OK Forum...help me think this through...

Discussion in 'Glock Forum' started by GunnerGSP, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. GunnerGSP

    GunnerGSP Active Member

    I have recently been considering trading my G23 (Gen3) for a G26. However, before I do such a thing, I am interested in hearing others thoughts on it. In the end, the choice will be mine and I know both are fine firearms.

    Below are some of my reasons for considering this:
    1. G26 - ammo cheaper. Yes, I know I can get a conversion barrel, but I am not really interested in doing this.
    2. G26 - is lighter. I am looking for something a little more lightweight. The G26, according to Glock.com, is about 5 oz lighter (loaded). This is not insignificant. Ounces can make a difference. I am not overweight, and in good shape for my age, but I have had some minor back issues in the past. So I am looking for something lighter to hang on my waist. The weight is part of the reason I am not really looking to a conversion barrel.
    3. G26 - Gen4 grip a bit smaller and I like the Gen4 texture. I am able to grip my G23 fine, but I tend to like a smaller grip.

    I am willing to trust the 9mm vs. .40

    So help me think this through. What am I missing? And no, just buying a G26 is not really an option. I love Glock, but I have my eye on some long guns right now.
     
  2. Would a G-27 be an option at all? If you've got a G-23 then you should have ammo and mags that'd work in a G-27 so that'd save you a few bucks right there. The recoil in the G-26 is very mild, never shot the G-27 but my Nephew has one and he says it's not too bad. This way you'd still be into a 40cal if you like them. Ammo prices aren't that much different between the 9x19mm and the 40S&W round, at least not enough to pick one over the other. If you're at the point where you can't afford to shoot 40S&W then maybe you need to look into getting into reloading. That'll cut costs by about 2/3rds over factory stuff and it's a fun hobby to boot.

    Just another idea to kick around. :rolleyes:
     

  3. GunnerGSP

    GunnerGSP Active Member

    Thank you for your thoughts. I have entertained the idea of a 27. I can afford the .40 ammo, but sometimes I'm a bit of a penny pincher ;) So saving a few bucks on a box of 50 or 100 does appeal to me. Recoil is not really a factor. I could handle either.
     
  4. RRoss

    RRoss If it goes boom or bang, I want to play with it! Lifetime Supporting Member

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    I agree with TNFrank. If you like the .40cal and want to stay with it then the 27 is the way to go. Again, mags are compatable and any holsters should fit as well so you are saving money there too.
    I personally carry the 26 for all the reasons you listed and then some, and I love it. I have a small frame (5'5" 140lbs) and it still conceals well, since the 27 is the same size you should have no problem with it.
    Good luck with your decision.
     
  5. And I thought my G23 was light enough...but overall I am a fan of light weight long guns too over heft. I hunt with a Citori upland special and love it. My boss used to dog it because he preferred a full size Red Label, significantly heavier. Which do you prefer shooting?
     
  6. GunnerGSP

    GunnerGSP Active Member

    Honestly, I'm not really married to the .40. I believe the 9 would be fine for PD.

    If I traded the 23 away, then of course, the mags and any ammo left would go with it.
     
  7. mikecu

    mikecu New Member

    Why not the G19 gen 4?
     
  8. kodiak

    kodiak Active Member

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    Sounds like you have already answered your question and are looking for confirmation. I'll give it to you and say do it ...go for a 9mm. Since you can only have one, I would go with a 19.
     
  9. GunnerGSP

    GunnerGSP Active Member

    All good thoughts. This is what I was looking for. However, I could essentially make my 23 a 19 with a conversion barrel.

    The reason why I was looking at a 26 was the size/weight was less.
     
  10. ash1012

    ash1012 New Member

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    I like the 26. If you want a sub compact I would go with it. I have shoot both the 26 and the 27 and the 26 is more pleasurable to shoot. The 27 feels like its going to jump out of my hand with the stock grip. JMO tho.
     
  11. glockguy

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    I just got a G26 myself and I can honestly tell you I like it ten times better then my G23 or my G27. The 9mm is not snappy like the .40 caliber and I can shoot it a lot better then I can my .40's. I now don't leave the house without my G26 on my side..
     
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  12. kulok77

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    I didn't realize how jumpy my 27 was until I bought my 22.
     
  13. kodiak

    kodiak Active Member

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    Don't get me wrong, I love my 26. It's a little tac driver, it's small and serves its purpose, but the 19 is much more versatile IMO. Either way I think you'll be happy in your decision.
     
  14. RRoss

    RRoss If it goes boom or bang, I want to play with it! Lifetime Supporting Member

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    And your opinion is all that matters. Get the 26 and be happy :D
     
  15. G-23

    G-23 Premium Member

    I'm going to tell you what I tell the women. "Get the gun YOU want, the hell with everyone elses opinion."
    We could talk till we're blue in the face and maybe convince you to get the gun of our dreams but what good would it accomplish?

    You would eventually decide you really didn't like it for whatever reasons and it would either be sold or stashed in a drawer collecting dust. You wouldn't want to carry it all the time for one reason or another and you just won't be happy with it.

    So like I said, get the one you like. By golly, I really do want to get the gun you are happy with so you'll be comfortable wearing and toting it everywhere you go. You'll be happy training with it and your confidence will grow in your ability to hand it with ease. Why you might get into IDPA or other shooting sports just because you like your gun.

    So, don't listen to me when I tell you all about the calibers and muzzle junk. Get what makes you happy. And don't tell me what car to drive, OK? OK!:)
     
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  16. ash1012

    ash1012 New Member

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    +1000000. Go with the 26. You already said that's what you want.
     
  17. Birddogyz

    Birddogyz Regular Guy

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    Sounds like you have you decision and a good one it is. We have both the 26 & 27, GAgal carries the 26 and I do like the way it shoots, smooth, low recoil. I am just a fan of the 40 cal and carry the 27 for no other reason. But at the range, I shoot more 9mm than I do 40 cal. Get the 26 and enjoy my friend.
     
  18. GunnerGSP

    GunnerGSP Active Member

    Thanks everyone for the input. I always knew the decision would be mine to make, but it doesn't hurt to get other opinions.

    The big thing for me is the weight of the pistol. While my 23 is by no means a monster, with minor back issues to consider, I am trying to decrease the amount of weight I am placing on my side.

    I have had to quit my running for a few days b/c of my back and my legs are about to take off without me. :)
     
  19. ash1012

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    Have you considered a shoulder holster?
     
  20. GunnerGSP

    GunnerGSP Active Member

    Ummm...ok...I won't tell you what car to drive. :)
     
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