Anyone who has read my blog for any amount of time has probably already picked up that I’m a bit of a M&P fanboy. I started competing in USPSA with a Full Size 9 and upgraded to a M&P Pro 9 to shoot Production. Just to keep consistent, I adopted a M&P 9C for CCW, and picked up M&P .22LR as an economical trainer, so I’m pretty entrenched in the platform. But as much as I love the Pro, the grip has never really fit my hand and it gives kind of an ambiguous grip for me, which leads to an often missed grip and just drives me crazy. I’ve been playing around with a couple of different competition pistols and absolutely love the STI 2011’s and would switch to Open division if I could find an extra $4000 to blow on a new pistol. I did have an opportunity to play with a Glock Gen4 G34 recently, and loved that it fit my hand much better and it provides a much more positive hand placement than my M&P Pro. Big mistake, now I have to have one.
With that in mind, I picked up a new Glock Gen4 G34, and will start to build it up to be the ultimate Production pistol with which to shoot the next season’s USPSA matches. With the goal of building a rockin’ USPSA Production Glock, here’s the game plan to build my new game gun.
First thing’s first – the stock sights have to go! I have been using Dawson Precision fiber optic front sights on all of my M&P’s for a couple of years, and find them second to none. Of course, they will adorn the slide of my new G34, and I ordered a set of adjustable fiber optic sights for it. Simply put, I think they’re the best sights money can buy. I am used to having a solid black rear sight, but am going with the fiber optic rear sight this time, since I think it will help with the sight picture/alignment on distance shots when needed. And, if I find them distracting, I’ll just Sharpie up the fiber optics to black them out.
Next thing to fix is the factory trigger system. The first step in improving the trigger is to try the “25 cent trigger job” which is essentially just polishing up the internal parts to greatly smooth out the trigger pull and reduce the weight a bit. It’ll be a bit of waste of time, since I’ve ordered the Vanek Custom Classic Grand Master Trigger Kit, which will replace most of the polished parts in the previous step, but I’m curious to see just how much improvement a little Flitz will do to a stock Glock trigger. One other reason to polish up the striker is that the Jager lightened striker that comes with the Vanek kits are probably out of stock, and will probably not ship immediately, so I’ll have live with the stock striker for the time being – might as well Flitz it up.
Once the trigger system is dialed in, I’ll be installing a 13 pound ISMI guide rod spring onto a Jager guide rod to help tame the felt recoil and muzzle dip when the slide goes back into battery. That completes the big ticket items inside the gun for now. I’ll run with the stock barrel for now, see how it works and decide if the accuracy is acceptable. If not, a KKM is on the horizon to be sure the rounds at distance go where they’re supposed to go.
As far as the little odds and ends, I added one of the little plugs that go in the end of the grip, a new Blade-Tech Black Ice holster, some CR Speed magazine pouches and an AA belt to mount it all on. With that, I believe I should have everything I need to shoot this thing competitively in Production class.
Expect updates as I get the Glock all rev’ed up and ready to shoot, tested in live fire, and out to the range for it’s first match.
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