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Old May 10, 2009, 07:48 AM   #1
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Best Glock modifications??

I have several Glocks and have minimally tweaked them as things have happened over time and with usage. Night sights have faded etc.

I have replaced stock sights with fiber optic sights by Novak and Hi VIz and generally been happy. I have considered other sights as well.

I have never replaced the recoil spring but am not sure I like the stock unit and am worried about its durability over time. Any specific replacement components or upgrades recommended that will not affect the guns reliability??
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Old May 10, 2009, 07:53 AM   #2
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Stock is best.

All I do is change out the target grooved trigger on the compacts and sub compacts with the smooth faced full size trigger.

And night sights. Meps are my favorite but any will do.
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Old May 10, 2009, 08:02 AM   #3
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Things I've done to my G19:

grip reduction
360 degree stiple
cut out around around mag release
smooth trigger out of a G17
Ghost "tactical" 5lbs trigger connector
polished all trigger parts
extended slide release

night sights
Wolff steel guide rod/spring
Wolff firing pin spring & plunger spring

After all this work on it it has finally became "perfection"...for me anyways.

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Old May 10, 2009, 08:04 AM   #4
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my 2c worth

Glocks are great straight out of the box, IMO.... but, there are some implovements I like... one is an aftermarket barrel so you can shoot anything you want in it... lead, FMJ, JHP.... whatever. My G34 has a Storm Lake barrel.... excellent

The stock sights are the first thing to go.... you done good with your choice of sights.

The recoil spring and polymer guide rod are great, perfect, IMO. The only problem to be had with the guide rod, is 'pilot error'. You only have to put the spring assembly in wrong (on the wrong step) once & rack it to more than likely damage the end of the rod.... , but only the rod (and perhaps the spring) will get damaged. My thoughts are, you should always put the rod/spring in correctly, then you wont have a problem. I worry about putting in a stainless guide rod incorrectly and racking it then? What else will get damaged? I personally would rather 1/ always put the assembly in correctly & 2/ have a spare (polymer) guide rod & spring in case something were to go wrong with the original. I have shot 2000 rounds thru my G34 with no problems with the GR.

The only other thing I did to mine, was fitted a longer mag release button, coz my thumb had a bit of trouble finding the stock one (especially in winter, cold hands)

So, IMO, dont worry about new-fangled alloy or stainless rod, just get a spare some time, and make sure you stick the end of the guide rod on the second step every time..... you won't have any problems
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Old May 10, 2009, 08:12 AM   #5
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Streamlight M6, FSSG Switch, trijicon nightsights and some trigger job.

Not much souping up... so here goes my carry piece.

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Old May 10, 2009, 08:12 AM   #6
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My only change on the 17 so far is Trijicon night sights. Pretty happy with it otherwise. I normally shoot about 175 rounds per range trip and it feels good to me.
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Old May 10, 2009, 08:13 AM   #7
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Trade it in for something made of steel.
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Old May 10, 2009, 08:18 AM   #8
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I put on some sights, grip tape, and a 3.5# OEM connector.
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Old May 10, 2009, 08:27 AM   #9
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My G17 is bone stock other than Trijicons and a NY1 Trigger spring.

My G26 has Big Dots,a G17 smooth faced trigger,NY1 spring,and the tiny grip stippled to help with the draw/retention.
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Old May 10, 2009, 01:21 PM   #10
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All I do to mine is add a butt plug and change recoil spring assembly every couple of thousand rounds.
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Old May 10, 2009, 03:45 PM   #11
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None. Glocks have all you need right out of the box. That is one of the great things about them - plus they are ugly enough that you don't care what happens to them. I still look at the scratch on my Hi-Power where I replaced the extractor spring and sigh... The Glock? As long as it goes bang I could not care less.
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Old May 10, 2009, 03:51 PM   #12
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Did you cut the back strap down or did you have someone do it? if you did it yourself would you mind sharing how? I have stippled all of my Glocks and have been wanting to reduce the back strap on one of my 23's.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

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IMO, GLOCKs are not perfect right out of the box. There are two things that get changed on every GLOCK I have ever owned.
I install an extended slide stop, and replace the plastic sights with Meprolight night sights.
Now you have a perfect GLOCK.
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Old May 10, 2009, 04:15 PM   #14
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+ 1 for the extended mag release.

I went with a Storm Lake barrel, slapped on the extended mag release, added a "butt" plug, and called it good. I would eventually like to upgrade the sights though.
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Well, I think for the subcompact Glocks loosing the silly point on the trigger guard helps with making the pistol as trim as can be for ccw. Also I like the decal grip material in key locations and the clipdraw. I allways carry with an empty chamber for safety.
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Old May 10, 2009, 08:38 PM   #17
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No, I didn't do it myself...I thought about trying it but chickened out and sent it off to Bowie Tactical Concepts. Now that I can see how much was cut and everything, I might try the next one myself though.
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Old May 10, 2009, 08:52 PM   #18
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Most Glock owners I know only add night sights. Some like to do other modifications. All of mine have extended slide stop, night sights, extended mag release. I also have a storm lake barrel in my G19. These are just my preferences. However, mine were are flawless stock.
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Old May 10, 2009, 09:11 PM   #19
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I liked them out of the box, but I did add tritium sights, (I think I got that right), I added the mag release from the .45 to my .40s, (I have two .40s) and I added an extended slide stop/release. Now on the .40s the slide is a one hand deal and the mag release on all three sticks out just a hair more and is way easy to find without looking.

Otherwise I have heard of different barrels, I have never seen the need. But then again I have never used them.

The mods I have were free from my now out of business dealer.

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Old May 10, 2009, 11:34 PM   #20
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Lots of ammo. Maybe night sights. If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it.
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Old May 11, 2009, 12:05 AM   #21
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Modifications on Glock Perfection? Say it ain't so. Modifications to perfection, it's an oxymoron or perfection was lacking out of the box.

Other than adding night sights I see no reason to stray from the stock set up.

The new rough textured frame feels good and it's an improvement from the previous frame texturing. When the RTF G20 and 29 come out. I will be buying. I just don see why glock won't go with interchangable back straps. That's what makes the P99 a better gun. It seems when you have folks getting frame reductions, a light bulb would go off over Gaston's head.
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Slightly unrelated but I was helping my grandfather inventory his guns today and we noticed that the front sight on his G20 10mm was gone, big bad 10mm auto must have loosened it up and it slipped out in transit from firing line to car.

Anyone got recommendations for new sights?
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Old May 11, 2009, 12:22 AM   #23
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Trijicons or any other name brand tritium night sights. I don't own or shoot Glocks, but since many of them fall under the "nightstand" gun category, night sights are a must IMO.
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Old May 11, 2009, 12:22 AM   #24
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if its for SD....leave it stock.
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Old May 11, 2009, 02:03 AM   #25
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1. Good sights (if it has factory night sights those are fine).

2. The factory slide stop lever off the Glock 35.
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