Glock 19 or Glock 26

Many folks thinking about buying a glock ask, should I get a Glock 19 or Glock 26?

I have both and they each have advantages.

The Glock 26 is more concealable and gives you more carry options, i.e. pocket carry. I also find the 26 prints noticeably less in the same holster when compared to the 19. The glock 26 will take the Glock 17,19, and 26s magazines.

The Glock 19 has higher capacity and can be a little more comfortable to shoot because of the longer grip.

The 26 gets a lot of criticism for its short grip. Yes your pinky will “hang” but with a little practice you’ll be able to shoot the 26 as well or better than the 19.

I’m not a big fan of using pinky extension magazines in the 26. The biggest advantage the 26 has going for it is it’s concealability an extension defeats the purpose. If you practice with the extension because it is easier you will likely carry with the standard magazine and your training may not translate.

My official recommendation: get both, they compliment each other nicely.

Pictures to compare the two



Glock 26 using Glock 19 magazine


Glock 19 and 26 sharing the same crossbreed supertuck made for a glock 19



Printing of the Glock 26 in crossbreed supertuck


Printing of the Glock 19 in the same crossbreed supertuck