Just found this site and I am enjoying reading and learning from the posts.
Anyway, thought I would give my reasons for carrying G-26's for CCW.
I carry CCW to protect myself and my family. Brands/mfg of gun don't matter. I carry a Glock, G-26. My motive is reliability and functionality. Been carrying CCW since Texas made it legal in 1995 or 1994?
I also have a Colt Mustang 380 that I have carried a lot for CCW, but I prefer and want a 9mm and more magazine capacity - so the G-26. The Mustang is little and fits in a back pocket good, but it is more finicky and I have had FTF's & FTE with it. It requires much more maintenance and tender loving care and even then I don't have the confidence in it like to I do with the Glock. So the little Mustang is likely to be sold soon.
I have a S&W 38 snubby with the covered trigger. 5 shots. Reliable. Lets face it, the revolver is the most reliable and forgiving to not cleaning and lubing. I carried it a lot and my wife has carried it a lot also. Have a Berretta 92 and it is a good shooting gun, just too big to CCW.
I tried a Kahr PM-9 due to the small size. It was great on size but totally unreliable, chronic FTF, FTE, back to the factory and finally full refund from Kahr - I cannot fault Kahr one bit for customer service - they stood behind their product and did the right thing. I just got a bad PM-9 I guess?
I looked hard at the compact XD-Springfield in 9mm, but bought the G-26.
Glocks have the proven history and reliability. After my Kahr experience I wanted to get the most reliable CCW gun. I want reliability - brand does not matter to me. Glocks have the smallest amount of components - if I am not mistaken? To me less parts is good.
I carry a G-26 for CCW everyday all day long. IWB for jeans/slacks or Smart Carry for shorts and t-shirts.
I shoot about 750 to 1,000 rounds a month of the cheapest ammunition I can buy. Wolf, CCI and Monarch - the cheap dirty stuff. The Glock eats anything I feed it reliably.
I live in Houston, walk/jog 6 miles a day. Hot, humid, sweat and rain is the norm. The finish on the Glock is good for hard service. I also work outside in the yard a lot, dirty and dusty and sweaty. I do not have to do anything to my Glocks in between shooting sessions - they always go bang. I do the recommended cleaning after each range trip and that is it. Simple.
The Glock is easy to clean. Parts are available everywhere and getting one worked on if needed is easy. But I have never had a problem that required getting my Glocks worked on.
I bought another G-26 for my wife to CCW.
I have nothing against XD's, Sig's, Kimbers, Colts, etc. I just want a simple and reliable weapon for CCW.
I will go whatever gun manufacturer makes the most reliable and fit for purpose gun for CCW. Right now that is Glocks.
Heading out to jog and then to the range to shoot. I'll post a range report - espically if we have any FTF's or FTE. After reading and posting, I think we'll take a bag full of the guns mentioned above and see what they all do. For grins.