Help me decide: G19 or G26?

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    Help me decide: G19 or G26?

    Hey Everyone! I am getting very close to purchasing my first handgun. I have handeled both the 19 and 26 extensively (don't have a range that rents or a buddy that owns so no chance to shoot either before buying). I really like them both and may end up with both in the future but for now I'm just trying to decide which to get. If you had to pick one or the other, which would it be and why? they each have their own advatages/disadvantages (we could say trade-offs instead). Let the discussion begin!! Thanks to all in advance.
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    for a first gun? The G19 is the way to go.
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    Note: this will probably have to be my "do it all" gun for a while since the bank just doesn't want to let go of the little money I have in it ;) One of the trade-offs that makes me unsure of my choice is the concealability of the 26 with its standard mags but you can also beef up the grip length with mag extentions or 19/17 mags for the range/home defense. With the 19 you can't cut any length off the grip. I'm built quite slim (5' 10'', 140 lbs.) So there's my dilema.
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    I believe each is essentially as accurate as the other. Not a whole lot of difference in size and weight, however, even small differences in dimensions are significant when it comes to concealability.

    It really comes down to which one are you going to be able to carry each and every day... day in and day out without wanting to leave it at home. Unless of course you are one of the "part time" gun carriers. Then it really doesn't matter.

    Some people manage concealing the G-19 just fine. I have the G-23 which are the same dimensions as the G-19 and frequently I find myself preferring to carry my XD9sc as primary.

    So, if you're like me and are committed to carry 24/7 you may opt for the G-26 and you'll be less tempted to leave it at home.
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    go with the G26, its more concealable, and you can make the grip the same as the G19 with the A&G Mag Spacer. Its easier to make a smaller gun bigger when you need to than the other way around.


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    I said 19 - It will have the same grip every time you shoot, and its plenty small enough to conceal . Still has a fore end notch so if you want you can mount a flashlight or laser.
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    The 19 is pretty small, I would get that 1st then the 26.
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    Both are great choices, and the G-19 is probably the best 'first' purchase. That said, I might still get the G-26 if I desired to carry it 24/7 as my first carry gun.
    I have the G-26, and it is soooooooo easy to conceal. My EDC is a Glock-36, but lately I have found myself packing the '26'...

    It's almost a 'toss up'...
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    For a first gun the Glock 19 is hard to beat. What's the point of getting a Glock 26 and adding grip extensions that make the grip the same size as the 19? Considering the grip length is what makes the difference when it comes to concealment. You would end up with a gun that has the same size grip but shorter barrel and sight radius then the 19. To me that would seem counter productive.
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    I've owned both and can tell you the G26 is better as a CCW.
    Smaller guns conceal better, and thats just the way it is .
    People will tell you you can conceal bigger guns with the right holster,
    but keep in mind the same holster can be bought for the the G26 as well
    and then your back to square one ,the G26 conceal better.

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    Everyone's 1st gun should be a G19

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    I voted Glock 19. Although MY EDC is a G26, I think for a FIRST handgun, the G19 is the way to go. It will allow you to develop your shooting habits the right way without having to concentrate on adjusting for a shorter grip. Using mods (mag extenders, etc.) is not the way to start out IMO. The G19 is only minimally larger than the G26 and therefore is just as easy to conceal. The bottom line is you have chosen to "Go Glock". Enjoy your first weapon and TRAIN TRAIN TRAIN....

    Glock 26 Specifications Caliber 9x19 mm
    Action Safe Action (constant double action mode)
    Overall length (slide) 6.29 in. (160 mm)
    Height, including magazine 4.17 in. (106 mm)
    Width 1.18 in. (30 mm)
    Barrel length 3.46 in. (88 mm)
    Sight radius 5.43 in. (138 mm)
    Rifling Hexagonal profile with right-hand twist of one turn in 9.84 in. (250 mm)
    Weight, without magazine 19.75 oz. (560 g)
    Weight, empty magazine 2.12 oz. (60 g)
    Weight, full magazine ~7.23 oz. (~205 g)
    Magazine capacity 10 rounds
    Standard trigger pull ~5.5 lbs. (~2.5 kg)
    Trigger pull length 0.5 in. (12.5 mm)
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    Glock 19 Specifications Caliber 9x19 mm
    Action Safe Action (constant double action mode)
    Overall length (slide) 6.85 in. (174 mm)
    Height, including magazine 5.00 in. (127 mm)
    Width 1.18 in. (30 mm)
    Barrel length 4.02 in. (102 mm)
    Sight radius 5.98 in. (152 mm)
    Rifling Hexagonal profile with right-hand twist of one turn in 9.84 in. (250 mm)
    Weight, without magazine 20.99 oz. (595 g)
    Weight, empty magazine 2.46 oz. (70 g)
    Weight, full magazine ~8.99 oz. (~255 g)
    Magazine capacity 15 rounds
    Standard trigger pull ~5.5 lbs. (~2.5 kg)
    Trigger pull length 0.5 in. (12.5 mm)
    Number of safeties 3
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    I'm gonna say GLOCK 19, best all around 9mm pistol ever! My GLOCK 19 serves me well in all aspects. I use it for EDC, HD, range, and competition. That being said I would like to get a GLOCK 26 just for the added concealability. I conceal the 19 just fine, but the smaller grip would be less to worry about printing. I would add a pinky extension to both 10 round mags, I don't see the point of grip extensions that increase capacity for EDC. Although adding a grip extension to a 15 round magazine to carry as a back-up magazine would be ideal (if you're carrying the 26). After you get one you'll want the other, they grow on you. There is no cure for the GLOCkness.
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    I had a 26 several years ago, sold it, and now own two 19s. I personally donít think concealment, one vs. the other, is much of an issue. I DO think the 19 is easier to manipulate. I shot the 26 in an IDPA club match or two just for grins, and the mag changes, indexing, strong hand/weak hand transitions, etc, are just harder with the smaller glock. It (26), for me, is too big for pocket carry so I decided if I was going to carry on the belt, it might as well be something a little easier to work with.

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