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G19 or G26 for carry?

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by taffbanjo, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. taffbanjo

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    I am not a big man by American standards (6 feet, 180 lbs) and would like members' views on the merits of CCWing a G26 or G19 in a warm State like TN, where clothing is likely to be light most of the year.

    I know I could have both, but I would prefer to have two of one of them rather than one of each - it's a muscle memory thing.

    Do I go for capacity or for small size? I can shoot either quite adequately.
     
  2. "Cold Dead Hands" !

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    Both are great guns !
    One of each would be nice.
    G19 conceals easy enough for most situations, and is better in a gun fight.


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  3. taffbanjo

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    [quote="Cold Dead Hands" !;19884104]Both are great guns !
    One of each would be nice.
    G19 conceals easy enough for most situations, and is better in a gun fight.


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    Thanks for this - they are great, aren't they, and if either were the only one I could ever own, I wouldn't feel undergunned.
     
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  4. Lowjiber

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    I live in a pretty warm state too. I EDC my G26 IWB and love it.

    My G19 sits in the safe hoping to get to go to the range. Problem is that I shoot the 26 every bit as well as the 19.:whistling:
     
  5. billn

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    I like carrying the G26. In a pinch it fits inside my front pockets.
     
  6. taffbanjo

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    Thanks - that's the big problem, isn't it? They both shoot so very well. As I have no intention of living in a gangland ghetto, I'm more than half convinced that if I couldn't get the job done with 10 + 1 (OK, plus another 10) I would be way out of my league, anyway.
     
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  7. taffbanjo

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    You'd need biggish pockets. I don't like cargo pants but a big Winter coat might well fit the bill, with a decent holster.

    Thanks for that.
     
  8. amorican88

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    I have both the 19 & 26. I originally planned to carry the 26 only in the summer, when its hot. I ended up liking the ease of concealment the 26 gives, so I pretty much carry it all year. I do carry a 15rd. backup mag in my pocket. The Crossbreed Supertuck is a great IWB holster for both pistols. My .02 worth.
     
  9. up1911fan

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    I've spent a decent amount of time carrying a G17/19/26. I've come to prefer the G19 for 90% of my carry need's.
     
  10. taffbanjo

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    This is what could happen to me but I was always trained (British Army), to find a weapon you could shoot well, get a spare, then practise until it became part of you. I don't like redundant equipment - just my personal taste, and I would hate the idea of "the other gun" sobbing in a gun safe while I spent all my time with the one I eventually chose.

    That was the reason I started this thread - I think both G26 and G19 are terrific.

    This is all hypothetical at the moment - as I'm a Brit living in the UK, I can't currently own a hand gun anyway. It has always been my ambition to retire to the US, probably TN, as all of my interests are on your side of the pond. It may take some time but there's nothing wrong with preparation - and you have to keep the dream alive.

    The Cross Breed is pretty good, but I've got my eye on an N8² Tactical Professional.
     
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  11. Colddeadhands

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    I have a G17 and a G26. I bought the 17 a few years ago; I decided that either a G19 or G17 was too big for me for CCW, so I got the 17 to have a nice full sized gun to train with. Just bought the G26 for CCW, to complement my Kel Tec PF9.

    While I admire and recognize the G19 as a great weapon, it is not a CCW piece for my size (150 lbs, 5,8") and my lifestyle. I'd probably be better of with a smaller mouse gun (.32, .380) for concealement purposes....but I prefer the horsepower that a 9mm offers (please let's not make this another "bigger bullet" debate).....
     
  12. taffbanjo

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    Oh, dear! Just when I was edging towards the G26!

    Why the G19 particularly - LEO, bad neighbourhood, cold State, or do you just like the feel of it?
     
  13. I own both guns and live in a warm weather climate all year around. I generally carry my G19 all the time as I find it is an easy size to conceal (only benefit to having some side meat!) with more than enough capacity. I personally love both but my G26 usually stays in my vehicle as a backup.
     
  14. James Dean

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    I own both. IMO a G26 is a better CC gun. If I could only own one it would be the G26. A G26 for CC and some G19 or G17 mags for home.
     
  15. taffbanjo

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    Ah - a normal sized human (when I served with GIs in NATO, at 6 feet and 180, I was the section midget). I can see that you would tend towards the smaller guns, particularly for CCW.

    A .380 will get the job done if you put it in the right place,as will most calibres (forgive my Brit spelling!) but I was born and raised with 9mm and I KNOW it gets the job done. With modern SD ammo, the difference in calibres is pretty much hypothetical anyway - it's all about where you put it (or THEM, preferably).
     
  16. onearmsteve

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    g26 and a tactical cut crossroads iwb and love it
     
  17. taffbanjo

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    Quite a common combo, and not a bad idea. I'm trying to strike a balance between preparedness and paranoia. Besides, the G17 and G19 mags would ruin the pretty lines of the G26. That's right, people, I said PRETTY - I really do think that Glocks are good-looking. Can't understand people who think they're ugly!
     
  18. taffbanjo

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    Also a good combo. Decisions, decisions! Happily, or sadly, rather, I'll have a fair bit of time to make up my mind.
     
  19. taffbanjo

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    Thank you for your thoughts, people - not a bad idea in any of them.

    It will probably end up being a couple of G26s with the GAP mag floor plates and a N8² Tactical Professional rig. I might also get a G17 mag, or six, to spread around the house and the car's glove compartment.

    So far so good. All I need now is lots of money and a kindly glance from your nice US Immigration people. Not a lot to ask, surely?
     
  20. Rev.357

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    I'll say this, my G32 is the same size as the G19 & I carry it 90% of the time IWB. I carry my G26 on my ankle most every Sunday but, once u carry the G26 IWB you will love it!