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Baga
04-22-2011, 8:21 AM
I am new to the forum and not sure if this question ever came up but here it is. I'm looking into getting a 9mm handgun and the Glock has been my top choice so far. I was looking at either the G19 or G26. I've tried both and both are great. I didn't want to go for the G17 (which is still a nice pistol) because I want something more compact/sub-compact. I'm leaning towards the G19 but the G26 is in my mind.
Is the G26 worth purchasing for it's size? What do you G26 owners have to say about this mini cannon?
Any owners of both the G19 and G26, what are your 'opinions' comparing the two, which do you favor more?

XDRoX
04-22-2011, 8:29 AM
I am new to the forum and not sure if this question ever came up but here it is. I'm looking into getting a 9mm handgun and the Glock has been my top choice so far. I was looking at either the G19 or G26. I've tried both and both are great. I didn't want to go for the G17 (which is still a nice pistol) because I want something more compact/sub-compact. I'm leaning towards the G19 but the G26 is in my mind.
Is the G26 worth purchasing for it's size? What do you G26 owners have to say about this mini cannon?
Any owners of both the G19 and G26, what are your 'opinions' comparing the two, which do you favor more?

I have both. I really don't shoot the 26 that much. Way more fun to shoot the 19. I would only buy the 26 if your need is a carry gun. If you're not going to carry it, then the 19 is much more comfortable to shoot and still concealable if you need it to be.

XDRoX
04-22-2011, 8:32 AM
Some porn to motivate your purchase:D

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wang949
04-22-2011, 8:35 AM
What's the intended role you want from the gun? It will help people steer you in the right direction.

hefedehefe
04-22-2011, 8:43 AM
G26 is what I would get, but I stick to XD platform. However my friend is giving me a g27 which is a .40 and I will add a 9mm drop in barrel ;)

Tripper
04-22-2011, 8:50 AM
I have both the 23 and 27, the .40 equivalent in size. I personally prefer the 27, it fits my hand better, which would be the 26 equivalent

Big Ben
04-22-2011, 9:07 AM
I have the G26 as a carry gun. It shoots well, but the grip is very short. I end up with a 2 finger grip, with my pinkie wrapped under the grip. It works well for carry, but the short grip makes it less fun to shoot at the range. I find myself enjoying shooting my full size Glock much more.

If you do end up going with the 26, you can deal with the short grip by using an extension plate to give you a place for the pinkie, or use the G19 magazines with grip extenders. I haven't done this because I like to shoot mine the way I carry it, but it is an option for you.

At the end of the day, it depends on how you'll use it. In your situation, I'd go with the 19, unless it was going to be your primary carry gun, in which case, I'd go with the 26.

l8apex
04-22-2011, 9:12 AM
Glock 19. The 26 is fairly limited in scope as far as usage - CCW. Where as the 19 is a better all 'arounder', unless the purpose of your purchase is CCW, 19 all the way.

Baga
04-22-2011, 9:14 AM
Some porn to motivate your purchase:D

Thanks for the 'porn' it really made me want to have them both at the same time, HAHA...

tbhracing
04-22-2011, 9:16 AM
Glock 19. The 26 is fairly limited in scope as far as usage - CCW. Where as the 19 is a better all 'arounder', unless the purpose of your purchase is CCW, 19 all the way.

Pretty much said it for me right there. The 19 is a great all around pistol for teaching, hiking/packing, CCW, SD/HD.

Me- I am finding that my medium hand is liking the slimmer grips as I go in life. So I am thinking of switching out from my 19 to a P239. Probably wont, but just a mid-life crisis change I am going through.

The Glock 19 will serve you well.

ZX-10R
04-22-2011, 9:20 AM
Neither. Tons of 9s out there.

Baga
04-22-2011, 9:22 AM
What's the intended role you want from the gun? It will help people steer you in the right direction.

At this point, more for target shooting and adding to the collection. But I am in the process of trying to be a L.E.O. (pending CA budget), and the G26 would be a nice off-duty CCW.

Oceanbob
04-22-2011, 9:23 AM
Probably the 19 is the best 9MM in the world. The 26 is a close second if you're into concealed carry.

Here's my 19 with a arredondo mag extension. 20 rounds. My daughter likes red ..lol..and at 13, she gets to shoot it more than Dad. :D

http://i56.tinypic.com/xdwhdz.jpg

However, the 26 with a mag extension is easy for me to hold. This one has a normal 15 round G19 mag with a mag sleeve (that I added skateboard tape too)...so the grip works just as good as a G19 for me. If I want to get 'smaller' I can switch out to normal 10 rounds mags.

http://i54.tinypic.com/9h55kn.jpg

Here we are back to almost normal on the G26....only a Magpul on the 10 round mag

http://i54.tinypic.com/23ix7hc.jpg

My daughter shooting the 26 with the 15 round mag.

http://i55.tinypic.com/2ces27s.jpg

Baga
04-22-2011, 9:25 AM
Glock 19. The 26 is fairly limited in scope as far as usage - CCW. Where as the 19 is a better all 'arounder', unless the purpose of your purchase is CCW, 19 all the way.

"19 is a better all 'arounder'" is exactly why I am leaning towards the G19 as well.

lazyworm
04-22-2011, 9:29 AM
You should get both now. You're going to end up with both sooner or later.
And sooner is better.

den888
04-22-2011, 9:48 AM
Loved my G26, when I had it.

sigfan91
04-22-2011, 9:59 AM
When in doubt, get them both.

tbhracing
04-22-2011, 10:25 AM
Now that you mentioned working as a LEO, I would consider the 26 for the backup and CCW.

Get both as I believe in a backup for everything- guns, flashlights, tools, girlfriend, etc.

Seriously- River City Guns in South Sac has some nice used 26 for sale. I would get them while you still can.

Jimmy310
04-22-2011, 11:19 AM
Ive never shot a 26, but the G30 i shot recently was awesome, and really accurate. With that said, my favorite glock is the 19.

Ubermcoupe
04-22-2011, 1:08 PM
You should get both now. You're going to end up with both sooner or later.
And sooner is better.

LOL... My sentiment exactly!

Personally, I bough a 27 to coincide with the 22.

DigitalAmmunition
04-22-2011, 1:27 PM
I just bought a Glock 19. All the guys I know who own one can't stop raving about it. I'm a little unsure about the 26; when you boil down which gun receives more chatter and attention, in my experience: G19 > G26. Now that doesn't necessarily mean the G19 is better, but it does mean it might be a safer bet.

I would recommend you get a decent amount of "hands on" with both weapons to determine which one you are better with on firearm manipulation.

fuenstock
04-22-2011, 1:31 PM
At this point, more for target shooting and adding to the collection. But I am in the process of trying to be a L.E.O. (pending CA budget), and the G26 would be a nice off-duty CCW.

Get the 17 as the service gun, 19 as a back up and the 26 as the back up for the back up, then you'll be golden!

cali_armz
04-22-2011, 1:34 PM
personally, i think the frame of a g26 is too small. g19 fits my hand much better. i think the 19 looks cooler too

cali_armz
04-22-2011, 1:38 PM
Ive never shot a 26, but the G30 i shot recently was awesome, and really accurate. With that said, my favorite glock is the 19.

thats true, g30 is a great handgun. although, i would really prefer it as a compact rather than sub compact. however, glock doesnt even make compact 45 acp, which i find strange, and a little irritating

sacluded
04-22-2011, 1:48 PM
I just bought a 26 from a fellow calgunner and I love it. I have pretty large hands, and it's still comfortable. I actually took the extensions off the mags and put the stock base plates back on and like it better. I'm 6'4" and can palm a basketball to give you an idea of my hand size.

I also went with this gun for CCW.

offdutyalot
04-22-2011, 4:27 PM
I can't say enough about my G26. It is my off duty CCW as well as one of my favorite range guns. I have medium hands so the grip is fine. I took my buddy out yesterday to shoot a handgun for the first time and he did great with it. My buddy has huge hands and still felt comfortable on the grip.

scootle
04-22-2011, 6:37 PM
i think it's already been said... if you plan to ccw, then the G26 wins (although the G19 is fairly concealable if you have the right setup). for general range or carry use, the G19 (gen3) is regarded by many as one of the best and most reliable pistols ever made.

good luck!

cindynles
04-22-2011, 6:55 PM
Some porn to motivate your purchase:D

I want to play too..... Serisouly though unless you have a CCW get the G19.

http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss20/cindynles/IMG_0850.jpg

Bulleh
04-22-2011, 6:57 PM
19 is far more comfortable in my paws. Rent them both at the range

bsg
04-22-2011, 7:06 PM
G19 and G26 are stablemates; get the G19 and then the G26. don't stop until you've got them both.

welcome to the forum.

nevil
04-22-2011, 7:16 PM
I would go with the G19. I just got a G23 because I am thinking about getting my CCW permit. It is easyer to handle and has 2 more rounds in the mags. Also the G19 and G23 are a lot cheeper. Find a place that would rent them to you and see witch one you shoot better.

kazman
04-22-2011, 8:50 PM
G19 first, G26 (or Kahr PM9) later

Mister BLASTEE
04-22-2011, 11:06 PM
I <3 my G26! It takes all the other 9mm mags!

DaveFJ80
04-22-2011, 11:34 PM
I was shooting both tonight at the range. Both shoot good, but the G26 takes more effort to hold & aim it, or your shots will easily be off the center of your target. If I want to shoot faster and unload into my target in a good grouping, I can do so with my G19 but not the G26.

That being said, and like what others already said, if it's going to be your primary gun and you're going to use it a lot for the range, get the G19. If you plan to carry concealed now, get the G26 but practice a lot with it. To me, the G19 feels more natural and easier to shoot.

eagleAR
04-22-2011, 11:58 PM
G17 is really GREAT! G26 if u got small hands and G19 for CCW

drifts1
04-23-2011, 10:13 AM
i think it's already been said... if you plan to ccw, then the G26 wins (although the G19 is fairly concealable if you have the right setup). for general range or carry use, the G19 (gen3) is regarded by many as one of the best and most reliable pistols ever made.

good luck!

Why does it have to be a (gen 3) G19?? :(
I'm pretty sure it was the gen 2 Glock 19 that earned the "best glock" & "best 9mm" reputation, the gen 3 just inherited it. :D

Chuck67
04-23-2011, 12:32 PM
The Glock 26 is awesome. Light,accurate,& small (if you ccw). Even though it is a sub compact the recoil is light and it isn't snappy. It is easy to keep on target while double tapping or shooting rapidly. Accuracy is great and I feel Im just as accurate with my G26 as I am with my G17. Here is 10 rounds from my G26 @10yrds.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v623/rocafella1524/IMG_0437.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v623/rocafella1524/IMG_0448.jpg

jdg30
04-23-2011, 4:10 PM
I've had both and I prefer the G19 compared to the G26 for an all-purpose gun. The G19 is a little more comfortable to hold and shoot compared to the shorter grip of the G26.

For CCW, the G26 is hard to beat because the shorter grip makes it easier to conceal. For everyday range practice, I find that neither are bad to shoot but I enjoy the mid-size of the G19 more.

I have one G19 and have had two G26's before and have ended up selling both of them. I don't think I'll ever sell the G19 because I like how it can hold 15+1 rounds with the standard magazine and is still concealable. I have a G27 (.40) with a 9mm conversion barrel that I will probably never sell so that fills the G26's role for me because I can shoot both calibers in one gun.

Overall I've shot the G19 more often than the subcompacts because it's more pleasant and comfortable. One of my first guns was a Glock 27 and I really liked it. I had no problem that it only had a two finger grip and I shot it a lot.

Later on I tried a G19 and realized that if I could only have one of the two, I would choose the mid-size one, but the ideal situation is to have both.

Ultimate
04-23-2011, 4:17 PM
Whichever one fits your hand the best. I don't have a 19 however i have shot a 26 and I own a 23 (same as 19 but in .40). The 26 simply fits my hand better. It seems the hump actually has a purpose on the small glock unlike the midsize one which just changes the angle for my small-med hands.

Swift Justice
04-24-2011, 6:56 AM
I echo what others have said about picking one depending on your intended use. I carry a 26 nearly everyday, and it shoots like a dream. The gun is capable of great accuracy if you train enough with it (yesterday shooting it during a CCW re-qual I outshot everyone else carrying full size XD's, Glock 19's etc.)

If I did not need it for my CCW based on what I have to wear to the office, then I would stick with a 17 or a 19. Whichever one you decide on, you really can't go wrong.

Ranger20
04-24-2011, 7:39 AM
Go Rent them both.. Then decide based on experience instead of guess work.

JayBeeJay
04-24-2011, 8:06 AM
Like stated already, unless the main purpose of your purchase is ccw go with the G19. My G19 is over a decade old and I still love that thing. Wife willing I'll be picking up a new Gen 4 next week!

HPGunner
04-24-2011, 8:12 AM
The G19 in my opinion is the best balanced 9mm glock of the four models. Not too big, Not too small, just the right size. I went from a G17 to the G19 and it's going to be a keeper. I may pick up a used G26 or even reunite with the G17 someday but the G19 stays.

Try them both, but I'd suggest the 19 because like someone else mentioned it's small enough to conceal if you have to and it's not that much bigger than the 26. I think the 26 is a little over a half inch shorter in overall length and if you use a pinky extender the length of the grip will be similar.

Baga
04-24-2011, 12:41 PM
Thanks again everyone for the useful information and opinions. I'm leaning more towards the G19 1st but may end up getting both. I'll have to go to the range one more time, rent the G19 &G26 to get my for sure final answer. Any more ideas or opinions?

JayBeeJay
04-24-2011, 12:48 PM
Buy which one your most comfortable with. Since it seems like you like both, you'll probably end up owning both anyways! :38:

Jack L
04-24-2011, 4:17 PM
You should get both now. You're going to end up with both sooner or later.
And sooner is better.

A+, I agree. DO IT!

tomd1584
04-24-2011, 7:30 PM
I shoot .40 S&W, but same frame.

I like both, so much that i decided to have one of my 23's shipped to glockworx and cut down to a 27 size frame. Best of both worlds for me- longer sight radius, with the shorter, better concealable frame size.

Tom

djeddiebear
04-24-2011, 7:59 PM
19 first, 26 later (you know you will).

duc748bip
04-24-2011, 8:08 PM
That reply really had me doing a double take.. well said :D
Thanks for the 'porn' it really made me want to have them both at the same time, HAHA...

E. Fudd
04-24-2011, 9:32 PM
I'd start w/ a G19. Get proficient with that first. Much easier to shoot w/ a full grip. Better all around Glock for training, practice, and competition, and more reliable in stock configuration.

The G26 (and G27) has an Achilles Heel and that is the captured dual recoil spring assembly. Basically, if the clip that holds the dual spring assembly breaks, your gun is down. The usual malfunction clearance techniques will not clear this malfunction quickly (or quickly enough in a gunfight). I've seen this happened to two G27's with my shooting buddies at the range. In both instances, took the owners a long time to jiggle and wiggle (like hours), with the broken clip part floating around inside, jamming up the slide, to finally get the slide back to unload and dis-assemble the gun.

After seeing those two instances first-hand and further researching the phenomenon, I ended up replacing all of my Glock captured dual recoil spring assemblies with non-captured springs and guide rods (available as a kit through Wolff for $30-ish) and that problem is solved.

In the last year or so, I checked on the forums and it still appears to be a problem. There was a thread about this and enough guys were still chiming in about their G27's and to a lesser extent G26's still having this problem, so I think this is still an issue. I assume the percentage that fail is pretty small, but when you read ten or so guys post the same failure in one thread...

If your's breaks and you contact Glock, they just send you an identical replacement recoil spring assembly.

So, for around $30 for the Wolff guide rods and springs upgrade package, it's a small investment to make your G26/27 more bulletproof.

Properly upgraded, the G26/27 makes for great CCW/LEO backup guns.

I like the G26 better than the G27 as I find the 9mm easier to shoot with my support side hand, one-handed, (e.g. New York reload)...

1911Operator
04-24-2011, 11:54 PM
im looking for a RTF2 19 myself

locosway
04-25-2011, 6:59 AM
If it's to carry around your home and the range, then get the G17 or G19. If you're going to ccw, then get the G19 or G26. It's impossible to tell you which one to get because it's more of a comfort and opinion thing. However, I will say that a larger gun will give you more control and a better sight radius, which is advantageous to the shooter. This is why I use a G17 as my primary gun instead of a G19 which I love also.

FantasticPlastic
04-25-2011, 9:00 PM
I would rather have the 19 for a bump in the middle of the night, because I could put a flashlight on it. I would also feel very comfortable if I were to carry it daily, and it's still conceals very well. However, I do not carry, so my opinion is probably less valid than some of the folks that carry daily. On the other hand, I would rather carry the 26 daily, and would feel well armed for home defense with it as long as it had a pinky extension on it. And that is just a personal grip issue for me. Especially in California where you can't make use of a 17 magazine, there's less reason to deal with extra trip length when you can't get extra rounds. Both are good guns, although neither are really in a caliber I would feel comfortable with to be honest.

USMC 82-86
04-25-2011, 9:19 PM
I started the DROS on a G19 today. I tried many different 9's before making the choice. I read reviews and shot the different makes and models, the 26 is a little small for me it was not comfortable in my hand. I sold my Sig P226R in .40 to get the G19 and that is saying something. My Sig never had a failure in over 3000 rnds. The slide would not lock back about 90% of the time but it shot fantastic and was accurate. The Glock that I rented and we know rented guns are well kept:rolleyes: Anyway the pistol had no failures and the slide locked open every time. I will have this one for a long time.

deldgeetar
04-25-2011, 10:01 PM
The answer is HK P2000. :D