Originally Posted by csistudent
I'm new to everything. Just purchased my first pistol, Glock 26 Gen 4. I will be taking a basic pistol class tomorrow. Any advise on IWB holsters, cleaning etc would be greatly appreciated.
I carry a 26 chambered. No safety means the holster is the safety. I prefer Kydex that has a firm snug fit around the trigger guard. The gun comes out with a brisk tug. I do not want a loose fitting holster.
If you are right handed, many newbies shoot Glocks low left. Pulling the trigger straight back while keeping the sights aligned is the solution, but easier said than done :) Your gun likely has potential to put all shots into 2" group at 25 yards. Anything bigger than that would be me or you yanking the trigger off to the side :)
I like to clean and lubricate with Hoppes number 9 lubricating oil. Don't oil the firing pin channel. Oil should be wiped off all parts when done, not kept wet. But sometimes I'll add a wet drop to the rails and then cycle the action. There's a diagram floating around here somewhere showing the key parts to oil, including the kinda flat metal part you see when you take the slide off and are looking down at the rear of the frame. If you carry, the gun will get dusty and dry, and maybe want to rust, although Glocks rust less than other guns. Cleaning once a month should be good. A toothpick helps to press the cleaning patch into the tight spots.
Dry firing is good practise, but that is when most accidental discharges happen because guys actually forget to unload first. I like to tripple check. Mag out, slide back, chamber is empty. Close slide and open it again, mag is out right, empty chamber right? Close slide again, lock it back open, mag is out because I can see my pinky at the bottom of the mag well, and I can see light coming down the barrel of the empty chamber (as I look at the chamber, not the muzzle). Ok, now point in a safe direction and practise pulling trigger. Seems crazy, but the tripple check provides a nice mental break.
Some gen 4's have had weak brass ejection problems, or brass to the face. A baseball hat and glasses will protect you. Ear muffs of course. If shooting indoors, muffs over ear plugs. 124gr American Eagle or Lawman seem good practise ammo, for better ejection. Also, just cycling the slide a lot seems to help, too. The more you shoot, the spring gets broken in and that seems to help. Maybe you won't have any trouble.
For racking the slide, if ever seems difficult to you, try holding the slide with your left hand (fingers over the top of the slide), and pushing the grip rapidly toward the ground. You have more natural arm pressure and force pushing down than pulling back.
I prefer to shoot pinky curled under the grip. I use a fairly strong push/pull, where my shooting hand (right hand) is pushing forward toward the target, and the support hand is pulling back. That puts the stubby 26 in a vise like hold. Others may prefer a finger extension on the mag, or use a more even side to side pressure. My right palm is pushing forward, and my left fingers (index, middle, and ring) are pulling back across the top of my right fingers (middle and ring). My right trigger finger is free in all of this. Keep both thumbs to the left side (if you are right handed). Thumbs can overlap each other or be parallel, but they must be to the left side, and not in the way of the slide as it recoils rearward. If you are left handed, reverse all of this, of course.
You may already know all of this, or other shooters will give you other advise :)