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WINNINGEDGE Dave Anderson SOLID ADVICE TO KEEP YOU AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION Glocken-TexTure rtF Meets rL-1 he Glock RTF (Rough Texture Finish, get it?) is a recent version of the tremendously popular Glock design. The grip frame carries a fine stippling design and the slide has a different pattern for the cocking serrations. Long-time Glock fans will probably consider the changes primarily cosmetic, and they will be right. There are no changes in construction materials, operating features or controls for the very good reason none were needed. Glock Left, my 2nd generation Glock 22, right, the Glock 22 RTF. got those features right the first time. Main differences are in the Actually over the last quarter-century the 1911 grip frame, RTF also has the has changed more than the Glock has. It used to accessory rail and a smoother, be routine to buy a “base” 1911 and immediately better looking slide finish. send it to a pistolsmith for custom work — throat barrel, polish feedramp, lower ejection port, do trigger job, bevel mag well, checker frontstrap, add high-visibility sights, beavertail grip safety, extended thumb safety and the rest. Many modern 1911s have such features out of the box. I can recall back in the 1960s and 1970s when some writers and officers began pushing for autopistols over revolvers. Much was made about revolvers being obsolete, holding too few rounds, slow to reload and hard to shoot with their long, heavy trigger pulls. It seemed the way to promote autopistols was to sneer at revolvers. T The double action he Glock people seemed to revolver, such as understand something others the S&W M&P in the overlooked — cops didn’t hate background was the quintessential police sidearm of their revolvers. Cops didn’t stick with the 20th century. The Glock revolvers out of blind conservatism, 22 is currently the most or because they were unaware of popular police handgun. autopistols. They stuck with revolvers for very good reasons. The revolver was simple to operate, even under the pressure of extreme stress, simply a point-gun, pulltrigger thing. And, it was reliable, even with the hollowpoint bullets which were catching on in the 1970s. As for the long, heavy trigger pull; as the software techies say, that’s not a bug, it’s a feature. Match shooters and hunters like light, crisp triggers. The purpose of our pistols is to shoot. The purpose of the law enforcement handgun is threat management. It will be used under the most extreme stress, with adrenaline levels high, reducing fine motor skills. It needs a pull which requires a deliberate, conscious decision to fire. Shortcomings? Cops would have liked more than six rounds in the gun, and faster reloading should the gun run dry. But not The LaserLyte RL-1 if it meant giving up what they already had. So, Glock gave the fits the rear sight law enforcement community what it wanted. Glocks are easy to dovetail notch of operate — point-gun, pull-trigger. The Safe Action trigger is a Glock slides. bit different in feel from a DA revolver but also requires a long, relatively heavy pull. With a tough rust-resistant finish Glocks are easy to maintain. Most important of all, Glocks quickly earned a reputation for reliability. Finally, by using modern manufacturing techniques, keeping profit margins per pistol low and counting on volume sales to provide an investment return, Glock was able to make their pistols affordable. Glock pistols, in terms of performance and quality for the price, are an amazing bargain. NoTices T Glock unctionally, the RTF is the wellproven Glock design. If you have a recent Glock with the accessory frame rail there’s not much need to upgrade. If you’re looking for a new Glock, I definitely like the RTF features. The grip frame is very secure, the cocking serration pattern works fine and esthetically, the slide finish is smoother and to my eye more attractive. The RTF proved 100-percent reliable (big surprise). It was also a bit more accurate than my older Glocks in .40 S&W. Groups (five rounds/25 yards) were consistently less than 4" with an average closer to 3". The trigger pull was smooth and consistent at just over six pounds, and overall, a worthwhile upgrade of a proven classic. The Glock shown wears the LaserLyte RL-1 rear sight. It seems incredible LaserLyte was able to pack so many features into such a small package. The RL-1 incorporates an adjustable laser unit, battery pack, switch (off, continuous on, pulsating on), and conventional notched rear sight. Installation is a simple matter of removing the standard Glock sight and tapping the RL-1 in. Move the sight laterally while sighting in until windage is adjusted, then lock it in place with the Allen screw. Once the open sight is adjusted, use fine Allen screws on the laser unit to get it aligned. The RL-1 impressed me as a well made, quality product. It adds nothing to the weight or bulk of the gun, yet provides the advantages of laser aiming at the push of a button. Battery life is estimated at one hour (continuous), or two hours (pulsating). Obviously you can’t leave it on all the time, but the “on” button is easy to reach. It’s about $200 at MSRP. With practice it could become as easy to use as the gun is being drawn and raised as snicking a safety off. More importantly, being essentially a “back-up” sighting system, you would turn it on as needed. I haven’t shot it enough to comment on longterm reliability but it’s functioned perfectly so far for 300+ rounds. F * For more info: www.americanhandgunner.com/productindex.html 42 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • MARCH/APRIL2010