I bought my first Glock on a whim a few months ago.  As I’ve mentioned before, I spent a good long time carrying my 1911 and loving every bit of it, but after years of hearing about the Glock’s reliability and charm, I walked into my local gun shop and scooped up a Generation 3 G19 on sale, arguing to myself that I’d need to OWN one to really be able to put it through its paces and figure out if it lives up to its reputation.

Now that I’ve spent a few months rattling through different kinds of ammunition, I’ve come to my conclusion: Glocks are great, but they’re better if you make them your own.

Now, modifying your everyday carry pistol isn’t something you should take lightly.  Anything you do that could compromise the pistol’s ability to function reliably could mean certain death in a fight for your life, and as cool as some doodads look, if you’re not accustomed to using them, they just become extra weight when the going gets tough and you don’t have time to break out the instructions that came with your new laser sight.  That being said, there are a ton of awesome modifications you can make to most model Glocks – and perhaps more importantly for the shooter on a budget – you can do them without having to enlist the services of a gunsmith.

Remember, anytime you change the way your weapon fires, you’ll need to spend commensurate range time working out how to use those changes to improve your draw time, accuracy, or familiarity with the way the weapon now handles.