G 26 or Snubbie?

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    G 26 or Snubbie?

    Rescently got a G 19. Good IWB hoslter is on the way. Thinking of another "new addition" for easier concealment. I'm 5'5" and 138-140 lbs. In hot Texas weather the 19 may be harder to conceal than I thought. As a practical matter it the 26 really easier to conceal IWB than a 19 for a small person? I like snubbies, aware of the limitations, but dropping one in a front pocket holster would seem like giving me the greater options from the 19 over the 26. On the other hand if the shorter grip is signigicantly easier to conceal, I could carry a 26 with the 19 being my primary house, range, vehicle gun. 9mm is easier to get than .38 and about 1/3 cheaper to shoot for range ammo. The carry ammo is about .20% more effective one shot stoping power than the .38. I notice that a lot of board member have both the 19 and the 26. I guess my real question is having both redundant as a practical matter

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    First, and there are many out there that agree, everyone needs a snubbie. American and apple pie. They're just handy, functional, always work.....just blue skies. But, at 5'7" and 170, I'm not comfortable w/pocket carry for mine. Maybe I buy the wrong clothes, I don't know. But there any many reasons that snubbies won't fade from fashion and concealability is among those reasons. You'll find more than one way to carry it depending on the circumstances. Aside from water sports and a game of slap and tickle, you'll find a comfortable carry option.

    As for stopping power.....well you'll probably hear enough about that. The caliber has been around a long time and for good reasons.

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    I have a G23, G27, and a S&W 637 Airweight. Im a small dude, 5-7, 155#. I just recently got my G-27. I didnt really think it was that much smaller than the G23, but the smaller 27 does conceal better. I changed the cant on my holster to straight and the 27 is a dream to carry. The 637 is a little smaller than the 27 but to me its still to big to pocket carry. I love all three. I carry the g23 winter, G27 summer, and the Airweight with tight t-shirts and shorts. If I had to pick I would take the G27 over the .38 snub.
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    I also have a G19, G26 and 637 Airweight among my options. They all have their place in my world. For example, the snubbie even taught me to shoot better. I stunk on ice with it when I first got it. I had to re-learn everything, but after I was done, I shot everything else better.

    If you're on a budget, it may make sense to stay in the same caliber. I stock-pile every caliber so adding another is no small investment for me. Another option is that Taurus makes a snubbie in 9mm. As far as front pocket carry, I'm 6', 220lbs and I don't see front-pocket carry for the G26 as feasible for me. The 637 tends to do a little better, but it's still a large conspicuous bulge. They both go fine in cargo pockets.

    I can't speak with experience in regards to the Taurus, but the Airweight series and G26 are both awesome options.

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    Oh yeah.... a plug for the 638. That's my prefered carry. Hammer is there as an option if you want it but DA ready with the same action as every other Smith. Since the hammer is shrouded, it won't catch, snag, whatever. But I'm old school and I like hammers I guess. And the 638 is butt ugly and a fine choice.
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    Savage Heartland is right, the 638 is a good snub, but it really is awful butt ugly so I chose the 642. I also have a Glock 19 and I don't think the 26 is that much smaller than a 19 when it comes to hiding it well, at least for me. For what you describe, I think you'd be tickled with a snub...whatever model. I'd stay S&W: 442, 637, 638, or the 642. Airweights snubs are just so easy to CCW and besides, they are way cool. Try a set of Barami Hip Grips if you wanna look old school. Despite the butt ugly factor, I think I am going to add a 638 to my collection. I like the choices it gives you. Besides, I'm ugly too, so I have been told.

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    I have the G-26 and the S&W 637...neither is my EDC...either would be a bit bulky for pocket, IMHO...both a great firearms.
    Already having the Glock-19, I'd stay with the same caliber and get the Glock-26...it will tuck into the waist and disappear.
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    I like the snub personally. Carries in the pocket or on the hip equally well. I have a heavy one but there is no difference to me. 38 Special should work well enough.

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    Simple answer from me here... I'd get the G26 any day over a snubbie, but I also agree that every system should have a snub in the inventory.
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    My dream snub is 357 with rubber grips.Wife has a Chief's Special in special
    and she told me hands off so my only snub is a charter house in 44spl with rubber grips.It was made in the early 70's so it's one of the good ones,still I shoot it sparely as it's as I'd like.
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    I have a G23, G27 and a S&W 19-2 snubbie. Of the three, I routinely take the G27 because it's lighter, smaller and easier to conceal. I do carry the snubbie on occasion and like its "old school' feel. It is a pocket cannon and a no guess point and shoot. Every one should have a snubbie in their collection, but CC what make the most sense.

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    Don't fight it-get the GLOCK 26. You'll have much better luck finding ammunition to feed both of your GLOCKS. I can't argue against the .38 too much, I don't have a snubbie but would like one eventually. .38 Ammo seems to be hard to find now days, but I'm sure that revolver would handle reloaded ammuntion better than a semi-auto. The snubbie will pocket-carry easier than the GLOCK 26. The GLOCK 19 is easy to conceal IWB and the GLOCK 26 will be double easy to conceal IWB.
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    I have a G19, G27 (same size as 26) and a S&W Airweight 642. In brief, the 642 is very easy to pocket carry, the G26 simply is not; it's too bulky. In my opinion, the 26 is not all that much different to carry than the 19 IWB either.

    My opinion, go with an airweight snubbie.
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    I live in Houston and that is why I picked the Snubbie.....it is simply so easy to conceal and carry. I am going to get a PM9 to try also.....but I cannot imagine it concealing as easy as the 642
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    I have the Glock 26 and a snubbie. I am 5'-9" ish and 210. Nothing fits me properly. I would look better in maternity clothes. Whats worse, here in Florida my daily dress is usually shorts and a tee shirt. I've got a IWB holster for my Glock 26 which I really like but it prints badly no matter how I wear it. My snubbie is a S&W, titanium, hammerless that I carry in a fanny pack. I tried it in a pocket holster but the grip usually shows and it prints rather badly. The only carry gun that fits in most any pocket in all of my clothes is my P3AT in a DeSantis Nemesis with an extra mag. I've never been made and even my wife can't tell if I've got it. I've shot over 200 rnds. through it at the range and it never even burped. It's definitely not a range gun and no fun to shoot. I get a sore hand every time I shoot more than a clip. But the whole idea is if I ever need to use it, it will go bang at least once. I find myself choosing it most of the time.

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