How many of your guns do you modify in some way?

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  1. Figboot

    Figboot Member

    Oct 21, 2018
    I've changed out grips in most of the guns I've owned that it was possible to do so on. Aside from grips, installing an SRT in a p226 a few years ago is the extent of my modifications.
  2. alfsauve

    alfsauve Member

    Jan 30, 2008
    N. GA
    Chuckled last night as I brought home a nib Ruger MK IV. Directly from the box to the work bench. A new firing pin and extractor. Also removed the right side safety lever. Added a red dot.

    With most guns I think of as a basic platform from which I build a weapons system.
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  3. 460Shooter

    460Shooter Member

    Feb 12, 2011
    I do small mods to my guns. The most often change I make is larger aftermarket grips because I need a larger grip.

    I’m still in an acquisition stage. In the next few years I’ll likely switch to a modification and improvement phase.
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  4. jmorris

    jmorris Member

    Sep 30, 2005
    Most that I use a lot.

    I suppose every rifle I have ever put a scope on has been modified if we are including “night sights”. If adjusting sights put them into the category of “not how it came from the factory” then that would include a bunch more.
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  5. crestoncowboy

    crestoncowboy Member

    Feb 22, 2011
    Depends on the use. For sd I leave them alone, I replace night sights/ springs when needed, but otherwise I trust the engineers to have made the best choices. Then I have steel shooting guns that have 5 times their value in extras. Same with rifles. As far as defense guns....
    I carry Glock of some flavor 99.9% of the time. Under 400 bucks and ready to go. I put in a glock 3.5 lb disconnect and nothing else.
    My sigs (all 220/226/229 variants) get hogue wrap around grips.
    My HK get set up for Da/Sa. Whichever variant they choose to call it.
    My 1911s that I hunt with or carry get hogue wrap around grips. My 10mms got a shok-buff.
    Revolvers get whatever grip I think feels best. Usually x- frame grips on my 329 and 629. Rugers I actually prefer the factory wood.
    It's kind of like a vehicle. If I buy a vehicle to use as a toy (race/ offroad/whatever) I may put 20x the value in add-ons. But if I buy one to depend on, I leave it the way the engineers wanted it for the most part. Some of them you would be hard pressed to find a stock mechanical piece. But my two I actually depend on, are bone stock . All the way down to the oem oil specifications and filters. Ive learned my lessons the hard way on that.
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  6. Stevie-Ray

    Stevie-Ray Member

    Feb 22, 2003
    Mitchi-gun, the Sunrise Side
    Some have been modded, especially grips-I detest checkering. Some, like my RDB, get tacticool accouterments, for better in-home viability. Many get some kind of optic. A Ruger 10-22 became a JBM Bullpup. Only one, a Colt Mark IV, received quite a rebuild as a pin gun, trigger, ejector, sights, bushingless bull-barrel, compensator, extended adjustable slide-stop, custom grips.
  7. PapaG

    PapaG Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Darn near all of them, whether it is with sights, trigger jobs, grips, scopes, whatever. Rarely have I found a stock gun that meets my own particular needs.
  8. Dibbs

    Dibbs Member

    Sep 3, 2018
    It's @ 50/50 for me. I modify them to make it easier or more accurate to shoot, or for usage in
    their intended purpose.
  9. rb288

    rb288 Member

    Jun 12, 2012
    Shoot, all of my weapons have some sort of "modification".
    Be it a sight, a grip, a muzzle brake, a "paint job", whatever.
    My weapons are mine and reflect my likes and dislikes.
  10. Doc7

    Doc7 Member

    Sep 8, 2012
    Southern VA
    Built my AR and have changed several things since original build.

    Changed sights out for TruGlo on my Glock 19.

    Changed front bead and butt pad for a Limbsaver on Mossberg 500.

    Changed out springs in a Taurus revolver.

    New trigger guard and trigger and front sight on a Marlin 60.

    New stock on Marlin XT22.

    Free floated Savage 11 and a Tikka T3.

    Changed bolt shroud and butt pad on Tikka.

    Stripped and refinished a CMP Garand, will upgrade the plug for one that can fire factory 30-06.

    I guess the only ones I haven’t modified are a CVA Optima muzzleloader (except for installing a scope) and a Remington V3, which is a perfect firearm out of the box and requires no modifications.
  11. Glockula

    Glockula Member

    Dec 10, 2013
    Eastern NC
    Almost no modifications to pistols. My rifles get a bit of TLC like trigger jobs on some. I also like to refinish wood stocks to a higher level. Some plastic stocks get the rattle can treatment

    Then there are the ARs
  12. 375supermag

    375supermag Member

    Sep 14, 2013
    Southcentral Pennsylvania
    About the only mods I make to guns are changing the occasional grips on a handgun or adding an optic to a rifle or a laser or red dot to a handgun.
  13. PaFrank

    PaFrank Member

    Jan 15, 2017
    Behind the Iron Curtain, Wilmington Delaware
    For Handguns that would be GRIPS, and Trigger Jobs.... and removing mag safety if present

    For Rifles, Free floating, Glass/pillar bedding, trigger adjustment or replacement... and If I can find a good one I like better CHEAP, replace the stock.
  14. Browning

    Browning Member

    Mar 21, 2007
    DFW - TX
    The vast majority of them.

    On the steel and aluminum ones they almost always get new grips. Either wood or G10/Micarta (because I like how they look and feel) generally.

    Sometimes the polymer ones get stippled or have Talon 'Grips' (stickers) added to them.

    Almost all of them get new sights (BHP's, CZ's, Glocks, 1911's, S&W M&P's, Walthers, H&K's, Sigs etc).

    AR's, AK's, H&K 91's, PTR's, FAL's, FN Scars, CZ rifles etc are all the same way. Rarely do they come exactly like how I want them.

    Same with bolt action or single shot falling block rifles. At the very least those usually get a scope (even if it comes with a scope it's always one of those package deal scopes), then rings/bases, sling, maybe a buttcuff.

    So it's a rare gun that doesn't get changed in some way.
  15. jaysouth

    jaysouth Member

    Sep 1, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    I buy Glocks so I don't have to tinker with them.

    I buy 1911s so I have something to tinker with and spend obscene amounts of money on.
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  16. TJ AK-74

    TJ AK-74 Member

    Apr 19, 2009
    I am in the minority here. I keep pretty much everything stock. I also only find time to go shooting once or twice a year now, so if I get to a point where I can afford to go shooting more, that may change.

    I'm the same way with my cars also. Basically just keep it stock. If it ain't broke I generally don't fix it.
  17. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Member

    Jun 5, 2006
    In a part of Utah that resembles Tattooine.
    Pretty much, yes all of them. I either build them from scratch, put on grips and sights, or I would LIKE to modify it, but I decide it isn't worth the cost. I just paid $275 for a Ruger American .243 for my sister, and I would like to drop it in a Magpul stock, but the stock would cost about as much as I paid for the rifle, so I won't.

    The market and the options fascinate me. I browse Midway and Brownell's endlessly. I love that the industry has evolved to where a total amateur like me can build a great rifle from scratch.
  18. SharpDog

    SharpDog Member

    Oct 9, 2006
    Maybe 5% or so, mostly handgun grips, some Sig SRT kits, nothing drastic. This one got piranha grips:

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  19. Armored farmer

    Armored farmer Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    South Eastern Illinois
    Just custom grips. Hardly ever done anything else.
    Maybe a tweak or an extension on a trap gun stock, but very little of that either.
  20. KNO3

    KNO3 Member

    Sep 4, 2011
    All of them. Painted the front sight and added grip tape on my CCW Ruger EC9s. Night sights, grip tape and a Crimson Trace on my house G19. Drop in BX trigger, a V-block barrel stabilizer and removed the barrel band on my Ruger 10/22. Almost nothing to my W.W. AR15 other than an extended charging handle. Have scopes for both my rifles, but they really aren't mods that effect performance, and they're not always installed.
  21. Garandimal

    Garandimal Member

    Dec 28, 2017
    Lee of Death Valley, ...where Tigers feed.
    Rhinoplasty on the CCW/IWB GLOCKs is a must as well.


  22. Kano383

    Kano383 Member

    Dec 3, 2016
    East Africa
    Never owned a gun that I did not modify.

    First of all, manufacturers do not finish their guns (especially internals) the way they’re supposed to be finished for optimal function. Also, often parts used are the cheaper option, when better ones are available or can be made. The fine finishing being time consuming, and needing skills, off-the-shelf prices would skyrocket if they did it at the factory - simple...

    Then, very often a gun may need some sort of external mod or finishing to better fit the owner, or the job at hand.

    Last, aesthetics... A nicer stock or grips, a touch here and there...
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  23. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Member

    Oct 19, 2010
    East TN
    If you count grips on handguns and scopes on rifles, most of my guns get some sort of modifications.

    Some guns like M1911s get more treatment than most of my revolvers.

    Most rifles get some improvements besides scopes although shotguns do not.

    I've built numerous AR-15s and a few M1911's, the ultimate "modification".
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  24. Ignition Override

    Ignition Override Member

    Sep 15, 2007
    The Mid-South.
    Nothing has ever been modified: original Enfields, four present AKs (wear a winter glove for trigger “slap”), several Sigs and a CZ, .22 handguns, .380 Makarov etc.
    I’ve never owned any scope.

    A better trigger is always desired, but expert shooters claim that other fancy gear won’t make us a better shot if our shooting stinks and/or we don’t practice.
  25. Hookeye

    Hookeye Member

    May 24, 2015
    I change whatever is needed.

    Example....My 700 wears factory Tupperware stock, but it's been free floated, stiffened and then custom painted, w plastic trigger guard swapped out for steel and a GreTan firing pin/shroud to get rid of the %$# J lock.
    Of course it is scoped.

    Even on my Smith 629's...........I'd smooth the sides of the trigger. That's all they ever needed.
    My Commander has a few aftermarket parts in it.

    I'd like to buy stuff that doesn't need mods, as that's more time and $.
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