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8 Popular Drop-In Glock Mods

by Dusty Gibson   |  July 17th, 2013 16

Gaston Glock never intended to create “perfection”.

Instead, the curtain-rod engineer with a background in synthetic polymers wanted to design a sidearm to meet strict criteria desired by the Austrian military for its next service pistol.

Glock’s first firearm design was also his 17th patent—the now famous 9x19mm Glock 17—which won the Austrian contract in 1982 and soon became the most commonly used handgun in the world. In fact, the Glock 17 remains a standard-issued sidearm of NATO.

Millions of people trust their lives to the reliability of Glock pistols, but popularity and perfection are mutually exclusive goals. Since there’s no perfect way to satisfy every operator, folks tailor the polymer platform to fit their own unique objectives. From night sights to triggers and anything in between, there are likely more ways to customize your Glock than there are for a plastic surgeon to reconstruct your face.

While some modifications require an experienced gunsmith, the average shooter can install most parts in just minutes. Determined to improve upon the “perfect” plastic pistol, I set out to find and test the most popular drop-in Glock mods available today.

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