The Compatible Companion: The Glock 26 I recently picked up a Glock 26 Gen 4 FDE. (*pictures posted at the bottom) I ordered from Grab-A-Gun as they always seem to have the best prices, I trust them and usually give great customer service. It came in perfect condition and is a recent serial number / date of manufacture. I chose this pistol as I wanted a secondary carry as a backup, as well as a more concealable option to my also recently acquired Glock 19 Gen 4 FDE. And IT IS more concealable, for me. I’ve read many different perspectives, experiences, and options on whether or not people feel it is more concealable than a G19. And I understand it varies widely on body type, holster, and carry style... but for me, it hands down is. FWIW: I’m about an average guy... 5’10” 175lbs I also wanted the magazine compatibility factor between the Glock 26 and Glock 19, as well as it being almost the same exact platform but in a smaller package so my “manual of arms” would be the same. I did also consider the G43, and that’s a great option as well... but in the end, even after comparing the G43 & G26 in my hands I’m still glad I chose the G26. Upon receiving it, fit and finish were perfect. And everything functioned properly. I had handled a couple different 26’s and a 36 prior to this purchase to make sure I’d be comfortable with a subcompact / 2-finger grip. I wasn’t the biggest fan but it wasn’t unacceptable either. In fact, as it turns out it really fits my hands well, and that bump in the lower part of the 26’s grip lands in the perfect place in my hand. Along with that I made the choice early on based on the I’ll be good with what I train with” principle. I also read a good article explaining the purpose, intent and application of the bump in the G26 grip. This gave me great insight into the G26’s grip and application. I did my initial cleaning and lube and took it to the range as I could, which ended up taking me a couple days. I was thankful for that though cuz initially I thought it was gonna be weeks until I had the availability and opportunity to shoot it. Now let me just say... this thing shoots GREAT. I didn’t know how accurate it would or could be, but more importantly how accurate I could be with it... especially due to that shorter, subcompact grip. This “Baby Glock” shot SO GOOD. In fact, I shot it better first time around than I did with my G19 first time around. Now yes part of that is merely cuz I got the G19 first (a few weeks before the G26) and it was my first Glock, so I was getting used to shooting a Glock and learning it for the first time when I got my 19. So my for fine shooting the G26 had a slight learning curve advantage, but still... I was very impressed. I committed to only using the 10 round magazines at first so I could get used to operating a non-full grip pistol, and I did good. It wasn’t until the end of my range session that I decided to test out the G19 mags (15 round magazines) to see how they’d feel for adding grip real estate and to test them & make sure they’d function flawlessly WITH me using it as a grip extender. All 3 G19 magazines performed perfectly. After all this I decided I wanted to test some “self defense rounds”, i.e. hollow points. All the range had available was Hornady Critical Defense 115 grain FTX, so I bought a box and loaded up some magazines. Every one of them functioned perfectly. In fact, I never had one single hiccup out of any of the rounds fired this range session, and I expect nothing less for all my future range sessions in the future. So... what’s my consensus on the Glock 26 / “baby glock”? It’s an absolute winner and truly is the “Perfect Pair” for my Glock 19.