Strike Industries has announced they've got a rear-sight replacement rail on the way for Glocks. The intent is to replace the factory rear sight with a Pic rail that will accept a red dot or similar optic. Obviously mounting an optic on a pistol isn't a new idea. It's actually becoming more and more popular, particular with RMR and similar optics. I've seen increasing numbers of them set up on handguns, and not just competition or home defense weapons either - though in every case so far, it has required a modification to the slide to co-witness the optic with the sights. Obviously an end-user installed rail that eliminated the need for that sort of 'send-the-gun-away' work would be nice, though I'm at least initially put off by the idea of using an optic that is strictly rail-mounted (though in fairness I'm by no means well-informed on this sort of thing).
My original intention, after talking to Trijicon's Frank Martello and a couple of other people was to have the slide on my Glock milled out so an RMR would sit down in the slide itself and then install suppressor sights so I have a co-witness arrangement. Granted, the RMR does have a rear dovetail mount, but I'm uneasy about that for the same reason I would hesitate to try the Strike Industries Pic rail.
Strike's Glock Rail is built of two pieces: a top rail and a back plate. The top rail is manufactured with rear aiming pints and a center gap so the shooter can still engage with the front sight post without using the mounted optic.The back plate placement, if I understand them correctly, pins the top rial with the slide.
Let me make it clear - I am not impugning the potential for Strike's product. I think if it works well it's a great idea with tremendous potential. I don't have anywhere near enough time on the range with an optic-mounted weapon to comment intelligently, and none at all with their Glock Rail. If any of you have tried it, or have some intelligent commentary to add, I'd love to hear it.
Meanwhile I'll see if Matt and I can get our hands on a Strike rail and possible the Trijicon RMR Dovetail mount to see how they work out.
Either way I can't wait for the mall ninja pictures of Glocks with ACOGs and SOPS 33s mounted up. You know it will happen. Frankly I'll be disappointed if they don't have a bayonet underneath, especially if it's an 18.
That's it for now. Go forth and conquer.