Top 5 Glocks For CCW Purposes
Made in Austria, Glock is one of the most reputable handgun producers on the market. Known for their unique design, superb functionality, and ardent fan base, Glock has made a name for itself as a “must have” brand of firearms. In this article, we'll discuss five different models of Glock pistols that are perfect for a concealed carrier.
Glock 43 – Super Compact, Single Stack Champ
This is the most recent addition to the Glock family. Chambered in 9mm, it holds six rounds in a standard magazine. It's a single stack competitor to both the Kahr and M&P Shield. This pistol is ideal for those with smaller hands or those who just like the feel of a single stack. It's extremely streamlined and conceals well in an inside the waistband holster.
Glock 17 – The One, The Only
A legend in its own right, the Glock 17 is considered one of the most essential 9mm pistols on the market. In production since 1981, it's one of the few full size handguns that still fits well in a concealed carrier's arsenal. With the Gen 4 additions, it is even more customizable with attachments such as a Viridian laser sight assembly or even a flashlight. The Glock 17 is one of the top picks for law enforcement across the country. Unsurprisingly, it's also highly sought after by gun aficionados.
Glock 19 – Compact Class With Full-Size Force
Glock 19 is the original compact model of the Glock 17. Designed to hold fifteen rounds in a standard magazine, its responsive design and low trigger reset point have made it a favorite amongst law enforcement and military. It's chambered in 9mm and a great choice for those that are able to conceal a larger compact handgun. The G19 Gen 4, the latest iteration of this classic compact, features dual recoil springs which are supposed to extend the life of the firearm far past original expectations.
Glock 27 – A Bigger Bullet To Do A Bigger Job
Just like the Glock 26 in design and functionality, the only major difference is the caliber. The Glock 27 is chambered in .40 caliber S&W versus 9mm. This means a bit more punch and less magazine capacity. For those who want a handgun perfect for carrying out in the woods – the Glock 27 hits the spot.
Glock 26 – Nothing Childish About This Baby Glock
When Glock first wanted to get into the truly compact range of handguns, it released the Glock 26. Dubbed the “Baby Glock”, there was absolutely nothing childish about its large magazine capacity and exact same functionality and dependability of its big brothers. Since it has been on the market so long, it's also become a great entry point for first time concealed carriers.
Bonus: Glock 33 – Because .357 Is An Awesome Caliber
Too often, .357 is left to the revolver. Glock 33 put an end to that. Now those concealed carriers who simply must have that ammo type can carry it in a Glock platform. It's a subcompact extremely similar in design to the G26 and G27. Because it uses .357 ammunition, it's standard magazine capacity is slightly less than the G26 – but who's going to complain if they're a fan of the ammunition style?
Do you have a favorite you love to carry in your Glock IWB Holster? Tell us about it in the comments below!
About The Author
James England (@sir_jim_england) is the contributing editor for Alien Gear Holsters. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and private defense contracting in Afghanistan.