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Grip Extension on G26 - Yes or No?

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by jthrelf, May 15, 2013.

  1. Adamz04


    Mar 28, 2012
    Agreed. The pinky offers no advantage in grip. Try to grab something with your pinky and thumb, it's tough. It's just a matter of comfort for most. You lose all the advantage of a short grip by adding extensions that aren't needed. I Edc a g33 with a flush floor plate.
  2. Indy_Tim


    Dec 31, 2012
    I have a Gen 4 G27 and bought the Pierce extensions for two of its magazines. I figured I'd use the extended mags most of the time but would use the flat floor plate mag when I really needed to conceal. I find now that I never carry with the extended mags. I shoot the gun just fine with the stock base plate and since my backup mag is a G23 mag, the extended base plate mags just don't get used any longer.

  3. Warp


    Jul 31, 2005
    What Glock extension do you prefer, and why? What other extensions did you try and why/how did you find them to be less desirable?
  4. G19ftw


    Dec 28, 2009
    Wake Forest, NC
    Flush! If I'm gonna carry a G26, its because I can't conceal my G19. I need it to be as small as possible when I need it. I can fire it just fine without an extension. I see pinky extension like a crutch when it comes to subcompacts.
  5. djegators


    Mar 1, 2009
    Tampa, FL

    Good post. I mostly prefer the stock flush mag, but I am going to start trying out the GAP floorplates. No extension is needed to effectively shoot the 26.
  6. cusn


    Jul 18, 2007
    I wouldn't go out and buy all kinds of mag extensions until you find out for yourself wether or not you need them. It felt awkward at first to curl the pinky underneath but awkward or not my shooting was not affected. Now I am used to it.

    That being said, I do have a couple mag extensions so that when I shoot IDPA with the G26 I can chamber a round and still have 10 in the mag. However, my subsequent reloads always use the flush 10 round mags.
  7. AngelDeville

    AngelDeville NoHablaMexican

    Feb 3, 2008
    I have huge hands, but my two favorite pistols are the OM 1911, and the G26.

    I have not problem with control with either pistol. I prefer the flush floorplate on the G26. and if if I think I'll be in a bad neighborhood I carry extra G17 mags.

    But what works for me may not work for you.
  8. mvician

    mvician Lifetime Member

    Jun 8, 2007
    NW Indiana
    I tried them.......didn't love them :supergrin:
  9. Clusterfrack


    Apr 26, 2012
    Pacific NW
    When I first got my 26, I tried the Pierce extension and it pinched the fluffy rainbow bunny out of my finger every time the gun fired. Then (as people mentioned above) I realized that it's not needed. When I need a spare mag, I carry a 17 or 19.

    I may try the Gap plate sometime though, to help with the draw.
  10. G26S239

    G26S239 NRA Patron

    Mar 17, 2008
    I tried the Pearce +0 extensions on my first 26 for a few months. I determined that I shoot better with the stock flat base plates so I sent the Pearce to my friend in Utah, now deceased, who had a 27. He really liked them.

    Good idea Warp. I bought my spare 26 in Nov 2007 and like having it. I have only put 600 or 700 rounds through it to confirm function so it is still very new looking. :wavey:
  11. ModernKolash

    ModernKolash ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

    May 15, 2013
    Overland Park, KS
    Or your could get a G19 and cut the grip down to fit the G26 mags. haha.
  12. G26S239

    G26S239 NRA Patron

    Mar 17, 2008
    :supergrin: I have put my 19 upper on my 26 just to check it out and I know some people have gone the route you mention. I am too used to the 26 OR the 19 for the hybrid to work for me.

  13. ModernKolash

    ModernKolash ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

    May 15, 2013
    Overland Park, KS
    Yeah, a grip reduction (grip chop) isn't for everyone. I am SUPER glad I did it thought. No regrets. the 19 on the 26 frame always looked weird to me. haha
  14. Clusterfrack


    Apr 26, 2012
    Pacific NW
    Hey--that is NOT what I said! :rofl:
  15. Lots of good comments on mag extensions and I agree with them all regarding a bit easier draw, especially with the X-Grip adapter on a G19 magazine for IDPA matches, home defense, car defense, etc. For 90% of my needs I can easily carry with a Galco Ultimate Second Amendment in horsehide no one is the wiser in Arizona or other hot climates even with shorts and t-shirts or golf shirts. I've even been known to tuck those shirts and as long as I use the flush magazine or GAP baseplate, I feel very discreet.

    One thing I haven't seen mentioned is that the shorter barrel makes a HUGE difference to me in terms of comfort when sitting compared to a G19 or G23. Much less likely to have the barrel digging in to the top of your thigh.

    Another very big advantage is the (apparently) inherent accuracy advantages of the G26 over all other 9mm Glocks. I read about it in the 2012 edition of The Complete Book of Handguns edited by Massad Ayoob and published by Harris Outdoors and it has proven itself many times over since I picked up my Gen 4 Model 26 last fall. I even made Expert in the SSP division of the IDPA Classifier in March and shot the 20-yard strings better than I'd ever done with larger Glocks.

    You can't go wrong with a G26. It's now my ONLY gun and I have never felt better about my self defense situation.
  16. Dukeboy01

    Dukeboy01 Pretty Ladies!

    Apr 30, 2000
    Lexington, KY
    I have some kind of extender on all of my G26 magazines. I find that they give me a better grip and subsequently more confidence in my draw, which is the first step to selecting an appropriate target and (ultimately) landing a good shot. You don't want to fumble your draw in SHTF situation. It would be all downhill from there, IMO.

    I prefer Pearce extenders. I don't find that they make that much of a difference in the concealability of my G26. I'm pocket carrying one with a +3 extender in a Desantis Nemesis right now.
  17. SGT278ACR

    SGT278ACR Retired Veteran

    Nov 12, 2011
    16S DE 680 928
    It really just comes down to personal preference. Some like them, some don't. I use Pearce +1 extensions on mine. I just like the full grip feeling to shoot. I measured it. It doesn't really add more than about 1/2 an inch to the size of the pistol, so it's still pretty concealing.
    Last edited: May 16, 2013
  18. Ricky Ricardo

    Ricky Ricardo

    Apr 4, 2013
    Well stated.

    I carry a G26 or a G27 depending on how I feel that day. I use extensions on both for the same reasons you pointed out.
  19. scattershot


    Nov 15, 2010
    Denver, CO
    i like the Pearce extension. One more round in my G27, and more comfortable to me. Necessary? no, but I like 'em.
  20. Cirdan


    May 16, 2013
    I put a Pearce +0 on one mag and went to the range. Liked it so much I went back to the shop and got another one.

    The pinky doesn't really do anything, but the feel is much better with it resting on the extension.