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Safety features on a Glock 26

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Airbrush Artist, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. Really Liking the Glock 26 from what I see But I prefer a Thumb safety because I will be around shoulder to shoulder on my Security job with a Lot of people I will be IWB on the Holster appreciate any Input....
  2. cja245

    cja245 Well-Known Member

    try out a Ruger SR9c. Its basically the same gun with a 1911 style thumb safety. I also think the grip is much more ergonomic and the trigger is a lot nicer. I have one as my carry gun and I have something like 8k rounds through it. Its been great.

    Also that size gun does really well in the hybrid style IWB holster. I personally use a Kholster brand.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2013
  3. GunUp

    GunUp New Member

    In my opinion, Glock is the safest pistol on the market, which as I said is my opinion. I believe this statement because you know that there is no thumb safety that might be on safe or might have been bumped to fire. Your Glock is always on safe until the trigger is pulled. That being said there are quite a few other brands that are also very safe. There are no IWB holsters on Glock's web site but as long as you find a holster that covers the trigger you should be good to go! Check these out,



    Good Luck! -MS
  4. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    You need a big plastic box/holster for those to be "safe".
  5. scaatylobo

    scaatylobo Well-Known Member

    HUH ?

    I have worn a Glock IWB and especially the Glock sport holster for just over 15 years and NEVER had a reason to fear either.

    The IWB's are Ritchie and OLDER Alessi holsters,including an OLDER Alessi ankle rig that I wore on duty during some 'stressful days' that saw it take a good deal of movement and never lose the gun.

    I stressed OLDER Alessi stuff as he has passed on and the new stuff is ---- never mind,I wont go there.

    Skip Ritchie was Lou Alessi's old partner and is in Lou's old shop on Niagara Falls Blvd in Tonawanda NY.

    He has made a "few" [ like about 15 ] holsters so far ,for me and a few friends also and he is almost as good as Lou was ,and that is saying a lot !.
  6. Teachu2

    Teachu2 Well-Known Member

    Try a S&W M&P9c. It can be had with all the safty devices you could want.

    It's not a G26, but nothing else is. I have a G26 in my carry rotation, and the wife has a M&P 9c.

    In a Crossbreed Supertuck or similar, the Glock is fine. Keeping your finger out of the trigger guard when holstering (or anything except firing) is mandatory on all pistols.

    I shoot the G26 far faster and more accurately than any other subcompact I've ever tried. That's why I carry it. Knowing that it will go bang if the trigger is pulled keeps me more aware of safety, and I am comfortable carrying it everywhere.
  7. AnthonySmithXR

    AnthonySmithXR Well-Known Member

    Ill second the ruger sr9c. I prefer the ergonomics and trigger of the ruger. Most important for me, though, was the thumb safety. Please don't flame, but a trigger safety, like a grip safety, is not much of a safety. Yes, the gun is safe from AD if you drop it, but if my 4yo should pick it up because of my or someone else's negligence (it can happen. No one's perfect) the thumb safety is just one more measure of assurance. Moreover, as an edc gun, I prefer a manual safety. I've heard a few stories of glocks and similar weapons firing when holstered incorrectly (either finger on the trigger or the holster catching the trigger). Are all of these accidental or negligent discharges preventable with proper safety and responsible handling? Absolutely. But, again, no one's perfect. The glock is a great gun (I don't like the ergonomics, but that's personal. It's still a fantastic gun). I just feel more comfortable with an additional manual safety. Add on that I prefer the feel and trigger on the sr9c, and its a match made in heaven.

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  8. leadchucker

    leadchucker Well-Known Member

    I assume since you're looking at a 26, you want a compact or subcompact. Don't feel ashamed or intimidated into carrying something you're not comfortable with. If you want a safety, there's nothing wrong with that. Look at a S&W M&P 9c or M&P 9 Shield.
  9. MasterSergeantA

    MasterSergeantA Well-Known Member

    The Ruger or S&W would be logical choices given your concerns. I have carried a 1911A1 in some form for over 45 years and prefer it. But having said that, I also own several Glocks that I would not hesitate to carry. So long as YOU are careful and have a holster that does not lend itself to someone else taking the pistol, there shouldn't be any reason to really worry.

    But as Harry Callahan once said, "A man's got to know his limitations." Do what you feel comfortable doing.
  10. Teachu2

    Teachu2 Well-Known Member

    Any chance you can try out a few before you buy? It's hard to tell by looking, but there is a lot of difference when you shoot them.
  11. GCBurner

    GCBurner Well-Known Member

    I used to worry about the lack of a manual safety on my G26, too, but I eventually realized that it's as safe as a double action revolver to carry - it won't go off until the trigger is pulled. Two things Glocks absolutely require, though, are the trigger discipline NOT to put a finger on the trigger until ready to shoot, and a good holster that covers the trigger so it doesn't get snagged by anything.
  12. Hapworth

    Hapworth Well-Known Member

    I like Glocks...a lot. But not for IWB. Won't open that can of worms, just stating it -- everyone's got their own thresholds (hopefully) and that's one of mine.

    If definitely staying with the G26, first I'd consider a concealed outside the waistband holster made of kydex.

    Second, if you insist on this style of carry, I'd consider an inside the waist band holster definitely made of kydex.

    I'd look at Dale Fricke and Raven Concealment holsters.

    Next, I'd look at the M&P9c and Shields with manual thumb safeties.

    Good luck.
  13. Fishbed77

    Fishbed77 Well-Known Member

    A Walther P99ASc is another option that is the same size as a Glock 26. It does not have a manual safety, but is a DA/SA pistol with a decocker, which is a safer carry option due to the longer first trigger pull when decocked (making it just as safe as a double-action revolver).
  14. Plan2Live

    Plan2Live Well-Known Member

    I'm not aware of any features that make one semi-automatic pistol without a manual safety any safer than another similar design made by a different company. Trigger pull and/or travel would be about the only feature that would make one brand without a manual safety any safer than another. From all the specs I've read and from personal experience, the 26 has a similar trigger pull to an M&P, Ruger SR series or XD which means they are all equally safe or equally not safe. It all comes down to the operator.

    Now, if you want to compare a longer, stiffer DA/SA hammer fired platform to Striker fired, then we have differences to compare.
  15. WinThePennant

    WinThePennant Well-Known Member

    A Glock with no external safeties is the SAFEST of all guns. You are supposed to treat all guns like they are HOT, but with Glocks it just comes easier because you know there are no safeties. Therein lies the secret. Knowing that your Glock is without a safety makes you more careful.
  16. tarosean

    tarosean Well-Known Member

    You would have to go aftermarket if you want a external safety on a glock..
  17. Paul7

    Paul7 Well-Known Member

    A double action revolver has a harder pull than Glock, and would be safer for that reason. Aside from dropping/AD safety, what safety does a Glock have? The late Jeff Cooper said that thingy on the trigger is a gimmick, and he couldn't imagine a circumstance where it would be effective.

    Flame away, but if you're not smart enough to use a safety, what are you doing carrying a gun?
  18. Dlowe167

    Dlowe167 Well-Known Member

    I got a Taurus PT745 Milenium Pro. Compact,thumb safety,.45 caliber. Great shooter too!
  19. Teachu2

    Teachu2 Well-Known Member

    If you're not smart enough to safely holster a gun without a safety, what are you doing carrying a gun?

    I've known several LEOs who suffered NDs while holstering 1911s and 92fs Berettas. I also know of incidents where trained and experienced LEOs failed to fire when they intended because, under stress, they either failed to disengage the safety or dropped a full mag. Others have had issues realizing they had shot the mag empty.

    I carried 1911s for three decades, and yet have not had any difficulties transitioning to Glocks. My carry rotation includes a G30, a G26, and a G36. I practice with them, often. All are stock internally.

    The M&Ps, XDs, XDMs, and Sigs are all available with manual safeties. I own some of them. It just happens that the Glocks work better for me. I completely understand the reluctance of others to carry a gun without a manual safety, and readily admit that it took me a fair amount of range time and practice before I was comfortable carrying a Glock.

    It helps, no doubt, that I was raised around cops and handguns. I was taught long ago never to trust safeties, bumper jacks, and auto finance managers (among others). To me, a gun is only safe when I have personally verified it's condition and secured it safely. That can be anywhere from locked open and empty to ready to fire in my hand.

    Safeties don't make a gun safe. If they did, Glock would be the only gun having ADs, and police departments would quickly abandon them. Such is not the case.

    I understand WinThePennant's post completely, because that's how my mind works, too. You'll never hear me blame an AD on my safety, even when I'm using a gun with a manual safety - but I've heard such from both people at the range and LEOs in the field. If the OP cannot get his mind around using a gun without a manual safety, then he shouldn't use one. I know people who won't even carry with the chamber loaded, for that matter.

    You have to be comfortable with your carry gun - no matter what that takes. If you mind is always thinking about the accidents you might have - you WILL have one. Whatever you carry, shoot it enough in as many conditions as you can until it becomes natural. Shoot it until you don't have to think about it --- then think about it anyway!
  20. Bobson

    Bobson Well-Known Member

    What other safety do you need? If you don't pull the trigger, it won't go off. What's the problem?

    Also, can someone explain the alleged issue with carrying Glocks IWB w/o a "kydex box" holster? Two people in here mentioned that, but neither explained it, and this is the first (and second time) I've ever heard that stated.

    Well if that was the opinion of a well-known and respected human being, it must be inerrantly true.

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