What Are The Best Glock 9mm Models?
So, you want to get a Glock 9mm...which one is best? Well, that depends a whole lot on what you're going to use it for. All Glocks are good, but some are good for some purposes and some are better for others.
If it's concealed carry you want, there are several Glock 9mm compact models that are perfect for it. If you want a range gun or competition gun, there are better choices for that.
Glock 26: The Original Glock 9mm Compact
The Baby Glock, the Glock 26, was the first of the major Glock 9mm compact pistols specifically for the civilian concealed carry market. It's also fairly popular as a backup gun for law enforcement personnel.
The Glock 26, easily the most popular Glock 9mm subcompact, is slim, compact and very light, making it easy to conceal and carry on a daily basis. It carries 10+1 rounds in the flush-fit stock magazine; aftermarket extended versions can bring that up to 12+1 and a better grip for those with larger hands. However, what made the 26 famous was shooting better than its small size would suggest.
Today's Glock 26 lineup includes the classic model, the streamlined Gen 4 and the deluxe Gen 5 version. Any one of them would be a great fit in a concealed carry holster.
Glock 19: The Glock 9mm By Which Most Guns Are Judged
The Glock 19 wasn't the first Glock 9mm pistol, but it has become THE Glock 9mm pistol by which most other guns are judged. It is the standard by which others are measured, which is why it is the single most popular pistol on the market today.
The Glock 19 was the first Glock 9mm compact. It was geared for concealed carry, but also for duty use by plainclothes officers or police that wanted a slimmer, easier-carrying gun for service use. It has proven itself in every role.
Small and light enough for daily carry, big enough to work as a duty gun, reliable, accurate and holding a generous 15+1 capacity. You really couldn't go wrong with one.
The Original Glock 9mm: Glock 17
There's something to be said for the classics, and the Glock 17 is the one that started it all. Not just the first Glock 9mm, the first Glock pistol. It is the first gun they ever made, after Gaston Glock decided he'd tired of making folding shovels. It introduced...well, it actually wasn't the first polymer-frame gun, and not even the first polymer-framed striker-fired gun, but it is definitely one of the best to date.
The Glock 17 is firmly a service pistol, with a 17-round capacity and dimensions to match. However, some people insist on carrying nothing else and will carry one in an IWB holster.
That said, you won't find a better home defense handgun or range pistol.
You might look at the Glock 19X and think "With that extended grip and magazine, it can't be too easy to conceal" or something. Actually, not by as much as you'd think. The Glock 19X stands only 5.47 inches tall, which isn't outside the norm for a lot of carry pistols. Plenty of folks out there carry a Commander 1911 on the daily and that's the height for that gun.
That extra 0.48 inches of height also brings with it Glock 17 magazines and capacity, meaning 18 rounds on board with one in the pipe before you slide the magazine home. Since the 19X is built using the Glock 19 Gen 5, you get the Glock Marksman Barrel - a match-grade, polygonally-rifled 4.01-inch barrel - the grip stipling of the Gen 5 series and - for those who hate them - no more of those pesky finger grooves.
Glock 9mm Single Stack: The Glock 43
The only way some people think the Glock 26 could get better is if it was made into a Glock 9mm single stack. As it happens, they did: it's the Glock 43.
It's the most recent addition to the Glock compact lineup, perfectly suited for concealed carry and the CCW market has taken to it like a duck to water. Handle one and you will see why. It's ultra-slim and light, so it's easy to carry all day on the waistband, in an ankle holster or however you might want to.
Capacity is 6+1, but extended magazines can bring that up to 8+1 if desired. You won't find a more comfortable concealed carry Glock.
Glock 43X: A Bigger Glock 9 Subcompact Is Better
The Glock 43 is great and all...but the 43X is a little better. If you wanted a Glock 9 smaller than a 19, but bigger than the 43...the 43X takes the cake.
It fills the hand a little better than the 43 or the 26. It holds more bullets. It's only about 1 cm wider and 1 cm taller than the standard 43, so it's hardly the case that the boost in size will make it hard to conceal. With that, you get a much more respectable carrying capacity (10+1) and better feel in the hand, as we noted in our Glock 43X review.
The Glock 43X is made by adding a new frame and magazine, which extends grip length to 5.04 inches with the magazine inserted. The slide and barrel are the same, so length remains unchanged at 6.06 inches, but the slightly wider frame (required to accommodate Glock's new Slim 01 magazine design) brings overall width to 1.1 inches. Unloaded weight - sans magazine - is barely changed at 16.4 ounces. The 43X, of course, does receive Glock's new Silver PVD finish.
Shooting the 43X is more pleasant to shoot than the standard 43 as the slightly fatter grip allows for a firmer hold. You can also add any of Glock's factory upgrade sights if you want. Sure, the Glock 43 is a great pistol...but the 43X is just a little better. Definitely one of our favorite Glock 9 pistols.
Glock 19C Gen4, Arguably The Ultimate Glock 9mm
The Glock 19C Gen4 might just be the ultimate Glock 9mm pistol. This has all the bells and whistles you could possibly get, short of getting a red dot installed by the factory.
Glock's modular backstraps are included with this Glock 9mm compact. You also get the additional refinements of the Gen4 trim level, but also with a ported barrel and frame. With these additions, you get a more comfortable gun that's able to get back on target like nothing else. If rapid fire is the name of the game, this may be the closest you get to a Glock 18.
The Best Glock 9mm Pistols Compared
|Glock 26||Glock 19||Glock 17||Glock 19X||Glock 43||Glock 34||Glock 19C Gen4||Barrel Length||3.43 inches||4 inches||4.49 inches||4 inches||3.41 inches||5.31 inches||4 inches||Dimensions||6.42 L x 4.2 H x 1.26 W||7.28 L x 5 H x 1.26 W||8 L x 5.47 H x 1.26 W||7.28 L x 5.5 H x 1.3 W||6.26 L x 4.25H x 1 W||8.82 L x 5.47 H x 1.3 W||7.28 L x 5 H x 1.26 W||Weight||21.5 oz||23.63 oz||24.87 oz||24.83 oz||18 oz||25.93 oz||23.63 oz||Capacity||10+1||15+1||17+1||17+1||6+1||17+1||15+1||MSRP||~$550||~$500||~$550||~$600||~$500||~$600||~$600|
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