First, I am honored to be joining Glocking Tall as a guest blogger. This blog came to my attention recently when I did a search on Twitter for the GSSF, and I began corresponding with Andy. He asked me to tell about what I’ve done to my gun for GSSF, so, without further adieu . . .
GSSF is the Glock Sport Shooting Foundation, a pistol league just for Glocks, operated by Glock, Inc. They operate about 30 matches a year all over the country. To give you an idea of the size of this organization and its popularity, the 2011 GSSF Glock Annual Shoot at the South River Gun Club in Conyers, Georgia, was the largest action pistol match in history, with over 1060 entries.
There are a lot of benefits to being a member of the GSSF. First, at every match there are factory Armorers who will inspect your pistol and replace any part that needs it, free of charge. That’s right. A lot of companies talk about their warrantees, but Glock delivers.
Second, if you sign up for at least 2 years of membership you are eligible to buy a Glock at the Law Enforcement discount price, which is a substantial savings. Plus, you get a LE gun, which includes 3 magazines versus 2 for the non-LE version.
What Gun to Shoot?
GSSF has several divisions, and the one I shoot in is Amateur. This pretty much limits me to a stock pistol and that’s fine. Because of the lower recoil and less expensive ammunition, there is no reason to shoot anything more than 9mm for GSSF.
The gun I shoot in GSSF is a Glock 17, the full size 9mm gun. The Glock 19, the mid-size 9mm, is also an excellent choice. I own one named Liberty, but I’ve never shot it in competition.
I bought my Glock 17 (Bruce) in 1992, and because of the GSSF Armorers, the only original parts left are the polymer frame, the slide, and the barrel.
What Changes to Make?
There are a few modifications I have made to my pistol, and some of them I would recommend for anyone shooting GSSF:
Just about everyone who shoots Glocks will admit that the factory sights are about the least liked part of the whole Glock system. But, even Glock will tell you that they build great pistols, and the sights were an afterthought.
So, I installed Warren/Sevigny Competition Sights with the fiber optic front sights. For about 2 years I had the red fiber in the front sight, and then I changed it to the green, admittedly on a whim. I find now that I prefer the green.
I like these sights a lot better than the Glock factory sights, especially the fiber optic front sight. They make the front sight really stand out, and they’ve made a big difference in my sight picture.
The Minus Connector is called that because it has a dash, or minus sign, on the side of the part. The purpose of the (-) connector is to reduce the trigger pull of the pistol. The out-of-the-box pull weight is approximately 5.5 pounds, and some people call the (-) connector a 3.5 pound connector. In truth, Glock calls it the 2 kg connector, which translates to about 4.5 pounds in Christian units. I’ve never measured the trigger pull of my pistol, but I can say it definitely lowers the pull weight.
I only install the (-) connector on the pistol for competition or for practice, and never when I plan to carry the gun or have it available for home defense. That’s because of the possibility that, should I have to use my gun to defend myself, the lawyer for the other side would use this part against me, and try to convince a jury that I had some kind of “hair trigger.”
Other after-market parts manufacturers, like Ghost and Lone Wolf, who make the lighter connectors, but those, being non-Glock parts, are not technically legal for GSSF use.
One other thing to do to your Glock, GSSF or not, is to smooth the trigger pull. There is a simple, do-it-yourself process easily found on-line, called the 25 Cent Trigger Job, so named because the cotton swabs and polishing compound required to accomplish it cost about a quarter.
Basically, what this involves is polishing all the metal parts of the Glock trigger system that contact each other, so that they are smooth, and slide easily past each other. The original method calls for cotton swabs; I used a polishing wheel on my Dremel tool. Much faster.
I’ve done this on all my Glocks now, and I would not own a Glock that I didn’t do this to. In fact, when I bought my Glock 21 a few years ago, I let my son dry fire it before I did the trigger work, and compare that to my Glock 17, and even he could tell the difference.
What Other Things Do I Need?
In addition to the pistol, all you need are four magazines, ear and eye protection, and a bag to carry it all in. Many shooters use a holster, and any belt holster will do. (GSSF rules require all guns carried in holsters to be carried empty of ammunition, with the slide locked back.) Total ammunition expended for the match would be 107 rounds, so it’s not expensive there, either