The first thing everyone notices about this gun is the beautiful finish and custom slide work. It’s a piece of art. Period.
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But it’s also very functional. The DLC coating on the barrel adds lubricity for a smoother-running gun. The serrations create a rock-solid grip for gun manipulations. And the copper coating is harder than the standard Glock finish, so it will reduce signs of wear.
Grip and Texture
The next thing I noticed was the improvement to the grip. First, the grip has been reduced to eliminate that big boxy feel of a Glock. I’ve never really liked the traditional Glock grip. This one feels more ergonomic to me, and I suspect it will fit more people’s hands. The shaved-down grip allows me to get a better purchase on the gun for faster follow-up shots. However, if you are used to normal Glock grips, it might take some time to adapt.
Second, all the Copperheads are hand stippled. I love hand stippling. Grip is everything when shooting. It’s your connection with the gun. If it slips, so does your shooting. Having a sure grip during long strings of fire is key to making fast and accurate shots.
Third, the undercut is very generous, which allows you to really get your hand high on the gun and thereby reduces muzzle flip.
The trigger really set this custom job apart. You can conceivably get another custom shop to do most of the modifications. But only TTI can do their secret trigger job.
TTI starts with a Timney Alpha Competition Trigger but does some special voodoo to take it past 11 on the dial. The trigger is very light, probably the lightest Glock trigger I’ve tested. It gets close to single-action 2011 territory. It really changes the shooting experience of a Glock.
The Copperhead package comes with an optic cut with an RMR footprint. But the TTI optic cut is better than the Glock MOS cut. This is because it does not require a plate system for RMR-patterned dots. This allows the dot to sit lower in the slide. The closer the optic is to the bore line of the pistol, the less offset/holdover will be required when shooting with this gun.
On Copperhead, you can basically hold the dot on the target from 2 yards to 50 yards without need to hold the dot higher or lower than your point of impact.
Now if you want to use a dot with a different footprint, you will need an adapter plate and will lose a lot of the cut benefits. I’m told TTI will, eventually, have these plates to sell.
If you are an iron sight shooter, the TTI irons are probably the best on the market. They are fiber optic, which is nothing special in itself, except they are Taran’s own design.
Typical fiber optics mount the fiber in the middle of the iron sight. This makes for a poorer sight picture because there is still half the front sight above the dot. TTI’s sights have the fiber optic mounted as close to the top of the sight as possible, which is a much nicer sight picture.
Reliability and Accuracy
TTI doesn’t really do anything that impacts the accuracy and reliability of the Glock platform. It’s as accurate and reliable as your standard Glock. I didn’t notice any changes in these respects. Our test model was 100 percent reliable and quite accurate.
The TTI Copperhead is fantastic. It’s what every Glock 34 wants to be. Is it worth the $1,500? In my opinion, yes, it is. $2,000-plus custom Glocks are not uncommon now. This version is probably one of the best you can get. You are getting a Glock that is a work of art.