Glock is a company that no one can deny took the firearms industry by storm. They were not the first to have a polymer frame pistol, but they were and continue to be the most successful in the polymer frame market. The Glock series of safe action pistols have long been popular on the civilian market and the police market for their reliability, durability, accuracy, and affordability.
The Glock 26 is the 9nth Glock pistol to be introduced and has been popular since its inception. The Glock 26 falls into the sub compact Glock family, also known as the baby Glocks.
With the rise in people obtaining conceal carry licenses around the country, a practice that is growing daily, the baby Glocks have been more popular than ever. The Glock 26 by far being the most popular. This Glock Model 26 has just the right combination of features to make it an excellent all around excellent conceal carry firearm.
Features of the Glock 26
The Glock 26 is chambered in the popular and affordable 9mm. The Glock 26 features a barrel length of 3.46 inches, an unloaded weight of 19.8 ounces and a total length of 6.30 inches. The small overall size of the Glock 26 combined with a potent caliber like the 9mm gives the user plenty of firepower in a small package.
While standard capacity is ten rounds capacity can be extended to twelve rounds with a pinky rest base plate. The weapon is also capable of utilizing magazines from other Glock 9mm models including 17 rounds magazines, 15 round magazines, 33 round magazines, and even aftermarket 50 round drums.
The Glock 26 is very easy to control and even more so when the pinky extension is added. Many small, lightweight 9mm can be painful to fire and rather uncomfortable for an extended range trip. This is not true of the Glock 26; its extra width in the grip help absorb and mitigate the recoil throughout the hand instead pounding one spot over and over.
While the Glock 26 is a sub compact weapon the near three and a half inch barrel produce excellent accuracy. It is very easy to produce chest and even head shots at fifteen yards, and possibly further. The Glock magazines are polymer with metal internals, and are incredibly reliable and capable magazines. They are also quite tough and can take a good beating without much chance of really breaking one.
The Glock 26 has the typical Glock trigger with about 5.5 lbs of pull and a little bit of creep. As you shoot a Glock the trigger tends to improve as it’s worn in a bit, right out of the box the trigger will have a bit of a plastic on plastic feel to it. The Glock trigger is very consistent though, and it never changes and becomes very predictable for the shooter.
This Glock 26 handgun comes with Glock’s standard white dot front site and rear U shaped sights. The Glock sights have always been a weak point and a traditional three dot would serve the pistol much better. Even better if the pistol is going to be used for every day carry a good set of night sights will go a long way.
This Glock is not the smallest of pistols some like the DB9 are much smaller and easier to carry. The Glock 26’s little bit of extra size and weight does make it easier and more pleasant to shoot, and in reality it’s still a very small and easy to carry weapon.
Holsters for the Glock 26
Your carrying options for the Glock 26 are nothing short of expansive, the weapon’s popularity has been noticed by holster manufacturers and there are quite a few options out there. A few examples are:
Galco Small of Back Holster
Small of back carry is often overlooked as a carry option. Small of the back carry is actually an excellent decision tactically. If you find yourself in a situation with say a robber and they want your wallet your weapon is already right above your wallet. As far as comfort goes it’s better than say appendix carry.
This Galco small of back holster Glock 26 is made from premium leather and not only looks nice but carries very well. The Galco small of back holster covers the majority of the weapon and protects it from the elements and the user’s own sweat, which is hell on a gun.
The Galco holster hangs the gun upside down at an extreme cant to guarantee a quick and smooth draw. Users will have to accommodate themselves to this style of draw, but once it’s mastered it’s not slower than any other draw.
Bianchi Model 82 CarryLok
Pancake holster sounds more like an accessories you’d see for an on the go breakfast company. In reality pancake holsters are one of the oldest designs for concealed carry.
A pancake holster is an outside the waist band holster than holds the weapon tight to your body. This aids in overall concealment and outside the waistband is one of the most comfortable modes of carry.
The Bianchi Model 82 CarryLok holster Glock 26 is made fine dark saddle leather and breaks away from the thumb snap tradition with a unique and interesting method of retention. A small lever is placed where the middle finger naturally falls during the draw. This lever releases the weapon and allows for a quick draw. The holster is designed to give a 15 degree cant which facilitates a smooth and easy draw.
The Glock 26 is an excellent concealed carry pistol. It is a wonderful combination of features to provide an excellent concealed carry weapon. The weapon has sufficient firepower in a sufficient caliber and has a long track record of reliability. The Glock 26 really blows it out of the water.
The Glock 26 is just the right size to be easy to conceal and comfortable to shoot. The simplicity of operation and controls make it an excellent beginners weapon and is capable of keeping up with the seasoned veterans.