FANCY PLASTIC GUNS. DO WE NEED ‘EM? – Silvercore Firearms Training BC
BY TIM LAU | POSTED ON 12/19/2013 | IN MODERN SERVICE PISTOLS WEAPON MODIFICATIONS
A quick look on popular social media sites such as Facebook or Instagram will yield plenty of photos of highly modified modern pistols worked over by shops such as Boresight Solutions, Salient Arms, ATEi, and others?
I don’t think it is debatable that the guns look damn sexy, but do these guns really need all that fancy, and expensive, work to be truly serviceable?
Take a look at the pistol above. This pistol started out as a Glock 17 RTF2 that had nothing more than aftermarket sights (10-8 Performance brass bead front and .140″ notch rear), a factory minus connector, Apex extractor, TangoDown mag catch, and a metric sh!tload of trigger presses. It was one of my favorite pistols to shoot because it was pretty accurate and extremely reliable. But when the opportunity to get some fancy machining done to it by ATEi, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
So now the pistol’s been back a couple weeks and I’ve had the opportunity to shoot the heck out of it on the range. Honestly, all that fancy work does not really affect the shootability of this gun. It shoots no better or worse with all that fancy metalwork. Where the work comes into play is during manipulations. Loading, unloading, and chambered round verifications become easier thanks to the secure grip the vertical serrations offer (especially the front ones.) Yes, that finish on Glocks and M&Ps is slick. Anyway, through welding and fancy CNC machining, ATEi deleted the stupid fish scales on the rear and replaced them with aggressive vertical serrations. The top serrations are not much more than cosmetic, so while I like the look, that’s not a “must have”.
With the above in mind, 99% of the population would be best served by getting a good set of sights, shooting the heck out of their modern pistol, and spend the money on ammunition and a SIRT Pistol from Next Level Training. But if you have the resources to eek out that last 5% of performance and ease of handling out of your pistol, then look to do these types of mods.
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