Comparing Glocks 19, 26 and 36

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    Comparing Glocks 19, 26 and 36

    I thought it would be insightful to those still looking for a carry piece, those interested in owning their 1st Glock or those looking to run a similar rotation to share my personal experiences with my three favorite carry guns: my Glocks 19, 26 and 36.

    For anyone who's not Glock initiated, they are as follows:

    Glock 19: 9mm Luger, 15 + 1 capacity, compact size

    Glock 26: the baby version of the 19. Shorter in length and height, 2 finger grip, 10 + 1 capacity, sub-compact

    Glock 36: .45 ACP, 6 + 1 capacity, slimline single stack sub compact. On paper, size wise, it's in between the 19 and 26. Read more for the real differences.

    Here are the three pistols on their sides. I threw in my Glock 20 (10mm full size) in the mix to illustrate the size differences.

    From bottom to top: 20, 19, 36 and 26


    The slide width of all three are almost exactly identical allowing them to ride in any holster designed for the G19. Of all the three, the G36 has the slimmest handle. More on that later.

    From left to right: the 20, 19, 36 and 26. The 20, again, is just for perspective.


    Weight wise, loaded with one in the chamber (I use 147gr 9mm and 230gr .45), they are pretty close with the porkiest being the 19 and the 26 and 36 just 1 oz apart.



    Glock 19: 1 lb, 15 oz
    Glock 36: 1 lb, 12 oz
    Glock 26: 1 lb, 11 oz

    I wear them in the very comfortable Foxx hybrid IWB holster. Keeps the trigger safe and is something I've been wearing all day for half a week now. All three pistols happily call it home.

    Here are some pics of the Glocks under concealment and the last picture of each showing me bent at the waist, the position that most commonly causes printing.

    Glock 19




    Glock 36




    Glock 26




    Concealment: the 26 wins hands down. With its short 2 finger grip handle it is an amazing summer carry piece when paired with a good holster like this Foxx. I found it hard to conceal my 19 unless I wore a loose fitting dress shirt as a cover garment. The 36, while seemingly as large as the 19 is surprisingly easy to hide. It hides more like the 26 than the 19. Most of this is due to the 36's slim handle. It allows the gun to melt into my side more. The longish handle doesn't print half as bad as the 19's does.

    Comfort: there is a marked difference in comfort between the 19/26 and the 36. Quite simply, the 36 is extremely comfortable and can be worn all day long. The dual stack 19 and 26 causes some added pressure against my side. The single thickness 36 spreads the load evenly and comfortably.

    Handling: the 19 and 36 have almost similar length and height so my draw stroke is very positive with both. The 26's midget handle sometimes causes me to fumble with quick draws.

    Shooting: the 19 shoots the best for me. The full grip, long sight distance and great recoil control make the 19 a firm winner for great first shots and sure follow ups. The 26 is more snappy and with the short sight distance causes me to have larger groupings but not at all objectionable. The 36 is a surprisingly good shooter for a small .45. I am not as good with the 36 compared to the 19 but it rivals the 26. All three pistols are awesome shooters nonetheless.

    Reliability: the 19 and 26 are virtually flawless. I'm close to 1k rounds through both and not a single hiccup from either one. The 36 is reliable... under most conditions. It's prone to limp-wristing. When I shoot from my usual NPOA and with my weaver stance, it shoots all day without drama. Single handed from strong or weak side is no issue either. But I found that if I holster draw and rush my shot before I get into my usual grip, by the 2nd shot, I'd get a FTE. It will take me practice to go from holster to a good firm firing grip without fail. The 36 requires more training. The 19 and 26 are no brainers.

    I co-EDC all three. A misnomer, I know, but I love all three. I prefer my G19 when I want max confidence. 33 rounds (15+1 and a spare 17 round mag) is supremely comforting. I grab my 36 when I know I'll be wearing all day without a chance to take it off to breathe; comfort trumps the 13 rounds I'm reduced to. As reliable as the 26 is (and with 28 rounds on tap) I still only use it for t-shirt only days. It's my max concealment piece but strangely the one I like to carry the least.

    I've found myself grabbing the 36 almost all the time and going up to the 19 or down to the 26 depending on concealment. If I had to choose just one, I honesty think it would be the 36. It's just an awesome pistol.

    This was a bit long but I just wanted to share my views of these three fine guns. I would trust my life and those I love to any three on any day.
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    Nice report. I'm in the market for a subcompact double-stack, currently the g26 is right behind the sr9c in the running. Good to hear more before choosing.
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    Nice comparison review.

    The GLOCK 36 usually gets treated as the ugly step child and always seems to get left out of everything.
    Great that you included it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    Nice comparison review.

    The GLOCK 36 usually gets treated as the ugly step child and always seems to get left out of everything.
    Great that you included it.
    It's my newest Glock and one that has risen sharply to favorite. There's just something awesome about a concealable, shootable, comfortable, lightweight .45 ACP.
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    Thanks for all the info. When I started to first carry, someone told me that you can make a Glock larger but not smaller. However it was not until I bought a 26, 19, and 17 that I realized what he meant. The 26 was the easiest to carry and I could put a 19 magazine in it with a grip extension to make it larger. However, I could not make my 19 smaller. Since I wanted to try out other guns I sold off the 19 and 17 and kept the 26 which served me well for a while but I just could not get used to the grip after 40 years of shooting guns with a 1911 type grip angle so I sold it and got a HK P2000SK. I also can make it larger by putting in a 13 round magazine and it even has a rail for a light so that it serves as one of my home defense guns when not being carried in the summer. Since it is sized between the Glock 26 and 19, I found it a good compromise for me.
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    Thanks for the review, now i really want to pick up a Glock 30S.

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    Some one said, if 6+1 plus 6 is not enough you probable need to work on hitting the target.

    Being accountable for every round makes spray and pray not such a good idea.

    Carry and have carried G19, G26 and G36; the G36 rides with me 90% of time or better.

    Put night sights on it and it makes a great late night carry and home defense peace.
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    Great little review of these models! I know a lot of folks here like the G19 and G26 for carry purposes, so you will probably get some feedback from them. That's a great lineup of pistols you have there by the way!!
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    Good review.

    For me, the Glock 19/23/32 size pistols are IWB strong side carry.
    The Glock 36, 27/33 are either Smartcarry or appendix IWB.
    The 36 has an advantage in the Smartcarry, slimmer + full grip = a quicker / smoother draw.


    Your effort at checking to see if the pistol prints even when bent over is like me.
    No internal lock or magazine disconnect on my pistols!

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    Looked at, handled, carried, and fired the 19 and 26 for weeks trying to determine which would be by first glock. (A friend of mine has both and was very helpful in my decision)..Almost went with the 19 but just thought at least for me, the extra size and weight was not what I wanted in a EDC weapon. So the 26 won the contest for me at least. Conceals great and can carry 12 hours a day and not even know I have it on.


    We all have to decide what's best for our given situation but rest assured if it says Glock on the front of the slide...it's the right choice.
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    Luv my 36!
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    I am jealous, I only have the 20 and the 26

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    Hey DetChris - just curious, what load are you feeding the 10mm street-howitzer?
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    Good job!

    I prefer the 36 for GLOCK carry. But they are all good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glock2201 View Post
    I am jealous, I only have the 20 and the 26
    Dude that's plenty! Nice choice on the 10mm. Love that cannon

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