Glock chop. G17 grip to accept G19 mags

Discussion in 'Glock Forum' started by SSGN_Doc, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    I've had a high mileage G17 for quite a while now. I also bought a G19 for better concealed carry. Having both, I liked the fact that my 19 could use the 17 mags. Then I got to thinking. (I know, this usually leads to trouble.) It would be nice if both pistols could use both mags. This lead to some internet searching, and then I decided to go ahead and get some tools in hand and commit to the job.

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  2. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Also dropped a Ghost 3.5# connector in it.

    I like the new connector, shorter travel as well as shorter reset. Shoots pretty good still.
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  3. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    And now stippled to add traction for sweaty hands in the hot humid weather.

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  4. MrWray

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    Youve done a good job on it
     
  5. lyodbraun

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    Looks good, how much did you take off ??
     
  6. mountainman13

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    Finally someone asked. Lol
     
  7. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Just enough to make a G19 mag fit with minimal gap at the bottom of the grip.
     
  8. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    This is a picture of it a few years ago, before chopping the grip.

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  9. yogiboobooranger

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    You did a fine job and the stippling looks great. I must say, you are much braver than I am!! Although I am able to tackle most anything mechanical, electrical, etc., the thought of ruining one of my guns by one slip of the cutting tool turns me away. Again, GREAT JOB!!
     
  10. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Removing material is easy. Putting it back is indeed much more challenging.

    I did initial cuts with extra material left and then used a hand file to square everything up and slowly bring the grip length to where it is. Then very fine sand paper to the edges to deburr everything. Going slow has been a saving grace when working on guns. If I ever feel rushed or frustrated when working on a gun, I stop and take a break until I'm ready to continue at a pace I won't regret later.

    I got over a lot of my fear of doing my own work on my guns after doing a 1911 froma a frame and slide kit. You get to assemble and disassemble. Fit and refit. Test and disassemble. Try over. A lot when you start to learn about putting a 1911 together properly. It gives a person an appreciation of why a 1911 costs so much more than a Glock in general.

    So after taking files and stones to metal I find that filing and burning plastic is pretty easy, but also holds the danger of going too quickly. So, I hold back.