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Glock 26 Close Quarters Threats Training

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Published on Jul 25, 2010

Some recent close quarters engagement training using my Glock 26 at one of the weekly Wednesday 2-hour training classes at Shiloh Shooting Range in Houston, Texas. Feel free to come out yourselves. Tuesday night is the Basic class, Wednesday is the more Advanced class, but nothing too high-speed so don't be intimidated by the word "Advanced."

I had personally never fired at targets this close before, and also have never shot my Glocks in these positions, with the gun right up against your mid-chest practically firing right after drawing from concealment. You can feel a lot of the concussion and shock wave on your chest and face when firing in those positions, but once you get used to it after a few rounds it's not a big deal at all. It was a really good time and, as usual with firearms training classes, I learned a lot about my gun and myself in the two short hours I was there, which always seem to fly by.


Malfunction at 6:00-- The reason I caused my gun to malfunction towards the end of the video was because I was trying to fire it one-handed with it right up next to the right side of my body (simulating firing directly after clearing the holster). Being a Glock 26 sub-compact, I didn't make sure to grip it good enough (i.e. "limp-wristing") and caused a stoppage that took me several seconds to clear to get my gun back up and running. Although I don't think I needed to, I basically treated it like a double-feed malfunction and locked the slide to the rear, ripped the magazine out, racked the slide 3 times and did a speed reload from my magazine holster that I wear on my left side and got my gun back up and running.

It didn't happen again, but of course I was also very consciously aware of it after it happened once, so who knows if it would've maybe happened in a real-world scenario with a real badguy on the business end of my gun instead of a non-threatening paper target. Because of this possibility, the instructor and myself decided it was best if I just held my Glock 26 with two hands right up next to my chest, that way I can ensure there won't be any malfunctions due to me having a shitty one-handed grip on the gun.


Extended Slide Stops Suck 7:45-- Glock handguns don't have slide "releases," they have slide "STOPS." The correct method for releasing the slide, as intended by Glock, is to come up and over the slide with your hand palm down and then manually rack the slide, i.e. pull it to the rear and let it fly forward. Do NOT ride the slide forward, just rack it to the rear and let it fly forward on its own.

Before I knew any better and started using a proper, aggressive thumbs-forward grip on my Glocks, which helps you to drive the gun and control recoil much better, I bought the Glock brand extended slide stop for both of mine. The problem with the extended slide stops is that when you're using an aggressive thumbs-forward grip on the gun, your hand will occasionally prevent the slide stop from... well, "stopping" the slide. Sometimes it will NOT lock to the rear on an empty magazine after the last round is fired because of this, so you have NO idea that your gun is empty and that you should perform a speed reload. The next time you pull the trigger, you'll hear a (very loud) "click" instead of a "bang."

That's what happened to me at just after 7:45 in this video. I actually drew, presented and attempted to fire my weapon before the other 3 students, and that's what the "click" sound is just before you hear the first shot discharge. I attempted to perform Immediate Action, i.e. "Tap, Rack, Bang," and the slide locked to the rear when I racked it, revealing an empty magazine. Although I quickly performed a speed reload and got my gun back into the fight, in reality I would've been holding a worthless plastic paperweight while the badguy stood only 1 foot away from me.

That is no good and could get you and/or someone else killed. I would highly advise against using Glock extended slide stops on your home defense and concealed carry (CCW) guns. You don't need it for anything anyways.

Semper Fi

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