We live in a golden age of pistols. Never before have there been more choices available to shooters who are looking for accurate, reliable guns. Yet even with this wide array of choices, people still will seek to enhance and personalize their firearms. Whether it’s cosmetic touches or performance enhancing parts, there’s always something new to add to your gun.
But why bother? Everyone has probably heard the argument that the best way to get good at shooting is to buy your new gun, get 1,000 rounds of ammo, and take a class. That’s generally correct, but what happens when you get beyond that? What do we do when the factory trigger isn’t quite good enough anymore, or the factory sights aren’t giving you the feedback that you want? What if you want to go further, and build a gun for a specific purpose, but no factory models really meet your desires?
That’s why we customize. A lot of people have the idea that “customization” means going all out – cutting the slide, stippling or changing the frame, things like that. That is true, those are custom touches, but customization can be as simple as a new 3.5# connector and a 6# trigger spring. In fact, that’s my standard “I do this to all my Glocks” modification. Any of my Gen3 or Gen4 guns will automatically get a 3.5# connector and a 6# trigger spring, because that goes a long way towards getting rid of the hard “wall” in the Glock trigger. That allows me to shoot the gun faster and more accurately at speed, which is a performance characteristic I value.
Your goals might be different! There’s another reason to modify or customize your guns that I haven’t talked about yet, and it’s one of my favorites: because it’s cool. There are a million Glocks out there that look exactly alike, and changing something simply because you want it to look different, is a totally reasonable decision! Let’s be honest with ourselves about this: we’re not carrying these guns on duty, we’re not jumping out of helicopters with them, we have them to take them to the range and shoot, because shooting is supposed to be fun. If we can’t have fun with a cool, customized gun, what’s the point?