This 4th and final installment of the Robar Glock review will focus on the overall modifications and how they effect the performance of the pistol. For those who are looking for a “I ran it over with my 4×4 and then tossed it out of a helicopter review” you will be disappointed. However the pistol is a working gun and is not a “Safe Queen”.
Since receiving my Robar modified Glock almost three months ago, I have carried it everyday, taught 6 classes with it, which included demonstration drills, shot 2 IDPA matches and shot it during several training sessions and allowed several students to fire it as well. During that time the pistol has fired over 2000 rounds, of which over 1500 have been reloaded ammunition.
As reported in a previous installment in this series, this testing has been without the benefit of lubrication. The only “cleaning” the pistol has had was after 500 rounds, and consisted of wiping it with a dry paper towel and brushing it with a dry brush. I did break down and wipe a small amount of baked on carbon with a patch and a very small amount of solvent on a brush. Quite frankly the pistol didn’t need it, but I did as old habits die hard. The pistol is still being run bone dry. The pistol has had zero malfunctions of any kind. I attribute this to both the NP3 and PolyT2 finishes as well as the APEX Failure Resistant Extractor. The NP3 and PolyT2 finishes contain Teflon which makes them both very slick. Lubricity is enhanced, making the gun more tolerant to harsh environments. While I recommend light lubrication, being able to run the gun dry or with a very light coat of lube can be valuable in some environments. Another benefit is that both finishes wear like iron. With approximately 800 holster presentations, the slide shows no external wear whatsoever.
Extraction and ejection have been 100% and consistent thanks to the APEX Failure Resistant Extractor, unlike some recent Glock extractors the APEX units work. The ejector is a stock Glock 336.
The 10-8 Sights POI/POA are spot on for me, allow a fast accurate sight picture and are rugged beyond belief. Most sights are machined from fairly soft stock; 10-8 sights are machined from pre-hardened steel to better resist deformation from the rigors of duty use. In my experience 10-8 sights are the only choice for a defensive pistol sight system.
The frame modifications really make the pistol fit my hand and have enhanced the pistol’s shoot ability. The high cut trigger guard makes the pistol sit lower in the hand which decreases felt recoil and muzzle rise. The extended beavertail spreads the recoil in the web of the hand and protects the hand if you experience slide bite. The grip texturing really makes the pistol stick in the hand and the Tri-Fit backstrap allows the shooter to customize the grip angle to suit them. These modifications customized the fit of the pistol to me and are well worth having them done. While it may seem like a small improvement, these modifications can decrease split times and increase your accuracy as well as comfort. Being able to choose which modifications best suit your needs is an advantage as well. You truly have to experience the difference Robar’s modifications make to appreciate them. I have allowed several students to shoot and compare my Robar Glock to a Stock Glock and all of them have commented on the difference the modifications make to the pistol.
The gun carries well and is comfortable for all day wear. While this is more a factor of your carry gear, I have seen many pistols that were quite sharp edged and abrasive to the wearer due to user modifications. The grip texturing provides a secure non slip grip, but does not abrade the wearer or clothing. I have not noticed any tendency for clothing to stick to the texturing or Tri-Fit Backstrap, that you would not experience with an unmodified Glock.
After using the pistol extensively I have found no drawbacks to the modifications. While a stock Glock is certainly a formidable combat pistol, the modifications Robar performed have brought my pistol to a new level. As I said before, you truly need to experience the difference these modifications make to your pistol to believe them. I have added a Vickers Extended Slide Stop and a Glock Extended Magazine Release.
Freddie Blish and the team at Robar were very professional to work with and the work was completed as promised and on time. The ability to pick and choose options, rather than a set package makes your pistol truly custom for you.
After carrying and shooting many different pistols over a very long career, I can say without a doubt that none of them are “perfect” for everyone. My advice is to find the pistol that best fits your needs, and then send to to Robar and have it made perfect for you.