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MINI-GLOCK...9mm. or .40 ????????

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by MIL-DOT, Sep 27, 2006.

  1. MIL-DOT

    MIL-DOT member

    i'm really beginning to feel the need for one of these, and i've got a buyer for one of my other pistols that'll break me about even on the glock,so i may jump soon. i'd planned on the model 26 in 9mm. (lighter,less recoil) but the guy buying my other gun is trying to convince me to go .40 ( ballistically superior ) ,and as he is more experienced and knowledgable than i am, i'm kind of wavering. as always, any useful info and advice much appreciated.......m.r.
  2. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

    Well, what are your other auto pistols chambered in? Would the lower cost of 9mm ammo be a factor for you? Does choosing one caliber or the other fit in ammo compatibility wise with your other autos? Do you have a larger Glock in either caliber for magazine compatability? Glock also did a great job on the dual recoil spring assembly which makes the G27 (40 cal) quite controllable. I personally wouldn't feel undergunned with either caliber using good defensive JHP ammo as both a proven defensive rounds. Consider those factors toward your decision.
  3. Slugo

    Slugo member

    I prefer the 9mm >>

    cheaper, easier to control and just as lethal in +P+ configuration. Good practice ammo in 9mm is around $6 bucks a box! Just my opinion...
  4. MIL-DOT

    MIL-DOT member

    thanks guys, that was quick ! my other autos are .40, 9x19, and .22. yes, i already have a glock 17, so if i understand corrctly, i could stick one of those mags in a model 26 if necessary, another small plus,no doubt. ammo cost (40 vs 9,not a huge difference really ) isn't much of a factor, but i do have a pretty large stash of georgia arms 9 mil ball rounds for general blasting, but i wouldn't expect to do a lot of shooting with a tiny glock, it would be a car/carry piece ( got my toters licence ). i had been carrying ( when i bothered) a walther P-22 (oh,stop laughing) so even the much maligned niner is a substantial upgrade. please, keep it coming......:confused:
  5. HighVelocity

    HighVelocity Well-Known Member

    I've owned all the baby Glocks. 26, 27 and 33. Imho, the 26 is the best of the three for accuracy, controllability and cost of ammo. Not to mention being just plain fun to shoot.
    The 27 is a snappy little dude and the 33, well, 357 Sig in a pocket sized gun is like having the proverbial tiger by the tail. Currently, I have just the 26 and no desire to get another 27 or 33.
  6. FTF

    FTF member

    Personally, the only reason I would buy a compact Glock would be for carry. For carry, I wouldn't trust a 9mm. I should rephrase that... it's not that I wouldn't trust it to do the job, eventually it would... I'm just of the big and slow camp.

    I would get the Glock 27 if made to choose. You're not losing much in controllability, at least in my experience. I'd take 165gr gold dots over +P9mm... especially if you plan on shooting that plasticy thing often. You already have the G17 for plinking/fun.

    It seems everyone has at least one glock... and three opinions... pay attention at the range or check the rental counter.. I bet you could shoot them both before you buy.
  7. EdLaver

    EdLaver Well-Known Member

    I suggest the 9mm, if you go with the .40 though...why not go ahead and get the glock 29 10mm? Just a suggestion from a G29 owner.
  8. Rob1035

    Rob1035 Well-Known Member

    I love my G26, its flawless, easy to shoot, and best of all, takes 33rd factory magazines....
  9. GunNut

    GunNut Well-Known Member

    Out of your choices, I'd go for the 9mm Glock 26. Like you said you have a Glock 17 and the magazines would be compatible.

    Or you could step up to the Glock 29 or 30, but they are considerably bigger.

  10. CZF

    CZF Well-Known Member

    Unlike my RAMI, the G26 always felt like it was going to fly outta many hands.
    I can imagine that a .40 would be worse. Unless you want a G for deep carry or an ankle holster.. A G29 would be my pick..larger frame to hold onto.

    If not a CZ, then a Glock will do:)

  11. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    If you want the 26, get the 26! ;) Being so small, the added snap from the 27 might not be what you're looking for....get & enjoy the 26 :D
  12. dglockster

    dglockster Well-Known Member

    Whichever sub-compact that you get, you may want to consider replacing the mag floorplates with this product:


    For most people, the grip on the sub-compacts is improved with some type of pinky support.

    Off topic: Why is the little finger called a "pinky"?
  13. Doug S

    Doug S Well-Known Member

    In casting my vote for the G26, I'm going to go out of a limb here and say, that I think the G26 is more reliable than the G27. The difference might be small, but I think that if you do your research, you will find that at least a few G27 owners have had issues with reliability. This seems especially true when using Hi(full) cap magazines. In contrast, reliability issues with the G26 are few and far between. I'm also speaking from experience, Ive owned both. Although my G27 was almost 100% reliable, it had a few malfunctions. Most all were with the G22 magazines (even with Wolfe + power springs installed). This may also be related to bullet design. The 40 is usually flat and stubby, whereas I think the rounded 9mm feeds more reliably. I liked my G26 so much, that I traded in the G27 on a second G26. My G26 handles G17 and G18 mags without an issue. It is also nicer to shoot with self-defense ammo.
  14. Cousin Mike

    Cousin Mike Well-Known Member

    Some folks are just wimps...

    I've never met a .40 or a .357SIG that I couldn't handle. I won't even comment on the inability to handle 9mm from a G26. Someone needs a hand exerciser. :neener:

    I'm also heavily considering a G27 just because I like the platform and the .40S&W round is starting to grow on me. For clarity, I'm a recovering Glock-hater. ;) I had the opportunity to fire a G27 this weekend, and while it was a snappy little bugger, it was beyond controllable. That tiny little Glock handled .40 S&W just as well as my SIG Pro does. It's also about half the size of my current carry gun (the SIG Pro). The only downside is the 2 rounds I have to give up to get it in such a small package.

    The .40 is, IMHO, a superior round to the 9mm . There's a show called "First 48" - a homicide investigation show that comes on A&E - since I started watching it, I've seen more bullet wounds than I care to... The .40 leaves devastating wounds - we're talking the size of a quarter. The after-effect on humans is some pretty nasty stuff.

    The 9mm will do it's job just fine, but I feel comfortable with something a little bigger with a little more 'oomph' for personal defense. However if 9mm is the way you want to go, my only advice would be to buy the best personal-defense ammo possible. The G27 is the friendliest platform I've shot .40S&W from so far, and nothing to be scared of IMHO.
  15. JMusic

    JMusic member

    I've had a 27 for about 10 years. It shoots fine. I recently purchased a 26, two weeks later I sold the 27. The 26 is a real shooter. IMO bullet placement is more important when aurguing these calibers than diameter.
  16. possum

    possum Well-Known Member

    for cheapest shooting, most bang for your buck, i think you should go with 9mm, but since it will probally be a carry gun which is what I am assuming, i would go with .40 cal all the way. but .40 is my favorite caliber, and i am striving to keep as many handguns in the same caliber as possible. just my way of thinking!
  17. Dollar An Hour

    Dollar An Hour Well-Known Member

    The 27 is noticeably more of a handful.

    The 9mm 26 posesses a seldom found balance of handling and firepower - very shootable. Many folks are turned off by the 27 if they've tried both, and 9mm Glocks are the best of the breed.

    If you can handle a 27 and would like the power of .40 then it'll serve you well, but you may be able to get more shots on target, in less time with the 9mm. ;)
  18. riverdog

    riverdog Well-Known Member

    Has anyone fired 147 gr JHP through their G-26?
  19. fastbolt

    fastbolt Well-Known Member

    Once I became a Glock armorer, I decided I should probably own a Glock at some point.

    After having spent many years shooting different Glocks, I decided the only Glock that really interested me ... considering I was only interested in getting one for occasional off-duty usage ... was the G26. I decided if I was only going to own one, it was going to be a G26.

    I bought a G26 and was very pleased with it.

    As things would go, I later came across an excellent deal on a slightly used G27, and since I owned a 4013TSW & SW99 chambered in .40 S&W, and was issued a .40 S&W pistol, I thought I'd go ahead and pick it up.

    I've fired at least 5,000 rounds through both my G26 & G27.

    If I had to make the same choice again ... only planning to own ONE Glock ... I'd still pick the G26. Other folks might easily choose a larger Glock, but I only wanted a smaller one for my working off-duty collection, and the smaller one suited my personal needs better.

    My G27 has been a fine little pistol, and I do own 3 other pistols chambered in .40 S&W, as well as carry an issued compact chambered in .40 S&W (not a Glock) ... but if I had to again choose between the G26 & G27, I wouldn't hesitate to choose the G26 all over again.

    My G27 has experienced a small number of functioning issues ... I'd estimate less than a dozen over the course of the 5,000-odd rounds I've fired through it. While a couple can be directly related to ammunition problems, and perhaps a couple to my failing to provide sufficient grip/wrist support during some different shooting drills and situations, I have experienced some other feeding failures using both standard 9-rd magazines, and a couple of factory +2 LE magazines. I've observed a couple of other guys experience repeated feeding issues when using G23 magazines in their G27's, and I personally won't use extended magazines intended for other models in my G27, since I carry it as an off-duty weapon.

    I do still carry my G27 occasionally. Like I said, it's a fine little pistol ... accurate, compact for the caliber, and while it's a subjective opinion, reasonably controllable from the perspective of being a small, lightweight .40 S&W pistol. I've fired a Kahr MK40 which I felt exhibited more felt recoil and muzzle rise/snap, even though it's a steel-framed pistol and heavier. It's even a bit milder recoiling than my new 4040PD.

    I just happen to prefer the G26.

    I've fired various ammunition through my G26 ... 115gr JHP & FMJ, 115gr JHP +P+, 124gr +P, 127gr +P+ & 147gr JHP, just off the top of my head. It's fed and functioned fine with all of them, although the lower recoil impulse of the standard pressure 115gr loads seemed to exhibit the occasional tendency for an empty case to come back toward my face. Well, lower recoil force and slide velocity can cause such things, sometimes. The last round of 147gr in a magazine can occasionally do the same thing, when there's no round under the empty case being extracted to hold it high during extraction, as the ejector kicks the case out. The higher pressure loads seem to eject the empty cases with more authority, which makes sense if faster slide velocities help with ejection patterns. Of course, the use of higher pressure ammunition can also present other service-related issues, such as potentially reducing magazine & recoil spring service life, and perhaps some other accelerated wear considerations.

    Everything's a compromise ... ;)

    I have no desire to get rid of my G27. Like I said, nice little pistol. I tend to like my 4013TSW a bit more, and my full-size SW99 chambered in .40 S&W is a bit better when it comes to felt recoil and controllability. I'm still working with my new 4040PD compact. Excellent little pistol, but it has some noticeably increased felt recoil compared to my similarly sized 3913.;)

    You likely really need to shoot a couple boxes of ammunition through examples of both pistols before making a decision, since recoil & controllability can be pretty subjective issues for different folks.
  20. Richard

    Richard Well-Known Member

    Do I own a G27?

    Do I own a G27? Yes, my opinion is buy the G27. Why? If you buy a 357 Sig barrel you have two handguns; if you also buy a 9mm barrel and magazines you have three handguns. If I eliminate the versatility of the G27 I would go with the G26. Why? 9mm ammo is cheaper and I am not convinced a 40 S&W is that much better than a 9mm with good loads. Regards, Richard :D

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