Shooting a Basic Handgun Class With a Glock 26 Equipped RMR

| September 15, 2014 | 4 Comments

Yesterday the She-Shepherd and I went to another Basic Handgun class from QSI Training. I ran the class with my Trijicon RMR RM07-equipped Glock 27 converted to a Glock 26. I was grateful for the opportunity to practice with the “Baby Glock” and RMR, as it was my first time shooting it aside from sighting in the red dot at the range.

I expected to acclimate quickly to the G26’s dot after shooting a basic handgun class with my RMR Glock 19 from One Source Tactical / TSD. However, the shorter slide of the G26 / G27 gave me less reference than the longer G19 slide. I found myself hunting for the dot more than the larger framed pistol.

On the other hand, once I did find the dot I was more accurate and shot more confidently than I did with my Glock 19. One of my friends at the class suggested it was because the RMR offered a much larger improvement because of the G26 / G27’s shorter sight radius. I think this is true: I was less likely to try to “cheat” and use the suppressor sight backup irons.

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Not everything was sunny, however. I think the extractor on my G26 is wearing; I had several malfunctions throughout the day that led to some extended stoppages. You can see me struggle in this video; I eventually went to my backup Glock 19 after tap-rack-ready failed to clear the malfunction.

Overall, not a bad start. As I write time and time again, we need to practice, practice, practice. I have a lot left to learn, and my shooting definitely could use some improvement.

I will be doing a tabletop review of the G26 soon, but aside from the extractor problems I am very pleased.

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.
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4 Comments on "Shooting a Basic Handgun Class With a Glock 26 Equipped RMR"

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  1. Jon says:

    I think I am going to have this exact work done to my Glock 27 Gen 4, including converting it to 9mm. Other than changing the barrel and magazines (followers) did you make any other changes to the gun (to swap calibers)? You may have written an article on this already, and if so I apologize, but I couldn’t find one.

  2. Cameron says:

    Interesting to see. This came up after a quick google search for Glock 26 with rmr. I was curious as I’ve been considering mounting an rmr to my 19 but was thinking a 26 might be more comfortable for AIWB.

    • CR Williams says:

      Another option is to cut the 19’s grip to fit 26 magazines. I have a setup like that and even with finger extensions of various kinds it is still shorter in the grip.

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