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Hello to all members!! I live with my wife and kid in Parkland, FL. And yes, I'm a proud father of a very brave and lucky MSD freshman student. Since the event we decided to follow 2nd and protect our home, so I bought a G17. Never bought or used a gun before, but since then I've found besides home protection, a new interesting hobby. In two weeks I've gone through 1,000 rounds, installed a Venom Red Dot and going regularly to Gun World for practice. Doing great groups at 25yds so this keeps me going. As a newcomer I've read and perform some basic upgrades as installing an extended carrier release (tough to get this apart without it), and now I am trying to understand the science behind a 3.5 trigger connect. Based on Youtube it seems the Ghost brand is the top choice, but how to select from their 9 variations!!!! I want a better trigger performance for my range practice, not considering to CC the G17, perhaps a G26 or G43 later down the road, when I learn more about it. If you could shed some light with these Ghosts it will be appreciated. Have a great day, you'all.
 

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Welcome.

Personally, I am against modifying Glocks at all, but many others will come along to encourage you.

Often, the modifications take a perfectly reliable pistol and turn it into a jam-prone piece of junk.

For defense (although you said you were not going to carry it, you did say you were protecting your home), I think it is best to focus on reliability. Since Glock has no issues as far as reliability is concerned, any money you waste on after market stuff that does not substantially improve reliability is better spent on practice ammo or extra magazines.
 

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Welcome. I have an RMR on my G19 and did install a Glock 3.5 connector, but as noted above, most often, advice is to minimize or make no mods to your Glock.
 

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Welcome. This sounds like a great start. I’d look into some classes. I agree with going with a stock Glock. My philosophy is start basic, and as you progress, then modify. This way, if I have a battlefield pickup (as likely as lassoing a unicorn), I’m good.
 

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Welcome. I'll join those saying "don't modify your Glock." People love to tinker with things and many think they can substitute part for learning to shoot - you just make it harder in the end. Learn to shoot with real sights and an ordinary trigger. Even the Glocks I use only for competition are dead stock, except for sights with a slightly narrower front and wider rear. The ones for carry are stock except for Tru-Glo TFO sights.

Shooting is all about fundamentals - learn them correctly and practice them correctly, or you are just building bad habits.
 

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Welcome.

Personally, I am against modifying Glocks at all, but many others will come along to encourage you.

Often, the modifications take a perfectly reliable pistol and turn it into a jam-prone piece of junk.

For defense (although you said you were not going to carry it, you did say you were protecting your home), I think it is best to focus on reliability. Since Glock has no issues as far as reliability is concerned, any money you waste on after market stuff that does not substantially improve reliability is better spent on practice ammo or extra magazines.
Good advise. Thanks!
 

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Welcome to Glock Talk and gun ownership! I applaud you in taking the protection of your family into your own hands! Take a class and keep having good safe fun at the range!
 

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Welcome. I'll join those saying "don't modify your Glock." People love to tinker with things and many think they can substitute part for learning to shoot - you just make it harder in the end. Learn to shoot with real sights and an ordinary trigger. Even the Glocks I use only for competition are dead stock, except for sights with a slightly narrower front and wider rear. The ones for carry are stock except for Tru-Glo TFO sights.

Shooting is all about fundamentals - learn them correctly and practice them correctly, or you are just building bad habits.
Point well taken, classes it will be. I tend to tilt down when shooting and someone at the range said about the trigger mod, now I believe that I need to further develop my skills before considering any mod. For the sight (Venom) the reason I decided to change was that I wear progressive lens prescription glasses and found difficult to aim as either the target or the rear sight where out of focus. This is working better for me now. Thanks for the time in replying.
 

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Welcome to the forum.
 
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Point well taken, classes it will be. I tend to tilt down when shooting and someone at the range said about the trigger mod, now I believe that I need to further develop my skills before considering any mod. For the sight (Venom) the reason I decided to change was that I wear progressive lens prescription glasses and found difficult to aim as either the target or the rear sight where out of focus. This is working better for me now. Thanks for the time in replying.
I installed TruGlo Tritium Fiber Optic sights (TFOs) on my G19 Gen 4. Also, I wear progressive prescription lenses. IMO, for me, focusing on the front sight and letting the rear sight become a bit blurred helped my target acquisition & point of aim/point of impact (more hits on target & decreased group size).
 

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Point well taken, classes it will be. I tend to tilt down when shooting and someone at the range said about the trigger mod, now I believe that I need to further develop my skills before considering any mod. For the sight (Venom) the reason I decided to change was that I wear progressive lens prescription glasses and found difficult to aim as either the target or the rear sight where out of focus. This is working better for me now. Thanks for the time in replying.
"Someone at the range" is 99.99% likely not to know anything useful about guns or shooting, but if they know a little more than you, they can make you think otherwise.

Both the target AND the rear sight are supposed to be out of focus - that's something you'd learn in about the first 5 minutes of learning shooting fundamentals. Only the front sight is supposed to be in focus. A sight picture has 3 elements and your eye can and should only focus on one of them - the front sight. If you are trying to focus on the others, you just wasted a case of ammunition without learning anything. More likely than not, you have developed negative habits that will just make it harder to learn to shoot.

Get training from a real, live instructor.
 

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Welcome!

As previously stated by others, keep it stock. Invest the money and time in training classes, ammo and lots of practice.

I am sorry for what your child and family have gone through.

Shooting is something that can become educational for the entire family, not to mention a fun way to spend time together. It’s an expensive hobby, but well worth it when you realize it is more than a hobby, but the means to remain independent where safety and protection is concerned.

I wish you and your family the best with your new found interest.
 

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I agree with everyone advising to keep it stock and seek professional instruction, you will save a lot of money that way and learn much more quickly.

Also, youtube can be a terrific resource for learning, as long as you are learning from the right people. Only Grand Master level shooter's instructional videos should be followed. People like Bob Vogel, Rob Leatham, Taran Butler and Jerry Mikulek all have series on handgun shooting fundamentals that are wellsprings of really good technique. Other guys sometimes are good for a laugh, especially after you have mastered some of the information your instructor and the guys above have taught you.

Best of luck.
 

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