Winning Design: Recover Tactical’s 20/20 Glock Brace
The Recover Tactical 20/20 caught my eye at SHOT 2020. After a Whiskey bottles worth of whiskey I was hungover, but still observant. It seemed like an innovative and smartly designed brace system that competed with the newly famed Flux brace. However, it cost about a quarter of the price of a Flux and offered a lot of the same features.
The Recover Tactical 20/20 is a low profile system that takes a Glock pistol and converts into a quasi subgun platform. The brace can fold and lock to the side to minimize size. Even better Recover Tactical produces a holster system that allows you to easily carry the Recover Tactical 20/20 brace.
The Recover Tactical 20/20 brace comes in various tier levels to allow for a variety of different options. This includes rails, the holster, sling, and now a forward-mounted mag holder and soon an optics mount. Although, you can use most optically enhanced Glocks with this system. The basic tier is just the brace system and costs a mere 99 bucks.
Inside the Recover Tactical 20/20
The Recover Tactical 20/20 is only compatible with standard Glock frames in compact and full size variants. You’ll get no love for 45 ACP or 10mm gun sadly. This works with your 9mm, 40 S&W, 45 GAP, and 357 SIG guns.
It won’t work with the 80% lower Glocks from Strike Industries or Polymer 80. It’s designed for Glock OEM frames Gen 3 and up.
To ensure easily manipulation of the slide you can use either the high or low charging handles. These are not a requirement but do help manipulate the slide and allow for easier charging. To me, they are a must-have and I prefer the low charging handle.
The biggest downside to the 20/20 is the fact that installation does require a tool, specifically an Allen wrench. You have to open the clamshell-style design to install the gun into the brace system. It is simple overall, but not perfect for instant installation and use on the fly.
Once installed your Glock stays locked in like an absolute champ and does move, flex, or shake inside the brace. This tight fit is critical for accuracy and any shake or movement would be a hassle.
When you strap this bad boy to your arm you get what essentially a third arm holding the gun. The brace portion is absurdly comfortable when attached to your arm and allows you to hold the gun in a natural grip. No shooting gloves needed.
You can hold it at various angles to accommodate closer retention positions, around cover, and one-handed shooting positions. When shooting the gun’s recoil and muzzle rise is almost entirely eliminated.
That third arm like design allows you to maintain an entirely new level of control over the gun. It’s crazy how much easier the gun is to control with the attachment of a brace around your arm.
There is also minimal interference from the brace to the gun. Unlike other brace systems, the top is entirely open and this prevents any kind of ejection issues. The controls of your gun remains largely unchanged. One big difference is the slide lock and release.
It’s tough to reach and not easy to use with the Recover Tactical 20/20 brace. Stick to slide manipulations for racking and reloading the gun.
Misusing the Brace
Admittedly if you misused the brace you might find it a little short and the brace to not be very supportive. There is no cheek weld, and seeing the low sights can be tricky. An optic would make it easier, as would suppressor height sights.
Overall the affordable nature of the Recover Tactical 20/20 makes it an attractive design. It’s simple, affordable, and effective. If you are a disabled shooter you would absolutely benefit from this device and it would improve your ability to safely manipulate your gun.
The Recover Tactical 20/20 is a winning design, and I enjoy it immensely as a guy who loves both handguns and pistol braces.