With the recent attention and series of articles on modified polymer pistols, I thought revisiting my Robar/10-8/MSW/Glock was in order. As the recent series of evaluations have highlighted, extensive modifications to polymer pistols are usually a want to do, rather than a have to do, decision. Having said that, as I stated in my previous evaluations modifying your pistol to best suit you and to ensure it’s 100% reliability falls squarely into the have to do category.
As most would agree a WML is a must have on a duty handgun and is certainly at the top of the list for a defensive handgun. While somewhat bulky for concealed carry for many people, mounting a WML on the home defense handgun is a prudent choice.
I’ve found that the Streamlight TLR-1 meets my needs and gives a good balance of useable light, battery life, size, and cost. The bulb is an LED which gives a much better life span and shock resistance than an incandescent bulb. The light output is rated as 135 lumens. The rocker switch allows the shooter to lock the light on, or use the light intermittently, which can be done with either the support hand thumb or the trigger finger while in register position along the frame.
I recently installed a LaserMax Guide Rod Laser. In my case the laser is the LMS-1141P which fits Gen 1,2,3 Glock Models 17,22,31,37. My main reason for installing the laser is from an Instructor’s perspective of being able to evaluate it’s use and the pro’s and con’s of lasers, as well as a training aid. I’ve had many students attend class with lasers installed and many have questions about the technology. (More on the LMS-1141P in a later article).
My other modifications to the pistol include the addition of a Tango Down Vickers Slide Release and a Glock Extended Magazine Release, both which allow me faster and easier use over the stock versions.
At this point the pistol has fired over 5000 rounds with no issues which were the fault of the gun. The majority of those rounds have been reloaded ammunition. As I noted in my previous series of articles on this pistol, that was without the benefit of lubrication or cleaning. Since the 2500 round mark was reached the pistol has been cleaned and lubricated with MiliTec per my usual schedule.
I did polish the internal parts and install a Glock factory “Minus” Connector which yielded the trigger pull you see in the photograph. That is the average of 10 trigger pulls on the Lyman Trigger Pull Gauge. This yields a useable trigger which is safe in a defensive situation. I feel you can do better work with smooth trigger pull vs. a light trigger pull, especially in a defensive pistol.
While some of my modifications might not suit you or your defensive pistol needs, and some might be considered unnecessary by some. For me as a full time Police Officer and Firearms Instructor they are must haves. Also those of us who do this for a living tend to serve as the test bed for both the technology and training which goes along with the advancements in that technology. If we’re smart and are doing our jobs, we hopefully filter out the bad and pass on the good to our students, while refining our teachings and adapting to advancements in that technology.