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10-31-2011, 12:43 PM #1
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- Feb 2010
Building a race gun - Glock 17 build thread
So first off let me say this. I am not building this firearm to compete in any specifc class. I am running a Glock 34 for my local plate shooting and have decided I wanted to build a custom Glock race gun, just because. If it fits in any class then cool, otherwise i'll plate shoot and use it for fun at the range.
I'm going to be keeping a running list of parts in this first post. As a photographer, you can expect a lot of high quality photos as the build progresses.
I picked up a used Glock 17 Gen 3 this past weekened. I scored it for a great deal at $389 + tax at a great gun shop. It is like new with all original parts and case included. Well I got the base firearm so lets get ordering parts.
Going into this build, I want an accurate, low recoiling, fast firearm. I want a smoother, lighter trigger than factory. Most of all, I want the Glock reliability to remain intact. Because of this, and the fact I am using factory 9mm ammo, I have decided to not run a comp. I may try one later on, but for now i'm going to leave that alone.
Upon getting the Glock 17 I knew it was time to start ordering parts and getting the complete vision together. For everything so far, i've ordered from Glockworx.com and Glockstore.com. This past weekend I spent a couple hours browsing online for what I want the gun to look like and what parts I want to put into this build to go with my ultimate vision.
Trigger - I've decided to go with a ZEV Tech Fulcrum trigger from Glockworx. With adjustable overtravel and reset, as well as a smoother, lighter trigger pull it seemed like a no brainer. Ordered with red safety and black trigger.
Guiderod - After reading about guiderods, i knew a Zev Tech Tungsten guiderod was the way to go. It is around 50% heavier than stock, so it should help to reduce muzzle rize. I've coupled this with a 12lb recoil spring.
Magwell - To help make reloads easier and faster i've opted for a Zev Tech Speed Feed Magwell in Black with a large insert. This will not only make mag changes quicker, but should also help add to the weight to tame recoil.
Barrel - Since not going with a comp, I wanted a good, well known barrel that offers accuracy. KKM was the obvious choice. I ordered up a KKM Match drop-in barrel. Not only should it give me the accuracy that i'm looking for, but will really offset the build with it's stainless steel finish.
Sights - I was debating what to do here and figured I'd go all out and run a reflex sight. After reading reviews, i've decided to go with a C-More STS 7 MOA red dot. I've ordered the dovetail mount as well, but it will not be used. Why you ask? Just wait.....
Grip - I've ordered Falcon grip to really get a solid hold when firing. This may not stay on very long though as I have plans for the grip frame.
Custom work -Slide - After seeing a forum members custom slide work from Glockworx.com i've decided to send out my slide for some custom milling. I will be getting the C-More sight cut on the slide which will allow the dot to sit lower, more inline with where the front sight would be. I will also be getting some really sweet milling on the front of the slide. Not only will it allow you to see more of the barrel, but it will also lighten the slide slightly.
Grip frame - I plan to also get the grip frame modified by Glockworx as well. I plan to have the following done:
Double undercut trigger guard
360 Standard Stipple grip
Round trigger guard
Remove finger bumps/grooves
Reduce angle of backstrap
Reduce girth (maybe)
As soon as I start getting parts in, I will start documenting the build with lots of photos and info. This is the biggest firearm project i've taken on besides normal cleaning of firearms
Hopefully everything goes smoothly and no issues arrise.
Hope you all enjoy the build.
Last edited by jamesb; 10-31-2011 at 12:47 PM.
10-31-2011, 01:27 PM #2
Look forward to seeing this come together. I too have a G17 but all the work was done by Custom and not myself.
I drummed up what had been done to the one I got here is the information:
Glock internals including 3.5lb connector, ext slide stop,also has aftermarket extra power trigger return spring,under power FPS spring,ext slide lock, FPS radius polished trigger bar also polished. Slide has had Glock roll marks removed and front & rear of slide beveled & coated in OD Cerakote.
Last edited by Dirtypacman; 10-31-2011 at 05:37 PM.
10-31-2011, 02:19 PM #3
very intetrested in the end result. Keep us postedIf you first don't succeed, reload
10-31-2011, 03:21 PM #4
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- Sep 2011
- Newport, RI
You might want to check out SJC Guns since they specialize in Glocks and have several high profile shooters use their guns (Jessie Harrison and Dave Sevigny). They sell everything from parts (their comps and magwells are very nice) to complete custom kits. They also do gunsmithing. I have heard a lot of good things about them, and they stand by their work.
10-31-2011, 03:34 PM #5
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- Feb 2010
I've heard of SJC and have checked out some of their stuff.
Ray Wong of Glockworx just emailed me back with the price for the cnc'ing and coating of the slide. Just waiting to hear back from him and then i'm probably shipping him the slide this week. I was told turnaround is 45 days for milling and the coating.
I can't from work, but will post a photo of the milling i'm getting. It looks sick! Hopefully as good in person.
I also think i'm going to hold off on the frame mods until after I shoot it with the slide work.
EDIT: Just got email from Ray with the invoice to ship the slide. Also, got email confirmation from them that my parts (trigger, magwell, guiderod, spring) shipped today :)
Last edited by jamesb; 10-31-2011 at 03:37 PM.
11-02-2011, 03:01 AM #6
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- Dec 2006
If you are using an optical sight, you might as well add a comp; optics will put you in open with the race guns.
11-02-2011, 11:04 PM #7
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- Feb 2010
I'm going to test it without first and then maybe with depending on how it shoots without.
Tonight I received my parts from Glockworx. I had some time and I was able to take some photos of my progresss.
First, here is the stock Glock 17 frame that I am starting from. I plan to keep any parts removed for spares.
This is the ZEV Tech Speed Feed magwell. I ordered it in black aluminum with a large brass insert. This setup is heavier than the 6.7 oz Dawsom Precision magwell on my Glock 34. The black finish really goes well with the Glock frame.
Mounts using two screws and really helps with mag changes. Install time took maybe a total of 2 or 3 minutes.
Next, we have the ZEV Tech Tungsten Guiderod, 12lb spring, and their spring retaining washer. Easily put together. I may opt to put a dab of blue loctite on the screw so it doesn’t loosen. Knowing how there is constant pressure on it I don’t think it is absolutely necessary.
The part I was looking to install the most is the Glockworx Drop-In Fulcrum Trigger. I ordered mine with a red safety. Included with the trigger are two striker springs (2 lb & 3 lb), Trigger Spring, and Titanium Firing Pin Safety with spring.
According to Glockworx the trigger pull is adjustable from 2 - 6 lbs. I found when installing the trigger assembly the pull was definitely lighter and crisper than the stock 5.5 lb pull, but it didn’t feel like a 2 lb pull. Also, out of the package the pre-travel and over-travel were still pretty long. I heated up the two allen screws as it was noted in the instructions and tightened the screws about 1/2 turn which shortened both. Now, the trigger has just a hint of pre-travel and the over-travel has been shortened as well. After adjusting the set screws you need to install the trigger and make sure everything works as it should. I wanted to see how much the other springs that were included lightened the trigger, so I decided to install them in my Glock 34 slide as a test. My 17 slide has already been sent out for milling and coating. After installing the 2 lb Striker spring and Titanium Firing Pin Safety and spring, it definitely lightened the pull even more. I would assume the extra trigger spring included is also lighter than the one it came installed with, but I haven’t installed that yet. I plan to install the 2 lb Striker Spring and the Ti Firing Pin Safety in the 17 slide. I will then test for reliabily.
Upon finishing all this tonight I think it is really coming together nicely. While working on this project i’ve found out what each part does, how to take it all apart, and how to reinstall everything. Glockworx sent the parts quickly, packaged well, and everything I ordered was there.
I can’t wait until my order from Glockstore arrives as i’m looking forward to continuing the build and documenting it as I go.
Any questions, tips, ideas, or comments are always appreciated.
11-02-2011, 11:30 PM #8
This might be a quick and easy way to go back and forth between Open and Limited.
Dots melted into the slide are more difficult to track and reliability is always an issue
11-02-2011, 11:34 PM #9
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- Jan 2009
Great shots. Probably a stupid question, but is that zip tie a permanent piece from the manufacturer?
11-02-2011, 11:36 PM #10