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Switch from G19 to G26?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by marb4, Jul 30, 2012.

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  1. marb4

    marb4 Member

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    I have a question for those of you who have carried the Glock 19 and 26. I currently carry my G19 IWB. My typical attire is an untucked t shirt and jeans. The pistol conceals pretty well but sometimes I think the grip prints a little more than I'm comfortable with even though no one (including family) seem to have ever noticed. My questions is, would switching to a Glock 26 allow the pistol to conceal that much better and would it be worth sacrificing the extra 5 rounds that I get with a standard G19 magazine?
     
  2. Skribs

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    If it's the bottom of the grip, yes. However, my biggest issue with a semi-auto was the butt of the gun. It's why I tried the following:

    1: Pocket pistol. Very uncomfortable to shoot.
    2: Revolver. Butt conceals better, then I started looking at the capacity...
    3: Switched from t-shirts to +1-size polos. The extra material in the polo makes it print less, and the +1 size lets it flow around the pistol.

    My next step is going to be just to pocket carry. The gun I have is between the G26 and G19 in size (more accurately: between G23 and G27, since it's a .40), but that's been my experience.
     
  3. DefiantDad

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    AFAIK, if you are not absolutely needing to go with 9mm, the Glock 36 is the best concealed Glock, regardless of caliber. 6 rounds of .45 ACP. Supposed to be even better to conceal than the Baby 9mm 26.
     
  4. eam3clm@att.net

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    I carry my Glock 27 in a Galco King tuck and it all but disappears with shorts and a cotton Tshirt. Carry the G26 with standard mag, and a G19 mag as backup if you think that you will need the extra ammo.
     
  5. ROCK6

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    I have both and carry the G26 more often. Round sacrifice isn't a big deal and I often carry it with a +2 extesion which negates the whole advantage:D

    I don't think there is that much difference unless your body shape really makes the longer handle stick out. If people aren't noticing, it's a mental thing you need to overcome.

    If it's really a concern, you have the option to chop your G15 grip down to take G26 mags...best of both worlds with a longer barrel and you can get grip extenders for your regular 15-round mags if you want to bump up capacity or carry a reload.

    ROCK6
     
  6. Aiko492

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    I have both the G19 and G26, i live in the South and under a T-shirt (3 seasons), the G26 does concel better IMO. In the winter, I switch to the G19 or my HK USP.
     
  7. Plan2Live

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    Can you shoot the 26 as well as you can the 19? If you can (and you are stuck on Glock) then I don't see a downside to switching to the 26. Plus, the 26 has the advantage of being able to accept all of that series' magazines. Example, you can put a 19 mag in a 26 but you can't put a 26 magazine in a 19 so to me, the 26 is more versatile "in a pinch" if you catch my drift.

    I have laid a 26 on top of my XDm 3.8 compact and the 26 is only slightly smaller. In fact, the 26 with the +2 mag (my preference when shooting a 26/27) makes the grip of the 26 almost indentical to my XDm. So I'm not sure how much concealability you will be picking up with the 26. But I still think versatility out on the street is a bonus and would be a deciding factor for me. IF I were to succumb to the kool-aide.
     
  8. FMF Doc

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    You might try a holster that can change the ride depth and cant of the pistol as well. If you can get a little more forwar cant on it, 15-20 degrees, the that puts the part that is printing more upright, over the barrel, and almost makes it disappear. When I had to conceal a full-size pistol (a G22 and Beretta M9A1 at various times) I found this was the key to success.
     
  9. Shawn Dodson

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    I carried a Glock 19 for many years in the Seattle area where I could easily conceal it under a light jacket or flannel shirt.

    I moved to Florida a few years ago and found the Glock 19 to be challenging to CCW, especially on hot windy days while wearing thin, hot weather fabrics. After some research I selected the Kahr PM-9 to carry when the Glock 19 was unsuitable. I chose the PM-9 because it has the same exact manual of arms as the Glock 19, so all my manipulation skills carried directly over to the PM-9. (The PM-9 looks like a Glock 19 that got washed in hot water and shrank.) I load both with Speer Gold Dot 124gr +P.

    If you choose to go with a Glock 26 you can still carry a 15 rd Glock 19 magazine as a spare (or a Glock 17 magazine).

    I have a Milt Sparks Executive's Companion leather IWB holster for each. I've been using this holster for years and it works very well for me.

    Good luck!
     
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    Glock is coming out with a single stack 9mm later this year that is smaller than the Ruger LC-9 and just a little bit bigger than the LCP. Maybe you should wait on that?
     
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    Errr??? Sources?
     
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    Very true. I use a Don Hume JIT Slide with my G29 when up at my northern exposure. A T-shirt over it makes it virtually disappear. Very comfortable.
     
  13. Deaf Smith

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    For CCW I prefer the Glocks in 33/27/26 format (that is subcompacts.)

    The one below is my 'Bowen Tactical Concepts' Glock 26 with FIST IWB.

    Deaf
     

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    I carry a Gen 4 26 IWB at about 3'o clock.

    Conceals so much better than the 19/23/32/29/30 size, and you can still use the 17/18/19 magazines with it.
     
  15. DefiantDad

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    I was unable to locate any info on this. Maybe someone else has better luck or an "in" with Glock to confirm or deny.
     
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    I use to carry the G26 but decided that I need more rounds and the size difference was not that great so went with the G19 instead. I shoot both well but I do like the G19 better.
     
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    Personally, I think the G26 is one of the best CCW pistols ever made. I shoot mine as well as a full size pistol.
    In fact, I recently outshot my friend and his Browning HiPower, which he has shot for decades.
    The G26 disappears under a Tshirt, using a simple kydex clip on IWB holster.
     
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    I would not "switch" per se.

    I have both the G19 and the G26. I find that they both fill a role. The G26 is a great "T shirt and shorts" pistol in an IWB holster. It still carries a sufficient amount of ammo (10+1) and like others have mentioned, u can carry a G19 or G17 magazine as a reload. The G26 is a great little shooter as well.

    The G19 is a great "do all" sized platform. It is a pistol that carries a service capacity, is compact enough that it conceals well, and it preforms like a full sized pistol.


    Defiant,

    I too was unable to locate any info on this.



    Sent from my DROID RAZR using Tapatalk 2
     
  20. marb4

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    Thanks for all the replies so far. I've recently switched to a Remora no clip IWB holster which allows me to carry lower in the waistband and cant the pistol. It has helped in making it less "noticeable". Someone mentioned the Kahr PM9. I had a CM9 that was a dream to carry in terms of concealability and perfectly reliable. My only issues were its limited capacity and since I have fairly large hands, the grip felt uncomfortably small to me. I like the idea of the G26 "in addition to" rather than replacing the G19. Then again, maybe I'm worried too much about printing since as I posted originally, no one seems to have ever noticed. Now to convice my dear sweet wife that I really "need" a 26...
     
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    Keep the G19 and get the most concealable gun Glock didn't make ---the S&W Shield. I'll probably carry mine both summer and winter I like it so well.
     
  22. coalman

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    The G26 conceals much better unless you dress around the gun. All the differences really add up.
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    try a different holster

    I just bought a "Smart Carry" for my G26. I have Pierce mag extender on it. I wear a untucked tshirt, shorts and flip flops. (90 deg weather here). I love this holster. no one knows I'm carrying. I could tuck in a shirt...the bottom of the P39 grip sometimes slightly prints (depending on how tight my shorts/pants are) but is hardly noticeable. I carry more often with this. So it's worth the slightly slower draw time.
     
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    You can always stick in a 15 or 17 round mag
     
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