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.
Nice....thanks for the review!....always looking for ways to shoot more and spend less....
How much for the kit and how many magazines came with it?