Caliber - 9x19mm
Capacity - 10+1
Action - Glock's proprietary "Safe Action" system
Barrel - 3.5 inches
Weight - 20 oz. with empty magazine
I took the plunge and picked up a Glock 26 "pocket rocket" at a gun show in October of 1996. I paid $419 for it, which was less even than the wholesale price I'd been quoted by my buddy the FFL-holder. Prices at that show for the 26 ranged from $419 to $500+!
Fit and Finish
It's pure Glock. "Strictly functional," I've heard it called, and I agree, even though some of the two-tone models look pretty spiffy. Parts fit was clean and tight, and all controls worked as advertised.
Surprisingly enough, I like it! Letting off just enough to let the striker reset leaves you with a sort of "mini-DA/SA" effect that allows for faster follow-ups, but full-stroking each shot is by no means uncomfortable. And there was none of the trigger-finger soreness I remember from shooting a friend's G17 many years ago. The bottom line - trigger feels a little stiff, but it's so SHORT... ;-) A lot of folks criticize the Glock for "not having any safety." While the Glock in fact has THREE safeties, they are all passive - designed to prevent the gun from accidentally going off without the trigger being depressed. The Glock and similar guns do require extra care and training - if you pull the trigger and there's a round in the chamber, the gun WILL fire. Period. Because the trigger pull is shorter and lighter than most, reasonable precautions (such as training, and a holster that covers the trigger guard) should be taken.
The Bottom Line I've found an almost ideal carry gun. Light-kicking, reliable and
easy to conceal, and it packs 10+1 or more of a respectable caliber and is more accurate than
I am! Try before you buy, if you can, but I would not hesitate to recommend the G26 to anyone
looking for a compact carry piece. Or if you're not a 9mm fan, the Glock 27 is an identical
gun chambered in .40S&W...
Update 4/02 Wake me up when this gun malfunctions, would ya? Though the G26 doesn't get fired as much as it used to now that I have thinner, lighter pistols in my carry battery, it is still an old standby and as reliable as ever. I have installed the same "carry trigger" setup (competition connector + NY1 trigger spring) in it that I have in my other carry Glocks, as well as a factory extended slide stop and mag release. A small gun in a potent caliber that can take a 17+2 mag as a reload and has the same trigger as my G23 is still a comforting carry option that I exercise on occasion...
Update 1/99 I've lost track of how many rounds the little G26 has digested by now, but it's probably a couple thousand or so. Frame and slide wear have been negligible, and the gun has held up well with minimal maintenance. I have replaced the recoil spring assembly and a chipped extractor, and had a factory extended slide stop and Trijicon night sights installed. It has continued to be 100% reliable with both factory ammo and my own reloads.
Update 6/97 I recently completed the Lethal Force Institute's "Intro to Combat Handguns" course using the G26. In this 500-round course of fire, the little Glock performed exceptionally well. I had no malfunctions at all, and was able to score a 290/300 - the highest of my group. The others were using duty-sized Glock .40s, SIGs and S&Ws, and they were all amazed that the Glock subcompact could shoot equally well or better.