The Glock sidearm, one of the most popular side-arms ever created, was actually designed by a curtain-rod engineer. It was not designed to be perfect. It was designed to fit the needs of the Austrian military. His experience in synthetic polymers made him the ideal person to create the first ‘plastic pistol’.
The thing with handguns is that the relationship between the gun and the owner is a very personal one. Every shooter will have their preferences, and even the most ideal firearm for that shooter may need modifications. If you can take a great gun and make it perfect for your needs, why would you not make the modifications?
The beauty of the Glock is that there are dozens of glock mods to choose from, making it a highly customizable firearm. You have the capability of making your Glock truly yours. It can become a one of a kind weapon, and most of these glock mods are simple enough to install yourself in just minutes. In this article we will cover some of the best modifications for the Glock pistol, and help you decide which might be right for you.
Discussing the replacement of the Glock trigger is almost a taboo subject as many people feel it to be ideal right out of the factory. The 5.5lb factory trigger is generally what is used by law enforcement and everyday carry users. However, for performance shooters there may be a better option.
There are several complete drop-in trigger systems that can improve your competition performance. Specifically, the Edge trigger system is an ideal modification. It drops the trigger weight from 5.5lb to 3.5lb. This gives you a smooth transition from pull to fire with less effort. You are less likely to jerk the muzzle off target with this glock modification. In addition, follow-up shots are more consistent with less trigger weight. After some time at the range, you will notice that double-tap consistency will greatly increase with a trigger system like the Edge.
This complete system comes with every part you need for a complete replacement. The list of parts is extensive, but it can be installed by most gun owners in only about 15 minutes.
The sights are one of the most common complaints about the Glock design. While the U-design sights works okay in good lighting, it is worthless in low light. In addition, the sights are plastic and can wear or break over time. I recently did a full article on replacement sights for the Glock and gained some valuable insight.
The best replacement sights for the Glock will give you a lighted front sight along with a lighted rear sight. Virtually all lighted sights are made by Trijicon and work incredibly well. In addition, luminescent paint is used to make front and rear sights more visible in medium light conditions. Many people like a three-dot sight for the front sight picture. However, I found that the ‘dot the eye’ sights were more accurate and easier to use. Either way, good lighted metal sights are important for any Glock used for self-defense. The improvement in target acquisition is enormous.
Be aware that sight replacement is one of the more difficult glock mods you can make. Many brands suggest professional installation. However, I have found that most can be installed at home if you have the right tools and take your time.
Modifying the grip of a Glock really comes down to the individual user and how they will use the gun. Some owners will custom stipple their frame, or get a grip reduction if the gun is bulky in their hands. Both of these glock mods require a professional to work on the firearm.
For in home modifications, many owners simply want more friction on certain parts of the grip. Some people just apply skateboard tape to get the right feel on their grip. However, the grit of this tape can rub on the skin if worn on a daily basis. For a more user-friendly option you can look at Talon grips, which are custom cut for each user. It is a rubberized texture so it does not wear on the skin like granulized textures. It can be applied with a hair dryer in only minutes.
Another grip modification to consider is the Grip Force Adapter. This adapter is designed to prevent injury to your thumb that can be caused by the slide on the Glock. The part is a beavertail that mounts to the back-strap of the frame. In addition to protecting your hand, it also gives you a better grip angle to help control muzzle flip for quicker follow-up shots.
There is certainly nothing wrong with the Glock barrel, but there are specific situations in which a modification may make sense. One would be if a threaded barrel is needed for attaching a suppressor or a compensator.
Another would be if you want to use a stainless steel barrel to improve accuracy and use lead-cast bullets. You can also drop in an alternative barrel for shooting a different caliber from the same gun. Unfortunately, many of these barrels are hard to find and may have a wait time as long as a few months.
Slide Stop Lever
The slide stop lever on a Glock is low profile. This makes it quite difficult to engage, especially on new firearms that have not been broken in. It is one of the most common complaints about the Glock design. It can also be tough to grip the underside of the lever when locking back the slide.
One option is to add a slide stop lever extension which makes the manipulation of the firearm much easier. It has a trapezoid-shaped dimple on it that makes gripping the lever much simpler. The installation only takes a few minutes.
Extended Magazine Release
Just like the slide stop lever, many Glock owners complain about the magazine release being too low-profile. They have actually corrected this issue in the Gen-4 models, but there are still complaints about sharp edges. An extended magazine release simply allows for easier firearm manipulation. It is also a simple installation.
The base plate on the Glock can be modified to allow magazine enhancements. This can create more weight, a better grip, and allow for more rounds. For example, the Glock 26 only has a two finger grip. With an extended magazine you have room to place at least one more finger on the firearm. This allows for better control of recoil and less chance of hand cramping at the range.
Many competitive shooters like the extra weight you get from an extended magazine. As you move to release the magazine, the extra weight makes it slide out quickly so it can be replaced that much faster.
Replacing the base plate is simple, but not easy. Do not attempt to use your bare hands for the modification. Your best bet is to just plan on using pliers for this one.
Back in the 90’s Glock started coming out with rail attachments for lasers and lights. This can greatly improve target acquisitions, and in my mind may be one of the best values of any glock mod.
One option is the Meridian C5L. It combines a laser and a light that installs snuggly between the muzzle and the trigger guard. It includes a 100 Lumen light along with a 5mW green laser. The beauty of the laser is that it is visible to 100 yards during daylight and up to one mile at night. That is some serious target acquisition.
You can activate this modification with a button on either side, or you can opt for the holster they offer. It will automatically activate the action as soon as you draw the gun. It does not get much more convenient than that.
Conclusion On Glock Mods
I can honestly say that one of my favorite features of the Glock is the variety of modification options available. I do love almost any firearm. However, the firearms I enjoy the most are the ones I know are perfect for me. That can be hard to find, but modification options make it very possible. My dream gun is that one of a kind, customized masterpiece that nobody else can create.
Again, any relationship between a handgun and an owner is very personal. As much as you can afford, you want your gun to be right for you. You can tell at the range and you can tell in life-threatening situations that this holds true. You can truly make your Glock whatever you like if you take the time and do the research.
The relationship between gun and owner must be filled with comfort and balance. If you choose the right glocks mods, that should be no problem. Hopefully, you and your Glock will find the relationship you desire.