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Saturday Projects: Gen4 G19 Makeover

It’s been a while since I bought a new gun just to mod­i­fy it. When I woke up today, it felt like one of those days. So I set out to my LGS and found a sweet­heart deal on a ‘Used’ Gen4 Glock 19. They couldn’t sell it as new, but the gun had nev­er been fired. Or appar­ent­ly held. Or cod­dled. So I decid­ed to adopt it and change all that.

I don’t have a before pic­ture, like a dum­my, I didn’t take one. I was ready to start work­ing on it as soon as I got home. But it looked remark­ably sim­i­lar to this:


I decid­ed that just wasn’t good enough. So I broke out some tools and got to work.

I knew there were a cou­ple things I want­ed to do that I hadn’t tried before. First was the try the bas­ket weave pat­tern while stip­pling. It is actu­al­ly much eas­i­er and way less time con­sum­ing than doing a point stip­ple. My hope was to do a 2x2 pat­tern. My flat tip on the sol­dier­ing iron thought dif­fer­ent­ly. I could have ground it nar­row­er, but I use that tip for a lot more than just stip­pling guns, so I had to go with a 3x3 pat­tern. Not quite as tight look­ing as the 2x2 but what­ev­er. It still turned out nice.

Sec­ond­ly I want­ed to back­cut the out­line to give the stip­pling a nice inset look. I admit I only par­tial­ly achieved this. I’m going to find the right bit for the WEN 2305 and have a sec­ond go at it. That is the nice part about doing work like this. You can always go back and make small adjust­ments if you have to.

Third I want­ed to recess the fin­ger grove in the trig­ger guard and the under­cut on the trig­ger guard as well. I hadn’t real­ly tried those before because I was some­what affraid of going to deep and com­pro­mis­ing the integri­ty of the poly­mer.

And final­ly, I want­ed to notch out around the mag­a­zine release. I have done this before on my Canik TP9SF which you can check out here. So no big deal there.

First thing first, I used the WEN 2305 to grind down all the tex­ture that comes on the Gen4. It’s fine if your name is Shirley, but it wasn’t for me. Next was remov­ing the bulk from the fin­ger swells. I absolute­ly hate those. I took about 90% of them off. Third, I popped out the mag­a­zine release but­ton and put in my grind to fit my fat thumb,

Once those steps were fin­ished I sketch my out­line for the stip­pling insert as you can see above. I usu­al­ly do the entire grip, but I want­ed to try some­thing with a lit­tle more com­plex­i­ty and appeal. At this point above as well, I had done the work to the trig­ger guard. I left plen­ty of meat in case I want­ed to revis­it that lat­er. Although I don’t think I will. I am quite hap­py with the sub­tle results.

The the suck began. Actu­al­ly it wasn’t that bad. Gen­er­al­ly it takes about 3 hours to do a full sized grip with point stip­pling. The bas­ket weave pat­tern took much less at about an hour. Here are some of the steps dur­ing.

Last­ly it was just fin­ish­ing up the back­strap and light­ly sand­ing the entire stip­pled sur­face to remove the lit­tle hairs that occur in dur­ing the process.

Over­all, the entire process was about two hours and forty five min­utes. As men­tioned I am going to go back and do a lit­tle more work on the back­cut of the inset area. If you have any ideas about the best method or bit to use to real­ly clean it up and pro­vide straight lines, please leave a com­ment below!

Now, get off your butt and go mod some­thing!

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