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Glock 26 vs. Smith and Wesson M&P 9c: Which One is Best for You?

Glock 26The Glock 26 has a legendary history and popularity as a concealed carry and backup weapon for both civilians and law enforcement. It accepts magazines for the Glock 26, 19, and 17 making it a very versatile weapon. Its 10 + 1 magazine capacity makes it quite a stout package despite its tiny size. The only real critiques of the Glock 26 are its width and its short grip allowing only a 2 finger grip for folks with large mits. Glocks by nature are girthy and can be hard to hide for some people. But with 10 + 1 rounds of 9mm on tap with the ability to carry a 17rnd magazine spare, what’s not to like?

smith & wesson M&P-9cHere comes the S&W M&P 9c. Size wise it sits right between the Glock 19 and Glock 26. The barrel and slide length are comparable to the Glock 19, but the grip is shorter (albeit a little larger than the Glock 26). This extra grip length lends itself to an additional 2 round capacity over the Glock 26 (12 + 1) and the possibility of a full firing grip for some hands. Like the Glock, the M&P also accepts magazines for its full size counterpart. S&W also ships the M&P 9c with one magazine with a finger rest, something that many Glock 26/27 owners purchase and add later to make the grip a tad larger and more comfortable.

The Glock 26 and the Smith and Wesson M&P 9c share similar functionality and similar size, so why choose one over the other?
This mostly boils down to preference. Both weapons are dead nuts reliable, accurate, and easy to shoot. The M&P 9c has a little longer sight radius and larger grip making it easier to shoot for some and creating a feel that is more similar to its full size brother. The M&P 9c also has interchangeable back straps for the grip making it a more “customizable” to one’s hand size.

The Glock on the other hand is lighter and smaller, which is very important for all-day-every-day-carry. It also has the Glock trigger which many people love (and some hate). For those that have, carry, or compete with full size Glocks, the 26 would be a great carry gun as the platform is nearly identical.

For those that love Glock, have smaller hands, or value the smallest size carry package, the Glock 26 is an easy choice. On the other hand, those that can hide a hair larger gun, value the extra capacity, and want something that shoots more like a full size, the M&P 9c might be the gun for you. Either way, you can’t go wrong. Get to your local range to shoot and handle both and make the decision that suits your needs.

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