You’re looking at a pair of the most popular Glocks made. This is the Glock 27 in a 40 caliber and Glock 26 in 9 millimeter. I’m Hickok45.
I like these subcompact Glocks. They’re sometimes called baby Glocks because they’re the smallest Glock made by the company. If you’re not familiar with Glocks, this is the smallest one. It is the subcompact, baby Glock.
It does come in 357 SIG, and that’s really the only other caliber. The 380 is available in Europe. In this country it’s 357 SIG, 9 millimeter and 40 caliber subcompact, baby Glocks. They’re all the same gun at the same size. All three have no difference in dimensions. They’re the same gun. The barrel has a small or large bore. That’s basically what it comes down to.
The 357 and the 40 have a similar magazine, too. There’s not a lot of difference. These two guns beg for a comparison. I get a lot of questions about which to buy and which is better. People ask if the 40 recoils too much. People ask if the 27 is too snappy. That’s the words we use in connection with it, quite often. People wonder if they should get the 9 millimeter, the Glock 26.
Someone might already have the 26, and they’re thinking of moving to the 40. They would want to know how much more it kicks and those sorts of things. We thought we’d do a little comparison between the two. First, I’d like to point out the beauties and praise of both subcompact Glocks.
It’s a wonderful sized gun. I would have never have guessed it, and it took a year or two to sell me on it. I thought I didn’t want any part of it. Then, I shot one, and it kind of grew on me. I found some ways to make that grip better, and it really grew on me from a practical standpoint.
You’ve got a really small gun here that is very shootable. That’s the beauty. Function is so important. If function isn’t important to you, you’re not going to like or love the Glock. This includes any of the black polymer guns. They’re not necessarily beautiful pieces of art.
They’re not like a beautiful 1911 or Smith & Wesson revolver. Thee function is where the beauty lies. The fact that this little gun is capable of really firing well and being accurate makes it stand out. It’s more accurate than we are. Get that out of your head because these little babies are accurate.
It’s concealable if you have a permit. These guns fit into so many places that even the compact won’t fit. They’ll stick you or poke you in your ribs. It has a short, little grip that is wonderful and gives it a big advantage in concealed carry. It’s great for a belt holster or anywhere.
I like these guns because they’re so shootable. There are a lot of small guns around. I like the PM9s, some small Rugers and other little guns. On a good day, I can shoot them pretty well.
These guns shoot as well as the big brothers on a good day. For the 27, it would be the Glock 23 or Glock 22. There’s not a lot of difference. Let’s take a couple of shots.
We’ll start with the 27 and sling a little lead for fun. I got magazines in my pouches here. I start out with the flush magazine.
I like the flush magazine because it makes it easy to carry and handle. I usually reload with a Glock 23 magazine, Glock 22 magazine or bigger. It’s just for shooting, and I do not use it to stabilize the gun. I get the same grip regardless of the magazine that’s in it.
What do we have here? Let’s just take a couple of shots.
It’s sweet. I love it. I love this little gun.
I have to watch my mags to make sure I don’t use the wrong one. The Glock 9 and 40 mags are the same size.
Nice. Put this one in.
I winged him. There we go. There’s a target. What? I can’t knock the thing down.
That is a target that is donated to the range by Challenge Targets. You might notice that it’s a nice one. It might be defective or something. Let me try it again.
I can’t knock it down, so it must be broken. Actually, it’s not. I’m just kidding. You know me.
Let me put this in my holster. It’s got a big magazine in it.
That is a target that Challenge Targets donated to the range. It’s pretty nice. They said, “Try it out, and put it on the range, no charge.” It is a new design that does not stay down. That’s the beauty of it. It’s an interesting design.
It’s designed to shoot and keep shooting. You can adjust it. You can set it to go down with a 9 millimeter. You can set it by cranking up some screws to raise or lower it, so a 9 millimeter will knock it down. You can set it to take two hits to knock back. It can take a 40 or a 45. It’s supposed to go back slowly, or you can knock it on back. It’s however you want to set it, so that’s what that’s all about.
Again, we thank Challenge Targets for lending that. I’ll take a couple shots at it to show you.
We have it set that a 9 or a 40 will knock it back but not all the way back. That’s what that’s about.
That was a little 40 action. That was the Glock 27. Like I said, that gun is just wonderful.
Alright. Let’s try Mr. Gong out there at long range.
Alright! That one doesn’t want to fall. I notice the bullets are going a little higher. It must be the humidity or something. I’ll try the turkey over there.
There we go. It just took two. It’s interesting. The humidity must be 99%. I can actually tell a difference in the bullet impact. It seems that it’s going higher, but maybe it’s just me. Some of you engineers can help me figure that out.
The point I was making was that these guns are so shootable at short and long range. All you have to do is going back through the playlist and get some more verification on that. I love to shoot them at all ranges. There are big advantages to this gun, and I mean both of them. A lot of people compare these guns with a smaller Car, Ruger, LCP or another pocket gun. There is a quantum leap up to the subcompact. It’s a little thicker, bigger and it doesn’t fit into every situation.
Once you get into these size guns, if you can carry and carry a gun of this size, you really have a good gun. That depends upon your purpose and function. It’s a real gun that you can do anything with. I would not be afraid to take this gun as my primary fire arm, and I have done that with the police department. It’s just so shootable. Both of them are, and we’ll take some shots with a 9 millimeter.
Let’s make sure these magazines are all the same. We don’t want to mix them up. I’ll make sure my glasses are not fogged up. Let’s start out with a short magazine.
Then, we’ll move to get all those 40s out of there. These larger magazines are for backup. We’ll just take a few shots here. Alright. Nice.
I’ll load it. Let’s get this guy right here.
Alright. Here’s the big 9 millimeter.
They really took off! Let’s see if he’s interested in going after the gong. Let’s see if we’re seeing that bullet rise the same as it did with the 40. Maybe it’s my imagination.
I thought I had one in the chamber. We’ll let her cook for a second. Yeah. There’s one in the chamber. These are my hand loads. Maybe I have a bad primer.
We’ll let him cook, and he’s probably fine now.
Yeah. It was likely the primer strike. I’ll save him for later to take a look at him.
In the 9 millimeter and the 40 I was firing factory ammo. With this I’m just shooting my unsorted brass and 147 Grain bullets. Alright.
Alright. Same deal with this gun. It’s really shootable.
There we go. I got him around the last shot.
It’s a good old Glock 26. Both of them will get the job done, short-range or long-range. There’s a little less recoil with the 9 millimeter.
I want to show you something. It’s not scientific. We’ll get some 40s and 9s, and see if you can notice anything just from looking at them. One of the hits on the 27 is that it’s too snappy. Maybe it is for a lot of people. If you’re not used to the recoil, then it does jump around a little bit for you.
Let’s take a couple of shots with both before we forget to do that. We’ll let you get a look at it and see if you notice anything. I’m going to maintain the same grip with both guns. That’s all I can say.
It’s got the same grip. I’m just going to shoot the tombstones. I’ll focus on how I hold the gun and being consistent, but not on shooting. Okay. We’ll shoot six or eight. It’s got a normal grip.
I’ll shoot a couple really quickly. I realized I’m not shooting naturally because if I pull this thing out to hit several targets, then I probably am getting a harder grip on it. I’m trying to hold it down and acquire my sight fixture. If I just “Bang, bang,” then I probably do have a little more grip on it. We’ll do both. You saw that was kind of slow fire. I’ll just maintain my grip and focus a little bit more now.
In order to shoot fast you really need good control. Let’s try it with this. I’ll shoot deliberately here. Then, I’ll speed up and shoot methodically. This is a 9 millimeter, Glock 26.
Okay. Now, I’ll speed up a little bit.
Of course, with that one you get a machine gun. It doesn’t really recoil much. That tells you something.
I’m sure you can see a little bit difference. Of course, part of what you’re seeing different is the recoil. That’s what most people are asking about. They’re concerned that the 27 is too snappy. If a 9 millimeter kicks for you, then a 27 is definitely going to be snappy. If you shoot a lot of guns like 44 Mags, then it’s not going to bother you. If you don’t plan to shoot it a lot, then I would stay with a 9. I’ve said that before in different videos. The 40 does have more of a jump to it.
You notice I shot the 40 first. I don’t like to come out here to shoot the 9 and then pick this gun up expecting to do whatever I want. I have to kind of readjust for that extra balance.
Okay. We talked about what they have in common. The recoil is one thing that differentiates the two. Another thing they have in common is that they can both take long mags. The neat thing about this system is that you can use longer magazines with baby Glocks and they work just fine. Some other companies have that same capability. Here’s a 15 round magazine for a Glock 22. Some police carry that. It’ll work in there just fine.
Here’s something for a 9 millimeter. Here’s a Glock 23 magazine that holds 13. There’s a variety of mags that all shoot just fine, or you can use the flush mag that we have here. That’s what I like to start out with. That’s the best feel.
Again, I don’t use that mag to support the gun, ever. I keep my fingers it. I use two fingers to shoot these guns. I don’t touch that mag. That’s my goal, not to touch it. I don’t want to do that.
It’s the same with the 9 millimeter. This Glock 19 mag will work just fine. I don’t think I have a Glock 17 magazine out here. Yeah, I do. That’s what that is right there. It has a plus two on it, and it works as a backup. Then, there’s this big Glock 18 mag that holds 33. You got that little rig. It’s pretty sweet. It will shoot. Let me show you.
It’s empty! That’s a lot of fun, of course.
That’s one of the neat things about baby Glocks. They can take the big boy magazines. That’s another added feature. Most people would carry that for backup, but not necessarily that thing. They’d carry a longer magazine if they carry one for primary carry.
Okay. There are other differences, of course. The caliber is the biggest difference. It’s a little less expensive to shoot the 9 millimeter, of course. It’s not a great deal for what ammo costs if you shoot it all. A box of 9 millimeter ammo is $10-13. 40 practice ammo runs $14-15 for low end ammo. Low end is pretty much the high end for 9 millimeter. If pay for practice ammo for the 9, then $13-14 is the cheapest you can find and probably similar to the 40. It could be up to $18 for practice ammo. It’s not a tremendous difference, but it is a difference.
You have the cost. The ammo availability is about the same for both of them. There’s not a lot of difference. Anywhere I go I can find 9 millimeter and 40 ammo. It’s not a big deal.
The magazine capacity is a little different on these two guns but not a lot. The Glock 26 with the flush magazine will hold 10 easily. It’s easy to get 10 rounds in the Glock 26 flush, stock magazine. The 40 will hold nine, but it’s a tough nine. It’s tough to get them all in sometimes. I notice the newer mags are a little easier. I load some of them to eight because it’s really stiff feed on that last one. You can get it in. The beauty of the 9 is that it’s an easy 10. It’s an easy eight on the 40. It’s not a big difference in capacity.
Those are some of the differences and similarities in these guns. It’s a tough choice. I get the question and face it a lot. These are my favorite guns. This gun I bought used back in 98’ or 99’. That was my primary for about six years. I used it and carried it. I used it in GSSF matches. In fact, this gun is special because I won the Glock 29 with it. I won subcompact, so this is a special gun for me.
I like it. I’ve shot it a lot, carried it and competed with it a fair amount. I practiced a lot. It takes a lot of focus to shoot one of these real well, especially if you shoot in a match. You try to really drill those paper targets out there. I don’t know if you shot any GSSF matches. Some of the targets are out at 25 yards at one stage. I don’t know. You’re trying to get them in the center of that thing out there. It’s cardboard and you can’t see it. You really have to focus on that little sight. It’s a short radius and everything.
I practiced a lot with that gun. It paid off, but I practiced and shot that thing a lot. It’s got a pretty good trigger, but it’s not the very best I’ve had in a Glock. This gun’s kind of special to me.
This one is in a way, too. It’s my primary gun now. It’s a generation four. They’re both really nice guns. They both have a special meaning for me. It’s still kind of a toss-up. I could just close my eyes, mix them up, pick one out and use it as my primary weapon. Either one is fine. I kind of prefer the 40 a little more.
These are sweet fire arms. There’s nothing else left out here for me to shoot. I just wanted to give you a look at the differences between these two firearms. Hopefully, that’s of some use to you. These are good old guns, the Glock 26 and 27. You can’t go wrong with either one. I hope you learned a little bit. Life is good.