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Glock SubCompact

The term "Glock subcompact" is a phrases given to Glocks smallest line of handguns. Glocks are designed in four basic styles, standard, compact, subcompact and competition. Each style varies with respect to size, caliber and capacity.


SubCompact - Glock 26
Subcompact Size Glock 26

Standard Size Glock 19


Shooting The Glock Subcompact

Due to their small size, the Glock Subcompacts tend to be a little harder to shoot accurately and require practice to achieve accuracy. The smaller grip changes the way you grab the Glock. It forces you to tuck your small finger underneath the grip which requires some getting used to. Shooting any Glock is the same as shooting any similar automatic pistol. You need to practice the basics of correct sight picture, trigger squeeze, good grip and good stance. Glock Accessories at Amazon


Glock Subcompacts Come in Different Calibers

The G26 is the 9mm caliber Glock Subcompact.

The G27 is the .40 caliber Glock Subcompact.

The G29 is the 10mm AUTO caliber Glock Subcompact.

The G39 is the .45 G.A.P. caliber Glock Subcompact.

The G30 & Glock 36 Glock 36 Slimline are the .45 ATUO caliber Glock Subcompacts.

The G28 is the .380 AUTO caliber Glock Subcompact.

The G33 is the .357 caliber Glock Subcompact.


Glock Subcompact Grip

  1. Grasp the pistol in your strong hand as high up as possible to provide good control and leverage. The webbing between the thumb and the forefinger should press firmly into the top of the back of the grip. You will likely only be able to wrap your top 3 fingers around the grip. Your small finger should be tucked underneath the grip. This will also help control the recoil.

  2. Point your trigger finger pointing straight down-range along the side of the gun.

  3. Position your middle finger under the trigger guard. Your three lower fingers wrap around the grip.

  4. Place your weak hand thumb against the Glock's grip. Position it just below and parallel to the slide. Your weak hand should wrap around the fingers of your strong hand.

  5. Position your strong hand thumb on top of your weak hand thumb.

  6. Your strong hand should have a firm grip, but not so tight as your knuckles turn white.

  7. Your trigger finger should be relaxed.

  8. Rotate your wrists a little bit downward and forward to prevent flipping up during recoil. Your forearm should extend directly back from the center line of the weapon.


Trigger Control

  1. Dry firing is the best way to develop good trigger control. Aim the gun at a target using the sights and pull the trigger normally. Keep looking at the sights. If the sights or target shift during or after trigger pull you need some work on your trigger pull. Practice dry firing by pulling the trigger slowly and smoothly. Try different amounts of finger pressure on the trigger. The key is not to let the sight picture move while you are pulling the trigger. Once you achieve this keep practicing until it becomes second nature to you.

  2. After dry firing go to the range for some live fire. Use bulls eye targets at close range (10-15 feet) to allow you to see the holes as you make them. This will provide instant feedback to correct your technique. Do not try to shoot fast. Shoot slowly and concentrate on your actions of pulling the trigger. Pull the trigger smoothly. Do not jerk it. Squeeze the trigger gradually such that when the round is fired it comes as a surprise to you. After the round is fired do not release the trigger fully, just release it enough so that it clicks. This will minimize finger movement and help keep the gun steady.


Shooting Stance

Face the target. Position your feet with your "weak" foot and shoulder slightly in front of the strong. This will allow your forearm to extend directly back from the center line of the weapon. Grip the gun and rotate your wrists a little bit downward and forward to prevent flipping up during recoil. Lean your body a little bit foreword to prevent the recoil from throwing you off balance.


Flinching or Anticipating Recoil of Your Glock Subcompact

That loud bang you hear is one of the causes of flinching. Try reducing the noise by using better ear muffs or use a combination of ear muffs and ear plugs.


Shooting Mistakes

  1. Shooting high - anticipating recoil or breaking wrist up, pushing or healing.

  2. Shooting to the right - squeezing thumb or too much trigger finger.

  3. Shooting to the left - too little trigger finger or tightening fingers.

  4. Shooting low - tightening grip while pulling trigger or jerking or slapping trigger or breaking wrist down, pushing forward or drooping head.


From the Glock Website

"THE top product among the small arms of the world is without doubt the GLOCK "Safe Action" pistol. It employs innovative safety features which makes the pistol easy to operate. No other pistol offers a better price-performance ratio. Its minimum weight and legendary GLOCK reliability are unsurpassed." (


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