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The Zev Technologies Experience – Check-In

This is the first installment in a new series that shows you what it’s like to send your GLOCK in to Zev Technologies for some work. We recently shipped these Glocksmiths a new Gen 3 G17 and week by week, the folks at Zev will share photos and video of what they are doing to it. We’re not even sure what it will look like when they are done.


The Pistol is received, inspected and placed into their tracking system.


A work order is created and it takes its place in the cue.


I can’t wait to see what they do next.



10 Responses to “The Zev Technologies Experience – Check-In”

  1. bob says:

    This will be great. I love seeing work-in-progress articles. Any chance we can get a factory tour video? Always cool to see behind the scenes.

  2. Redbeard33 says:

    I had a Glock 20 done by Zev and didn’t quite know what I’d get at the end either. I had front slide serrations and cut for an RMR and the receiver stippled and cerakoted. It turned out beautifully -cool looking and just a joy to shoot. Definitely get their Fulcrum trigger.

    • straps says:

      I went with the Duty Trigger (not adjustable like the Fulcrum) which was nonetheless a perceptible improvement in feel and visible improvement in accuracy.

  3. JM says:

    Just received my zev (did some slide work, sights, new trigger) and I am thoroughly impressed.. E, you are going to be stoked! Its a whole new world..

  4. Chris U'5 says:

    There was a ‘work in progress’ article on Tactical Life (I think?) which featured Wilson, it was amazing to see the work that goes into their pistols. I’m looking forward to seeing how this ends up.

  5. Kramerica says:

    I sent them 2 Glocks last week and am STOKED to have them rub their magic into the blasters. One question though- if one is as lame at shooting as me, how much improvement will they give a person? Haha! At least I’ll look cool, which is 95% of the battle.

    • straps says:

      Minor variations in equipment are thought to be responsible for no more than 15% of a given performance equation in a “normal” situation. This was explained to me by a cycling coach as a fairly scalable (applicable to one rider AND 9 of his teammates) prediction, and it’s been borne out in other pursuits, as well as other human factors analyses I’ve read.

      I did a pretty long data pull on a mobilized tour I served when CS/CSS units preparing to deploy started getting M68 CCOs as part of a compressed but well-executed transition program (shocking–I know). The net improvement in raw scores (shots vs. hits at all distances) came in at about 14%. Success at the multiple exposures (a discriminator of Sharpshooter and Expert qualifiers) came in about the same.

  6. Riceball says:

    Out of curiosity, what’s the procedure involved when sending your gun off to be worked on by a shop that’s not local to you. Are you supposed to send them in a special container and fill out forms at UPS or the post office or do you just send it to them in any old brown box like any other package with no special paper work and/or markings?

    • jbgleason says:

      Please DON’T just throw a handgun in a box and take it to the post office. You will go to jail. Handguns have to go common carrier (i.e. UPS, FedEx) and they have their own regulations. Key being you MUST declare it. Which means telling them it is a handgun. They generally require you to overnight it as well.

  7. BDVa says:

    Sent my G30S to be tricked out….Cant wait to see the magic…And most importantly cant wait to compare to my Salient…..