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Tennessee Jed

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Any experience with a grip chop on a Glock 20?
« on: October 30, 2017, 04:34:24 PM »
About a year ago, I decided to reduce the grip on a Glock 19 to the size of a Glock 26.  I bought a used frame, spent a Saturday afternoon with a Dremel, and it turned out great.  I've been very happy with it.  Reducing the grip by a little more than an inch made a huge difference in concealability.  The slightly longer slide seems to improve both practical accuracy and recoil over a regular Glock 26.

So now, I'm going to try the same thing with a Gen 3 Glock 20.  I've got a new frame coming in which wasn't very expensive, and my plan is to reduce the length of the grip to that of a Glock 29. 

My goal is to make the Glock 20 more concealable.  By Glock's measurements, the height of a 29 is 4.45 inches.  For comparison, the height of a 20 is 5.47 inches, and the height of a 26 is 4.17 inches.  I will add the Pearce pinky extensions to the Glock 29 mags for more control.  I found that on my "19-26", the Pearce extension increases control, but doesn't affect concealability (because the extension adds length on only the bottom of the grip, not the top, and the top is the part that usually prints).

My question is, does anyone have any experience with a Glock 20 that's had the grip reduced to the size of a 29?

I normally shoot and carry ammo that's 180 grains with velocity around 1150 fps.  I'm expecting an increase in felt recoil, but was curious if anyone had any actual experience.  I am also curious if I can expect any additional problems, like a decrease in reliability.  The ammo I shoot and carry in the 20 right now is as reliable as the sunrise.

Thanks for any input you might have.

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Re: Any experience with a grip chop on a Glock 20?
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2017, 05:22:34 PM »
I don't.  But I will follow this with keen interest.  I have long really like the CCO concept, and this brings it to the Glock.

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Re: Any experience with a grip chop on a Glock 20?
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2017, 05:35:01 AM »
I'm with sqlbullet, following with interest to see how it turns out.

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Re: Any experience with a grip chop on a Glock 20?
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2017, 06:18:56 AM »
pictures are worth a thousand words....  :)

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Re: Any experience with a grip chop on a Glock 20?
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2017, 06:38:03 AM »
Something like this I think:



Of course, this picture is a fail as I think too much material was "roughed" off.  But the general concept is there.

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Re: Any experience with a grip chop on a Glock 20?
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2017, 07:23:23 AM »
I have seen this done and on a G-20, however I'm not a fan of doing this to the factory frame.  I have both the 20 and the 29, if I want the feel of the 29 I use the 29...

With the 80% frames becoming common maybe cutting one for a custom piece would be of interest, but I think some of those frames are thinner to begin with.

Good luck with your decision...
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Tennessee Jed

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Re: Any experience with a grip chop on a Glock 20?
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2017, 07:32:02 AM »
I just got word that the Glock 20 frame is shipping today.  So it will probably be a couple of weeks before I can get to chopping it down. 

In the meanwhile, I will try to post photos of how it went with my "26L".  Actually, it's even more of a Frankenstein project than I originally mentioned.  The pistol originally started life as a Glock 23, but I dropped in a 9mm conversion barrel and swapped out all the internals to make it a 9mm.



Tennessee Jed

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Re: Any experience with a grip chop on a Glock 20?
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2017, 07:34:15 AM »
After a lot of measuring, this was the first major cut on the 26L.  No turning back now.

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Re: Any experience with a grip chop on a Glock 20?
« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2017, 07:35:43 AM »
This was after a fair amount of very careful Dremel work and sanding on the 26L.

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Re: Any experience with a grip chop on a Glock 20?
« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2017, 07:38:45 AM »
This was the final version of the 26L.  I was very happy with how it turned out.

I appreciate your guys' feedback.  I will get back with you on how the 29L project turned out.  Thanks so much.

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Re: Any experience with a grip chop on a Glock 20?
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2017, 10:28:08 AM »
tks for the pics....

In NY, the frame is the reg'ed part on the lic.  So it's a pain in the butt to replace as it must be added as a new gun.

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Re: Any experience with a grip chop on a Glock 20?
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2017, 12:58:41 PM »
Man, that stinks.  Now that I've started messing with Glock frames, I'm noticing that there are a lot of new Glock frames coming up for sale that weren't there before.  Some are going for pretty cheap prices, too, especially those in the 17/22/31 size.