Few things move my cynical old soul to poetry, but when a collector finds a grail, it’s something to celebrate. The grail, of course, is something uncommon that they desperately want to own.
My significant other is the Evil Princess of Podcasts, Pixels, and Polymer Pistols. She bonded with the Glock very early in her shooting career. Her collection includes this 1911 and that engraved Smith & Wesson, but her daily carry tends toward drastic plastic. She’ll admit to a long-going fling on the side with the Springfield Armory XD(m) series, but most often, both her daily holster and her competition holster will carry one or another Glock. Over at glocktalk.com her handle is Glock Girl Gail, and she is not only a certified Glock Armorer but has been to the Mother Ship in Smyrna, Georgia and been certified as an Advanced Armorer with this pre-eminent polymer pistol.
She tested the Glock RTF2 pistols along with me when they first came out a few years ago. The RTF stood for Rough Textured Finish, with little studs they called “polymids” all over the grip to give a more solid hold in slippery hands. The RTF2 treatment also included gill-shaped slide grasping grooves. Her reaction at first was “ho-hum.”
As soon as they discontinued the RTF2 (police departments complained that the rough texture on the grips was chewing up uniforms) she discovered an RTF2 Glock 17, the standard size 9mm, in our hangout, the ProArms Gun Shop. She fell in love with it and so I bought it. It became her favorite match gun. Partial to the slightly smaller Glock 19 in the same 9mm chambering for daily carry, she started looking for those in RTF2 format.
They were scarce as the proverbial hen’s teeth.
“Why didn’t you develop your fixation when we could still get the damn things,” I moaned. “I prefer 9mm,” she said with the logic that helps women live seven years longer than men, “and the ones you tested were .40s and .45s.”
Thus began the quest. We found the same configuration pistol in .40 caliber, an RTF2 Glock 23, and I bought it for her. “We can convert it to 9mm easy,” I said. “It’s still not going to be a Glock 19 RTF2,” she replied adamantly, looking at me as if I had suggested solar powered night sights. The quest continued.
Glock reintroduced a Larry Vickers Signature Model Glock 19 RTF2. “Let me get you one of those,” I pleaded. “No,” she replied with finality. “It has the RTF2 grip, but not the gills. I gotta have gills.”
And so it went, until a new Best Friend Forever found her a near-mint condition Glock 19 RTF2 earlier this month. My hand went for my credit card as if it was a fast draw contest.
Life is better now. Thanks again, Bob!
It’s how collectors are. “This Winchester ’94 is almost perfect but it doesn’t have the saddle ring.” “No, this Smith & Wesson Model 27 with 4” barrel isn’t the same as the one I want with 3 ½” barrel.” (My own last gun grail, an itch now scratched twice over.)
How about y’all? What grail guns are you still searching for to make your collection complete?