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2ndAmVA
07-19-2011, 22:08
What is the best CCW Glock?
The Glock 19/23/32 size versus the Glock 26/27/33 size?
How do you carry your CCW Glock?

up1911fan
07-19-2011, 22:14
Mostly a G19 in a Kramer #3, Kramer Belt Scabbard, Raven Phantom, or MTAC. G26 in the hot part's of summer as it hide's slightly better in lighter clothing. G38 in the winter, same holster's as the G19 ( They don't fit the same holster, I have the same holsters for both guns).

BennerP220
07-19-2011, 22:28
I found with my subcompacts that I put mag extensions on. That makes it about the same size grip as the compact (19). I got rid of the subcompacts and just carry my 19 now. The best all around pistol IMHO.

Alphonso
07-19-2011, 22:38
I find that the single stack Glock (eg, Kahr P9) is best for carry...

wacopolumbo
07-20-2011, 03:38
They are pretty close. Depending on the shirt I am wearing will determine which one gets carried. I use a Comp-Tac M-TAC IWB mostly so the slide length isn't an issue, just the grip length. Depending on which shirt I have on, I go from the 26 to the 34.

That said, if I could only have one for CCW, I would go with the subcompact. That one you can conceal year round.

Patchman
07-20-2011, 04:14
I find that the single stack Glock (eg, Kahr P9) is best for carry...

Well, yes, the Kahr P9/K9 is best for concealing.

But if it's between the G19 or the G26, then definitely the G19. For the past 3 or 4 summers, I continued to carry the G19 instead of switching to the G26. This is because I realized that the G19 conceals as well as the G26.

And the G19 has the advantage when it comes to gun presentation from concealment. Many people will say they can shoot the G26 as good as the G19. And that is true when you're at the range, where you have all the time in the world to get a proper grip, etc... But just try presenting a G26 from a CCW position when you needed that gun 1.2 seconds ago. Then try presenting your G19 under the same conditions...

RYNOCG201
07-20-2011, 05:05
26/27 size is easier for appendix carry, concealment in very hot weather, and pocket carry. For all other purposes 19/23 is just as concealable. If I could have only one it would be the 26/27.

TsunamiMike
07-20-2011, 05:09
g26 hands down, i use a MTAC Slide version which facilitates my G26 and my G22 as the slide version allows both a 9mm and .40 to slide in...

I conceal with a t shirt with the g26..

I do however have a Comptac Infidel coming today, another slide verion as well as it is smaller than the mtac.

Ahmid
07-20-2011, 05:21
Patchman is correct things change when you go from range shooting to real life combat.
I favor the 26 for conceal-ability.

vafish
07-20-2011, 05:27
Even with a g26 you still need a cover garment. I find that my g19 and g23 conceal very easily and they are much more shootable.

voyager4520
07-20-2011, 05:46
The G26/27/33 size is much better for CCW, if you can get comfortable shooting with a two-finger grip. I'm 5'11" 170lbs and when carrying my G23 in a Don Hume H721 I have to wear a jacket or a very baggy shirt to avoid printing. With my G27 I usually carry it in a cargo pocket so I don't have a nice hip holster for it yet, but even carrying it on the hip with a cheap Blackhawk nylon IWB holster it doesn't print unless I tuck my shirt in. I wear baggy shirts anyway, but with the G23 I have to wear a very baggy shirt.

Beanie-Bean
07-20-2011, 06:22
Can't go wrong with either one, really. For IWB, the G26 can go as far back as 4:00, but G19 conceals better at 3:00. People are all built/shaped differently, so you'll have to figure out what works most comfortably for you. Nothing like having a holster or grip of a pistol digging into your ribs or back while driving...

I have several concealment holsters for each frame type, too. My current favorites are the Comp-Tac MTAC, and the Remora reinforced top w/sweat shield options.

As Patchman stated in his post, you'll have to practice with the smaller grip of the G26.

I've adapted my grip to work with just two fingers for the subcompact Glocks I own and carry, as well as for my SIG P238. That same grip is also working for me when I shoot the larger (compact, full size) frames, too.

The guns cost about the same, as do the standard capacity mags for each. That being said, I'd go with one of each...:supergrin:

ronin.45
07-20-2011, 06:40
Between the 19 and 26 I'd go for the 26. I've found that I prefer a smaller lighter gun for all day carry.

TsunamiMike
07-20-2011, 06:40
with the G26 do yourself a favor and get the GAP floorplates!

1canvas
07-20-2011, 06:51
i have both the 23 and the 27. if i only had one for ccw it would be the sub. you can make the grip on the sub bigger or smaller as needed.

redbaron007
07-20-2011, 06:56
My G26 is easier to conceal than my G32 during the summer months. However, during the winter/fall/spring, either is easy to conceal. Depending on your physique and how you wear your clothes, makes a big difference on how you can carry either firearm.

Trial and error.

Good luck!


:wavey:

red

Hunng
07-20-2011, 07:02
G19 goes with me everywhere i go, on the seldom occasion that i need something smaller, G26 goes with me...on the even more rare occasion i need something even smaller, j-frame in the pocket.

jamaicanj
07-20-2011, 07:04
with the G26 do yourself a favor and get the GAP floorplates!

Agreed.

Sammael
07-20-2011, 07:10
You can always make the G26 larger. You can't shrink the G19.

Texcowboy
07-20-2011, 07:11
G26,G33 and G36 during the summer in a DeSantis Insider in the appendix posistion with an untucked shirt. The remainder of the collection with a covering garment IWB & OWB in cooler weather.

fuzzy03cls
07-20-2011, 07:15
Whatever works best for the user. You have to try them for yourself.
For me a 19/23 grip doesn't fit my fingers well. They bunch up. Not for me.
A 26/27 is fine but small & awkward to shoot.
A 17/22 is my choice. My hands fit it, shoots well, & I can conceal it just fine.

sciolist
07-20-2011, 08:51
Sub-compact.

Chowser
07-20-2011, 09:05
Right now I edc my Glock 33. Fits in the pocket for the most part. Once my Kahr CM9 gets here I will use that for pocket carry and switch back to my Glock 32 for hip carry. (Or maybe my 33 with extended mag)

GunFighter45ACP
07-20-2011, 09:10
The subcompacts seem to conceal better when all things are concerned, but the compacts feel better in my hands. I have grip extensions on my G27, but as some have already mentioned, doing a presentation from concealment & under duress, the sub, even w/the grip extension doesn't always end up in my hand the way I'd like it to. The compacts & duty sized Glocks OTOH always seem to.

fuzzy03cls
07-20-2011, 09:36
doing a presentation from concealment & under duress, the sub, even w/the grip extension doesn't always end up in my hand the way I'd like it to.
Try a GAP plate. Really locks your grip in.

cadillacguns
07-20-2011, 09:36
For me its the G-23 or G-27. depending on what I am wearing, where I am going, or what season, I pick one or the other.

13 or 15 rd mag as back-up.

09crue
07-20-2011, 09:45
few years ago,i would have always recommended the G19 over the G26,just felt it was the better all around handgun.as of lately my opinion has changed somewhat,smaller is better-the G26 is just easier to conceal and can do just about anything the G19 can..the only real disdvantages i see with the G26 is a slightly shorter sight radius and no light attachment..you can't really go wrong with either though..flip a coin,you win either way...

dtyndall
07-20-2011, 10:17
I agree with the user who said that you will still need a cover garment, regardless of which gun you choose to carry with. I've been carrying a Gen3 Glock 26 for the last month and like it a lot. I carry it in a Supertuck; the only issue I find is that the grip is almost too short. Sometimes when I practice drawing the 26, I'll have to fumble to get a good grip on the little thing.

On the other hand, my full-size XDM .45 is a total contrast to the 26. The grip is almost too long, causing me to have to really jerk the gun up and out of the holster to get it free.

You can't go wrong with either the 19 or the 26, but for CCW purposes I'd go with the 26. If you find yourself having trouble with the grip, simply add a pinky extension like others have suggested.

G19aps
07-20-2011, 12:22
G26 for me. In the winter, instead of going unarmed into a place where a concealing garment would normally be removed, I like that I can switch the 12 rounder (10 with + extension) with a 10 rounder and move the gun to the pants pocket. I would carry IWB or OWB normally and keep the 10 rounder/pocket holster in the vehicle.

DEADEYEGUY
07-20-2011, 13:41
Don't think their is one "best gun" for every situation. The G19 is a much more versatile gun than the G26. It can and is used as both a service pistol carried in outside holsters by the Military and Police. And for concealed carry by detectives and all kinds of civilians. The 9mm is maximized for use out of a 4" barrel. And when you add a grip extension like most folks do the G26 is not that much easier to conceal than the G19.
But when you muxt have the utmost concealment the G26 definately has it's place. And a G19 with a G26 as a BUG is a great carry combination. As in everything you have to decide what your needs are and which gun best fits it. I usually carry my G19 in some sort of IWB holster. Tend to like the softer leather for this application. It tends to give more with you intead of ramming into your side.

hddave
07-20-2011, 13:45
Go with the G26 in the summer and the G19 in the winter.

Tim151515
07-20-2011, 13:47
There is no perfect pistol for ccw. It all depends on your body type, style of clothes you wear, and the way you carry and where on your body you carry it. I know people that can easily carry a 20/21 every day. I know people that cant even ccw a 26/27 due to the thickness and have to go with a ruger or walther. It all depends on you.

ChrisFB
07-20-2011, 13:59
I carry a G26 mostly. I need no cover garment and at 3 o'clock I can be in a T shirt, fully bend at the waist and it's almost impossible to tell it's there.

- Always have a spare mag from a G17 so I don't concern myself with capacity (10+1 then 17).
- Use GAP floor plates for no added bulk and serious improvement in draw grip and consistency
- Primarily use an MTAC when carrying IWB. If I tuck my shirt I shift the gun back to 4 o'clock which seems to conceal perfectly and doesn't produce an odd waist profile on one side (short grip makes this possible).

In the end, there's no right answer for everyone but this is what works for me.

alpjr0620
07-20-2011, 14:47
I have them both. The G23 conceal fine but the G26 conceals better. I use a fobus paddle holster for both. I carry the G23 the most. I just love the 40cal.

hotshotglocks
07-20-2011, 15:07
I prefer my 26, but my Galco king tuck allows me to switch up as I see fit.
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19, 17 rtf2

.50 cal
07-20-2011, 15:57
What is the best CCW Glock?
The Glock 19/23/32 size versus the Glock 26/27/33 size?
How do you carry your CCW Glock?

The subcompacts definitely conceal better for most people, I am able to conceal my 26/33 wearing a T-shirt with a raven holster OWB, My 19,32 print with a T-shirt but will be with me in the fall/winter

sargespd
07-20-2011, 16:09
I am at the moment a one gun guy. On duty, I carry my G19 with +2 magazine extensions, off duty and concealed, I use the standard mags. I had a 27 for a while, and carried in an ankle holster as a backup on duty. Off duty, I used extended mags to have the extra grip length. I have found almost no situation where I can't carry the G19, but I made the commitment long, long ago, that I would gladly trade fashion for the ability to be armed. I carry IWB in a handful of different holsters. Summertime means loose t-shirt, or more frequently, loose, square cut button down shirts with shorts or khakis.

Kegs
07-20-2011, 17:08
I am at the moment a one gun guy.

Welcome to the club (see my sig).

Personally, I believe that a pistol is a compromise gun. The entire purpose of a pistol is firepower in a compact platform. The ideal pistol is the smallest one you can fire quickly and accurately with adequate downrange power.

In all honesty, I find the grip on my 29 a tad bit small for comfort. It crunches up my hands a little. In the end though, none of this is about comfort. It's about the ability to carry without anyone knowing you are carrying and it's about the speed and accuracy you can employ your tool with.

The G29 is a good size to carry even with a rail light permanently attached. Shorts and T-shirt G2G no printing no problem. Custom holster I designed and made myself.

I used to carry a double stack 1911 .45 I could get away with it, but it is not the best choice and especially not for shorts/ short sleeve.

Now I have a gun that meets or exceeds the Colorado specifications for handgun hunting for elk (550 fpe @ 50y minimum) in a package that conceals far better than a 1911 with more rounds and a light mounted to the rail.

While I would still prefer the 1911 design (by a large margin) over the Glock, I simply cannot swing the kind of custom gun ($$$) I would prefer at this point in my life.

A G19/23 size pistol is a very good size, but I picked my model based on versatility, and the G29/30 models are the most versatile in the Glock line up.

Had there been a pistol in 10mm with the 19/23 size, I might very well have bought it. That is a good size to conceal and the grip is more comfortable. Most people shoot better with guns that fit their hands better.

OVERTHEHILLGUY
07-20-2011, 18:24
:perfect10:Very hard to beat a Glock 19..light rail and 15+rds. No need for ext. on mags. :fred: Jerry Thomas:fred:

ModGlock17
07-20-2011, 19:43
:perfect10:Very hard to beat a Glock 19..light rail and 15+rds. No need for ext. on mags. :fred: Jerry Thomas:fred:

Easy to beat G19 with 10 rounds of 10mm in a subcompact G29.

10rounds of 750ft-lbs per round.

Even girls can shoot 10mm, but guys afraid of it.

Yes, light rails too. Funny, even your graphic hails 10mm.

rohanreginald
07-20-2011, 20:17
If I only had one glock it would be the 19. However I own two and I prefer to ccw the 26. I was carrying the 19 today and although it felt fine on my hip, that 26 just hides a little better.

Glock40man
07-20-2011, 20:40
Easy to beat G19 with 10 rounds of 10mm in a subcompact G29.

10rounds of 750ft-lbs per round.

Even girls can shoot 10mm, but guys afraid of it.

Yes, light rails too. Funny, even your graphic hails 10mm.

That is true!:supergrin:

Ebb27
07-20-2011, 21:25
I'm not sure where people get this idea a G26 with a pinky extension is just as big as a G19 grip.


http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n200/srebough/100_0404.jpg


The one on the right is a G19 mag with a sleeve to fit the G26.

As you can see the pinky extension doesn't come anywhere close to the G19's grip size.


You can make the G26's grip larger and and give it more capacity with G19 or G17 mags, you can't shrink the grip size of the G19.

Warp
07-20-2011, 21:47
I vote compact (G19 size). My first gun was a G26. It was my EDC for a few years. Then I got a G19. It took over the EDC role immediately and (so far) permanently. It is not much harder to conceal, is easier to shoot and holds 5 more rounds. Plus it launches those rounds with a little more velocity.

inkballedtarget
07-20-2011, 22:45
I like to carry my G23! 13 +1 on my side makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

thinkfast
07-21-2011, 10:53
For me, the subcompact G27 is concealable in an owb Glock Sport/Combat holster. For a 19/23/32, I'd have to go iwb. So the 27 gets the nod 99% of the time.

David Armstrong
07-22-2011, 12:02
Neither works worth a darn for pocket carry for me, which means IWB for CCW. And when carrying IWB the compact is just as easy to conceal as is the sub-compact while providing a better overall shooting platform, IMO. So for me the choice is simple....G19.

WolfNotSheep
07-22-2011, 12:22
I prefer the G19 (with shaved fingergrooves, shaved forward mag-well bevel, and some stippling for sexiness and grippage) carried in an open top Galco slide holster in black leather. That set up plus a 17 round mag thrown into a cargo pocket equals 33 rounds on my person for all CCW needs.

SCmasterblaster
07-22-2011, 12:26
I'd choose the G19 because with the 9x19 caliber you may need all 16 shots.

David Armstrong
07-22-2011, 12:47
I'd choose the G19 because with the 9x19 caliber you may need all 16 shots.
True, but with a .45 you might need 16 shots also and wouldn't have them!:rofl:

Lior
07-22-2011, 12:49
It's an individual thing. There is always the trade off between carryability and shootability.

Bren
07-22-2011, 13:07
26 or 27. The concerns about not being able to grip a Glock 26/27 are mental, not physical. I've seen people prove it to themselves time and again at the range.

jeffyjeff
07-22-2011, 19:30
g26 all the way. heck, you can even stick some 17/19 mags in it in the winter when it's easier to conceal.

OctoberRust
07-22-2011, 19:55
Glock 23.... But my 23c has been finding itself in my IWB much more often after I've done quite a few tests with hip-firing/firing the gun close to my face and not experiencing "blindness" or "face full of gunpowder". I love how fast I can fire on a target @ 20 yards and hold tight groups. Makes me feel much more confident if the need ever arose and had to use this even closer. Great all around compromise IMHO.

mikegun
07-23-2011, 00:49
Glock 23 since the early 90s, i have tried to go to a smaller ,lighter gun, as edc, but dont feel well armed, i do carry a p3at in my pocket only as a bu.

BailRecoveryAgent
07-23-2011, 08:43
I find the Glock compacts, 19/23/32, to be the best balance between capacity and concealability.

FAS1
07-23-2011, 09:14
Glock 26/CBST is my choice for CCW and my trusted Gen 2 G17 for home. If I had only one gun the G19 would be hard to beat for both application.

AGAF
07-23-2011, 10:17
Endless debate......with no "right" answer. Every person is different.

For me, G26 with GAP floorplate is the ticket. Carried with extra G19 mag. 26 rounds of 124 gr Gold Dot +P and I don't give it a second thought.

MrVvrroomm
07-23-2011, 10:53
twenty-six

IndyGunFreak
07-23-2011, 13:14
with the G26 do yourself a favor and get the GAP floorplates!

+100000000000000000

Makes a world of difference, w/o lengthening the grip.

IGF

streakpi
07-23-2011, 14:15
I carry the G23 but also own the G36. Pretty much same dimensions and weight but the G36 is advertised by Glock as the "slim" gun. Haha! I have the 9mm conversion barrel for my G23 and plenty of G19 mags...just for range time to save some money on .40 ammo.

Enjoy whatever gun you can safety afford and carry. Don't skimp on the ammo!

reppans
07-23-2011, 14:45
I'm not sure where people get this idea a G26 with a pinky extension is just as big as a G19 grip.


http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n200/srebough/100_0404.jpg


The one on the right is a G19 mag with a sleeve to fit the G26.

As you can see the pinky extension doesn't come anywhere close to the G19's grip size.


You can make the G26's grip larger and and give it more capacity with G19 or G17 mags, you can't shrink the grip size of the G19.

Nice to see them side by side, but for me, that pinky extension would bring my printing problem half way to the 19, but without the added value of extra rounds.

I have both the 26 and 19 in a Galco KingTuk (basically same as a CBST) the butt of the 19 prints on me if I'm sitting or bending over, but 5 extra rounds is a lot. I have zero issues with the 26 shorter grip and curling my pinky under the mag - I actually kinda like it - and I shoot both the same. Come range day, it's always a coin toss which to use, but in warm weather, the 26 always gets the nod for carry. I carry the 19 in cold weather, only for the extra rounds. If I had to chose one, it would be the 26.

purrrfect 10
07-23-2011, 14:53
G 20 10 mm is the only way to fly and as far as how do I carry it??? full house DT loads fully loaded.

HANSOLLIG
07-23-2011, 16:36
I carry my 26 everyday at around 530 or 6 o'clock in a cheap Galco holster. I will be purchasing a Crossbreed holster soon. But 26 all the way.

HANSOLLIG
07-23-2011, 17:24
You can always add to a 26. You can't take away from a 19. And I shoot the 26 more accurately...