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G26 TO G43, back to G26

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by No_Regerts, Aug 31, 2015.

  1. No_Regerts

    No_Regerts United States Well-Known Member

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    My Glock 43 experiment is over. Im headed back to the Glock 26. I put 300 rounds through it (at 6 rounds per mag, this took forever) and never was able to make friends. It is much easier to hide, but the need to adjust my grip and trigger finger placement was annoying.

    I have big hands and was using the part of my finger behind my first joint to pull the trigger in order to hit what I was aiming at. If I used the pad of my finger, I was consistently 8 inches left at 7 yards.

    The G26 is the same size backstrap to trigger as my Glock 17 and I can use the same part of my finger to shoot accurately. It will go back to being my regular off-duty carry gun.
     
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  2. scott_see

    scott_see White Salmon, WA Member

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    My G26 has been IWB for years. I've felt no need for smaller. The back pocket and ankle do get other guns though..
     
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  3. bzltyr

    bzltyr Portland Metro area Active Member

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    I have the G43. I like it. I do miss my G26. It did feel great. It's even better with a 33 rnd mag. :)
     
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  4. 308

    308 ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Platinum Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Hopefully someone will make us some nice 30rndrs for the G43. I love mine, but definitely understand the G26 for bigger hands.
     
  5. solv3nt

    solv3nt Portland Well-Known Member

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    When they first introduced the g43, I realized that the overall thickness was less than 1/8", which wont make a lick of difference in concealability. I went with the g26.
     
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  6. Hayshaker

    Hayshaker Irrigon Active Member

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    Thanks guys ~ I've been thinking about going with something smaller then a G27 ~~ but after reading the above blogs. Think I'll stay with my 27.
     
  7. Deebow

    Deebow Portland Well-Known Member

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    :(

    I still might get one. Have to decide based on the way it feels in my hand.

    Good to hear how much you tested it though before deciding which way to go.
     
  8. solv3nt

    solv3nt Portland Well-Known Member

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    The 26 fits in an ankle holster under my cowboy boot, and it hides iwb without a problem.
     
  9. Lance Jacobs

    Lance Jacobs South Willamette Valley Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Well, but in the case of No_Regerts, making the gun even smaller like the PM9 is, would no doubt cause him to find the pistol to be even more of an ergonomics problem.

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  10. Lance Jacobs

    Lance Jacobs South Willamette Valley Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Did you ever consider and look at any other options, other than Glock? The Walther PPS came out years ahead of the 43. It has a Stryker type trigger just like the Glock, and even breaks down just like a Glock too. So it is very friendly to Glock users.

    I have pretty large hands too, but I have found it to be quite easy and comfortable to shoot. It is a quality, well built and engineered, German made handgun.

    If you have not yet already done so, check one out sometime.

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  11. No_Regerts

    No_Regerts United States Well-Known Member

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    I'm a glock fanboi, i havent looked into too many other options. I do carry a S&W 642 from time to time.
     
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  12. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I like my G42 for times when I can't dress to fit my G19. My wife also enjoys shooting it over others due to the light recoil.
     
  13. soberups

    soberups Newberg Well-Known Member

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    95% of the time I have no issues comfortably concealing my G26 with +2 mag extension, and its ergonomics and magazine interchangeability mean that it is a perfect "little brother" companion to my G19. The G43 has none of these benefits, as far as I am concerned its just another subcompact single-stack 9mm in a market already glutted with them. On the very rare occasions when I do need something smaller/lighter than the G26, I just stick my Ruger LCR .38+P in a front pocket holster and call it good.
     
  14. fredball

    fredball Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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  15. CHLChris

    CHLChris Portland Metro East Love me some guns! Bronze Supporter

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    Anyone looking for a single stack 9mm really should listen to Bob Mayne on HandgunWorld. He's been doing a bunch of episodes on comparing the G43, Shield, PM9, and XDs9. He has been convinced by experience to stay with his Shield w/o safety.

    Before the G43 came out I switched from an XDs9 to a G27 converted to 9mm. I very much prefer capacity to size. YMMV
     
  16. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I carry a G26 and don't really any complaints. I started with a G27 and always though it was really thick, but after carrying other firearms and deciding to stick with one caliber I bought a G26 and don't think I would even consider a 43.

    I did really like the size and comfort of a shield, but don't want a different frame. I have a G17, and G34 and love that I can use those mags for my backup in the 26.
     
  17. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    Sorry guys. Your wrong. :s0002:

    The 43 is the best Glock ever! :D
     
  18. CHLChris

    CHLChris Portland Metro East Love me some guns! Bronze Supporter

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    Oh yeah! :) Seven rounds of reckoning. Just hope there is only one bad guy!:eek:
     
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  19. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    Uh.............. Seven rounds.
    That's enough for Seven bad guys!

    Heck. The original 9mm [Luger] only held eight. :D
     
  20. CHLChris

    CHLChris Portland Metro East Love me some guns! Bronze Supporter

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    I'm certainly no G43 hater. Not even a single-stack hater. And I love 9mm. No problems with any that. Sometimes, in some situations, a 9mm single-stack is the very best option. And in that role, the G43 could certainly do well for many people. But for me, capacity is of utmost importance, or at least as important as comfort.

    Massad Ayoob, on his most recent podcast, interviewed a cop who had a traffic stop go bad when the guy jumped out shooting. Three mags of 45acp later the BG was dead, but only after a bunch of mortal hits that didn't stop him. Only 3 rounds to the head made him stop. And the tox report showed no drugs!!

    I just want as many rounds as possible. I, for one, choose to don a Glock 26 with a 12rd mag and carry a G19 mag as backup.
     
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