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Old February 24, 2005, 09:55 AM   #1
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Guidance please, j-frame vs. glock 26

This is my first posting to firing line and I'm looking for some advice. I wear business attire every day, (suit & tie). In business attire I carry a S&W mod. 37 in a belly band under a tucked shirt almost every day. I'm thinking of retiring the old Mod. 37 for something that has less chance of snagging, (I won't bob the hammer, the old gal has sentimental value for me, she was my grandfather's when he was the Sheriff of a mid Michigan County).

I'm looking at either another j-frame, perhaps a Mod. 638 or going another route and picking up a Glock 26. My question is for those that have carried both. What is the size difference? Have any of you gone from a j-frame to a sub compact Glock?

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Old February 24, 2005, 10:04 AM   #2
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I haven't worn/carried both but I have examined both side by side in shops, looking at the size differences.

The Glock is marvelously small and compact for what you get. But it's slightly thicker and had many more square edges that, to me, would print more (depends on your clothing). That's one reason I bought the S&W 649. Small, more curved edges to blend with clothing "fluff" and it's ability to digest .357 magnums. Mine has the larger grips for OWB/IWB carry.

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Old February 24, 2005, 10:40 AM   #3
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I would suggest to stay with a revolver. You are use to carring one, and you could save money by using holsters you currently own. However, both weapons you suggested are good weapon systems. Both weapons weight about the same, the Glock is thicker, but carries more ammo. IMHO stay with what you know.
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Old February 24, 2005, 11:08 AM   #4
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Thanks for your quick replies. I should clarify when not in a suit, I at times carry a glock 19, kimber tac pro II, or a S&W Mod. 19. So I am familiar with other platforms.

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Old February 24, 2005, 11:36 AM   #5
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I have carried both a S&W 442 and a G26 concealed.

Both are fine, small guns to carry concealed and while it is true that the Glock is somewhat thicker it has never presented a problem to me. I carry the G26 in a FIST #1 clip holster

which is very secure but is also "easy on and easy off" as well. I recommend it without reservation to carry the G26.

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Old February 24, 2005, 12:01 PM   #6
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Or try a Kahr pistol...they are slightly flatter than Glocks
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Old February 24, 2005, 12:15 PM   #7
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For many owners the Mini-Glocks are almost as easy to shoot as their larger counterparts like the G19 or G23, it arguably has better power than a snub, and has better capacity. If you don't mind the slightly added thickness and carry it without the pinky extension on the mag it might be worth considering.

I used to think Glocks in general weren't for me. The G27 completely changed my mind about them. The G27 is certainly more fun to shoot than the S&W 640 I used to own as well.
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Old February 24, 2005, 12:30 PM   #8
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I wear suits from time to time (today, for instance! ). I find that (in my SmartCarry) a round-butt J-frame or short-butted D-frame hides a tiny bit easier than my Glock 26 (this is true whether I'm wearing suits or jeans with the SmartCarry).

I can't comment on the bellyband, though. I find that extended J-frame stocks (I have ones similar to those on Bill's 649 on my 60-15) or a square-butt J-frame (I have a nice no-dash SB S&W 36) do away with the small concealment advantage that J-frames have over the G26 when I wear them in the SmartCarry.

But the sizes of the guns (2" J-frame with round butt, 2" D-frame with short butt, G26/27/33/39) are virtually the same. The thickness throughout of the G26 does seem to make it infinitesimally more difficult to conceal in a SmartCarry.

That said, I now carry my small Glock 26 much more frequently than the D-frames/J-frames I carried earlier. The additional capacity, faster follow-up shot capability, slightly increased energy, and much faster reloading ability (with big-stick mags, no less) were enough to get me to make the switch. Please feel free to PM me if you have any more specific Qs.
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Old February 24, 2005, 12:38 PM   #9
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Try as I might, I cannot seem to conceal Kahrs and Mini-Glocks quite as well as J frames in business casual/ business attire sans jacket.

So... I'll nod toward the J frame.
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Kahr works fine for me.
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Old February 25, 2005, 08:58 AM   #11
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I carry a Glock 27 IWB in a Com-Tac holster everyday. I am 6'3" tall and weigh around 190. My everyday dress is khakis and a tucked in buttonup shirt. If I wear a jacket, the gun is untucked and without a jacket I tuck the holster. I work with people everyday and no one has "that I know of" noticed in a year.
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