By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
March 1, 2017
Last updated on 3/01/17.
“Glock Perfection”. For over 30 years, now, that’s been a great tagline, arguably one of the best, if not THE best, in tactical firearms history. Simple, straightforward, superlative, memorable. It’s pretty perfect, actually. The problem is, and I can say this as a Gl(G19ock end-user and lover, it isn’t true. Anyone who knows and loves Glock semi-auto pistols, knows that while the Glock 17 (G17) and Glock 19 (G19) are as close to perfect as it gets for a military-grade pistol, they’re still not quite perfect, particularly when it comes to the grip feel and angle–although they both grow on you as you get used to them.
Personally, DefenseReview’s (DR) carried a G19 (concealed) for a looong time now, and will most likely continue to do so, although we’ll most likely be adding a G43 (Glock 43) and possibly also a Walther PPS to the concealed-carry mix fairly soon to save a bit of size, width and weight. Considering that, we’re curious as to how reliable and durable the Hyve Technologies +2 for the Glock 43 (pictured below) is, particularly if a loaded mag (magazine) or the entire gun is dropped. We’d also like to gleen how it compares to the Taran Tactical Innovations TTI Magazine Base Pad Extension Kit for the Glock 43 pistol with regard to reliability and durability.
However, as we’re doing that, we’ll also be adding a Nous Defions Arsenal Democracy (NDAD) Blackside Glock 19-compatible pistol to the same mix, after viewing and handling NDAD’s latest-and-greatest Blackside G17-compatible and G43 custom pistols (immediately after SHOT Show 2017 while we were still in Vegas), since they were seemingly downright…well…perfect. The NDAD Blackside Glock 17-compatible pistol sported an in-house-developed Cerakote ceramic-coated and chamfered/contoured stainless-steel-billet slide, an extended, threaded suppressor barrel, and a custom shaped, shaved and stippled/texturized Lone Wolf Distributors (LWD) Fullsize Timberwolf Frame (Bare) gripframe.
The Timberwolf grip is angled more like a 1911 grip for more natural pointing than a factory Glock grip. It also utilizes a stiffer and seemingly stronger polymer. The NDAD Blackside G17 version of the Timerberwolf Frame also sports a Blackside-specific customized extended beavertail grip tang with squared-off edges.
Anyway, after all the shaping and shaving, the NDAD Blackside G17-compatible pistol’s frame will more easily fit smaller hands, while still being fine for larger hands. The Blackside G17’s frame was actually the one thing DR had to acclimate a bit too, since we’re now so used to the factory G17’s and G19’s respective relatively-large, blocky grip shapes/sizes and aggressive grip angles, but we acclimated quickly. We immediately liked the Blackside G17’s and G43’s suede-like stippled/texturized grips, which were soft on our relatively soft writer’s hands, yet still very grippy, even when wet. We tested this (grippiness) aspect in the Delano Las Vegas Hotel sky suite’s living room wet bar sink.
All Nous Defions Arsenal Democracy NDAD Blackside custom Glock-compatible pistols come with the patented, proprietary and pretty frickin’ awesome NDAD Blackside SwiTC/H Trigger (also written SwiTch Trigger), which is built like a precision Swiss watch…and a tank. The Blackside SwiTC/H Trigger WILL NOT engage unless it’s Glock-type trigger safety is depressed.
The Blackside SwiTC/H Trigger’s action is unique, in that it’s essentially an on/off trigger that engages immediately with no take-up, yet still requires a very deliberate pull (although it feels about a pound lighter than its actual pull weight, due to its pull mechanics. According to designer Dave Pavlick, the SwiTC/H Trigger “was designed with Body Mechanics and Reinforced Reloads (R2) in mind,” and he thinks the tactical shooting community will love it.
Pavlick also showed DR the latest version of the NDAD Blackside Glock 17/22 Extended and Bevelled Magwell, which features a “hoof” at the front to aid in reload speed and mechanics when executing speed reloads during combat/tactical shooting (and 3-Gun Competition, for that matter). It’s VERY well designed, in our opinion (just like the rest of the Blackside pistol accessories).
We should mention that Nous Defions Arsenal Democracy is soon going to transition from Cerakoting their stippled/texturized stainless-steel-billet Glock pistol-compatible slides to titanium-nitriding them. Pavlick told DR that combination of stainless steel and titanium nitride coating will render the new slides even more durable and corrosion-resistant, which, along with the Maritime Spring Cups, will maximize the NDAD Blackside Glock-compatible pistols for maritime operations. So, we assum these Blackside pistols will be particularly well suited for Naval SPECWAR (SEAL) VBSS (Visit, Board, Search and Seizure), GOPLATS (Gas and Oil PLATformS) and over-the-beach ops. DR really digs the chamfering/contouring on the front of the Blackside slides, by the way. It really looks good to us, and makes the guns even easier to draw from the NDAD Blackside Suppressed Glock 17/22 (G17/G22) Combat/Tactical Pistol Holster, which we also LOVE.
Anyway, based on our experience with the latest Blackside G17-compatible pistol and G43 pistol, Defense Review cannot WAIT to get our hands on a Nous Defions Arsenal Democracy NDAD Glock 19 (G19)-compatible pistol.
Company Contact Info:
Nous Defions, LLC
48 Commerce Lane, Ste. 7
Freeport, FL 32439
Email Contact Page: http://www.arsenaldemocracy.us/connect/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/arsenaldemocracy/
Lone Wolf Distributors Inc.
106 Shannon Lane
Priest River, ID 83856
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