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:
"Oh God, call me right away!"
"Wait, never mind, I think I figured it out."
"OH GOD CALL ME RIGHT NOW!"
"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.