Must-Have Gear part 2: tricking out your Glock

I made a few tweaks to my G22C lately that have had a significant positive impact. Some of these were amazingly inexpensive and simple to install- not a single spring got away from me, unlike the first time I've done pretty much anything past field stripping on an AR.

Let's start with the expensive upgrade- Meprolight TRU-DOT night sights.

I realize that Meprolight doesn't recommend using a tritium front sight in the 22C since the sight is really close to the compensator ports but I'm going to risk it because the factory sight was fouling up after 80-100 target rounds. Meprolight features a thick white outline around the tritium lamps to keep the dots visible in bright light where traditional tritium sights become hard to see. About 200 rounds in so far so good- the front sight remains highly visible in various light conditions at local indoor ranges.

Changing from the Glock dot and bracket to the larger Meprolight 3-Dots wasn't as easy as I expected it to be. I shot low with them for a couple weeks and had to focus my point of aim so the center of the front dot was aligned with the top of the target. After a few hundred practice reps I made a discovery: when I relaxed my vision enough to really look through my gun at the target using both eyes the front dot just floated in my field of vision.

I could still see the rear sight but it was like the frame around my sight picture. Until that point all 3 dots from front and rear sights were what I was focused on at first. Suddenly aiming became simple- put the dot on the target and be sure to use both eyes.

Cost: $85 installed at my LGS (local gun store)

Extended mag release

Compared to the factory release it doesn't look like much but the extended mag release solves a major problem with pre-gen4 factory releases (Glock ships all Gen4 models with an extended release as standard issue): sometimes I can hit the mag release just fine but too often my thumb doesn't reach the button and I have to adjust my grip to drop a mag. Thats a deal-breaker if I ever want to give my squad a run for their money in any competition and even worse if the SHTF and I end up needing to reload or clear a malfunction in a defensive situation the last thing you want is a struggle to drop the mag.
You can spend anywhere from $5-$30 for an aftermarket extended mag release- I have no complaints about my oem simple version. However if you like even more button you can get something like the one pictured above. One thing to consider is that if you carry your Glock concealed – especially IWB- the extended release may add an edge that catches your clothing. One option is to remove some material from the button to shorten the protrusion of the extended button. Another option is to switch to holstered concealed carry – it has many advantages 🙂

Installation is a snap- this video shows how easy it is to change the release out — and it's a 5 minute job the first time you try. Unless you have freakish gigantic hands there is no good reason not to perform this upgrade if you shoot your Glock on a regular basis.

Cost: $5.17 from Amazon – up to $30 if you get fancy.

Tuff1 Grip

I mentioned it before but it's worth another plug for Tuff1 slip-on grips. I used to swear by Pachmyer but the Tuff1 is the perfect compliment to the slick polymer of a Gen3 or older Glock pistol. It gives the grip a little feedback from the cushion it provides- a huge difference as I scale back my strong hand grip to that 40% range of pressure.

Cost: $17


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