Review: Tyrant Designs CNC Glock Extended Slide Release (Gen 2-4)

I have a love-hate relationship with extended slide releases for Glocks. On one hand, I appreciate the larger target and easier operation of an extended slide release. On the other hand, I hate how the base of my thumb often rides onto them causing failures to lock back. The best extended slide releases for me have always been relatively compact, relying more on improved texture and shape rather than a true extension for leverage. Enter the Tyrant Designs CNC Glock Extended Slide Release.

Overview

Tyrant Designs’ Glock Extended Slide Release consists of a steel lever with an aluminum pad that has a deep chevron texture machined into its face. As with all Tyrant Designs’ parts, it can be had in a variety of anodized colors including black if you are as basic as I am.

Observations from Use

This is a very, very good extended slide release even though it hardly appears to be extended at all at a glance. While many extended slide releases rely on a much larger contact area, Tyrant chose to go in the direction that I prefer. They increased texture and provided a ledge which makes the release much easier to use while keeping its footprint minimal.

The machined chevron texture is clever because its beveled shape provides grip in both directions – down to release and up during manually locking back the slide. The shape of the upper part of Extended Slide Release provides a ledge (plus that bevel) that is extremely easy to depress. It is so easy to use, that I can hit with the thumb of my firing hand which I can’t typically do unless the lever is very oversized. I certainly can’t do it reliably with the OEM slide release.

The minimal footprint is absolutely clutch for many shooters. Internet gun forums are chocked full of discussions around brand new Glocks that lock back early or won’t lock back on an empty magazine. This is due to the shooter’s support hand contacting the slide release. Many Glock shooters have to take great care when building their grip to work around the lever and this is obviously more difficult when the lever is larger. The Tyrant Designs lever works well without being oversized. I consider that ideal.

The small footprint has another benefit. It fits most holsters. I tried all my holsters and this fit well in all of them. Is there some kind of super stiff, super specifically molded kydex holster that it won’t fit? Maybe. However, the footprint of this lever fits within the fence that Glock molds in the grip frame, a spot that holster makers already accommodate, so I don’t think you will have an issue with holster fit.

I also happen to think it looks pretty snazzy, especially if you have other Tyrant Designs gear on your Glock. Sometimes people need to remember that guns are fun and it’s fun to personalize them.

Wrap Up

This lever gets a little bit lost in the shuffle when compared to some of the more “serious” offerings out there but, make no mistake, this is a functional piece that is well suited to concealed carry. Whether you need an extended slide release that just works or you are buying for looks, this could be the Glock extended slide release for you. It certainly works for me.

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PHLSTER Enigma Reveal

PHLSTER has been teasing the Enigma recently and now the cat is out of the bag. Enigma is a “Concealment Chassis” that allows for concealing a handgun completely independent of your clothing choices.

I highly recommend watching the reveal video posted to PHLSTER’s Instagram page as it does an excellent job of showing what Enigma is and what it does. The video also does a good job placing it in a variety of common situations that you might otherwise have a hard time carrying a concealed handgun to give you context for its capabilities.

Enigma is expected to be available to order on Black Friday.

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FACTR USA Bundles

FACTR USA’s Holiday Sale is going on now through November 30th. Almost all of their products are on sale but the biggest savings are on their new bundles. The bundles include everything you need to update your Glock 19 with a new magwell, trigger, mag release, and base plates.

There are multiple bundles options with various combinations of parts available at FACTRUSA.com.

PHLSTER Website Update and a Tease

PHLSTER has given their website a fresh coat of paint. The new site sports a clean new look and updated, easier to use navigation… and you may want to keep an eye on the new site because PHLSTER has been teasing a new product release.

The new product, called ENIGMA, looks to be some kind of deep concealment product that promises to allow the user to “Dress Around Your Life”. PHLSTER’s teases always live up to the hype so this one will be worth watching.

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Introducing the WNDSN Telemeter Dog Tag in Brass

BERLIN, 2020-11-12 – Your tools should last longer than you do.

Brass, used since prehistory, is the ever-classic. Its malleability, durability, antimicrobial properties, and sheer cosmetic appeal makes Brass stand out among flashier, more modern materials and WNDSN reaches for it again and again when creating new products, this time bringing it to their signature Dog Tag Telemeter Pendant.

The core tenant at WNDSN is “The best tool is the one you have with you, on you.” and they mean it literally when it comes to the dog tag. The Brass Dog Tag Telemeter Pendant is the newest product in their line of distance measuring and range finding instruments. The Brass Dog Tag retains the classic military format, sized according to specifications and matching current U.S. Dog Tags. A heavier material, the Brass Dog Tag weighs in at 1oz (33 g). Now available in Brass, this Telemeter will become an heirloom item for the next generations of explorers.

The WNDSN Brass Dog Tag Telemeter pendant fixates the distance to the measuring scale by way of creating a necklace that is holding the scales at a set distance from the eye, thus enabling accurate measurements. The simple instructions are, as always:

Find an object of known size at the distance you need to measure and determine the angular size which you can subsequently convert to distance.

The new WNDSN Brass Dog Tag Telemeter pendant features two sets of scales; on the left-hand side, a standard angular size scale with a maximum of 10° graded in 0.2° increments, and on the right-hand side, a special multiplication scale that allows the user — knowing the dimension of the object to be measured — to directly multiply the value for the distance.

Further design elements and features are:

  1. Both sets of scales have extra-long marks, extended from the edges to be visible with dog tag silencers installed.
  2. The dog tag itself features instructional icons to create a self-contained tool.
  3. The backside is intentionally left blank to either sandwich the Telemeter dog tag to the back of regular dog tags, or alternatively for the end user to add additional information, velcro, or marker tabs.

The WNDSN family of Telemeters are wallet-size distance and altitude nomographs developed in the WNDSN applied science lab. They combine a thousand years of civil engineering, surveying, navigation, and astronomy in durable, low-tech, high utility instruments that can be brought anywhere, are self-containing, and independent of external, modern technologies.

Under certain conditions or in cases where laser rangefinders tend to fail or result in errors, WNDSN Telemeters prevail and can be used as primary or “second opinion” tools, to cross-check values obtained with different means, or in austere situations when other methods fail or are unavailable.

The WNDSN Brass Dog Tag Telemeter is made in Germany, its scales are laser-engraved and precision-cut into 3 mm raw, unpolished brass. The device carries the WNDSN maker’s marks; scientific instructions are engraved and supplemented by a printed how-to in both English and German. An abridged manual is included as a PDF and a 400-page printed comprehensive manual is available separately at WNDSN or via bookstores.

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About WNDSN

WNDSN’s Applied Science Lab, based in Berlin, develops and manufactures that which can’t be improvised; measurement, navigation, and surveying instruments informed by the motto “Ex Mensura, Scientia” — knowledge from measurement.

WNDSN produces archival quality products that are designed with intent by combining techniques proven over centuries; arcane science meets cutting edge contemporary methods, resulting in iconic, timeless, high-utility designs.

In addition to custom-built instruments and tools, metrology & illumination solutions, WNDSN creates expedition mementos and morale patches to celebrate cross-disciplinary exploration in the spirit of the Renaissance. WNDSN morale patches are acutely designed — no line is left to randomness, no element is mere filler. They serve as infographics, how-tos for the WNDSN tools, magic sigils, as well as functional markers.

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