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What is the smallest CCW Glock?

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by dooga, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. dooga

    dooga 5 year in with Glocks

    Mar 30, 2011
    Arlington, VA
    The gun show is this weekend and I am going to come home with either a Glock 26 or a Glock 36. I already have a Gen 1 Glock 17 and a Gen 3 Glock 23, and I want a baby Glock.

    I have made very good friends with my G23 in .40 S&W so I was thinking that I would get a G36 just so that I can have ammo coverage: 9mm Luger, .40S&W, and .45ACP -- which I do understand is the weird way of doing it, which is generally: 17, 19, 26 or 21, 22, and 27.

    I was also thinking that the G36 might be the smallest, slimmest Glock, which means it might be best for CCW. I don't really care about capacity as it isn't my prime motivator, but I have heard more people gush about their love affair with their G26 everywhere and people are generally pretty "meh" about their G36.

    In fact, some people say that the G36 "is closer in size to the G19" which I believe might be pretty unlikely. If I go for the smallest, easiest-to-carry unit, does the G26 win?

    Or, does the narrowness of the single-stack grip make up for the longer slide? Finally, what about reliability circa 2011? Have they worked the kinds out in the G36, or was that all urban legend?

    And yes, 9mm is cheaper and people love their 26s, and they 26s do fit my G17 magazines.

    Oh, please forgive me for gushing like this but I am not too sure what my decision will be. And, should I be considering the G27?
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2011
  2. Melissa5


    Feb 4, 2010
    NE Georgia
    If you get a G27, you can put a 9mm conversion barrel in it. That's not recommended for SD though. My advice is to get a G26 and a G36!

  3. imjustron


    Nov 28, 2010
    My G36 almost exactly matches the G19 except for width. The G36 is slightly thinner. I have both and have laid them one on the other to compare. G26 is smaller, but slightly thicker than the G36. That said...I LOVE and carry my G36. Only had it a few weeks, but have put several hundred trouble free rounds through it...and it makes BIG holes (I love that).
  4. dsa1115


    Sep 22, 2010
    Suburban Chicago
    The G36 is the thinnest Glock, but length and height is larger than the G26/G27.
  5. dooga

    dooga 5 year in with Glocks

    Mar 30, 2011
    Arlington, VA
    Well, I have never fired a .45 ACP so I am pretty curious about adding it to my line up to at least experience how a .45 feels and how the kick differs from the .40S&W snap, which I know so well in the G23. I love my new-found pass time. I do see a G26 in my future, however, consider how shamelessly everyone gushes and goes on about it. And, I must shyly admit that the 25-year-old Gen 1 G17 I have is a dream to shoot, especially when you try to master the 40-cal snap.
  6. dooga

    dooga 5 year in with Glocks

    Mar 30, 2011
    Arlington, VA
    I got the Gen 4 G26 in the end
  7. I will only add I CCW a G-36 every day and not arguing caliber the 36 is a 45.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2011
  8. Glock Master

    Glock Master

    Apr 4, 2011
    A .45 ACP has a push instead of a snap like a .40 S&W has.
    I love my G36.
  9. tango44


    Jun 16, 2005
    Miami Florida
    Keep it simple bro! 9mm and .45.
    Get the 26!
  10. DannyR

    DannyR Moderator Millennium Member

    Dec 17, 1998
    Roanoke, Virginia
    The G26, 27, 28, 33, 39 share the same frame and are the smallest Glocks ever made.
  11. Jokerpro


    Oct 7, 2011
    Northern Kentucky
    I'm picking up a 26 really soon.
  12. Kaiser Soze

    Kaiser Soze Notorious

    Jul 27, 2006
    How do you like the Gen 4 Glock 26? I had a 2nd Gen and 3rd Gen 26, and although they were great guns they sure were fat in the grip area. Is the Gen 4 a big improvement grip wise?
  13. DannyR

    DannyR Moderator Millennium Member

    Dec 17, 1998
    Roanoke, Virginia
    Interesting. The very first G26 and G27 pistols introduced to the world in 1995 were made with the very first Gen3 fingergrip frames. The fingergrips were smooth, but checkering was added in 1998. Perhaps you had a very rare prototype.

    The Gen4 is 2mm shorter, front to back, but the width is unchanged.