V. External Upgrades
Internals run the gun, but externals make the gun's apperance - I mean, showing off is what airsoft is all about isn't it? The Glock platform is probably one of the most customizable platforms, second to the 1911/2011 platform. Shown below are possible upgrades and my personal preferences (if applicable).A. Slide/Outer Barrel Kits
The metal slide is almost a must upgrade for the average GBB user, and the Glock is no exception. All KWA Glocks include metal slides stock, but are not trademarked, which irks a lot of "realism" users, including myself. KSC Glocks have trademarked frames but are plastic, which can bother some people (although the decreased slide weight and increased recoil speed pleases some users).
All models of Glocks have their own respective metal slides, so you can get them in both stock plastic and metal trademarked versions. However there are more options out there - the following possibilities are listed by manufacturer.
Note: All following slide pictures courtesy of UNCompany.KSC(KSC G19 metal slide. Notice the deformed trademarks.)(KSC G34 metal slide. In comparison to the previous picture, the trademarks on this slide are correctly done.)
KSC does make (and sell separately) trademarked metal slides - these are usually the same ones found in the metal slide versions of the full Glock pistols. The quality on these are pretty good (finish is a bit shiny), but the trademarks are a bit deformed. Some will mention "Milspec" on the slide (which isn't found on RS Glocks), and the actual "G" in the Glock logo is deformed a bit as well as the text font for the rest of the trademarks. Note that there are technically two versions of these slide sets:
Old: fully engraved trademarks on slide and outer barrel (as in the G34 slide seen above, also on older G18C slides)
New: laser etched trademarks on slide and outer barrel (as see on G19 slide above, very widespread nowadays)
The change in trademarks are definitely with consideration for Glock Inc's requests, so the deep engraved trade slides are very hard to find. The slides are a drop-in fit, so installation is a breeze. The average kit costs $40-70, so these are among the cheapest options - however nowadays they are a bit harder to find separate from the actual pistol.Shooters Design(Shooters Design G17 Compensated metal slide)
From one of the bigger GBB aftermarket part companies comes a lot of different slides. Many of their slides are for stock models, however they do offer some custom options - the Glock 17 Compensated for one (G17C, where the upper slide has two cut ports, shown above), a G19C, as well as Caspian-trademarked slides, replicating the custom made parts from the real steel company Caspian Arms Ltd.
SD makes some VERY good quality parts, and their slides/outer barrel sets are no exception. Unfortunately I have never owned one, so I do not the their installation difficulty, however their slides are HIGHLY recommended. The price range is a bit higher than KSC - anywhere from $80-150.ProG4 (Custom Work Shop)(ProG4 G17 metal slide set; courtesy ProG4.com)
Known amongst GBB enthusiasts as THE place for custom GBB work, Captain KK of ProG4 (a custom machine shop located in HK) has done some very custom work for many people. He is very well respected for working with the customer for very custom works, however recently he isn't taking any custom orders. However, because of his nature, you can basically ask for ANY custom slide for the Glock series - simply tell him how you want your slide done, and he'll do it. That means you can technically get custom slides from the .357 G31 to the 10mm AUTO G29.
He offers standard G17 and G19 slides as well (seen above), and at a very attractive $80 - all slides are made of machined 6061 aluminum. Custom slides will run you a bit more depending on the type - I want to estimate around $120-150. I would definitely recommend ProG4 slides.PGC (Perversity Gun Corporation)(PGC G17 metal slide)(PGC G18 metal slide)
PGC, or also known as Prowin for their AEG offerings, also makes high quality slides. The finish is very acceptable over KSC offerings - I own a slide for my G18 and I love it to death. However the color is a bit off (a bit green from the normal black), and to install requires HEAVY modification to both the slide and BBU parts (EDIT: I have been informed by several users that their PGC slide installations were almost drop-in, no mods required; it seems modifications will be on a case-by-case basis). However if you know what you're doing, it is very much worth it in the end.
PGC has released multiple versions of their slides, most commonly for the G18C and the G17 - one of their more unique offerings is for the G18, the precursor to the G18C. This slide offers a longer barrel (G34 length) with compensation cuts, while the slide is normal cut unlike the G18C's. These slides are usually very easy to find, and range from $50-70 - very comparable versus other competitors. Note from the pictures that their newer slides have some proprietary parts for mounting (namely a separate extractor and BBU mounting nut).Boom Arms(Boom Arms G19 Shuey Custom Two-Tone metal slide)
Boom Arms is a very little known manufacturer, but is very well respected among GBB enthusiasts. I have personally never owned one, however one of my friends that does loves his slide very much and is very top notch quality. Their most common offerings for the KSC/KWA Glock platform are the "Shuey Custom" and "Gold Medal" custom slides for the G34, but they also make similar slides for the G17 and G19. They also make some VERY beautiful G18C slides (with German SOF trademarks), however they are getting hard to find nowadays. Pricing is comparable, anywhere from $90-110 - definitely a good buy if you can get one.Others(G&P G17 metal slide. Notice the incorrectly placed trademarks and shallow engraving.)G&P
- The only offering I know G&P makes is a Glock 17 slide. However the QC for these are off the charts - some have really horrible paint finish, while others the trademarks are completely in the wrong place. Although one of the cheapest options (at $40-50), I would heavily suggest against this slide.G&G
- G&G used to be pretty big on the GBB scene, but now their products are out of production and getting hard to find. Their most famous offering was the G19 slide kit, as well as several threaded outer barrels for the 17/18C/19. As with many of their older products the slide is made of a magnesium alloy, so it's very light yet durable. Their price points used to be very low (I believe $50-70), but now are out of stock everywhere - if you can find a kit, buy it.(Airsoft Surgeon G17 Caspian metal slide with Compensator)Airsoft Surgeon
- AS offers very few products for the platform, namely a few two-tone G17 and G34 slides - they even include compensators. Quality should be decent, however AS products are more expensive than the rest - the average kit costs $150-180. Suggested only if they provide a slide you MUST have, or you have a lot of disposable income.(Creation G17 metal slide and outer barrel)Creation
- Creation is a relatively old company that made a lot of quality parts for GBB's. From what I know they only used to make a metal slide kit for the G17 (seen above) - quality is very good, and at a price point of $100 it's very worth the money. However they are very hard to find nowadays - if you can find one, definitely grab it as it is definitely a very good piece.(Detonator G19 Bowie Tactical metal slide with clone Trijicon Night Sights)(Detonator G18C metal slide with clone Trijicon Night Sights)Detonator
- A relatively new brand based in Korea, UNCompany has now offered these slides mainly for the G17/G18C/G19. Even with its limited release, I'm sure more slides will come out. One of their key differences is that the slides have front serrations, a new trend in real steel shooting that allows for multiple points for the user to rack the slide back. A bonus for these slide kits is they include mock Trijicon Night Sights (in the RS world, these go for $100 new), as well as some including Bowie Tactical Concepts trademarks. These kits sell for the most - $180-200, however for what's included it could be worth it. The products are a very new release, so very little is known about them.Threaded Outer Barrels
Although I'm not a huge proponent of using mock mock mock silencers on GBB pistols, threaded barrels do exist for the KSC/KWA Glock platform. Guarder
is the most plentiful choice for full size standard frame models, while G&G
used to make a threaded barrel for the G17/18C/19 models. Besides these two, I'm not aware of any other threaded barrel offerings.
Both (especially the G&G) are extremely hard to find right now.B. Sights(Stock KSC Glock sight set on left, Big Dragon Amber fiber-optic sight set on right)
Sights aren't a plus side for Glocks - most aren't adjustable, and the rear sight is only movable for windage. KSC/KWA only offer three types of sights - the standard dot front sight, the standard rear sight, and the adjustable rear sight (only for G34's).
There are a few aftermarket versions though:Fiber Optic Sights
- These sights are "illuminated" when they take in light from the top, which allow for better acquisition. RS shooters sometimes mix and match colors for easier sight alignment in stress situations. Currently Big Dragon
, Freedom Art
, and Proud
all offer fiber optic options in red, green, and amber.Red Dot Mounts
makes an adapter for replacing the rear sight with a red dot mount, able to mount sights that use the Docter-style mount. This includes but isn't limit to Docter sights, MRDS's, Burris Fastfires, and more. I currently have one mounted on my G34 with an Element MRDS on top.(KSC G34 with Element MRDS on a Silverback RDS Glock mount, lower fitted with Insight XML)Replacement Sights
- This category is not very varied, since I'm not aware of any real aftermarket sights made especially for the KSC/KWA Glock. Detenator
as mentioned earlier is selling Trijicon-type sights with their slides, and I'm sure a few others sell sights modeled after some real steel ones; unfortunately I do not know much about this. However sight compatibility with RS Glocks is very good - read further down for more information.C. Frames
KSC/KWA have produced a LOT of different lower frames in their history, most of them changing based on legal precedent from Glock Inc. Listed below are the different possible frames offered, as well as a picture of what I've seen. Most info is gathered from the most common full standard frame, but can also apply to compact and subcompact frames. Directions (L or R) designated which side of the frame the trademark is found.KSC Fully Traded Frame (V1)
-Austria trademarks on right
-Glock logo on leftKSC Fully Traded Frame (V2)
-Milspec trademarks on right
-NO Glock logo on left
-Some older models may have 2-pin copy only, unlike later 3-pin copies (still Gen3 though)KWA Frame
-NO trademarks on right
-NO Glock logo on left
-Taiwanese version will have "Made in Taiwan" trademark on right
Only one company companies makes an aftermarket frame - the Pro-Arms Frame for G17/G18C/G34
. Unfortunately the frame is offered only for full standard frames, and no frames have been made for compact or subcompact pistols. The trademarks are all done correctly - Glock logo on the left, but Milspec trades on the right, to the despair of pure Austrian trademark fans - and the finish is not as shiny as those found on KWA frames. Price is usually $25, very acceptable for such an upgrade.
However, recently, I obtained a Pro-Arms frame and it is very disappointing. Cast marks everywhere, mag tolerances not correct, mag catch/hammer assembly fitting issues...I ending up ditched it completely for a KSC V2 frame. Apparently their QC is very bad, as my friend who bought an early run Pro-Arms frame loves his. So buy with caution.D. Magazines
There are several types of magazines - listed are the round capacities and what guns they'll fit:
15-round: G26, G26C
20-round: G19, G23F, G26 + G26C with grip adaptor
23-round: G17, G18C, G34, G19 + G23F with grip adaptor for compact frames, G26 + G26C with grip adaptor for subcompact frames
50-round: All models
There are just two versions of these magazines - KSC
(trademarked) or KWA
(non-trademarked or trademarked removed). Trademarked magazines have a "Glock" logo on the back, as well as a trademarked baseplate; KWA's either do not have the trademark at all or the trademarked is removed with a huge stamped out circle in the middle.
Currently two aftermarket options are offered:AABB
- Currently only make a 50-round version. At only $15-20 per magazine they are considerable cheaper than their KSC/KWA counterparts, however out of the box leak and consistency issues have been reported. Buy only if you are comfortable with repairing them to make them work reliably.RATech/HAW-SAN
- These magazines are CO2 capsule powered, and have versions for both the G17/G18C/G34 and the G19/G23F. Tests show that these magazines are properly regulated (output FPS is barely higher than that of green gas) but can be used in subzero temperatures. However I have not seen many reports regarding these magazines, so further research is needed. Do note that you cannot swap baseplates with these magazines, as they come "pre-fitted" with +2 type baseplates, and need the space to fit the proper CO2 capsule.
Magazine upgrades mainly just include magazine plates for custom appearance builds. KWA base plates include holes in the middle for speedier gas filling, while KSC and Proud offer fully trademarked plates, both in normal and +2 flavors. Most plates sell single or in 3-packs, and range anywhere from $5-15. I personally see Magpul Speedplates
as a good investment, as they help increase reload speed and magazine-from-pouch acquisition. E. Miscellaneous
A few other upgrade parts that were not mentioned before are presented here.Magazine Release(Stock KWA G17 magazine release on top, stock KSC G34 extended magazine release on bottom. Notice the length differences and the signs of material wear.)
This part is actually a common problem for KSC/KWA Glocks. Because the release is made of plastic and the magazine is made of metal, prolonged usage of the gun can result in the release's wear, which results in the magazine sitting lower and lower in the frame. The improper magazine seat leads to weak or incomplete strikes on the release valve by the valve striker in the hammer assembly, which leads to huge FPS drops or even total pistol malfunction.
There are only two versions of the release - the normal release (found in all pistols except the G34), and the extended release (found in the G34, since it's a "race gun" variant), which is about 2-3mm longer than the normal release. Personally I find the extended release MUCH better than the standard release; therefore all my Glocks have extended releases.
One option the Guarder Metal Magazine Release
, which eliminates the magazine problem completely; however the release is only offered in the normal length. The other option is the AIP Aluminum Magazine Release
- it's the same as the Guarder one, however the surface area of the release is increased via an add-on plate.Slide Release
There are no aftermarket versions, but KSC/KWA offer two versions - the normal release (for all models except the G34), and the extended release (found in the G34, since it's a "race gun" variant), which has a bulge on the release to help users reach the release a lot easier. Personally I find the standard release very low-profile and hard to reach, therefore all models I use have some sort of extended slide release.Scope Mounts
Scope mounts are widely found and made by a plethora of manufacturers - these mainly involve fitting the mount to the frame rail mount, giving a weaver rail mount on top of the slide. This gives the user an infinite possibility of using red dot sights and scopes, however two issues come up:
1. Full pistol disassembly is difficult with the mount on, and will require removal possibly for even field stripping.
2. Most scope mounts, in this author's opinion, look very ugly. But, to each his own.Lasers
To my knowledge, lasers for the Glock are limitless due to the rail mount on the frame. However there are two products that are meant for Glocks only - the Silverback Laser Grip
, and the OP Frame Laser Sight
. The former is mounted on the grip, while the latter is streamlined with the frame and mounted on the frame rail.Other
There are some other misc. upgrades found out there, either not in groups or just randomly by themselves. Listed below are random ones I've noticed in the past. Pictures are not given, but links are.Strike Front for G17/G18C
- http://shop.ehobbyasia.com/ea-strike-front-compensator-for-g17-g18c.htmlStrike Front with Upper Rail for G17/G18C
- http://shop.ehobbyasia.com/big-dragon-strike-front-kit-for-glock-pistol.htmlF. Real Steel Compatibility
One of the gems of the KSC/KWA platform is that it can accept real steel parts with little or no modification - this is very true to external parts. Listed below are compatible upgrades I found were possible.Magazine Release
Real steel magazine releases are a drop in fit - this opens up the possibility of replacements for the stock release issues limitless, from JP Enterprises to Vicker's Tactical Releases. Button travel distance decreases as well, so you don't have to press the release in as much to release the magazine. I currently run a LWD Extended Release on my G18, and a JP Enterprises Tactical Release on my IPSC G34.Slide Release
Another compatible part, however this requires modifications. On the KSC/KWA platform, the front trigger housing pin is held in by the pin that goes through the frame, as well as a larger hollow cylinder that goes into the actual trigger housing. However such a housing is non-existent in RS Glocks - just the pin is, so RS slide releases fitment holes are smaller than those of the KSC/KWA ones. About 5-10 minutes of enlarging the hole is required, then the release is a drop in fit. There are a LOT more controls available for RS Glocks, including extended and even chrome controls.
Do note that the tension spring for the slide release is sturdier and stronger than the stock KSC/KWA one, so that's another benefit of using a RS release. I use a LWD Extended G34 release for my G18, and an Aro-Tec Extended Release for my IPSC G34.(KSC G34 and KSC G18. Note the JPE mag release and Aro-Tek slide release on the G34, and the Lone Wolf mag release and LWD mag release on the G18.)Slide Lock Lever(Stock KWA slide lock lever on top, RS LWD extended slide lock ever on bottom. Notice the heavy wear on the KWA piece and the extended length and complete lack of wear on the LWD release.)
This is the lever you slide down to field-strip the slide from the frame. The piece is made of pot metal for the KSC/KWA platform, so prolonged use can result in heavy wear in the piece, resulting in the slide undesirably shooting off the frame when the magazine is not inserted. Fortunately RS parts will work as well, however a very small modification is needed. RS Glock slide lock lever springs have a smaller width than the KSC/KWA ones do, so you will either need to file/sand the lever notch bigger, or file/sand the KSC/KWA slide lock lever spring smaller.
I use a LWD Extended lever in both my G18 and IPSC G34 - it's made of steel, so wear is almost non-existent.Sights
The RS world has a plethora of sights - from Trijicon tritium night sights to Tru-Glo fiber optic sights. Almost all will fit in the KSC/KWA Glocks - the front pin is "captive held" (basically just push the sight in for installation) or "slide held" (similar to that found on the G23F), and rear sights are all fitted by sliding it on the rear sight grooves on the slide (I'm not 100% on this but that's what I'm guessing happens for RS Glocks - minor filing might have to be done to make it fit your slide). When buying a sight make sure you get the proper version, otherwise they should pretty much all work.
I have a metal elongated Glock bead sight on my IPSC G34 - fit was simply a punch in to the slide.(RS beaded Glock front sight on KSC G34)Magwell/Lanyard Plug
Magwells are usually for IPSC builds, where the frame's magazine well is enlargened to allow for quicker reloads. Most RS magwells I encounter simply use a friction-lock-type mechanism that sits in the rear hole behind the magazine well - I currently use a JP Enterprises magwell for my G34, and that's how it locks.
Toyko Marui I believe uses a different system, by having a small hole near the bottom rear of the lower frame. You might be able to fit such magwells on KSC/KWA Glocks, however it's known that TM frames are slightly wider than KSC/KWA/RS Glocks, so it's not a suggested move unless you want to do the extra custom work.VI. Disassembly
Because I own both semi-automatic and select fire Glocks, I will post here disassembly videos (COMPLETE, to reach ALL parts) for both systems here. Reassembly videos can be found in the next section.DISCLAIMER
: I am not responsible for weapon malfunction or damages caused by following my videos - they are instructional in nature and are simply how I personally disassemble/reassemble my Glocks. Disassemble your gun at your own risk, I am not liable for damages that occur to your gun.A. Semi-automatic only
B. Select FireVII. Reassembly
Posted here are the reassembly videos for both internal systems.A. Semi-automatic only
B. Select FireVIII. Malfunction Diagnosis
Most of the time you will find articles that do either one of two things for KSC/KWA Glocks - praise the hell out of them, or bash them into the ground. Although Glocks are extremely good performers and can last a long time, they are also known for breaking down awfully fast - the reason for these huge differences in durability reports is unknown, at least to me. For example, at time of writing, my KSC G18 is performing perfectly with more than 500 rounds through it, while my G34 still sits in a bin refusing to operate for some unknown reason.
As the same applies for AEG's of any sort, Glock "malfunctions" are caused by any number of issues - there is usually never a singular fault of a specific issues (think genes in DNA causing disease...ok I'm getting too biological here). Although some issues were advised and stated before, I will now compile the issues known to me so far that lead to KSC/KWA Glock malfunctions.A. Common ProblemsWorn Magazine Release
This is by FAR the most common issue, something KSC and KWA should have long ago addressed in my honest opinion. Because the magazines are made of metal (opposed to polymer for RS Glocks), the constant sliding/lock/releasing of the magazine versus the plastic material of the magazine release causes irreversible wear. Over time, the magazine release locks the magazine in a lower position, which results in the valve striker not hitting the magazine release valve far inwards enough - less gas is released than would be if the magazine release valve were at the correct height.
The result is a low-FPS, weak-blowback shot (the most common symptom), in some cases where the slide doesn't blowback at all and the shot sounds like a small "putt" sound. This could lead to other problems, but so far as stated, a weak shot is the most commonly observed result.
The solution? Either buy a metal magazine release (Guarder
and ACM manufacturer AIP
are so far the only ones to make them), or buy a RS magazine release (although still made of polymer, it is a lot tougher than KSC/KWA's plastic).Broken Rocket Valve
This is the second most common problem for Glocks. Also known as Part #24 or the loading nozzle valve, KSC/KWA has always made this part out of plastic (until recently where KSC has begun to make metal ones). This isn't an issue in Japan where the use 134a, however everywhere else where green gas/propane is used more, the increase in pressure and stress on this part results in it snapping in half - damage varies from having part of the valve shot out of the gun to pieces of the valve floating in the loading nozzle.
The result hugely varies - I've observed/heard reports of slides failing to return to battery, weak-powered shots, no blowback, erratic gas consumption/blowback patterns - the list goes on. Just know that a broken floating valve is common, and could be the reason to a number of problems.
Solving this, as with the mag release issue, is the same - buy a new one, preferably metal. As stated in the internals section, multiple manufacturers including KSC themselves make metal rocket valves.Damaged/Shortened Loading Nozzle Springs
Another common problem seen for Glocks is having damaged loading nozzle springs. Seen on all GBB pistols, the loading nozzle spring ensures the nozzle properly retracts and extend with each shot. However, because reassembly for the Glock blowback unit is a bit tough, it's easy to damage or crimp the loading nozzle springs during reinstallation.
Problems enter a wide variety - failure to return to battery, low powered shots, etc. (you've basically heard it all now).
The only real solution is to simply buy new springs - there really aren't any reinforced versions (comon, it's just a spring). One simply must be cautious during BBU reinstallation.Weakened Hammer Spring
This is mainly an issue for those who've owned Glocks over several years (or so I'd assume). Over time some Glock hammer springs have known to lose their elastic properties, and as a result "weaken" over time - the cause of this is unknown to this author. The result is the valve striker does not strike the magazine release valve as quick as it's supposed to.
Symptoms mainly include a weak powered shot/little-to-no blowback.
Solving this usually just requires buying a more beefed up spring (if you have a metal slide) or a stock new spring (if you have a plastic slide), however going into the hammer mechanism scares a lot of people due to its number of moving parts (if you need help, check my disassembly/reassembly guide above).Worn Parts
This is probably the most frustrating issue for most Glock users - worn parts. Most pistols have high-stress parts within them that wear over time, however it's well known that Glocks somehow wear down faster with use. The most common part worn down is the actual hammer, though I'm not entirely sure what issues this causes. Because of the number of moving parts (especially within select-fire Glocks such as the 18C/23F/26C) Glocks are very picky regarding the meshing and interaction between parts - if one part is worn, then the whole pistol will not function.
It's a very vague section to describe, as any number of worn parts could lead to a number of issues. If in doubt, try to access pictures of parts that are not worn, then compare them to your own part. Otherwise, try your best and pinpoint any specific worn parts that would possibly solve the issue. I am absolutely terrible at diagnosing worn-part problems, so please, don't come to me for questions since I won't be able to help much (sorry).
KWA's Pro Shop and numerous Hong Kong retailers sell KWA and KSC parts (respectively) - make sure you have your parts guide ready. KWA's Pro Shop does not list them as a section, however if you do a search for the parts (say, "G17") they will show up.B. Miscellaneous/Notes
There are a few things to note when trying to diagnose your problem. These are general statements but also help when trying to find out why your Glock is malfunctioning.When a Glock's slide is locked back, you should be able to pull the trigger without releasing the hammer. If one does however release the hammer, this indicates a possible problem with the BBU/hammer mechanism interaction."Stuck" Slides
Some, myself included, have found that the slide "sticks" after some shots (an issue between BBU/hammer mech interaction) - the slide is ridiculously hard to pull back, and often will not return to battery. You obviously want to remove the slide from the lower frame to see what's up in this case. Do NOT use brute force and attempt to force the slide back into battery, as this can result in breaking the slide rear plate or further damage internal parts.
Go through this checklist:
1. Lock back the slide to the best of your ability.
2. Ensure the loading nozzle is retracted into the rear of the slide.
3. Place your finger under/behind the trigger, pushing it forward
4. Release the slide into battery, all while continuing to push the trigger forward
5. If you're lucky, the slide will have returned to battery, with the trigger appearing to be engaged (all the way back).
6. If slide remains stuck, retry steps 1-4 until step 5 has been achieved.
7. Powerstroke the slide one last time, then disassemble slide from lower frame as normal.IX. Miscellaneous
Listed here are some other facts regarding the KSC/KWA Glock platform.A. Carbine Kits/Accessories
Recently there has been an influx of carbine kits, converting pistols into short barreled carbines for precision shooting. Of course this doesn't really matter in airsoft, but for such a short "SMG" to be used in CQB fields is pretty useful.
All these upgrades mainly pertain to full frame Glocks, namely the G17 and G18C, but some are able to fit smaller models as well.Stock Kits
These kits are simply adapters that fit on the frame of the Glock that gives the pistol a stock, or allows for adding a stock. Both products are ACM, however naming might be difficult since they can be given different names at different retailers. One stock, the Tactical Collapsible Stock
is modeled after the RS stock Glock produces - it fits in the rear magwell and contains a folding cheekrest. The other one, the M4 Stock Adapter
, allows for installation of a M4 buffer tube and a M4-style stock. Both options are offered in tan and black.
Both aren't very aesthetically appealing, as other options are more durable and look better.Drop-In Stock Kits
These are different from the previous option since the Glock pistol is simply dropped into the frame, then the whole gun is used as a SMG/carbine. There are currently several options for this.HERA Arms Stock
- AABB makes a clone of the RS HERA Arms Stock for Glock pistols. Most models should be able to fit in the stock (fitment is via removal of only one screw), and can use any magazine for the specified pistol since the lower frame still sticks out. The slide is racked back via an external charging handle that latches on the rear sight. One downside is that for G18C models, you cannot switch the fire selection without making modifications to the actual stock frame. Overall quality is good, and has four sides of rails for additional addons. Models are offered in black and tan. For $50-70, it's an excellent kit.
There are now two versions of this stock - the newer one has an elongated outer barrel and the capability of folding the rear section of the stock.CAA Tactical RONI Stock
- WII (not Nintendo, some random ACM company) released a clone of the CAA Tactical RONI stock. Similar to the HERA stock, but installation is even quicker by removal of one screw and a "fold out" section that allows to fit the pistol in. I do not know regarding the fire selection, but if it's anything like the HERA, it cannot be done on the fly. This stock offers RIS sections on the sides and on top, but also offers a folding foregrip up front and an adjustable stock on the back. Offered in black and tan as well, and it's price point is about $20-40 more expensive than the HERA kit, depending where you look.Magpul PTS FPG
The coolest of all stock kits, the FPG "Folding Pocket Gun" is Magpul's take on a fully automatic, foldable and non-discrete backup gun for VIP's, based on Eugene Stoner's original FMG-9 design. Since the laws regarding such a weapon are strict in the RS world, Magpul decided to introduce it to the airsoft world instead. The gun contains a full select-fire lower frame, so the kit only needs a G18C donor slide assembly; PTS does sell the full FPG gun as well. The inner barrel is supposed to be a lot longer than normal Glocks, so accuracy is upped a bit. Fire selection and slide disassembly is not ideal, however it doesn't involve screws and such as in the RONI and HERA stocks. The coolest feature is flipping the gun from a briefcase-looking box to a full auto mini-beast.
The kit is also the most expensive - $180-220 for the kit alone, and $300-400 for the whole gun. Numerous manufacturers (namely Shooters Design, Beta Project, and PTS) offer accessories and reinforced parts for the FPG, so finding them should not be hard.B. Personal Armory
So what's the point of me writing this whole guide without posting a few builds of my own?
I've owned way too many Glocks in the past - off the top of my head I recall me owning 2 G17's, 4 G18C's, 1 G19, 2 G23F's, and 2 G34's. Though I will say I'm not the best tech there is - some have come and gone from my hands broken; sadly, as Glocks are fickle creatures. Below are two of the builds I have kept and are using today. Note RS denotes Real Steel (unfortunately I have a bit of a RS-parts-on-airsoft fetish XD).IPSC-themed KSC G34Internals
KSC G34 Base
PDI 6.01mm G34 Tightbore Barrel
Shooters Design Reinforced Loading Ramp
Shooters Design Metal Rocket Valve
Shooters Design Steel Valve Striker
Hidakaya Steel Hammer
HurricanE 150% Hammer Spring
HurricanE Enhanced Recoil Spring
HurricanE Metal Spring Guide
HurricanE Magazine HiFlow ValveExternals
Pro-Arms G17/34 Tan Frame
KSC G34 Metal Slide/Outer Barrel
Silverback Rear Sight Adapter
Magpul PTS Speedplate
RS Glock Beaded Front Sight
RS LWD Extended Slide Lock Lever
RS Aro-Tek Extended Slide Release
RS Mag-Loc Competition-M Thumb Rest
RS JP Enterprises Tactical Magazine Release
RS JP Enterprises MagwellKSC G18Internals
KSC G18C Base
KM 1950 Head 6.03mm G17 Tightbore Barrel
Firefly Metal Rocket Valve
Guarder 150% Hammer Spring
Guarder 150% Recoil Spring
Guarder Metal Spring GuideExternals
PGC G18 Metal Slide/Outer Barrel
KSC G34 Rear Sight
Magpul PTS Speedplate
RS LWD Extended Slide Lock Lever
RS LWD Extended Slide Release
RS Magloc Duty-M Thumb RestX. Further Reading
Posted here are links for further info, or reference material stated in the preceding guide.Parts DiagramsG17/G34 Parts Diagramhttp://www.kwausa.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=21G18C Parts Diagramhttp://www.kwausa.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=22G19 Parts Diagramhttp://www.kwausa.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=23G23F Parts Diagramhttp://www.kwausa.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=24G26C Parts Diagramhttp://www.kwausa.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=25Unconventional Airsoft's Guide to Homemade Hi-Flow Valveshttp://unconventional-airsoft.com/2003/11/16/how-to-make-a-hiflow-valve/XI. Credits/Thanks
Thanks go out to:
UNCompany, DenTrinity, eHobbyAsia, and ProG4 for providing most of the stock product pictures.
The Vainguard of ASF, who got me my G34 race project going and getting me back into the Glock craze.
fcma172 and Hollowplague of ASF, who further poisoned my mind with a G17 and then two G18C's, respectively.
WhatTheWho of ASR, who helped add details regarding older versions of Glocks.
Everyone else who helped with revisions and proofreading of the guide.
This guide couldn't have been finished without all your help - thanks so much
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