Thursday, January 11, 2018

Glock 19 Gen 4 Update

I've made some subtle changes to my recently acquired Gen 4 Glock 19, and I'm really happy with the results.  Changing the grip angle was the biggest improvement to the gun that I've done besides the DIY high visibility front sight modification.  The gun feels much better in my hand, and it points more naturally for me.  This was a fairly easy change to make by modifying the factory medium beavertail backstrap by simply cutting off the bottom section of the backstrap so that it essentially flattens out the "Glock Hump" at the bottom of the back of the grip similarly to the Grip Force add-on beavertail adapter.  A lot of Glock enthusiasts go to extreme measures to change the grip angle by cutting and epoxying the back of the grip to physically remove this hump, but this method permanently alters the firearm and typically requires a stippling job to hide the modification (along with removing the finger grooves on the front of the grip).  I didn't really want to stipple this gun's grip as I like the Gen 4 texture, and the finger grooves don't really bother me.  Modifying the backstrap is easy and I can always purchase a replacement factory backstrap set for $20.  I also slightly contoured the bottom of the trigger guard so that it is more comfortable against my knuckle when gripping the gun.  While this is obviously a permanent alteration to the frame, it is very subtle and does not drastically change the way the gun looks.  You probably would not even notice it unless I pointed it out to you.  Below is a list of upgrades and modifications that I've done to the gun, which have all made the gun much more appealing to me in both form and function.

  • Glock OEM tritium 3-dot sights with DIY high visibility front sight modification
  • TAU Development Group Striker Control Device (safety measure for appendix carry)
  • Vickers Tactical enhanced slide stop lever by TangoDown
  • Glock OEM Gen 3 smooth face trigger shoe with a contoured trigger safety lever
  • Lone Wolf Distributors 3.5# connector and 6# trigger spring
  • All the internal trigger components have been polished
  • Factory medium beavertail backstrap modified for improved grip angle
  • Bottom of the trigger guard contoured for comfort
  • Pearce grip plug

Thursday, December 21, 2017

CZ-USA CZ Shadow 2 Handgun

I just acquired the latest and greatest competition gun from CZ-USA... The CZ Shadow 2! 😍 I found this two-tone Shadow 2 at my local gun store and traded in my CZ-75 Stainless Limited Edition that was just collecting dust in the safe.  I plan to use this new gun in USPSA's Production division.  Unfortunately, the Shadow 2 is too heavy for IDPA rules, so I'll continue to use my CZ-75 SP-01 for IDPA.  The Shadow 2 is ready to go out of the box for competition use.  It already has fiber optic adjustable competition sights, a smooth trigger pull, thin safety levers, aluminum checkered grips, and excellent checkering on the front and back straps.  The only thing I've done to the gun is install a 13# hammer spring, a 10# recoil spring, a reduced power firing pin spring, and a reduced power trigger spring (all from Cajun Gun Works).  With these springs and a little bit of polishing on the internal trigger components, it already feels much better than my SP-01 and has a much shorter trigger reset.  Trigger pull weights are now 7.0 to 6.8 lbs on double action and 2.5 to 2.25 lbs on single action. As a bonus, the Shadow 2 is compatible with all the mags that I use in the SP-01, so there's no need for me to purchase any new magazines for it. I'm very excited to start using this gun during the 2018 season! 😀

Monday, December 4, 2017

DIY High Visibility Front Sight Modification

I recently came across an article on (linked below) for a DIY High Visibility Front Sight modification and figured I would try it out on my new mostly stock CZ P-07 and Glock 19 Gen4. I've heard about using florescent paint on the front sight before, but I wasn't sure how that would work around the tritium vial of night sights. I've installed factory tritium 3-dot sights on both of the guns (mainly because I already had the CZ sights), so using the hole punched pin stripe tape seemed like a great method. I've gotta say... my old eyes really like it! 😁 Why not just buy Trijicon HD sights? Because the HD sights aren't available for all the different guns I carry. Plus, I've got enough pin stripe tape to do this several hundred times for only $5. I liked this modification so much that I went ahead and modified all of my non-optic carry guns. 😎

Monday, November 27, 2017

CZ-USA P-07 vs Glock 19 Gen 4

After building two Polymer 80 compact handguns based on the Gen 3 Glock 19 platform, I thought it would probably be good to actually own a real Glock 19 as a reference.  I also wanted to see how a mostly stock Glock 19 would compare to a mostly stock CZ-USA P-07, so I picked up a brand new CZ P-07 and a brand new Gen 4 Glock 19 with front cocking serrations.  I only wanted to do very basic modifications to each of them, which meant just some simple spring kits, polished internal parts, and night sights.  No aftermarket hammers, triggers, short reset kits, barrels, guide rods, frame stippling, or slide cuts and Cerakote. For the CZ P-07, I installed a $24 self defense spring kit from Cajun Gun Works which includes two hammer springs (18# and 15#), a reduced power firing pin spring, and a reduced power firing pin block plunger spring.  For the Glock 19, I installed a $14 connector/spring kit from Lone Wolf Distributors that includes a 3.5# connector and a 6# trigger spring.  On both guns, I polished all of the contact/friction points on the trigger parts while I had them disassembled to install the spring kits, and I also added OEM tritium 3-dot night sights to both guns. The Gen 4 Glock 19 with the medium backstrap installed feels really good in my hands and the factory front cocking serrations help it look a lot better than any other stock Glock, but... I still prefer the CZ P-07 as my favorite carry gun of all time.  Even with just basic modifications, the CZ P-07 has more ergonomic, safety, and aesthetic features that appeal to me more than any other carry gun that I've owned. I guess you could say that I am a CZ P-07 fan boy. 😜

CZ-USA P-07 and Glock 19 Gen 4

Monday, November 6, 2017

IDPA Action Pistol Match 11/04/2017

Since I've been doing so well with my CZ-USA Scorpion EVO S1 Carbine in USPSA, I was excited to use it again at this IDPA match.  I started out really well, until I encountered a horrible malfunction on an unloaded start for Stage 3 that took me over 35 seconds to clear.  This pretty much ruined my chances of winning the match. 😠  I also had a mag fall out during a reload on Stage 5 (my fault), which didn't help the situation, but I could've recovered from that.  Two things I learned from the issues I had at this match: lock the bolt back before inserting a mag on an unloaded start, and always slap the bottom of the mag on a closed bolt reload.  Time for more dry fire practice! 😛

CZ Scorpion EVO S1 Carbine

Saturday, October 28, 2017

USPSA Action Pistol Match 10/28/2017

I was definitely happy with my performance at this USPSA match at the Shooter Ready outdoor range using my CZ Scorpion EVO carbine in the PCC division.  I'm really starting to love PCC as it is just... easier. 😛  I came in 3rd Overall out of 14 total.

CZ Scorpion EVO S1 Carbine

Monday, October 16, 2017

Polymer80 PF940C Compact Handgun Builds

I recently embarked on building two Polymer80 compact handguns based on the Gen 3 Glock 19 platform.  These start out as 80% complete frames that need to have the remaining 20% completed by the end user.  The great thing about these P80 frames is that they resolve all the issues I have with the Glock 19 (aesthetics, grip angle, texture, etc.) but still give you all the aftermarket support of the tried-and-true Glock 19.  I started out building a gray frame (because I love two-tone guns), but ended up with an all black one for my second build. Both frames are the Brownells Exclusive aggressive texture.  These things are not cheap to build, especially if you don't have any OEM Glock parts lying around, but it was very satisfying to choose each and every part that was installed in each gun and getting them working reliably. I'm very happy with my two P80 builds and how they turned out.

First P80 build with Lone Wolf barrel and internals,
a P80 slide, and an Inforce APL light

New ZevTech Spartan slide for the first P80 build
The original P80 slide moved to a second P80 build
Both guns upgraded with Hyve Technologies triggers

L2D Combat Chameleon barrel for the second P80 build

Trijicon RMR RM01 added to the first P80 build

Milled slide windows to show off the barrel on the second P80

Two optic-equipped compacts with Inforce APL lights
"Brothers from different Mothers?"

Two iron sight compacts with Inforce APLc lights