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Glock 26 or Glock 36?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Georg of Ohio, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. Georg of Ohio

    Georg of Ohio

    May 30, 2010
    As a EDC weapon, I can’t decide between a Glock 26 or the Glock 36. They are about the same size (give or take),but which would it be better to have 6+1 45( I like the stopping powder of the 45),or 10+1 9mm( the more shots the better).
  2. Teecher45


    Jan 29, 2010
    Well, the first question I would have to ask is whether you want a 9mm or a .45?
    Have you shot (or at least held) each. Although the may be of similar size, they do feel different.
    I have owned both, and like them both. This is your personal choice.
    Me personally, I would go with the 26 if I didn't own a 9mm for range time ($ for ammo). If I did already own a 9mm I would opt for the 36, just because I really like the .45 (see name).

  3. oldman11


    Mar 1, 2012
    Take the better stopping power of the 45 for EDC, and 9mm for target practice and cheaper shooting at the range.
  4. GlockFish

    GlockFish Floyd

    Feb 22, 2002
    I would go for the 26. I had the 36, but decided the 26 was better for me.

    A better comparison is the 36 & 19. The 36 is almost identical in size as the Glock 19 (just a tad slimmer) but the Glock 19 holds 15 +1. That's over twice as many rounds as the 36.

    It's an easy choice if you ask me.
  5. gunslinger3

    gunslinger3 Μολὼν λαβέ

    Dec 17, 2009
    pacific northwest
    I currently have both. I carry the 26 and am looking to sell the 36 or trade for a 17 to go with my 26 and 19. YMMV
  6. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    G26. And I own more .45ACP's than any other caliber of gun I own.
  7. 36 hands down fits my hands better, like the round better. the ONLY Glock id own(as of right now) is the Glock 36. Only reason i dont have a 36 is ive never found a used on at a REASONABLE price.
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2012
  8. cessnastud

    cessnastud Rawr!!!

    May 27, 2005
    Flavor Country
    I own both, but the 26 leaves the house much more often than the 36. No real reason that I can come up with, just habit I guess. In fact, the 36 is down right neglected through no fault of its own. I just picked up a Kahr K9, so we'll see if that changes my feelings on the 26 as well.
  9. my g36 is my favorite carry, but i have a Kahr CM9 for lighter dress.
  10. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
  11. Bob Hafler

    Bob Hafler

    Sep 13, 2011
    I'm not a big glock fan to start with, but I will admit I do like the G26 more than I used to. I first bought it because I got it from a friend at a great price and it was practically new. I think for a gun of it's size the 9mm round for me anyway is perfect for follow up shots should I need them. I like my 45 cal. pistols to be full size and made of steel. As in 1911's.
  12. Redstate


    May 17, 2011
    I have both. I like them both. I carry either of them. I feel comfortable, round wise, with either of them. The G26 is easier for me to conceal. Bottom line is whether you are comfortable with a 6 round magazine of .45 or a 10 round magazine of 9mm.
  13. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    Wrong answer. Practice with what you carry. Any supposed advantage of the legendary .45 goes out the window if you're a good 9mm shooter but not a good .45 shooter.
  14. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    I agree. Plus 9mm SD ammo has come a LONG way over the past several years.
  15. Warp


    Jul 31, 2005
    If the question is which to acquire, Glock 26 (3rd gen) all the way.

    The 36 has a reputation for not living up to typical Glock reliability. Same with the 30SF. I think that reputation is there for a reason.
  16. GLOCK17DB9


    Dec 30, 2011
    Troy, MI
    If you don't mind the price of ammo go for the G36. 6+1 should be plenty in most instances. If not carry a couple extra mags.
  17. gunslinger3

    gunslinger3 Μολὼν λαβέ

    Dec 17, 2009
    pacific northwest
    My 26 is the gen 4 and has been perfect. Don't shy away if you can't get a gen 3.
  18. Cole125

    Cole125 Silver Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Far West, USA
    Out of the two I would take the G26. It is smaller, holds more rounds, and don't forget you can carry 15 or 17 round mags as reloads or tactical reloads if you get in a bad situation.

    I like the .45 acp cartridge and my G21sf is one of my favorite handguns, but I am not into the limited capacity of the G36.
  19. G26S239

    G26S239 NRA Patron

    Mar 17, 2008
    Out of the two I like the 26 better but the 36 is a fine gun. The 36 is slimmer but they are not the same size otherwise either.


  20. JTSmith

    JTSmith Œgfdrïńëçł

    Mar 22, 2008
    Albany, GA
    Have you shot a 36? Most people that shot mine did not like it. I got about the same response from it as I did people trying Underwood 10mm out of my 29, only difference was they said the wider grip didn't hurt their hand as bad.

    I don't think anyone had said anything negative after shooting my 26.