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    Some sample standards for you to try with your 26, as vcdgrips has posted a couple times for others:

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    Can you present from your preferred concealed carry system with your preferred platform and hit an 8 inch circle at 3 yards in under 2 seconds, COLD, every time?

    Can you present from your preferred concealed carry system with your preferred platform, and do a FAST Test in under 10 seconds, COLD, every time with no points down?

    Can you present from your preferred concealed carry system with your preferred platform, taking a big step off line and hit an 8 inch circle at 5 yards, with 5 rounds, in under 4 secs., COLD, every time?

    Can you present from your preferred concealed carry system with your preferred platform and hit an 8 inch plate at 10 yrds, at will, COLD, every time with no time constraints?( bang, tink, bang, tink, bang, tink etc.)

    Can you present from your preferred concealed carry system with your preferred platform and shoot a 5 shoot group at 5 yrds that you can cover with a credit card, COLD, every time?

    Have you taken any formal training beyond a CCW class in the last 24 months?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypher View Post
    I don't know because I don't know what this standards are but probably not. So I have work to do
    Some quals and drills. Many are featured here as Drill of the Week.

    Casino Drill (Tom Givens)
    5 yard Round up (Week 324)
    LAPD SWAT Qual (Week 47)
    Dot Torture (Week 328)
    The Test and Super Test (Week 225 and 249)


    There's obviously a bunch of others you could do too. Tom Givens is adding a drill of the month to the Rangemaster newsletters in 2020. That might be worth checking out too.

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    I'm a fan of mastering 1 gun and all, but...

    Quote Originally Posted by Cypher View Post
    I keep my 26 holster on my work pants. In order to get it off I'd have to pull all the crap off my belt and then put all the crap back on my belt when it's time to go back to work.
    ...it sounds like pull the dot holster loops would alleviate much of your inconvenience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0ddl0t View Post
    ...it sounds like pull the dot holster loops would alleviate much of your inconvenience.
    Or just buy a second holster for the 26.

    FWIW (probably not much), my EDC is one gun (a Walther PPS M1) 100% of the time. I also have a 5-inch PPQ M1 that is actually not much more difficult to carry in my preferred EDC holster (JMCK #3 IWB), but for anything other than heading out to the range for an extended pistol session or a match, it's the PPS that gets packed. Luckily for me I find the PPS very capable for self-protection purposes, as well as being comfortable and really easy to conceal do to its thinner single-stack design.

    In your case with a choice between two double-stacks, I might be more inclined to carry the 19 not knowing how much a carry/concealment advantage the 26 provides. In any case, the purchase of a second holster for the preferred carry gun would be my first consideration if I were faced with this choice.

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    I'm not planning out some huge lifestyle change here. I usually only carry the 19 one day a week as it is so I was/am thinking about eliminating that one day and just carrying the 26

    This is just an idea at this point and I'm not prepared to put any money into it yet
    Last edited by Cypher; 01-15-2020 at 08:50 AM.
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    Do you have a training gun? If money is an issue I could see swapping the 19 for another 26 as a training gun. When I retired that was my plan.

    My wife told me to just get another 26 and keep the 19. I knew there was a reason I married her.

    The 19 just sits in the safe doing nothing. Never use it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustOneGun View Post
    Do you have a training gun?
    No. I'm considering it but if I do it I'll just save up for a 26
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  8. #48
    I have to main carry guns.

    Glock 26 and S&W J Centennial .38.

    BUT, since I grew up with Colt "O" and Smith "K" I know those systems well.

    I also, for years, used SIG DA/SA and 3ed Gen S&W autos.

    I can use them all well and have carry setups for them all!! Yes ALL.

    But 99 percent of the time ... Glock 26 and/or S&W Centennial. I even have 'practice' versions of these two for the range sessions!!!

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    1) When talking about concentrating on 1 gun type, people are most often advocating that you not casually switch between multiple different platforms with wildly different manual of arms/shooter interface. Example being a person who shoots a Glock at the range and keeps it as his night stand gun, but carries a PPK. When talking about the shooter's interface/manual of arms, the difference between a Glock 26 and Glock 19 is relatively minor. The single most common gun pair recommendation is actually a Glock 19 and Glock 26 for the very reason of commonality/redundancy while still offering different sizes for different purposes.

    Switching throughout the week between a Glock 26 and Glock 19 should not (in my opinion) be viewed as an issue for a carry gun. If you were switching between an HK P30LS and a Glock 26, then I'd say that would be a situation to think about concentrating on a single platform. Switching between guns of a common platform shouldn't be viewed as an issue unless you're talking about switching between those two guns for shooting competitions, or being on a high end hostage rescue team.

    2) If you think you don't shoot any better with the Glock 19 vs the Glock 26, but you haven't shot any of the realistic, repeatable, measurable standards being mentioned here, then you probably don't have a validated opinion on how well you're shooting either gun.

    3) Given 1 and 2, I don't think you're going to gain anything by relegating the Glock 19 to "reserve" status and simply carrying just the Glock 26. Getting better with one gun demands that someone be pushing their training and challenging their skills, which is probably the route to take in this situation for the most immediate, high-reward impact. You already have a common platform...eschewing guns inside that platform without first pursuing any type of rigorous training is putting the cart before the horse.
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  10. #50
    Good discussion, people. Awhile back, I standardized on DA/SA's with decockers, and narrowed it down even more by choosing CZ metal framed pistols. But somehow, a Sig P220R joined the arsenal, and I've been focusing on the Sig exclusively for the last month or so. Quite certain I have a long way to go to meet the standards above, but I can say my performance with this pistol has improved a great deal even in a fairly short time of focused practice, I've set the CZ's aside in favor of the Sig. If time and money allow, I'm hoping to take some classes this spring and summer with this pistol. In the meantime, I intend to stay with the Sig as my primary, to the extent I'm considering getting another one for all the reasons folks do such things. So OP, go for it, personally I think you're on the right track, especially if you incorporate some of the suggestions mentioned here. Later.

    Dave

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