June 2014

More Glock Upgrades

This round we test Crimson Trace’s LG laser and LGT weapon light, a Seattle Slug gun weight, and a stainless guide rod.

In the April 2014 issue, we took a look at a few of the upgrade and part options for Glocks, including sights, triggers, and barrels. This time we add a laser guide rod and a weight to balance the polymer pistol. We placed these accessories on one Gen 4 Model 17 and two Model 22s, one a Gen 4 and one a Gen 3 former police issue. We tested all of the parts individually to evaluate what difference they would make, considering ease of installation, performance difference, and price as the main grading points. All the parts were supplied by Brownells, and the stock numbers and pricing reflect recent citations rounded to the nearest dollar.

In the previous test, we gave an A grade to a 5.19-inch-long threaded stainless barrel from Storm Lake ($197, #842-000-096WB, Mfr. Part: GL179MM51901TT) and a C grade to a match-grade 4.49-inch stainless tube made by Wilson Combat ($160, #965-397-017WB, Mfr Part: 379). We also gave an A grade to Zev Technologies’ GlockWorx adjustable fulcrum trigger system, the Ultimate kit ($250, #100-006-566WB, Mfr. Part: ZTFULULT4G9BLK). We thought both sight kits were better than the standard Glock sights with the squared U-shaped rear sights and front dots. The test units were a Brownells Glock 17 Sight Upgrade Kit ($200, #080-000-919WB), which included a Meprolight (Kimber) ML-10224 Tru-Dot Night Sight System for Glock 17, 19, 22, 23, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 39; an MGW Glock Sight Adjustment Tool, and an Ed Brown Front Sight Tool for Glock. We also ordered a set of TruGlo tritium fiber-optic Brite-Sites ($90, #902-000-107WB, Mfr. Part: TG131GT1Y), yellow rear and green front. Both gained our top mark. Here’s how the next set of upgrades fared:

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