Gen 4 Glock 19 with Grip Force Adapter in a PHLster Skeleton Kydex holster.
Almost a month ago now, I purchased my first Glock, a Glock 19. One of the reasons I bought it was to see if the Gen 4 ergonomics were really improved over the previous generations. Additionally, I was interested in trying out the Grip Force Adapter.
When I first heard about the Grip Force Adapter I had no interest. Perhaps that’s to be expected, as I’m not exactly a Glock guy (though I’ve warmed significantly as of late) and didn’t own a Glock at the time. Fast forward a number of months, and I saw this video by the late Paul GomezÂ talking about how much he loves Grip Force Adapters. I have a lot of respect for Paul, so at this point my interest was officially piqued. Once I purchased a Glock, I knew I had to give one a try.
What is it?
Grip Force Adapters are essentially an add-on back strap that claims to provide a number of benefits:
- Change the grip angle to improve pointability
- Provides better control during rapid fire
- Prevents slide bite
- Provides better leverage to reduce muzzle flip
Does it work?
The Grip Force Adapter promises quite a bit, but does it deliver? Here are my thoughts.
Grip Angle Improvement
Grip Force says that their adapter changes the Glock grip angle and improves pointability, and I think it delivers. It’s not a huge difference, but it is noticeable. Anyone who doesn’t like the Glock grip angle will probably like the Grip Force Adapter for this benefit alone.
Better Rapid Fire Control, Reduced Muzzle Flip
This one was hard for me to determine. I only have one Glock, so in order to test I had to shoot it with and without the adapter. To be honest, I couldn’t tell much of a difference in either slow or rapid fire. Glocks are already extremely controllable in my opinion.
Prevents Slide Bite
Even though my hands aren’t big enough to have a problem with slide bite, this one is an easy call – if you have trouble with the infamous Glock slide bite, the Grip Force Adapter will prevent it.
Fit and Installation
Installation couldn’t be more simple – punch out one pin, drive in the replacement (longer) pin, snap on the adapter. Should take you all of 30 seconds at most. Fit was good but not great. The replacement pin is slightly too long, and consequently sticks out and pokes your hand a bit, and the edges of the adapter are slightly sharp. You’re going to want to use sandpaper or a Dremel tool to take down the rough edges.
In summary, Grip Force Adapters do pretty much what they say they do. If you don’t like the infamous Glock grip angle or suffer from slide bite, then you should definitely consider purchasing a Grip Force Adapter. You can buy aÂ set of two adapters for less than $25, so they aren’t exactly expensive. Overall I’m pretty pleased with Grip Force Adapters, especially considering the price.