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Despite my previous warnings about the two most terrifying words to encounter together are “custom” and “Glock”, I found myself wanting some work done to my G19.

This came about shortly after my Vickers Shooting Method class last year. The plastic grip on my well-used G17 had been worn so smooth that at midday, lubed up with sweat and sunscreen and bugspray, I literally could not hold it still in my hands, and the torquing of the pistol under recoil wore a patch on my palm raw. Which resulted in a shameful flinch when the final test came up.

During lunch I also mentioned to the instructors that I really haven’t been happy with the way I’ve been gripping my slightly smaller G19 and was a little puzzled by it.

“Dude, it’s those finger grooves. It’s got 2 rows on the top groove and 3 on the bottom. The G17 has 3 all the way down.”


Well, I’ll be. I’d owned and carried the thing for years and never noticed!

Anyway, so I stewed on this for about a year. I found myself carrying the 17 more and more often (when I felt I didn’t need the TLR-1 that’s been riding on the G19), even though the shorter grip of the G19 let it tuck nicely into my side and protect it from printing. Also this grip imbalance becomes worse with the Crimson-Trace Light Guard mounted, which is why I haven’t carried it a lot.

So I mentioned this dilemma to my gunsmythe-in-training friend, who was eager to work on it.

“Dude, let me stipple that thing. I’ll make it baller, yo!” NB: exact quote.

So I UPS’d the thing off to his FFL and waited patiently for a few weeks.

The status update IM’s I received one evening while leaving Pidgin up when I was out were not encouraging:

"Devcon SUCKS."

"Oh God, call me right away!"

"Wait, never mind, I think I figured it out."


"Wait, no."

"Oh God, it looks awful! But this is the best Glock you will ever grip."

Eventually, the Big Brown Truck brought it back and I had a look.



I dig it. I think the rough texture only enhances the function before form aesthetics of the Glock.

He filed the grooves smooth, Devcon’d up the thin parts, undercut the trigger guard, then went over it with a hot soldering iron to add the texture. He also polished up the trigger parts and added an extended magazine release, just ‘cuz. Before I sent it off, I had installed a set of Warren Tactical sights, with the tritium dot up front and a plain rear behind.

And it’s grippy as hell. You’d better have practiced getting a good master grip from the holster, because you ain’t adjustin’ nothing once you get your hands on it.

Oh, and you’d better wear an undershirt if you carry it IWB.

So how’s it shoot? I put a hundred rounds through it right before my USPSA match, and was pleased. It did exfoliate my hands a touch, but it wasn’t terrible. I wouldn’t want to do an entire class with it, but that’s why we have gloves. I felt it was noticeably faster between shots than my comparatively slippery G17, but without a shot timer to examine my times, that’s pure conjecture.

It is now my very favorite Glock.

Would I recommend this? I think if you’ve got an older Gen2 or worn smooth Gen3, it’s a no-brainer. If you’ve got a RTF or Gen4, you can probably get by without it. But my G17 is on its way to Colorado shortly.

{ 4 } Comments

  1. FormerFlyer | October 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Your last couple of lines bring up a bit of worry. I used to share a house with one of the Gunsite in-house gunsmiths. I was visiting him at work one Wednesday, and he showed me to the belt sander and pointed to the shavings on the ground and asked, “Guess what that is?” What, I asked. “$12,000 worth of checkering.”

    Seems they had two large pistol classes that week, with a lot of high-end custom 1911’s (Les Baer, etc.). By day two, they’ve usually worn through the skin on the student’s hands, so day three is “De-checkering Day” at the smithy. They can remove $500 worth of checkering in just a few seconds, and they did 23 of them that morning.

    They noted that most of the instructors had minimal checkering, frequently complemented by smooth grips. Maybe that only works in the high desert of Arizona, but I can tell you that there were very few fans of rough grip surfaces at the end of a 6 day class.

    On the other hand, that might just be a class problem, and not a real-world problem. I’ll be interested in seeing how you like it a year from now.


  2. Xman | October 26, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    Tactical Loofah?

    Tier-One Woodrasp?

  3. NotClauswitz | November 1, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    That looks nice for a Glock! My Ed Brown has semi-smooth grips, they’re not checkered but rough-smooth – like smoothed to a #60 grit surface, not polished. Still felt good in the hands after day-2 with Louis Awerbuck.

  4. TomcatTCH | November 5, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    how about leaving the left side of the grip un-stippled?

    From everything I can read about, the issue with high round count classes and extra grippy handguns is a known issue.

    If you are some how shooting that much in real life, with your handgun, you should damn well have gloves available. After all, you someone acquired a thousand rounds of handgun ammo and magazines to stuff it into.

    For the short duration actual firefights, the rough grip shouldn’t impede, and damn well should help (assuming it’s used right, I have no idea if I’d make good use of a stippled handgun)