Thread: Thoughts on the Gen4 GLOCK 26?
6/02/2012 9:55am, #11
However, Glocks are also accurate and reliable. I found that I need to practice specifically with the Glock to get used to shooting it as opposed to shooting a 1911, to get that same level of comfort.
Probably the biggest thing the Glock has going for it if you're thinking defense is the reliability. I can't say I'm totally satisfied with the reliability of my 1911.
Either gun will do the job but perhaps if your life is really really on the line the reliability becomes the most important thing after all. Especially if we're talking shooting in an apartment instead of attempting long range A box shots during a sporting event.
6/02/2012 9:59am, #12
As far as the recoil and follow up shots, the 1911 recoil is more pleasant. It's steady, soothing, almost relaxing as the sights drop back on target almost of their own volition. I prefer the 1911 recoil to the Glock recoil, which I feel is "spikier". This is probably because the 1911 is all steel and heavy whereas the Glock has a lot of polymer with a steel barrel. Also probably because you can't ride the safety on the Glock. But it's all a question of training in the end isn't it? You just have to train with that Glock until you're comfortable as you are with your other weapon. That's the bottom line whenever you have a weapon for self defense.
6/02/2012 11:20am, #13
The first automatic I ever fired was a rental GLOCK 19 (115gr American Eagle), and I didn't like it much at all. For one thing, I knew so little about technique that I didn't have a very good grip at all when firing (I mean in terms of actual grip, not quality of mechanics). This allowed the gun to fly up in the air and throw hot brass on my head.
Having learned the ropes with my 1911, I'm confident my improved technique could overcome every problem I had with the GLOCK 19—though I'm somewhat apprehensive about the same ammo in a smaller and lighter platform (notably the reduced grip size). I don't ride the safety on my 1911, by the way. I am now thinking I'll do 50 rounds each in my 1911, a rental GLOCK 26, and a rental .38 Special Smith & Wesson J frame—in that order—to get a good feel for the differences.
IWB carry is entering my mind again as I keep reading that the Baby Glock is too "big, heavy, and brick-like" for pocket carry. Pocket carry is very high on my list because of how inconspicuous it can be, and I don't really understand why people say that about the Baby Glocks when they're roughly the same size and weight as J frame revolvers which have been pocket carried for decades. It would be nice if the range management would let me put an unloaded rental gun in my pocket for reference, but I know that's a hell of a request ("we can go in the classroom and the range officer can block the only method of egress; I don't mind").
6/02/2012 3:26pm, #14
1991 Trigger: 4. Not quite as crisp on mine as on the Springers I had before. But it's also older.
Glock trigger: 3. Not as smooth by any stretch of the imagination, but the snap on reset makes follow up shots quick and easy.
Shooting 1991: 4. Mine is a Combat Commander and is a bit tougher to shoot than a Govt. It also isn't as easy to realign the sights on as the Glock which I attribute to the Glock sights being larger.
Shooting Glock 26: 4. Not perfect, but for it's size I don't know of anything that lands back on target as quickly and easily.
Trigger Reset 1911: 5. No surprises here. Anybody that shoots a 1911 knows the reset is practically king.
Trigger Reset Glock: 5 also. Not as short, but the snap that I mentioned earlier makes for a very easy followup shot. You won't miss it, you'll definitely feel it, and you can instantly pull the trigger again as soon as you feel it. You'll never have a Ghost Reset with a Glock."Intelligence is nothing more than discussing things with others. Limitless wisdom comes of this." - 山本 常朝