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G26 the most reliable small 9mm?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by TheProf, Jun 4, 2011.

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  1. TheProf

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    Ok... some have claimed that their small 9mm is just as reliable as Glock's G26 model. But is there a small 9mm that can surpass Glock's reliability? I don't such a gun exists (that is in the small 9mm category).

    Any takers out there?
     
  2. The Lone Haranguer

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    I can't say if it surpasses the G26, but a S&W M&P 9C I had was 100% perfectly reliable, from the very first round. Even my own Glock (19, purchased late 1998) didn't match that. (This was a magazine issue, and only with the last round of a hollowpoint, not the fault of the gun itself. Nevertheless, it was still a malfunction.) The 9C is a larger gun than the G26, however.
     
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  3. Apocalypse-Now

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    i've read far more issues with m&p 9mm's and +p or +p+ ammo that the glock 26 can eat all day.

    kahrs are hit or miss, and overpriced.

    if there's a sumbcom 9mm as reliable as the g26 with ANY 9mm load, i haven't heard of it :)
     
  4. Geckgo

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    M&P, XD, Glock, FNP, and others are all in the same class, which one is better depends on which one fits your hand the best and which one you like the most.
     
  5. snooperman

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    I have a Glock 26 , bought it many years ago...

    when they first came out and can not remember a time when there was a hint of any problem with it all these years. It eats every thing I feed it and is a wonderful example of "THE BEST" of small compact 9mm. I can not speak in praise or otherwise for the other small 9mm but the Glock is as reliable as my snubby revolvers. And it carries twice the ammo too.
     
  6. rskent

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    No failures of any kind. . . . ever.

    Not bashing Glocks. I love my G36.

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  7. Water-Man

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    The M&P9c and the G26 are the ones to beat.
     
  8. ColtPythonElite

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    There are lots of reliable small 9mm's...The Smith 6904 and it's stainless brother are very reliable guns in my experience.
     
  9. Mad Magyar

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    All you Glocksters really crack me up..You get a pistol that goes Kaboom each time and think it's the only thing around. Unaware of the multitude of great guns out there, probably don't own anything else, spouting off the same BS about Glocks. There is a world out there other than THE BLOCK!
     
  10. Apocalypse-Now

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    rather ignorant and angry statement. wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning?


    glocks are my favorite polymers, but i don't fault anyone for choosing another brand.

    and yes, i have owned & do own others ;)
     
  11. TheProf

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    LOL...

    The comment about glocksters are funny. Yes, I do own other brands. SW, Rugers, Beretta, etc.

    But the challenge still stands...

    Are there any that surpasses a Glock 26 in the small 9mm category? I dont mean "equal to" or "very reliable too" but... "surpasses Glocks". That's the phrase I'm looking for.

    The category again is "sub compact 9mm". (I have an M9 that equals Glocks...but its a full size 9mm...so that doesn't count.)
     
  12. unclenunzie

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    I have read a vast number of internet posts and possibly a few dozen gun writer pieces about the reliability of glock pistols. However, my only relevant experience is with my own 26 gen 3 which I bought a few months ago and fired only 200 rounds of ball through. It has not failed in this very small sample of use. After another 300 ball rounds and a comforting number of defensive rounds I will trust it. Just like any other make and model pistol I personally own.

    I do believe that Internet consensus opinion is a good starting point to begin evaluation of pistols for serious use. What should follow is personal testing experience.

    More to the OP's point, I don't think it's possible to crown any particular make and model as most reliable for every person. I have personally seen an experienced if hard-headed revolver shooter insist that the Glock 36 we both shot was unreliable, even though he watched me run mag after mag without a hitch. He was limp-wristing it all the way, and if it had been a 26 the outcome would have been the same. So for him a small Glock was unreliable.

    If one is looking for a general proclamation of small frame glock reliability compared to others, I'd say Internet consensus has placed them at the top (in 9mm).

    After my personal reliability threshold has been reached, other features such as accuracy, operational smoothness, ergonomics, stealthiness, fit/finish, etc, weigh in. Which is why I am well-satisfied with my personally proven HK P30, chosen over a roughly equivalent Glock 19 (never bought or fired).
     
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  13. Mad Magyar

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    Yes...
    Now, tell me, how ignorant is that statement....No doubt Glock is reliable, but not taking in account the refinements of other pistols is simply idiotic.
     
  14. Nushif

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    My E9 has been dropped in mud, had pine needles shaken out of it and still shot. Hasn't failed me yet, either. What exactly is more reliable than 100%?
     
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    G26 is certainly a reliable small handgun

    However, IMO there are other guns that are as reliable as the Glock, such as XDsc, XDm compact, PX4sc, PX4compact, etc.
     
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    I have the Gen 4 G26 with about 1,000 various error-free rounds through it. I own Sigs and HK's as well as other Glocks. All have been 100% reliable. But the G26 for me is the perfect combination of size, capacity, accuracy and reliability.
     
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    No doubt there are other reliable small nines on the market today. But the Glock has been around for a long time, and has a proven track record.
    I have been getting into Glocks lately, after a 10yr+ absence. I just bought a like new/used G26 made in 2005. Took it to the range yesterday for the first time, and put about 150rds through it, and was very pleased. I used WWB and Federal champion 115gn FMJ and Win Ranger +P+ 127gn JHP, as well as some random ammo I had mixed in a baggy...It worked perfectly, and the accuracy was incredible. I was shooting at 10" steel plates at 40yds and hitting them regularly. It even worked perfectly with a G17 19rd mag.
    It is light, accurate, reliable, and packs a good punch with the +P+ Ranger load...and it disappears under a Tshirt.
    Plus, it has been made so long now, that they are available on the used market at attractive prices. I got mine in a FTF deal from a neighbor who was uncomfortable not having a manual safety, a problem I dont have.
    While there are many choices in small CCW nines today, the G26 has to be the standard the others are measured against.
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  18. RugerMcMarlin

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    Makarov, is adequate, but can't touch the G26
     
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    I guess that's an opinion and as such can't really be quantified. Military/LEO/First Responder discount aside, I do believe you can purchase a new Kahr CW9 (even throwing in the cost of another magazine) for less than a new Glock 26.
    Regards,
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    I carried a G26 for almost a year, had 3 FTF's decided to trade it off for a CZ PO1, much better handgun for me. It probably was the magazine, but thought that 3 was enough...
     
  21. Weevil

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    The G26 was one of the first small 9s that actually worked reliably and has built a reputation over the years until now it's the gold standard that all sub-compact 9s are judged by.

    Sure the Glock haters are gonna try to put it down but that's the kinda of reputation money can't buy or that can be faked.


    Are there other good 9 subs?


    Yeah probably but you know the G26 is good whether you're willing to admit it or not.
     
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    The Glock 26 is going to be difficult to beat in the small 9mm category.

    -Mine will digest any hollow point I've tried, Federal 115 +P+, Cor-Bon 115 +P, Ranger T 124 +P and 127 +P+ (reliable)

    -The Glock 9mm can handle +P and +P+ loads, they use the same platform for 40 S&W and .357 SIG (durable)

    Other considerations:

    -Height is 4'' which is easy to conceal (Kahr PM9 is a small 9mm concealibility champ at 4'' height plus thinner & lighter than the 26)

    -capacity of 10 + 1 (Significant increase in capacity over the previously mentioned 6 + 1 Kahr)

    The Kahr PM9 (I had one) is lighter & thinner and mine wasn't ammo picky, it digested Remington and Cor-Bon 115 gr. +P loads just fine. If pocket carry is a primary concern, then the PM9 deserves consideration; however, the PM9 was a little big in the pocket for my taste, a P3AT is the pocket champ, IMP. For my prefered appendix IWB, the difference in concealibility (26 v. PM9) was nill, the extra thickness of the Glock not significant enough to warrant packing the Kahr given other factors, described / summarized in the next paragraphs.

    Shootability: First, Load up the Kahr PM9 and a Glock 26 with the same ammo (use some good SD ammunition like the Cor-Bon +p or similar). Now, get a timer and commence shooting timed double taps with an accuracy requirement (example: both shots must hit a 6'' circle at 6 yards). The Glock will IME steal the show over the Kahr in this little comaprison.

    Conclusion: for anything other than pocket carry, or maybe ankle carry (yuck), the Glock is going to be nearly impossible to beat if you keep the height at 4 inches, want to shoot high performance ammunition, include capacity, durability, and overall shootability.
     
  23. Big_John1961

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    The G26 is a good one, but my copy of the M&P 9c ate everything I fed it without hiccup. Terrific shooter and accurate. I bought it over the G26 simply because it felt better in my hand. I went in to buy a G26 and left with the 9c. Either is a great choice.
     
  24. Beat Trash

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    I bought my Glock 26 about 2 years after they came out. It hasn't choked on any ammunition made to spec that I've tried.

    I have an M&P9c. WHile I have only had this gun since 207, it also has yet to choke on any ammunition made to spec that I've fed it.

    So if I were to answer the OP's question using my sample of two guns, then it'd be a tie as to which is most reliable.

    But is the Glock 26 a reliable gun? Yes...
     
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    Why yes, G27 with Lone Wolf 40-9 conversion barrel. :D

    Designed for the heavy/snappy recoil of 40S&W cartridge, shooting 9mm out of G27 with the conversion barrel with thicker chamber/barrel "seems" to tame even hotter 9mm rounds. Of course, this is purely my opinion but I have shot several hundred thousand rounds through my Glocks and so far, G27 is humming away happily both in 9mm and 40S&W.

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