Custom Rails on my G26 for Weapon Light

Discussion in 'Sights, Optics and Lasers' started by GLOCKTOMETRY, May 17, 2011.


  1. Hey all,

    First time poster here. Thought I'd kick things off by sharing my custom G26 mod.

    I've always wanted a compact weapon light on my G26. Now with today's tech I have not only a 100 lumen tac-light, but a built-in green laser as well!

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    I can't understand why Glock hasn't included an integrated rail on their G26 and G27 models. I thought for sure they would have at least included this feature on their Gen 4 models, but Glock FAIL. (strange seeing those two words together. It's quite the rare occurrence.)

    Anyways, I've had a mind to do this mod for years. I've looked into all of the sub compact weapon lights. Started off by looking at the X2, but I wasn't too impressed with it's weak 40 lumen output. (Thought I've read that you can upgrade to an 80 lumen LED at an extra cost.) I also didn't like how much it stuck out past the barrel. I set out to find something smaller and brighter.

    I looked at the TLR-3 (90 lumen output), but it appeared to have the same problem as the X2, it stuck out way past the barrel. I also came across S&W's Micro 90 which has a 90 lumen output as well and has similar dimensions as the TLR-3 and X2. Again, same problem sticking out past the barrel, but I thought maybe I could modify it to shorten the LED bezel, so I bought one. Picked it up for about $75 at Midway.com

    I love the controls on it. Very easily accessible and it's super bright, but upon closer inspection of it's design I came to the conclusion that I just wouldn't be able to mod it the way I had hoped. So the search continued.

    Finally I settled on the Viridian C5L. I wasn't really even looking for a laser, but I think they have their applications and the C5L allows for multiple modes of operation including just the light, or just the laser, or both. It also has a few strobing options which seems like it might be effective in disorienting the target and also saves battery life. Bonus!

    Its much more expensive than the previous options with a price tag of around $275-$300, but so far I'm very happy with my purchase! This green laser is extremely bright! I had no problems seeing it at 25yds on an overcast day and it held zero just fine. I've read that some people have had trouble with it keeping zero, but I think Viridian has since worked out those kinks. (I'll report back once I get some more field use out of it at further distances and on a bright sunny day.)

    So, to mod my glock to accept the C5L I started by measuring the height and depth of the rails I would need to cut and masked them off with electrical tape. The C5L comes with 3 sets of plastic mounting brackets to fit just about any pistol on the market. I wish these were aluminum instead of plastic. Probably my only complaint with their product. I chose the brackets I thought would work best for the new rail that needed to be cut into the G26. I knew I would need to cut a groove underneath and there isn't much room between the tip of the gun and the serial # plate underneath the frame. I kept this in mind when selecting the mounting brackets I was going to use.

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    Initial cuts done w/a dremel tool and emery cutting wheel.
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    Underside of frame masked off.
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  2. After finishing with x-acto knife and sand paper. I'll probably refine this a bit more.
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    More to come!
     

  3. The finished product with C5L installed!
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    I took her out the other day to check durability, functionality and reliability.

    I put about 25rnds of FMJ through it with no problems whatsoever. Next time I go out I'll run some defense rnds and some p+ to see how it handles. Overall I'm super happy with my purchase and mod. I think I'll get more use out of the torch than I will the laser, but it's good to know its there in case I need it. Now I just need to make a kydex holster for it.

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    Anyways, thanks for checking out my mod guys. Feedback appreciated!

    I look forward to being an active member of the Glock community.
     
  4. That's awesome. Thanks for posting this.
     
  5. Bowtie

    Bowtie NRA MEMBER

    Great Job!
     
  6. You made that look almost factory, very nice!
     
  7. SalfromCal

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    Great job! but... there must be a reason why Glock hasn't included an integrated rail on their G26 and G27 models:upeyes: You need to try it with rapid fire and more than 25rd to see if the light stays in place.
     
    #7 SalfromCal, May 18, 2011
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  8. GRT45

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    Hello GLOCKTOMETRY, welcome to Glock Talk.

    That is some mighty fine craftsmanship and a courageous project to attempt. It's an excellent application for the tiny, highly functional Viridian C5L.

    Please keep us informed on how it holds up with use and how well it holds zero over time. Great job!
     
    #8 GRT45, May 18, 2011
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  9. How much light does that little thing put out? Can you take a pic? What is the battery life like?
     
  10. Awesome job, i would def like to have that on my g27 but wouldnt trust myself with doing that good a job, looks awesome tho
     
  11. Awesome job man....I've been thinking about doing this for so long but I wasnt sure if it was possible
     
  12. Very nicely done! I didn't know if they were going to include a rail on the gen4s?
     
  13. Well done mate, congrats, enjoy!
     
  14. GRT45

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    The Viridian C5L tac light is rated at 100 lumens which is surprisingly good for such a small unit.
     
  15. What batts does it takes????
     
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  16. GRT45

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  17. That is too cool! No loss of strength at the front of the frame? I too wonder why Glock doesn't incorporate what you've done as factory.
     
  18. Oh, I intend to do much further testing as I stated before and I'll be sure to report back my findings. :thumbsup:
     
  19. GRT45 is correct. This is a 100 lumen torch.

    Here are a couple pics:

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    C5L TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:
    BEAM INTENSITY/WAVELENGTH: 5mW peak, 532nm, Class IIIa, Continuous Wave

    LASER BEAM DIVERGENCE/SPOT SIZE/RANGE: 1.2 mrad, approx. 0.5" diameter at 50 feet, Up to 200 yards daylight, 2 miles at night

    DIMENSIONS/WEIGHT/CONSTRUCTION: 1.900"L x 1.460"H x 1.310"W, 2.344 oz. (including battery), Primarily 6061 Aircraft Grade Aluminum, front and rear covers in high strength Zytel polymer

    USER ADJUSTABLE: Full windage and elevation on laser

    POWER SOURCE/BATTERY LIFE: One CR2 3V lithium (included); 4+ hours laser (constant), 7+ hours (pulsing), 1+ hour (tac light and laser)

    INSTALLATION: Slides onto tactical rail and locks into place by means of included Mounting Screw.

    ACTIVATION AND MODES: Ambidextrous with SMARTLASER Technology, constant beam and multiple pulsing modes

    INCLUDED WITH VIRIDIAN GREEN LASER: CR2 Battery, 3 Unique Rail Sets, 1 Rail Set Pin Removal Tool, 2 Adjustment Wrenches, 2 Mounting Screws, Operator's Manual, Demo DVD
     
  20. Great Job! Looks almost factory.
     

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