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CCW: Glock 26 vs. Glock 39 (9mm vs. .45 GAP)

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Raystonn, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. Raystonn

    Raystonn New Member

    Jun 27, 2008
    The Glock 26 and Glock 39 are identical in size. (Feel free to look them up on Glock's website to verify.) The Glock 26 fires 9mm rounds, and comes standard with 10 round magazines. The Glock 39 fires .45 GAP rounds, and comes standard with 6 round magazines. According to ballistic tests, the .45 GAP and .45 ACP have identical ballistics at the common grains, the only difference being that the GAP fits in smaller-framed guns.

    Ammoman.com will give you 1000 rounds of .45 GAP FMJ (for target practice) for $350. You can generally find decent hollow points online for the same price as .45 ACP hollow points.

    As I live in California, I cannot carry more than 10 rounds in a magazine. Extensions are available for Glock 39 to get it up to 10 rounds, so the number of rounds in the 39 can still be maxxed.

    The Glock 39 is as small as the smallest sub-compact (9mm) Glock, fires the round with the most stopping power, ammo is readily available at good prices, and the .45 GAP has recently been chosen by many of today's law enforcement departments, as well as the USMC.

    I was really leaning toward a Glock 26 for concealed carry until I discovered the new .45 GAP and Glock 39. Assuming I can handle the larger caliber without any loss of accuracy, can anyone think of any reason *not* to get a Glock 39?

  2. Hk91-762mm

    Hk91-762mm Member

    Dec 27, 2007
    western NY
    Personal protection----Ill take the 9MM with more rounds .
    I guess my idea on the 9mmV 45acp is --Ill shoot you with a 9MM you tell me If it hurts and you will stop being bad or if you want me to shoot you again == End of My opinion !
  3. Raystonn

    Raystonn New Member

    Jun 27, 2008
    If one 9mm round is enough to put me down, then one .45 GAP round will be enough as well. But there are others who may be on drugs, etc. who may not go down as easily to a 9mm round. Besides that, why not go with the larger round if everything else is the same? Can it hurt?

    Both guns are the same size and both will max out at 10 rounds per magazine in California. If all else is equal, isn't the .45 GAP a better man stopper than a 9mm?

    The guns are about the same price, too.

  4. Atla

    Atla Member

    Feb 6, 2008
    I carry a G26. A lot of folks 'poo-poo' the 9mm, but if you carry a really hot +P+ defensive round - you'll be allright.

    A Glock can handle it, I carry Winchester Ranger as my defensive load. Around 1,300 fps.
  5. Larry Ashcraft

    Larry Ashcraft Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Home of Heroes, Pueblo, CO, USA
    And why is a question about Handguns, Autoloaders in General Gun Discussion anyway?

    Moving it this time, but its about time threads about specific firearms in GGD started disappearing.

    Coming soon...
  6. Raystonn

    Raystonn New Member

    Jun 27, 2008
    How much are those +P+ defensive rounds, and how do the ballistics compare to a .45?

    I'm trying hard to compare the Glock 26 and 39. If offered at the same price, is the Glock 39 the better deal?

  7. fishy

    fishy New Member

    Jul 2, 2007

    If I were making the same decision, I would try to spend some range time with both models.

    It would be interesting to see what the recoil is like, and how well you can do things such as double taps, engage multiple targets, failure drills, etc.


    ETA: I would expect both guns to be the same price.
  8. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Participating Member

    May 1, 2006
    Between TN & KY
    Go between them and check out the G27, 10 rounds of 40 S&W ain't bad.
  9. kmbrman

    kmbrman Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Glock 26 vs 39

    Before you decide to buy the 39 you might consider this; is my ammo available in areas where I might carry? If it doesn't pass the Walmart or podunk test ,you may be stuck not being able to find Gap ammo ! Now that gun makers are finding ways to trim their 45ACP guns even smaller, 45 Gap could end up being a loser in the commercial market and disappear after a short time! May be like trying to find 41 Mag. as an example .
  10. MADBMW

    MADBMW New Member

    Jun 16, 2008
    I would not go with the 45 GAP. I don't think this round will be in great supply for that many years, as the 9mm will never go away. 9mm with current bullet designs and loadings is as effective as you need it to be for a CCW self defense gun. If the size of the round is an issue for you then look at the G27 in 40 S&W which is a proven performer and in good supply at almost any location that sells ammo. I also believe the 39's slide is significantly thicker than the G26 or G27.
  11. Ergosphere

    Ergosphere Member

    Jan 10, 2008
    The Glock 39 has a 3.46 inch barrel. One thing to keep in mind, .45 ACP does about 850 fps out of a 5" 1911 barrel, and velocity decreases with shorter barrels. I'm not a fan of .45 ACP out of such a short barrel. I'm not sure how this translates to .45 GAP, but it's probably similar.

    On the other hand, 9mm +P will be just fine out of a 3.46" barrel.
  12. NG VI

    NG VI Senior Member

    Dec 12, 2007
    What ergo said about the slide. Also, if you want 9+1 in the regular sub frame and slide, with readily available ammo everywhere, the G27 is awesome. Shoots really well too. I love my Sub Glock.
  13. Chuck Perry

    Chuck Perry Active Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    As someone else said, is there any way you can shoot both before buying one? For me, if I could shoot both equally well, I'd go for the 45. The short bbl wouldn't worry me one bit. Choose your loads accordingly and move on.
  14. rlinwood

    rlinwood New Member

    Sep 9, 2008
    Glock 39 .45 GAP

    Historically I have carried a Glock 30 compact .45 equipped with LaserMax 1191 and another option.
    Sometimes I carry a S&W Model 60 .357 equipped with CTC laser.
    On rare "pocket pistol" occasions, I carry an old AMT Backup .380 which has been always faithful on the range (current flock of small pistols don’t offer option of external safety).

    This summer I sought a subcompact auto.
    Considering .40, I began reading reviews, articles, opinions and statistics but concluded that I really would prefer to stay with the .45 round.

    I began reading reviews, articles, opinions and statistics about the Glock 39 .45 GAP .
    I found that there are lots of opinions and ideas available on both sides of the fence so focused on the technologies.

    Now I most often carry a Glock 39 .45 GAP equipped with a LaserMax 1171 and another option.
    I made what I considered to be a deliberate and informed decision based on available information.
    Recoil seems about the same or perhaps a bit less than on the G30.

    Although I still have and practice with my G30 it is true that I usually prefer to concealed carry the G39.
    Regarding my purchase of the G39 .45 GAP ?
    No regrets, no looking back.
    In my opinion as an owner of one, I would do it again.

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  15. CountGlockula

    CountGlockula Senior Member

    Oct 1, 2006
    In a Los Angeles coffin.
    Personally, I'd go with a G27 for a solution.

    But with your choices, I'd go with a G26 because you can fit G34/17/19 mags into it. And when you move out of CA, you can pick up a 33 round mag.

    As for stopping power between a .45GAP and 9mm, train on shot placement. Once you've been proficient about knowing where to place the bullet holes...then you might as well get a .22 Ruger Mark II.
  16. mp340dude

    mp340dude New Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    I have em all and the G30 is the one I CC.....More loads to choose from.
  17. JERRY

    JERRY Senior Member

    Jun 5, 2003
    10 rounds of 9mm or 6 rounds of 45gap. shot placement being the same id go with the 9mm.

    less recoil and quicker follow up shots that are accurate.

    i have nothing against the gap round, but looking at both on paper AND (current) real world street results i just dont see the benefit of the gap over the 9mm in a mid to compact gun.
  18. gb6491

    gb6491 Participating Member

    Apr 17, 2006
    Yuma County, Arizona
    The USMC, when did that happen?
  19. Ben86

    Ben86 Senior Member

    Sep 9, 2008
    MS, USA
    I chose the Glock 26 over the "big bore" subs for a few reasons. Big bore ammo is for big guns, its already slow and only gets slower in a small gun which makes bullet expansion questionable. The recoil is less than comfortable and mag capacity suffers. Also, in the case of the .45 caliber G30 the gun is actually bigger than the G26.

    Also, I don't know about you guys but if I can't pick up practice ammo at walmart for it I don't want it. I have yet to see .45 gap at wally world.

    And I'm not so sure that 2mm extra in bullet width makes a huge difference. Oh, please no flaming, pointless caliber war.
  20. 357wheelgunner

    357wheelgunner Active Member

    Apr 23, 2004
    Rural South
    Get the 9mm, so you can afford to practice. Practice is much better than tiny slivers of better ballistics.

    If the 9mm won't stop a badguy, a .45 probably won't either.

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