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Hello. I have never been a hardcore fan of Glock pistols, but have respected that they do work well for the most part. Having been a police firearms instructor for 11 years, I've seen plenty of them used in calibers 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP and in the various models offered for each.
I just never could "cotten up" to them.

After retirement, my orbits became very tame compared to my "previous life" and I began the search for the "perfect" (lawful) pistol to carry concealed. Operating under the "Laziness is next to Godliness" theory and for my lifestyle and climate, pocket carry was most appealing although I do carry a belt gun concealed on ocassion.

I initially tried the Kahr P9, but mine was an early one and plagued with premature slide-lock when using +P ammunition. I traded it in on a Glock 26, the same Glock 26 I have now. (More on the Kahr comparisons later.)

Though at the absolute limit of what I can carry concealed via a Galco pocket holster in some of my pants, the thing can be toted quite easily in a Fobus paddle holster. These are the only two holsters I own for this pistol and they suit me. Certainly, there's a wide selection for other G26 users.

The Pistol: My G26 has been very slightly altered from factory configuration. I replaced the plastic sights with AroTek black-on-black fixed sights. (Though the site's under construction, it can be found at www.arotek.com). I had to get a lower front sight than the usual recommended one to get my pistol printed where the sights were aimed and though this took a couple of tries, the folks at the company were very considerate and easy to work with. Even though not in the afflicted "serial number range," I replaced the plastic FLGR with the two-piece steel one offered at Wolff Gunsprings (www.gunsprings.com) and use the standard factory recoil spring. I also added one of those little plug thingys that fits in the hollow behind the magazine well. I did this after several months of pocket carry. I noted that lint, dust, etc was in this area and it wouldn't have bothered me except that this hollow has a small opening at the top and I could see a spring or part through the hollow. I know that with "Glock Perfection," I should not have to worry, but I prefer any "serious" pistol" to be as clean and reliable as possible. I also don't believe in "Glock Perfection," having seen them mess up, usually with small spring breakage, but they almost always work and work well. Having tried various connectors and spring weights, I just stayed with the factory set up with regard to trigger pull.


Not stellar in the "looks department" to me, this pistol has about 2K rounds through it; it has NEVER malfunctioned.

Ammunition: I didn't do any handloads this time as it's been my observation that these pistols are primarily carried for self-defense. The ammo focus was on some self-defense type ammo along with some ball rounds that many might use for practice. Bullet weights ranged from 65 grains to 125 grains. I am not a fan of the heavier bullets in 9mm and didn't have anything in the 147 gr weight as I'd used what little I did have in a previous range report.


The G26 was fed a variety of JHP and ball ammunition today and worked fine. It's never been picky.

Eight different loads were tried today. They were also chronographed from the Glock 26. The data listed is based on 10-shot strings fired about 10' from the chronograph screen and include extreme spread and standard deviations for each round.

Fiocchi 115 gr FMJ:
Average Velocity: 1180 ft/sec
Extreme Spread: 57
Std. Deviation: 21

PMP 115 gr FMJ:
Average Velocity: 1046 ft/sec
Extreme Spread: 38
Std. Deviation: 15
(This is the most lightly loaded factory 115 gr ball that I've tried.)

Winchester "USA" 115 gr FMJ:
Average Velocity: 1097 ft/sec
Extreme Spread: 87
Std. Deviation: 40

Federal 115 gr JHP ("9BP," std. pressure):
Average Velocity: 1111 ft/sec
Extreme Spread: 34
Std. Deviation: 13

Hornady 124 gr "CQ" Tap (XTP):
Average Velocity: 1100 ft/sec
Extreme Spread: 38
Std. Deviation: 16

Winchester RA9TA 127 gr +P+ JHP:
Average Velocity: 1246 ft/sec
Extreme Spread: 33
Std. Deviation: 13

Corbon 125 gr +P JHP:
Average Velocity: 1188 ft/sec
Extreme Spread: 43
Std. Deviation: 17

Aguila 65 gr "IQ" Zinc HP:
Average Velocity: 1517 ft/sec
Extreme Spread: 64
Std. Deviation: 23

The latter round was included as it appears to be standard pressure and I'd not fired any of it and was curious.

FWIW, here's some data on other rounds chronographed through the G26 on a previous day:

Corbon 124 gr XTP +P Ave. Vel. = 1229 ft/sec
Glaser 80 gr Silver Pre-frag Ave. Vel. = 1514 ft/sec
Federal 124 gr. Nyclad HP Ave. Vel. = 1063 ft/sec
Triton 115 gr Hi Vel JHP +P Ave. Vel. = 1280 ft/sec
Triton 125 gr Hi Vel JHP +P Ave. Vel. = 1245 ft/sec

I noticed that the older Corbon XTP load averaged a bit more than the current load using the Sierra bullet and have noticed this in 9mm pistols having longer barrels as well. The Sierra bullet is an aggressive expander and this is plenty warm enough for it to "work." Though hard to find now, I did have extremely good luck with Triton's 125 gr "Hi Vel" JHP out of both this pistol as well as Browning Hi Powers. Notice also that the 80 gr Glaser Safety Slug is rated at +P. I am assuming that the Aguila is not; at least I cannot find any +P notice on the box or ammunition. Bullet weights and velocities are equivalent.

Shooting: Shooting today was done at ranges of 5 yards, 10 yards, 15 yards, and 25 yards. Groups fired at 15 & 25 yards were fired using a 2-hand hold and a rest. The reason was simply that I was trying to shoot groups and the short sight radius on this pistol doesn't lend itself to do this, at least for me. The "fast" stuff was done using a 2-hand hold and a Weaver stance. (Please no emails eatting me out again for firing at the "wrong" distances. Some of us want closer and some farther. I don't have the money to buy ammo to do tests at all distances.)


Not Camp Perry accurate, I find this little gun easier to hit accurately with than my usually-carried S&W J-frame.


One can see from these two pictures that the Glock was pretty consistent with most loads tried and plenty accurate enough for its intended purpose, self-protection.

I'm sure that the gun will shoot tighter, but it will have to be in other hands than mine.


Again, this slow fire group will not win any bullseye competition, but I think most will agree that the gun was never intended for such. Still, I much prefer to have a pistol that's capable of shooting tight groups. I strongly suspect this one's capable of considerably better.

This 5-yard group consisted of five "double-taps," i.e.: one sight picture for two shots fired, the second being fired as quickly as possible with muscle memory hopefully getting it near the first. I don't like to advocate not using the sights and personally will NOT beyond this distance.



More practiced at "controlled pairs," one sight picture for each shot, but done as quickly as possible, I tried 5 sets @ 10 yards. For me, this is the "method" I practice most often. You do what you think's best for your situation.



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Observations: By chance, a friend was at the range today with his brand new Kahr Mk9 pistol. This abbreviated version of the same company's P9 felt better to me than did my Glock 26, but the G26 felt better during firing to me than did the Mk9! I didn't have much ammunition to spare, but from the 3" barrel of the little Kahr, velocities with Triton 125 gr +P JHPs was approximately 100 ft/sec slower than from the Glock's 3.46" barrel. There's no doubt to me that the little Kahr would be easier to conceal by a pretty good margin. I did notice that the same old problem that's afflicted me with all Kahrs was present here: The rear edge of the frame on both sides digs into the web of my hand. (Kahr does appear to have solved the premature slide-lock problem.)

Felt recoil in the G26 actually didn't seem any better or worse than from most other 9mm pistols I've fired with most being heavier and larger; this speaks well to the Glock in my view. I was really surprised at this as the pistol has such an abbreviated grip. This makes it easier to conceal, but I figured it would make the gun harder to control; I was wrong.

Just for grins, I fired the Aguila 65 gr hollow point into water.


The bullet is made of zinc and heavily-skived in three places, lengthwise on the bullet. It's supposed to break into roughly 3 equal pieces. This one broke up, but not evenly. Accuracy was plenty good out to 15 yards and recoil was light. Unlike the .45 ACP version, I didn't notice it being any louder or sharper in terms of blast. It was bright so I cannot comment on flash. I doubt that this would go more than 6" or so in tissue, but could be wrong. It might be just the thing for pest control around the farm, though. The recovered bullet fragments weighed 44 grains, about 2/3rd's the original bullet weight.

Corbon's 125 gr +P JHP was used for the requisite "scientific mud expansion test" and performed well. I've used the 115 gr version of this bullet on varmints in both handloads and Corbon. The Sierra PJHP ("Power Jacket Hollow Point") is one of the most aggressive expanders in 9mm.

Not scientific or repeatable to lab standards, this bullet did not show fragmentation as does the 115 gr version.

I had a few of the Triton 125 gr +P JHPs and repeated the "test" done with the Corbon.

I've killed a number of varmints including several javelina with this load and would not be afraid to use it for "serious" purposes. It's rumored that Triton's going under. I do NOT know that for sure. I hope not.

For now, I'll go with the Winchester RA9TA load, but it's hard to get for most folks. I think the Corbon load, which is obtainable, would be a very good load as well. Other folks will have other preferences.

There really were no surprises in this report and while I still don't find the Glock 26 beautiful, I respect it as a reliable pistol that I'd trust to defend me and mine.

Best.
 

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Thanks for the report! I am a Glock fan. Though it was a tuff turn on. I hated them at first and couldn't stand them. I have now grown to like them and respect them. I carry a Glock 22 every day for duty and it has performed 100%. Also enjoyed your Hi-Power report above.... that's my favorite firearm ;)
 
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I bought my wife a Glock 26 several years ago...I want one for myself...thanks for the report and more importantly Welcome !
 

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groupd like that at 45 feet and 2000 rounds w/o a hickup? in what was previously considered belly gun size? what exactly, if not this, is your definition of perfection? and where can i get one? BTW hats off to you, you're a hell of a shot and a good writer. Regards, Rich
 

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Hello, sir, and thanks very much for the kind words. While I respect what the pistol does and that it groups better than expected, I just cannot really "like" it. I guess I'm just too much of a traditionalist in terms of blued steel and checkered grips. Yet, at the same time, I've not one bit of desire to trade or sell the little Glock.
In the end, it does what it's supposed to do and has done it well in my experience.

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I have a Glock 30. I fired it on the range yesterday. It shoots every bullet weight and pressure load to the point of aim (that I have tried), 165gr., 185gr., 200gr., 230gr... +p on all but the 230gr. which I have shot +p and ball; all Cor-bon JHP (in the +p). The 165 gr. Cor-Bon JHP round exibits accuracy through the G30 that borders on phenomenal. It makes a fine carry load, as well as the 185 gr. Cor-Bon +p round. Both will expand reliably when fired through the G30 barrel.
 
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btw I should have mentioned that I am of the opinion that of the Glock Kabooms that I have read about on the internet... all of the afflicted Glocks had the grip plug...I read a few articles..saw a few pictures..came to my own conclusion and removed the grip plug from my Glock 17..just a friendly "Heads Up"..
 

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THANKS STEPHEN...........

for another great report, i am no fan of Glocks fantastic plastic. but thats me, it does the job and thats the main thing.

Logansdad-clue me, what is a grip plug??? never heard of that.
 

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THANKS L.D.

for the timely and informative reply. i can sleep tonite knowing what the plug is:right:
 

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just curious as to how you figure that a grip plug could in any way shape or form result in damage to the pistol.
 
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that hole at the bottom of the grip may have a function like a pressure release valve...besides it was a key ingredient in every Glock kaboom I read about.

I'm not saying that it does cause kabooms...I'm just removing from my own Glock a variable that I don't know enough about
 

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I use a plug in my Glock 22, no problems. Actually it helps. Wearing the gun while on duty and on duty on a bike, it helps keep the gun cleaner.

Kabooms are caused by bad ammo. A little kaboom, you get a split casing and maybe a broken magazine disconnect, a big kaboom and you have a pistol in three pieces. Not just in Glocks, but in any handgun. I've seen a Ruger Redhawk that Kaboomed, the top strap was blown off :eek:
 

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i thought i read somewhere that the reason for the hole was to let crud out of the action during extended firing or in dirty environments. i guess if that is the case a gun that spends most of it's time tail up and exposed to the elements might benefit from being plugged, my little 27 stays right next to my skin under my shirt and i only need to shower every other month or so (yes i wear it into the shower, doesn't everyone?) besides if you couldn't guess i'm one of those that believes ol'Gaston is omnipotent, so if he didn't plug it it musn't need to be plugged.
 

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Hello. I'm told that the original reason for the hole was to allow for easier withdrawal of the first magazines, which were not designed to drop free as they are now. With the slide removed you can see parts and as I carried my G26 almost exclusively in a Galco pocket holster, I was forever cleaning lint and debris from that area to avoid it working its way possibly into the guts of the gun. That said, it had never caused a problem without the plug.

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I bought a Glock 26 with Trijicon nightsights today...I loaded it with Federal Nyclads and put it in a Galco Royal Guard horsehide holster
 
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