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Glock .45 ACP - would like your thoughts

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Kentguy, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. Kentguy


    Nov 22, 2010
    Kent, OH
    Last month, I purchased a Glock 21 (.45 ACP), for the purposes of reloading and target shooting. I was, just curious to see if any of you out there who own (or have owned) a Glock 21, 30 or 36, have done any mods to your pistol(s). If so, have you noticed any real benefits? Have you ever conducted a "before and after" experiment with factory ammo or your own reloads?
    I generally keep my range pistols “stock”, but I do have some where a bit of “trigger work”, seems to help with the overall performance/accuracy, of my loads. I thought it might prove to be a good conversation item if we "compair notes" on this subject.
  2. My 21 is bone stock.
    Its not as pretty, or feels as good in my hand, but-
    I shoot it better then my Colt 1911.

  3. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

    Jan 3, 2009
    Smyrna, GA
    I have a G30SF with polished internals and a 3.5lb connector... same as my other guns.

    I love it, have taken 3 third places in GSSF with it this year, that's $225 it's brought home for me. :)
  4. AA#5


    Nov 26, 2008
    I have two Mod. 21's - one four years old & one eight or nine years old. The only modifications are night sights, NY 8-lb. trigger (installed by Glock) & Talon grips. (I'm used to a DA revolver & I shoot better & faster with the 8-lb. trigger.)

    Since they're both range/house guns, I don't change anything that would affect functioning.
  5. Maine1


    Jul 20, 2007
    The 21 was my EDC for 8 years, a 2nd gen gun i bought used. I LOVE it- best 45 i have ever shot, and we went through alot together.

    I run a LWD barrell in it for any-ammo versitility. I reload alot of lead, and plated as well as jacketed, and did not want to fool with swapping barrels. The LWD barrel had some teething issues, but LW made it righ by throating the barrel to fit soem dummy rounds i sent, so now it eats everything i feed it. The only other thing i did was to put in a glock extended slide release. Dry firing half a million times smooths the trigger up.
  6. talbot


    Oct 20, 2011
    I have one with +2 magazine extensions, night sights (mep/glock), and a 3.5 lb ghost ultimate connector. 15 rounds of .45 acp action, with a trigger that breaks like glass. I hardly use it though, I prefer my Sig Tac Ops 1911 traditional. Although I keep the glock around if I ever would need high rounds of .45 acp, which most likely will be never, but you never know.
  7. unclebob


    Oct 14, 2000
    Mary Esther FL
    I have both the 21sf and 30sf. Sold both of the large frame in favor of the slim frame. Both have the Glock 3.5 connectors. Inside polish job, Dawson fiber optic adjustable sights. Have shot my friends G36 a couple of times, but do not care for it.
  8. Beanie-Bean


    Apr 23, 2011
    Central Texas
    I've got a G21 w/TruGlo TFO sights, and a G30SF w/Glock night sights. No other mods than that. They shoot just fine, and the G30SF with the 9-round magazine is part of my normal rotation. Before I picked up the 9-round magazines, the 10-round stock mags worked just fine. The extra 1/2" or so that the magazine extension provides makes it feel like I'm carrying my 19 or 23.

    I'm thinking about getting some aftermarket barrels for both, so that I can run some lead though them instead of just shooting jacketed projectiles.

    So far, these pistols, along with my 9X19 pistols, are my favorites at the range. Don't get me wrong--I like the others, but really favor these two calibers for extended shooting sessions at the range.
  9. I put a lighter trigger in one pistol but changed it back.
  10. Tombo 65

    Tombo 65

    Jun 3, 2011
    Just got a gen3 21sf about a week ago. The trigger was rough compared to the trigger on my 23, and 37. It was pretty gritty, and it definitely affected accuracy. I polished the pertinent locations and installed a Ghost Tactical 5.5 trigger with the overtravel tab. The trigger is great, now, and the accuracy is better because it doesn't feel like there is sand in the gun. I then loaded some 225gr and 255gr hardcast lead bullets for it. The accuracy went up again with the lead bullets. I find .452 diam. lead bullets to be more accurate thru a glock barrel than .451 jacketed.

    There are only two other mods I will do. One is getting heavier recoil springs and stainless recoil rod assembly so I can shoot heavier bullets frequently. The other is getting a 50 GI conversion kit. Silly, I know, but I have to try one.
  11. sdelam


    Feb 1, 2007
    I have a g36 with a 3.5lb connector and a 25 cent trigger job. Most accurate gun i have at 10 meters. Although when switching from the AR during 2 gun matches, the first round from the glock seems to be a little (crotch) low. Big difference in trigger pulls i guess. :) The judge keeps scoring that one as a miss but i like to think i imobleized him with a hip shot....
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2011
  12. BK63


    Sep 15, 2005
    I have a G30 that I bought a Lone Wolf barrel for because I shoot it a LOT and wanted to safely shoot lead which is MUCH cheaper. Some on here will tell you they shoot lead out of their stock barrel and it's ok. To each his own but I just like to be safe. I shoot lots of lead out of the Lone Wolf. I love shooting this gun. Anything jacketed I use the stock barrel, and carry it with personal defense ammo and the stock barrel. I trust my life to this gun.
  13. 30 sf with night sights, love it as is!:wavey:
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2011
  14. kostnerave


    Sep 4, 2010
    I have a g36 with a 3.5lb connector and a 25 cent trigger job. Most accurate gun i have at 10 meters. Run cast lead at the range and it is still a tack driver. Nice carry gun too.
  15. All I did to my G30 was put some Meps yellow/green on it.

    Fine shooter. Nightstand, carry, range. Does everything well.
  16. freakshow10mm

    freakshow10mm 10mm Advocate

    Had a G30 for 5 years. Ran a KKM barrel in .45 and a KKM conversion barrel in 10mm. I stippled the grip and switched sights to Heinie Straight 8 night sights. Also the 3.5lb connector and a Wolff guide rod and spring (think it was 23# or 22# spring).

    Would love to get a G30SF.

    I loaded home cast 230gr TC with 6.0gr WSF. My carry load was a 200gr XTP with 9.5gr HS6. WSF and HS6 are my two favorite .45 ACP powders.
  17. SPIN2010

    SPIN2010 Searching ...

    Mar 14, 2010
    On the move ... again!
    Just out shooting my Gen4 G21 w/6" KKM barrel this afternoon getting warmed up to it. The gun shoots great so far. :supergrin: My fav round is the 230 HC RN w/6.0 of Unique, nice big puff of smoke out the end.
  18. tac_driver


    Apr 25, 2008
    I've had my G21 since 07 some of the mods are:
    dawson precision front site
    heine slant pro rear site
    rough texture decal grips
    lonewolf barrel
    extended slide stop
    extended mag release
    stainless steel captured guide rod
    ismi flat coil recoil spring
    reduced power striker spring
    I polished all the internals
    and i use mil-spec TW25B for lubrication
    this gun eats any ammo
    But prefers 200gr. LSWC go figure
    and runs in any temperature 30 deg to 90+deg
    I haven't shot it in a while and I am considering selling it
    I shoot my colt gov combat a lot more.
  19. gasboffer


    Jul 10, 2008
    I have a Glock 36 and carry it CCW every day. It's very accurate with the factory bbl and Bar-Sto bbl. However, it will not feed SWC, no how, no way!
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2011
  20. njl


    Sep 28, 2000
    $0.25 trigger job and night sights...that's all my 21SF needed.