carry, substituting a flat-base mag for times when you want to make it smaller.

David E
November 23, 2012, 03:48 PM
The G-36 is slimmer, but you need properly adjusted calipers to prove it.

Holding 6+1 of .45 compared to 13+1 of .40 and 15+1 of 9mm

I love .45, but I'm choosing one of the other two.

Or if I want a smaller package, enter the G-26 holding 10+1 or 12+1 of 9mm when you add a +2 base plate.

November 23, 2012, 04:55 PM
Generally carry a G26 with a 10-round mag and the GAP floorplate IWB at 3:30, with a 17-round mag as a reload in my front weakside pocket.

As far as carrying a G19 -- I could conceal it just as well, but it wasn't as comfortable for me sitting in a car with the longer grip. Plus, I switched out before the Gen4s came out, and the hump on the lower part of the Gen2/3 G19 backstrap forced the barrel to point above my point of aim.

F-111 John
November 23, 2012, 05:18 PM
Sgt_R, is that a G26 with a Trijicon RMR?

November 23, 2012, 05:36 PM
Sgt_R, is that a G26 with a Trijicon RMR?

Yep. Sorry about the blurry pic, it was one of those spur of the moment bathroom mirror jobs.

Here's a better one:


G26 Gen 4 w/ Trijicon RMR RM02, suppressor BUIS, Glock factory "-" connector, G17 smooth trigger, extended slide stop lever, and GAP floorplate. Slide work was done by TSD Combat Systems.


November 23, 2012, 05:47 PM
Anyone carry a G26 daily, and if so how do you carry it and how does it work out for you?

Nothing compares in size vs. weight vs. capacity, as well as the ability to take +1. +2. +3, 15rd, 17rd and 33rd magazines. I find it the smallest gun that performs well in action shooting.

November 23, 2012, 05:51 PM
I carried a G30 daily, until I wised up a few years back, and acquired a G26. Liked it so much that I bought one for my daughter and one of my sons. I carry mine in a Sidearmor IWB holster @ about 11:30. I believe I have a 20* cant custom J hook.


November 23, 2012, 05:52 PM
I prefer my G36 over a G26. The grip is noticeably slimmer and much more comfortable. The G26 grip is just block feeling in my hand. I'm comfortable with 7rds of 45. I wish they made a slim line 9mm for the extra couple rounds it would carry over the G36.

November 23, 2012, 07:47 PM
There is something to be said for the argument that if you can carry G26 IWB you can often carry/conceal a G19 just as easily.

No, not really. I just got a 19 tonight, and after a 300-round check, I carried it in my 26 holster.

The grip requires a tad more concealment effort (I.E. sliding my holster forward to about 2:30-2:45). I also won't be able to throw this in a pocket like I can the 26 (though the 26 is far from ideal, it's still doable). So while I think the 19 is very close, the 26 is just a better gun from a CCW standpoint due to the magazine options.

That said, I like my new 19 so much more from a shooting standpoint, and will be carrying it full time, aside from the few times where the smaller grip of the 26 is ideal.

November 23, 2012, 08:14 PM

i carry it in my pocket

November 23, 2012, 08:40 PM
I carry my G26 80% of the time, and when I do, 94% of that is in the pocket of my cargo shorts or pants and the other 6% is in a Cobra Skin IWB holster. I carry a 10r mag with a Pearce +2 grip extension and I have a backup 15r mag in my pocket.

Though I'm thinking, I might start carrying my G30 a little more often.

November 23, 2012, 09:35 PM
G27 in a desantis owb at 3 oclock. With a good belt, you never know its there.

November 24, 2012, 06:13 PM

November 24, 2012, 07:14 PM
I have the up most confidence in my g26. Its ran anything I've put through it with no problems and is quiet accurate for such a small gun. I run 124 gr. speer gold dots for edc.
It also carries quiet comfortably in my galco king tuc holster at the four o clock position. It conceals easy for summer or winter carry.

sigma 40ve
November 24, 2012, 10:36 PM
I ccw a G33 in a Sidearmor IWB. Same size as the G26, I just like the 357sig caliber better. I always have a 13 or 15 rd extra mag with me. FWIW, I do have a G26 and just use it for GSSF matches. I have a factory 40 cal barrel for the G33. I use that setup some times as a range pistol or GSSF matches.

F-111 John
November 25, 2012, 08:42 AM
I was at my LGS/range a few weeks ago during the Beretta Nano "Test Drive" event where for a nominal fee you could shoot the Nano and one other Beretta of your choice. I shot the Nano and the M9 flavor of the 92FS. I didn't fall in love with the Nano, and I was heartbroken over how little love I felt for the M9, given all the glowing reports I've read here and elsewhere. It's still on my 'must have' list, but fell down a peg or two. (I'd go for the Inox. CDNN has a sweet deal in their fourth-quarter 2012 ad...)

Since I had the range time and a couple boxes of 9mm that I otherwise couldn't use (I have all wheel guns right now,) I decided to rent a G26 to burn it up. I absolutely loved the G26. It felt great in my hand, and I was shooting much tighter groups with it than either the Nano or the M9. The range officer told me about the GSSF league there, and that I'd probably do OK shooting in it given what I did with the rental.

Ever since then, I've been wanting a G26 to do double duty of CC and GSSF. (Perhaps the latter with a G19 mag and sleeve?)

Old Faithful Holsters is having a 25% off "Black Friday" sale that continues until Monday the 26th (coupon code "xmas" good for anyone,) so I ordered a holster kit for the G26 and a holster kit for the wife's Ruger SR22P.

Davidson's is having a G26 sale right now that expires on Nov. 30, and they rarely have Glock stock anyway, so I'm trying to find room in the budget...

November 25, 2012, 08:58 AM
Hey John,

If you haven't fired a small Glock before that range outing, you might want to experiment with the G27, G30 and G36. Surprisingly, to me, although the G26 was the easiest to control, the 45ACP round (G30 and G36) was much less "snappy" than the 40S&W (G27). I would add that, although there were some early reliability questions with the G36, when I rented a G26, G27 and G36 on the same day, firing a box or range ammo from each, the G36 (single stack column, lower capacity) felt so much better in my larger-than-average hand I couldn't think about small Glocks without the G36 jumping to the top of my list.

November 25, 2012, 09:00 AM
BTW, I have a Taurus PT-92 (M9 copy) in SS that I really do like, but not as much as any of my beloved wheelguns!

November 25, 2012, 09:33 AM
Isnt the G36 closer in size to a G19 than a G26??

November 25, 2012, 02:18 PM
I have a G-23,G-27,G-19,G-17,G-35,G-30

And I am SOOO looking forward to the Gen 4 G-36.

It might even take the place of the G-23 that I have EDC'ed for over a decade as a primary.

It is easier to conceal than the 23 and even though less rounds,I see going the route of a 7 shot .45 with a fast reload as a very good solution to my idea of a CCW belt gun.

btw,I do edc a BUG also.

November 25, 2012, 03:54 PM
My E.D.C. gun is also a Glock 26. I carry it in a Galco IWB holster and it hides easily. I keep Corbon 115gr DPX loaded in it for defense. I also own a Glock 17 and the fact that the G17's 17 round mags will work in the G26 is a big plus for me.

November 25, 2012, 07:40 PM
Balrog, the G36 is smaller than the G30 and similar in size to the g26/g27s. The big difference in the 36 is that it has a single stack magazine and, therefore, a thinner grip.

F-111 John
November 25, 2012, 09:19 PM
JJ1962Hemi - Thanks for the info, but I'm sort of settled on a 9mm, mainly for ammo costs. I don't shoot enough to get into reloading right now, but I'd like to shoot something that costs less than my current Walmart .38 spl WWB. .45 ACP wouldn't do it, although a Ruger SR1911 is also on my "bucket list."

I've actually strongly considered the Taurus PT92 to check off the Beretta box on my list mainly because of the frame mounted safety/decocker. I've read nothing but good things about it here on THR.

Well, I had a heart-to-heart with the missus this evening, and asked if I could spend some of our kids' inheritance, and her exact words were "you better buy a gun before Obama makes it impossible."

I'll leave a range report when the G26 Gen 3 comes in! Thanks to all for the valuable input.

November 26, 2012, 08:00 AM
Another difference in the G36 is that it has a revolver-like capacity and its genuine Glock family brothers won't share their mags with it. Stick with the G26...much better choice!!! :cool:

David E
November 26, 2012, 01:28 PM
Isnt the G36 closer in size to a G19 than a G26??


David E
November 26, 2012, 01:34 PM
Balrog, the G36 is smaller than the G30

He was properly comparing it to the G19/23, not the G30

similar in size to the g26/g27s.

Incorrect, it's closer to the G19/23

The big difference in the 36 is that it has a single stack magazine and, therefore, a thinner grip.

Semi single stack, actually, but that's not the issue. The G36 grip is longer, front to back, than the G26/27

el Godfather
November 27, 2012, 02:58 PM
In Glock subcompacts if i had to chose it would g36.

26 is like a short brick.

David E
November 27, 2012, 05:59 PM
26 is like a short brick.

Adding the finger extension or Plus 2 base pad makes a big difference.

November 27, 2012, 10:12 PM
I carry a G26 at 3 o'clock with a Crossbreed holster.

Love it!

November 28, 2012, 11:19 PM
I carry off and on for 43 years, the last 10-14 it's been a 26 or a 27, and now a shield in 40, since I carry 2 guns most times, I sometimes mix it up, also with a 30 and an xds, they are all great, the 26 conceals the best with a 10 rounder in it, and is the lightest. After that it's just a matter of taste, I like a 9 or 40 for my backup, and a 45 for my primary, The xds suits me fine for that, with 2 extended round holsters it is terrific.
You need to decide that you are going to carry all the guns you carry with a round in the chamber, so holster choice is most important with glocks.
The shield has a safety and the xds also has a grip safety, for me I prefer the gun in my groin to have a safety of some sort on it.
also I prefer a wider grip, so gocks work for me better as far as stock, the others need a hogue or other grip modification or they get too thin for my large hands.

November 29, 2012, 12:40 AM
I've been POCKET carrying my G26 in a Desantis Nemesis holster for over a year now. Works just fine in jeans or khakis. And comfort is unparalleled.

November 29, 2012, 07:28 AM
I carried a G33 for several years in a Galco IWB holster that I modified for deeper carry. I think it carried very well, although I have since switched to an even smaller Kahr.

F-111 John
December 1, 2012, 10:08 PM
Well, I picked up a Glock 26 Gen 3 today. Can't wait to get it to the range, but that's going to have to wait a few days.

F-111 John
December 8, 2012, 01:01 PM
Shot the G26 today. No problems, shoots like a dream. Waiting on my Old Faithful kydex hybrid holster.

December 8, 2012, 08:19 PM
The g26 is hard to beat for all day everyday concealed carry...

el Godfather
December 9, 2012, 01:26 PM
Add what you may. It still is a little brick. When making subcompact Glock just made the lenght and height shorter- did not do anything to width. To me that just sucks.

December 9, 2012, 03:07 PM
The G26 is one compact pistol that shoots like a full size. I carry mine easily in a simple IWB kydex clip on holster.
Brick? Not in my medium sized hands. Often, I carry it with the flat base 10rd mag, with a 12 or 15 round mag for backup.

December 9, 2012, 09:08 PM
Enjoy the new Baby Glock!

I've had two, the first one was traded off for a S&W .44 Magnum years ago. The second one came to me used right before Obama's first election. It's the smallest pistol I feel comfortable shooting regularly like a full-size model. Mine gets called up regularly for woods walking and other duty. In a Desantis Nemesis is just fits inside my front pocket, which clears my waist for a backpack hip belt.

Every once in a while for funsies I'll even set up at the 50 yard line on the rifle range and drop rounds onto an IDPA silhouette with the 26. It also works great with the 17 and 33-rd magazines from its bigger sibling. Absolutely great shooting little pistol and this second one is NOT for trade or sale.

F-111 John
December 10, 2012, 08:42 PM
Just got my first two accessories for the glock. One was an UpLULA loader. The ease in loading magazines on my arthritic hands is like night and day compared to the stock Glock loader. Without any loader I can only get 5-6 rounds in. I'm keeping the mags loaded to see if the springs will soften a bit.

I also got two Pierce +1 magazine extensions. The texture perfectly matches the two finger grooves, giving in essense a third groove, yet the back of the grip is no longer than with a stock grip, so it should conceal almost as easily as a stock magazine.

Still waiting on Old Faithfull to build me a holster kit. When I ordered they estimated a Dec 15 ship date, so I knew it would be a while.

December 10, 2012, 09:55 PM
I have a pierce +2 extension. I can't carry IWB with it because it sticks out too much. Even though most of the added length is on the lower side, when the gun is canted in a holster even a little bit that lower extension sticks out.

Roadking Rider
December 12, 2012, 04:57 PM
I'm not in any way a glock fan, but even I have to admit the G26 I own is a pretty nice pistol. The rest of the Glocks they can keep. They do absolutely nothing for me.

December 12, 2012, 09:34 PM
I'm still wishing they made a slim 26 like the 36. Love my 36.

December 13, 2012, 05:02 AM
I carry my G26 IWB with a Galco Triton kydex at 5-o'clock with FBI cant. Hides perfectly under a t-shirt or jacket. Its comfortable and doesn't bother me sitting or standing. My G26 has been flawless from day one. I have done some upgrades/mod's to it. But I wouldn't take love or money for mine.

Roadking Rider
December 13, 2012, 10:00 AM
Only thing I never liked on the G26 was the finger rest on the front of the trigger guard.
So I removed it and now it works well in some of the other holsters I already own.

December 13, 2012, 10:11 AM
I don't think that's a finger rest. That's a combat trigger guard.
Resting your finger on that is bad form.

Roadking Rider
December 13, 2012, 12:25 PM
And that is why it's no longer there, it's worthless.

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