While taking a break from testing the new Colt 901 Shawn and I put his Colt Defender and my Glock G26 together for a quick comparison.
Colt lists the Defender as having a 3″ barrel, with an overall length of 6.75″ and weighing in at 24 oz. Glock lists the G26 as having a 3.42″ barrel, an overall length of 6.49″ and weighing in at 21.7 oz.
Having held both you don’t notice the 2.3 oz. difference between the two and the Defender feels more balanced in the hand while the Glock comes off more muzzle heavy.
Note that while the G26 has a shorter grip, with the finger grove extension on the mag, they are very similar in grip length. I consider the extension a non negotiable necessity on the subcompact Glocks so I’d call this a wash.
With the rubber Hogue grips installed on the Defender, grip width is very similar.
Slide is slightly narrower on the Defender…
and with a much more rounded profile.