Pistols braces were easily one of the best inventions to modernize firearms. With the rise and desire for smaller and smaller guns, the pistol brace became a means to make these weapons a lot less clumsy.
While the trend often targeted firearms aiming to be a bit smaller than rifles, it’s also made some firearms a little bigger.
For example, the subject of today’s article makes your Glock pistol quite a bit bigger. That brace is the Recover Tactical 20/20.
The Recover Tactical 20/20 is an exciting design that allows shooters to add a brace to their medium-frame Glock pistols. This gives guns in both the compact and full-size variants plenty of brace action.
Although, it should be noted this brace will only fit Glocks with rails and only the standard frame models. You can’t get any 45 ACP or 10mm love at the moment. The Recover Tactical 20/20 brace isn’t designed to accommodate the 80 Lower Glocks either, so keep that in mind.
How it Works
Now that we’ve talked about what the Recover Tactical 20/20 works with let’s talk about how it works. It is relatively simple, but it’s not entirely toolless. You’ll need an included Allen wrench to loosen to open 20/20 and allow the Glock to sit pretty.
A front portion attaches to the rail and locks it down, and a rear alcove allows for the gun to sit just right. Before installing the Glock, it would be wise to install one of the included charging handles.
Once it’s nestled in the brace, the slide can be tricky to access. The charging handles simplify that, although they are optional.
Once the Glock is locked in, it’s quite solid, and it’s not going anywhere. There is no slack in the design, and there is no fear of the system slipping out at an inconvenient time—the brace folds and locks in both the closed and open positions.
The brace itself is short and thin, contributing to the sleek ensign of the system. The 20/20 does allow you to fire the weapon with the brace folded should you so choose. The brace itself is designed to use a strap that attaches around the forearm for a very comfortable design.
The system sells in several tiers, and the most affordable variant is just the brace. If you choose one of the higher tiers, you can also get optional rails, a sling, and even a holster.
The rails attach to the sides and offer more room for lights, lasers, and kitchen sinks should you so choose. The simplest tier is only 100 bucks and gives you a lot of bang for your buck.
The newest tier incorporates a forward magazine holder that allows you to carry a spare mag. Each tier sees a modest increase in price, but overall this appears to be the most affordable Glock style brace system on the market. When you can start at 99 bucks, you are blowing the KPOS, RONI, and Kidon out of the water.
The Recover Tactical 20/20 at the Range
Once you get your Glock locked and ready, then the only thing left is to hit the range. My range trip turned out the be quite successful. When the 20/20 is equipped, you’ll basically have a third arm offering an increased amount of leverage over the weapon. It gives you a crazy level of support that some may argue isn’t needed with a handgun.
Traditionally a beavertail on a handgun protects your hand from the slide and gives you a bit of leverage over the gun to reduce muzzle flip. When the device is strapped to your forearm, it is the world’s biggest beavertail and does an excellent job of reducing recoil and improving your ability to stay on target. At 25 yards, I aimed my sights at a 10-inch gong, and they barely moved for shot after shot.
The brace allows you to turn your gun and maneuver it a bit more than most and doesn’t restrict you from holding the weapon in one specific way or another. The Recover Tactical 20/20 allows for a lot of freedom over your gun and how it handles.
The biggest downside is that it makes using iron sights a little trickier. I think this would work much better with an optic’s enhanced Glock. It would also allow you to take full advantage of the increased stability for longer-range shots as well.
The open-top design is unique to this Glock and does ensure you have no issues with shells ejecting as you boot scoot and boogie. This gives the system zero reliability issues. In fact, it runs and handles just like you’d expect from a Glock.
The downside is mostly the slide lock. It’s a little tougher to reach, and using it to send the slide home is tricky. I suggest keeping to the slingshot method.
The Holster in Action
The holster is a unique solution to the Recover Tactical 20/20. It’s not a concealable system, but it’s plenty capable of toting your newer, larger weapon around. The holster attaches to the bottom portion of the Glock and completely covers the trigger. It’s in no way a traditional holster but is seemingly safe and effective.
Is It Right for You?
If you’ve been considering a Glock brace system, I give my recommendation to this variant over all others. It’s simpler, cheaper, and the streamlined design makes more sense than other systems on the market.
The biggest downside is that installation cannot be instant and does require a small, but ubiquitous tool. When you like at price and the simplistic, modular design, then the Recover Tactical 20/20 makes a lot of sense.
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