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REPORTS | PRODUCTS & PROJECTS

Basic Glock Upgrades

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lthough Glocks are perfectly serviceable
and well-proven pistols as they come
from the factory, they also enjoy one of the largest and
most vibrant aftermarkets of any commercial firearm. In this
regard, Glock pistols rival even the AR-15 and Ruger 10/22,
with customization options that enhance performance and
personalization. I had a 9 mm Glock 19 Gen4 ripe for upgrade.
Here are some products I chose to suit my needs.
One of the very first steps most Glock shooters take is
upgrading the sights. It's a pretty straight forward process,
though it does require a Glock-specific front sight tool-
the front post nests into an oval cut on top of the slide
and is secured with a hexagonal nut. To replace the plastic
factory sights, I chose the AmeriGlo Combative Applications
Pistol (CAP) Sights for their steel construction, tritiumpowered illumination and the bold, square-shaped front
"bead" (ameriglo.com, $90). The luminescent square fits
nicely into the rear notch when correctly aligned, and I
find the whole arrangement is faster to employ than comparable three-dot patterns.
Another oft-replaced component is the Glock's factory
trigger. Here, again, it is a mostly plastic apparatus, and
the design does not optimize the trigger shoe's surface
area for sure engagement with the shooter's finger. I found
a more comfortable, and customizable, unit in the form
of Apex Tactical Specialties' Action Enhancement Trigger
(apextactical.com, $100). The trigger and Gen3 trigger bar
comprise a drop-in replacement assembly that smoothes
and reduces the trigger's travel, improves the break and,
thanks to the shoe's semi-flat face, improves the overall
feel-at least in my opinion. For a more personalized look,
the trigger is available in black, red or purple, or in the
Thin Blue Line color scheme that pairs a black trigger shoe
with a blue anodized safety lever. Going a step further, I
also replaced the safety plunger and connector with Apex
products-all aforementioned parts are included in the
Action Enhancement Kit ($130)-which further smoothed
the trigger's movement and reduced the pull weight from 6
lbs., 3 ozs., to 4 lbs., 11 ozs.
Finally, I opted to try out the Glock Striker Control
Device (SCD) from Tau Development Group, familiarly called
"the Gadget" (taudevgroup.com, $79). The slide cover
plate replacement is intended to enhance safety, especially
during holstering, and the manual of arms is similar to
that of a hammer-fired double-action firearm-downward
pressure on a dropped hammer will resist pressure on
the trigger. In the case of the SCD, pressure on the slide
plate resists the rearward movement of the striker and,

through the trigger bar, the trigger itself. In this way, the
SCD is first a tactile and visual indicator-trigger movement causes the SCD to fan outward-and, when pressure
is applied, it can serve as a manual safety. While it in no
way replaces situational awareness or safe gun handling,
it does provide an extra layer of protection against unseen
obstructions like shirts, jackets or spent brass that can
invade the trigger guard area during the holstering motion.
Because of its no-nonsense design, business-like appearance and large-scale production, it's understandable that
a stock Glock may seem to lack character or distinction.
Nevertheless, I've found that I can improve performance
and add a bit of style.
-J.L. KURTENBACH, MANAGING EDITOR

WARNING: Technical data and information contained herein are intended
to provide information based on the limited experience of individuals under
specific conditions and circumstances. They do not detail the comprehensive
training procedures, techniques and safety precautions absolutely necessary
to properly carry on similar activity. Read the notice and disclaimer on the
contents page. Always consult comprehensive reference manuals and bulletins for details of proper training requirements, procedures, techniques and
safety precautions before attempting any similar activity.

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