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Carrying a G19 vs G26

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by skywalkrNCSU, Jun 12, 2011.

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  1. skywalkrNCSU

    skywalkrNCSU Member

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    Right now I have a Glock 19 and carry it some but I would really like something that conceals easier. I am looking at some single stack guns (Kahr PM9/CM9) but I love my Glock so I am thinking about the 26. I was wondering from people who have carried both, how much more concealable is the 26? It is still as thick as the 19 so it doesn't seem like it would hide away that much better. I figure I would be better off with a single stack but I wanted to check with some people on here first.
     
  2. 2ndAmFan

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    A G26 is very concealable carried IWB. I've carried one on and off for years and my wife and kids almost never make me unless one of them walks up and hugs me. No one else has ever made me at all that I know of. It's so small and the grip is so short it prints little if at all even under a T shirt . I'm 5' 9 1/2" 175 lbs so it's not like I have a belly to hide it under.
     
  3. glockky

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    The 26 is a great carry gun. One had been my EDC for a while and i find it to be alot easier to carry that most other guns because of the grip length. That seems to be what give me away.
     
  4. The Lone Haranguer

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    That has been my observation. I would look into something thinner. My favorite small 9mm is the Kahr, but something like the new Ruger LC9 is worth a look. But don't get rid of the G19.
     
  5. skywalkrNCSU

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    Oh don't worry, the G19 is here to stay. It is my overall favorite gun and my go to gun but I just want something easier to carry.
     
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    The G26 conceals a lot better than the G19 (I have both). I am 5'8" and only ~145ish pounds and i can conceal a G26 with just a t-shirt on. My girlfriend doesn't even know that I am carrying until she hugs me. So the question is not whether a G26 can be easily concealed (it can and very easily) but whether it is more comfortable than a single stack. Two very different questions.

    The short grip of the G26 make it invisible but the thickness of a double stack may make it uncomfortable for some. If you do get a single stack for comfort, make sure the grip is not longer than the G26 grip (most single stacks are) since that is what really matters when concealing. I have found very few guns that offer a grip as short as that of the G26 while still being easy to hold and shoot.
     
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    The beauty of the G26 is you can use your G19 mags in it, and you are already used to the Glock trigger and system.
     
  8. EnderWiggin

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    I forgot to mention as well that the G26 is not only a very concealable gun but it's also very comfortable to shoot making it a very viable option for IDPA, IPSC, or just range time. This is GREAT because it lets you practice with the pistol you will actually be carrying.
     
  9. jon86

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    I would keep the G19, (wonderful handgun) but skip the G26. I don't think it offers much more concealability than the G19. I don't have a G19 or G23 (yet) but the 19/23 I find is ALMOST as concealable, but MORE comfortable to carry IWB. The little 26/27 seems a little more top heavy IWB. The 19/23 is more balanced because of the longer barrel. This is simply my experience. I would look for something a bit smaller, like a ruger lc9 or a kahr cm9.
     
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    I have 2 G19's and a 26.

    I had the grip on one of the 19's trimmed to G26 length. If you don't feel up to the task, there are several firms that can do this for you.

    To me it has a great balance and is the best of both worlds.

    It is my primary EDC for the last 2 years. I use the 26 mostly if I need deeper concealment under a tucked-in shirt or similar in a belly band holster.
     
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    Get the Glock 26 and you will be happy. You can use the magazines from the Glock 19 as spare mags which is a nice bonus.
     
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    My Glock 33 conceals very well in a crossbreed supertuck under an untucked polo shirt, and is quite comfortable.
     
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    I would much rather carry a 26 than a 19. And since the 26 makes an excellent range gun as well, I don't need a 19.
     
  14. ranburr

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    The 19 is as easy to conceal as a 26. Do you have a good belt and holster?
     
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    If you can't CCW a 19/23 than something else is wrong.
     
  16. skywalkrNCSU

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    I do and I can conceal it pretty well but not great and it is still pretty bulky.

    I can CCW a full size 1911, I just don't want to.

    I don't feel the need to carry a gun with 15+1 capacity on a daily basis and would rather have something smaller, not sure what is so difficult to understand with that.
     
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    So you want to compromise your capability for comfort?

    Also, the 26/27 is only around 1/2" smaller and 1oz. lighter, yet you're giving up 4-5rds, a full grip and increased sight radius.
     
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    I also have 2 G19's and a G26. The G26 has Glock +2 bases on the 10 round mags making them 12 round, and with them the grip is almost as long as a G19. But, the shorter barrel/slide of the G26 makes it easier to conceal in a Fobus paddle under an un-tucked shirt. I like shooting the G19 a bit better, but the G26 is easier to carry, IMO. Glad I have both.
     
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    I carry a full size 1911 most often, but I also carry an officer size 1911, PT92 or G26. The 26 is concealable, but for me, not any more so than any of the other pistols I carry regularly.
    My wife carries a PF9, and it is considerably easier to conceal, as it is much narrower, and as far as grip length compared to the Glock 26, nearly identical. the trade off is mag capacity for weight and girth, and comfort while shooting. While not unbearable, the single stack 9s are a bit more to keep ahold of when shooting.
     
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    If it's not comfortable your less likely to carry it.
     
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    Like we were talking about in the other thread.

    have you checkd out a single stack 9mm/40 Walther PPS?

    Super thin, this is it next to a Glock 26

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    I love my sub-compact Glock 33 and carry it quite a bit. My G23 it just too long in the grip to really conceal if I really care about printing.

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    Ihave CCW'd a G17, and I have also carried a G30. The G30 is about the same size as a G19, though a little thicker.
    I find the G26 to be quite bit easier to carry.
    I find I can easily hit a 10" round plate at 40yds with the G26, so I don't feel I am giving up any capability.
     
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    I carried a g19 for a year or so then switched to the g27. I carried both in a cb supertuck copy I made and the g27 carries so much better. Another plus is the holsters you have will work too. Get the g26 you will be happy, promise.
     
  25. snatale42

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    Sorry to bash people that say 19's conceal as well as 26's....NO they don't. Yes you can conceal them fine (I carried a 19 for a long time) But a 26 is SMALLER, It's not opinion, it's math! Smaller guns conceal better. smaller grip is everything. I would never carry my G19 concealed over the 26 again.
     
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