The Glock 36 is my primary concealed carry self defense pistol. It’s not the most expensive concealed carry pistol that I own. In fact it’s one of my least expensive pistols. I own and carry both Glocks and Sigs as well as a Ruger SR40c. But if I could only own one pistol, the Glock 36 is the one pistol I want for concealed carry.
I carried a Glock 26 (9mm) as my primary concealed carry weapon for over a decade. I never fired it except on the range. I’m no longer comfortable carrying a 9mm as my primary self defense pistol. A 9mm probably packs enough stopping fire for most situations. But I KNOW a .40 S&W and/or .45 ACP caliber has the best stopping power (for a concealed carry pistol). Glocks are the most reliable handguns on earth.
For the relatively inexperienced shooter, the 9mm is most likely your best choice for concealed carry. The Glock 26 or Glock 19 will serve you well. Never carry a pistol that you can’t comfortably carry, safely handle, and confidently fire & accurately shoot under stress.
I recommend .40 S&W or .45 ACP caliber pistols for concealed carry self defense to most experienced marksman. The Glock 36 is my personal choice because it can be comfortably carried and concealed as easily as the Glock 26 (9mm). Both models weigh virtually the same when loaded ( 11 9mm rounds - 7 .45 ACP rounds). The Model 36 is the only “slim line” pistol that Glock currently makes. The single stack magazine feels perfect in my hand. I use Talon Grips on my both my 26 & 36.
The Glock 36 is just about as slim as a 1911 and will hold 8 rounds if you get install the PG-36 Pearce grip extension on a standard magazine.
The PG-36 Replaces the magazine floor plate, converting the factory magazines to seven round capacity.
The external locking feature doubles as a contour blending feature completing the lower rear of grip.
Here’s the latest Hickok45 video on the Glock 36. I’ve not had any problems with any ammo. I’ve put over 1,000 rounds through mine (9 different varieties of ammo). But if you limp wrist this pistol, you may well have a malfunction (I’ve seen two, both due to limp wristing).