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Custom Rails on my G26 for Weapon Light

Discussion in 'Sights, Optics and Lasers' started by GLOCKTOMETRY, May 17, 2011.



    May 16, 2011
    Hey guys, sorry for not posting for such a long time. Just wanted to show off my hybrid leather/kydex IWB holster.

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    May 16, 2011
    I built a vacuform machine, but it really wasn't working for me. I don't think I had strong enough suction, nor was I working with a large enough piece of kydex. It's something I intend to pursue further though. I think this technique has potential.


    I ended up forming most of the kydex by hand using a heat gun and a pair of Hatch police gloves similar to these:


    Finishing was done with a dremel cut-off wheel and sanding bit. I formed the belt loops using a small block of wood. The retention is just about perfect. It's the curvature of the leather pressing against the G26 while wearing it that really makes it work. Wore it for a couple hrs last night. Pretty comfy. I'm happy with my first attempt. Looking forward to working more with kydex!

  3. WXYZ


    Feb 8, 2012
    Looks like a pretty decent job to me, and like you said, just need a little bit more stronger suction to make the pistol fit a little tighter:thumbsup:
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2012
  4. When I made mine, I used a $10 toaster oven from the thrift store, and a pair of leather work gloves. Held the kydex in the oven til it was plyable, then laid it over the gun with some dense foam, and clamped a board over it to my work bench.

  5. glockpsych


    Jan 28, 2012
    Somewhere USA
    Awesome job. You're a braver man than I am...I wouldn't trust myself to cut straight lines in my frame.
  6. My "guess" (strictly IMHO) is that Glock is fully aware and capable of putting rails on the 26/27 frame... However, the cycle timing metrics for a 26/27 is much tighter than for the larger frames. I have known first hand firearm factories that "elect" not to build certain configurations simply because smaller configurations are more dependent upon the shooter grip/ability for reliable cycling.

    Most likely, 99.9% of those on this forum would grip securely enough to enable reliable cycling with the myriad of possible light/laser/bayonet configurations that could end up on a 26/27 rail and result in an inordinate amount of customer services "issues" that would be costly when it really isn't a "problem" with the handgun.

    On the other hand, it might add "points" to the holy BATFE point grail allowing imports and it could be as simple as adding a rail would limit import ability.
  7. NCHeel


    Jan 20, 2006
    Charlotte N.C.
    I believe the reason they do not put a rail on the Sub's is because of their own Glock light. It is too big to fit and we all know Glock prides itself on interchangeability.
  8. Luieburger


    Feb 14, 2012
    I was thinking about doing something like this before I ran a google search and found this thread.

    I've always been tempted to get a G26 because they are a nice medium sized firearm between my PF-9 and my full size P226. However, I hesitated to get a G26 because it didn't have a rail on it. Even the PF-9 has a rail on it that lets me just throw on a light at the end of the day when I get home if I'm too lazy to get the P226 out of the safe.

    I have two questions:

    • Is there a light just like the Viridian C5L but without the laser? Lasers are cool, but would really prefer to pay $100 for a light instead of $250 for a laser/light. However, if I have to get the Viridian C5L to get that nice compact size and good fit like the OP got on his G26, I'll do it.
    • Do you think it would work better to melt a rail into the frame with a fine point soldering iron? I figure it might preserve more polymer than grinding and give the attachment a better hold. I've seen people do some beautiful detail on their grips with soldering irons. I figure the underside probably requires grinding, but the main rails would benefit from a bit more material.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2012
  9. DubfromGA


    Feb 10, 2008
    Georgia heat....

    My 30 had the rails from the factory.

    I generally use this gun as an IWB CCW without the light. Once home it's tucked away in a gunvault with a TRL-1 in place.


    No reason these Glock subs can't wear many hats. Great shooting guns. I've found his one to be 100% reliable during the still ongoing break-in. I'm sure others feel the same about their G26 & G27.

    OP, nice job & super nice light. It took balls to attempt that !
  10. drumr04


    Mar 13, 2010
    I would love to have a rail on the 26. I'm currently looking at the M&P9c because of the rail, I want to be able to put a light on it and keep it in the nightstand...
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  11. If it's just performing nightstand duty, why would you want a subcompact?
  12. SCC

    SCC Member Me

    Jun 10, 2007
    kennesaw GA.
    that's it !!!! :whistling:
  13. Bachi


    Dec 18, 2011
    Veedubklown, what did you use to cut into the frame ?
  14. IMO, a G19 would have been a much better choice.
  15. Wasn't me man, I think the OP used a dremel.


    May 16, 2011
  17. PartyBible


    Jul 3, 2009
    Any chance you could offer a decal template for us home modders? Might keep my 26 if I could do this.

  18. drumr04


    Mar 13, 2010
    Sorry, I wasn't clear enough. I would be carrying it, but I'd also like to give it nightstand duty with a light and a full size mag.


    May 16, 2011
    I'll see what I can do ;)
  20. sgtlmj

    sgtlmj NRA Life Member Millennium Member

    Feb 23, 1999
    Someone with a CNC machine needs to plug in the numbers for this and offer a rail-cutting service for the sub compact folks. They could make a mint.