I agree with the poll results and those whom have said the G19. The sub-compact Glock is what I started my CC days with, and they're good and reliable. Just a few years ago I purchased my very first compact model, and it was a G19. Finally found what I'd been missing all this time, and just as concealable as the subs for me. To me, the G19 is the epitome of Glock pistols for many reasons. IMO, you get a G19 and you may never see the need for a G26. On the other hand, you get a G26, and you might feel the urge to get a G19. Nothing's wrong with growing your collection of Glocks and finding the sweet spot for your carry proposition. Thing is, if you want to think about it twice, and do it once, the G19 is the way to go IMO. Truth be known...and my lengthy history with Glocks....it should have been my first as well. Then again if it had have been, I wouldn't have all those other experiences with other Glock pistols. I'll almost guarantee that the G19 fits, functions well, and gets carried by more folks than any other Glock pistol. On a budget, and considering all things on where to start, the G19 is it. If you want a Glock as a first or only CC pistol this is the place to start IMO. Spend the rest of your valuable time and money at the range, on a holster, or buying ammo. The G19 is it!