Glock 26: Battle ready sub-compact!

The Glock 26 is a favorite among many shooters and for good reason.  This sub-compact pistol is small yet still very shootable.  Lightweight, accurate, and respectable capacity are all fair terms to describe the model 26.  Let’s take a look at some of the vital statistics:

  • Caliber: 9×19 (9mm Luger)
  • Overall length:  6.41″
  • Height including magazine:  4.17″
  • Width:  1.18″
  • Barrel length:  3.46″
  • Capacity:  10+1
  • Trigger pull:  5.5 lbs
  • Loaded weight:  26.12 oz.
  • Barrel:  Nitride treated, cold-hammer-forged
  • Spring assembly:  Dual-spring

One of the coolest features about the Glock 26 is that the larger capacity magazines from the G17, G18, G19 all work in the Glock 26.  This means that in addition to the standard 10 round G26 magazine, you can use the 15, 17, or 33 round Glock factory 9mm magazines.  This feature makes the G26 even more appealing for carrying since you can have a double mag pouch with two 17 round magazines as back up.  With the G26 fully loaded and two 17 round magazines the user would then have 45 rounds of 9mm at their finger tips.  That represents serious firepower in a lightweight comfortable to carry package.  I don’t think it is possible to match that round count and ease of carry with any other firearm combination.

In addition, the G26 is very shootable and reliable.  It seems odd at first due to the truncated grip but after some practice it becomes second nature to shoot the G26 with the pinky floating freely below the grip.  It really makes no significant difference after ample practice.  With a 3.5″ barrel, the G26 does well in the accuracy department.  Drawing and quickly shooting targets at 15 yards or less, the G26 puts rounds in the bullseye region easily.  With precise aim the G26 can hit targets out to 35 yards and beyond without a sweat.  Performance is very near that of the G19 in the accuracy department.  In short, it is as accurate as you are.

I highly recommend the Glock 26 as an in the waist band carry pistol, or even as a fun range pistol.  I enjoy shooting mine and find myself preferring to practice with it often.  It is also fun to slap a 33 round magazine in the well for some rapid fire practice.  This pistol would actually work well for home defense with a 33 round mag loaded full of +P ammo.  I would feel safe sleeping with that by the bed anytime.  I would hesitate to call this a do it all pistol, but it certainly is capable of getting the job done in most any circumstance one would need a pistol.  It is the most battle ready sub-compact pistol I have ever shot.