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Help with Sub-compact

Discussion in 'The Bull Dawgs Club' started by Russell Lang, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. Russell Lang

    Russell Lang

    Jun 2, 2003
    Due to work, I need a Glock Sub-compact for carry. As the workplace is not gun-friendly, I will need to carry IWB with a dress shirt tucked over the gun. The holster will be a Milt Sparks VM-II with kydex clips for concealment.

    So now the question is which Glock Sub-compact? I have a G-34 and G-19, so the G-26 would be a nice fit(already have plenty of magazines). I am not a big fan of the 40 S&W, but the G-27 is 9 rounds of bigger bullets. I have a G-38 for carry, so I was wondering about the G-39.

    My biggest concern is recoil. I have shot the G-26 with 124 gr +P+ and the G-27 with 155/165 gr defense loads, and the recoil was OK - not much difference between the two with the selected carry loads. So how does the G-39 compare in recoil to the G-26/G-27, using either 185 gr or 200 gr Speer Gold Dots in the G-39?

    I do reload, so I can load down if needed for practice should the carry loads give more recoil than is comfortable for extended range sessions. So for those who have the G-26/G-27 and the G-39, how does the recoil compare between the two(three) guns, as well as the recovery time between shots? Any input would be appreciated. And while I will probably end up with all three in the long run, I need help for the short-run purchase.
  2. DannyR

    DannyR Moderator Millennium Member

    Dec 17, 1998
    Roanoke, Virginia
    I've owned a G26 and a G27. The G39 recoils far, far less that a G27. I'd load the G39 with 230-gr Winchester or Federal HP's. I carry my G39 almost daily in either a pocket holster or IWB.

  3. mhmills


    Aug 15, 2007
    The G39 with 200gr Gold Dots is my choice for EDC. Less recoil than my G23.
  4. This is all good to know. My next purchase may be a G39!
  5. billpole


    Sep 21, 2007
    I carry a M-39 in a bellyband when I want to go "dressed up"...let the gun ride low under my left arm hides it pretty well...and if I need it bad, a new shirt will be the last thing on my mind!! PS....amen on the 200 gr. Gold dots
  6. Officer's Match

    Officer's Match S.R.D. v

    Jun 22, 2007
    Lancaster, Ohio
    This ^ (but I sold my 23)
  7. Thx-1138

    Thx-1138 NRA Member

    Jul 27, 2007
    North Carolina
    I EDC my G39.

    I really like it with the concealable control GAP magazine floorplates. And I have a G38 barrel with muzzle ports to help control recoil.

    I had hoped to buy a Gen4 G38 when they become available, but I think I need something SMALLER than a sub Glock to carry while cycling.
  8. mesteve2


    Mar 2, 2001

    Glock 38 with the grip cut to the size of a 39 :rofl::rofl::rofl:

    Best for carry is the 39 grip frame.

    38 better for shooting.:embarassed:
  9. fasteddie565

    fasteddie565 Combat Diver


    Any decisions on this? Remember, asking us what works for us (Be it gun model, holster etc) is like asking us how we think our shoes will fit your feet. Ultimately you have to decide what works best for you.

    I would advise against carrying your own reloads, I know some folks do, I just think factory ammo statistically is more reliable.

    My 13 year old daughter shoots my 45 GAP's with great success. I carry Speer Gold Dots in 200 grn. if you carry a hollow point (Hell any bullet, ) make sure it is a bonded bullet. I do not believe that federal Hydra-shocks are bonded.

    These are how my shoes fit my feet. How are yours doing?
  10. Russell Lang

    Russell Lang

    Jun 2, 2003
    Sorry I haven't responded lately. Right now I have decided to go with the G-26, just because I have a G-19 and G-34, so keeping the ammo the same is important for now. Besides, the G-26 with WW 127 gr +P+ should get the job done if needed.

    I really like my G-38, and I am leaning toward a G-39. I am hoping when the new indoor range near me opens in March, I can convince the owner to get a G-39 for the rental side so I can try it.

    Thanks to all who answered my questions. I really appreciate the input. The more I use the GAP, the more I realize it really was an answer to a question that needed to be asked, i.e. how to get 45ACP power in a smaller package for those with smaller hands. If the GAP had been introduced when the G-19 first came out in the 1980"s, it would have taken the concealed carry market by storm!