|The Glock pistol was described by Col. Jeff Cooper as “a pistol for the masses”. The reasons are simple; it was often reliable out of the box, was lightweight, simple to operate, held plenty of cartridges, and was cheap to manufacture, and to buy. The Glock pistol has been with us for 30+ years now, and has become the mandated carry pistol for many. However, many serious shooters recognize the weak areas of the pistol´s design; it is thick, blocky, does not point well, it has crude sights, and very often a poor trigger pull/action. Due to the success of Dave Lauck´s Professional Model 1911 enhancements, he was tasked with creating an enhanced “Profession Model” custom Glock for shooters who wanted as much performance as was possible out of Gaston Glock´s pistol design. The task has not been simple or easy. It is time consuming and labor intensive to re-configure the Glock pistol into a high performance handgun.|
The handling and pointability of the pistol needed to be dramatically improved. The goal was to trim the thickness down to about that of a single stack 1911 pistol while still allowing the customized Glock pistol to accept double stack magazines. The 1911 design was chosen because the thickness of a single stack 1911 pistol fits many hands so well. This was achieved, and then some. The DLS Pro Model version of the double stack Glock pistol came in just UNDER the thickness of the 1911. In addition, the plastic finger swells of the Glock´s frontstrap were removed, the corners were radiused and blended to make for a grip frame that is comfortable in the human hand. The backstrap of the Glock, known as the Glock rear “hump”, is notorious for making the pistol point high. This area needed extensive re-contouring, flattening, and filling to create an overall grip angle which allows the pistol to point where the sights are pointed and aligned. The newly shaped grip frame can then be textured to increase the traction of a shooters grip.
Re-shaping and blending the underside of the triggerguard is done because it allows the shooter to get a higher grip on the pistol, and avoids the “glock knuckle” injury high volume shooters suffer from the Glock. A handstop feature made popular on DLS custom 1911s can also be added to the Glock to aid in the shooter´s grip security, and keep a shooter´s hand high on the pistol during rapid fire and recoil. Staying high on the gun is very important to control muzzle flip, and keeping the sights on target. However, a high grip on a standard Glock pistol frame often leads to slide bite in the web of the shooter´s hand. Shooters who fire while wearing gloves can often stop or retard the
Stock Glock slide traction can be improved for shooters who rack the slide from the frontal area to avoid interfering with ejection port activity. The most common traction enhancements are forward cocking serrations milled into the slide. (No cheesy stick on tape in this critical area.) The front slide serrations can duplicate the factory rear serrations, and not obliterate the factory Glock slide markings.
To avoid the blocky appearance and poor pointability of the square Glock slide profile, the slide can be tri-topped with angle cuts the full length of both sides. The slide top can also be precision cut with an arrow pattern of serrations to assist in pointability. These features dramatically improve the shooters ability to index the pistol with the target. The nose of the slide can be angle cut to allow a much smoother re-entry into the holster.
A variety of sight options can be selected. One of the most popular modern sight setups is a low mounted red dot optic with co-witnessing iron sights. This setup on the Pro Model custom Glock is not what you get off the shelf when you buy many “optics ready” pistols. When the Pro Model is precision cut for optics, the optic is positioned in the lowest position possible, not mounted on some type of adapter plate which positions the optic too high for ultra quick use. Iron sight only models of course have the options of black iron, night sight inserted iron, fiber optics, combination of fiber optic and trinium night sights, etc.
Match grade stainless steel barrels capable of shooting lead bullets are available, as well as extended/threaded barrels for muzzle attachments. Barrel hood sand cuts are also possible.
The stock trigger system in the striker fired Glock is another area that many serious shooters consider poor at best. Some efforts to make the trigger pull “better” have actually made it unsafe by causing some of the safety features of the design to be deactivated. With the right knowledge, experience, and attention to pistol on an individual basis, the trigger pull can be significantly improved, while maintaining all the safety features of the design.
Cost depends on features. POR
|Cutting dirt and sand recesses in 1911 pistol barrels has proven to work so well that DL Sports Inc. now offers the same type of process for Glock 17 and 34 pistol barrels. Stainless steel 9mm Glock barrels with sand cuts are now in stock for the G17 and G34. Now your hard use pistol can be equipped with sand/dirt tracks around the outer chamber area of the barrel. This provides built in recesses to allow dirt, sand, and grit to be filtered out of the way and allow your slide to more smoothly pass over the top of your barrel hood when the pistol is fired while contaminated.|
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