Cutting grip, do it or not?

Cutting grip, do it or not?

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    Question Cutting grip, do it or not?

    Thinking of cutting the grip on my Glock 20sf down to subcompact size. Any thoughts, experiences, or positive or negative comments on vendors that do excellent work in this area. Am I wading into a mistake. I like the idea of the short grip with full length barrel for CCW.
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    I've seen it done with other models, so it seems feasible. Mike1956 has a gripped-chopped G17 he is fond of... he'd be a good person to ask, I'd say.
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    It's just my opinion but I would not do it. Others may have a different opinion but if I wanted a sub compact Glock I'd buy one. To each his own of course.
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    the grip is the hardest part to conceal so it makes sense. now before you get out the hacksaw, can you just install the G20 slide to the G29 frame?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad426 View Post
    I've seen it done with other models, so it seems feasible. Mike1956 has a gripped-chopped G17 he is fond of... he'd be a good person to ask, I'd say.
    Lou at Custom 1911-Glock- M&P's chopped my 17 down to a 19 length. He did a perfect job on it. You are right, I am quite fond of it. If it is being considered solely as a means of improved concealment, I would recommend trying an Ohio Special prior to the grip chop.
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    From full size (G20) to subcompact (G29) is a pretty big jump. Most "conventional" GLOCK grip chops are from full to compact or from compact to subcompact. For instance, I like G17 to 19 chops. And I like G19 to 26 chops. I don't know that I've ever seen a G17 to 26 chop. IMHO, I'd just go pick-up a G29 & have... both!
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    I say go for it. Post pics when you do. Thought of doing it to my XD, but haven't got around to it.
    I like the idea of the shorter grip for concealment with the longer barrel.
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    In all likelihood you'll ruin any resale value. You'd be better off buying a subcompact if that's what you want.
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    One thing to consider is the loads you fire in your G20. If you are shooting something in the neighborhood of slightly hotter than .40 it would be no big deal, but if you prefer to run a lot of the Norma level or hotter boutique rounds the mass of the full sized slide may be a hindrance with a super short grip in recoil management.

    I had a G29 years ago that I purchased specifically to run full power ammo in and I didn't like it with the short grip. If I had gotten the G20 I would likely still own it today.

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    The one thing I've learned about Glocks over the years is, whenever I make some kind of customization, I always end up regretting it. I would not chop the G20. Instead, I'd be tempted to get a G29.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    In all likelihood you'll ruin any resale value. You'd be better off buying a subcompact if that's what you want.
    This isn't aimed solely at OldVet but the quote neatly sums up that position. I disagree with it. The grip is generally the main issue when CCW and primarily dictates how concealable a sidearm is. Going to a compact/sub-compact will indeed make the gun more concealable. But doing so gives up slide mass, barrel length and sight radius. All else being equal, a full size gun with a shortened grip should be easier to shoot well. The increased sight radius makes it easier to aim and the increased mass of the slide improves you ability to deal with the recoil. It makes a lot of sense to chop the grip if you can do so without damaging the gun.

    A Glock is a good candidate for this, obviously. It wouldn't work at all with, say, an HK USP where the mainspring runs down the inside of the back strap.
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    I wouldn't do it.
    If it didn't turn out right...
    I would just get a 29SF if that's what I wanted.





    However, if you do decide to do it, post pics.
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    No! I wouldn't, but I'm not you.

    I think going from full to sub will make the gun top heavy. I hate top heavy guns, which is why I quit carrying the XD40SC.
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    Wonder if its possible to get A new lower and just move parts including serial number part. To a 29 sf lower???
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    I'd buy another gun before I chopped one. That's just me.
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