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GLOCKTOMETRY
05-17-2011, 09:46
Hey all,

First time poster here. Thought I'd kick things off by sharing my custom G26 mod.

I've always wanted a compact weapon light on my G26. Now with today's tech I have not only a 100 lumen tac-light, but a built-in green laser as well!

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/G26C5L/IMG_0372.jpg

I can't understand why Glock hasn't included an integrated rail on their G26 and G27 models. I thought for sure they would have at least included this feature on their Gen 4 models, but Glock FAIL. (strange seeing those two words together. It's quite the rare occurrence.)

Anyways, I've had a mind to do this mod for years. I've looked into all of the sub compact weapon lights. Started off by looking at the X2, but I wasn't too impressed with it's weak 40 lumen output. (Thought I've read that you can upgrade to an 80 lumen LED at an extra cost.) I also didn't like how much it stuck out past the barrel. I set out to find something smaller and brighter.

I looked at the TLR-3 (90 lumen output), but it appeared to have the same problem as the X2, it stuck out way past the barrel. I also came across S&W's Micro 90 which has a 90 lumen output as well and has similar dimensions as the TLR-3 and X2. Again, same problem sticking out past the barrel, but I thought maybe I could modify it to shorten the LED bezel, so I bought one. Picked it up for about $75 at Midway.com

I love the controls on it. Very easily accessible and it's super bright, but upon closer inspection of it's design I came to the conclusion that I just wouldn't be able to mod it the way I had hoped. So the search continued.

Finally I settled on the Viridian C5L. I wasn't really even looking for a laser, but I think they have their applications and the C5L allows for multiple modes of operation including just the light, or just the laser, or both. It also has a few strobing options which seems like it might be effective in disorienting the target and also saves battery life. Bonus!

Its much more expensive than the previous options with a price tag of around $275-$300, but so far I'm very happy with my purchase! This green laser is extremely bright! I had no problems seeing it at 25yds on an overcast day and it held zero just fine. I've read that some people have had trouble with it keeping zero, but I think Viridian has since worked out those kinks. (I'll report back once I get some more field use out of it at further distances and on a bright sunny day.)

So, to mod my glock to accept the C5L I started by measuring the height and depth of the rails I would need to cut and masked them off with electrical tape. The C5L comes with 3 sets of plastic mounting brackets to fit just about any pistol on the market. I wish these were aluminum instead of plastic. Probably my only complaint with their product. I chose the brackets I thought would work best for the new rail that needed to be cut into the G26. I knew I would need to cut a groove underneath and there isn't much room between the tip of the gun and the serial # plate underneath the frame. I kept this in mind when selecting the mounting brackets I was going to use.

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/G26C5L/IMG_0350.jpg

Initial cuts done w/a dremel tool and emery cutting wheel.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/G26C5L/IMG_0356.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/G26C5L/IMG_0357.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/G26C5L/IMG_0359.jpg

Underside of frame masked off.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/G26C5L/IMG_0380.jpg

GLOCKTOMETRY
05-18-2011, 09:05
After finishing with x-acto knife and sand paper. I'll probably refine this a bit more.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/G26C5L/IMG_0408.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/G26C5L/IMG_0412.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/G26C5L/IMG_0413.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/G26C5L/IMG_0414.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/G26C5L/IMG_0417.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/G26C5L/IMG_0420.jpg

More to come!

GLOCKTOMETRY
05-18-2011, 09:07
The finished product with C5L installed!
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/G26C5L/IMG_0363.jpg

I took her out the other day to check durability, functionality and reliability.

I put about 25rnds of FMJ through it with no problems whatsoever. Next time I go out I'll run some defense rnds and some p+ to see how it handles. Overall I'm super happy with my purchase and mod. I think I'll get more use out of the torch than I will the laser, but it's good to know its there in case I need it. Now I just need to make a kydex holster for it.

Here's some more Glock pr0n:
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/G26C5L/IMG_0400.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/G26C5L/IMG_0384.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/G26C5L/IMG_0370.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/G26C5L/IMG_0367.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/G26C5L/IMG_0360.jpg

Anyways, thanks for checking out my mod guys. Feedback appreciated!

I look forward to being an active member of the Glock community.

Vance665
05-18-2011, 09:19
That's awesome. Thanks for posting this.

Bowtie
05-18-2011, 09:25
Great Job!

Hunng
05-18-2011, 09:35
You made that look almost factory, very nice!

SalfromCal
05-18-2011, 09:43
Great job! but... there must be a reason why Glock hasn't included an integrated rail on their G26 and G27 models:upeyes: You need to try it with rapid fire and more than 25rd to see if the light stays in place.

GRT45
05-18-2011, 09:49
Hello GLOCKTOMETRY, welcome to Glock Talk.

That is some mighty fine craftsmanship and a courageous project to attempt. It's an excellent application for the tiny, highly functional Viridian C5L.

Please keep us informed on how it holds up with use and how well it holds zero over time. Great job!

-gunut-
05-18-2011, 09:58
How much light does that little thing put out? Can you take a pic? What is the battery life like?

macsimizer26
05-18-2011, 09:59
Awesome job, i would def like to have that on my g27 but wouldnt trust myself with doing that good a job, looks awesome tho

mattyd123
05-18-2011, 10:00
Awesome job man....I've been thinking about doing this for so long but I wasnt sure if it was possible

whmaxwell
05-18-2011, 10:03
Very nicely done! I didn't know if they were going to include a rail on the gen4s?

tango44
05-18-2011, 10:04
Well done mate, congrats, enjoy!

GRT45
05-18-2011, 10:04
How much light does that little thing put out? Can you take a pic? What is the battery life like?

The Viridian C5L tac light is rated at 100 lumens which is surprisingly good for such a small unit.

tango44
05-18-2011, 10:06
What batts does it takes????

GRT45
05-18-2011, 10:14
The C5L uses a single CR2 three-volt lithium battery. Battery life is one hour with the light and laser, or four hours with just the laser.

Here is a link to a review from Handguns Aug/Sep 2010 if you want to learn more:

http://www.viridiangreenlaser.com/releases/HANP-100900-WD-2.pdf

SevenSixtyTwo
05-18-2011, 10:19
That is too cool! No loss of strength at the front of the frame? I too wonder why Glock doesn't incorporate what you've done as factory.

GLOCKTOMETRY
05-18-2011, 10:25
Great job! but... there must be a reason why Glock hasn't included an integrated rail on their G26 and G27 models:upeyes: You need to try it with rapid fire and more than 25rd to see if the light stays in place.

Oh, I intend to do much further testing as I stated before and I'll be sure to report back my findings. :thumbsup:

GLOCKTOMETRY
05-18-2011, 10:29
How much light does that little thing put out? Can you take a pic? What is the battery life like?

GRT45 is correct. This is a 100 lumen torch.

Here are a couple pics:

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/G26C5L/IMG_0386.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/G26C5L/IMG_0385.jpg

C5L TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:
BEAM INTENSITY/WAVELENGTH: 5mW peak, 532nm, Class IIIa, Continuous Wave

LASER BEAM DIVERGENCE/SPOT SIZE/RANGE: 1.2 mrad, approx. 0.5" diameter at 50 feet, Up to 200 yards daylight, 2 miles at night

DIMENSIONS/WEIGHT/CONSTRUCTION: 1.900"L x 1.460"H x 1.310"W, 2.344 oz. (including battery), Primarily 6061 Aircraft Grade Aluminum, front and rear covers in high strength Zytel polymer

USER ADJUSTABLE: Full windage and elevation on laser

POWER SOURCE/BATTERY LIFE: One CR2 3V lithium (included); 4+ hours laser (constant), 7+ hours (pulsing), 1+ hour (tac light and laser)

INSTALLATION: Slides onto tactical rail and locks into place by means of included Mounting Screw.

ACTIVATION AND MODES: Ambidextrous with SMARTLASER Technology, constant beam and multiple pulsing modes

INCLUDED WITH VIRIDIAN GREEN LASER: CR2 Battery, 3 Unique Rail Sets, 1 Rail Set Pin Removal Tool, 2 Adjustment Wrenches, 2 Mounting Screws, Operator's Manual, Demo DVD

Flipz
05-18-2011, 10:34
Great Job! Looks almost factory.

TSAX
05-18-2011, 11:08
Nice job :welcome:






:50cal:

Judge Roy Bean
05-18-2011, 11:12
"Haters Gonna Hate"

Looks good to me. I would say you have yourself a side business if the mod works out.

furioso2112
05-18-2011, 11:21
I have wondered why Glock has not put rails on the subcompacts. Nice work - way to jump in and do a nice mod. Can you design a user-friendly template for the rest of us, that we could stick on our 26/27/(30s?) and cut to a certain depth? I'd pay something for that and shipping would be cheap - no need to pay to ship frames back and forth, owners to be without guns, etc.

RustyDaleShackleford
05-18-2011, 11:32
Looks awesome!

That bugs me so bad. They absolutely should put rails on the G26 and G27. Everybody says there's no room, and there's no reason to have a light on a subcompact, anyway.

But there's absolutely enough room and enough of a need, especially with how small they can and are making lights and lasers these days. One of the GT ads shows one about the size of a quarter!

GRT45
05-18-2011, 11:35
The G30 45ACP subcompact has a factory rail on all pistols manufactured after mid-2005 (G29 10mm too). If I owned one of the subcompacts without a rail, before making the mod I would want to hear from Glock, Inc. why none of the subcompact pistols have a rail except the beefy G29/G30. I wonder if it affects structural integrity.

HKLovingIT
05-18-2011, 11:45
Cool project.

wtf0ver
05-18-2011, 13:42
Great work man. I would love a rail on my g26. I have the viridian c5l mounted to my hk p30 and love it. I definitely recommend it.

fattboyzz
05-18-2011, 14:16
very nice job !

bigcix
05-18-2011, 16:56
that's one thing i wish my 36 had

buzzkill
05-18-2011, 17:03
Well Done!!!

wdg710
05-18-2011, 17:11
Nicely Done! Excellent work .... must be a tight fit to stay secure. Gen 4's should have came with rail.

comsubin61
05-18-2011, 18:04
Very nice work. Maybe glock will do it too now. Got it glock guys? :dunno:

Genin
05-18-2011, 18:17
Bravo. Fantastic work!

tonyparson
05-18-2011, 18:32
Very nicely done... And welcome to Glock Talk..

branden
05-18-2011, 19:16
Looks great!

C0untZer0
05-18-2011, 19:16
I have this obsession now about creating a long-barreled Glock, like a G17L, and I was thinking that to shoot a long barreled pistol like that - you'd need to use your left hand to hold it like a rifle.

A setup like this could be used for that.

faawrenchbndr
05-18-2011, 19:22
Looks great,........I'm just concerned about the frame.
Lots of material removed, that area flexes a great deal when fired.
Now with the extra weight of the light combo,..........:dunno:

Damn fine execution with a seemingly impossible task! :thumbsup:

GunHo198
05-18-2011, 19:41
That is fantastic! But I'm too scared to do it!,,:wow:

powder86
05-18-2011, 19:53
awesome... i want my 26 to be like that... when i get one.

fullhouse
05-18-2011, 20:00
I don't own a 26 or 27 but congrats on a very good job. :cheers:

Bowtie
05-18-2011, 20:04
I have this obsession now about creating a long-barreled Glock, like a G17L, and I was thinking that to shoot a long barreled pistol like that - you'd need to use your left hand to hold it like a rifle.

A setup like this could be used for that.

Um..WHAT?...:dunno:

Chainlink
05-18-2011, 20:11
Very cool, and brave(that's a big mod IMHO).

Teecher45
05-18-2011, 22:35
Great...
Now I want one...

3rdgen40
05-19-2011, 00:42
Thats awesome.Good work...:thumbsup:

Judge Roy Bean
05-19-2011, 06:06
I was thinking glock doesn't offer it on the new 26's and 27's because it would be costly and cut profits, but then again, they had to change the mold in order to make the gen 4's. :dunno:

vmann
05-19-2011, 07:39
sweet....nice job

Ahmid
05-19-2011, 08:03
Whew, I am speechless. Beautiful work...

GLOCKTOMETRY
05-19-2011, 10:18
Thanks for all your kind words guys! I feel very welcomed here.

Veedubklown
05-20-2011, 00:47
I really REALLY dig that mod. A little filing or sanding would help restore the look of texture, and make it look more factory.

I've wondered myself why glock doesn't incorporate a rail into the 26/27, but on my CCW gun, I have no use for a rail anyway. Not to detract at all from your setup, awesome.

GlockKnightMare
05-20-2011, 03:29
You could do my g27 next when you feel up to it. That's very cool

SalfromCal
05-20-2011, 08:04
I really REALLY dig that mod. A little filing or sanding would help restore the look of texture, and make it look more factory.

I've wondered myself why glock doesn't incorporate a rail into the 26/27, but on my CCW gun, I have no use for a rail anyway. Not to detract at all from your setup, awesome.

The CTC laser sight with the trigger guard attachment works perfect on the 26/27 for CCW, I think the main reason why Glock doesn't incorporate a rail for a light into this model is because will be to bulky and uncomfortable but with the Viridian C5L light/laser and the awesome job of GLOCKTOMETRY setup, is a complete different story!:cool:

HDRider2002
05-20-2011, 10:20
Nice job. certainly looks like another option instead of cutting the grip down on a G19...and you still have the benefit of the shorter barrel/slide. Nicely done!

Knighj1
05-20-2011, 12:55
damn fine job

slamedsafari
05-20-2011, 19:20
About the structural integrity...anyone that can compare a gen 2 and gen 3 frame of a 19/23? is there a difference in molding/reinforcement in that area? Just curious.

Not knocking the work, it looks legit and awesome mod. Jealous, I am.

Veedubklown
05-20-2011, 19:41
The CTC laser sight with the trigger guard attachment works perfect on the 26/27 for CCW, I think the main reason why Glock doesn't incorporate a rail for a light into this model is because will be to bulky and uncomfortable but with the Viridian C5L light/laser and the awesome job of GLOCKTOMETRY setup, is a complete different story!:cool:

I use my 26 for CCW, and I don't like the added bulk of the holsters that work with lights, and the light itself. Not to say it doesn't work for others, it's just me. Also, I use my gun/rig for IDPA, so putting a light on it isn't allowed there, and I don't want to use 2 rigs, if 1 works well already. Besides gun lights are the #1 choice of people who want to point a firearm at whatever they're trying to see. I keep a flashlight near-by. Again though, I really like this setup, and if I had a need for a rail, THIS is how I'd do it. Pure genius.

RustyDaleShackleford
05-20-2011, 20:36
Whether a light or laser was actually put on a 26/27 or not, I think Glocks just plain look better when they've got the rail. It matches their whole square/blocky thing, along with the squared slides and sharp-angled trigger guards. I'd rather have factory rails even if I didn't use them.

Veedubklown
05-21-2011, 00:27
Whether a light or laser was actually put on a 26/27 or not, I think Glocks just plain look better when they've got the rail. It matches their whole square/blocky thing, along with the squared slides and sharp-angled trigger guards. I'd rather have factory rails even if I didn't use them.

lol, that's why I condisering it, still. My fiance has a ruger SR9c and it has a rail, she taunts me with it :steamed:

Although the funnest reason to have a forward rail is for a grip and 33 round mags.... too bad it's not legal, nor would I want to do it with this setup. Don't think the dust cover would hold that kind of stress.

nobody123
05-21-2011, 01:22
Does this void your warranty?
The Duckbill looks rather thin where the side cuts were done.

GLOCKTOMETRY
05-28-2011, 18:49
Next to the FNP 45 Tac w/90 lumen Insight M6

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/tacticool/IMG_0467.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/tacticool/IMG_0468.jpg

SickShot
05-28-2011, 19:52
Seriously your my new hero! I've always wanted a rail on the G26 and thought the 4th Gens would have it too but was let down.

Thanks for the great step-by-step pix! Great job!

GLOCKTOMETRY
05-31-2011, 21:57
Got all my materials in to make my first kydex/leather hybrid holster. I'm stoked!

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/tacticool/IMG_0946.jpg

TSAX
06-01-2011, 00:02
Got all my materials in to make my first kydex/leather hybrid holster. I'm stoked!

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/tacticool/IMG_0946.jpg


I'm sure you won't forget to post pics :supergrin:






:50cal:

Genin
06-01-2011, 06:51
This thread is full of win! I'll keep watching for your holster update.

macsimizer26
06-01-2011, 10:17
Glocktometry, how is it holding up at the range? did the light loosen up from the rail at all?

GLOCKTOMETRY
06-20-2011, 13:58
Took her out to the range again today, put some Winchester Ranger Talon 147gr. SXT HP and Federal LE Tactical HST 147gr. +P HP through it. No problems whatsoever! Cycled like a dream and stayed solid. I also ran about 100 more rounds of FMJ.

Giggity-Giggity
06-20-2011, 14:03
Pretty good cut there. I'm more worried to cut too much off the frame, so I just screwed on a rail adapter for my G27:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/Gregdog/Pin%20Ups/G27Surefire003.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/Gregdog/Pin%20Ups/G27Surefire001.jpg

BodymoreMurderland
06-20-2011, 14:19
ummmm....

M&P15T
06-20-2011, 15:14
Great job! but... there must be a reason why Glock hasn't included an integrated rail on their G26 and G27 models:upeyes: You need to try it with rapid fire and more than 25rd to see if the light stays in place.

There is.....

It hasn't been necessary until recent releases of smaller light/laser units.

Stringbender
06-20-2011, 16:42
that takes the sub out of sub-compact a little Gig.............maybe if ya painted it green?

Great job Glocktometry............

Kegs
06-20-2011, 16:53
Glocktometry: Nice job - hope it works well for you!

Looks great.

Glock should incorporate a compact rail on the 26.

Doughnutman_923
06-20-2011, 19:25
Wow, good job! :thumbsup:

faawrenchbndr
06-20-2011, 19:37
Great to hear this is holding up well!

Sounds like you are many members' new Hero!

Dan
06-20-2011, 20:08
Very nice work!

guns54
06-21-2011, 16:29
Very nice. I like it. Have a safe night.

SalfromCal
06-22-2011, 14:28
If it works on the Ruger SR9c I'm sure it works on GLOCKTOMETRY G26. Great job!..:thumbsup:
http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/6536/sr9c.jpg

Glock 17L
06-22-2011, 19:45
Darn Good Looking Railed G26 GLOCKTOMETRY..
Can't wait to see the Kydex Holster next..
Nice looking Light/Laser as well..
****** shows them @ $249.95
http://www.******tactical.com/vic5lseligrl.html (http://www.******tactical.com/vic5lseligrl.html)

Straight_Shooter
06-22-2011, 20:00
That's awesome... I was seriously looking at a M&Pc or XDSC because they had light rails, but ended up going with the G26 because it was the smallest and lightest... I wouldn't carry with a light, but I keep one on my XD45 service when its on the nightstand and would like to do the same with my glock. If it seems to hold up well with cuts in the frame I might have to do this mod as well.

GLOCKTOMETRY
06-26-2011, 17:37
Darn Good Looking Railed G26 GLOCKTOMETRY..
Can't wait to see the Kydex Holster next..
Nice looking Light/Laser as well..
****** shows them @ $249.95
http://www.******tactical.com/vic5lseligrl.html (http://www.******tactical.com/vic5lseligrl.html)

Call first to make sure they are in stock even if the website shows they are. I originally ordered mine from ******. 2 weeks later I found out they didn't have any in stock. They have a reputation for stuff like this. I ended up getting mine off ebay for about $285.

wdg710
06-26-2011, 18:07
Very nicely done!

TSAX
06-26-2011, 19:11
Maybe this can be the Gen 5 prototype :whistling:







:50cal:

GLOCKTOMETRY
02-13-2012, 13:32
Hey guys, sorry for not posting for such a long time. Just wanted to show off my hybrid leather/kydex IWB holster.

GLOCKTOMETRY
02-13-2012, 13:33
I built a vacuform machine, but it really wasn't working for me. I don't think I had strong enough suction, nor was I working with a large enough piece of kydex. It's something I intend to pursue further though. I think this technique has potential.

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/tacticool/IMG_5649.jpg

I ended up forming most of the kydex by hand using a heat gun and a pair of Hatch police gloves similar to these:

http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Hatch-SGK100-Street-Guard-Police-Gloves-KEVLAR-/08/!BksUGqQBGk~$(KGrHqEH-D0Es9S)hcy1BLYjgON(qg~~_35.JPG

Finishing was done with a dremel cut-off wheel and sanding bit. I formed the belt loops using a small block of wood. The retention is just about perfect. It's the curvature of the leather pressing against the G26 while wearing it that really makes it work. Wore it for a couple hrs last night. Pretty comfy. I'm happy with my first attempt. Looking forward to working more with kydex!

WXYZ
02-13-2012, 14:21
Looks like a pretty decent job to me, and like you said, just need a little bit more stronger suction to make the pistol fit a little tighter:thumbsup:

Veedubklown
02-13-2012, 23:36
When I made mine, I used a $10 toaster oven from the thrift store, and a pair of leather work gloves. Held the kydex in the oven til it was plyable, then laid it over the gun with some dense foam, and clamped a board over it to my work bench.

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/230764_10150594051870374_738740373_18523698_94075_n.jpg

glockpsych
02-13-2012, 23:44
Awesome job. You're a braver man than I am...I wouldn't trust myself to cut straight lines in my frame.

Lazarus63
02-14-2012, 00:33
My "guess" (strictly IMHO) is that Glock is fully aware and capable of putting rails on the 26/27 frame... However, the cycle timing metrics for a 26/27 is much tighter than for the larger frames. I have known first hand firearm factories that "elect" not to build certain configurations simply because smaller configurations are more dependent upon the shooter grip/ability for reliable cycling.

Most likely, 99.9% of those on this forum would grip securely enough to enable reliable cycling with the myriad of possible light/laser/bayonet configurations that could end up on a 26/27 rail and result in an inordinate amount of customer services "issues" that would be costly when it really isn't a "problem" with the handgun.

On the other hand, it might add "points" to the holy BATFE point grail allowing imports and it could be as simple as adding a rail would limit import ability.

NCHeel
02-14-2012, 00:54
I believe the reason they do not put a rail on the Sub's is because of their own Glock light. It is too big to fit and we all know Glock prides itself on interchangeability.

Luieburger
02-14-2012, 11:17
I was thinking about doing something like this before I ran a google search and found this thread.

I've always been tempted to get a G26 because they are a nice medium sized firearm between my PF-9 and my full size P226. However, I hesitated to get a G26 because it didn't have a rail on it. Even the PF-9 has a rail on it that lets me just throw on a light at the end of the day when I get home if I'm too lazy to get the P226 out of the safe.

I have two questions:


Is there a light just like the Viridian C5L but without the laser? Lasers are cool, but would really prefer to pay $100 for a light instead of $250 for a laser/light. However, if I have to get the Viridian C5L to get that nice compact size and good fit like the OP got on his G26, I'll do it.
Do you think it would work better to melt a rail into the frame with a fine point soldering iron? I figure it might preserve more polymer than grinding and give the attachment a better hold. I've seen people do some beautiful detail on their grips with soldering irons. I figure the underside probably requires grinding, but the main rails would benefit from a bit more material.

DubfromGA
02-15-2012, 10:32
I have wondered why Glock has not put rails on the subcompacts. Nice work - way to jump in and do a nice mod. Can you design a user-friendly template for the rest of us, that we could stick on our 26/27/(30s?) and cut to a certain depth? I'd pay something for that and shipping would be cheap - no need to pay to ship frames back and forth, owners to be without guns, etc.


My 30 had the rails from the factory.

I generally use this gun as an IWB CCW without the light. Once home it's tucked away in a gunvault with a TRL-1 in place.

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa317/Dub007_photo/2012-02-14_10-44-37_920.jpg

No reason these Glock subs can't wear many hats. Great shooting guns. I've found his one to be 100% reliable during the still ongoing break-in. I'm sure others feel the same about their G26 & G27.


OP, nice job & super nice light. It took balls to attempt that !

drumr04
02-15-2012, 11:00
I would love to have a rail on the 26. I'm currently looking at the M&P9c because of the rail, I want to be able to put a light on it and keep it in the nightstand...

Veedubklown
02-16-2012, 10:46
If it's just performing nightstand duty, why would you want a subcompact?

SCC
02-16-2012, 12:24
I believe the reason they do not put a rail on the Sub's is because of their own Glock light. It is too big to fit and we all know Glock prides itself on interchangeability.
that's it !!!! :whistling:

Bachi
02-19-2012, 08:21
Veedubklown, what did you use to cut into the frame ?

CharlestonG26
02-19-2012, 09:02
IMO, a G19 would have been a much better choice.

Veedubklown
02-19-2012, 14:28
Veedubklown, what did you use to cut into the frame ?

Wasn't me man, I think the OP used a dremel.

GLOCKTOMETRY
02-19-2012, 21:23
That is correct.

PartyBible
02-20-2012, 07:37
Any chance you could offer a decal template for us home modders? Might keep my 26 if I could do this.

JB

drumr04
02-20-2012, 08:51
If it's just performing nightstand duty, why would you want a subcompact?
Sorry, I wasn't clear enough. I would be carrying it, but I'd also like to give it nightstand duty with a light and a full size mag.

GLOCKTOMETRY
02-20-2012, 20:26
Any chance you could offer a decal template for us home modders? Might keep my 26 if I could do this.

JB

I'll see what I can do ;)

sgtlmj
02-20-2012, 21:21
Someone with a CNC machine needs to plug in the numbers for this and offer a rail-cutting service for the sub compact folks. They could make a mint.

USMCgs3
02-20-2012, 21:48
Ive been wanting go buy an extra frame to experiment on... Now I think I'm sold on the idea!! I can see it now....


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larson1122
03-05-2012, 00:01
Looks great, nice job!

KarlThomas
03-05-2012, 10:56
I can't believe I've never seen anybody do this. Good work. Like the holster too. You're very crafty.

Officer's Match
03-05-2012, 11:59
Someone with a CNC machine needs to plug in the numbers for this and offer a rail-cutting service for the sub compact folks. They could make a mint.

Good thought.

trombkd
07-27-2012, 22:30
I'll see what I can do ;)

Sir/Dr. GLOCKTOMETRY:

This is awesome! Simplistically brilliant! Please add/include me in your fan club/admiration society.

So, I've followed the threads from the beginning, and have noted the absence of posts since Mar, 2012. However, it's late Jly,2012, so I'm hoping the lack of recent postings is a result of the spring/summer season.....and we will be honored with an updated post from you.

Seriously!

Any chance of getting a template? Please? Let me know where to send a 'contribution'.

Thanks for sharing!

Veedubklown
07-28-2012, 10:41
Sir/Dr. GLOCKTOMETRY:

This is awesome! Simplistically brilliant! Please add/include me in your fan club/admiration society.

So, I've followed the threads from the beginning, and have noted the absence of posts since Mar, 2012. However, it's late Jly,2012, so I'm hoping the lack of recent postings is a result of the spring/summer season.....and we will be honored with an updated post from you.

Seriously!

Any chance of getting a template? Please? Let me know where to send a 'contribution'.

Thanks for sharing!

His write-up of the process should be enough to replicate it, no? Just make one, then use it for your template :supergrin: Doesn't everyone have a baby glock? :wavey:

trombkd
07-28-2012, 11:02
His write-up of the process should be enough to replicate it, no? Just make one, then use it for your template :supergrin: Doesn't everyone have a baby glock? :wavey:
:embarassed: You're probably right/correct.... I just 'thought' if a template was either under development or available, it made sense to ask for it.

jeremy1
07-28-2012, 11:23
I have to say this is excellent work. So simple and yet nobody has attempted this previously. Surprising given the amount of Glock owners that have modified frames previously.

Now you will have to make a holster for it!

kodiakpb
07-28-2012, 12:24
Aesthetically well done. Now the real question about how it's held up. I'd be interested to know if there has been any splitting/separation on the sides. Some of the areas look pretty thin after the mod.

DigginGlocks
01-21-2013, 00:10
That looks like something the Terminator would use....

Nicely Done....

Hmmm.... I wonder if there would be a way for a company to come up with a glock frame that could be thinner than stock, and incorporate rails on it just like this.. ?

All you'd need to do is remove all of the parts from your stock glock, and drop them into it....

Anyone know of this kind of thing being out there, or in the works?

pewpewpew
07-14-2013, 00:58
How does it hold up? I have watched many slow mo videos of glocks firing and the part of the frame that you cut twists and ripples like waves. Unseen by the naked eye, the front of the polymer frame moves a ton. Have you noticed any cracking or breakage from recoil thus far?

tenforme
07-14-2013, 22:00
How does it hold up? I have watched many slow mo videos of glocks firing and the part of the frame that you cut twists and ripples like waves. Unseen by the naked eye, the front of the polymer frame moves a ton. Have you noticed any cracking or breakage from recoil thus far?

I don't know if this helps but I have put 1,000's rounds of Underwood's finest through my G20SF with a Viridian X5L fitted with zero issues. No cracking, nothing weird, just rock solid target acquisition in all lighting conditions.

wadejjet
08-20-2013, 06:52
Anyone heard from GLOCKTOMETRY how this is working out? Like all the others here, I would love to have rails on my 26, but don't know about the long term outcome.

gipbmac
11-03-2013, 17:46
After finishing with x-acto knife and sand paper. I'll probably refine this a bit more.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/G26C5L/IMG_0408.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/G26C5L/IMG_0412.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/G26C5L/IMG_0413.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/G26C5L/IMG_0414.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/G26C5L/IMG_0417.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/soulinertia/G26C5L/IMG_0420.jpg

More to come!

Dang wanna modify my gen 4 27 for me??... my thoughts exactly - WHY didnt they put a rail on the gen 4 Glocks!... cool mod!

atoosa
12-17-2013, 10:13
I used this post to fabricate the rails on my 26. Turned out great. Took it to the range. Worked without issue. Getting a custom holster made. Will post pics shortly. Thanks again...:tongueout:

Teecher45
12-20-2013, 10:02
Ok, I've figured out why Glock won't put rails on the 26/27/33.
It's because it would then become the perfect carry pistol and they wouldn't sell any of the other models!

RayB
12-26-2013, 05:53
Ok, I've figured out why Glock won't put rails on the 26/27/33.
It's because it would then become the perfect carry pistol and they wouldn't sell any of the other models!


That is not at all illogical, coming from a merchandising standpoint!. You need a progression of features in a product assortment to justify the step up to the next model. Otherwise, exactly what you said will and does happen!

Of course, if Glock's closest competitors all offer rails on their sub-compact models, Glock will eventually have to address this if they don't want to lose that niche in the marketplace!

Smaller, more efficient rail-mounted accessories will also apply pressure to Glock to add rails to their G26! The LaserMax Genesis, for example, is useless on the compact and full size frames, because 99% of people will need to use two hands to activate that particular laser on all but the Sub-Contact frames...

Nice work by the OP! :wavey:

--Ray

Jackalo626
12-26-2013, 13:30
That looks like something the Terminator would use....

Nicely Done....

Hmmm.... I wonder if there would be a way for a company to come up with a glock frame that could be thinner than stock, and incorporate rails on it just like this.. ?

All you'd need to do is remove all of the parts from your stock glock, and drop them into it....

Anyone know of this kind of thing being out there, or in the works?

The frame is the part that is considered the actual pistol. If another company made a frame then it would need to be purchased as a firearm just as another pistol. That would be my guess as to why and also that this is a niche setup. I like it but I have way too many other pistols to have a need for the mod but if I only had a subcompact I would consider this.

cj3waker
01-30-2014, 21:05
What a great mod. I also have a C5L and I recently cut a 2nd rail slot (i.e picatinny style) into my G19 so I could use key with both bolts. And I must say you did a way better job than I.

Looking forward to seeing holster results. My glock 19 with C5L runs in either a Galco King Tuk or Tacloc which were both made in conjuction with virdian, so those might be viable options if you needed a backup plan.

Also in this thread (http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1458072) there is a G26 with the G19 XGrip adapter and it makes for a great looking little gun. I know the popular mod is to cut down a G19 grip to the G26 size, but Id rather have the G26 slide on a G19 grip.

chefchris
08-27-2014, 12:27
Hi, I just saw your modification for your glock 26 in relation to adding the C5L light, and i was wondering what type of holder are you using for that specific glock with its modification?

thanks

Kintora Glock
09-07-2014, 12:30
Has there been any updates to this post? Any one doing the mod for the rails?
I have a G27 it's just waiting for some one to start the surgery
Keep me posted. I know this started back in 2011 but anything information would be great