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Picked up a new Gen 5 G26...

6599 Views 61 Replies 37 Participants Last post by  rfd339 LGS got one in finally. Unfortunately, not a Blue Label but this will do. I dislike finger groves on the G19 and smaller but the Gen 5 cured that for me. No range time for a while as I am moving but I think I will like. I put night sights and added two 12 round Glock mags.

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Picked up a G26.5 myself, totally stock and put 200 rounds on it yesterday. Shoots better then my G19.5

Both my 19 and 26 had a couple of ramp feed hang ups the first couple of clips. I polished both of the ramps on them and doesn’t seem to be a problem. I’ve had a couple of people tell me that the problem is more likely the white box range ammo from WM. but not sure. Either way though the triggers on both are better in my opinion then my G17.4 which stays in my home.

Because the 26 seems so much more accurate right out of the box, I’m second guessing my change to the sights on the 19. I went through a couple of sets and settled in on XS BIG DOT. But now in comparison I’m seeing the stock sights on the 26 easier. My problem is typical where I can wear glasses and see the sights or not and see the target. I ended up going with seeing the target because of defensive reasons I would not be wearing glasses. The BIG DOT sights might be good Sights for the right conditions or depending on your eyes but Ive been realizing that the large dot gets blurred very easily and sometimes it’s like I have double vision and see two of them slightly overlapping.

I think at this point I rushed into it all too fast and should have left the sights alone. Or, after reading another thread about the locking block it could also be that. I’ve put about 1500 rounds through the 19 and the first 200 rounds on the 26 was like night and day in accuracy. But like I said, I realized I could actually see the stock sights better now and it made a big difference. The BIG DOT just doesn’t do it for me. Too much messing around with the sights instead of lots of practice. And I should add that shooting isn’t new to me, I started my interest in shooting and guns while in the Army. But after getting married and starting a family I removed all the guns, sold them and sort of forgot about it until recently. About 25 years went by in between so I was a bit out of practice. I was never a great shot, but wasn’t bad either and could hold my own, just a bit rusty you might say.

So I’ll be comparing them again when I switch back the sights to stock on the 19. Hopefully my instincts will be right, if not I may consider the issue of the locking block change but hopefully it’s just a vision issue and I should have stuck with the stock sights until I had a lot more range time with it because the difference is very noticeable between the two and there really shouldn’t be that much of a difference and the only change was the sights. The problem with the 19 is it’s always shooting left, and inconsistently as to how far left. Adjusting the sights helped a little bit not much and if I stay focused, I can aim slightly high and to the right with the Big Dot and be on target. The problem is that in doing that, the Dot is still covering where I’m aiming either way and makes it difficult to judge. I’ve heard people say the dot is large enough to cover the target and even though it’s not that large it is large enough that I find it difficult because it does cover up enough of the intended impact point to be somewhat of a problem for me. Either way though, I’m really happy to be back doing something I had forgotten how much I liked and like both pistols and will cure the problem one way or the other. if I hadn’t purchased the 26, I probably would have just continued being frustrated with the 19.

So congratulations on your 26, I feel the same excitement. The size and conceal ability of the 26 seems perfect to me. I started with the 17, went to the 19 for size reasons and then wanted to check out the 26 for a summer Carry again because of the even smaller size. So now have all 3 and am happy with that lineup. The only problem is my wife doesn’t know yet I purchased the 26, I was a little bit hesitant to say anything because she couldn’t understand why I wanted the 19 sense I already had the 17 and like she said, you can only shoot one at a time!

I’m thinking of using the same logic and asking why she has so many pairs of shoes cause you can only wear one pair at a time. I’ll keep you posted on how that goes over. To be continued......
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I’ll definitely report back about the sight change. Don’t get me wrong about the XS BIG DOT sights. I’m sure they are good sights and have a purpose. The problem is all about my eye sight and what works and what doesn’t. I’ve done a lot of testing with different glasses, no glasses and 3 different sets of sights, but I’m thinking I was actually trying for a little magic and should have remembered that nothing is going to compensate for range time and getting to know the weapon your using.
I actually did try a couple different pairs of those. The problem is my shooting is strictly for defensive purposes. Not that I would mind being able to shoot the wings off a fly at 30 yards like some people seem to be able to do, or say they do, but I wanted to be realistic about it and I know in any situation I may find myself in where I may have to consider the actual use of a firearm I most likely would never be wearing any type of glasses. Therefore I chose to do whatever it takes to become consistent under normal conditions and be able to hit what I am for. But I do thank you for the suggestion, I do appreciate the responses.
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That's a valid point. Wearing safety glasses that alter your vision (even if it's "positive"), has the downside that you'll be practicing with a different "sight picture" than you'll have during a SD scenario. It's probably better to get comfortable acquiring the blurry sights and/or target than to have a clear picture at the range and not when it counts in the real world.

A laser on your SD handgun could help, but a lot of "experts" don't advocate for their use, except in very specific situations. I know that searching for the dot on the target and hesitating/waiting until you see it could get you killed. It all goes back to the philosophy (many would say absolute truth) that in a stressful situation, you'll default to your training automatically. Fumbling around for a dot vs. getting your front sight on the target quickly could, again, not work. I have a light/laser on my 26, so I'm not bashing the use of one - just mentioning the potential downside.

In any case, I guess that training as closely as possible to your intended "purpose" is what's best. Either way, TRAINING is key.
I have a laser on my gen 4 G17 house pistol. Grip laser which I like because it won’t come on unless I put a good hold on it, I can actually decide to have it on or off just with the grip pressure. I know some don’t like it except for possibly training but I’m not one of them and feel the advantage far outweighs the theory of giving up where you are or any of that kind of thing. If I wake up to an intruder in my home I have a feeling they might already know where I am. I don’t think of it as a toy or a give away to your position, I regard it as an advantage for many different reasons.

Anyway, I changed out the sights back to the stock ones and can tell already it’s going to be better for me and my eyes. That will most likely change but for now all I can do is find what works and stick with it.

I’ll let you know how it goes after getting to the range and putting a few hundred rounds through it.
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I'll be interested in your report on switching the sights back on the 19. I changed to the XS on my Shield and it's worked out great. I never bothered with my 19, because I use it almost exclusively for HD with a TLR6 light/laser. The 26 is my primary CCW and I have a small TLR on that.

I've been breaking in the 26 with the night sights it came with, and the accuracy is great. But, I really like the XS on my Shield. I was thinking of putting the night sights that came on the 26 onto the 19, and the new XS onto the 26. I'll have to think more about it.

OP - Again, my 26 is IT for me. I think you will love yours too.
So......went to the range today with both my 19.5 & 26.5 shot 300 rounds on the 19 after the sight changeover. Both shot equally the same. But the positive change to the 19 was instant with the stock sights back on. Made all the difference with my eye sight to go back to them. Neither the sights or target are in focus normally for me. But instead of seeing almost a double imaged white dot that is fuzzy around the edges, I am getting a much clearer picture and focus with the stock sights. The light reflection seems better for me to focus on and presumably was all along. The light reflection possibly had something to do with the way my eyes reacted to the round XS sights also, just not favorably.

I can tell you for certain that the stock sight change back is far better for me, and was a lesson learned. I assumed way to quickly that my sights must be the reason for poor performance, so all I needed was something else that worked better with my eye sight. What I realize now is I was going in the wrong direction. The sight changes I was making to my 19 were actually causing me more problems. I was putting a lot of range time and rounds through it which was good, but was still having consistent problems and was getting somewhat frustrated with slow progress. But picking up a stock 26.5 and shooting it along with the 19.5 I quickly realized after doing so much better right away with the 26 that I should have left the 19 alone and I was seeing all the range time and practice showing up on the stock 26 in a much better positive direction now that I could get some type of fix on the stock sights.

So the reality here, at least for me, and is only my opinion, is I should have invested the money in ammo and range time. All 3 Glock models I own, 17, 19, 26 all seem to shoot about the same. If there are differences at any given time, it’s not the pistol, it’s me.

I’m not touching my Glocks for now or spending anything on them that will change them from stock. All are just fine the way they are. Anything I spend to achieve better results will be on range time and possibly some professional time.
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