Since the Glock 26 was introduced it has become
a favorite for civilians and law enforcement officers. The
little pistol has much to offer. It is only slightly larger
than some traditional .380 ACP's, holds 11 rounds of 9mm, and is
compact enough to be concealed in an ankle rig and even the cargo
pocket of your favorite tactical pants. I purchased mine in
1995 and it quickly replaced a well-worn J-frame as my daily
on-duty back-up and primary off-duty weapon.
With an extra magazine in my left front
pants pocket, the little Glock 26 gave me 21 rounds of high
performance 9mm in a platform that was reliable and capable of
engaging targets out to 25 yards. Even when I neglected it,
it continued to run. I can't remember ever having a single
Cylinder & Slide has established a
worldwide reputation for their work on 1911's, Browning Hi-Powers
and for their quality custom parts. However, owner Bill
Laughridge finally gave in and realized that there was a market
for refining Glocks.
A look at C&S's
online catalog found 27 pages of options for the Glock family of
pistols. Custom finishes include: Cerami Cote, Black T, NP3,
Electroless Nickel, and Roguard. Bar-Sto match grade and drop-in
barrels are offered for those who want to squeeze every bit of
accuracy out of their Glock.
include removing the hook on the triggerguard, removing the finger
grooves on the frontstrap, stippling and grip reductions. For the
ultimate modification, C&S will even build up a beavertail to
enhance the grip and help control recoil. The shop will also
serrate the slide, add front cocking serrations, and install
sights from Novak, Heinie, XS Sights, and BoMar. In other words,
the shop can do just about anything the customer can come up with.
When he offered to
give my Glock 26 a makeover, I could not resist. Ten years of
daily carry had given it a well-worn look. I sent the pistol to
C&S and waited to see what magic Laughridge and his crew would
come up with.
C&S crew performed a combat trigger job by cleaning up the
factory fire control system. They removed the factory creep and
polished all of the bearing surfaces to giving a smooth trigger
pull that breaks at a clean 5 pounds. While reliability was never
an issue, the feed ramp was polished and the muzzle received an
11-degree crown. This recessed crown protects the muzzle and is a
custom touch that is esthetically pleasing.
frontstrap received a stippling treatment to enhance traction on
the short grip. I am wary of stippling after seeing some jobs that
looked like they were applied by a drunk with a propane torch and
a 10 penny nail, but the C&S stippling was as perfect as I
have seen. The depth was uniform and the pattern was clean with no
overlapping dimples. It was a nice replacement to the skateboard
tape that I had applied several years before.
The final frame
modification involved removing the hook on the triggerguard. The
leading edge of the triggerguard was expertly rounded, removing
the finger hook, while retaining a uniform thickness of the
triggerguard. While C&S offers several sight options, I
elected to stay with the standard Glock night sights due to their
robust design. An ankle gun takes a daily beating from a variety
of places and Glock's thick rear blade has proven durable over the
refinished the Glock 26 with his custom Cerami Cote finish. Cerami
Cote is a flexible ceramic finish that is made up of a two-part
epoxy base with ceramic color. The epoxy compound is mixed,
applied to the pistol and then allowed to harden. The coated parts
are then baked at a very specific temperature to cure the finish.
According to Laughridge, Cerami Cote is four times tougher than
the popular polymer finishes.
It also works well
on all surfaces to include carbon steel, stainless steel,
titanium, aluminum, and polymer frames. At the current time,
Cerami Cote is available in armor black (flat black), graphite
black (satin finish), earth brown, OD green, gray, and silver. The
final touch was the C&S mustache logo that was etched on the
top of the slide between the rear sight and ejection port.
The pistol you see
is not a pristine sample or a safe queen. It is the pistol that I
have carried on a daily basis for over 14 years. The great
majority of that time, it has been carried in an ankle holster
from either Galco or my late friend, Lou Alessi. Those who live
with an ankle rig know the amount of dust, dirt, and general crud
that accumulates on a daily basis. This not only threatens
reliability but it is abrasive on the exterior finish. I was
somewhat skeptical about how well Cerami Cote was going to hold
up. My fears were unfounded.
After almost four
years, the most significant wear is on the left side of the pistol
that rides against the leg. The contour lines on the front of the
slide and the high spots on the left side of the slide show wear.
Given the location on the pistol, this is to be
expected. The right rear corner of the slide is chipped from being
banged getting in and out of a car. Other than those specific
areas, the coating looks almost as good as new. The barrel hood,
which normally takes a beating, does not show any wear and the
muzzle shows only slight wear at the point of contact with the
The Cerami Cote
treatment has proven to be as durable on the polymer frame as on
the slide. Not surprising, the Glock 26 has continued to be 100
percent reliable. Even when bone dry, filled with dust and lint,
it ran without any malfunctions. Since it is my primary carry
weapon, I try to blow it out with compressed air. Even if I
forget, I have no concerns over the reliability of the pistol.
Several years ago,
my department was evaluating various loads in preparation for
selecting a new duty round. While visiting with the ATK/Speer
representative, I had an opportunity to test Speer's 9mm 124-grain
+P Gold Dot Hollow point. The load easily broke 1200 fps (feet per
second) and penetration and expansion were excellent. Since that
time, the Gold Dot has been my standard load in all of my 9mm
pistols. While a little
snappy in the Glock 26~ it is manageable and accurate.
Trace introduced a new tine of lasers called the Laserguard. It is a
two-piece housing that mounts the taser to the front of the
triggerguard and places the activation switch at the base of the
triggerguard. I had a Laserguard on my Ruger LCP and recently
received one for a Glock.
It mounted property
to the Glock 26 even though the hook has been removed. The downside
to the Laserguard is that it significantly changes the profile of
the pistol creating holster problems. Galco has introduced a new
model of their Ankle Glove that will accommodate the Crimson Trace
Laserguard. This will become a permanent attachment to my Glock 26.
It is little wonder
that the Glock 26 has become the choice of professionals worldwide.
It is rumored that the Israeli Mossad even makes use of the little
pistol. While the slogan is Glock Perfection, C&S has
redefined perfection and made it even better. The Glock 26 has
been my daily carry pistol for over 14 years and I don't see it
being replaced anytime soon.