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Glock 36: The Ultra Concealable .45 ACP That Packs a Punch

Glock 36
Glock

The Glock 36 is an ultra-slim option in .45 ACP.

In the world of semi-automatic pistols for concealed carry, the Glock 36 is a firearm that is a frequent topic of discussion. This polymer handgun is built specifically with self-defense and comfort in carrying in mind. The single stack Glock G36 also brings plenty of firepower to the table thanks to being chambered in .45 ACP.

For the shooter looking for an ultra-concealable subcompact pistol that does not skimp on stopping power, this Glock model is a solid option. Although there are some interesting quirks to this one that most people should know before they buy.

This is everything you ever wanted to know about the powerful and easy to carry Glock 36 handgun.

Specs of the Glock 36

Glock 36
Glock

Glock pistols classify the 36 as one of their subcompact models along with guns like the Glock 26 and the Glock 30. That means it is smaller than a full size like the 17. However, the overall frame size is just slightly smaller than that of the Glock 19. The 36 has a 3.78-inch barrel length with a 6.97-inch overall length.

The biggest notable difference between the Glock 36 and 30 is the width. The 36 has a slide width of just one inch, and an overall width of 1.18 inches as compared to 1.38 inches on a Gen 4 G30. That may not sound like much, but it makes all the difference in the world for concealed carry. The G36 is simply easier, and more comfortable to carry in an inside the waistband (IWB) holster than the 30.

That "slimline" profile also makes the G36 lighter. It comes in at 26.81 ounces with a fully loaded magazine as opposed to the 33.69-ounce G30. If you are wondering what the catch is, it comes down to magazine capacity. The G36 uses single stack magazines that can only hold six rounds of .45 ACP ammo. The G30 can hold 10. This means most shooters will be forced to make some trade-offs when deciding which striker-fired polymer frame pistol is best for them. One can argue that capacity does not matter with a hard-hitting round like .45 ACP, but some people feel more peace of mind from having extra ammunition. It comes down to personal choice more than anything.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the Glock 36?

Glock 36
Glock

As we have already mentioned, the biggest upside to the 36 is that it is going to be much easier to carry for long periods of time when compared to some of the heavier options on the market. If you want the stopping power of .45 ACP, but do not want a heavy firearm weighing down your gun belt all day, this is a good option. That slim frame also means you are much less likely to encounter problems with printing while carrying the 36 under lighter clothing like a T-shirt or light jacket.

Because the profile of this semi-auto pistol is smaller, it also makes this a very good option for women and people with smaller hands. The Glock 30 has a much fatter profile overall, and some people are going to find the ergonomics of the 36 suits their hands better without compromising down to a smaller caliber.

One huge downside to the 36 is that those six-round magazines are thinner and have a unique follower. That means that unlike many other Glock magazines, they are not interchangeable with models of handgun in the same caliber. Glock also has not updated the 36 past Gen 3 yet. Not that Gen 3 guns are bad, but if you prefer the grip texture and interchangeable backstraps of later generations, you will have to look at aftermarket options like Pearce Grip to improve the handling of the 36.

The 36's slim design makes it easy to conceal, but it does contribute a bit more recoil since the gun is lighter. Some people may find this one harder to control or too snappy when compared to the G30. It may not be an ideal gun for someone getting into concealed carry for the first time. You may have to shoot both in a test firing to find out which one is best for you.

Is the Glock 36 a good gun?

Though we mentioned a few downsides above, the Glock 36 is a great gun to add to your armory, especially if you are going to be carrying concealed often. After all, it has the signature Glock safe action trigger safety design that is simplicity at its best. The gun will be ready to go bang when you need it without fumbling around for a manual safety. One might consider aftermarket parts for night sights or to produce a crisper trigger pull. However, you can get along just fine with a stock G36.

Remember that most self-defense encounters involving a firearm are usually over in just a few shots. Depending on the type of bullet you use, you can get anywhere from 800 to 1,200 fps muzzle velocities out of .45 ACP. More than enough to stop an attacker or at least make them think twice. Honestly, you will find that most dedicated G36 fans do not mind that the magazines only hold six rds.

Overall, the Glock 36 is an excellent firearm for anyone looking for a powerful and concealable option for self-defense that will not let you down when you need it.

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