After cleaning out the litter box of Glock modifications I’ve compiled a list of my favorites. There isn’t a huge after market for Glock pistols. There sure are a lot of little crappy sight sets, grip plugs, bayonets (WTF?) and just general Chinese goods. A guy can easily go out and spend a fortune on any gun, but how much of it is actually making the weapon more effective? Here are six cheap and great ways to add to your Glocks performance.
Clipdraw is an under 20 dollar accessory that streamlines the CCW process. Clipdraw is great if you aren’t a fan of wearing a holster and just want a good utility carry style. They make a line of clips that fit just about any pistol under the sun. With the Clipdraw in place you can carry at 1-3-6 o’clock. The drawing of your weapon is totally snag-free. You also don’t get a big bulgy print that a lot of holsters show. The kit comes with an extra slide plate with pre-tapped holes and mounting hardware. Get your Clipdraw here! Glock Clipdraw
The Glock Extended Slide Release is under 15 dollars. This is my favorite Glock add on for an instant increase in functionality. I hate how flat and square the factory slide release is. Even the grippy little ridges are rounded. It’s all around shit. Make sure if you plan on running some magazines through your Glock to get this add on. 20 minute install that’s under 15 bucks, come on? If you don’t add this piece you must not shoot your Glock enough to be bothered by the factory slide release. If that’s the case, hand over your weapon. This upgrade will fit Glocks with 2 and 3 pin frames. 2 Pin frame is pre-2002 and post-2002 should be 3 pin. Check out the 2nd picture to see the difference between a 2 pin and 3 pin Glock frame. New Glock Extended Slide Release
Glock Grip Tape from Guntape is around 5-15 dollars. Not a whole lot to say about this stuff other than it’s CHEAP and it’s AWESOME! There is definitely not much of an aftermarket for reasonably priced grip solutions for your Glock. The idea behind this product was spurred by skateboard grip tape. A lot of operators modified the grips and fore-grips of their weapons with Skateboard grip tape. The problem is that the adhesive backing on skateboard grip tape is very rigid and does not mold well to contoured surfaces. Along come the geniuses from Guntape to make this custom modification a long term solution. Their material is basically a rubberized grip tape with an adhesive backing that will stick to flat or textured surfaces. This stuff is cheap and makes a super sticky grip for your Glock. Grip Tape for your Glock
Extended Slide Lock for under 15 dollars. This little piece just makes servicing your Glock a little easier. This part is super simple to install. All you do is safety check your Glock, pull the slide off, press down on lock block and tilt pistol to right while still depressing (slide lock should slide out), Install is reverse of removal. It’s a 5 minute install even for a first timer. The extended slide lock is only a few millimeters larger than stock, but it really makes a difference in ease of field stripping. Extended Slide Lock
Glock Beavertail Adapter for around 25 dollars. How many scars do you have from getting slide-bit from your Glock? I think we all have a few. Grip Force Adapters makes a product that adds a beavertail style back strap to your standard Glock grip. There are two things this does. The primary reason is to keep the top of your hand from getting cut or pinched by the slide blow back. If you fire a lot of rounds through your Glock, you have definitely gotten “slide-bit”. It hurts like hell. The second thing that the grip adapter does is take away some of the forward angle of the grip. A lot of people prefer a thicker straighter grip, and I believe THAT had a lot to do with the Glock Generation 4′s adjustable back strap design. Don’t let the thin plastic look fool you. These are made from the same polymers pistol lowers are made from. It is very sturdy and wear resistant. If you prefer the feel of a 1911 or are just tired of the Glock slide bite, pick one of these up. It’s a super neat product and it’s cheap! New Grip Force Gen 1 2 3 Glock BeaverTail Adapter
Last up, Custom Slide Covers for your Glock for around 25 bucks. Okay, so maybe this does make your Glock more effective, but it’s cheap and kick ass! Quick easy install and your can add some of your own propaganda to the rear of your Glock. I hope after reading this you found a few new ideas for some Inexpensive and Effective Glock Accessories. Custom Glock Slide Covers… GET SOME! Custom Glock Slide Cover Plates
Midwest Industries is starting to leave the competition in the dust. They make the best optics mounts for AK-47′s hands down. They just came out with their new side mount scope mount for the AK-47 and it’s cousins. They use mil spec Hard coat anodized 6061 aluminum for the frame, 1913 mil-spec rails T-marked for location, and it features their ADM auto lock mechanism so there is no need for additional tools. This thing holds zero better than any other AK-47 scope mount on the market today. Here’s the kicker, it designed for use on the stock side mount. So you’re AK-47 must have the side scope mount. Again Midwest Industries has blown my mind with the quality and ingenuity of their products. Get it now if you want to reach out a little further with your Kalashnikov.
Midwest Industries AK Railed Scope Mount with American Defense Throw Lever, Black
Hogue has been a lifelong favorite of mine. I’ve owned the Hogue Overmolded Stocks for Ruger 10/22, Remington Shotguns, and various pistols. The material they use is very wear resistant and extremely grippy. I owned one of the Hogue AK-47 pistol grips, but could never find a handguard for it. Now it’s here and it’s a great addition to any AK-47. The Hogue Overmolded AK-47 hand guard kit comes with upper and lower handguards, mounting hardware, and accessory rails for the top bottom and sides. With the anti creep design it will allow you to maintain a reliable zero for your optics. Hogue AK-47 Overmolded Forend Rubber Grip Area, Black
When I bought my first AK 47, a Romanian WASR 10 from Century, it had a nice shiny cleaning rod in the box. When I got home I quickly realized that it was actually an SKS cleaning rod. Later I found out that this is due to a rapid packaging process and not a lot of attention to detail taken. I found a new one on Brownells for 9.99. Fit perfect and had a nice clean finish. Hope this helps the rest of you that needed a new cleaning rod for your AK, or got stuck with an SKS rod. Ultimate Arms Gear Mil-Spec AK AK47 AK-47 AKM Kalashnikov Rifle Cleaning Rod For 16″ Length Standard AK Rifle Barrel
Check out these great new AR-15 products for 2013.
Geissele Automatics has come out with a “one upped” version of their Super Semi-Automatic trigger. They now offer the Super Semi-Automatic Enhanced trigger or SSA-E. This version has improved on the pull and break, over their previous model. The SSA-E is a great choice for longer range shots and it still feels sturdy enough for quick repeated shots. The first stage breaks smooth at 2.3 lbs and the second stage breaks at 1.2 lbs, it is literally like snapping a piece of angel hair pasta. For you long distance guys the trigger still has enough tooth that you are aware when you break the first stage, then after that you can keep them in the 10 ring. The lock time is also decreased 40% over stock AR-15 triggers. This allows for faster follow up shots and more accuracy. The Geissele SSA-E’s lock-up points are also completely free of any machine marks, they used a cutting technique that leaves a mirror polish to eliminate any sketchy feeling between sear engagements. Overall my review of the Geissele SSA-E trigger has found no weak point. This is a much more affordable AR-15 trigger upgrade compared to their competition. Check it out here and read other reviews. Geissele Super Semi-Automatic Enhanced Trigger
The second product I grew fond of this year is the Rainier Arms RAPTOR Ambidextrous Charging Handle. This thing is just great! I now prefer this over my old favorite, the Bravo Company BCM Gunfigther. They are both made from virtually the same material and are both extremely reliable. Here is why the RAPTOR Charging Handle is my new favorite. First off, it’s the profile. The Rainier Arms Raptor has a smaller profile and is designed to not snag on your gear or clothing. Don’t let the smaller profile deter you, it is just as easily accessible. The Second reason it’s superior to the BCM Gunfighter, is that it’s AMBIDEXTROUS!!! You lefties and three gun guys will love this charging handle. Whether you’re having to charge it off-hand or you are just a damn lefty, you will find it to be a very fluid motion. Both finger grooves will actuate the pull back of the charging handle, and you can easily sweep it with your palm. Lastly, I really felt that the Rainier Arms Raptor was one of the smoothest pulling charging handles I have ever operated. They must have the machine work and coating figured out, because this baby is slick. It’s going to run you around 80-90 bucks and is great way to improve the function of your AR-15. Check them out here RAINIER ARMS RAPTOR AMBIDEXTROUS CHARGING HANDLE
The last of these great new AR-15 products is a quick one. From the likes of Tango Down, you know it’s done right. Their products are preferred by civilians, operators, and LEO all the same. Good price points and reliable products. Their new TangoDown Battlegrip is as great as the rest of their line. The Tango Down Battle Grip should fit any AR-15, M-4, M-16, or any weapon converted to accept AR-15 style grips. They added a storage compartment for extra batteries or bubble gum. The grip is very aggressive with a 60 grit sand paper like texture. This allows for a very positive hold of your weapon, even when you are just watching post. The new Tango Down Battle Grip will only set you back around 40 dollars. Get your’s here TangoDown BATTLEGRIP