Mine are but I wouldn't call it just for fighting, the same mods have competition value as well as just over all shooting value.
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This is a discussion on How do you setup your EDC? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I've been looking more and more at some good training on how to fight with a pistol. Seems most of the guys who offer training ...
I've been looking more and more at some good training on how to fight with a pistol. Seems most of the guys who offer training are big proponents of setting your gun up for "fighting" if you are going to carry it. Things like stippling, cutting mag wells to allow for one hand extraction, better sights, etc. All in anticipation of having the absolute worst case scenario happening.
Just curious how many people out there have modified their pistols in this manner. Or do you just carry it the way it was made and why?
For reference, I have some bone stock guns, but I have some "fighting" guns too (stippled, mag well relief, etc).
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What JD said. I don't have a bone stock gun in my edc line-up.
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I guess I chose my carry guns carefully, bone stock here and lots of point and shoot training.
My carry guns are all bone stock unless they did not come with night sights.
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Since I carry only Glocks these days the only mandatory modification I do is to have night sights installed. On certain models I may slap on a Hogue Grip All since my hands are the size of a Grizzly Bear's. Other than that all of mine are stock. I do have one that I had a NY trigger put in to mimic the triggers of the Glocks I carried on duty. But as far as the customizations you listed above, I don't bother with. Like JD said there is value to them from a competition standpoint, but I don't shoot competitively.
Simply from a personal perspective I consider this "Gilding the Lilly", as it were. Glocks are serviceable as is, just like a lot of handguns out there. The most common thing I think alot of handguns need are low light sights. I know of some instructors out there that will say you have to have this modification or another, but I think alot of that is their personal opinion kicking in. Some even go as far as saying you have to slap on $200 - $300 worth of accessories to make a Remington 870 (Patrol/Tactical Model) fit for duty use, which is hogwash.
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Bone stock here. I was going to say stock, but everyone says bone stock so that must be the same thing (I hope). Granted, I am bot sure what changes I would want to make.
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Bone is easier to type than out-of-the-box.
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OOTB is easier to type...lol......Out Of The Box
OMG!! You can't alter your carry piece in any way or you'll spend the rest of you life in prison if you ever shoot anyone!!
I'm not big on altering my gun's only cuz I like them the way they are. Rather than altering my guns with aggressive stippling I slap some Talon Grips on there. Used to use the sandpaper grips, but their new rubberized grips are really nice. Only thing I've considered changing and haven't yet is my sights. I like the concept of the "Big Dot" front sights on a defensive gun, but not sure if I'll like them so I'm leery of making that commitment.
Ultimately, it's your gun. Alter it however you think makes you use it to it's fullest potential.
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Beretta PX4 has a laser, was installed by original owner, and extended mags and night sights by me.. OOTB other than that
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OOTB for me.
I did put a Hogue Handall Jr on my P11 that I rarely carry.
Does that count?
EDIT: Oh yeah there's a laser on there too.
I replaced the trigger spring of my G23 (NY1) and added a grip plug, other than that I am OOTB.
Stock here. I don't typically buy anything that needs upgrading if it's for carry. I like them as is.
I make one change. I install night sights if the gun didn't have them. If the gun needs more, I don't like the stock trigger, or the manufacturer recommends a break in, I don't buy it. I buy carry guns as tools, not projects.
For the rest of it - frankly if you would have been killed with a stock gun, you'll be just as dead with a modified gun. If you prevail with a modified gun, you would have prevailed with a stock gun. Most gunfights between civilians and predators happen at very close range with an average of 2 shots fired. A stippled grip, match barrel, or target trigger won't matter.
Money spent on practice ammo and good practice exercises will do more to improve your odds of survival than any mods to the gun.
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