Glock 26 Gen 5 Problems that Ruin the Glock Fun

The G26 is, arguably, the most well-rounded Glock ever produced. In the event of a zombie apocalypse or SHTF, the 26 will accept all of its larger brothers’ magazines! No problem there!

It is the only Glock that accepts all magazines other than the 42 and 43. But is it perfect? Not even close!

The most common problems with a Glock 26 Gen 5 are: failure to feed, chambering issue, slide hard to rack and failure to return to battery.

The solution to these issues has been discussed in this article. The current experiences that the users have with this product are also included. To learn more, read the full article!

Features & Specifications of Glock 26 Gen 5:

Barrel Length87 mm
Magazine CapacityStandard: 10 Optional: 12 / 15 / 17 / 19 / 24 / 31 / 33
Overall Length163 mm
Twist9.84 inches
Sights3-Dot Night sights
SafetySafe Action
Dimensions Width (Overall): 33 mm Height Incl. Mag.: 106 mm
WeightWith empty magazine: 615 g
Trigger Pull26 N
Common Glock 26 Gen 5 Problems and Solutions
Glock 26 Gen 5

Common Glock 26 Gen 5 Problems and Solutions

Failure to FeedChange to powerful ammo.
Chambering IssueUse strong ammo and spend more rounds.
Slide Hard to RackLeave a full magazine for a few week. Shoot repeatedly in the range.
Failure to Return to BatteryTroubleshoot the slide and lubricate the gun.

Failure to Feed

Three to four rounds fail to eat. As the rounds enter the chamber, they get obstructed.

It is because they are angled between the slide and the top of the chamber.

Possible Reasons

Cheap ammo like Blazer Brass and American Eagle can cause the feeding issues. Moreover, on new guns, these failures are common.

Failures to fire (FTF) and even malfunctions with an empty chamber and rounds in the magazine are caused by the “weak” ammunition not rotating the slide sufficiently each time.

The Fix

Use good ammo like the Winchester White Box. Switch to 115gr +P and 147gr from whatever you are using.

Once the Glock 26 Gen 5 has fired 500 rounds, these problems will no longer exist.

Chambering Issue

The rounds don’t chamber.

The following round is not stripped by the slide either.

Possible Reasons

This also happens due to weaker ammo with the Gen 5 Glock 26.

The 147 HST is unusually wide, and it would presumably also slow up the ramp.

Additionally, you most likely have a short throat. The only improvement to the Glock barrel was that a subcontractor provided us with a worse product.

The Fix

Run more FMJ through it and it will get better. Additionally, you should undoubtedly ream the barrel and case ammunition, especially carry ammunition.

Slide Hard to Rack

The slide fails to lock back on the last round. It is also hard to rack and seems like the slide gets stuck with the ammo.

Here’s a video of your issue.

Possible Reasons

The magazine’s top may be jarred by the slide. Alternately, the cartridge’s heel may be contacting the loaded cartridge’s edge.

It’s possible that the “breech-face notch” is the problem.

The Fix

Readjust the cartridge and the magazine. Additionally, any magazine should be fully loaded and left alone for a week.

While using a loaded magazine, chamber a round. Shoot until the gun is empty.

Repeat up to 100 times minimum. Bring a clean gun home. Go to the range and fire 100 more shots.

Re-clean the pistol. Do this repeatedly until the issue is fixed.

Failure to Return to Battery

The slide fails to return to the battery a slingshot.

Possible Reasons

The slide stop lever may be protruding upward. Here’s a video on the issue.

It might also indicate the need for lubrication or weak recoil spring.

The Fix

Remove the slide, pull the slide stop lever thumb tab as high as it will go, and then let go of it to make sure the slide stop lever is free to move.

The frame should “snap back” when the sliding stop lever is pulled back. If it doesn’t function, it is binding and has to be changed.

Lubricate the gun properly and change the recoil spring if it has become weak.

User Feedback on Glock 26 Gen 5

Glock 26 Gen 5 is a smooth, petite shooter! Yes, someone with large hands may choose to upgrade to a weapon with a longer or wider grip.

Additionally, the Magpul 12 rounds are unreliable in this Glock. The best option is to stick with factory-issued OEM parts. Factory Glock 12-round mags are 100% dependable and metal-lined.

Having access to a wide variety of magazines, from 10 rounds to novelty sticks, is fantastic. It is an equally effective firearm as its bigger sized relatives.

Users agree that it’s one of the best concealed carry firearms available and love that it’s one of the first concealed carry Glocks. It comes with a smooth trigger with a nice reset.

It is the ideal all-purpose pistol. It has the same controls as a G19 but is more compact. Drawing is also easier with this one!

Overall, I think the users tend to be more positive about this gun. I had to look very deep for problems and it was those same 3-4 problems that are generic with most guns.

So I would definitely recommend this gun!

Top 3 Alternative Guns of Glock 26 Gen 5

Based on comparing the specs, features, practicality, and performance, I have found the 3 best alternatives to Glock 26 Gen 5. 

S&W Shield Plus

The Shield Plus is a good running option, but it does not accommodate all double-stack Glock 9mm magazines from 10 to 33 bullets. Apart from that, this is the second-best EDC next to Glock 26 for many!

Hellcat Micro Compact

It’s smaller and it carries more rounds. It shoots better and is more reliable than the SIG P365 too.

Glock 19 Gen 5

It is a 16-round pistol that conceals easily. You may prefer the 26 more but both are really good guns that are quite similar.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do the Glock 26 Gen 5 run well with Magpul?

There are several reports of G26 Gen 5 not working well with the Magpul 12’s.

Is the Glock 26 Gen 5 accurate?

Yes, but not impressive enough

What is a big advantage of the Glock 26 Gen 5?

Interchangeable magazines with other guns.

Do 15 round mags fit on a Glock 26 Gen 5?

Yes. Glock 15-round mags with X-Grips are excellent.

Is the Glock 26 Gen 5 single or double stacked?

It is a double-stack micro-9.

Can you dry-fire the Glock 26 Gen 5?



The Glock 26 Gen 5 is still one of the most famous concealed carry guns out there. It is as good an EDC too.

The gun is totally reliable and very accurate. Users love it. They would exchange it any day with their Glock 43, 45, 17 or 19s.

In my opinion, it is the smallest footprint concealed carry. It is one of the most diverse guns, able to do almost anything. So you should definitely buy it if you are considering one!

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