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Posted: 2/26/2006 9:59:42 AM EDT
Was looking at these this morning. I have been thinking about getting a really small, light summer gun. The G26 seems perfect, but it is really tiny. The G19 steps up to 15 rounds, but gains a few ounces when filled up. The 19 is also getting closer in size to my G22, which is what I am looking to downsize from. I can get a better grip on the 19, but I can conceal the 26 more easily.

Decisions!

Which do you like and why.
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 10:05:55 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/26/2006 10:09:05 AM EDT by eddiein1984]
The Glock 19. The Glock 26 is practically as large as the 19, but has lower velocity, carries 5 rounds less, a shorter sight radius, and uncomfortable grip. Once you add the finger extension to the 26, they are almost identical in size. Plus, there are loads of Glock 19's on the police surplus market that can be had for cheap and more accessories are available. You will enjoy shooting the 19 due to the larger grip, and will (probably) shoot it better.
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 10:07:47 AM EDT
The 19 by far.
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 11:07:39 AM EDT
I have a 17,19, and 26. I can comfortably carry the 17 under most circumstances, and the 19 is even easier. The 26 has almost gone on the chopping block a couple of times, since it almost always gets passed over. If you are only gonna get one, get the 19. If you need super deep concealment, get the 26, but for most every situation, the mid-sized is the way to go.
And why not a 23 or a 27? If you already have the 22, then you can use the big mags in your downsized piece, and only have to buy one caliber to feed them both.
The 23 is a great choice for CCW.
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 12:29:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/26/2006 12:30:18 PM EDT by viper5194]
I asked myself the same question after I bought my G30. i wanted to replace my XD9 sc with a glock and eyeballed the 19 and 26. I ended up going with the 26 for a number of reasons. First its smaller and lighter. As a CCW thats what you want. I can carry it in any type of clothing, wheter it be winter or summer. Mag capacity wasnt a huge issue to me. You can always carry a spare mag and the 26 will use and accept the larger G19 and 17 mags. My standard loadout for daily CCW is a 26 with factory 10rnd mag, and a G17 mag with 17 rounds. More than enough to get you out of most situations. Next is velocity. Theres not enough difference between the 26 and the 19 for it to be decision maker. Useing the right ammo, any legal shoot is going to be at such close range velocity isnt going to make much difference.
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 12:38:53 PM EDT
tag
I've been trying to decide on this myself
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 12:45:09 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 1:09:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/26/2006 1:10:56 PM EDT by easy610]

Originally Posted By eddiein1984:
The Glock 19. The Glock 26 is practically as large as the 19, but has lower velocity, carries 5 rounds less, a shorter sight radius, and uncomfortable grip. Once you add the finger extension to the 26, they are almost identical in size. Plus, there are loads of Glock 19's on the police surplus market that can be had for cheap and more accessories are available. You will enjoy shooting the 19 due to the larger grip, and will (probably) shoot it better.



+1
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If you want truely small go Kahr...PM9 and the like. Otherwise the size difference isn't worth it for the G26...Owned and extensively fired both G26 and G19. Would still carry G19 in Winter except for being issued a new G23...free is better!
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 1:26:57 PM EDT
+1 for the 19 i picke on up a month ago and LOVE IT. Sleek and comfortable.
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 1:28:08 PM EDT
G19. Capacity and relatively small package. Easier to control with closer to a full grip.
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 1:51:10 PM EDT
For IWB appendix carry, the 26 can't be beat. It disappears under just a t-shirt but I still favor the 19 because as mentioned above, they are almost the same size after adding the grip extention. Personally, If I already owned a 22, I'd be looking at the G27 for magazine and ammo compatability.
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 2:38:23 PM EDT
19
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 3:06:10 PM EDT
G19.

bc
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 3:28:02 PM EDT
Having owned both, 19 all the way. Very similar size, and I found myself using the grip extenders on the 26.
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 3:42:44 PM EDT
Being a skinny SOB, I find the 26 hides a bit nicer, but with a few layers on, the 19 works well.
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 5:08:41 PM EDT
I have yet to find a situation where I could conceal the G26 but not the 19. So I always pick the 19. If the 26 were as thin as a Kahr THEN there would be a big difference.

My G26 never leaves the house.
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 5:10:55 PM EDT
G19. For all the reasons mentioned above.
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 5:12:45 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 5:53:32 PM EDT
the G19 is a perfect carry gun unless you are very small and or want to toally conceal!

the 19 lends to a better gip and no nagging 2 finger grips like the bub compact, also the 9mm with ranger or magtec or even extreme shock +P or +p+ ammo is a very affective man stopper, you get very good velocity and extreme exspansion with some of these rounds,!

no to mention you can take it to the range and shoot all day rather then a couple of boxed of the 40 cal and you can can get much better shot placment when you can afford to shoot your carry gun 500rnds at a time!

in my opinion dont settle for less rounds settle for more and get some high quaility ammo and it will stop a man just like a 40 will

Glockster19
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 6:01:38 PM EDT
G19. Tea-cup reloads SUCK ASS.
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 6:06:10 PM EDT
My Glock 26 is great and I use it and carry it all the time. I also load G19 Mags in there as well when I comp shoot so its not a problem for me but I just have a Glock 26 and so does the wife. I have thought of getting a G19 but they were out saw a new G26 for $375 on sale and picked 2 up they had been there for 6 months so on sale they went. That replaced my Taurus in .40.
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 6:10:35 PM EDT
Here is the way I see it. While I have been through the same issue with the .40cal pistols which are the same size frames as those in 9mm. I first went with the G27 as I wanted small with a decent amount of ammo, found I could not shoot it very well as I couldnt get used to that tucking the pinky when shooting thing, so I purchased a couple of Glock +2 mag bases, problem solved. Shoots great and fits my hand perfectly. While I found my G22 just to large for carry unless it is winter I noticed when compairing the G27 with the +2 bases on to the G23 the only difference for the most part was the 1/2 inch or so of barrel lenght which made absolutly no difference to me as far as concealment goes plus it holds an extra round over the G27 14 vs 13. So in summery, for me the mid sized G23 just made sence.
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 6:30:54 PM EDT
G19
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 7:48:58 PM EDT
G26.

Shoots like the larger sized pistols, and is more concealable to boot.

I dunno why, but when I tried the G19 at the range, I couldn't hit crap with it, unless all the bulets were going through the same hole. I was doing much better with my G26.
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 8:54:13 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 2/26/2006 9:04:56 PM EDT
I love the 19. I have two. If you look them up, I'm pretty sure they're the same weight (unloaded) as the 26. They're concealable yet not so small that recoil under fast firing can't be easily controlled.
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 9:25:21 PM EDT
Get the 23. It is the same size as the 19 with better stopping power.
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