Making a Better Glock with Patrick Kelley

Patrick Kelley is back with a gun review, but this one takes a little different approach. Instead of his normal “Out of the Box and Into the Match” review, Patrick takes a couple of after-market upgrades to the Steel Challenge match to see if they improve his performance. As always, his videos are fun to watch for skilled shooting and candid style of Patrick’s reviews. In this video he spends the match testing a new Glock upgrade, and he also shows off a top-of-the-line .22 Conversion kit for the 1911.

In the following video, Patrick tests a Taylor Freelance Front Sight Block for the GLOCK G17. As the title of his video suggests, this little addition can take your Glock to the next level. We’ve talked before about ways to squeeze extra performance our of your factory Glock: some extra stippling, a speedy Zev Slide or Magwell flare, or screwing on a TBRCi Micro Compensator. The Taylor Freelance Front Sight Block takes a different approach. Keeping you Glock G17 slide, but adding in a G34 threaded barrel, this front sight block turns your humble Glock 17 into a long slide. Why is this better? Well, besides the improved sight radius, you front sight doesn’t move with the slide during recoil. This allows you super fast follow-up shots and allows you to stay on target, even while speed shooting. Wanna see it in action? Check it out:

When Pat usually shoots a GLOCK at the matches, he goes for a Taran Tactical Innovations custom Glock G17L, a high-speed race gun of the normal long slide G17. But today, he showed off a slightly modified G17 with the Taylor Freelance Front Sight Block…amazingly the two models are exactly the same length.

Towards the end (skip to 12:00) Patrick slows the camera down so you can see how the slide moves while the Sight Block stays put. Then Patrick shows off his 5 round groups at 25 yards. With PMC Bronze 9mm, he got 2.35″ groups; .875″ with Blazer Brass; and 2.20″ with Federal American Eagle 9mm. Pretty handy shooting all around.

Want to upgrade your race gun like Patrick? Here’s what you need:
Glock G17 Gen 4
Lone Wolf G34 Threaded Stainless Barrel
Fiber Optic Glock Sights
Custom Stippling
ZEV Flared Magazine Guide
Taylor Freelance Front Sight Block

We look forward to seeing Patrick’s next videos where he shows off his .22lr 1911 and hopefully we’ll get a side-to-side face-off between this modified G17 and his usual G17L!

Video courtesy of Patrick Kelley. Give him a like or follow to help him keep making these videos. Firearm courtesy of GLOCK via Taylor Freelance. Ammunition courtesy of Federal Premium. Patrick shoots Savage Rifles with Burris Optics, uses MGM Targets, and is sponsored by us, Defender Outdoors. Got a question for Pat? Leave a comment on his video or on here and he’ll get back to you as soon as he can!

9 Comments On This Article

  1. That “threaded slide” you list confused me. Barrel. You meant barrel. I was hoping to get to see some oddball slide with threads on the end. I’m also confused with the call for that to be a G34 slide (or barrel).
    I like that sight block but I already have an LW slide and threaded barrel on my 17 but I wouldn’t want it if it requires replacing those with 34 parts.

  2. Great video!
    I have a Glock 35 with a 3.5# trigger (I think, never measured it) that came stock, titanium firing pin, titanium safety plunger, big dot sights and a mag funnel. I also have 9mm and .357 SIG barrels.
    Can you suggest other mods to make it a better competition gun?
    Thanks and keep up the good work!