Glock Which compact Glock?

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I have been carrying a glock 17 and a glock 23 for a long time. The 17 is a bit clumsy and large but the 23 is not usually a problem in a IWB holster. But I am considering one of the compact Glocks. What do you guys suggest and why?
 

fordnut

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I am not really a Glock fan, but, Pops had a small one at Shootenfest. It was real small, but he had the mag extention on it. It fit the hand real nice, and, the recoil was not bad at all...

I believe he said it was a .40 cal...I shot it, but, don't know much about it///

Steve
 

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If you are going to get a sub-compact Glock get a 27 no doubt about it.
They are a meat hammer!
For inexpensive practice you can get a 9mm conversion barrel.
They are not bad at all to shoot.
 

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Your G23 mags will fit the 27 also. I have both and just have one 27 mag and carry 2 G23 mags for extra...The G22 mags will also fit for 15 rounds if you need...
 

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I own a Glock 26 and have shot a Glock 27 many times with friends. Both guns have very manageable recoil; however, I find I can drop follow-up shots on target much more efficiently with the 26 since the 9mm is slightly less snappy than the 40 cal. One thing I have noticed about the Glock 26 is that it is extremely accurate.....just as accurate as my Glock 19, Glock 21, and Glock 22. When comparing the 26 to the 27, it really boils down to which caliber you are more comfortable with since the guns basically have the same weight/size dimensions. The availability and price of 9mm ammo may help sway you since it is always nice to put in a good bit of trigger time with the small frame guns to make sure you are comfortable with the grip difference when compared to your larger frame Glocks. Good luck.
 
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I looked a t a 26 & 27 at upstate armory yesterday. I am not so sure they are any more compact than my 23? I know they are smaller and a bit shorter in the grip. But, I am not convinced they are any more concealable than my 23. Not so sure I want to go to the expense of replacing the 23?
 

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I had both in my hand looking at them just now and you are right they are close.
Especially if you have an extended mag in the 27.
I bought a 23 before getting a 27.
I felt like the 23 was the best overall choice.
I do find it to be a bit lighter and more concealable.
Put both in a slide and let your t-shirt hang over it to decide.
 

Pops

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I chose the G27 because I realized that is was about the same size as most of the sub compacts out there. As a matter of fact, you have to get into the Ruger LCP / Keltec P3AT / Diamondback .380 size guns to go substantially smaller.

I also realized that other than during winter coat season, I'd have to wear some kind of shoulder rig or an holster as this is not a "slip in the pocket and forget its there" gun. None of them in that size are. (unless you have huge pockets!)

So since I started out with a G22, I figured I'd keep my calibers together - a .40 for the house and a .40 for the car.
that way I can stock up on a single caliber and if I had to walk off with my stuff I only need to bring one caliber.
It would be hard to have to leave stuff behind just because you can't carry another 1000 rounds for that caliber and it wouldn't make sense to take it with you if you didn't take ammo.


I'm not, however, a .40 snob. I have the 9mm drop in barrels for both guns and they'll use the factory mags all the way up to the G18, 33 round, magazines. It's like having at least two guns for the price of one.

I don't have the G23, yet, but it's on my list. I actually like the idea of the G23 with the MechTech carbine conversion kit.

http://www.mechtechsys.com/ - now that's cool I don't care who you are. . . ;)

The MechTech folks have stuff for the 1911 as well.


I say"Everyone should select a favorite caliber and buy all the Glocks in that configuration! It'll make you happy if you do!
:lol:
 

doubletapper

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I originally purchased my 26 to have a more concealable Glock to pick from. While it is slightly more concealable than the the larger Glocks due to the smaller grip, it is only a marginal difference. Some folks say that they can pocket carry the 26, but it is extremely uncomfortable for me to carry a gun that large in my pocket. The 26 ended up being way to similar to carrying my 19, so I retired the 26 to be my wife's gun. I purchased an Airweight 38 with Bianchi speed strips and have been comfortably carrying it in my front pocket when wearing either shorts or pants. The 26/27 subcompact Glocks are extremely nice, but not a radical enough difference from the mid size Glocks to be considered highly concealable. I personally think it would be nice for Glock to consider making a thinner, lighter, single stack 9mm or 40 cal that is more concealable than the sub-compacts. I am okay giving up a few rounds to have a gun that I readily use because it is very comfortable.
 

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Well you've got Glocks in 9mm and .40 SW, which would you rather carry to shoot someone? If you still can't decide just get a 27 with a 9mm drop in barrel than best of both worlds.
 

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Even though I'm not a Glock fan I have a G27 and a G33. Out of the two I like my G33 the best. I've always liked 357 Sig and the 33 is a good platform for that round.
 

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I think that if you have a 23 then a smaller one would not help you that much on concealment. I have a 26 and a 19, Given this choice - I take the 19 every time. I never shoot or carry the 26. Also, if you plan to add a finger hook, you just threw away a longer barrel and didn't really gain a concealment edge because the grip is still nearly as long.

My CCW Battery from largest to smallest,

Glock 19 (Favorite Auto I own. Better Size/weight (for concealment) than my 1911 or G17. Conceals well with my MTAC. Carry it a lot)
Glock 26 (Never really use)
Smith 640 (Love it and its been getting a ton of holster time)
DB380 (Love it in theory, but I have not shot it enough to allow for carry yet.)

So my opinion, you dont "need" a subcompact glock. If the size of your 23 is an issue, then you need something a bit smaller. For me that choice is mostly a snubbie.
 
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mcdaniel said:
I think that if you have a 23 then a smaller one would not help you that much on concealment. I have a 26 and a 19, Given this choice - I take the 19 every time. I never shoot or carry the 26. Also, if you plan to add a finger hook, you just threw away a longer barrel and didn't really gain a concealment edge because the grip is still nearly as long.

My CCW Battery from largest to smallest,

Glock 19 (Favorite Auto I own. Better Size/weight (for concealment) than my 1911 or G17. Conceals well with my MTAC. Carry it a lot)
Glock 26 (Never really use)
Smith 640 (Love it and its been getting a ton of holster time)
DB380 (Love it in theory, but I have not shot it enough to allow for carry yet.)

So my opinion, you dont "need" a subcompact glock. If the size of your 23 is an issue, then you need something a bit smaller. For me that choice is mostly a snubbie.
You stated very well what I have learned. I have decided to cary the 23 in a IWB holster and stick with the S&W 60 on the ankle.
 

HarperJt

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I agree with McDaniel, if you add the mag extension then you might as well carry your 23.
I have a 19, 21, 22, 23, 27 and had a 20 (Couldn't read my scales on my reload and killed it).
I love my 23, it was my pillow gun for years. Out of the group the only one I've been thinking about selling was the 27. I don't care for the sharp recoil and it's not that much smaller than the 23.


Thanks,
Jeff
 
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Sharp Recoil ;) I think me 23 has a very sharp recoil. I train mostly with my trusty Glock 17. I put a few rds through the 23 jusdt to keep in the feel. But a long day at the range with the 23 -NO WAY :shock:
 

ghalm001

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I have a g17 and ag19 the 19 carrys well unless your on the small size you can use the 17 mags and have plenty of rounds when you need them plus its dead on accurate!!
 
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