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Glock 19 upgrades?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by minutemen1776, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. minutemen1776

    minutemen1776 Well-Known Member

    Yes, I know that Glocks are "perfection," but I'm seriously wondering if there are any "upgrades" that are worth having for my Glock 19. For instance, I was trolling Midway USA and saw that Glock itself makes an extended slide stop release, and Wolff offers steel guide rods and springs that replace the factory captive rod/spring assembly. For those who really know of these items' performance, are either of them any good, or just a good way to blow a few bucks?
  2. simonriece

    simonriece Member

    If glock is perfection, then why would you modify it?

    Extended slide and mag release upgrades are worthwhile, for things like IDPA matches, and for those who are not able to effectively manipulate factory Glock controls. The two piece steel guide rod is not going to add anything in the way of accuracy or reliability, for a G19. I would make the arguement the other way should you have a G17L, but many of my peers could just as easily argue the opposite. Ayoob never saw any reason to have a guide rod in a 1911, and the original design didn't incorporate it. Replacing factory springs is a worthwhile endeavor, once the factory springs are worn, such as the recoil spring, ejector, striker spring and even the entire assembly. My oldest G17, early import, is unchanged and has been tested to its' limits, over 20k rounds, with the original barrel and springs. It is a safe queen now, as I don't feel confident it can fire any more proof loads.

    You are asking whether you should change anything, does this mean you are unhappy with its' current configuration?
  3. Zak Smith

    Zak Smith Moderator Staff Member

    All I add to Glocks are metal sights.
  4. minutemen1776

    minutemen1776 Well-Known Member

    I am mostly interested in the extended slide release lever, as I find the stock one a bit hard to manipulate. I'm mainly just curious about the guide rod. And Zak, I am already considering some metal sights, probably of the tritium variety.
  5. Zak Smith

    Zak Smith Moderator Staff Member

    There's nothing wrong with the stock guiderod. The only time the slide "release" lever is used "on the clock" (ie non-administratively) by me is to lock the slide back during a double-feed malfunction.
  6. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    The Wolff steel guide rod's main function is to be of larger diameter so as to guide their conventional round wire springs. The factory plastic is fine for the factory flatwire spring. Which I consider superior anyhow.
  7. PO2Hammer

    PO2Hammer Well-Known Member

    My 19 only got Heinie straight eight night sights.
  8. BlayGlock

    BlayGlock Well-Known Member


    The only thing a 19 really needs is a good set of metal sights, a .25 cent trigger job, and maybe a 3.5 connector if you trigger pull is on the heavier side. That is all it really needs. You could get the slide hardchromed and get a stipple job to be cool:

  9. REAPER4206969

    REAPER4206969 Well-Known Member

    Sights are the only useful alteration. It's also the only one Gaston approves of.
  10. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Well-Known Member

    Buy ammo.
  11. TNplinker

    TNplinker Active Member

    You know, I've been wondering the same thing. My factory recoil spring rides high in the barrel groove, almost looks like it could pop out of there. I push it down in the notch, cycle the action, and its popped back up on the edge of the lip of the notch in the barrel. The gun functions like a charm at the range, so I'm wondering if this is normal? This is the only reason I have looked at the steel rod/springs in the Brownell's catalog...

    Of course, If I had the $$$ I'd just replace the whole thing with the Lasermax guide rod laser:)
  12. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    Night sights are a worthwhile upgrade, and an extended slide stop might be if you have difficulty with the standard one (I don't, myself). I've also always been satisfied with the standard trigger pull and never seen any need to change it. (I am told that the 3.5# trigger bar and "NY1" trigger spring keeps the pull weight at ~5.5 lbs. but with a crisper pull and reset, but will not likely get around to it.) Most of the other aftermarket parts - like the recoil spring and guide rod - are just gimmicks.
  13. REAPER4206969

    REAPER4206969 Well-Known Member

    The guide rod does not stay in the assembly notch on the barrel when installed on the frame. When you install the slide on the frame, the guide rod drops down into the recoil spring tunnel in the frame. The recoil spring assembly does not touch the barrel at all when assembled.

    It catches on the slide lock notch on the barrel when the slide is removed. Be sure to always push it back into the assembly notch before reinstalling the slide as failing to do so will cause the guide rod head to catch on the slide lock and break.
  14. Wester

    Wester Member

    Night sights and lot's-o-practice. Besides quality steel night sights, knowing your weapon is worth more than anything you can stick on it, buy ammo, learn from each range trip.
  15. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    Like Zak, the only time I use the slide stop on the Glock is to lock the slide back to show clear at the end of a string of fire. It has never occurred to me to add a stainless guide rod to my G19 and I'v enever had a problem hitting the stock mag release.

    I have made some additions to my G19 to reflect how I used it when I first go it:
    1. Hogue slip-on grips...because I like the palm swells
    2. Plug for the hollow behind the magwell...mine has an angle on it to avoid the mad catching on the lip of the mag well
    3. 3.5lb sear...it came with the NY-1 trigger module and this sear brought the trigger pull back to 5.5lbs

    I'm undecided on replacement sights. I'm torn between the Heine and the Warren Tactical rear sight
  16. Hangingrock

    Hangingrock Well-Known Member

    I have a set of Warren night sights on my G19. This sight system combination is going to be changed out. For me, myself, and nobody else I’ve concluded that the best sight combination is a front night sight and a plain black U-notch rear sight.

    Since I shoot the G19 on a regular basis with reloads I opted for a KKM-Precision replacement barrel. That way the use of reloads with lead bullets is not questionable.

    Other than the changes mentioned the G19 is OEM.
  17. Zerodefect

    Zerodefect Well-Known Member

    -Warren Sevigny Comp plain black rear sight. Thinnest Dawson FO front you can find.
    -3.5 connector, I use the Lonewolf. The Zevtech/Glockworx comp 3.0 is by far the best connector, but in my g23 it let the striker go too early and was unsafe. Will try that connector in annother Glock soon, that deosn't have my Fulcrum trigger.

    -Glockworx spring kit (be careful with striker springs, replace comp trigger springs often)

    -Glock Smooth trigger, and fit the trigger safety properly when depressed. The Glockworx fulcrum trigger is awesome, but it's inner edges are too sharp IMO and you can get similar results with the stock smooth trigger and a Lonewolf adjustable ejector housing thingy.

    -lube the trigger/connector points where they meet well
    -Glockworx ti fp safety
    -Lonewolf tungsten guide rod
    -G17 mags, make sure gen8+
    -Glockworx Lite striker
  18. TNplinker

    TNplinker Active Member

    Ok thanks, Reaper, I guess it makes sense that it doesn't actually sit like that while the slide is on and the gun is in operation, but only pops up like that when the slide is removed. It's like wondering if the light in the refrigerator goes out when you close the door:D thanks
  19. REAPER4206969

    REAPER4206969 Well-Known Member

    You're welcome.
  20. Jed Carter

    Jed Carter Well-Known Member

    I have a G34 and the extended mag release is in the way when I shoot weak/left handed. It has never dropped a mag accidently but it feels like it could. Just change the sights, you will not regret it, Dawson Precision fiber optic front and your choice of rear, or a tritium night sight set.

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