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Which 9mm Glock Should I Buy?

Which Glock? You have decided to buy a Glock Pistol because of their reliability, simplicity and reputation. You chose to go with a 9mm caliber because it is one of the most popular calibers for self defense, it's widespread availability and inexpensive cost. Now you have to decide which 9mm Glock you should buy. Before you buy your Glock you should hold it, feel it and shoot it to make sure it's right for you.

  
  


Glock 19 9MM Pistol

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9mm Glocks Are Available in Four Models
G26, G19, G17 & G34 (All 9mm)

SUBCOMPACT

"Baby" Glock

COMPACT

The all-round talent

STANDARD

Global Pistol

COMPETITION

Tactical/Practical

How To Choose Which Glock To Buy?

You should choose a 9mm Glock based on your reason for wanting a gun. Whether you want to conceal carry a gun, target practice or keep it at home for self defense you should always shoot the gun at the range before you buy one.

Model # Suitable For Advantages Drawbacks
SUBCOMPACT

G26

Concealed carry.

Carry.

Used by security personnel and secret services.
Small size.

Feels like a lead weight for pocket carry and imprints easily.

10 round mag.

Most kick to it.

Hardest to shoot due to smaller size and small grip.

COMPACT

G19

Concealed carry.

Carry.

Home defense.

Used by security services.
15 round mag.

Most versatile. Suitable for concealed carry or as a backup weapon.
None
STANDARD

G17

Carry.

Home defense.

Used by law enforcement worldwide.
17 round mag.

Most widely used law enforcement pistol worldwide.
None
COMPETITION

G34
Competition.

Target shooting.

Home defense.
17 round mag.

Easiest to shoot.

Greatest accuracy for target
engagement.
Too large to carry.

Selecting The Right Glock - Recommendations

If You Want A Glock For.. Which Glock Is Best
Concealed Carry G26
Combination Carry & Home Defense G19
Home Defense Gun G17/ G34
Car Gun G19/G17
Target/Competition Shooting G34

9MM Glock Specifications

Model # Mag Capacity Weight
(Loaded)
Dim (In.)
L x W x H
Description

G26

SUBCOMPACT

Standard: 10

OPTIONAL
12/15/17/19/33
19.75 oz.
(26.10 oz.)
6.29 x 1.18 x 4.17

LINE OF SIGHT
5.67 in

G26 "Baby" Glock
The triumphant advance of the smallest GLOCK pistol, specially developed for concealed carry and previously a domain of 5-round snub nose revolvers, started with the presentation of the GLOCK 26 in August 1994. The GLOCK 26 offers more than an alternative in this field. The magazine capacity of 10 rounds as standard and the highly accurate firing characteristics explain the worldwide distribution among security personnel and secret services.


G19

COMPACT

Standard: 15

OPTIONAL
17 / 19 / 33
20.99 oz.
(29.98 oz.)
6.85 x 1.18 x 5.00

LINE OF SIGHT
6.02 in.

G19 The all-round talent
The G19 is ideal for versatile use through reduced dimensions compared with the standard pistol size. With the proven caliber of 9x19, 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 19 for their efficient defense in emergency situations.


G17

STANDARD

Standard: 17

OPTIONAL
19 / 33
22.04 oz.
(31.91 oz.)
7.32 x 1.18 x 5.43

LINE OF SIGHT
6.49 in

G17 Global Pistol
The G17 in caliber 9x19 is the most widely used law enforcement pistol worldwide. Because of its unsurpassed reliability, above-average magazine capacity of 17 cartridges in the standard magazine and its low weight, it is trusted by law enforcement officers in their daily duties throughout the world. It is safe, easy and quick to use through the revolutionary “Safe Action” trigger system.


G34

COMPETITION

Standard: 17

OPTIONAL
19 / 33
22.92 oz.
(32.79 oz.)
8.15 x 1.18 x 5.43

LINE OF SIGHT
7.56 in.

G34 Tactical / Practical
Obtaining the greatest accuracy for target engagement was the decisive reason for the development of the G34 with extended barrel, greater slide dimensions and long distance between the sights. This highly-accurate pistol has found widespread use as a competitive pistol for IPSC.

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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