In the first installment of the Glock 21SF update, here, I talked a bit about getting a new Glock 21SF. After taking it to the range for its ‘deflowering’ with both FMJ and self-defense ammunition, both at 230 grains, I decided I needed to have it tuned up a bit. It came with a “New York” 10 pound trigger. You have to really WANT to pull the trigger to discharge the pistol!! Even with that, it didn’t do too badly – the picture below is the last five rounds at 30 feet fired semi-rapidly with 230gr Federal Hydra-Shok ammo on a range supplied target.
Even though it was very accurate and came with Tritium night sights (a must in my opinion), there were several upgrades I had done to it to bring it into the ‘sweet shooter’ category I like my personal weapons to be a member of, especially in terms of trigger pull and target acquisition. Some folks like to use their pistols stock, and that’s fine for them; my mileage varies on that, and this is what I’ve had done so far:
- Buffer Technologies Recoil Buffer
- Tungsten Operating Rod Assembly
- Tru-Glo Fiber Optic & Tritium sights
- Vickers Slide Release
- King Glock ‘Tactical’ Connector & Self Defense Springs
Now that those addtions are complete and my new pistol is back, I’ll be going to the range this weekend to do some comparison and see how she shoots compared to her ‘virgin’ performance. The new connector and springs bring the trigger weight is down to a very reasonable 3.5 to 4 pounds, the sights are much more easily seen in both natural sunlight and reduced lighting conditions, the tungsten op rod added a bit of weight to tame recoil for easier target reacquisition, the Vickers slide release won’t break when using it for it’s intended purpose (the OEM Glock part is a ‘slide stop’ and not designed to be used as a slide release). The only other thing at this point I might do is have the grip stipled for a surer grip in wet conditions.
When it comes to fit, the 21SF feels very natural in my hand – I have medium sized hands, and full sized 21’s I’ve shot in the past were just too big for comfort. It has an inherent pointability that’s hard to beat, and I like the 13 round (14 with one up the pipe) 230 grain capability, especially when carrying a basic load of 3 magazines when out and about. 40 rounds makes one feel ‘happy.’ I’ve toyed with the idea of adding the 2 round extensions on the magazines, but the jury is out on that one.
When it comes to traveling and determining how many mags I’ll have with me, I follow the advice of a very good friend of mine, Chris Dodge of Mason Dixon Tactical, who says, “For every hour, that you’re further away from home, you should have an extra loaded mag for whatever you’re carrying.” That translates to: If my basic mag load is 3 mags, and I’m 2 hours drive time from hom, I should have 5 mags with me, minimally. That’s good advice. Extra 13 round mags are expensive if you buy from Glock retailers, typically $30 not including shipping. If you look, you can find deals for them for $19.95, with free shipping over $100. So, but 5 or 6 and you get a lot of return for your money. Having 10 magazines you can load up and take with you on the road lets you drive quite a ways to visit or sight see.
Distance – 15 to 30 feet
Purpose – Familiarization Fire (new mods, trigger pull reduction (by a SWOOP!), operability function checks, etc.
Condition – Indoor range, well lit.
Type of Fire – Slow to Semi-Rapid
Ammunition – Winchester FMJ – 230 gr
Round Count – 100
Recoil – Well tamed w/Tungsten Op Rod, 20 lb spring, and Buffertech buffer.
Typical group size – Inside the black as pictured above. Have to admit, the truglo tritium sights are really the cat’s ass….
Percentage of rounds in the black – 80 – 85%
Accuracy Problem – Me – my lack of dry fire showed as I became fatigued and rounds started to drop out of the black. Note to self: Dry fire daily for at least 5 minutes.
Overall – I’m more and more impressed with the Glock 21SF as it fits my hand well, and with the upgrades installed, man, it feels like I’m shooting a Glock 17 with standard 124gr ammo. Very manageable; very quick target reacquisition. Great ‘surprise’ piece (if you know there’s a problem, grab your rifle).
Targets to 25 meters; slow fire; 100 rounds; compare performance w/yesterday’s.