Gun Mods Gone Wild
By: Joshua Gideon
A little over a month ago I met a guy who wanted me to look at a handgun he had “modified” in hopes that I would recommend his services to others. Now, I am a fan of modern striker fired handguns. I make no apologies for my love of all things modern-striker-fired. Those who know me have no doubt where I stand on this topic. I have seen some practical modifications on these defensive handguns over the years, however, what this guy showed me can barely be described in words.
The guy took a Gen 3 Glock 17…bear with me, I need a moment…and proceeded to Dremel, carve, and stipple it into something that looked like a careless gun owner had dropped his Glock in the fires of Hades and snatched it out before it was lost forever. I actually wept for the gun. The guy had done a grip reduction and grip chop then stippled the entire frame. When I say grip reduction, I mean it was so thin I would not have fired the gun for fear of it exploding in my hand. But that’s not where this horrid hack job ends; the grip chop was so bad that Glock 26 mags looked like Glock 17 mags sticking out of a standard Glock 26. Oh, it’s not over either…the gun was stippled on the entire frame, like everywhere, even the trigger guard, which was rounded off by the way. I was speechless then got composure and asked a very important question that all gun owners should ask. Why? Needless to say I won’t be recommending his work. Nor will I recommend the philosophy as to why he made the modifications to this poor firearm.
This is by far the most extreme case I have ever seen. However, it’s not the first Gun mod that I have seen that made no sense. How many guns have you seen with extended threaded barrels owned by people that do not own suppressors? Even worse, the same gun with a fake suppressor. What about titanium pins that replace hardened steel pins? Or plugs that fill cavities that don’t need to be filled. I will even go so far as to say that some of these modifications are reckless and compromise the firearms ability to function as designed.
So how do you keep your gun mods from going wild? First, become a minimalist when it comes to gun modifications. Do not add or subtract anything from a stock firearm until you have taken a class and proven it is an issue for you! Just because you see a picture of guys with blurry faces sporting the latest gun mods should not be a reason to make the same modification to yours. The same goes for the latest gun modification a top tier instructor is promoting this year. There are specific reasons to make modifications to your gun. Make sure you have the problem to solve before you try to fix it.
In all seriousness, stop wasting your money to fix a problem you may not have. A good friend of mine has a Glock 26 without an extended magazine release. Why? He has freakishly long thumbs which allow him to use the standard magazine release with no issues. Sure he could pick up an extended one for a couple bucks. But why? Just because you can doesn’t mean you should!
If you find your thumbs are too short and that necessitates an extended magazine release, then modify your handgun for that reason. If your eyesight is failing and you need higher visibility sights to shoot precision targets, then modify your handgun for that reason. If you saw a cool extended ambidextrous slide release lever in the latest edition of the “Cool Guy” gun magazine, put the credit card down!
If you want to spend your hard earned money on modifications to your handgun, by all means help support the economy and gun industry. But please take a training class and prove the need for that modification first. Don’t let your gun end up on some Internet video and bring embarrassment to you and your family.