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Glock chop (17 to 19)

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I find myself in a temporary situation where I’ll only have a G17 to carry for a few months. Considering having the grip cut to 19 length to help with the size.  I’m good with resale issues as this gun has a permanent place in my home.  2 questions. 

Any reason to not have this done by a reputable Glock surgeon?

Is there someone in the Nashville area that would be a good pick for this job?

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I have a 19 cut to a 26; the longer slide / shorter grip increases the forces for muzzle flip.

I agree a shorter grip height makes for better concealment, but a 19 isn't that much smaller than a 17.

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I have never chopped a grip, but I have always wanted to. If I had a super reliable 17 I would rather chop it than start all over with a new 19.  If you messed up or even decided you didn’t like it you can just pick up a used 17 frame or a 80% Lower.  I would do it myself and go slow.

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This is a temp situation and I’ll be loaning the G26 to my wife which leaves me with the 17.  I have a couple 19s and 26s already and a 17 and 34 but they aren’t readily available for a while so. I don’t need more Glocks and want to see how I like the 19 grip on a 17 and this is the perfect opportunity to try it out. The chopped 17 will go back into my truck bag as a backup after that. 

I’m not setup to do mods right now or I might try it. Prefer to have a pro do it though to avoid ruining a perfectly good gun. 

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15 hours ago, Gotthegoods said:

I have a 19 cut to a 26; the longer slide / shorter grip increases the forces for muzzle flip.

I agree a shorter grip height makes for better concealment, but a 19 isn't that much smaller than a 17.

I wouldn’t want to go that short even though I normally carry a 26. The 19 is the perfect grip size to me for carry.  I might not notice a huge difference but at least I’ll know and the gun will still be usable. 

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Have you considered just buying a do-it-yourself G19 frame and putting you G17 parts on it?  Total cost about $100 and you don't mess with a perfectly good frame.

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8 minutes ago, 1gewehr said:

Have you considered just buying a do-it-yourself G19 frame and putting you G17 parts on it?  Total cost about $100 and you don't mess with a perfectly good frame.

I was just thinking about doing an 80% frame but wasn’t sure it would work. If I remember correctly a 19 frame doesn’t normally work right with a 17 upper. 

Is there a good gen 4 compatible diy frame that will fit a 17 upper?

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I chopped my 17 to 19 length and it is a great way to go.  Yes people will give you a hard time about cutting up a gun, but it's your guy and you need it to do a job.  "They" don't have to like it, carry it, understand it, or buy it later if you want to sell it.  If I buy a 17 or 34 in the future I will chop the grip.   

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Look above at the picture of my old Glock 22 .I did that several years ago. It was the RTF abrasive grip so I also smoothed it out with sandpaper. I liked it. I also had a Lonewolf conversion barrel to shoot 9m with so it was pretty cool all the way around. I made it to the grip of a G26/G27. So it was a little smaller than what you are wanting but with time and a little effort you can do it yourself .

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