Bob Mayne’s video on the modifications to his Glock 19 reminded me of changes I made to my Glock 19 Liberty shortly after I got it a few years ago.
For me the impetus was the design of the grip on the Glock 19. Understand, I have no disagreement with finger grooves per se, but Glock decided that the 19 was going to be designed for people with smaller hands than those who bought the 17, it seems, because the grooves are closer together on the 19. For someone like me with wide hands, this can be an issue.
Add to that the fact that my Glock 17 Bruce is a Gen2, and doesn’t even have finger grooves. But I’ve used a slip-on Hogue grip since about the second week I’ve owned it, and to be honest it completes the feel of the gun for me.
So, the answer, for me, was to take off the grooves on Liberty altogether, and add a Hogue grip.
Then over the space of a few months, I relieved the trigger guard, too.
I also did some relief work on the edges of the mag release and the inside of the mag well.
The result is that the grips on Liberty and Bruce match very closely, and the feel is much closer than before. While they’re not identical, to me they’re as close as they can be.