by GCA Member Thomas Brooks
As a fan of Glocks I wanted to take my G22 and do a little upgrading with factory original parts.
I started with a trigger job that greatly improved the function of the gun. I had previously installed a Cominolli safety (yea, I know, not original) so I kept it in. This may change as I really don’t care much for the safety kit; more than likely I will go back to the factory trigger housing and patch the safety cut.
Next I removed the plastic Glock sights and replaced them with Glock metal night sights. Big enhancement and not very expensive. Since I use this gun as my home defense gun I added the Glock light/ laser. I’m not a big laser fan, but the light is great.
Not a lot to do with just factory parts, but some can be enhanced. A few Glock extras make for a nice upgrade.
I also got the customizing itch for my Glock G27. I thought I would do a little cosmetic work to create something with a little class and do a trigger job for a little action enhancement.
I started with the trigger job and followed Master Gunsmith Gene Shuey’s method. I felt a major improvement with the trigger job. Trust me, you need all the enhancement you can get with this little power house. The recoil of the .40 S&W in that little/ light frame does not make for a good target gun. When time and money permit I will change out the barrel.
Next I moved onto frame enhancements. I undercut the trigger guard and then removed the Glock nub on the front of the guard. I rounded it smooth and it looked great, with one exception. The polymer had a bubble in it. I have a fix in mind and will update once I make sure it works.
After the frame contouring I thought I needed a little something to break up all that black. I thought about different colors but really wanted a shiny metal look. So I undertook one of the most labor intensive and time wasters imaginable… I hand sanded the sides and top of the slide with varying grits of sandpaper on a piece of marble. This would have best been accomplished with a surface grinder, but I don’t have one. I lost track of time after an hour so I really can’t say how long it took. It still needs a little sanding and I will probably clear coat it.
I also replaced the sights with Glock night sights. I still have some modifications to perform but I really like the way it is shaping up.