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Old July 19, 2013, 08:26 AM   #1
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Should I shoot my Glock 26 better than my 17

Yesterday I picked up a Glock 17 and took it straight to the range. What I learned is I need more trigger time with it before I decide to carry it. I really wish I had taken my 19 to shoot beside it to have more of a comparison. I had my 26 since that is what I have been carrying. I found I shot my 26 better (faster and more accurate close range and at distance) than the 17. I found it a little discouraging but I found the 26 very encouraging. The shooting was done from 5 yards to 20 yards mostly shooting 6" plates. I also realize I have very little expierence with a fullsize gun short of a 4" K frame that shoots like a lazer. I guess I thought I would shoot the 17 well since I had been shooting my 26. The 17 is stock with Glock night sights. The 26 has traction grip, ghost connector and stock sights except the rear sight has been blacked out with a sharpie. Has anyone else had the same expeirence?
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Old July 19, 2013, 08:27 AM   #2
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I shoot an M&P 9c, the compact, better than the fullsize. Noticeably better too. I got rid of the fullsize.
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Old July 19, 2013, 08:30 AM   #3
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It's actually pretty common. Don't know why, but a lot of people post about shooting their baby Glocks better than their full-size models.
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Old July 19, 2013, 11:03 AM   #4
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I shoot them equally well.
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Old July 19, 2013, 11:16 AM   #5
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I’m not sure I shoot my G26 better than my full-size guns, but I have been very surprised at how well it does perform. I was convinced when I purchased it that the small grip would be an issue and bought extensions, grip tape, etc. However, after one range session I was really impressed how well it performed right out of the box.
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Old July 19, 2013, 03:26 PM   #6
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I don't know why, but I shoot my G27 better than my bigger G23, both in the same caliber and using the same loads. And with my G27, I have my bottom finger below the magazine.
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Old July 19, 2013, 03:44 PM   #7
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I think that the way the curve of the butt fits into my palm, and the fact that my pinkie under the magazine helps lock in my grip (GAP baseplates help also) add up to a more consistent hold, and better accuracy for my G26 over the G19.
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Old July 19, 2013, 05:15 PM   #8
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I find I shoot my 26's "slightly" more accurately than my 17's, when shooting "bullseye" style.

Shooting a little more realistically, I do better with the 17. Its just easier to quickly get a good grip, present the gun, and shoot quickly with.
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Old July 19, 2013, 08:15 PM   #9
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I am a little surprised that some people find that they are more accurate with a smaller, lighter gun? Go figure.
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Old July 19, 2013, 08:27 PM   #10
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I fall into the "baby glock better" category. I do my 27 better than my 23 and the 22. I think the smaller gun fits my hand / grip better. Maybe I can control it better or crush the grip better - who knows. I do carry the 27 more and therefore practice with it more. That could be it too.

Some practice time with the other guns usually brings them right in line, they just don't come as "naturally" the G27 does to me.

Now get this... I have a "big glock" that I shoot better than all of the other Glocks. It is my Glock 21 in 45 ACP. Perhaps the large frame Glocks are a different - better fit, or I've got it in my head that the recoil is softer or something. It's magic.

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Go check out glocktalk and search around. You will see that this is a very common comment.
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Old July 20, 2013, 02:36 PM   #11
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I am another that shoots the G26 better than the larger Glocks. It is not intuitive, but a lot of people report it to be so. I like the feel of the 19 OK, but the grip hump of the 17 doesn't fit my hand well. Different strokes, of course.
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