G26 or G36

G26 or G36

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    G26 or G36

    So one of these will be my one and only firearm for the the next year or so but I can't decide which one. I like both calibers but I have to think about cost and availbility. Around my way there isnt much price difference between the .45 and 9mm. This pistol will be used for carry and home protection. I will also be teaching my fiancé to shoot as well.
    Please fellow members help me make a choice!
    Thanks in advance!


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    I've owned both and still have the G26 so that says something right there.
    First , they are not in the same class, the G36 is a compact and the G26 in a sub compact.
    The G26 will be easier to conceal carry.
    The G26 also kicks less and would be better to teach a new shooter with
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    I have both and carry my G36 A LOT more than the G26. There is no significant difference in size between the two, so don't let that influence you.

    For me, the G36 is an easier gun to shoot than the G26. Less muzzle flip, easier to bring back on target, etc. There isn't a noticeable difference in weight between the two, either.

    I have +1 grip extensions on the mags for the G26, so it's a little harder to conceal than a standard G26. The mag extensions give you a better grip, so in my eyes it's worth the trade off.

    I carry the G36 in a High Noon Public Secret IWB holster, and the G26 in a High Noon Down Under IWB holster. Both work well for my body shape and mode of dress.

    It really comes down to this; do you want the stopping power of a .45 with less rounds, or do you prefer a little less stopping power and more rounds. If I had to choose between the two, I'd keep the G36.

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    I think either would be great. Buy the one that gives you the better deal, financially. One little plug for the G26; you can use higher capacity G17 mags in it.
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    Personally I would go with the 26 because you can use the high cap mags. While 6 rounds of .45 is great I personally would want more rounds then that if faced with more then one attacker either on the street or in my home.
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    Why not compromise and get the G 27? The .40 is the happy medium between the 9mm and .45, and right now .40 ammo is plentiful. I can shoot my 27 as accurately as my full size Glock 22.

    One more to consider since you are limited to one gun, how about the G 23? Concealable, yet comfortable at the range.
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    For carry and for teaching? I would not use either one. I would go with a G19.

    Of the two choices - I like my G36 for it's thin profile and superb pointing (for me anyway).

    Just my $.02. Hope it helps.

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    +1 for the G36, not much difference in the conceal-ability of either one, but the authority of the .45 caliber is worth the reduction in capacity, at least for me it is.... Good luck.

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    I would say without a doubt, a G36...until you add the teaching the new shooter part...The 26 would be easier to teach a new shooter, especially if she has small hands...I would also consider the G19, the slightly longer grip and barrel would make things easier for a newer shooter...
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    G26 or G19...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TX-JB View Post
    I would say without a doubt, a G36...until you add the teaching the new shooter part...The 26 would be easier to teach a new shooter, especially if she has small hands...I would also consider the G19, the slightly longer grip and barrel would make things easier for a newer shooter...
    I agree with the Glock 19 suggestion.

    As far as the 29 vs 36, give me the 26. You can use the magazines from the 17/18/19/26. The 26 may look a little out of place with the 33 round "Happy Stick" but it does work.

    It really comes down to this; do you want the stopping power of a .45 with less rounds, or do you prefer a little less stopping power and more rounds. If I had to choose between the two, I'd keep the G36.
    There really isn't much, if any, difference between "good" loads in either caliber. Where the .45 wins is that you have a little more margin for error in regards to bullet selection.

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    I have the G26 and G19. Both are fine guns. I wanted a smaller 45 acp to go along with my XD 45. I was going to get the XD45 compact, but the store was out. The salesman showed me the G36, but I didn't like the capacity. So he showed me the G30, which holds 10 rounds. About the same size as the 26, maybe just a little larger, but if so, not much. You can get a grip extension that allows the gun to accept the G21 mags, that hold 13 rounds. So, my plan, once I've had the chance to qualify with it and add it to my CCW permit, I'll carry the G30 with the 10 round mags, with the spare as a G21 13 round mag. So, my vote would be to go with the G30 instead of either the 26 or 36.

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    I have both the Glock-36 and the Glock-26, and my EDC is the 36
    I enjoy the firepower, and it is no harder to conceal than the 26.
    I took a point shooting course a few months ago and that's when I decided to switch from my Kimbers to the Glock-36.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    I have both the Glock-36 and the Glock-26, and my EDC is the 36
    I enjoy the firepower, and it is no harder to conceal than the 26.
    I took a point shooting course a few months ago and that's when I decided to switch from my Kimbers to the Glock-36.

    Just about the time you buy the 9mm, .45 ammo will drop in price...Murphy's Law.
    Out of curiosity, what was it about the course that made you want to switch, or was it something about the guns ?

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    I used to have both a G26 and aG36...now, i jsut have a G36.

    I found it much more comfortable to carry, especially in an IWB holster.

    Caliber wars will be what they will; I feel well armed with either 9mm or .45...

    If it were a G19 or G36, well, that would make me consider a bit longer...but I would probably still take the 36.
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