Glock’s logo flaunts perfection but that doesn’t mean the polymer pistol is beyond the reaches of a few upgrades. Let’s face it, even the best guns need a little sprucing up. From slides to triggers, barrels to sights the Glock’s design is easily tinkered with to elevate its performance.
Below, in no particular order, is a round-up of five of the best upgrades for your Glock pistol.
Trijicon HD XR Night Sights—the first stop in any Glock upgrade is the sights. Ditch that old pair of white 3-dots for a pair of solid night sights in the Trijicon HD XR series. Trijicon’s HD XR Night Sights boast a durable design capable of outlasting multiple draws without visible wear and tear. With aluminum cylinders built into the sight, the HD XR protects the tritium-phosphate lamps from damage while running the gun. The night sights feature a narrow, illuminated green or orange front post that immediately captures the eye. The HD XR covers most Glock models, carrying a price tag of $175. Trijicon.com
Meprolight Tru-Dot—Meprolight provides a budget friendly option in the Tru-Dot Night Sight series. Available in green, yellow, or orange, the Meprolight series allows for either daytime or night shooting. Offering a traditional three-dot design, the sights offer a familiar look and feel but with the benefit of tritium illumination. The Tru-Dot Night Sights for Glock pistols provide a more affordable option, coming in at $84. Meprolight.com
Apex Action Enhancement Trigger—shooters looking to ditch the gritty Glock feel will find the Apex Action Enhancement Trigger to be a more responsive option. Featuring a Gen3 trigger bar, the set-up is a drop-in replacement that reduces trigger travel while also flaunting an overall smoother pull. Bonus points―Apex just launched its Gen5 Glock replacement, so shooters sporting Glock’s new system can enjoy the same crisp trigger. The Apex Action Enhancement Trigger features a MSRP of $99 for the standard Glock configuration and $109 for the Gen5 drop-in. Store.ApexTactical.com
Ghost Trigger Connector—if tweaking the trigger on the cheap is more your speed, then Ghost Inc.’s 3.5 lb. Trigger Connector is the go-to. The Ghost connector is a drop-in connector that requires no special fitting nor gunsmithing to install. Designed to give the Glock a lighter, smoother pull the 3.5 lb. connector fits all Glock generations. With a price under $20, the Glock Connector by Ghost alters the Glock’s trigger without significantly altering your bank account. GhostInc.com
Zev Technologies—though Glock’s factory slide is definitely up to snuff, there’s no reason to stick with the basic. Zev Technologies opens the door to creative flare providing a slew of stylish slide options. Showcasing a multitude of designs, Zev serves up RMR options as well as a titanium gray color scheme that adds a splash of originality to Glock builds. Slides begin at $525, climbing to $550 depending on model. ZevTechnologies.com
Suarez International V3-317 RMR—a bit more understated than the Zev, Suarez International’s V3-317 RMR Slide packs a punch with its red-dot ready design. Featuring a cut-out that allows Trijicon RMR optics to sit neatly against the dovetail, the slide also includes an angled, contoured front that rides securely in holsters. Sporting deep serrations along the slide, the V3 RMR offers better manipulation and handling in adverse conditions. The V3 touts a base price of $315; however, that price is subject to change depending on add-ons. SuarezInternational.com
KKM—one of the leading makers of match grade drop-in Glock barrels, KKM’s barrels are perfect for GLOCK owners seeking a competitive edge. Button rifling irons the rifling pattern into the barrel as opposed to cutting, which improves accuracy. The barrel itself increases tightness in the chamber giving KKM barrels a precision advantage over Glock’s stock barrel. KKM’s products range from $165 up to $250. KKMPrecision.com
Lone Wolf Alpha Wolf—touting extended barrels as well as traditional lengths, the Alpha Series by Lone Wolf stocks just about every kind of threaded barrel and pitch under the sun. The Glock drop-ins are designed for lead, plated, or jacketed ammunition and also feature button rifling for improved accuracy. With barrel fits covering all generations of Glock pistols, the Alpha Wolf series furnishes a price tag of $150. LoneWolfDist.com
5) Extended Mag Releases
TangoDown Vickers—the standard Glock magazine release leaves some shooters struggling to engage the release, ultimately sacrificing grip to drop mags. TangoDown’s solution to the mag release problem comes in the form of the Vickers Glock Extended Mag Release. Available in both tan and black, the serrated release button is 3/64-inches longer than the OEM part, providing easy thumb access without the need to reposition your hand. Sliding in under $20, the Vickers is an easy means to ensure quicker and smoother mag changes. Brownells.com
Lone Wolf—if $20 is still too steep, Lone Wolf contributes an even more affordable option with its own version of the extended mag release. The Lone Wolf variant is easily installed with no modifications needed and works on all Glock 9 mm, .40 S&W, .45 Gap, and .357 Sig models. It does not offer, however, compatibility with Gen4 pistols. Shipping in straight black, the Lone Wolf Extended Mag Release delivers a very affordable price of $2.99. MidwayUSA.com