Hey All, New to this forum and the world of Glock. My timing couldn't have been worse for purchasing my first handgun, as you all know. Well, I was dead set on getting a Glock in 9mm for all of th reasons you already know about these guns. G19 seems to the best "all-arounder," but nearly impossible to find now. So did a lot of research, including renting at the range, and I decided that a G26 would be an acceptable option if I found one. Well I found a USA made Gen3, and I love this gun. I live in Los Angeles, so CCW is nearly impossible from what I've gathered. So why "settle" for G26 instead of waiting, when CCW is pretty much what this gun is designed for? I weighed the pros and cons of a G26 vs a G19, and these are the only real Cons I found: 1. No Accessory Rail Well, I'm working on hack for this, but for now it's my trusty Mag Lite to the rescue 2. Shorter Barrel Length / Sight Radius My primary point of use is home defense (specifically apartment defense), so these issues are a non-factor for me. 3. More Recoil? I honestly can't really tell a drastic enough difference to care at all. 4. Smaller Grip Well, for one thing I have small hands. And for another, two words: Pearce Grip Extensions and GAP Floor Plates And Pros: 1. Equal stopping power to it's bigger siblings in this caliber. 2. Even though I can't CCW, I really dig the small footprint, even if I don't "need" it. I always dug my dad's snubnose .38, and this reminds me of that concept. 3. This gun is fun to shoot! I can't explain why really. For some reason: Small package + Big Bang = Fun 4. Feels great in my hand 5. I can shoot this gun just as accurately as the G19 at short range. About 300-400 rounds through her so far, and she's been flawless. When Gunmaggedon ends (and it will), I still might get a G19 as well just becasue, well, why not?. But for now, I'm loving my "baby."