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Military and law enforcement officers the world over put their lives on the line every day, which requires a service pistol that is safe, reliable, accurate and easy to use. It should come as no surprise then that approximately 65 percent of law enforcement officers in the United States choose Glock, as those qualities are the hallmarks of the brand.
Glock, named after its founder Gaston Glock, is an Austrian-based arms manufacturer that dates back to 1963. Famous for its line of striker-fired polymer-framed pistols, Glock also manufactures a wide range of knives, entrenching tools and tactical apparel. As noted, Glock pistols are a favorite among domestic and foreign armed forces, law enforcement agencies and civilians – revered for their simplicity and dependability, among other things. Though the original Glock 17 debuted just 20 years ago, the name carries a strong reputation that is among the most trusted in its industry. With the Glock 26, the company was able to successfully build on that reputation.
As noted, the Glock 26 is a striker-fired, semi-automatic polymer pistol that is chambered for the 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge. The Glock 26 features a 3.43-inch barrel and an overall length of 6.54 inches. Weighing in at just 19 3/4 ounces unloaded, its light weight combines perfectly with an ergonomic shape that makes carrying this subcompact pistol a non-issue. A trigger pull of approximately 5 1/2 pounds is joined by a trigger travel of just half an inch to provide for an exceptional performance right out of the box. You may also be pleased to hear that the pistol has an effective range of 50 m, which is well over the typical range for self-defense, and also features adjustable sights that consist of a ramped front sight and a notched rear sight – perfect for acquiring targets quickly and easily. As noted, each pistol comes with two 10-round box magazines.
Like all other Glocks, the Glock 26 features the “safe action” system, which consists of three passive, independently operating mechanical safeties. Though the pistol has no manual safety, its three internal safeties work seamlessly to prevent accidental discharges and safety hazards. The trigger safety is a small lever on the trigger itself that prevents rearward movement of the trigger unless both the trigger and trigger safety are depressed simultaneously. The firing pin safety is a spring-loaded device that blocks the firing pin channel, preventing any forward movement of the firing pin unless the trigger is depressed. Finally, we come to the drop safety. When engaged, the rear of the trigger bar rests on a drop shelf. When the trigger is depressed, the bar moves off of the shelf until it is fully separated from the firing pin lug, allowing the firing pin to move forward. All three safeties are engaged when the trigger is forward. Once the trigger is depressed, each safety disengages sequentially to allow a discharge. When the trigger is released, all three safeties automatically reengage. Though the four cardinal rules of firearm safety are enough to prevent all accidents, the “safe action” system employs the idea that the pistol can only be discharged by an intentional trigger pull.
You cannot go wrong with a Glock and you certainly cannot go wrong with the Glock 26 "safe action" pistol. Whether you are a civilian, military or law enforcement, this subcompact pistol is the perfect choice for concealed carry, personal protection or for official duty. Consider the Glock 26 for:
- Law enforcement
- Concealed carry and personal protection
- Target shooting
- Sport shooting
- Much more…