Number 5— The Glock 26

Brian’s G26 in a Galco Ankle Glove.

The Glock 26 is a tried and true work horse. Does it have great sights from the factory? Nope!   However, you can buy them with Glock factory night sights that aren’t bad or pick up a Talo edition with night sights for a reasonable price. Does it have a great trigger from the factory? No! However, great shooters don’t need great triggers, they just need functional and adequate triggers. Glock’s trigger is both functional and adequate. The reset is what made everyone else try to make theirs’ audible and tactile. So the lil’ gal is still a trend setter even in her old age. Still, if you want to improve the trigger, you have TONS of options. Check out my review of the TYR trigger from SSVI coming soon. The size is super concealable and remarkably shootable with decent capacity— 10 rounds. The G26 is an industry standard for a reason. However, I can conceal larger (and more shootable guns) just as well, and in some cases, more easily so…

Number 4— The M&P 9c

Photo courtesy of Smith & Wesson.

The M&P has a proven track record, and the 9c was one of the first handguns to split the difference between Glock 19 sized compacts and subcompacts. The form factor isn’t for everyone, but it definitely has a place in the market. I really like the M&P lines’ grip geometry and overall appearance. The triggers have evolved over time and are much better than they were, but in my opinion, the trigger shoe’s geometry still needs to be changed. Until then there’s always APEX.

Number 3— The FNS 9c

Photo by Sam Baucom

The FNS 9c is roughly the same size as the M&P 9c, but with a few more factory options. The three magazine types from the factory (with sleeves) are great. The trigger is way better than the M&P (says me), the slide is profiled more usefully, and the grip texture isn’t for the faint of heart, but is great when you consider the likelihood that you’ll be muddy, sweaty, or bloody when you actually need your gun.

Number 2— The Glock 19