Changing sights is totally fine as it doesn't alter the inner workings of the handgun. In fact my Glocks and 1911 have Trijicon night sights...I like that they sit higher than Novaks (for 1911s) and afford a solid edge for one handed malfunction clearances.
As you mention, the operative words regarding modifications are "if done properly"...I have seen $0.25 trigger jobs end up with 2 round bursts. I also mention in the video and above that all gunsmiths are not created equal.
I have seen far too many inadvertent mag dumps due to extended mag releases, as well as accidental slide locks arising from extended slide stops. I think it's best to try to find a handgun that fits you. Someone on another forum mentioned that he files down his extended mag releases...a good fix.
As I mentioned I changed the plug and bushing on my 1911 due to a defective design. Needless to say, with the current state of Glocks, changing extractors and ejectors is a modification to correct a flaw.
I had 2 Springfield Professionals, put 1000 rounds through one and could not get it to shoot consecutive rounds so I sold it back to the gun shop and told them about its issues (did not want to stick it to a private party). I also sold the second unfired one to someone and he raves about its reliability. My Colt Officer works without any issues...despite all the talk about the unreliability of 3.5 inch barreled 1911s.
Of course any handgun can fail (cheap or expensive), it's the nature of any mechanical device, however, I see far too many overzealous gunsmiths ruin handguns that worked fine.
At the end of the day, you are correct, to each his own. My observations are just that, mine. I have not conducted a scientific study but have seen many overly worked guns fail. Outside of fixing/correcting manufacturing flaws I do not see the need for any modification that changes factory internal workings of a handgun. As they say on the internet, YMMV:)
Thanks for your great input!
Originally Posted by TSiWRX
^ Exactly - I think that the problem is just that guns are simply a mechanical device manufactured by human beings. The latter - us humans - is imperfect in any state :lol:, and the former is limited by the varying tolerances of the system.
A lot of people like to think of their guns as some kind of magical amulet that wards off evil: that it's not bound to the rules of the real world that we live in. :smile: The truth is that any gun can fail, in any of a number of ways, when it's been pushed hard enough. It's not about whether if a gun can go X number of rounds without "malfunctioning" (which in and of itself conveys different things to different people) - rather, it's about how the shooter will react to the problem when it does inevitably arise.
You're absolutely right - I've seen the same kind of issues you've seen, with my fellow line-mates. Slide-locks inadvertently tripped. Magazine releases inadvertently hit. Sometimes it happens because of mistakes of technique/execution. Other times, it's simply how that gun interacts with that unique shooter. Certainly, sometimes, aftermarket parts can be found to be the root cause, but there are also more than just occasional incidents where it is simply clear that the ergonomics of "the gun," as it exists in its stock/unaltered format, will not work with the unique body/needs of the shooter. In such cases, one's left with two options: to either get another gun, outright, or to modify the existing gun to suit that specific shooter's unique needs.
The gun needs to be modified with a specific goal in mind. Done properly, it allows both the shooter and the gun to excel. Done improperly, well, like you said, it's better not done at all. :wink: