Pilot Carry: Everyday Carry Pocket Dump of the Day

This EDC is from Chris, a pilot somewhere in the southwest. He says “The G19 has mods and doodads to make it go bang more comfortably. My EDC changes on a regular basis, with weather and work. I’m a pilot, and some of my flights take me to states where I can’t CCW.”

Question: how do you guys feel about mods on carry guns? There is a school of thought suggesting carry guns should stay within the manufacturer’s specs as far as trigger pull weight and such (adding a light or red dot is kosher). So…yay or nay on mods to triggers, barrels, etc on an EDC?


  1. avatar Daniel says:

    I like how he blacked out all the crap Streamlight puts on the TLR-7. I did the same and it looks a lot better that way. As for mods as long as it’s a good shoot I don’t see the issue. If it was a bad shoot you’re screwed anyways. It could go against you if the shooting was accidental though. I say mod it however you want but proceed with caution which is what you should be doing anyways.

    1. avatar Cruzo1981 says:

      Completely agree…

      1. avatar Bearpaw says:

        Thank goodness its a Glock. Do you realize that the last two EDCs did not have Glocks.

        Never do that to us again!

  2. avatar ‘liljoe says:

    As long as the gun runs, mod away.

    I don’t get stippling on glocks though, same with skater tape, I’ve never had an issue with mine, even without a grip zone ™(tm)(tm)

  3. avatar Patrick H says:

    What is the theory behind not modifying your EDC?

    1. avatar Matthew says:

      My understanding is that a lawyer/jury/DA could make a case that you made your firearm unsafe by modifying it. Especially in the case of an accidental discharge, they could say that the manufacturer made it safe but you made it unsafe. I believe it’s the same reason you’ll see some of the reviews mention “lawyer-approved” trigger weight.

    2. avatar Eric in Oregon says:

      In addition to Matthew’s note, there’s also some fear that the prosecutor will portray you as a madman who obsesses over the weapons just waiting for the day he can kill someone. It has happened, like the cop who caught some flak for having the “You’re fucked” dust cover on the AR he used.

    3. avatar Jeep1967 says:

      Probably something similar to the idea that, in California, using ammo that does more damage is an indicator that your intention is not defensive and your intent is to kill. Kinda like the idea that a pistol grip or a flash supressor makes a rifle more deadly.

  4. avatar Michael Buley says:

    Trusted to fly a plane anywhere, all those lives in his hands … not trusted to CCW in some of those states … just funny.

    1. avatar Ansel Hazen says:

      I think I’d more likely say it’s criminal, as in a violation of our rights.

      1. avatar Michael Buley says:

        Yes, I just can’t find a way around that ‘shall not be infringed’ part.

  5. avatar Stick and Rudder says:

    No shortage of stippled glocks on armslist……

  6. avatar el Possum Guapo Standartenfuher " they think we're making pizza's Oberst von Burn says:

    It is difficult to see the luminous hands and numerical marks on that pocket watch complete with straps for attaching to your wrist

  7. avatar Don from CT says:

    I like to keep my Glocks fully glock if I’m carrying. Aftermarket triggers or connectors can achieve a better pull by actually reducing the stroke of the striker before its released.

    My method is simple. For every Glock I own and intend to carry I
    1) shoot it for an evening as it came from the factory.
    2) completely disassemble the fire control parts and stone/polish every surface that bears on everything else.
    3) Replace the connector with a GLOCK 4.5 lb connector that has had all its bearing surfaces polished. (used to be called a 3.5 lb, its unchanged. What has changed is how they measure the trigger pull)
    4) Polish the surface of the striker where the sear engages.
    5) Install a HiViz green front fiber optic sight – this sight has a large injection molded piece around the fiber optic and is much more durable than a race style (Ameriglo for exampl) front fiber optic.
    6) Flip the stock glock rear sight around so it is all black and widen the notch with some needle files. I’ve never had an issue with stock glock rear sights. Yes, they are plastic. But I’ve got one Gen4 G34 with over 10k rounds through it and no problems. My old Gen3 Glock had 30k+ rounds through it and no problems.

  8. avatar koolaidguzzler says:

    There’s mods on your gun, and mods on your gun.
    Most folks who reflexively mod their carry guns , do not put in the long hard hours of mastering their gun handling, based on watching them six hours a day. Their gun and mods are more hobby than committed gunfighting tool. When such a mentality exists, mods can interfere with oh-sh*t gunhandling in the heat of panic. The less a person masters their carry, the more they should stick with stock features.

    I spent 30 years watching pros be required to become good with stock guns, as those guns changed. It’s not hard to do. All it takes is commitment to mastering technique. If a shooter doesn’t master that, then they’re mostly just carrying a comp gun, and at best, relying on comp methods. Exceptions don’t disprove that.

    I won’t get into the fracas about mods causing legal problems. That’s pointless on the internet, though I have strong opinions about it for real life advice.

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