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Glock 26 Review

Glock 26 is a subcompact pistol. The term "subcompact" is a phrase given to Glocks smallest line of handguns. The small size, light weight and 10 round capacity make it an ideal choice for a carry gun. Additionally, the G26 (little brother of the G19) has a reputation of being extremely reliable due to it's simplicity of design, durability, safety features and of course the Glock name and reputation.

  
  

Glock 26 Pistol
Glock 26 With Extended Magazine

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The Glock 26 is a good choice for a carry gun. It affords you the flexibility of choice for concealed carry, use as a car gun or a reliable defensive weapon in the night stand by your bed. The 9mm caliber ammo is large enough for most defensive situations and is easy to handle. If you not that great a shot, the 10 round capacity lets you keep shooting if need be. If you need more capacity you can always use a larger magazine. The biggest factor for carrying a Glock is it's reliability. Having confidence that every time you shoot it will go bang is the most important feature of a gun.

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Glock 26 Reviews & Procedures

THE GOOD

  THE BAD
  1. Easy to buy. Glocks are plentiful and all over the world. Easy to get parts no mater where you are.

  2. Glocks great reputation.

  3. Large capacity. The Glock 26 can hold 10 rounds with a standard magazine, more with larger magazines.

  4. Cheap cost of 9mm ammo relative to larger calibers.

  5. Availability of 9mm ammo.

  6. Simplicity of design.

  7. Durability. Extremely resistant to rust and mistreatment.

  8. Little maintenance required. Glocks are rumored to shoot indefinitely with little or maintenance.

  9. Unparalleled reliability.

  10. Built-in safety features.

  11. Light weight & size. The Glock 26 is small enough for concealed carry.

  12. Holds it's resale value.

 
  1. Limited knock down power.

  2. More felt recoil. Due to it's light weight and small size recoil is manageable but slightly more than corresponding heavier and larger 9mm pistols.

  3. Harder to shoot and not as accurate as larger 9mm Glocks because of the smaller size.

  4. Uncomfortable gun grip. Due to the small grip size most users have to tuck their pinky finger underneath the bottom of the grip.

  5. Too heavy and too large to carry as a pocket gun (debatable by some).

 

The Bottom Line

Due to their small size, the G26 subcompacts tend to be a little harder to shoot accurately and require more practice to achieve accuracy. The smaller grip changes the way you grab the Glock. It forces you to tuck your small finger underneath the grip which requires some getting used to. Shooting any Glock 26 is the same as shooting any similar automatic pistol. You need to practice the basics of correct sight picture, trigger squeeze, good grip and good stance.

  

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G26 In Holster
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The Grip

  1. Grasp the pistol in your strong hand as high up as possible to provide good control and leverage. The webbing between the thumb and the forefinger should press firmly into the top of the back of the grip. You will likely only be able to wrap your top 3 fingers around the grip. Your small finger should be tucked underneath the grip. This will also help control the recoil.

  2. Point your trigger finger pointing straight down-range along the side of the gun.

  3. Position your middle finger under the trigger guard. Your three lower fingers wrap around the grip.

  4. Place your weak hand thumb against the Glock's grip. Position it just below and parallel to the slide. Your weak hand should wrap around the fingers of your strong hand.

  5. Position your strong hand thumb on top of your weak hand thumb.

  6. Your strong hand should have a firm grip, but not so tight as your knuckles turn white.

  7. Your trigger finger should be relaxed.

  8. Rotate your wrists a little bit downward and forward to prevent flipping up during recoil.
    Your forearm should extend directly back from the center line of the weapon.

 

Trigger Control

  1. Dry firing your Glock is the best way to develop good trigger control.
    Aim the gun at a target using the sights and pull the trigger normally. Keep looking at the sights. If the sights or target shift during or after trigger pull you need some work on your trigger pull. Practice dry firing by pulling the trigger slowly and smoothly. Try different amounts of finger pressure on the trigger. The key is not to let the sight picture move while you are pulling the trigger. Once you achieve this keep practicing until it becomes second nature to you.

  2. After dry firing go to the range with your Glock 26 for some live fire.
    Use bulls eye targets at close range (10-15 feet) to allow you to see the holes as you make them. This will provide instant feedback to correct your technique. Do not try to shoot fast. Shoot slowly and concentrate on your actions of pulling the trigger. Pull the trigger smoothly. Do not jerk it. Squeeze the trigger gradually such that when the round is fired it comes as a surprise to you. After the round is fired do not release the trigger fully, just release it enough so that it clicks. This will minimize finger movement and help keep the gun steady.

 

Shooting Stance

Face the target. Position your feet with your "weak" foot and shoulder slightly in front of the strong. This will allow your forearm to extend directly back from the center line of the weapon. Grip the gun and rotate your wrists a little bit downward and forward to prevent flipping up during recoil. Lean your body a little bit foreword to prevent the recoil from throwing you off balance.

 

Flinching or Anticipating Recoil of Your Glock 26

That loud bang you hear is one of the causes of flinching. Try reducing the noise by using better ear muffs or use a combination of ear muffs and ear plugs.

 

Glock 26 Shooting Mistakes

  1. Shooting high - anticipating recoil or breaking wrist up, pushing or healing.

  2. Shooting to the right - squeezing thumb or too much trigger finger.

  3. Shooting to the left - too little trigger finger or tightening fingers.

  4. Shooting low - tightening grip while pulling trigger or jerking or slapping trigger or breaking wrist down, pushing forward or drooping head.

  

From The Glock Website
Glock 26 - The all-round talent
The GLOCK 26 is ideal for versatile use through reduced dimensions compared with the standard pistol size. With the proven caliber of 9x26, it has found worldwide distribution in security services. In addition to being used as a conventional service weapon, it is suitable for concealed carry or as a backup weapon. For instance, many of the elite pilots of the USAF for instance trust the GLOCK 26 for their efficient defense in emergency situations.

"THE top product among the small arms of the world is without doubt the GLOCK "Safe Action" pistol. It employs innovative safety features which makes the pistol easy to operate. No other pistol offers a better price-performance ratio. Its minimum weight and legendary GLOCK reliability are unsurpassed." (www.glock.com)

 

Sent: October 25, 2011
Subject: Glock 26 or the Springfield XD subcompact 9mm

I was debating between the Glock 26 and the Springfield XD Subcompact 9mm. After examining both and reading reviews i'm going to go with the Glock! Reasons being, the Glock is smaller and easier to conceal, with the 12 round extension mag you get a total of 13, I like the look of the 26 with the 12 round extension mag and it has a pinky ramp, the finish of the Glock is better especially the Gen 3 models, I already have 2 XD/XDM's. As far as Gen 3 vs Gen 4, that's another story but it comes down to your preference. If you like the smaller grip with the option of using a backstrap, bigger mag release, and the stippled dot finish of the frame, go with the Gen 4. The same features may turn another off, the larger mag release on a gun that small could be a problem if you get into a scrape and through adrenaline accidently hit the release dumping your ammo, some like the chunky grip, trigger pull on the Gen 4 is a pound heavier, and the finish on the Gen 4 while nice, isn't the same or as durable as the Gen 3 finish. The new finish is a matte gray gunmetal, and it don't feel or look as thick as the old Black with eggshell sheen finish. It comes down to what do you value more ? I have small hands with deep palms so I'll go with the Gen 3 because I like the Old finish better. A little oil and a cloth and dirt, holster marks, and scuff comes right off ! Sometimes if It ain't broke, don't fix it sounds like a good thing!
Tommy

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Sent: Friday, August 05, 2011
Subject: Which Glock Should I Buy For Concealed Carry?


I want to buy a glock to carry with me but should conceal properly. Which one should i purchase?
Desmond


Response - Desmond,

No one can answer that question but you. Any of the subcompact and compact Glocks, in any caliber, should do fine for concealed carry. It really depends on where you live (your environment), how you dress, your body style and how you intend to carry it.

Assuming that you have a concealed carry permit (or whatever is required in your state) the best thing would be to decide on a caliber of gun that you want and how you intend to carry it. Then do some internet research on YouTube or Google and see what others recommend.

Pick a style of carry that looks good and appropriate for you then go to your local gun shop and see if they will let you try out (try wearing) a few gun/holsters before you buy them (some gun shops will, some won't).

Many people buy guns and holsters for concealed carry only to find later that the gun or holster is not comfortable or prints too much and therefore they never wear it. They usually end up buying a smaller gun.

Good luck.
Tanner

 

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MIKE COVIELLO is a former aerospace engineer, now Web Designer/SEO Consultant. Hobbies include shooting zombies & reloading ammunition.