The Continuing Adventures of Bubba the Gunsmith — Glock edition

We’ve previously recorded our own struggles to perform as well with a Glock as we do with our old DA/SA steel traveling companion, the CZ-75. The project’s been stalled by ammo shortages, but we do get out and shoot it. We are not living under a rock and are keenly aware that Glocks are incredibly popular, and also, that they are frequently extensively modified.

Sometimes too extensively modified, After you get over your shock at this picture, we’ll excerpt the GunBroker auction — yes, this example of Bubba awesomeness can be yours! — below. Hang on to your hats.


Hi fellow patriots and gun enthusiasts!!!

Is this a gun auction, or a 12-step group for incompetent gunsmiths? Well, we’ll get into the spirit of the thing: Hi, Bubba!

Up for auction is a used Glock 23 pistol.

Used. You could call it that.

The handgun is a true masterpiece by nature and has been a true proponent of reliability, rigidity, and consistency from a combat handgun perspective.

“Proponent.” We don’t think that word means what you think it means, Bubba. And please leave nature out of it. Whatever cataclysm befell this poor suffering 23 was neither natural nor condoned in Gaston’s corner office.

This particular unit is a rare unit produced by the Glock company. (research the rtf2 series) in brief synopsis the rtf2 was a limited run of weapons that Glock produced in response to the boring horizontal slide serrations. This weapon is outfitted to perform reliably in .40sw/9mm configurations and and you dont have to look any further than this package to have all the accessories you need to enjoy either.


The real rarity of this is not what the Glock company did to this. Also, we don’t think the word “horizontal” means what he thinks it means. Now, up to this point Bubba was typing without capitals. From here on he went to ALL CAPS. Tone it down, Bub. Better still, we’ll tone it down for him. But if you go to the auction you can see him shouting in all his block-cap glory. Unfortunately there are no more pictures of this beauty.

This Glock 23 has been extremely modified and is suggested for handling by experienced shooters when in this configuration.

Forgive us for saying this, but experienced shooters won’t touch this one with a bargepole. Neither should inexperienced shooters. He then goes on to make a good suggestion:

TheĀ Glock is an extremely and i stress extremely versatile weapon platform that will allow the new owner of this pistol to place a new frame of his choice on in seconds… so dont pass on such a great deal to own a double threat Glock 23/19 pistol because you feel the current frame’s custom job was less than desirable.

Well, at least he sees what the problem is with his sale. It’s a great gun, it just needs a receiver! True, the Glock is as versatile as he says, and some people do change out the receiver for an aftermarket hunk of tupperware — if you were looking to do that, and want both .40 and 9 in one gun, this auction’s Buy It Now isn’t out of the question — unless the other work is as ate-up as the frame work. And in our experience, Bubba is Bubba always and everywhere. He doesn’t finish Bubba-ing up a receiver and then move on and turn into the craftsmen of Holland & Holland when he addresses the slide or sights: it’s Bubba all the way down.

For my taste the current frame on this gun is freaking amazing, and I’ve never felt a glock that felt so good in the hand!!!! The subtraction of the trigger guard was a bit much for my taste, but once again guns are tools and each has their purpose.

Yes, and the purpose of this one is to send people to the hospital — not necessarily by the operator’s volition. But hey, you have a carry option:

Custom DeSantis belly band for the pistol when in the current configuration.

‘Cause nothing says “Bubba is My Gunsmith” like a testicle with a 9 or 10 millimeter hole in it.

This gun is an amazing shooter and is a truly rare and collectable piece of glock history provided that they are out of production.

Hot tip for collectors: unless the modifier is extremely well known, a modified collector gun is going to be worth less than a factory-stock one, 99 times out of a hundred. This is not that one time.

The custom framework of this unit may be over the top for some shooters, but for those serious shooters who know how important a firm grip is on the firearm will savor and truly revel in the completeness and wholeness (yet minimalistic) appeal of this particular pistol as soon as they lay hands on it, if not before… bid strong.

We’re at a loss as to what Bubba was thinking here. True, Ed McGivern made some similar mods to revolvers back in the Paleozoic Era, but (1) they were DA revolvers with a stiff enough trigger to still be safe, and (2) he was Ed Freaking McGivern. This is a Glock and we’d bet all the tea in China that Bubba has also lightened the trigger. (Of course, Texas Ranger Manuel Gonzaullas had a pair of blinged-out .45s done like this, but it’s still not recommended).

We close by conjuring up an image of what our range officers might have to say if one of the guys whipped this thing out. (“Call 911… I’m applying direct pressure” perhaps?)

Hat tip: Say Uncle

6 thoughts on “The Continuing Adventures of Bubba the Gunsmith — Glock edition

  1. Daniel E. Watters

    Ed McGivern referred to such modifications as mutilations. At most, he recommended enlarging the triggerguard if one had issues with prodigious digits.

    1. Hognose Post author

      Dang, Dan. Who was the guy then, trick shooter of the same period, who was known for cutting the guard back to where the trigger was at rest? I just googled up McGivern’s guns, and none of them had a cut trigger guard. My small brain must have conflated two separate American Rifleman articles from when I was a kid, or something.

  2. HL Smith

    Frame looks like it was carved out of a hunk of wood. Possibly the worst storefront gunsmith in Pakistan would conceive of such a piece, but I feel sure he would be be reviewed with extreme prejudice by his customers.

  3. Aesop

    I note that both the frame and upper magazine mods seem well-planned to make losing the weapon and its accessories in the mud not just easy, but a virtual certainty. At that point, when one is pawing around the muck for their bullet launcher, the lack of a helpful trigger guard should guarantee the heir to this piece of woodshed handiwork will be the new contender for the Darwin Award in the Honorable Mention category, post haste.

    But mostly, as I scroll through the pics, I just hear Marlon Brando’s voice:

    “The horror…the horror…”

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