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Old 02-07-2013, 1:57 AM
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Hey guys and gals,

Im going to get my first handgun this month and am thinking glock. I like the reliability and feel of them. Im having trouble deciding which to get though!

I am stuck on 9x19mm glock 19 or 26. I want to use this as an every day carry once I get my ccw. It will be for home defense and personal defense.

Any help in choosing?
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Old 02-07-2013, 2:07 AM
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I'm thinking along very similar lines for my next handgun, with the thought being that it will someday be used for CCW (hopefully!). I'm sure that the 26 will virtually disappear into concealment, but I haven't yet handled a 19 or seen it used as a CCW.

I like the fact that they'll both take full-size 17 magazines, too.

Have you found a place with them in stock?
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Old 02-07-2013, 2:08 AM
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I want to shoot the 26 first to see how I do with only 2 fingers on the grip.
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Definitely get the Glock 19 in 9 mm. The Glock was designed around the 9 mm cartridge and is absolutely reliable/flawless in 9 mm. The M19 is a great compromise between more compact size for concealment and long enough sight radius and magazine capacity to be a formidable combat handgun
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I want to shoot the 26 first to see how I do with only 2 fingers on the grip.
with the grip extensions (think Pearce) they are quite nice and not at all uncomfortable to shoot at self defense distances.

As for carry purposes, the Glock 26's are still quite a bit fatter than some of the alternatives out there from a carry perspective. Look into some single stack 9 or 380 choices out on the market today that offer plenty of punch while minimizing printing.
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Well in cali 10 Rds limits me legally.

I have a source that may be getting some glock 17s in a week, no word on 19 or 26 yet.

I like the 19 to add accessories since the 26 doesn't have a rail, but then again it adds to bulk when I want to carry it concealed. I hope to use it as my everyday carry if/when I get a ccw
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remember....once you go glock.......................................






















...you still want a 1911. get the 19.
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I like the 19 to add accessories since the 26 doesn't have a rail, but then again it adds to bulk when I want to carry it concealed.
this is a valid point. in a home defense situation you'll want to be able to identify the target before engaging, so a weapons mounted light is a popular addition (SF X300, TLR-1/2/3, etc.), just something else to keep in mind.
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If you want to conceal, definitely get a smaller pistol or even a revolver. The smith and wesson model 642 is the one I am looking at for conceal carry.
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Old 02-07-2013, 2:37 AM
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Go for the 19 that was my first pistol I bought
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Old 02-07-2013, 2:41 AM
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Im gonna feel the 26 out for the grip, I have very small hands for a guy so idk if it will effect me as much.

Can I get a price check on the 26 and 19?
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Im gonna feel the 26 out for the grip, I have very small hands for a guy so idk if it will effect me as much.

Can I get a price check on the 26 and 19?
no matter how small your hands are you'll be hard pressed to get all 3 fingers on the grip (w/o the use of an extension). if you by some miracle are able to get all 3 fingers on the grip, the finger grooves that are built into the Gen3 Glocks are sure to impede your desire for a comfortable grip.

as for price... i've seen them from around $520-$580ish unless you're a LEO, EMT, etc and can get in on Glock's fantastic "Blue Label" pricing.
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I would not get a G17.... Too big a pistol to be justified with 10rd mags.
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Old 02-07-2013, 4:20 AM
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I agree which is why im leaning toward the 19 and 26. I think ill get both eventually, but for now I need to get my hands on them both.
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Anyone know of good places to find glock accessories?

Also, im newer to flocks. There's no manufactured 22lr glock right?
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G19s are easy to find at rental ranges. Highly recommended to rent one several times. Rent other brands too. G26s and pretty much every subcompact suitable for CCW seem to never be available to rent. Try to find someone and shoot their's.

There are a couple mfgs for 22LR conversions for either Glock. It's a 30 second slide & mag swap, mine was around $300 .. last years price.

Recommendations, IMHO:

1. If you're already thinking about 'accessories', other than night sights, don't put mods on your carry gun. You're leaning toward Glock due to their reliability. Their reliability is because they have the right parts in it already. For a home defense gun a light is a good idea.

2. If you think about going with a G26 and adding the pinky extension, then just buy the G19. When you have to have a pinky extension on your G26 you've simply made a G19 without the benefit of the longer barrel/slide and with the extra cost of the extension for every mag you buy. Concealability is a factor of grip length and thickness, not barrel length.

3. If you're in CA there's no reason to think about G17 mags for either gun. 10 rnds is 10 rnds. Unless you're one of those few who can legally own standard cap mags. Or of course you already own a G17/34.

edit: Oh yeah, and whatever you have budgeted for ammo .. it's not enough

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I love my 19! I'm a bigger guy and have no problems fitting it into most pockets. Now back in Ca, I really do miss carrying.
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Old 02-07-2013, 5:35 AM
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Well I will need to wait for a hands on then, haha.

I wouldn't do the pinky extension, but very good point, if I want it then I need to get the 19 instead.

As for accessories, I was thinking a laser or light just for at home, when I carry I wouldn't have it attached, I'd have a flashlight on me instead.
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My 1st Glock was a Gen 2 19, great gun.
Just got a G26 a few weeks ago.
If you shoot with two hands, the pinky extension is not needed.
For one hand shooting, I like the extension.
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Get both.
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Get both.
Give me the money to buy two handguns at once and I will. If this was an option I wouldn't post, thanks for the "tip"
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Hey guys and gals,

Im going to get my first handgun this month and am thinking glock. I like the reliability and feel of them. Im having trouble deciding which to get though!

I am stuck on 9x19mm glock 19 or 26. I want to use this as an every day carry once I get my ccw. It will be for home defense and personal defense.

Any help in choosing?
Why do you think you cannot CCW a G17?
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Old 02-07-2013, 8:31 AM
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Not that I can't, but I wouldn't want to. Not gonna be as comfortable at all
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I love the feel of the G26 and I think it shoots really nicely. But naturally, the G19 is easier for follow up shots.
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Glock 26 easier to CC, but not much fun to shoot. Glock 19 is fun to shoot and decent size gun to CC. I would get Glock 19 if I can only have one.

Get both down the road.
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Okay, now I am leaning to Glock 19 4th gen vs the 26 4th gen....

Length isn't much more, but I'll take it for carry still and fun on the range, and home defense to attach lights/lasers/bells/whistles when its in my nightstand.

Price check on these? $500-$550?
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Why a 9mm? Why not .45? Glock 21 sf
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I'm happy with the 9, but I don't want to get into caliber wars here =D
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Everybody seems to love the 19. I love my 17, though. Next to my P226 ST, it looks like a 19 (might not be visible in this picture but when you feel 'em)
though the 19 is great too.
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4th Gen will cost you $398 at pro force if you are LEO. If not you will have to SSE or private party transfer. You will probably end up spending anywhere $600+ at today's market.
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Okay, now I am leaning to Glock 19 4th gen vs the 26 4th gen....

Length isn't much more, but I'll take it for carry still and fun on the range, and home defense to attach lights/lasers/bells/whistles when its in my nightstand.

Price check on these? $500-$550?
Yes, they are $500 at the Glockstore and and Parallax Tactical last time I checked. Some stores charge around $550.

And yes, I would get the G19 if I could only have one. The G26 is just not that fun to shoot a ton through at the range IMO.

EDIT
Just saw you want a 4th gen. Those will be a little more expensive due to SSE.

I prefer the 3rd Gens.
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I'm gonna feel out the 3rd versus 4th gen. I'll save money if theres nothing I care about in the changes.

Now to find them in stock.....
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Go for the 19 that was my first pistol I bought
Same here, back in early 1990s, 2nd gen, worked flawlessly, perfect size, back then it carried 15rds, only thing I didn't like was the 12lb DA only trigger, it was simple no external safeties, and like the no hammer, very clean durable design, the slide finish is strong mine after 23 years still looked new but I never holstered though. I traded it for a Sig P229 which for me worked better and now own 5 Sigs.
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Like I said before, Glock 26 is easier to CC, but not fun to shoot at all. I use 23 for my HD, range gun and sometimes CC as well.
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Anyone know of good places to find glock accessories?
A GLOCK is a great choice for a first handgun.
Realiable, easy maintenance and simple functionality.
The G19 is a great choice too. I don't know why, but I seem to shoot my G19 better than any of my other Glocks.

As for accessories, The Glock Store and Glockmeister are two good suppliers.
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Thanks everyone...I'll try to remember to update the post once I pick up something.

I think G19 3rd gen....but waiting to hold them in hand.
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If youre thinking ccw in the future at all then i say 26. With the pierce extension its awesome. I know you said you dont want to get into calibers but if you are considering a subcompact id go .40 at least. G27 is a *****in pistol. I have one with a fulcrum trigger, trijicon night sights and some stainless add ons. G27 is the same as the 26 just in. 40
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I considered that too. .40 will be my next handgun, but I am gonna make that a full sized and will take over home defense from the sub compact.

That is awhole other topic not for today though. =P
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I'd go 19 because that's what I did. 26 is too small. 19 is pretty much just as good as 26 for ccw. Not a lot different in barrel length, which I feel is most important for carry.
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Alright I am working with my local store who I love to get a Glock 19 3rd Gen and if possible a 26. If they can only get a 19 I'll take it, but I'd wanna feel out a 26 still.

Now for the fun stuff....I need to get a CCW in San Joaquin County.....wish me luck, ill need it.
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