Pistol braces are quite popular and a fantastic addition to most big and bulky AR, AK, and subgun-style pistols. These guns benefit immensely from a pistol brace. Braces have also made their way onto regular pistols. The Recover Tactical 20/20 is one such brace.
It’s aimed at GLOCK style pistols and follows in the Roni and KPOS kits’ Israeli tradition, but with a less bulky design. The story goes that it’s easier to get a pistol than a rifle in Israel, but they don’t have the silly SBR laws we do. Therefore they can slap a stock onto a pistol and improve its stability, accuracy, and overall range.
Those kits are popular, and they were quickly outfitted with braces for the US market. The Recover Tactical 20/20 is a much slimmer, sleeker brace that adds less bulk to your handgun. The RT 20/20 is designed for Gen 3 and up GLOCK pistols in the standard 9mm, .40, .357 SIG, and .45 GAP frames in compact or full-sized guns. Sadly no 10mm or .45 ACP love.
The RT 20/20 wraps around and locks itself to the front rail of your GLOCK pistol. Installation requires an Allen key but it’s quick and easy. You may first want to install one of the optional carry handles. These charging handles allow you to more easily manipulate the slide when the gun is mounted in the brace. Charging handles only work with stock GLOCK slides and 80% lowers are a no go.
Installation requires you to align the RT 20/20 with the GLOCK’s rail, and the brace has an “alcove” to fit the rear of the GLOCK into. The brace locks the GLOCK down tightly.
The Recover Tactical 20/20 has an open-top design unlike systems like the Roni. This design eliminates the chance of a shell getting caught between the slide and frame. The Recover Tactical 20/20 is also modular. Different attachments and upgrades available include an optic mount, removable rails, and a magazine holder for the front rail.
The Recover Tactical 20/20 even has a holster option. The holster attaches around the brace’s bottom and travels high enough to cover the trigger for safe carry. It’s convenient enough for carry, but I’m not sure how you’d conceal it without a trench coat.
On the Range with Recover Tactical 20/20
There are two ways to look at the Recover Tactical 20/20. One is as a silly little item that allows you to misuse the brace and shoulder the gun. If you take that route, I doubt you’ll see much improvement in performance over a standard GLOCK. Sure the third point of contact helps, but it’s no pistol caliber carbine. You can LARP as an Israeli operator, but there are better ways to dispense 9mm pills (especially given their current price and availability).
Braces were initially designed as a device to aid those with injuries in shooting their weapon. If you view the 20/20 that way, the 20/20 makes a ton of sense. An amputee or someone with a disabled arm can benefit greatly from this device as a stabilizing brace. It’s comfortable when strapped to the arm and allows you to hold the pistol firmly and naturally.
With a two-handed grip, it acts as a third contact point and makes shooting very comfortable. It reduces muzzle rise and recoil and indeed stabilizes the gun.
From a one-handed perspective, the Recover Tactical 20/20 makes shooting the gun much easier. I won’t say it brings you up to two-handed stability, but it does make one-handed shooting much more comfortable. It enhances accuracy and speed, and I could see some serious benefits for disabled shooters.
The main benefit, in my opinion, would be getting a disabled shooter to start shooting. This tool wouldn’t be useful for self-defense encounters, but it can act as a training aid to get a new shooter shooting.
The RT 20/20 is plenty comfortable, easy to don and remove…perfectly suited for disabled shooters. The holster would allow a person with a single arm to carry the brace and get shooting safely.
The 20/20 comes in various configurations with the cheapest starting at about $100. That includes the brace and nothing else. As you add rails, a sling, the holster, and other gear, the price increases.
Still. the Recover Tactical 20/20 is an affordable design, and it’s not made in China. The RT 20/20 isn’t for everyone, but when used as intended, there is some serious value.
Specifications: Recover Tactical 20/20 Stabilizer Kit
Weight: 1.5 pounds
Length: 12.83 inches
Width: 2.87 Inches
MSRP: starts at $99.95
Ratings (out of five stars):
Ergonomics * * * * *
The Recover Tactical 20/20 is a comfortable brace system that attaches firmly and allows for a natural grip of your pistol. It allows for increased control and utility for all shooters.
Modularity * * * * *
The RT 20/20 allows you to add rails, a magazine mount, an optics mount, slings, etc. It also allows your GLOCK to remain modular with optics, can’s and other muzzle devices.
Quality * * * * *
It’s a simple piece of polymer that does as advertised. It’s well made, and everything clicks nicely and locks up tight.
Overall * * * * *
The Recover Tactical 20/20 has limited use for most people, but for disabled shooters, I see the device’s real value. The 20/20 is a solid piece of gear for its intended use, and I was surprised it wasn’t just another Roni.