Best Glock Sub-Compacts For Concealed Carry
Anyone in the gun world is familiar with the ubiquity of Glock pistols. They've cost-efficient, striker-fired pistols that rely on good engineering and have a high standard of performance. Previously we discussed the best Glocks for concealed carry. Today we're going to discuss the sub-compact series of Glocks and briefly discuss the merits of each.
Double-Stack Glock Sub-Compacts
A double-stack Glock sub-compact is offered in a variety of calibers. They are known for their squarish, blocky demeanor and no room for the pinky in the pistol grip. This can be alleviated through an after-market grip extension. These sub-compacts are generally legally allowed in almost every state in the union because of their standard ammunition capacity – making them ideal for concealed carriers worried about state restrictions.
Some models, such as the Glock 26, can accept magazines from their larger equivalents like the Glock 17 and 19.
The format for this list will be:
Sub-Compact Model (Ammunition) – (Year Released) Standard magazine capacity
• Glock 26 (9mm) – (1995) 10 round standard capacity
• Glock 27 (40 S&W) – 9 round standard capacity
• Glock 28 (.380 ACP) – (1997) 10 round standard capacity
• Glock 29 (10 mm) – (1997) 10 round standard capacity
• Glock 30/S/SF (.45 ACP) – 10 round standard capacity
• Glock 33 (.357 Auto) – 9 round standard capacity
• Glock 39 (.45 GAP) – 6 round standard capacity
While there's a Glock for nearly every pistol ammunition type except .22LR, .32, .38 Spc, and .500 – all the major ones are covered. The most common to find are the Glock 26, 27, and 30. Each are a bit slimmer than their larger counterparts and are perfect mix of capacity and concealability.
The common models all offer extended magazines that can push their maximum capacity up a few extra rounds in addition to accepting standard Glock magazines chambered in the same caliber.
Single-Stack “Slimline” Glock Sub-Compacts
Because of the single-stack nature of these slimline sub-compacts, none of these Glocks can accept magazines from their larger versions. Recent newcomers, the slimline models have received wide praise for their reliability and easy conceal-ability within an inside the waistband iwb holster.
• Glock 42 (.380 ACP) – (2014) 6 round standard capacity
• Glock 43 (9mm) – (2015) 6 round standard capacity
• Glock 36 (.45 Auto) – (2014) 6 round standard capacity
The biggest drawback to any of the slimline models is ammunition capacity. Because each were specifically designed to be as slim as possible, the single-stack magazine holds 6 rounds. This can be offset by carrying a spare magazine on person or within reach in a vehicle.
Whether purchased new or used, sub-compact Glocks are generally affordable (less than $600) and have excellent ergonomics for drawing from a holster . They are all striker-fire pistols with, on average, 5.5 to 6.0 lbs of trigger pull.
If you have bigger hands, you may want to strongly consider an after-market grip extension. Even though some of the models are “+0” (no added ammunition capacity), it may be well worth it from a marksmanship perspective.
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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.