Best backstrap for small hands

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  1. sudo

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    I have recently acquired a M27 Gen 4 with the back-strap set.

    My hands are are somewhat small for a male, but my fingers are particularly short and stubby.

    Which back-strap is best?

    I'd like to use the beaver tail versions. Is the smaller beaver tail version larger than the smallest regular version?

    Obviously I can try them all, but are there additional choices of back-straps available somewhere?
     
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    No backstrap is the smallest.
     

  3. MikeG36

    MikeG36 Have Gun Will Travel

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    None. With no backstrap you will have the shortest possible LOP on that pistol.
     
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    MikeG36 Have Gun Will Travel

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    You beat me to it! :)
     
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    MikeG36 Have Gun Will Travel

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    Troll? I have no reason to think so at this point. Seems like a new Glocker looking for advice. But, I guess we'll see.......
     
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    It may be a dumb question, but I'm not trolling.

    I didn't even know you could use the gun without a back-strap. Thanks to the people for this answer.

    This is my first glock, but have been shooting since I was 8 years old and am 69 now.

    I'm already a member of half a dozen gun forums, so if you guys would prefer, I can just not post here. I have plenty of places to get answers to my questions where I'm an established member.
     
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    I would try them myself and see which one I like the best ?
     
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    MikeG36 Have Gun Will Travel

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    Welcome to Glock Talk. I look forward to seeing more of your posts in the future.
     
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    One curmudgeon does not make a hostile environment/

    I too, have relatively small hands, (I measure an 8" target by spreading hand to max from tip of thumb to tip of pinkie), and use the smaller beaver tail back strap on my gen 4's.

    But I do seem to shoot more accurately with my Pocket Glocks. Go figure.
     
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    Lawdog3 " Fast is fine but, accuracy is everything"

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    To be clear, the back strap that came on your Glock is the smallest size grip. Any other back strap you install would be larger that the one that came on your gun. This is providing you bought a new Glock. Their easy to change out so you can try it for yourself. Good luck.
     
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    While my palm is average size, I have little Jimmy Dean sausage fingers, I have found that no backstrap works best for me.


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    Welcome to Glock Talk. Don't go away, we're happy to have you aboard.

    Disregard the disparaging comments.
     
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    Welcome to the forums, and stick around...there are some super smart people around who will go out of there way to help you.

    I think some of the confusion (based on your comment that you didn't know a Glock could be shot without a backstrap) is that the backstrap is not truly removable on the Gen 4/5 Glocks. The frame has a fixed backstrap that can't be removed. This would be the smallest grip available, but it does not have a beaver tail in this configuration.

    The backstrap kit you should have received includes 4 extras backstraps that install over the frame itself and requires the use of the longer pin included with the backstrap set. The 4 extra backstraps should be a medium and large with beavertails and a medium and large without beavertails. If you look on the bottom of the backstraps they are actually labeled M (medium) and L (large.) See the attached photos for reference, but it's hard to make out in the photo.

    In summary if you are wanting a beaver tail and have smaller hands then use the medium beavertail backstrap (labeled M.) If the medium is too big then you're going have to remove the backstrap and just use the frame without the beavertail. I personally don't know if there are aftermarket backstraps available in different sizes so maybe someone else can weight in on that.

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    Yeah, welcome, OP. Some people act like their firearm knowledge was congenital, but the fact is we all learned it somewhere.

    Like others have said, the smallest back strap is no back strap. Obviously, there is no beaver tail extension with that setup. The back straps change just by pushing the pin out, applying the back strap, and lining the holes up to push the pin back in. A small punch will help you do it easily. Not a thing wrong with playing around with your options and deciding which you like best.

    I am not aware of any other manufacturers making back straps to fit Glocks.

    Edit to add: jdnewhouse beat me to what meager contribution I had to make.
     
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    Here a few more photos for reference of my Glock 19 Gen 5. No backstrap (aka frame only), installing the medium beavertail backstrap over the frame, and with the medium beavertail backstrap installed.
     

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    I should have looked closer before posting.

    I just checked my Glock 27 and it has no back-strap installed.

    So it's already the smallest size available. I'll just try it more as is. Then perhaps try the smaller of the two beaver tail straps.

    My gun was bought used.

    Gen 4 Glocks are not available to ordinary citizens like me here in California.

    But we can buy them from a private party who is either an LEO (exempt from the approved roster), or brought the gun before when moving to CA.

    In my case, the gun was put on consignment by a local peace officer.
     
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    I run my G17 gen 4 without any backstraps added on. I love that grip, and I compared to a lot of guns when I bought.

    For smaller hands, the Springfield XD (original version) has the smallest circumference around the grip and trigger, of any double stack gun I know of. My wife picked that, and she compared to a lot of grips. It is actually similar in circumference to her EMP single stack.

    The way I measure these is with a string around the grip and through the trigger (using the front of the actual trigger that your finger pulls).
     
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    Q? Is the grip on the Gen 3 smaller than the Gen 4 grip without any attachments?