How much would you pay for the perfect handgun? Or rather how much have you spent already trying to find a handgun that is a better fit? How many handguns have you purchased and retained over the years versus selling? What brand or brands of handgun do you depend on with your life?
These are just a few of the questions that I asked myself as moved forward building a Glock with a better fit and feel and that would yield the best possible results under highly demanding conditions.
There are those who like to quote old adages such as that a warrior should have no preference in a weapon, or something to that effect. An actual quote wouldn't be difficult to find but I am not going to quote such nonsense specifically because I don't subscribe to this manner of thinking.
Instead I hold the belief that a warriors weapon should be as specific to the warrior as possible and that a warrior ought to be capable of making due with most any weapon when the situation calls for it.
Building an Optimized Glock
What had started with the Haley Skimmer Glock trigger from GlockTriggers.com was only the first step towards what would become a project although I didn’t know it at the time.
In the beginning there was a Glock model 17, a gun with seemingly little soul or anima. But it offered a simplistic perfection that could be trusted. It lacked many things but for what it lacked it made up for in dependability. It was a good gun, in the right hands it was a great gun, but one size does not fit all.
I often refer to myself as a "rate of fire guy" and this made me a “1911 guy” for many years. I like many overlooked the fact that I was always changing out magazines during qualifications while the high cap shooters continued on. Until the day that I came across the Haley Skimmer Trigger I hadn't given another firearm much consideration in years.
Shortly after the instillation of the Haley Skimmer from GlockTriggers.com the world turned and I began to think differently, first in small ways and then bigger. I began to consider and to experiment with small options such as a magazine well and a grip enhancer. Through these small changes I came to see the Glock differently. As opposed to those who view the Glock as perfection, I began to see it as a work in progress and to seek out more options still. With each of these seemingly minute changes I seemed to gain two things, better fit and better application on the range.
Then one day I was presented with an even wider divergence from the beaten path when an associate showed up with a Timberwolf frame. A mutual acquaintance and NFA dealer had ordered in a number of the frames and had them ceracoated in a variety of colors. I made arrangements to examine the selection. The feel of the Timberwolf frame was compelling, so much so that I was taking delivery of it only a few days later.
I wasn't absolutely certain in regards to the purchase so I decided to order all new internal parts as opposed to pulling parts out of my existing Glock. This way I could swap back and forth for a truly heads up comparison. Again I contacted GlockTriggers.com and ordered another Haley Skimmer, followed by contacting Lone Wolf to order the internal Glock parts. I also decided to order a barrel and opted for the stainless match grade threaded model. Although I do not personally own a suppressor my work from time to time allows me access to them and I decided that it would be nice for a change to be able to utilize a suppressor my own firearm for a change.
Parts in hand, I moved forward with the assembly. All things considered the result was a very fine looking pistol with a fantastic trigger, but I did not build the gun for the looks; the results on the range were yet to be seen.
It was then that I ran into a minor hitch. I went to the range with about 400 rounds of 9mm. Only then did I realize that the Timber Wolf frame was designed to work with Gen 4 Glock mags. The Gen 3 mags that I already owned did not drop free. This was devastating at first as I could only conclude that something was wrong with the frame itself. Having invested just shy of 600 dollars in parts and accessories I was crushed. I was tremendously relieved when I was made aware of the root of the "problem". I promptly purchased five new Gen 4 mags and returned to the range.
After this relatively minor investment the gun was running flawlessly. However I was so heated in regards to the issue that I insisted on putting at least 1,000 rounds through the gun before I was confident in making the swap from the factory original Glock lower to the Timerwolf. Some fifty eight magazines later, I breathed a sigh of relief and my confidence in the platform was solidified.
Then I began to test one platform against the other. The Timberwolf configuration out handled the standard Glock frame on two incredibly important counts. The first being the inherent drive of the firearm with the Timberwolf frame to return to target due to the extended beaver tail. The second being mag changes. The extended oval shape of the Timerwolf frames mag release made mag changes all the more natural than the factory frame. In addition the width and configuration of the grip itself seemed to boost the overall handleability of the firearm substantially. Although it would not be reasonable to say that this contributed to guns "accuracy", it most certainly contributed to better shot to shot performance and to more accurate hits at a heightened rate of fire.
As follows is list of precisely what went into my Turbo Glock configuration.
- 1 X Glock - 550.00
- 1 X Haley Skimmer Trigger - 140.00 (2X if you count that I have one in the original Glock frame and one in the Timber Wolf)
- 1 X Lone Wolf Stainless Match Grade Barrel - 125.00 (admittedly not a necessary add on in order to accomplish the build)
- 1 X Thread Protector - 15.00 (also not necessary)
- 1 X Timber Wolf Frame - 230.00 (ceracoated)
- 1 X Glock Internal Parts - 50.00
- 1 X Lone Wolf Mag Well - 20.00
- 5 X Gen 4 Glock Mags - 130.00
- 1 X Grip enhancer - 10.00 (I used a model 26 grip enhancer)
Depending on how you want to look at it, I have 1410.00 in parts, accessories and magazines and 1.5 fully operational Glocks to show for it. There are certainly more affordable ways to go about building the Glock that I have right now but I can tell you that I have nothing but pride in the outcome of my investment. I could have gone the route of gutting the parts out of the actory frame to build the other, skipped the barrel or perhaps started with a Gen 4 and I would have saved 320.00 dollars in doing so.
Conversely, it might have been most cost effective to go this route.
- 1 X fully assembled Timberwolf frame for - 330.00
- 1 X fully assembled Lone Wolf slide for - 318.00
- 1 X stock length Lone Wolf barrel for - 110.00
- 1 X Haley Skimmer from GlockTriggers - 140.00
- 1 X Lone Wolf Mag Well - 20.00
- 5 X Gen 4 Glock Mags - 130.00
That would be a grand total of - 1048.00
The fact of the matter is that regardless of my seemingly haphazard strategy in building this gun, I cost out my gun around 1,100 bucks whenever someone asks. This is primarily because had I not gone the route that I did, that is roughly what you would spend to build one.
This of course begs the question; why on earth would you spend 1,100 dollars on a Glock? The answer to that question is - the same reason that you would spend 1,100 dollars on any other gun. Or, the same reason that you have already spent 1,100 dollars on several guns. Simply put I want one gun that is a work horse, a race horse and a war horse. For 1,100 bucks you can have that gun. And I admit, there may be a few others that might fit the bill just as well, but you will probably be spending at least the same money to own such a gun. I for one will stick with my Turbo Glock.
For more information on these great products please visit: