COMPARISON TABLE OF GLOCK 26 HOLSTER OPTIONS
The table below compares 10 Glock 26 holster options according to material, ratings and price. To see any of the holsters below on Amazon.com, simply click on the holster’s image to take you to that holster’s product page.
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The Glock 26 is a 9×19mm “subcompact” variant designed for concealed carry and was introduced in 1995, mainly for the civilian market. It features a smaller frame compared to the Glock 19, with a pistol grip that supports only two fingers, a shorter barrel and slide, and a double-stack magazine with a standard capacity of 10 rounds. A factory magazine with a +2 extension gives a capacity of 12 rounds. In addition, factory magazines from the Glock 17, Glock 18, and Glock 19, with capacities of 15, 17, 19, 31 and 33 rounds, will function in the Glock 26. More than simply a “shortened” Glock 19, design of the subcompact Glock 26 required extensive rework of the frame, locking block, and spring assembly that features a dual recoil spring.
KEEP THIS IN MIND
When choosing a Glock 26 holster, keep in mind that all guns differ when it comes to size, weight and functionality. These are some important aspects you need to consider.
Weapon Size and Weight
The Glock 26 has the following measurements:
Length: 6.49 in
Barrel Length: 1.26 in
Width: 1.18 in
Height: 4.17 in
Weight: 21.71 oz (unloaded)
You can see from the above that the Glock 26 would fall into the small size category of guns. Therefore it is reasonably easy to conceal, and thus IWB holsters, ankle holster and shoulder holsters will be ideal for this weapon.
OUR REVIEW OF 5 GLOCK 26 HOLSTERS
Below we look at 5 Glock 26 holsters that are available on Amazon. We look at the materials that the holsters are made from, the comfort of how it is worn, how it fits the Glock 26, and how easy it is to draw your weapon from the holster.
Concealment Express IWB KYDEX Holster
Many individuals looking for a good Glock 26 holster are looking for a type that will allow for concealed carry where permitted. This company actually specializes in products that permit this, and while this product is very much limited to being just a Glock 26 holster, it’s safer than more “versatile” holsters that cater to Glocks and similar brands, and holds up well. Because of this holster’s hard plastic construction, it doesn’t “wear”. This is good news in terms of lack of excessive stretching, but it can make for some initial discomfort in wearing this, especially if the wearer is carrying concealed all day. Its “ungiving” design also means that the wearer must wear a wide belt with large loops to accommodate it. The innate rigidity of this holster also serves a second purpose. It makes wearing that Glock 26 considerably safer. Like many other Glocks, this model lacks a safety feature. The Kydex’s design means that the weapon can be attached (and removed) from the belt without having to actually holster and unholster the weapon. Wearers report comfort wearing this weapon in the one, two, three, and four clock positions. Its visibility is minimal when wearing concealed-carry, and its hard plastic design makes for minimal maintenance. It also makes for this holster’s largest complaint. Its design does not allow for similar firearm brands to be carried, including most other Glock (it can accommodate a Glock 23, generations three and four) models. This holster is for right-handed use only. It generally retails for around $35.
Blade-Tech Industries Klipt Glock 26 IWB Holster
Another rigid Glock 26 holster, this Klipt model can be worn comfortably seated in the front, or worn on the hip. Its thin design is comfortable, and provides the wearer with a very low profile. Unlike the Glock model described above, this holster has a built-in trigger safety guard. And like the holster described above, wearing this Klipt requires a wider belt. The plastic used in the construction of this Glock 26 holster is light, reducing sweating, but this holster’s design is noticeable under clothing in terms of concealed-carry. This holster design requires some force for firearm withdraw. Like the holster described above, this model is limited to only a couple of Glock brands, specifically the 26, and generations three and four of the Glock 23. This holster is for right-handed use only, and retails for around $25.
Desantis Pro Stealth Holster For Glock 26/27
This imported Glock 26 holster is nylon in material. This is a tough, heavy-duty fabric, and is the same type of nylon holster material used by some law enforcement and military branches. This holster is not designed to be worn on a belt, but inside the pants. It comes with a tough metal clip for this purpose, and should be worn with comfortable, closing fitting trousers or shorts. Using the clip, it is also possible to wear this holster on the exterior of clothing. This Glock 26 holster can also be used for a limited number of similar firearm brands, such as some Ruger models. The holster is light and comfortable to wear. Despite its synthetic material, the Pro Stealth holster holds up well over time, and can be laundered if necessary. Only minor complaint reported from users is the degree of concealment that this holster offers. This appears to be correctable, however, with adjustment of the fastening clip. This holster is appropriate for both right and left-handed use, and generally retails for $26.
BlackHawk Serpa Sportster Paddle Holster Glock 26, 27, 33
It would seem at first glance that this product would be a good choice as a nominee in our Glock 26 holster contest. Blackhawk is a respected firearm manufacturer, and its Sportster can accommodate models beyond just the Glock 26. But the Serpa style of holster is an increasingly controversial one, with some gun clubs and shooting ranges now banning use of it outright for safety reasons. There have been repeated incidents of self-inflicted shooting injuries when careless (but not inexperienced) users have accidentally squeezed the trigger when attempting to release safety guards on a holstered piece. Other complaints about this Glock 26 holster include its bulk (quite visible when carried concealed), its weight (heavy), and the fact that “tabs” on the non-detachable paddle mount can snag on clothing. On the plus side, firearms can easily be holstered and removed from this product, and when the firearm and holster are used prudently, this product’s trigger guard is an effective safety mechanism. This holster holds up well, requires little maintenance, and comes in a choice of two colors, black, or “gun metal” gray. Despite its name, it can be used with various lower model Glocks, such as a 16 or 19, and some Sig owners have claimed that this holster works well with that firearm, too. Its hard plastic material wears well and requires no maintenance. It’s appropriate for right-handed use only, and generally retails for $21, although some retailers have offered it for as low as $15.
Galco Waistband Inside The Pant Holster for Glock 26, 27, 33
This product is our only Glock 26 holster manufactured largely from leather. While leather is an excellent holster material, it can be subject to both stretching and shrinkage, and fares best with minor maintenance, such as cleaning and oiling. As a leather product, it should be noted that this holster is not a die cast for a particular firearm model, but must be worn in the holster continuously (usually several weeks) to mold it into the shape of the piece. The leather material makes it comfortable for extended concealed-carry wear, and this holster has limited visibility when worn in such a manner. Largest complaint about this Glock 26 holster is its thumb restraining strap. While it works well as a restraint, some users find it awkward to manipulate. Restraint strap also can cause some finish wear on certain models of guns. This holster uses a plastic clip which holds up well. The holster can accommodate various models of Glocks in addition to the ones listed above. This is also a good model for some Smith and Wesson makes, but owners of similar guns, such as Sigs, claim that this holster is too small to adequately hold their pieces. A left-handed version of this holster is available upon request. The right-handed version of this holster retails generally for $28.00, while the left-handed version retails for $73.00.
OUR TOP GLOCK 26 HOLSTER CHOICE
In reviewing these products and considering which one could be best considered the best Glock 26 holster, the following criteria were applied to all models:
- safety (retention of gun within holster)
- ease of use (this includes “dominant hand” options)
- ease of wear (this includes concealed-carry wear)
It should be noted that all holsters reviewed here are at least adequate in performing the essential function of a gun holster. And with two manufacturer exceptions, all holsters are made from the same molded, hard plastic. These plastic based holsters, the Kydex, the Klipt, and the Serpa, may make unholstering and holstering a piece easier without removing the holster. These manufacturers and some users claim that this also improves the drawing speed of users, although there is no data to substantiate this. These plastic holders also require no maintenance. While the Kydex and Klipt are fine for those preferring this type of holster, safety issues have arisen in the case of the popular Serpa. Its profile and design have led to multiple accidental self-shootings as users have attempted to disengage the holster’s safety guard, and have squeezed the trigger instead. While some ranges consequently no longer allow this particular holster to be used at their facilities, the manufacturer has no current plans to issue a recall or redesign it. Users thus should use extreme caution in holstering and unholstering this otherwise perfectly fine product. Users of this type of plastic holster should note that they can be both uncomfortable and visible in terms of concealed carry wear. This type of holster is also limited in the types of pieces that it can accommodate. The softer Calco and Desantis holsters require some minor cleaning and maintenance, but hold up well. There have been some complaints that the leather Calco in particular doesn’t “fit” pieces, but that is generally resolved by a couple of weeks of wear, allowing the leather to stretch.
Which Glock 26 holster option would we choose?
Our choice for the best Glock 26 holster is the Desantis Pro Stealth Holster. Soft, light, and adjustable, this holster has sufficient support for extended wear, and an adequate restraint system to insure safe wearing and piece drawing as well. Optional hand use and position wearing also make this practical holster the user’s best choice for a variety of scenarios.
WHAT DO YOU THINK – WHAT IS THE BEST GLOCK 26 HOLSTER OPTION?
What do you think of the Glock 26 holster options we covered? Do you think there are better holsters for the Glock 26 out there that we did not list? If so, send us a message and tell us what holster you think is the ultimate Glock 26 holster!
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