Salient Arms (SAI) Customized Glock 17/22 (G17/22), Glock 34/35 (G34/35), and Glock 19/23 (G19/23) Pistols for Tactical 3-Gun and IPSC Competition, Taran Butler Style! (Photos!)

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By David Crane
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July 28, 2011

While DefenseReview (DR) was talking with our good friend Taran Butler on the phone the other day, we asked him about his preferred custom modifications for the Glock pistols he uses for competition. When it comes to polymer-framed (non-1911) pistols, Butler prefers Gen 3 Glock pistols over all others, including Smith & Wesson (S&W) M&P pistols. By the way, DR asked him why he likes Glocks over the M&Ps, and he said it’s mostly due to his dislike of the M&P’s grip shape.

Salient Arms International (SAI) currently customizes Butler’s Glock pistols, and here’s how his Glock 17 (G17) is specfically spec’d out:

Taran Butler Custom SAI Glock 17 (G17) and Glock 34 (G34) Pistol Features/Specications:

Warren Tactical Sights (Scott Warren/Dave Sevigny collaberation sights): 215/1000ths height front sight and 130/1000ths rear sight notch
Bar-Sto (Bar-Sto Precision Machine) or Briley (Briley Manufacturing) match barrel fit by Rob Milhorn (Salient Arms)
Integrated Systems Management Inc. (ISMI) stainless steel guide rod and spring 11 Lb spring for 9mm
– Recontoured and textured grip (True Grit texturizing) with undercut trigger guard (twice)
Scherer Slug Plug grip plug
– Trigger job (with metal trigger) installed by Fred Lindley (Salient Arms)
IonBond (also written “Ion Bond”) DiamondBLACK self-lubricating/lubricitous gun coating for slide and barrel

*On G34 (pictured, left), remove extended slide release and put in standard slide release. Heavier spring needed for G19.

Author’s/Editor’s Note: The author would ad an extended beavertail to this package, since I like to use a high-hand hold, and sometimes suffer slide bite on the inside of my right thumb knuckle. Also, a Bar-Sto barrel would be our first choice in a custom pistol barrel, since we’ve used them in both custom 1911’s and Browning Hi-Powers, and trust them. By the way, if you want to customize your Glock pistol on you own, DR highly recommends Lone Wolf Distributors (LWD) out of Old Town, Idaho. They do a great job over there, and have a lot of really cool aftermarket components, parts, and accessories for Glock pistols, as well as Glock factory components and parts.

Salient Arms also customizes S&W M&P pistols for competition, and they look really good, as well. DR contributor/writer Jeff Gurwitch now prefers the M&P pistols over the Glock, but thinks the M&P’s trigger needs improvement. Fortunately, S&W has been working on an improved factory trigger, including a competition trigger, and Apex Tactical Specialties is offering their own drop-in S&W M&P trigger fix, as Mr. Gurwitch mentioned in his article on S&W M&P pistols for 3-Gun competition and tactical use. Gurwitch is a big fan of the Apex trigger.

Company Contact Info:

Salient Arms International (SAI)
2364 E. Sturgis Rd. Unit B
Oxnard, CA 93030
Phone: 805.983.1200
Fax: 310.445.6476
Email Contact Form:

Glock, Inc.
6000 Highlands Parkway
Smyrna, GA 30082
Phone: 770-432-1202
Fax: 770-433-8719

Glock Ges.m.b.H.
P.O. Box 9
A-2232 Deutsch Wagram
Tel.: +43 (0) 2247 – 90300-0
Fax: +43 (0) 2247 – 90300-300

Scott Warren
Warren Tactical Series Inc.
PMB 230, 5171 Waterway Drive
Montclair, VA 22025
Phone: 703-856-3677
Fax: 703-878-7499
Email: [email protected]

Bar-Sto Precision Machine
3571 Hansen Ave.
Sturgis, SD 57785
Phone: 605-720-4000
Fax: 605-720-4003
Email Contact Form:

Briley Manufacturing, Inc.
1230 Lumpkin Road
Houston, Texas 77043
Orders: 800-331-5718
Office: 713-932-6995
Fax: 713-932-1043
Email Contact Form:

Integrated Systems Management Inc. (ISMI)
P.O. Box 204
Carthage, IN 46114
Order Toll Free: 800-773-1940
Tech Desk: 765-565-6108
Email: [email protected]

Darrell Lewis
IonBond DiamondBLACK Gun Coating
Phone: 859-806-0838
Email: [email protected]

Springer Precision LLC (Ion Bond DiamondBLACK Gun Coating Application)
60053 Minnetonka Ln
Bend, OR 97702
Phone: 541-480-5546
Fax: 541-639-3682

Lone Wolf Distributors Inc.
57 Shepard Road
P.O. Box 3549
Oldtown, ID 83822-3549
Phone: 208-437-0612
Fax: 888-279-2077
Email Customer Service: [email protected]
General Email: [email protected]
Amorer Email: [email protected]

Smith & Wesson (S&W)
2100 Roosevelt Avenue
Springfield, MA 01104
Toll Free: 800-331-0852 (USA)
Phone: 413-781-8300 (International)
Domestic Fax: 413-747-3317
International Fax: 413-731-8980
Email: [email protected]

Apex Tactical Specialties, Inc.
715-D Santa Maria Ave.
Los Osos, CA 93402
Phone: 805-528-5250
Email: [email protected]

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