G23 or G26?

Discussion in 'What Glock Should I Get' started by abalee, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. abalee

    abalee New Member

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    I'm about to buy my first Glock. It will be for home defense and I'll carry it. I'm leaning towards G23 but I'm looking for some feedback. What opinions do you have about these two models?
     
  2. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Sponsor Lifetime Supporting Member

    Welcome to the Glock Forum abalee !!

    You're talking a compact .40 vs subcompact 9mm...both will do the job of home defense and concealed carry.

    Which do you feel has the right stuff to protect your life and home...?
     

  3. abalee

    abalee New Member

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    I really like the .40 cal over the 9mm. I'm also looking at the G27. But the G23 seems to be the best fit as long as I can conceal carry it with ease.
     
  4. Glock23-AZ

    Glock23-AZ New Member

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    I just got my glock 23 and I love it. Will carry and use for home defense.
     
  5. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Sponsor Lifetime Supporting Member

    The G27 is nice, but can be a little snappy in recoil due to it's size.

    Best thing to do is handle ( and shoot if possible ) each model to decide the best fit for you.

    In my neck of the woods, we have ranges that rent Glocks, so it was easy for me to try a few different models and calibers.
     
  6. Birddogyz

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    Follow Shooter13's advice. Go to your local range and shoot both models. If the recoil of the 27 is not an issue, then go with the .40 over the 9mm. The compact size is fairly easy to conceal. Pay the extra and get a good holster.
     
  7. mike222

    mike222 New Member

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    Get the G26! Thats what I carry. http://www.myeverydaycarry.com did a review on the G26 you should check it out. G26 is the easiest to conceal also 9mm ammo is cheaper and more plentiful.
     
  8. Happysniper1

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    My EDC is a G26 except in winter when I want the extra "punch", then I carry the G30.

    I have small hands, and the G26 fits me perfectly! I know the criticisms out there (everywhere!) about my caliber choice, but shot placement is king!

    That being said, Shooter13 is absolutely right: try both if you can (maybe rent at a range, or as a friend who has one to let you shoot it) and if the snappy recoil of the .40S&W is fine with you the go for the G23. If concealed carry is an issue, try the G27 on for size (subcompact, same frame class as the G26, but in .40S&W).

    Are you married, any adults (or kids responsible enough to be trusted with a gun) in the house? If so, have them try it as well. What works for you may not work for them, and you don't want to force them to try to shoot a gun they cannot comfortably hold or competently use. Fine if this is not a factor.

    AND if you prefer the .40 but would like to be able to shoot with the economy of a 9mm, you can get conversion barrel kits to allow your G23 or G27 to fire 9mm. The conversion process is as simple as takedown: remove magazine, empty and visually check weapon, remove the slide/barrel assembly as you would in normal field-strip for cleaning, install conversion slide and barrel as you would in normal reassembly, function check, load magazine and you are ready.

    Just a few thoughts....
     
  9. jimmyalbrecht

    jimmyalbrecht Glockn Rollin

    I say check out the Glock 23. It has snappy recoil, yes, but after about 10 trips to the range, I can now rapid fire up to 10 yards and hit within a 6 inch circle easily. You can also but a Lone Wolf conversion barrel for $100 and convert it to 9mm. That's why I chose the 23.
     
  10. Happysniper1

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    Sadly, I am doomed to 9mm by having the G26. :eek: BUT, I can hurl 13 rounds in about 3 seconds to the head at 21 feet! :D
     
  11. abalee

    abalee New Member

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    Thanks or all the feedback. I'm thinking I'll go with the G23. The extra round capacity is a good point for me. After handling the G26, G27 and G23 I prefer the G23 and it is not so much larger that carrying won't be an issue.
     
  12. purplefred2

    purplefred2 New Member

    get the Glock 23, I have a Glock 22, I didn't like the kick from G26.
     
  13. Happysniper1

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    @Abalee:

    Glad you were able to find one that fits your immediate need within your decision criteria. Now, time to start thinking about the second Glock....:)
     
  14. Tillerman

    Tillerman New Member

    That's what I like about the 9, a lot lead in a short amount of time. : D
     
  15. Happysniper1

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    Wish there was a way to upload video to the Forum without having to go thru Youtube....got a cool video of me burning thru 13 rounds (12 in the mag, 1 in the pipe) to headshot at 21 feet. Use it in my FA training classes.

    Love the 9, love the short trigger reset, LOVE THE GLOCK!:D
     
  16. Tillerman

    Tillerman New Member

    Good stuff check you inbox I sent you my email to send it too.
     
  17. JRiddle

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    How is the recoil on the G26 I would like to get one for the wife she has shot my .45 and did not like it so I was thinking 9mm would be good and the G26 would be a good ccw in the summer for me I guess I'm trying to kill two birds with one GLOCK :)
     
  18. Happysniper1

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    Now, that's a new one!

    Recoil is mild and very controllable, especially with practice. As you might expect, it is waaaay less than a .45 or .40S&W (the snappiest, I believe). My EDC is my G26 but if I feel the need for more "oompf!" like in the winter against largets in layered winter gear, I take the G30.

    Remember, though, that the 3.5" barrel of the '26 is so short that it will almost always not allow most factory ammo to burn completely, thus resulting in a bigger muzzle flash (indoors or at night) and somewhat lower muzzle velocities. The good side is, the recoil is a lot less than say a Beretta 92G or Ruger P95 and is nowhere near as intense as the recoil of a 9mm pocket pistol like the KelTecs out there. I make my own ammo, so I can use faster burning powders in my recipe to fire rounds thru my '26 at high-end muzzle velocities, with no muzzle flash.

    Every Saturday at our FA classes, when at the range, they typically give the beginners (and those afraid of guns) to me for the practical training. I let everybody shoot my G26. Everybody likes it, even a 7-year old boy last Saturday who kept limp-wristing it causing stovepipes, but could not use his dad's P95 at all!

    If you are thinking of making a G26 purchase, and actually have a little $$$ extra, I'd recommend going for the G27 in .40S&W AND at the same time getting a barrel conversion kit. Best of both worlds: a .40S&W when you need it, a 9mm when you want it! Plus, rangetime fun costs less with a 9mm, and when terminal ballistics are an issue you can go with the .40S&W. Don't know how deep your pockets are, but had someone suggested it to me before I bought my '26, it's probably what I would have done ;)
     
  19. JRiddle

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    Thanks for the info I have an xdm .40s&w and I don't really care for the snappy recoil that's why went to a .45 and im selling the .40 think the G26 would be nice in the summer the lighter and smaller the better
     
  20. Happysniper1

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    really? how much, plus ship to FFL in Nevada?