This is a discussion on Why buy a G26 when there are G27's & G33's within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Very good question dennisPA! I was faced with this same conundrum late last year, G26 or G27 and just like you I reasoned go G27 ...
Very good question dennisPA! I was faced with this same conundrum late last year, G26 or G27 and just like you I reasoned go G27 and convert to 9mm when I wanted to. But I chose the G26. I have two larger handguns in .40 s&w and truly love them. Because I have issues with my hands (chronic pain) these shooters in this caliber is plenty a handful for me. However my 9mm shooters I can handle very comfortably for long sessions, even the sub compacts I have. Since 9mm ammo is so available verus .40 thats why I went that way. You can't go wrong either way. It comes down to what works for you best, good luck and good shooting. I really love my new little G26!
Same reason I bought a 19 instead of a 23. My primary carry caliber is 9mm. If I want a .40 or .357, I'll buy one. The only caliber conversion I'd be interested in doing would be a .22 convo. but, then again, I have a couple .22s I enjoy already.
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I picked the G26. Main reason was cost and availability of 9mm ammo and to have a mate for my G19. I also want a G23 and a G27, so regardless of which ammo may be scarce, I'm covered... Why pick one, when you can have many...
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I have a 27 for off-duty carry because my dept issues the .40 cal G23 as a duty weapon. I had a 26 in the past. If I had to buy ammo on my $, I would get a 26. As mentioned, there are plenty of good SD 9mm loads out there.
If you get a 27, you can get a 33 barrel and have no problems. If you get a 9mm barrel, you will also have to switch out your extractor. I wouldn't carry it for SD without doing so. Range use would be fine, where malfunctions won't cost you your life.
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Only reason I'll ever get a 26 (in addition to my 27) is for when my wife caves in and wants to get one. She won't be able to handle the 27.
Well, anything Glock would be fine. My preference of YOUR choices would be the '26'.OMO
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I love my G27 and G23...... For the longest time the G23 was my primary carry gun.... but recently it has been the subcompact G27. It's a powerhouse little pistol.
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But the 33 is sizzling hot! I've fallen in love with the .357 Sig. A 9mm conversion barrel is under $100. Practice with one, carry the one on steroids.
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Get the G27 hands down if the selection is b/w those. I have mine and I love it. I just got a storm lake 9mm barrel and I absolutely love it! That's what I would go for. Just my $.02
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I would get the G26, only because I see no need to use a .40 or a .357 Sig. The 9mm ammo is cheaper, which allows more practice. Recoil is less, so follow-up shots are faster. Penetration is virtually the same. If I got a G27, I would just end up converting it to 9mm, so what's the point? Save the expense and just get the 9mm from the get-go.
The number of people killed because they didn't have "enough gun" is dwarfed by those who had none at all. Get a gun you will always carry, and add more capability as you grow.
yea, i was in the same boat. but I had a couple other considerations.
I really liked the .40, as it has a bit more power, however.
I already had a S&W 9mm pistol, and I went to the local ranged and rented both (26 & 27).
I was accurate with both, but went with the 26 because I had more control, and it felt very comfortable, and the 27 has pretty snappy, and didn't give me the confidence in it the 26 did.
So I went with the 26, very happy I did. Have had a couple chance to shoot it, and don't think I'll ever regret the decision too.
The Glock 26 is an excellent choice...I, too, made that selection for my daily CCW off duty. If I go into the woods and/or require something with a bit more zip, I'll strap on my .357 mag or lug my rifle.
If you can shoot...the 9mm 125 grain + P JHP are up to any defensive task.
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Thats a heck of an endorsement. Dawgfvr has am awesome SP101 with grips that make me daydream everytime I see them.