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Objective Comparison of Glock 26 and S&W M&P9c

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Old 09-11-2013, 02:42 AM   #1
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This is going to be an objective comparison of the Glock 26 and S&W M&P9c. There will be no opinions in this piece; only facts and numbers. I think most people can agree both these pistols fill the same niche, as is evidenced in the below linked thread (despite not many people responding to the question):

They are both sub-compact, double-stacked, 9mm pistols whose primary purpose is concealed carry and personal defense.

Now let's take a look at the numbers (numbers pulled from except for height and trigger pull which were pulled from and the S&W forums):

Glock 26
MSRP: $649
Length: 6.41"
Barrel Length: 3.46"
Width: 1.18"
Weight: 19.75 oz
Height: 4.17"
Trigger Pull: 5.5 lbs
Capacity (flush magazine): 10
Recoil Rating: 6.79 ft/lb

MSRP: $569
Length: 6.7"
Barrel Length: 3.5"
Width: 1.2"
Weight: 23.2 oz
Height: 4.3"
Trigger Pull: 6.5 lbs
Capacity (flush magazine): 12
Recoil Rating: 5.79 ft/lb

It is my understand that both guns can be ambidextrous in the sense that their magazine release buttons can be switched to either side. The M&P9ccan come with a thumb safety, but not every model does. Both the Gen4 Glock and the M&P have interchangeable palm swells. Some M&Ps can have magazine disconnects (rending the weapon unable to fire unless the magazine is inserted), but again, not every model does.

So, as we can all see, the Glock 26 is a slightly smaller gun in every dimension. Some would argue the difference in size between the two guns is negligible. Others think it makes all the difference. The M&P has two additional rounds, and has slightly more features that can be chosen.

Reliability? Both guns have had numerous torture tests done to them. Some of these tests have been over 100,000 rounds with minimal cleanings. I personally would trust my life to either.

In the end, neither pistol is inherently better. Better is a subjective term at best, anyway. We would have to define what "better" means. To some, the M&P is better because it has two additional rounds. To others, the Glock is better because it is slightly smaller. Ergonomics are also a subjective thing and cannot be measured objectively, so I didn't talk about them. Also, there are virtually the same amount of accessories for each, including 30+ round magazines.

So which do you guys prefer? Personally I'm an M&P man, but if they didn't exist and Glocks were the only polymer framed gun that filled that niche, I would own a 26.
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Old 09-11-2013, 09:51 AM   #2
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To be fair on the Glock ambi mag release...

Unless it's a Gen4, you basically have to purchase the ambi release, as well as either Gen3 or Gen4 mags. This isn't practical if you live in a Socialist state that keeps you from having a Gen3 or 4.

There is a difference between the M&P9c and Glock 26 you didn't mention - accessory rail under the barrell. M&P9c has one, Glock 26 doesn't. Some people might actually find having one as the selling point.

That aside (as a left handed shooter), I'd still pick the Glock over the M&P. I've shot and owned both Glocks and M&Ps. While the M&P was more functional for a lefty, I was unhappy with the trigger reset as well as the not so crisp feeling of the trigger squeeze.
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I've had Glocks for longer. So I went with the 26 for what parts interchangeability there is as well as mag compatability with my larger 9mm Glocks.

I do like the feel of the M&Ps but didn't want to go through the hassle and cost of "retooling" my own battery of pistols yet for a fairly negligible difference. If I was starting from scratch, the M&P line feels a bit more comfortable.
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