This is a quick tutorial on how to use a Pearce pistol grip extension as a handstop on a Troy TRX Extreme handguard. I would imagine the process would be similar on other similar handguards as well.
First, I headed over to see my friends at Carolina Gunrunners this afternoon, and I picked up a Pearce grip extension for a Glock 26. While looking around, I noticed the Pearce grip extensions, and noticed that they looked eerily similar to some of the handstops on the market, and figured it was worth a try.
This is the model I purchased, I went with the Glock 26 model because it was the biggest one they had on the shelf. Pearce makes a million different models of these things, so pick one you think will work best for you. I do recommend getting the kind that only add the finger extension, and not the ones that add extra rounds to the magazine.
I removed it from its packaging, and held it up to the Troy TRX Extreme rail on my AR-15, and surprisingly, it nestled right into its place without any modifications. Awesome.
Notice the sharp lip on the front of the grip extension, this is added to the Glock models to fill the gap between the pistol, and the magazine extension. For the purpose of using it as a handstop, I wish it was not there, but its not a deal breaker, we’ll get to that in a minute.
So, I grabbed some of the hardware that came with my Troy TRX Extreme rail, and headed down to my garage. Placed my upper receiver into a vise block, and removed the rail.
I then inserted a screw through the hole in the grip extension, and mated it to one of the threaded strips that also came with the handguard. I was originally planning to drill another hole, and mount the grip extension through that, but the supplied hole was the perfect size for the fastener that came with the handguard.
This actually felt pretty good, however that sharp ridge I spoke of earlier was too ugly to keep. I used a sanding drum on my Dremel, and buzzed it right off. My Dremel skills arent all that great, so I then stippled over the area that had been buzzed with the Dremel, and viola, finished product.
This handstop feels pretty good, and for the sub $10 price, I think it is a winner. However, it is just a little smaller than I would prefer, so I’ve got a couple other ideas kicking around that I’m going to try later on. I know someone is going to tell me that LaRue handstops are quite inexpensive, and I know that, but this is something that someone who maybe has a Pearce grip extension kicking around in their range bag can do to try it out without spending anything.
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