The 3 Glock Upgrades You Should Do

The Glock handgun has been dubbed “America’s Gun” in many circles and with good reason.  It’s been said that 2/3 of the pistols carried by US law enforcement are Glocks.  The US Army’s Rangers have adopted the Glock 19 as well as several other units like MARSOC and the US Navy SEALS.  There are hundreds of thousands of Glocks if not several million in the hands of private citizens.  Yeah, I can see why folks call the Glock “America’s gun”.

So if you’ve just went out and purchased a Glock (any Glock for that matter), you’ve probably already scoured the internet, visited “The Glock Store” and are aware of all the “upgrades” out there.  But are all the upgrades necessary with a handgun that’s already known for its reliability and decent accuracy?

The short answer is NO, not ALL of them.  A Glock comes from the factory, ready to rock & roll for real world self-defense use.  There are a few upgrades worth the minimal cost and time though.  What’s minimal cost and time?  How about  under $50 total and done in under an hour (much less if you’ve done the upgrades before).


Here are the upgrades I recommend and why:

Vickers Tactical extended slide release:

The Glock OEM slide stop is not conducive for being used as a slide release.  I’ve even been told by reliable authorities that using the OEM slide stop as a slide release will put unnecessary stress on the mechanism and possibly cause it to fail.  Vickers Tactical however, has a slide stop for roughly $20.00 that is meant to allow you to release your slide via lever.  It’s made out of 4130 chrome moly steel.

See the video on the Glock detail strip if you don’t know how to install one of these.  It’s a heck of a lot faster dropping a slide on a fresh magazine with the slide release lever than to sling-shot the slide in a traditional method.


Ghost “Edge” Connector:

Again, this is a $20 upgrade which vastly improves the trigger weight,  smooths out the “take-up” and makes the “break” of the trigger more crisp.  If you’re not familiar with how to change out your OEM trigger connector, you can see how to take it out in the detail strip video.  There are several Ghost brand connectors for Glocks.  The “Edge” is a drop in model.  I’ve fitted the semi-drop in models and they are nice . . . but the “Edge” is pretty damn awesome.


Polish action surfaces:

Take a tube of Flitz polishing compound, a Dremel with a buffing wheel, a cup of coffee and in 15 minutes you will have smoothed out your slide and trigger movement.  The parts to polish are the all of the trigger bar surfaces, safety plunger and 4 tiny frame rails.  It’s easy and free if you already have the polishing compound and Dremel.


What about sights, recoil buffers, expensive trigger systems, recoil guide rods and custom grips? 

That’s up to you man.  Most of the upgrades on the market are pretty pricey, and they won’t do anything for tighter groups if you don’t do your part anyway.  The thing a person considering a Glock upgrade should ask is this:  Does this upgrade meet or exceed the quality and reliability that is already there with the OEM part?  If so, is the upgrade return on investment worth it?  In a self-defense situation, will this part help or hurt me?

Regardless, if you do any upgrades to your Glock, the 3 listed above are what you should do first, and maybe last.  Some folks do more, some do less.  (For the record, I’ve changed out the Glock sights.  I’ve altered my Glock grip a bit.) 

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  • The Family Man