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My G19 and a bandsaw. Good idea?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by marb4, Aug 2, 2012.

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  1. marb4

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    I've had my G19 (gen 3) for a while now and love the pistol. Its been 100% reliable and I shoot it very well. When I carry (iwb) the grip prints more than I'd like and feels very "large". An obvious solution is to get a G26 but finances right now take that option off the table. I do also like the longer barrel and sight radius of the 19. So here it goes. I've seen a few posts online that show G19s with their grip reduced to the size of a G26. This way they can accept the 10 round mag but still be able to use the 15 (or even 17) round mags with a slip on grip extension. The pics I've seen actually look pretty good. I think performing the work would be well within my skills but I just haven't been able to put a bandsaw to my gun just yet. Is shortening the grip on my 19 a viable option or just a disaster waiting to happen? I would personally be more comfortable carrying something less noticable (even though no one including family and ever said they've noticed). So I guess I'm asking you guys to talk me out of this (or maybe into it).
     
  2. Prince Yamato

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    Save up for the G26.
     
  3. JustinJ

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    First find out what a new grip will cost you if you mess up.
     
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    If done right, it's actually pretty cool and it seems to work out well for the guys who've done it. Glocks version of a Colt CCO. If done wrong? Hope you're willing to buy a new gun! I've seen it done wrong, it ain't pretty.

    If you take the dive, do your research and take it niiiice and easy!
     
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    There are two things right now preventing me from chopping away.

    1) As some of you have noted, if I screw it up I go from having a great dependable pistol to an interesting paperweight/conversation piece.

    2) I have some concern altering any weapon that may be used in self defense. Were the gun used in an SD situation, could I be in greater legal jeapordy having used an "altered" weapon?
     
  7. Sam1911

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    Legal jeopardy? As in violating some law? No, not at all. Now there's nothing that stops a prosecutor from dragging up anything s/he wants to at a trial, but a frame chop to make your gun more like other common defensive pistols is quite unlikely to hurt you.

    I'd say go for it. Carefully, but confidently.
     
  8. 2wheels

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    Eh, seriously doubt it. While this is a permanent mod, many people modify their carry guns in one way or another.
     
  9. marb4

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    Legal jeopardy as in giving a prosecutor or an attorney suing for wrongful death more "ammo" to build their case on.
     
  10. tarosean

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    Ill be the enabler.

    Go for it... its just a Glock (wont be a collectors piece, etc.)
     
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    Me too essentially. It's not a masterpiece or any sort of collector's item so if you want to chop it go for it. Worst case scenario you'll have to buy a new frame; Glock will be most happy to make that happen for you for a price.

    A couple of years ago or so I was considering upgrading my Gen2 20 with a Gen3 frame. Glock quoted me a turnkey job at $155. I understand it's higher now but thaw as the quote than. I'd have had to relinquish the Gen2 frame so I just decided to keep what I have. I like the finger grooves, but not that much.
     
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    Have you thought of trading it for a 26?
     
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    A pretty far stretch. All it could possibly do is play to a question of character, and really, show a jury a G17, a G19, a G26, and your modifed G-19 and have them pick out the one that says "dangerous man."

    You're basically making one gun a little more like another gun in the factory's lineup. I remain unconvinced that this is compelling to a jury.
     
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    A G19 slide with a G26 grip has always been a dream carry gun for me.
     
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    I always thought the slide was the "gun" part legally speaking. Does it differ amongst hand guns?
     
  16. Sam1911

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    Almost all common handguns feature the frame or receiver as the "firearm" -- a slide is just a part.

    Sort of exceptions, kind of, include things like the Ruger Mk.I/II/III in which the barrel/upper is the regulated part.
     
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    Never underestimate the power and willingness of a prosecuter to screw you into the ground. Buy the G26 and leave the G19 alone.
     
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    Cut the grip.
    It is a tool not a holy artifact.


    Th real value of a tool is determined by its utility.
     
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    Robar charges $300 to do it and Bowie Tactical charges $70 if you would rather have a pro take a hack at it (just to give you an idea of the price range out there).

    If you do it yourself, remember; Measure Twice, Cut Once. (if possible get your hands on a G26 for measuring)
     
  20. ColdDayInHell

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    This.
     
  21. Sam1911

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    Seeing as the OP has stated clear reasons for wanting to do this modification, telling him to buy a different gun that isn't like the one he wants is pointless.

    Let's drop the "Buy a 26!" suggestions.
     
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    Then buy a 26 frame for your 19 upper:D I would just advise against ruining your 19 frame and destroying the value of your gun.
     
  23. 9mmepiphany

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    This bears repeating.

    Also be sure that your cut is parallel to the original. Better to take not enough off and have to file/sand it to fit, than take off too much and have an ugly gap (and possible feeding problems) between the frame and the magazine base
     
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    I would say buy a 26 and put your 19 upper on it. A 26 is going to come with 2 correct sized mags also.
     
  25. Inebriated

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    I've seen some very, VERY nice hack jobs. I would agree that if you can get a 26 to give you a reference, you should. And like 9mm said, file to fit.

    Good luck, and POST PICS!
     
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