It is surprisingly accurate and this short barrel pistol is in fact as accurate as any of the larger Glocks. I shot it at 15 yards alongside my Glock 19 and for my purposes it is about as accurate providing my usual 6 inch groups. After shooting about 80 rounds I had a couple 4 inch groups so the Glock 26 is more accurate than I can shoot. It is an ideal CCW for concealed carry applications because the small size makes it easy to conceal. It also makes an excellent backup pistol, again because of the conceal ability and also because it can accept the mags from the full size 9mm service pistols. So the Glock makes an ideal primary carry and backup pistol weapon system. Carry a Glock 17 or Glock 19 as a primary service pistol or duty weapon and keep the Baby Glock tucked away just in case. That way both your weapons can use the same magazines and ammunition. It is especially favored by professional security personnel and secret services because of the excellent Glock 26 concealed carry feature.
GLOCK 26 “Baby” Glock Glock 26 Review. Of all the Glock firearms, The Glock 26, the baby Glock, is the smallest at just over 6.25 inches long and just over 1.125 inches wide. It was developed specifically for concealed carry.
The GLOCK 26 magazine capacity is 10 rounds and can accept all other 9mm Glock magazines. That includes the 12, 15, 17, 19, and 33 round 9mm magazines.
One thing that takes some getting used to is the short grip length. The little finger curls under the magazine when using the ten round standard mag. I have to admit that with a little practice and familiarization using the standard magazines the Glock 26 is completely manageable and shoots well.
I added a Pearce plus 1 extension to the magazine to provide a better grip. It does that and adds an extra round as well to increase magazine capacity to 11 rounds. The only negative is that if you don’t grip the extension fully then firing the pistol can pinch the finger. Adding the Pearce extension was not easy for me. Even after watching a video and reading the instructions. I ended up squeezing the magazine sides together with padded water pump pliers to get the magazine apart. Maybe I’m just not strong enough.
Glock 26 Cost – The price of the Glock 26 is, like all Glocks, mid range. I paid $549.00 for my Glock 26 Gen 3 from Scheels. Buds had them for $499.00 but was out of stock at the time. At Gunbroker.com Glock prices run in the $500 to $550 range. The Glock 26 Gen 4 price is about $599.00.
I passed on the Glock 26 gen 4 because the price was $50 more and I didn’t feel the need for the adjustable back strap. Although not perfect, the Gen 3 Glock grip suits me fine. The Gen 4 Glocks also have a few different parts. On the compact and full size models the recoil spring is now compound like the sub compacts whereas in the Gen 3 the recoil spring is full length. The Gen 4 slide has a larger hole for the recoil spring rod to fit into, and some of the trigger parts are different. I like having all five of my Glocks Gen 3 because so many of the trigger parts are interchangeable, at least on the 9mm models.
I compared the Glock 26 vs. Kahr PM9 while looking for a concealed carry pistol. The PM9 has an excellent trigger, is small in size, and is a bit more money. Buds has the PM9 for $701.00. I decided on the Glock because I have had such good experience with my previous Glock pistols and the idea of parts interchangeability, ease of maintenance, and proven track record all helped in my decision. Another plus is the Glock model 26 holds 10 rounds compared to the PM9 with 6 rounds, 7 with extended magazine.
I bought a Glock 26 holster, a Galco Summer Comfort IWB holster. It is a beautiful holster, Very well made, and the Glock 26 fits perfectly, but I don’t think I want to carry IWB now that I tried it. I think I want the Summer Comfort or a holster just like it but in a traditional carry configuration.
Safe Action Glock 26 – Has no external safety. It is a point and shoot pistol. It has three safeties built in that are all released by applying slight pressure to the trigger. Finger off the trigger, three safeties are on and the pistol cannot be fired. Finger on the trigger and all safeties are off and the pistol will fire when the trigger is pulled about half an inch.
GLOCK 26 9×19 Specifications
- WEIGHT – 19.75 oz.
- LOADED – 26.10 oz.
- LENGTH – 6.29 in.
- HEIGHT – 4.17 in.
- MAG. CAPACITY – Standard: 10 rounds, OPTIONAL – 12/15/17/19/33
- WIDTH – 1.18 in.
- BARREL HEIGHT – 1.26 in.
- TRIGGER PULL – 5.5 lbs.
- TRIGGER TRAVEL – 0.5 in.
- LINE OF SIGHT – 5.67 in.
- BARREL LENGTH – 3.46 in.
Note the copper colored grease on the slide rails. Leave that grease in place when shooting your new Glock. Do not clean it off until after shooting hundreds of rounds through it. I shoot a thousand rounds or more through mine before cleaning that grease off the first time. Other than brushing and wiping I leave that factory grease in place. I am not a gun expert but I can say that I have had zero problems with my five Glocks including the new recently purchased Glock 26. There is too much grease on this slide, but it is as is from the factory and I will leave it in place until I shoot hundreds of rounds, maybe even a thousand rounds through this gun. I shoot a lot during the warm weather and can shoot a thousand rounds in a weekend or two.
An important point about all new Glocks is that the only cleaning to do is run a patch through the barrel to remove excess oil. Glocks are lubed at the factory with a copper colored grease that reminds me of anti seize compound. Glocks are kept dry to minimize dirt build up. Excess oil and grease will collect residue and cause the Glock to have problems. When it is time to lube it gets a few small drops of oil in specific places.
Here is what the Glock 26 looks like after field stripping.
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