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Go Gauge Follower Install

Today I replaced the follower in my Mossberg 500A 12 Gauge shotgun with a Go Gauge LED follower. It is a white follower that has an impact-sensitive LED inside that lights up when you fire. When your magazine runs dry, the light is visible in your chamber, making it clear that it’s time to reload.

 

Go Gauge install

 

The light looks strong, but it does not project, so it does not light up everything around you, even in the dark. But now even a quick glance at the chamber cavity will make it clear if you’re loaded or empty. Neat idea!

The IGFS Trigger Destroyed my Glock 19

I really like a flat trigger and have, since October of 2016 enjoyed the IGFS Enhanced Duty Trigger. In that time I put 19,650 rounds through my EDC Glock 19. This is the only trigger I ever had in this gun, as I bought the frame and the IGFS trigger at the same time. After confirming that the trigger was safe and effective, I made this my everyday-carry gun.

When I noticed last week after 19K+ rounds that the trigger safety was not engaging properly, I removed the trigger and sent it back to the manufacturer for replacement and dropped the stock trigger assembly back in. The pistol no longer worked.

While training at the range yesterday, the trigger began to fail. For the first few rounds it felt odd, but I attributed that to my not being used to the stock trigger anymore. But then it failed completely and would not reset. I got a dead trigger, where I could pull the trigger repeatedly and got no striker fall. Then, after a few pulls, the striker would fall and the pistol would shoot.

I immediately disassembled the pistol and inspected the components, trying to diagnose. Others at the range, familiar with Glocks, joined in; all of us trying to discover what was going on. I carry a components box so I replaced the connector and the trigger spring in succession, and even put a drop of lube on the connector/trigger-bar intersection, re-trying the pistol, in an attempt to find the failure. No joy.

I noticed that the trigger pull articulated 2 clicks: an initial click, then the striker fall. This would prove to be the telltale symptom.

Each or us inspected the frame and slide components, trying to find the culprit. At last, my friend Jason had an epiphany and asked to see the stripped frame again. He looked carefully into the trigger guard and said that he found the problem.

Glock 19 damage

Glock 19 damage

The depression created by the repeated pressing of aluminum against the polymer created a ridge that blocked the stock safety tab from allowing the trigger to reset. The deformation of the polymer can be seen by examining the proper line the polymer in that are should take vs. the line created by the aluminum safety tab:

Glock 19 damage

You can see there how the depression creates a ridge that rises above the proper line for that area of polymer.

Next Steps

So that I could again have a functional gun, I took a small file and removed the damaged-area: the ridge created by the IGFS trigger safety tab. Even so, the damage has been done. I believe it is only a matter of time before the safety mechanism no longer works. A stock trigger now functions, but it feels different. The reset has no telltale “click” like a normal Glock trigger should. So I now have a question every time I pull the trigger. “Will it work this time?” That’s not what a Glock pistol is supposed to give you. Rather, a Glock is supposed to give you 100% certainty; certainty now destroyed by the IGFS trigger. Needless to say, this is no longer my EDC gun.

Luckily I have another Glock 19 frame to use for my EDC. As I now await my replacement trigger from IGFS, I believe I should NOT put it back into the frame. I think this frame is now forever ruined. This is what happens when aluminum abrades polymer. In other words, Innovative Gun Fighter Solutions has a severe design flaw that they must fix, as their trigger will destroy every pistol into which it is installed.

Other Brands of Replacement Triggers

I notice that every flat-face replacement trigger on the market has an aluminum shoe and aluminum safety tab. I cannot say for certain, but it is possible that EVERY replacement trigger will destroy the polymer frame of the pistol. If so, this is bad news.

I don’t have the $ to test every replacement trigger to 19,000 rounds, but I believe every manufacturer should troubleshot its design and ensure their triggers are not destroying otherwise 100%-reliable guns.

IGFS Enhanced Duty Trigger – Failure After 19K Rounds

Since October of 2016 I’ve been running the IGFS Enhanced Duty Trigger in my EDC Glock 19. The action and function of this trigger was excellent and I was very happy with it in my carry pistol. The flat face makes for a more consistent press action and I find it easier to employ proper mechanics than with the stock Glock trigger.

While doing dry-fire practice this week I noticed that the trigger felt different and took a good long look at it. That’s when I saw that the safety tab was rather shallow on the trigger shoe. I confirmed that the safety mechanism no longer prevented the trigger from being improperly pressed to the rear. Not good!

This is the promo photo for the trigger. Notice that the safety tab protrudes prominently.

 

Here (below) is my IGFS Enhanced Duty Trigger after being installed on my Glock 19 last October. Notice here that the safety tab is prominent. I did confirm then that the safety mechanism worked properly.

IGFS Trigger

 

In the seven months that followed I carried this pistol all day, every day, and trained with it 3 to 4 days per week. I shot 19,000 rounds in that time and thoroughly enjoyed the trigger.

But here (below) is the trigger today after 19,000 rounds, 7 months after installation. The trigger safety no longer protrudes enough to keep the trigger from improper engagement. I inspected the trigger assembly for any impediments or damage and could find nothing. My conclusion is that the spring that engages the safety tab just wore out from use.

 

As you can see here (below), the trigger safety should be protruding more in the front so that the rear catch is exposed enough to engage and prevent the trigger from being improperly pressed to the rear.

 

Here (below) you can see where the mechanism is supposed to be when not engaged. Thousands of trigger presses just wore out the safety spring. No bueno.

IGFS Trigger fail

I contacted IGFS and told them about this. they responded to say that they’ve never heard of such a failure and will replace the trigger. That was a few days ago and I have no return or replacement details yet. I will report when I know more.

I like the IGFS Enhanced Duty Trigger and would like to continue to run it in my EDC gun. But I’d like to know that they’ve addressed this specific issue. This trigger is specifically for Glock pistols, which are known for 100% reliability. This component would not seem to fit the standards. For now it’s back to the stock Glock trigger that came with this pistol. I have stock Glock triggers with 60k+ rounds of use that exhibit no safety malfunction whatever. IGFS should do better.

New BCG: Rebel Arms Enhanced Nitride M16 Bolt Carrier Group

I needed another BCG and found a good deal and what looks like a nice component. I picked up the Rebel Arms Enhanced Nitride M16 Bolt Carrier Group and it arrived today. Gonna put it in my SBR and see how she runs this weekend.

Looks pretty nice. My only negative observation here is that I’m not so sure about the gas key staking. Looks a bit anemic and should probably have been more aggressive. We’ll see.

Rebel Arms Enhanced Nitride M16 Bolt Carrier Group

New SBR Upper

Today I assembled a new upper for my .300 BLK SBR. It currently has a 10.3″ barrel, but I wondered how it would run with an 8″ barrel. So I now have my 8″ upper:

  • Aero Precision upper receiver
  • Faxon Firearms 8″ hammer-forged barrel
  • BCM MOD1 muzzle brake
  • ALG 8″ handguard

.300 BLK 8" barrel upper

.300 BLK 8" barrel upper

I’ll put it through its paces on Saturday. We’ll see how she runs.

It’s possible that I won’t like it as well as the current upper/barrel, as I really like the way I’m setup now. But it’s possible I’ll really like the shorter barrel. We’ll have to see how it works for recoil impulse (for targeting), accuracy, and just how wieldy it is.

Required Glock Modifications for Everyday Carry

Required Glock Modifications for Everyday Carry

I believe that a Glock is the perfect fighting pistol. I do mean “a” Glock because individuals have varied preference with regard to pistol size and caliber. With a specific size and caliber, though, I hold that Glock is the best pistol to have at hand when self defense against a deadly threat is necessary.

glock logo

However, while the manufacturer’s promotional phrase is “Glock PERFECTION,” I can agree only in part. The out-of-the-box Glock is by no means perfection. My opinion is that Glock doesn’t so much make the perfect pistol as they make the perfect pistol hobby kit. Specific alteration is required in order to achieve perfection.

While I’d argue a Glock is head and shoulders above any other EDC-candidate pistol, I believe it is very unwise to carry any Glock pistol without a few necessary modifications.

Sights

There is nothing wrong with Glock’s stock sights with regard to sighting. If you can’t shoot quickly and accurately with the stock sights, the problem is not with them, but with you. That said, plastic sights are beyond useless to the point of liability when it comes to running a fighting/defensive gun.

Glock’s plastic stock sights should immediately be replaced with iron sights, of whatever configuration works best for you. I’d recommend that the rear sight not be of the sloped variety, but instead have a squared-off profile that is perpendicular to the slide in order to facilitate one-handed slide racking on a belt or table or tree or whatever is at hand when the need arises.

sights

Avoid the sloping rear sight popular with some models. The slope makes 1-handed slide racking more difficult.

Frame and Grip

There are some who find fault with the finger ridges on the front of the grip of most Glock models. I’m not one of them, as these finger ridges perfectly mesh with my hand and I like that. What is problematic, however, is the fact that only the Gen 4 model’s (and the now-discontinued RTF frame) grip offers sufficient texture for good hand purchase while firing. More disappointing and especially dangerous is the fact that with wet hands (if it’s raining, if your palms are sweaty, or if your hands are bloody from fighting), it’s quite difficult to hold onto and manipulate a Glock pistol in defensive action. Even with the rougher Gen 4 grip.

I therefore hold that it is very unwise to carry a Glock pistol (or any pistol, for that matter) without either sandpaper grips or a stippling job. And I think adding adhesive grips is the wrong way to approach this issue. I stipple the frame of every one of my Glock pistols, as I have found anything added to the grip will come off in a very short time with any significant amount of training use (you do train, don’t you?). Some see stippling as a stylistic embellishment. I find it’s a required functional modification; a deal breaker for EDC. Stippling results in a frame that you can grip wet or dry without fail.

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The Glock frame made perfect: Stippling to add the required texture and a Dremmel job on the right side of the frame where the grip meets the trigger guard.

Another necessary modification is rounding off the right hand side (for right-handed shooters) of the area connecting the grip with the trigger guard. This is where the strong hand middle finger is held firmly against the frame and vice-locked even tighter by the force of the support hand. Out of the box, this area is quite squared off and very un-ergonomic and it requires remedy in order to avoid severe discomfort after shooting more than ~20 rounds (if this doesn’t hurt your finger, you’re not gripping your pistol tightly enough).

The Dremmel-driven modification here is not so much an undercutting of the trigger guard as it is a rounding of the side transition, where the middle-finger’s first knuckle will go. The result is a fantastic boon to grip comfort.

Trigger

I find the Glock trigger to be decent, but by no means great. Some models tend to have better ones, like the Glock 43. The 43’s trigger is perhaps the best Glock trigger I’ve ever felt, but it is still a bit too heavy for my taste. Generally, though, a Glock’s trigger needs some work.

I’ve tried various trigger mods on various Glocks, utilizing connectors, springs, and plungers. What I find is best is to simply replace the stock connector with a 3.5 lb. connector. This replacement brings the trigger weight to around 4.5 pounds, which I prefer (you’d need to install the related trigger spring and striker safety plunger spring in order to get a 3.5 lb. trigger, which I do not recommend). More importantly, though, it gives the trigger a smoother take up and cleaner break and reset.

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One caveat: 3.5 lb. connectors are not created equal. Glock’s 3.5 lb. connector is pretty decent, but there are better ones. My favorites come from Ghost Inc. and I favor either the Rocket or the EVO Elite connectors. I prefer the Rocket connector, but either requires fitting with a file, along with several assembly-test-disassembly-refit cycles.

Connector or spring replacement aside, I recommend NO polishing or grinding or other modification whatsoever to the trigger/striker system.

Popular Mods to Avoid

The wide and varied availability of aftermarket components for Glock pistols makes it easy for folks to go overboard and turn their perfect hobby kit into a silly caricature of a fighting pistol, often greatly reducing its practical functionality.

Avoid extended side-lock levers
The extended slide-lock lever was born of the mistaken idea that it’s a “slide release” lever. This mechanism was never meant to function as a slide release, which is why its external component is properly almost flush with the frame. It’s only purpose is to allow for the occasional need for the knuckle of your thumb to press upward on it to lock open the slide. One need never press down on the external lever. An extended lever gets in the way, often preventing the slide from locking open with the last round of the magazine. Moreover, it encourages the bad habit of using the lever to release the slide—which should only ever be accomplished by gripping the slide with the support hand and powering the frame forward with the strong hand to send the slide home.

Avoid titanium striker safety plungers
Titanium striker safety plungers are light and smooth and, therefore, valued by some as an upgrade for their Glock pistol. The opposite is true. These plungers attract carbon buildup which adheres easily and strongly to the top of the plunger, obviating any smoothness that was there. Moreover, they tend to deteriorate quickly with use, turning a vital safety mechanism into a liability.

Never, ever use a slide-plate “safety” device
One of the most important features of a Glock’s superiority to most other pistols is the lack of external mechanisms beyond the flush slide-lock lever. The Glock has three vital and redundant internal safety features that make the Glock perhaps the safest pistol one could carry. External/thumb safety levers on pistols only ever endanger lives because they mislead people into dangerous habits and into believing that safety is enabled or disabled by a lever. This is a fatal fallacy.

A person is safe or unsafe. No pistol is ever safe or unsafe because, quality and internal mechanisms aside, gun safety is a willful human volition. Only the operator can be safe or unsafe with a firearm. Assumptions to the contrary are the cause of every negligent gun death and injury ever inflicted or sustained.

Adding an external “safety” gadget to a Glock is the worst possible modification a Glock owner could make. Doing so transforms the mechanically safest, best-quality firearm available into one that invites irresponsible and negligent assumptions and extra, needless considerations to those manipulating their pistol.

Never rely upon or utilize a safety gadget on a pistol. Adhering to the 4 rules of firearm safety is the ONLY way to avoid killing or injuring yourself or someone else. No external lever can make a negligent person safe. Safety is 100% on people. When people forget this fact, people die.

Perfection

So there you have it: what I deem to be the required modifications for any EDC Glock pistol, along with a few to definitely avoid. I’m completely serious when I say that every one of them—both the ones to get and the ones to avoid—is a 100% deal breaker.

If you own and carry a Glock pistol, I recommend without reservation that you make all of these required modifications to your carry gun and avoid all of the bad ones. Until the day Glock Inc. decides to do them at the factory, these mods are how you get Glock perfection.