Last week, I wrote about changing the grips on your concealed carry pistol. Briefly, I discussed that there are several people ready to disagree with me. Let’s get all that out into the open. Right here. Right now.
Many of you are concerned about what happens if you use a modified pistol in a self-defense situation. The media likes to use phrases like “deadly modification” and others. I’m not a lawyer or a police officer. What I do know is that both those people will tell you this: “don’t draw unless it is absolutely necessary.” To avoid a difficult question, if presented, use reputable parts manufacturers and don’t modify your weapon out of vanity.
If you are modifying your weapon, it should be to make it into the most effective self-defense tool. Living under the assumption that a pistol comes off the factory floor and out of the box with every feature designed to keep you safe. Often when manufacturers create a new weapon, they consult professionals, like the police force and experienced marksmen and instructors, but those suggestions are not always taken into the final design. (And let’s be honest here, in the end, a manufacturer is trying to make money as well as design a new firearm.)
Like in my other post, I wrote that changing your grips helps with a more secure grip. Upgrading your sights helps you be more accurate. Shortening or lengthening the stock on a rifle or shotgun helps with firearm control, accuracy, and speed (just remember to keep your specs within the legal parameters.) But I’ll say it again: the emphasis should be on modifications for improved reliability and safety rather than making your weapon look cool. (Side note: your pistol is already cool! Especially since it helps keep you safe.)
If you do decide to modify, my one suggestion is to stay away from your weapon’s (which is where most of the disagreements occur). In a concealed carry pistol, it’s best to air on the side of more trigger pull rather than less. For your safety (especially in drawing or reholster, because I could tell some stories, and I’m sure you could too) it’s better to have a heavier trigger pull, which enables you to avoid accidents.
Speaking of accidents, one of the other reasons people vehemently reject modification is because some people do it themselves. Yes, it is easy to damage your weapon if you don’t know what you’re doing. So, I am never going to encourage taking a file to any internal mechanisms, or shortening anything. However, if you do decide to modify your weapon, it’s best to use drop in parts by those reputable manufacturers I mentioned earlier.
If you are wanting a much more complicated modification, respect your self-defense tool enough to invest some money into make it the best tool in your toolbox. Having a professional do the work can be the difference between spending under 500 bucks, and over 1000 because of damage done to your firearm because you thought it would be simple.
I am not saying you are incapable. Even if you know how to change the oil, filters, and fuses on your vehicle, if there was a more complicated issue, you would take it to a mechanic rather than making it worst and costing you more money.
If you feel your weapon is fine, as is—more power to you. If you want to modify your weapon to make it a better self-defense tool—same power to you, too. Both are valid, but stay informed my friends.
If you were to modify your weapon, what would you change first?