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Do Subcompact Glocks have shorter lifespans?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Glockedout17, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. Glockedout17

    Glockedout17 Well-Known Member

    I'm picking up a used Gen 2.5 Glock 26 tomorrow. I always see how many rounds people have through their Glock 17's and 19's, but when it comes to the 26, the round count seems to be lower. Can a Glock 26 live up to it's big brothers legacy? Can it outlive you (as some folks say)? Can it fire 10's of thousands of rounds like it's older brothers with the same minimal maintenance? Does the age of a Glock affect its longevity? Makes me wonder.
  2. bds

    bds Well-Known Member


    Yes. I have shot several hundred thousand rounds through my Glocks and my G27 already has 15K+ rounds through it and continuing to shoot as well as G22 since day one.

    My Gen2 Glock 22 only needed recoil spring assembly replaced and shoots perhaps more accurate than my Gen3 G22.
  3. hardluk1

    hardluk1 member

    Doubt you could shoot one apart in a normal life span if mantained
  4. jakk280rem

    jakk280rem Well-Known Member

    The recoil spring replacement interval may be shorter on a smaller Glock, but the overall lifespan of the gun should be about the same as on of its larger counterparts.
  5. tarosean

    tarosean Well-Known Member

    I would imagine it has more to do with the fact that sub compact are not the most comfortable lead slingers out there and little to do with its quality.
  6. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    I wore out the recoil spring on my G27 in less than 2 thousand rounds. Next to go was the extractor spring. I handload, and I can't load as hot in my G27 compared to the other 40SW handguns I've owned. The slide is light and the action unlocks quite fast. I've tried using a heavier aftermarket recoil spring, but that greatly increased the propensity for limpwrist malfunctions.

    I only replaced the recoil spring on my big Glocks when I reached over 5 thousand, and just to be thorough. They still ran fine.

    But those parts are relatively cheap and easy to replace. And I'd bet the farm that the G26 recoil spring will typically last a lot longer.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2013
  7. SullyVols

    SullyVols Well-Known Member

    I have very little experience with Glocks, but I think it is a good practice regardless to have some spare parts handy in case you need them later and for whatever reason they are hard or impossible to obtain.
  8. wow6599

    wow6599 Well-Known Member

    I don't think I have ever heard of a worn out Glock 26......
  9. matrem

    matrem Well-Known Member

    The shorter recoil spring is the one and only disadvantage.
    And that may show at xxxx or xxxxx rounds.
    And less than twenty bucks provides a drop in back up..
  10. CDW4ME

    CDW4ME Well-Known Member

    As many problems as the recent Glocks are having, I would prefer a good condition older Glock over a new one; that's coming from someone that only buys new pistols.

    Barrel life should be the same as a compact or fullsize.
    I would think the frame & slide would last just as long too.
    I wouldn't worry about it.
  11. Inebriated

    Inebriated Well-Known Member

    I hope not... my 26 has more rounds than any other Glock in my possession!
  12. Glockedout17

    Glockedout17 Well-Known Member

    Well, I'm in the process of getting a few spare parts for my Glock 26 and 19. Just hope I never need them. Glock has great CS, so I shouldn't worry too much.
  13. Skribs

    Skribs Well-Known Member

    Even if it has half the lifespan, half of infinity is still infinity.
  14. Glockedout17

    Glockedout17 Well-Known Member

  15. powder

    powder member

    So, why do you suspect that a smaller pistol would have a "shorter lifespan"?
  16. Glockedout17

    Glockedout17 Well-Known Member

    Just felt that the smaller frame takes more strain than its bigger counterparts.
  17. coolluke01

    coolluke01 Well-Known Member

    The only areas smaller on the 26 vs 17 are the length of the grip and the length of the slide. All other dimensions are the same. The front slide rails are further forward on the 17 vs the 26, but other than that the stress areas and contact points are really all the same.
  18. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    But the slide is lighter. For sure, the subcompacts will receive more abuse. But I have yet to see one worn out!
  19. orionengnr

    orionengnr Well-Known Member

    I read somewhere that you can only run the subcompact over with a bulldozer six or seven times, instead of the usual ten. ;)

    My guess would be that people put fewer rounds through them for the same reason that people generally put fewer rounds through the smaller/lighter version of any handgun--they are a bit less comfortable for high-count range sessions.
  20. ny32182

    ny32182 Well-Known Member

    Since they are built strictly for carry and that is all most people are going to use them for, I would expect much fewer high round count subcompacts out there.

    Like any other Glock, if you manage you break something that isn't a spring, you are likely doing something right.

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