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MechTech Systems Carbine Conversion Unit for Glock 9mm

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June 2012
Courtesy, Gun Tests Magazine

The quality of work, final finish, and execution of the MechTech was flawless. This is a quality piece of equipment that will impress anyone who knows firearms.


From the 06-01-2012 Issue of Gun Tests

Classification:Long Guns
Category:Rifles
Model Name:Carbine Conversion Unit
Manufacturer:MechTech Systems
Model Number:Carbine Conversion Unit for Glock 9mm

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In the June 2012 issue, Gun Tests Magazine checked out the MechTech Systems Carbine Conversion Unit for Glock 9mm, $505. While more complex than a .22-caliber conversion unit and the like, it is a bona fide accessory rather than a firearm. These conversions are available for the 1911 and the Glock, and the staff chose the Glock 19 9mm conversion to test. Here's what Gun Tests found out:

By removing the slide of the Glock and fitting the receiver into the MechTech conversion, you have a light, handy carbine. When assembling the Glock conversion, it is vital that a piece known as the Glock Block be included. This piece ensures reliable feeding and takes the place of the Glock’s integral feed ramp, once the barrel is removed along with the slide from the original pistol. In common with the 1911 conversion, there was no manual safety.

What’s left was the Glock double-action-only trigger action and the Glock trigger lever. The MechTech conversion worked well, was reasonably fast handling, and proved accurate. The problem is that you have to have another firearm to make this one ready. We can see a shooter who normally carries a Glock 9mm using this conversion for small game or predator shooting. Or, if you are camping or staying at a cabin, you may wish to have something more formidable on hand than a pistol.

The carbine was simple to set up and greatly increased the practical accuracy and hit potential from that of the handgun. Like each of our test carbines, we recommend keeping the MechTech ready for home defense with the chamber empty. Even though the Glock itself is safe enough when fully loaded, a carbine with a dissimilar sear and bolt arrangement is a different matter.

The MechTech conversion is an interesting option that adds to the utility of the Glock pistol without any legal wrangling. No paperwork was involved because it is not a firearm. The base price was reasonable, in our opinion, for such high quality. But adding a fixed carrying handle rear sight, post front sight and adjustable stock did increase the price of the conversion over the base unit’s cost.

Our Team Said: If we were comparing conversion units, this one would get a solid A+, our testers said. The MechTech Systems Carbine Conversion Unit for Glock is one accessory that is difficult to ignore.


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If only such things were legal in my country! :/

I'd run one with a 10mm Glock or 1911. Only questions I have are- Whats up with this "Glock block"? Does it come with the conversion? if not, where to find & how much$?

Glock block acts as a feed ramp and does come with the conversion.

I wish the made one or my Keltek.

I don't understand the need except for zhuk. Have a pistol and a rifle. In a home invasion situation you could be up the creek without a paddle.

Glock and 1911 format,excellent way to crank up your 9mm and 40 cal for a 50 yd shot or better. All you really need is a red dot and + Ps and your ready for the transition, for less than 400.00.

For far less than the price of a Glock plus the conversion kit, I'd rather have my Beretta CX4.

Yes for home defence probably impractical Cecil, however we do not have the right to use firearms in self defence so that is a moot point. If allowed here it would get round the 'semi-auto rifle ban', however because of the length it would be considered a rifle anyway!

Zhuk, me thinks your politicians need to pull their heads out of their asses. Look at what happened yesterday in London. Some Muslim chopped off the head of a Brit soldier with a meat cleaver. The world needs more guns in the hands of responsible citizens, not fewer. I would still like to visit "Down Under", but at my age, I just could not endure the 24 hour flight.

I can only agree with you, Cecil. However the national cultural shift to allow armed self defence would have to be so all-encompassing and massive, that I cannot see it happening in this country. The vast majority of the population would be just as much against such a thing as our politicians - and many licensed gun owners also do not agree with the concept either. I firmly believe we have a "warden - convict" mindset which is not only ingrained, but operates at an unconscious level.

And yes, from pretty much anywhere it takes a long, long time to get here! (except maybe NZ, which true to their non-convict background, has far less onerous firearm laws than Australia. I saw one of these Glock-Carbine kits while I was competing in the IPSC Australians in Rotorua, NZ in February, and was lucky enough to hold one, momentarily. What I would have given to be able to try it out!)

Zhuk. Your comments are not what most Americans have in mind when they think Australia. Your guys fought in WWI, WWII, Korea and even the Nam, right alongside us. We always thought that most Aussies were of the "Crocodile Dundee" type I guess, sort of rough and tumble like. And, we do appreciate Australia being an ally over these many years. We don't have many.

I have one in a Glock 10mm. Very effective brush gun for hogs using 180 to 200 gr. bullets. it's everything you said it is in your article. I have it zeroed for 50 yards and aim head level at 100 yards to hit lower chests at 100 yards all using a red dot. Low recoil, easy to maintain.

I have one in a 460 Roland for my government 45 and it also shoots 45ACP just fine. 460 Roland is a 45ACP on steroids and turns my 1911 into an awesome carbine style rifle. Thumbs up for this accessory!

I have the 10mm CCU and agree with Cecil B. Also MechTech is a top notch company, I have done some R&D on the Mechtech 10mm with their help and they are very supportive.

BTW the 10mm shoots the 40S&W just fine. This gives it a double edge...

BTW the 10mm shoots the 40S&W just fine. This gives it a double edge...

I would like to introduce whoever is doing it to what we call a "Texas Ass Kicking". That's one where they bring all the ass.

Looks like someone reverse hacked the handbag guy. WTF? I knew I should have been the last white man in America to get involved with computers.

the 10mm is a very powerful round in this carbine! this adds at least 350fps to the 180g round. total 1850fps with the nockdown of 41mag! I have this setup with scope and green dot.

While I can see that this conversion unit has some definite utilitarian value, I personally would rather spend a bit more money to have a dedicated pistol and a dedicated carbine. To that end, I agree with techfan..... I have a Beretta CX4 in .45ACP and a Beretta Cougar also in .45ACP. Unlike the Beretta PX4 pistols, the magazines for the CX4 in .45ACP and Cougar in .45ACP are interchangeable. With that in mind, I have often pondered why Beretta did not make the PX4 magazines interchangeable with the CX4.....One would have thought that it would have been a natural idea for PX4 and CX4 companion pieces.

By-the-way, anybody who owns a CX4, regardless of caliber, should go to the Beretta website and take a look at the new rail kit that's available for the CX4. It took a while for production to catch up with demand, but I finally got one for my CX4, and it is a real asset that permits all manner of gadgets to be hung on the CX4. On mine, I have mounted a vertical foregrip, and on the retactable rail, I mounted a combination light/laser, making the CX4 a real pee bringer.....

Cecil, I have looked at all of the "News" items, and every one of them has no provision for subscribers to make any comments, even though they continue to carry a "Comments" button on the page. Now, we have a new homepage post that does provide for comments, so my guess is that GunReports has seen fit to restrict comments on all of the news items, while still providing a means of making comments on the one homepage item.....

Is there anybody from GunReports administration that might care to comment about this?

Correction to my post above.....The "Comments" button is found only on the list of news items, and not on the page of news text.

Maybe it is the White House not wanting us "Gun Nuts" to talk too much, much like snooping on Fox and AP. LOL

Since they caught Holder in a bold faced lie about Rosen, I wonder if BHO will can him now? Not holding my breath though.

We can only hope that Holder will be canned, but I'm not holding my breath for that. When you figure that Nixon resigned because he got caught in a cover-up of the break-in of the DNC at Watergate, and when you figure that Clinton was impeached over his obstruction of justice related to a blow-job he got from an intern in the Oval Office, those all pale with insignificance compared to Fast & Furious, Benghazi, AP wiretaps, and IRS concentration on conservative groups. So, now the Obama adiministration has racked up at least four scandals.....that we know about.....and no real action has been taken against any of them. Methinks "something is rotten in Denmark".....er Washington, DC.

I have never witnessed anything like this in my lifetime. Just goes to show how the media let this administration run amok for 4 years and only got pissed off when he turned the gestapo loose on them. Now, they are indignant, so perhaps we will start getting a little less biased reporting on the dog and pony show in D. C. I just don't understand why everyone is afraid of this guy. Even the comedians won't hang him out to dry.

Does anyone know if this CCU is legal in Conn.?

No, but I am betting it is not. You could find out for sure by asking the NRA or calling the Ct. Governor's office.

Emmylouthedog, I agree with Cecil as concerns legality of this device in Connecticut. According to my 2013 copy of the "Traveler's Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States", in Connecticut, "Semi-auto gun ownership is heavily restricted". It goes further to state that "importation of military pattern semi-autos is prohibited". Of course this leaves one to ponder the possession of an AR-15 by the Newtown Sandy Hook killer (I will not grant him recognition by using his name here).

My guess is that since the Newtown incident, there may be even some further restrictions on the books, so as Cecil advised, check the NRA website, as well as the local state affiliate organization. As Cecil noted, the Governor's office may provide some information, and you might also go to the state's website and search under the title "firearms laws".

I do know that Ct. has passed some new gun restrictions since Sandy Hook, but I am getting old and can't remember the details. Ct., Co., NY have all lit off like bottle rockets.

Yeah, Cecil.....The left-wingers just couldn't wait to exploit another tragedy to further their agenda of confiscation of all firearms.

On another note, we have heard about the flooding in San Antonio, and we hope that you managed to stay safe, high, and dry. We picked up a couple of inches over the last two days, and it's great for the lawn, gardens, and trees. Now, of course with the sun finally making an appearance, everything is going to grow like gangbusters, and I'll soon be out there mowing the grass. That said, though.....as I'm often heard to say: "Better to be on top of the grass mowing it, than underneath it growing it".....

Remember our troops who have given their full measure of service to our great nation.....

I am flying my flag on this solemn day.

I live on the North side of town and don't get severe flooding. I did get 9.8 inches of rain though. I was up all night on that night as my dogs were having a fit. It hung directly over my house for a while and the lightening was a bit unnerving. But, like I always say, never bitch about the rain in Texas.

Happy Memorial Day to all.

Yeah, I have a son stationed at Fort Sam, and he lives on the North side also. 'Lots of rain, but no problems at the house, although driving to/from Fort Sam was a bit dicey.

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