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GUNS Magazine March 2010 - Page 32
• DAVE ANDERSON • IMPROVING THE GRIP Glock 22 RTF .40 S&W. urrently the autopistol completely dominates the police market. C One make—Glock—has, by far, the lion’s share of this market. Estimates suggest more than 65 percent, or two out of three, of to single-action. Point gun, pull trigger. Reliability was another advantage. Today’s autopistols are so reliable we hardly consider it a factor anymore. Not so 40 years ago. Yes, we had reliable autos, but mostly only with jacketed roundnose bullets. It was routine to send 1911s to gunsmiths for reliability tune-ups, so they would function with semiwadcutter or hollowpoint loads. The Glock people understood cops didn’t hate their revolvers. They just wanted more rounds in the gun. They wanted to be able to reload more quickly. And they didn’t want to give up what revolvers already provided: simplicity, reliability, ease of maintenance. Glock also understood something armchair gun experts never seem to consider. The pistol had to be affordable. Whether for individual officers or police departments, changing handguns is a big deal. It isn’t just the gun, even holsters, spare magazines and carriers, ammunition, spare parts, armorer training, officer training, all need funding. The Glock was an innovative design, even though taken individually, the design elements of the Glock aren’t particularly revolutionary. Even the use of polymers in the frame had already many private citizens purchasing handguns are influenced by what they see their officers use. They assume rightly if it is good enough for police it is also good enough for personal and home defense. Of the various Glock models the one most commonly seen on police duty belts is the Model 22 in .40 S&W. Cops didn’t stick with revolvers all those years out of tradition, or from being unaware of alternatives. Revolvers had real and important advantages. A big advantage was simplicity. No slides to cycle, safeties to manipulate, no hammer drops, no transitions from double-action In the late 1970s and early 1980s the movement to autos was taking its first tentative steps. After the Glock appeared in 1985 the shift to autopistols really took off. Gaston Glock and his design team must have made a real effort to understand the police market. TheG22RTFupheldGlock’sreputationforreliabilitywith100percentfunctioning.italsoproved slightlymoreaccuratethanDave’solderGlock.40s. L LaserLyteRearSightLaser can then be sighted by using an Allen wrench on the elevation and windage screws on the sight. An on-off button is located on the rear of the left tube, which is also the battery housing. Press once for continuous beam, twice for pulsing beam (easier to spot in moderate to bright light), and a third time to turn off. Fitting the sight on the Glock 22 RTF was straightforward, using a plastic mallet and supplied brass rod. Sighting also presented no difficulties. The sight picture, with the tubes on either side, is a bit “different” but the sight notch with white outline is a conventional square TheLaserLyteRL-1replacesthestandardrearsight. Therightsidetube(above,shownfromthefront) housesthelaserandadjustmentscrews,whilethe lefttubehousesbatteriesandon/offswitch.The sightoffersaconventionalsquarenotchwithwhite outline(below)foraiminginadequatelight. aser sighting systems continue to become smaller, more user-friendly, and less expensive, such as the innovative RL-1 from LaserLyte. The laser, along with adjustment screws, battery pack, and on-off switch are neatly built into a rear sight which fits the dovetail slot of Glock slides (models for other handguns are forthcoming). Mounting is as simple as tapping out the regular rear sight and tapping the RL-1 in place. After sighting the iron sight portion of the gun by drifting the sight left or right as needed to roughly adjust windage, an Allen head set screw locks the sight in place. The laser sight 32 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • MARCH 2010