Glock 26 Gen 4 Review – The Original Concealed Carry Pistol

Glock 26 Gen 4 Review: Summary


Glock 26 Gen 4
Reliability

Reliability

This goes without saying with a Glock. The reliability is unmatched.

Accuracy

Accuracy

Glocks aren’t notoriously accurate, and the small grip of the Glock 26 makes it even harder to shoot.

Ergonomics

Ergonomics

The grip is nice, but the short size of the pistol is difficult to manage.

looks

Looks

Glocks aren’t exactly known for their looks. They are pretty blocky.

Customization

Customization

Glocks are extremely easy to customize. There are hundreds of holsters, sights, internal parts, and external parts available for the Glock 26.

Bang for your Buck

Bang for your Buck

Glocks are reasonably priced, especially when considering how high quality they are and their resale value.

We Like

  • Reliability. Glocks are probably the most reliable semiautomatic pistols available.
  • Durability. Similarly, they can withstand the elements and are very tough.
  • Concealability. Due to how short the pistol is, it will be very easy to conceal.
  • Accessories available. Any part you could imagine is on the market.

We Don't Like

  • Ergonomics/Shootability. Due to how short it is, it is more difficult to shoot than you’d like.

This is a very high quality pistol. There’s a reason that is one of the most popular concealed carry pistols. Glock has become synonymous with high quality, and the Glock 26 Gen 4 is no different.

Ahh, the baby Glock. Looking for a concealed carry pistol? This specific Glock is one of my favorite pistols for concealed carry.

An older guy that I work with recommended it to me, and said he remembered how anticipated they were when they first came out. After he told me about it, I had to go check it out for myself, and it’s easy to see what the hype is all about. It really does offer all the pros of a Glock, in a shrunken down frame.

Glock 26 Gen 4 Review - 1

In this article, we will review the original baby Glock. This subcompact pistol from Glock is extremely short and easy to conceal, but also offers most of the pros and cons you’ve come to love from a Glock.

As has been written about before, 9mm is a great caliber for carrying. It packs a punch, but is still a smaller round. This means that you are able to fit more in the same size magazine as opposed to larger pistols.

Continue reading for our full review of the Glock 26 Gen 4.

What is this pistol aimed for?

If you’ve ever seen this pistol before, you’ll know right off the bat that its meant for concealed carry, as it is very short.

Glock 26 Gen 4 Review - Conceal CarryHowever, since it is pretty small, many people would like this as nightstand pistol, or something similar. 

We aren’t going to say that no one else should use this pistol, but it’s definitely best for concealed carry. We’ll talk more about this in a little bit.​ 

Due to the fact that it is a Glock, you can already expect a high level of durability and reliability. For these reasons alone, it makes the pistol that much more broadly applicable.

You could use this pistol for home defense and range shooting. It is all around just a good pistol to own.​ 

Glock 26 Gen 4 Review: Breakdown & Maintenance

Let’s talk about some of the measurable statistics of the pistol. This will paint the picture for some of the rest of the features of the pistol.

For starters, the pistol measures 6.41 inches long, 4.17 inches tall, and 1.18 inches wide. It has a 3.42 inch barrel, and it weighs 21.71 ounces when it’s not loaded. The standard magazine capacity is 10+1, but various extended magazines are available.

Glock 26 Gen 4 Review - Dimensions - 1
Glock 26 Gen 4 Review - Dimensions - 2
As you can see, this is a very small and light pistol. For that reason, it is excellent for concealed carry.

However, there are some cons associated with it that we will talk about momentarily.

Other than the durability and reliability that you expect from a Glock, this pistol also has all of the features of a Gen 4, while not everyone loves these.

In terms of grip, the Glock 26 Gen 4 has the thumb indentation in the grip, and it has the rough textured finish. In addition, it also has modular back straps. All of these features of the pistol allow for improved grip. Not everyone loves the Gen 4 grip features, but in our opinion, it helped improve the grip of the pistol.

However, the extremely short size of the pistol is pretty difficult to grip. While the rough textured finish and the modular back strap helps, the fact that it is still so small in size is still difficult.

Another pro of this pistol is how easy it is to maintain.

The ease of maintenance is one of our favorite things about this pistol. As to be expected with Glocks, this pistol is very easy to take down. While we always recommend cleaning your pistol each time you shoot it, Glocks don’t necessarily need it.

Safety & Reliability

As with most Glocks, this pistol has one external safety, as it has a trigger safety. However, what many people don’t understand about Glocks is that they have multiple internal safeties.

This prevents then from firing if they are accidentally dropped, or if they are in your glove compartment and you get in a wreck, or any other freak accident.

Glock 26 Gen 4 Review - Trigger Safety

Glocks are somewhat misunderstood when it comes to safety. Those that aren’t familiar with pistols will say that they aren’t safe, but anyone who has a basic understanding of the safe handling of firearms will tell you that these pistols are definitely safe.

If there is one aspect of Glocks that isn’t debatable, it is their reliability. It is extremely well known that Glocks will last for tens of thousands of rounds. There’s a reason that they are used by so many police departments and militaries around the world.

Due to how few internal parts there are inside a Glock, there is very little that can break inside the pistol. As such, their reliability is probably their biggest pro. When you buy a Glock, it will last for years to come. This is a fact.

Glock 26 Gen 4 Review: Comfort and Shootability

This is the biggest con of the Glock 26 Gen 4, in our opinion. Due to how small it is, it is very hard to grip and shoot. We found that after each shot, we pretty much had to reset our grip.

This is to be expected from a small pistol that is meant for concealed carry, but it is extremely apparent in the Glock 26. In some of Glock’s newer carry pistols, such as the Glock 43, it is thinner, but taller. They are slightly easier to grip as a result. However, the Glock 26 has an advantage over the 43 in that it has a much higher magazine capacity.

Due to this limited shootability, we would pretty much recommend only using this pistol for concealed carry and home defense. If you’re looking for a range gun, we would recommend checking out a different Glock.

Accessories & Upgrades

Another huge pro of Glocks is the aftermarket parts market. There are thousands upon thousands of parts available out there. You will be able to replace any of the internals, and almost anything external to the pistol as well.

One of your first upgrades should be a pair of night sights, such as these night sights from Trijicon​:

TRIJICON - HD XR NIGHT SIGHTS FOR GLOCK

TRIJICON - HD XR NIGHT SIGHTS FOR GLOCK

These are very bright tritium sights, and will make it easier to acquire targets in a low light situation.

Next, we would recommend installing an upgraded trigger, like this Apex:

APEX - ACTION ENHANCEMENT TRIGGER W/GEN 3 TRIGGER BAR FOR GLOCK

APEX TACTICAL SPECIALTIES INC - ACTION ENHANCEMENT TRIGGER W-GEN 3 TRIGGER BAR FOR GLOCK

This will make the shooting that much more enjoyable, as it reduces the travel and improves the reset.

Another common Glock upgrade is a new slide plate. Slide plates are easy to replace, and allow you to customize the look of your pistol. They won’t do anything for performance, but you can make your pistol look cooler. For an example, see this American flag stop plate:

TACTICAL SUPPLY DEPOT - SLIDE PLATE FOR GLOCK

TACTICAL SUPPLY DEPOT - SLIDE PLATE FOR GLOCK®

One upgrade that may make your life a little easier is an extended slide lock lever:

LONE WOLF DIST. - EXTENDED SLIDE LOCK LEVER for GLOCK

LONE WOLF DIST. - EXTENDED SLIDE LOCK LEVER for GLOCK®

This will make it easier to take down the pistol, as it sticks out further than the stock one.

If you’re feeling more into it, you could also look into replacing the slide. Upgraded slides reduce the weight, and also add to the look of the pistol. However, no matter what your plans are for the pistol, there will be aftermarket parts available.

Conclusion

Hopefully our Glock 26 Gen 4 review has shown you a little bit about this pistol. Essentially, it is a short pistol that is great for concealed carry, but we would try our best to limit it to that.

Rest assured, this is a very high quality pistol. There’s a reason that is one of the most popular concealed carry pistols. Glock has become synonymous with high quality, and the Glock 26 Gen 4 is no different.

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