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Old 01-01-2017, 05:43 PM   #1
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P320 subcompact vs compact vs G26 and G19

have been searching for a new double stack 9mm IWB carry option. wanted a minimum of 10+1 rounds.

I like Sigs and Glocks.

went to the range today and rented a P320 subcompact, P320 compact, G26, and G19.

Put 300 rounds thru the 4 options.

Here's what I came away with:

I had high hopes for the G19 because I have plenty of time behind a G17. The G19 handled well as expected, but was actually the least comfortable of the 4 choices for me. The grip frame was just short enough where the gap between the magazine and the bottom of the frame dug in to the lower part of my palm. Also compared the overall grip length to the P229 series and thought it was too close in size, looking for something a bit shorter for easier concealment.

Was hoping the G26 might be the ticket because of the small size and ease of IWB conceal carry. Accuracy was fine. Comfort was fine. But I found the grip frame to be just too short for me to get a good purchase when drawing out of the holster.

Went back and forth between shooting the 320 subcompact and compact. And back and forth. Probably drove the range officers nuts because you can only have one rental out at a time and they had to check each one in and out several times as I was comparing.

Both were super comfortable. The recoil was noticeably different to me than with the Glocks. More push back and less flip up. Seemed easier to stay on target Accuracy was effectively the same on both the subcompact and compact for me when using a two handed hold.

One handed accuracy was ever so slightly better for me with the compact. Just enough extra grip making it was easier to stay on target when only firing with one hand.

But I really wanted to push the size down as small as possible and have something smack in-between my single stack G43 and my Sig 229. And once again the 320 compact grip frame seemed just too close to my 229.

So I purchased a 320 subcompact with Sig night sights.

Looks like plenty of range time in my very near future
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have been searching for a new double stack 9mm IWB carry option. wanted a minimum of 10+1 rounds.

I like Sigs and Glocks.

went to the range today and rented a P320 subcompact, P320 compact, G26, and G19.

Put 300 rounds thru the 4 options.

Here's what I came away with:

I had high hopes for the G19 because I have plenty of time behind a G17. The G19 handled well as expected, but was actually the least comfortable of the 4 choices for me. The grip frame was just short enough where the gap between the magazine and the bottom of the frame dug in to the lower part of my palm. Also compared the overall grip length to the P229 series and thought it was too close in size, looking for something a bit shorter for easier concealment.

Was hoping the G26 might be the ticket because of the small size and ease of IWB conceal carry. Accuracy was fine. Comfort was fine. But I found the grip frame to be just too short for me to get a good purchase when drawing out of the holster.

Went back and forth between shooting the 320 subcompact and compact. And back and forth. Probably drove the range officers nuts because you can only have one rental out at a time and they had to check each one in and out several times as I was comparing.

Both were super comfortable. The recoil was noticeably different to me than with the Glocks. More push back and less flip up. Seemed easier to stay on target Accuracy was effectively the same on both the subcompact and compact for me when using a two handed hold.

One handed accuracy was ever so slightly better for me with the compact. Just enough extra grip making it was easier to stay on target when only firing with one hand.

But I really wanted to push the size down as small as possible and have something smack in-between my single stack G43 and my Sig 229. And once again the 320 compact grip frame seemed just too close to my 229.

So I purchased a 320 subcompact with Sig night sights.

Looks like plenty of range time in my very near future
I do not like the Glock 19 and my P320 Compact is a lot less felt recoil and muzzle flip. I think the heavy slide along with rounded grip makes for more comfort and less felt recoil. I have a Glock 30 Gen4 and love that pistol a lot, shoots awesome.

I wanted to buy the Subcompact P320 but seems like Sig it is a hit or miss with quality control. My P320 works fine but based on what I read from some on this forum not so sure.
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Congrats. 320sc has been just excelllent for me, actually replaced both my 26 & 19. Picking up a couple 15 round mags and an xgrip will really round out the 320's versatility. I have 3000 rounds through mine so no issues at all.
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Congrats. 320sc has been just excelllent for me, actually replaced both my 26 & 19. Picking up a couple 15 round mags and an xgrip will really round out the 320's versatility. I have 3000 rounds through mine so no issues at all.
wtih the exception of one double feed none with my compact 320 but still won't trust it.
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Congrats. Like my P250sc so I can identify with your choice.
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Only Glock I have liked is my 43. Problem is there is nothing in my stock/stash/arsenal that gets me between that and my P320c/M11/229. I am toying with the idea of getting a SC grip but not sure how it will feel with the recoil of a .40. I suppose I have enough... for now.
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Congrats on your decision. The SC is a beast and I love mine. When I was in the market for it a year ago, I was torn between it, the glock 26 & the 43....atleast I was before I shot any of them. I bought the SC on a gut feeling and rented the other 2 guns on my second or 3rd trip. I shot the 43 pretty well but I think I remember the stippling being uncomfortable/annoying. I couldn't really shoot the 26 all that great because the finger groves. On both, the sights were trash. I shot the best with the 320sc.

Now over 1k rounds and zero issues so far, I think I made the best decision.
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I have a Glock 30 Gen4 and love that pistol a lot, shoots awesome.
Seems an assessment from many - the Glock 30 is unusually gentle and "shootable" for its size and caliber.

Love that gun.
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I have a P320sc and just ordered the X-Grip and a 15 round magazine to try out. If I like it I'll buy a few more or maybe just buy a P320c since the P320sc with the X-Grip makes it essentially a P320c.

I did see where someone bought a compact frame and cut the front down to match the length of the sub compact slide and it looked nice. Going this rout gives you a sub compact with a square trigger guard, accessory rail and a 15 round magazine.
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I "graduated" from Glocks several years ago. I really have liked the P320 compact and purchased a SC frame thinking I would like that frame with the compact slide for carry, however, I didn't find that the smaller frame was that much more concealable than the compact size. The pistol shoots equally well with both frame sizes though.
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I like Sigs and Glocks. It's apples and oranges. I guess prefer shooting Sigs at the range. The ergonomics are better. The P320's might be the most comfortable polymer frame out there (on par with HK vp9 but less expensive).
I have a 320RX full and a 320 Compact I haven't tried out the subcompact but I am thinking about it. I am also thinking about a P225.

I have Glock 34(17size frame), 19, 43. I chose the G43 over the G26 because the G26 feels like holding a potato. The 43 is peppy but very controllable and supremely carryable (its totally pocketable), superior in that respect to P938. The trigger on the 43 and 26 is pretty heavy and hard.
Also you can get base plate kits for the g43 that will bring you round count to 9+1.

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IU own both the P320SC and a G19. I prefer the G19 since the P320SC leaves a finger an a half dangling in space unless I use a Mag Extender which I do not like.
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Why not change the frame on your SC to a compact frame to get the longer grip ? Cut the nose off the frame to match the SC slide . The X grip is not needed ether . Pinky on longer mag body works just fine too .
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Why not change the frame on your SC to a compact frame to get the longer grip ? Cut the nose off the frame to match the SC slide . The X grip is not needed ether . Pinky on longer mag body works just fine too .
I could but the G19 performs perfectly in that role and makes the conversion efforts not worth the time.
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