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Let's just get this out front: I'm not so great at my shooting any more - I just don't have time to practice like I'd like to, I don't have a great grip with my arthritis, and I'm not Hickok45.

All that being said, I was curious just what the difference would be if I set out to compare a G26 and G27 back to back with carry ammo. For the first time, wifey and I have one of each, so I thought this was my opportunity.

I came home from work and took both guns out for a quick vid with the carry ammo in each. Shot this vid cold with no practice beforehand.

I don't normally try to shoot real fast. I'm normally trying to put all my shots in one hole. This time around I thought I'd attempt a "rapid fire" string, focusing mainly on putting rounds on target as quickly as I acquired the sights. My speed obviously hindered my accuracy, but the results were telling, to me, anyway.

And it made my decision between carrying a 26 or a 27 pretty easy.

As long as my grip strength holds, I'll take the 27. It's not as pleasant to shoot, and bucks quite a bit more. But it's doing more downrange and I seem to shoot it just as well as the 26. YMMV.

Here's the vid:

 

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Nice video. I noticed that your left hand/thumb could not stay in place when shooting the 27. You had complete control with the 26 but not the 27 due to the recoil and your arthritis. I think you should rethink your choice as not all self defense situations allow both hands on the pistol in an optimal grip. You might have to shoot strong hand or weak hand without your second hand. It's a pretty noticeable difference watching you shoot the 27 compared to the 26. Basically with the 26 and 147 HST you are gaining an extra round and control that you clearly don't have with the 27. You can try 124/147 HST or Speer gold dots(124+P) and see what your 26 likes better. Due to the "snappiness" of the 27 I suspect you concentrated harder trying to reaquire the target. I have nothing against the 27 as it is a great pistol.
 

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Both are great choices! That being said you should choose what you shoot best and not worry about what others think you should choose! Good luck!
 

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I used to be a dedicated .40 caliber man but proved to myself shooting the IDPA Classifier that I was quicker and more accurate with a Gen 4 Model 26. That has become my primary self defense weapon.
 

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I'd be willing to bet, perhaps even give odds, that the majority of folks make that same eventual decision. Unless, of course, the G27 is being carried as a G22/23 bug. :yup:
 
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Nice video. I noticed that your left hand/thumb could not stay in place when shooting the 27. You had complete control with the 26 but not the 27 due to the recoil and your arthritis. I think you should rethink your choice as not all self defense situations allow both hands on the pistol in an optimal grip. You might have to shoot strong hand or weak hand without your second hand. It's a pretty noticeable difference watching you shoot the 27 compared to the 26. Basically with the 26 and 147 HST you are gaining an extra round and control that you clearly don't have with the 27. You can try 124/147 HST or Speer gold dots(124+P) and see what your 26 likes better. Due to the "snappiness" of the 27 I suspect you concentrated harder trying to reaquire the target. I have nothing against the 27 as it is a great pistol.
My grip is a bit odd. My left hand has far less strength than my right, so my two handed grip is very biased toward my right hand - which I understand isn't the way I should balance things, ideally, but it's how my strength works.

Might be the reason behind my left coming loose on the second string.
 

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Had the 23 for 20 yrs and then went 19. My accuracy on followup shots improved so much it was ridiculous. I now carry either Glock 19, 26, or in pocket a Ruger LC9s. But hey, different strokes :wave:
 

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One thing to bear in mind is you could get the 27 and when your hands get too weak buy a 26 barrel and mags (I think that's all you need) and convert your 27 into a 26.

Personally, I think the 26 is the perfect Glock.
 

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I don't own Glocks, but the guy who mentored me does, and I put quite a few rounds through his 19, 21, 26 and 27. The 26 was my favorite, followed by the 21. I also have some arthritis in my shooting hand and I found the 27 downright painful to shoot.
 

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One thing to bear in mind is you could get the 27 and when your hands get too weak buy a 26 barrel and mags (I think that's all you need) and convert your 27 into a 26.
NO. While that will usually work, the 9MM barrel has a smaller breach face lock up and a smaller diameter. To run 9MM you need a CONVERSION barrel, that is basically the size of a .40 barrel externally with a 9MM hole drilled in it. Also, converting a .40 to 9MM should be for range use only, and not for defensive use.
 

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My grip is a bit odd. My left hand has far less strength than my right, so my two handed grip is very biased toward my right hand - which I understand isn't the way I should balance things, ideally, but it's how my strength works.

Might be the reason behind my left coming loose on the second string.
This is exactly why I suggest you revisit the 26. Try to shoot both weak handed and see if you can handle the 27 or not...if not the choice is clear....
 

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27 for me for the last 18 years, it's never let me down. I never thought it too "snappy"! Also, I carry a Glock 23 a lot too, so the 27 just makes sense for me. At our mandated qualifications, my scores with the Glock 27 is discernible from my issued G23, and this was also true when my duty gun was a G22. Many times the lil 27 scores were better than it's bigger peers !!!
 
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