|01-14-2003, 07:27 AM||#1|
Join Date: Dec 2002
Glock Grip Reduction
Has anyone every done a grip reduction on their Glock as a do it yourself project?
Also does anyone know where I might find ainstructions on how to do it and what filler and coloring to use to get it done correctly.
I may be crazy but I think it would be fun to try doing it myself.
|01-14-2003, 10:55 PM||#3|
Join Date: Jan 2003
WHY BOTHER? JUST SHIP THE GUN TO ROBAR FOR THEIR GRIP REDUCTION. IN FACT, THEY USUALLY DISCOUNT THEIR PRICING ONCE A YEAR, IF THE REGULAR PRICE IS AN ISSUE. ROBAR DOES A FINE JOB AND THEY ARE PROVEN. I'D HATE TO BUTCHER MY OWN FRAME, AND LEAVE MYSELF WITH A NICE PAPERWEIGHT. BUT MAYBE GLOCK WOULD SELL YOU A NEW FRAME FOR $400-500 (THE COST OF A NEW GUN).
|01-15-2003, 12:20 PM||#4|
Join Date: Feb 2002
More misinformed info.......
Yoni - Don't be interrupted by people who say it cannot be done (DPS - great tag line for someone giving out such defeatest advice), hehehe. So without any further interuption, here goes -
Sending it out to Robar or one of the other companies that do this type of work (hint....you're on Dane Burns forum, he does Excellent reductions) is a great idea if you're not handy with tools or your hands, and if you don't know Glocks well.
But this is something you can do in the home workshop assuming you're familiar with the Glock, it's frame, and it's back strap area. Are you aware of where the trigger mechanism housing sits, how it's held in, and what supports it? You should be before tackling this project.
You can find the "secret" materials used (yes, there's several that will work acceptably) by searching the net. Look in archieves for this subject. Try sites where there are a lot of Glocksters, like GlockTalk BB and Brian Enos BB. Be aware that the long term adherance and stability of some materials is still being watched. You don't want any filler shrinkage or gaping and obviously, delamination is totally unacceptable.
After the contouring, the next part is easier. That's the grip's texturing. Be more aggressive for competition use and less aggressive for concealed carry use. The same rough and grabby grip texturing that works great in slick sweaty hands during a hot rainy summer competition, may be a clothing grabber and ripper for everyday concealed carry use. The tools used for texturing can be as simple as a heated awl or as complex as custom fabricated soldering iron tips.
And if you do screw it up, no problem. Contrary to what the above posting says, factory new frames can be quickly, easily, and cheaply purchased for $155-$160 at retail, depending on your glock's frame size (try getting that deal for a Beretta or HK poly frame!). Sources such as Glockmeister have them available. Also, you can occasionally find used frames at GlockTalk even cheaper than that.
The Glock has never been a "pretty pistol" so don't worry about making it "uglier" than it already is. It's just a plain and simple tool. And a tool is even more useful when it fits you better and does a better job for you. In other words, function over form.
Doing it yourself is fun (assuming you don't screw it up!) and you have the pride of knowing you did it yourself, to your own exact tastes, and for your own exact uses. Good luck.
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