Glock In The Shell: Recover Tactical P-IX Review


I have to be honest, when I first heard that Recover Tactical had created a system that encased a Glock pistol in another chassis (which they call a “platform”), I was a little skeptical. I’ve tried similar systems in the past, and the results weren’t encouraging. This type of system has a gun mounted inside the frame that holds the sights or optics you want to use, rather than on the gun itself. This means that any flex or movement of the gun inside the frame would alter the relationship between where your barrel is pointed and where your sights are aimed, throwing your shots off target. This is – sub-optimal, so I’ve avoided those systems altogether and settled for either red dot sights on my carry gun or a purpose-built full-size pistol-caliber pistol.

However, Recover Tactical has taken a slightly different approach to their P-IX platform. Rather than connecting the chassis to the pistol frame, leaving the grip exposed for use, the Recover Tactical P-IX encloses the entire pistol within the chassis. This results in a system somewhat similar to an AR-15 in operation and provides more points of contact between gun and frame, creating a more secure bond between optics and gun.

Using the P-IX starts with a larger Glock pistol. There is a list of compatible weapons on the Recover Tactical website, but virtually any pistol made by Glock that is G19 sized or larger will work with this system. However, if there is a red dot mounted on the top of your slide, this will need to come off before mounting in the chassis. There’s an adapter that fits on the back of your slide that allows the use of an external charging handle, and that’s pretty much all the assembly required. The gun then enters the hull and is securely closed in three different places.

Glock adapter

Recover Tactical advertises that the P-IX turns your Glock into an AR, and it kinda does. The grip on the shell attaches like an AR-15 grip and feels the same in your hand. Magazines slide into the magwell just forward of the trigger guard, just like an AR-15. There is a safety selector on the right side, just above the grip, just like an AR-15. The charging handle is exactly where you’d expect it to be on a side-loading AR.

Configuring the P-IX

However, there are some notable differences. There’s no slide stop button, for example, and the magazine release is on the opposite side than you’d expect in an AR-15. The trigger is nothing special. Because it needs a long connecting rod to activate the gun trigger inside the frame, the P-IX has a long pull, longer than a standard Glock pistol and it also requires a lot more effort , 10 pounds on the model I tested. One thing to note is that there are two “accelerator pedals” on either side of the hull where you can rest your thumbs while filming (more on those in a bit).

I inserted a stock Glock G19 Gen 4 into the gun and closed everything. There was one more step before going to the range though, and that was to mount a Leupold Deltapoint Pro optic to the P-IX using a Fix-It Sticks torque wrench and then get a rough zero at 10 meters using a laser sighting system. At the range, after confirming the zero on the gun, I fired two drills with FMJ Winchester 147 grain ammunition. Based on my experiences with other systems, I wasn’t expecting great results, but I thought, hey, let’s go over the moves anyway and get it over with.

Range test

The first exercise was five shots, slow firing at a target 25 yards away with the P-IX to test its accuracy. I shot the same test with another dead Glock G19, this one with a Swampfox Liberty red dot on it. The G19 pistol and point combination shot in a 3.02-inch band, while the P-IX shot in a 1.3-inch band.

Hmmn, there might be something to this thing after all, I thought.

I then did a speed test with the P-IX against the Glock G19 and dot, firing five rounds from low ready on a 7×12 inch steel plate at 25 yards. I managed to get five hits in 7.0 seconds with the Glock G19 and five hits in 5.49 seconds with the P-IX.

Shoot the system

OK, I was wrong, the P-IX works the way it’s supposed to. I was both faster and more accurate at longer distances with the P-IX than with the G19 alone. The technique had a lot to do with it. I first started using the P-IX with a single point sling attached to the rear, pressing it into the target in a manner made famous by the British SAS during the assault on Prince’s Gate. However, when I ditched the sling and switched to a “push/pull” grip similar to what I use with a tactical shotgun, my groups tightened up and I was able to recover sights on the target faster than other methods. The “throttle pedal” protrusions on the outside of the hull really helped with that and show that a lot of thought went into designing this system. Best of all, the Deltapoint optic on top kept its zero throughout the scope session, delivering accurate shot after shot for the 200 shots I put through this gun.

The Recover Tactical P-IX system turns your stock Glock pistol into a viable alternative to a dedicated pistol-caliber rifle, delivering fast, accurate shots out to 25 yards and beyond. Adding stock (after the proper paperwork has been approved by the feds) would only increase its ability to make hits on demand. The MSRP for the base P-IX platform is $199.95, and more information about this product and other Recover Tactical gear is available at recovertactical.com.

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