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 A review of the Tactical Solutions TSG-22 Glock 17-22 Conversion kit
grynblk  [Team Member]
2/15/2013 8:17:00 PM EST
I recently bought a Tactical Solutions 22LR Glock 17-22 conversion kit, model TSG-22. Prior to purchasing, I looked at the online reviews and they quite honestly, weren't all that great. The reviews were full of complaints such as FTEs, FTFS, etc. They also said that Tactical Solutions had great customer service and helped them. However, some said the newer made kits were running very well. Others said some ammo was better than others, etc etc. So off to Brownells, who just so happened to have a kit and extra magazines in stock, so I went ahead and got one.

As always, Brownell's shipped quickly and it arrived 3 days later. I immediately went to my range to put some rounds thru it. It was getting dark and cold, but I put around 200 rounds thru it, using Federal Auto Match and Federal Bulk Pack. The Auto Match ran better than the Bulk Pack, But I still gave it the name of "Malfunction Junction". It threw all kinds of malfuntions. You name it, it did it. Stovepipes, FTE, FTF, etc. I was worried that I had received one of the older kits and would have to return it for service. Due to the weather and time, I packed my stuff up and ended my first test.

After doing some more research, it appeared that this kit liked to be "run wet" and that a break in period of ~500 rounds was needed. So today I went to my range and put about 600 rounds of Federal Auto Match thru it, adding gun oil every 100 rounds or so. Magazine by magazine, the malfunctions occurred less and less until it ran smooth about 97-98% of the time. I would still get a malfunction every once in a while, but nothing like the first 200 rounds.

Here's some pics:

Just as it arrived, packaged in a nice hard plastic case


Included in the kit is the slide, 15 round magazine, manuals, thread locker, and a hex key. All packaged in foam


This is how the steel slide breaks down. The extractor is attached to the barrel and if removed, it voids the warranty per the manual. The housing that contains the striker is secured by two hex key screws that screw into the slide. They include thread locker to put on the screws, but it's not needed in my case, mine were still tight after 600 rounds.


The slide goes on just like the regular one does. It came with one magazine and I bought two more. The cost of the extra mags are around ~$28


The sights are standard Glock style sights. I plan on putting some night sights on just so that it matches my full size slide.


Very conservative rollmarks on the slide



When inserted, the magazine extends just a little bit below the bottom of the magwell. I would be nice if it was just a tad shorter, but it caused no problems.


When I first put it in my Safariland 6378 holster, it wouldn't click in. At first I couldn't figure it out, but then I remembered that the holster has a plastic dowel in the bottom that the barrel fits into. So I sanded it down so that the 22LR barrel would fit and then the holster worked, allowing it to click into the holster as designed. The mags fit into my DSG magazine pouches just fine, and did not require me to purchase new ones.


I shot this grouping from ~20 yards away. I'm not the greatest pistol shooter, but I'm very happy with this kit's accuracy. I was aiming just above the X, so it appears that point of aim=point of impact like it should.


Overall, I'm very happy with it, and I definitely recommend it to anyone interested in a 22LR conversion kit.
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Hero  [Team Member]
2/16/2013 12:37:21 AM EST
Great review and pics!

Have you shot a Glock with an Advantage Arms .22 conversion kit on it? I'm wondering how different they feel. The AA kit is very lightweight and does not weigh or feel the same as the weapon with the regular slide on it. Is the TS slide closer to standard weight?

Will the TS kit work on a Gen3 Glock, or just a Gen4 like yours?

Thanks!
grynblk  [Team Member]
2/16/2013 8:23:52 AM EST

Originally Posted By Hero:
Great review and pics!

Have you shot a Glock with an Advantage Arms .22 conversion kit on it? I'm wondering how different they feel. The AA kit is very lightweight and does not weigh or feel the same as the weapon with the regular slide on it. Is the TS slide closer to standard weight?

Will the TS kit work on a Gen3 Glock, or just a Gen4 like yours?

Thanks!

Thanks! I haven't shot one of the Advantage Arms kits. I was attracted to the TSG-22 because it had the advantage (pun intended lol) of being able to go on any generation Glock 17-22. I originaly wanted an Advantage Arms kit but I couldn't find anything in stock.

As far as the weight, I'm glad you asked, I forgot to put it in my post. The weight with the standard barrel and slide, no magazine was 1lb 7oz. The weight with the TSG-22 on the Glock with no magazine was 1lb 2oz. So yes, it is lighter, but not by a lot. I can tell the conversion kit is there because it is lighter, but it still has some heft to it.

Another thing I'd like to point out though. When running a conversion kit like this, it's a good idea to switch to your full size slide and shoot a magazine of whatever ammo your Glock is chambered for. In my case it's .40S&W. At the end of range time, I switched to my full size slide and it was like a hand cannon after shooting thru 600 rounds of 22LR. It's easy to forget about the recoil of the gun when it doesn't have the conversion kit on it. So I will definitely be shooting at least one magazine worth of .40S&W every time I've finished shooting the conversion kit, just to remind myself what the recoil really feels like.
Hero  [Team Member]
2/16/2013 9:26:10 AM EST
I used to have an AA kit for my 23. I didn't like how very lightweight (toyish) it was. You're damn right about the kick ass recoil after getting used to the .22. Definitely worth reminding yourself of the recoil of the service caliber afterward. I like that the TS kit is closer to the weight of the standard slide and I like that it can go on any Gen of Glock. Hmm...
KofGC  [Member]
2/16/2013 4:00:17 PM EST
Get one of those 25rders and let us know if it works with the TSG kit.
grynblk  [Team Member]
2/16/2013 4:33:09 PM EST

Originally Posted By KofGC:
Get one of those 25rders and let us know if it works with the TSG kit.

I'm assuming you're talking about the Advantage Arms magazine lol. I don't believe they will work with the TSG kit from what I've read. I don't own an Advantage Arms kit to try it out for sure though
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