July 09, 2021 4 min read

Glock has a reputation for building accurate, durable firearms that meet the needs of carriers. The company makes so many models, though, that trying to choose the right one can feel intimidating. Read our Glock 26 review so you can decide whether the pistol sounds like a good option.

Glock 26 Dimensions, Weight, and Features

The Glock 26 has a subcompact build that makes it excellent for concealed carry. The pistol stands out for its easy concealment because it measures:

  • 6.5 inches long
  • 1.26 inches wide
  • 4.17 inches high (including the magazine)

You also benefit from a 3.43-inch barrel that won't get in your way while you move.

Even if you need to break out into a full run, the Glock 26's 25.75-ounce weight will not slow you down, especially when you have a Glock 26 holster that keeps the 9mm pistol in position.

Despite its small size, the Glock 26 lets you carry a lot of rounds. It comes standard with a 10-round magazine — giving you a 10+1 capacity. If you want more, you can upgrade to clips that carry as many as 33 rounds. The larger magazines will add to the gun's weight and height, but they also help you secure your area when threatened by an active shooter.

Other features we like about the Glock 26 include:

  • Glock's patented Safe Action system that helps prevent unintentional discharges.
  • Its ability to use the same magazines as larger Glock pistols, including the Glock 17 and Glock 19.
  • A loaded chamber indicator.
  • The universal Glock rail that lets you add accessories.

Regardless of which Glock you choose, we offer concealed carry holsters that will keep you comfortable and safe. The IWB Glock 26 holster also fits the Glock 27 and Glock 33.

Best Uses of the Glock 26

The Glock 26's small size has made it popular among open carriers who also want to have a backup pistol on them.

Glock 26 Pros and Cons

The Glock 26 is a great gun, but all items have their advantages and disadvantages.

Some pros of owning a Glock 26 include:

  • Its small size.
  • Its ability to accept high-capacity magazines.
  • Firing 9mm rounds offers enough power to subdue someone without causing life-threatening injuries.
  • Excellent accuracy (of course, you have to practice to take advantage of this benefit!).
  • A grip that works well for people with small hands.
  • Ambidextrous features that make it useful for nearly everyone.
  • You can use it as an ankle carry. It's that small!
  • Minimum recoil helps you hit your target when firing multiple rounds.

Some cons of owning a Glock 26 include:

  • A fairly heavy trigger pull weight, especially for a subcompact pistol.
  • The small grip can feel uncomfortable in large hands.
  • It doesn't have a manual safety that you might want for extra protection.
  • Gen 3 models are often difficult to find.

The Glock 26 isn't the right gun for everyone. If some of its features don't appeal to you, you might find a better alternative in the next section.

Alternatives to the Glock 26

There are two types of alternatives to consider when you don't want a Glock 26. The first includes pistols with similar sizes as the 26. The second includes larger guns for people who decide they do not like the subcompact design.

Alternatives Similar to the Glock 26

If you want a subcompact concealed carry weapon, consider the365, Hellcat, or TP9 Subcompact

Full-Size Alternatives to the Glock 26

Looking for something bigger? Try the following:

Glock 26 Customer Reviews

What do owners of the Glock 26 say about their weapons? Let them speak for themselves!

"I own a G26, and think it to be a fine gun—very reliable, and the sight picture with Tru Glo's (light tube and night sights) is outstanding."

"The 26 has been Glocks best since it was introduced."

"I bought my G26 gen 5 in June with Glock's 'Salute to the military' discount. It's the best carry pistol I've ever owned. Second best was my G26 gen 4."

"Those finger grooves sure are a lightning rod of controversy. See, there are people like me where the finger grooves feel like they were custom molded to fit my hand. So I've, of course, never had a problem with the finger grooves and, in fact, prefer the feel of them. But I can go either way so it makes sense that Glock is finally doing away with them to make their guns more of a universal fit."

Get a Glock 26 Holster from Concealment Express

Does the Glock 26 sound like the right concealed carry weapon for you? We always do our best to offer objective reviews, so you should probably try one to experience how it feels in your hand.

If you decide to purchase the gun, get a Glock 26 holster that lasts a lifetime. We make all of our holsters from durable materials in the United States, so you can count on receiving an item that meets your expectations. We even give you a lifetime guarantee. That's how much we believe in our products.

Those of you who decide to purchase different guns after reading our Glock 26 review can browse our catalog to find a holster that matches your pistol's dimensions and features.

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Glock 26 Review