I’ve recently become a convert to Glock. I was a Ruger girl for years, still have three of them, but my primary is a Glock 19. Some people are surprised that I carry something that big, concealed, and not noticeable. But when I work with a student, and let them try the 19, they are usually surprised at how well it fits in their hands and how much fun it is to shoot.The key fit is the backstrap to the trigger. Can you comfortably hold the gun and reach the trigger? This is more important than the “size” or caliber of the gun. If you can’t hold it, you can’t control it.
I did a comparison between the Gen3 Glock 17 (full size), 19 (compact) and 26 (sub-compact or Baby Glock), all 9mm. What I found surprising is the fit to the hand is pretty consistent across all three.
· The Glock 17 is 7.32” long, 5.43” high, 1.18” wide and has a trigger pull of 5.5 pounds.
· The Glock 19 is 6.85” long, 5.00” high, 1.18” wide and has a trigger pull of 5.5 pounds.
· The Glock 26 is 6.29” long, 4.17” high, 1.18” wide and has a trigger pull of 5.5 pounds.
Notice any similarities? They are also the same distance from the backstrap to the trigger. This means that I can wrap my hand around the full size 17 the same as the baby 26. I happen to like the 19, as a primary carry gun, because it is big enough to be comfortable to handle and compact enough to be easy to conceal. I also like that is has a “double-stack” magazine which means more rounds fit in a smaller space.What is my next gun? A Glock 26, I think it would make a great backup gun, and in a pinch, I can use my extra 19 magazine.
Yes, there are a lot of great manfacturers out there. I haven’t had my Glock long, but it is a lot easier to shoot than my Ruger every was. It is less finicky with ammunition, I’ve never had a mis-feed because my wrist wasn’t firm enough…Bottom line…fit the gun to you. For average sized people, this should be fairly easy to find something comfortable. If you have unusually small, or large, hands, you can have a gunsmith alter your pistol to fit you better. Women don’t need tiny pocket guns, and men don’t need hand cannons. Neither is easy to control.