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!