Glock 26 Review (With Video & Photos)
This is one of the best Glock 26 reviews on the web, and it is also one of the most viewed. This Glock 26 review spotlights the changes in the new Glock 26 Gen4 model, and goes into detail some of the pros and cons of using this pistol as your primary concealed carry option. The written review is proceeded by a video review, a detailed photo gallery, and the Glock 26 Gen4 specs. The photos below are of my personal Glock 26 Gen 4. I’ve added a Hogue grip, +2 extensions on 2 of the 3 magazines, and Tru Glow Fiber Optic Tritium Night Sights. It stays loaded and chambered with Winchester Ranger STX ammunition.
In this review, I will also discuss why I think the Glock 26 is the best 9mm concealed carry pistol. I look forward to your feedback, experiences, and even your disagreements
Glock 26 Video Review
Glock 26 Gen4 Review Photos
Glock 26 (Gen 4) Specifications
|Model:||Glock 26 Gen4|
|Caliber:||9mm • 9×19|
|Trigger Weight:||5.5 lbs.|
|Trigger Pull Travel:||.5 in|
|Magazine Capacity:||10 rd.(Factory), 12 rd., 15 rd., 17 rd., 33 rd.|
|Total Length:||6.3 in|
|Barrel Length:||3.46 in|
|Weight W/ Magazine:||21 oz|
|Weight W/ Loaded Magazine:||26.98 oz|
What’s New to the Gen 4 Glock 26?
The Glock 26 Gen 4, and other Glock Gen 4 models have gone through some major changes for their newest model release. You can compare the differences by checking out my Gen3 Glock 17 review. The Gen4 Glocks have also addressed some of the issues that were discussed in my video and article regarding the best Glock upgrades. I have to say… Glock has hit the nail on the head with every change they’ve made in the Gen4 pistols, offering great solutions for the very small obstacles that existed with their previous models. Glock has done the most important thing that a company can do… they listened to their consumers. Let’s take a look at some of the new features that can be found on Gen 4 Glocks.
3 Factory Magazines
The new Glock 26 Gen 4 comes with 3 factory magazines; Gen 3 Glocks only came with two magazines. With Glock magazines going for $25-$30 each, you would expect the retail price of the Gen 4 Glocks to increase, but that’s not the case. The price on the Glock 26 Gen 4 has remained the same. The additional magazine is an outstanding selling point for new Glocks, especially in light of many of the higher end pistol manufacturers offering a stingy one magazine. My Sig P238 ($549) only came with one mag, and additional mags cost $46 each. Good job on this one Glock!
Multiple Backstrap Options
One of the gaps that Glock filled in reaching its customers was the reduction of the main back-strap, with additional back-straps that can be added to beef up the frame. Many potential customers (especially females) walked away from the Glock due to its large frame and grip. It simply wasn’t comfortable for those with smaller hands. Glock has taken steps to fix that problem by providing three back-strap options. The additional back-straps are easily installed; they clip on, and are then fastened using a pin. With no back-strap installed, the frame and grip of the Glock 26 is now smaller. Installing the small back-strap piece brings the Glock’s frame to it’s normal size of the Gen 3 Glock. Adding the larger back-strap will now increase the frame size for those with extra-large hands.
Stippling is simply the textured small checkered squares printed into the polymer frame, typically on areas where the hand will contact the firearm. Gen 1 Glocks had nearly no stippling, which left the gun very ‘slippery.’ Stippling was gradually added over each Glock generation thereafter, and Glock didn’t stop with their new models. They’ve added a new, higher grip stippling around the entire pistol grip, and there is also horizontal line stippling on the front of the trigger and trigger guard.
Large Magazine Release
This is another great example of Glock listening to its consumers, and dedicated Glock owners. The last three generations of Glock models had very small, low-profile magazine releases. This low-profile design is great for concealed carry, but not ideal for reloading situations as the shooter is required to move his shooting grip on the pistol in order to reach the release. Almost every Glock I have ever seen has had the custom extended magazine release installed after purchase. The Gen 4 Glocks have fixed this by nearly doubling the surface area of the magazine release. It still has a low-profile design, but the expanded surface area allows for the release to be pressed without changing grips.
The slide finish on the Gen 4 Glocks appears to be more of a gray matte, rather than the shiny black parkerized tenifer finish of the Gen 3 Glocks. The new gray matte finish offers both PROS and CONS. The matte finish seems to be less durable, and slightly more difficult to clean, but it does offer more in terms of grip and easier maneuvering of the slide. If I had to choose, I think I would have kept the Gen 3 finish, but it may have been the expense cut that allowed them to provide a third magazine and multiple back-strap attachments. At first I thought that maybe they left the protective Tenifer coating off, but from what I have read, that’s not the case… it’s just a different finish.
The Gen 4 Glocks have been stamped after the model name, which now reads 26Gen4.
Is Glock 26 the Best 9mm Concealed Carry Pistol?
I’ve already given my reasons for why I think that the Sig P238 is the best concealed carry pistol on the market – mainly due to its size, reliability, design, and light weight. The Sig P238 wins in the .380 category, as well as the overall category. However, when it comes specifically to 9mm pistols, the Glock 26 (also called the “Baby Glock”) wins hands down, despite some of the inconveniences that it offers in regards to weight and size.
Some of the key factors we’ll discuss in why I believe the Glock 26 is the best 9mm concealed carry pistol are reliability, history of service, price, size, flexibility with its full-size big brothers, ease of use, and its Safe Action System.
Glock 26 PROS
It’s a Glock
Glock’s reputation of perfection has lived up to its motto, and has removed any skepticism in regards to quality and reliability. Glock has been put through more rigorous torture tests than any other pistol on the market, and it has come out of every single one of them without problems. If there’s still any doubt, then ask yourself why nearly every law enforcement department in the U.S. issues Glocks to its officers. Glock is not a pistol built with bells and whistles… just perfection.
Glock is built using a more simple design than any other semi-automatic pistol, and it’s reliability has been compared to that of a revolver due to its minimal parts and simple functionality.
Easy to Use & Offers a State-of-the-Art Safety System
No safety switches, ticker buttons, do-hickees, or whatchamacallits, just a cutting-edge 3-point safety system that utilizes a trigger safety, a drop safety and a striker pin safety, which are all spontaneously disengaged when the trigger is squeezed. There’s no thinking if this gun must be summoned for duty… just point and pull the trigger.
High Magazine Capacity & Interchangeable Flexibility.
A lot of Glock owners own more than one Glock. It makes sense. Glock mags are interchangeable within the same caliber, and within the proper model. A full-size Glock 17’s magazines can be used in the Glock 17, 18c, 19, 26, and 34. Even the sub-compact Glock 26 can be loaded with a 33 rd. magazine.
The Price is Right
New Glocks sell for as low as $475 to civilians, and because of the new Glock Blue Label Program, active military and law enforcement can now purchase Glocks as low as $399.
There are a ton of custom options for Glocks.
Glock 26 CONS
Matte Tenifer Finish
When it comes to the Gen 4 Glocks, I will admit that I miss the shiny tenifer finish found on the Gen 3 Glocks. It was easier to clean and it seemed lest prone to scratches (though I haven’t tried to scratch my finish yet). I just preferred the way it looked as well. Personal preference. My guess is that the removal of the shiny coated tenifer finish allowed Glock to provide the additions offered in the Gen 4 Glocks like the additional back-straps, a third magazine, and the development of the larger magazine release. The benefit to the matte finish is that the slide is much easier to grip when racking the slide.
All Glock models share the double-stacked magazine which by design makes the gun thicker. The wider design can make the Glock 26 less convenient to carry in comparison to some of the “pocket” sub-compact carry pistols.
This is a CON for me when it comes to carry pistols. It’s not terrible heavy, but again, I’m comparing it to the other sub-compact pistols on the market.
Other 9mm Concealed Carry Contenders
S&W M&P 9mm