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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Chopped & channeled...wait...what are we talking about??

A few weeks ago, Rob Pincus posted a video about chopping the grip frame on Glocks to get a more concealable grip size, while maintaining a longer slide length. Many feel that a longer slide has advantages over the sub-compact sized slide, primarily in sight radius, although some also say in barrel length and improved ballistic performance. After watching the video, I couldn't help but think I could pull something like that off without much trouble. Not long after that video was posted, Rob also posted about is G26L that Business End Customs built for him out of a G19. The idea looked pretty cool, so I started my research.

It seems that most commercial customizers don't take full size guns and cut the frame down to sub compact length. They all seem to go from compact to sub compact, or full size to compact. I couldn't find any rationale for it, but I couldn't find anyone who did full size down to sub compact. So I thought why not.

I found a really good deal on a police trade-in Glock 22 already set up the way I wanted for the most part. It came with Ameriglo i-dot Pro Opertor sights, and the previous owner did a pretty stellar stipple job. I prefer a more aggressive stipple, but the work he did will suffice. Initially I thought I would do the compact sized cut first so that if I screwed it up, I would still have the option of going down to sub compact. Would you believe it, I screwed up the first one. I didn't account for all the sanding I would have to do to finish out the cut, and ended up going just a little too short. It really didn't look that bad, but I knew it was a mistake and wanted a second chance.

I borrowed a G27 frame from a friend and made my marks for the sub compact cut. When I started cutting, I made sure to leave myself a little extra material on the frame for the finishing out process. This meant there was more work to do after the actual cut, but the end product was better as a result, so a fair trade off. If a G19 with chopped frame is a G26L, I have dubbed this one the G27SL for Super Long:)

I will say this, going from full size to compact is a lot easier than cutting to sub compact size because of the flush fit magazines with the sub compact size. Getting all the angles just right can be a little complicated. However, going from full size to compact is pretty straight forward, just have to leave enough material on the frame for the finishing out process.

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