Raven Concealment Freya Glock Magwell: Building A Roland Special Part 1

There is a pistol concept floating around some circles (primarily among members of Primary & Secondary) that has been lovingly dubbed the Roland Special. Basically, the Roland Special is a highly modified Glock 19 that mimics race gun performance in a size that is still manageable for duty or even concealed carry use.

The man that came up with the concept was a US Army Special Ops vet with 26 years of service as well as a verified founding member of the Asymmetric Warfare Group. While his real identity has surfaced recently, and some have linked him to Delta as well, I am not going to out him and it would be appreciated to not do so in the comments.

The Raven Freya was chosen by Roland as a result of the large chute at the rear of the mag well while maintaining a reasonably low profile. I know other magwells were experimented with, but ultimately the Freya won out. From my shopping around I found that the Freya seems to have the largest chute out of the low profile Glock magwells currently on the market.

But why a magwell on a gun that may be carried?  When reloading a Glock there are times when you rush the insertion and catch the rimmed portion of the case on the lip at the rear of the gun making that reload slower than it should be. This little hangup can cost you tenths of a second or foul that reload entirely.

Glock 18 Gen 4 Magwell

You can see the offending lip inside the magwell here.

This is the issue when reloading I am speaking of. The dummy rounds are the fancy Glock branded ones, $20 for 50 dummies and a case isn’t too bad of a deal IMHO. I keep several in my range bag for failure drills as well.

The magwell itself is machined from solid aluminum and has a type III hardcoat anodizing applied. The design has been floating around for a while as the Sentinel Concepts magwell and has been well proven.

In the package you get some basic instructions, two Allen wrenches, the magwell, a grip plug, and the two required screws with thread locker applied.

Installing the magwell on the pistol is a straight forward and easy process. Start with an unloaded gun (make sure to remove all ammo from the work area and check the chamber). Raven Concealment offers versions of the magwell to fit most models of Glocks, they do not offer other makes or models currently.

Slide the plug into the butt of the gun until it bottoms out, then secure it in place with the entirely threaded set screw. Only tighten it until the screw is flush with the back of the grip or just below the surface.

Installing the rest of the magwell is just as easy. Notice the slight lip at the top of the bottom portion, this will hook onto the grip of the gun and you will swing the magwell to mate up with the plug using the front portion as a pivot point.

Once the magwell is in place it is merely a matter of securing it to the plug. There is a socket cap style screw that is left over, this is the only one with a “head” on it. Just tighten that up and instalation is done.

The magwell doesn’t add too much length to the pistol and it is still sort of concealable with it installed. An added side benift of the magwell is it provides a bit of a shelf that allows people with meaty hands to get better purchase on the gun.

The biggest benefit is the removal of that offending lip that will foul a smooth reload. While the magwell isn’t going to make you faster, it will allow you to reload a bit faster than previously and still get the gun back in action.

Here you can see exactly how little is added in terms of length. If you wanted to run a mag extension Raven has a list of those that will fit, sadly TTI is not on that list but there are several others that are.

Getting out on the range to put the Freya through its paces, I set a 12″ plate up at 10 yards and broke out the shot timer. I want to say that I am NOT a competition shooter and have only been working on reloads recently, there is a ton of room for me to improve. Normally if I am pushing myself I can complete a slide lock reload in about 1.8 seconds from shot to shot with SEVERAL hangups, but if I slow it down a bit I am more consistent at about 1.9 to 2 seconds with a rare hangup now and again.

Once I installed the Freya my times changed for the better. I was able to push the reload speeds for consistent 1.8 second slide lock reloads and even had a few dip into 1.7 second range. I had almost no issues getting the mag into the gun as long as I didn’t screw up how I gripped the mag.

The Raven Concealment Freya magwell is competitively priced with an MSRP of $94.99 and is available for the compact line of Glocks like the 19 and 23 in either Gen 3 or Gen 4 as well as the full-size frames like the 17, 22, 34, or 35 in Gen 3 or 4.

If you want to know more about the Raven Concealment Freya you can visit their website or several online retailers that have the part in stock.



Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Bill

    Almost completely OT, but a functional safety issue: I can’t tell from the photos if those are all-plastic inert rounds, but my experience with all-plastic inert rounds has been horrible and possibly dangerous. Sooner rather than later the rim starts to chip and disintegrate, leading to FTEs. Worse, it led to plastic chips working into the guns, causing the kinds of malfunctions expected when shards of plastic get into lockwork.

    Highly unrecommended. I destroyed all of ours and went with inerts that had actual cases.

    • Justin

      I switched to the A-zoom metal snap caps. I had the same issue with the all plastic ones, even had the tip break off one and get lodged in the barrel. I inspect my firearms every time I handle them so it was not a problem but I didn’t expect to have to do a full breakdown and cleaning from dry fire fire exercises.

  • nate

    another glock upgrade, because glocks are so perfect they need none stop upgrades

    • Gregory

      You are just a Glockaphobe. You are afraid of Glocks but cannot admit it. You are secretly in love with Glocks and fear if you shoot one everyone will discover your secret.

    • AK™

      Owned my current G17 for awhile now. Only “upgrades” I did to it was replace the factory sights with Vickers Tactical Fiber Optic front sight and their Battlesight for my rear. Threw on the Vickers slide release. Only other option I can think I want to do to my carry gun is the Vickers mag release.
      I throw the Streamlight TLR on it when I go to bed.

      Most people are happy with their standard factory sights,some people want to trick out their guns as they see fit. Why make such a big deal about it?

    • Zachary marrs

      Aftermarket parts do not always imply a problem.

      As far as mag wells go, glock is par for the course

  • Marc

    Roland Deschain, in The Dark Tower series of books, carried revolvers. Probably. 45 Colt, although it was never stated. Seems a Roland special, or Gunslinger special, would be more apt for a customized revolver. Just sayin.

    • Jared Vynn

      Skeletonized full length barrel shroud, railed top vented ribs running full length of the barrel and top strap, extra wide combat hammer, rubber finger grooves with g10 side panel grips, ported barrel with compensator, tritium fiber-optic hybrid sights, extended cylinder release, tuned trigger springs, and a flat black coating with gold accents all in a package five times the cost of the original revolver.

    • pannal

      If Roland existed he would have carried two makarovs or similar all steel fixed barrel pistols. They are not more difficult to manufacture than a revolver (easier probably) and have a longer lifespan. (can change barrels) Much faster rate of fire and similar accuracy.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    I dont care if he was in the X Men I aint dropping $100 for less aluminum than it takes to make a beer can.

    • I was under the same impression until I used it. It really helped keep my hand high on the grip. Having larger hands and using a g19, it is a little small for my hand and the mag well helps noticeably.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Well, whatever works use it.
        For me I cant see any purpose.

        • Jared Vynn

          I have tried magazine wells on a 1911 and found you needed a bumper pad or extended magazine to be able to seat the magazine fully. If you are like me and use the heel of your palm to seat the magazine the magazine well can often get in the way. If you get a bumper pad or extension this issue goes away, but that’s just more money towards a solution without a problem (in my personal experiences and opinion)

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Ive never used one but I was wondering if that would be an issue.

          • Jared Vynn

            It’s not as big an issue with Glocks and other handguns with protruding basepad, but simply improving your reloading technique would be better. I had the good fortune to learn from my dad who was a competitive shooter and NRA safety instructor

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            The thing is I dont even carry a spare mag with my carry pistol.
            I figure if I cant stop somebody with one mag then a second probably wont make any difference.

          • Phillip Cooper

            Same here, but I am aware there may be functional issues that are best solved with a quick reload.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Very true.

          • Jared Vynn

            And sometimes you may need to New York reload to solve a malfunction in a timely manner.

          • Jared Vynn

            I carry two spares each for my two carries, but I keep them (spares and my second carry) in my shoulder bag with my insulin and test kit.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            That makes sense if you have to carry a bag around anyway.

          • Jared Vynn

            Exactly my thoughts. One of the few upsides I have had since my unexpected diagnosis. Type 1 didn’t seem to care how fit you are and how healthy you eat unfortunately.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Damn, thats scary.

            Sorry, dude.

          • Jared Vynn

            Fortunately all I need is a single injection at night and two pills of metformin a day. Turns out metformin is quite the wonder drug and can help you lose weight and even helps reduce your chances of cancer and helps treat cancer. Honestly should be an over the counter like aspirin.

          • billyoblivion

            What if it’s more than one somebody?

          • billyoblivion

            If you look at the pictures presented here the mag still extends a *little* bit below the funnel.

            My concern is that for some failures in a glock you rip the magazine out with force, and I don’t see being able to get a grip on one as easily with this.

  • John A. Smith

    “The man that came up with the concept was a US Army Special Ops vet with
    26 years of service as well as a verified founding member of the
    Asymmetric Warfare Group. While his real identity has surfaced recently,
    and some have linked him to Delta as well as the 7th Special Forces, I
    am not going to out him and it would be appreciated to not do so in the
    comments.”

    This is your website, so I’m happy to honor your request not to identify him. But I am going to say this: I don’t trust anyone who feels the need to hide his identity because of what he has done. If he has behaved in an admirable and honorable manner, he has no need to conceal himself. I have more than a few friends who were SF or spooky civilians. Not one hides his face.

    “You may plainly perceive the traitor through his mask; he is
    well-known everywhere in his true colors; his rolling eyes and his
    honeyed tones impose only on those who do not know him.” Molière

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      People have different reasons for doing things.
      I think using the word “traitor” is a little much.

      Besides this post already gave you basically every piece of information necessary to tell you who it is if you care that much.

    • Could it be he created enemies overseas through his work?

      • BillC

        Your patience is nothing short of amazing.

        • When you have facts and knowledge behind you, patience is easier to have.

      • Bill

        How many former “operators” or those now out of theater have been stalked by enemies made through their work? More or less than those who used their background as marketing tools for courses or other stuff? Personal security is a thing, but I’m not really that concerned about undercover work I did years ago in another state.

        Sometimes this anonymity thing can get a little theatrical: see “Dalton Fury.”

        • I know the guy. We have discussed it.

          Based on his former employer’s policy, not using his real name was a good idea.

          His decision. That may soon change since he has retired.

          • Bill

            If it’s a NDA thing, that’s cool. Too many people have been violating theirs seeking book deals and consultancies.

          • He hasn’t done anything with his Roland name to get book deals, consultant gigs, or anything for his benefit – his real name already gets those.

    • manaba

      I meet your Moliere with Japanese proverb ‘The nail that sticks out gets hammered down.’

  • NPB

    A Roland Special series? Excellent!

    I’m looking forward to this!

    • BillC

      Me too, but it’s going to get a lot of people booty-hurt.

      • Jared Vynn

        Nah, more that many of us view it like adding spoilers or coffee can mufflers to a Prius. (Just some hyperbolic humor)

        We simply are voicing our opinions regarding the superfluous nature of the subject media. We are having meaningful discussion on the benefits or lack thereof while mostly being civil. Shame you are running that for us. Perhaps instead of insulting others stick to engaging them in discussion and offering counter points and alternative views?

        • DonDrapersAcidTrip

          Okay but modifying these guns like this has objectively improved the guns for people who actually use them for a living, so a bunch of gun forum old timers crying about “kids nowadays and their 9mm comps etc” is just having to hear a bunch of uninformed nonsense, not “offering some interesting counter point”

  • Parvusimperator

    The only thing I don’t like about the Freya is that it’s not compatible with (unmodified) Gen4 backstraps.

  • As the guy that named it, I only used “Gunslinger Special” once when I first introduced it to remove unnecessary attention from Roland in my initial article in 2015. Shortly after publishing that article, I changed everything to the Roland Special.

  • Eric B

    Funny, I did this to a Glock 34 about 4-5 years ago and never knew it was special.

  • iksnilol

    Can y’all please stop trying to make the “Roland Special” a thing?

    Also, I really wonder what the guys name is, it ain’t “Roland” by any chance?

    • No trying, it is a thing. It works well.

      • iksnilol

        No, it’s definitely one group forcing it like they invented the idea of a combat tuned handgun.

        • Nope, it wasn’t invented by them of anyone in it and they don’t say that either. What they do say is that it is a great combination of add-ons that provide a noticeable performance increase to those who already have a solid foundation in shooting.

        • DonDrapersAcidTrip

          I can never tell what’s more annoying, a semi-trendy thing or the hipster backlash to that semi-trendy thing

    • Jared Vynn

      I prefer KISS Special for my carry guns. Outside of upgrading the grips and maybe sights I like to leave a carry as simple and unmodified as possible. Both for potential legal issues should I have to use it and for ease in maintenance/cleaning.

      • Is there a legal case we should know about where a modified handgun caused the self-defender a problem in court? (Hint, no there isn’t). Been beaten to death already.

        • Jared Vynn

          I carry on the unlikely chance I will need to defend myself, so I will carry in a way that can’t be used against me in a court of law in the unlikely chance I will need to defend myself in a court of law. Don’t like it, than just carry how you would prefer.

          • I couldn’t care less how you carry and wasn’t criticizing you. I was just pointing out that the notion that modifications to your carry gun will somehow be held against you in court after a defensive shooting is silly and unfounded.

          • Phillip Cooper

            Choice of caliber has demonstrably been held against someone in a self defense situation, I don’t see any reason a sheister DA wouldn’t go after a modified handgun.

          • Oh damn, I wasn’t aware of that. Is there a specific case you know of? The host of the AR 15 podcast is an attorney in Texas who spoke at length about modifications and the notion they could be held against someone in court…he found zero instances, zero cases where it was an issue and felt it was absolutely not a concern in an otherwise lawful shooting.

          • Phillip Cooper

            Harold Fish in Arizona. The defendant’s use of a 10mm handgun was specifically brought up as “a better way of killing”.

          • What it the cause of his prosecution?

          • Phillip Cooper

            No, killing a guy who attacked him with two vicious dogs was the cause of the prosecution. The DA made much hay of his choice of a 10mm.

          • Jared Vynn

            This is what makes me nervous about using 22tcm or 357 mag as my carry, I’ve stuck to 45 and 9mm so far.

          • BillC

            “Choice of caliber has demonstrably been held against someone in a self defense situation”
            Sigh. That’s not the point. A person was never found GUILTY solely because of a caliber or modification.

            This has never happened. “We were going to find you innocent and a case merely self defense, but since you used .XXxx caliber, you are now found guilty of murder.”

            Anything can be used against you in court, like a neighbor could testify that you’re always grumpy, but any lawyer that’s even a quarter competent make it irrelevant.

          • Jared Vynn

            It’s more of a precaution in the case of a bad faith prosecutor, and also for reduced loss for when your carry is confiscated as evidence (also in case it is “lost” in evidence)

            Also civil cases it could be used against you potentially, unfortunately civil cases aren’t always grounded in fact.

          • BillC

            You carrying a firearm alone can be used against you. You existing at a point in time and space can be used against you. A magwell or reliable trigger from a reputable company will have little to no impact on the actual outcome of court. Sure, it could be “used” against you. But a couple parts will not actually be a damning part of the trial.

          • Jared Vynn

            Any alterations to improve performance (or that could be perceived) could be used against you much like having a sports car or a souped up Civic (as an example) makes you more likely to get a ticket. It just adds more fuel on the fire for the prosecutor/DA to use against you or influence their views on you.

          • BillC

            Your car analogy is flawed. A souped up civic does not get a ticket while obeying the speed limit. Also, the ticket portion is not court.

          • Jared Vynn

            It catches attention of police officer, and a bad police officer can find a reason to issue a ticket. This is a common occurrence and is why my analogy does indeed hold up.

          • And the ticket doesn’t stand when it gets to court.

          • Jared Vynn

            But it still goes to court.

          • Court doesn’t mean prosecution. Prosecution is the wives tale for having a modified weapon.

          • Jared Vynn

            You are prosecuted in court, even if found innocent. The act of being taken to court is prosecution. Not modifying your carry could be what tips the scales away from being prosecuted or not.

          • How long have you been working in the courts or a cop?

            Less Internet myth for you.

          • Jared Vynn

            Verb: institute legal proceedings against (a person or organization)

            Words have meaning, thankfully for you dictionaries exist. But I saved you the trouble and posted the definition for you. Or do you think dictionary definitions are an internet myth?

          • Show me a statute that provides the ability to be charged due to the appearance of the firearm.

            The appearance, caliber, modification of a firearm has never been the element of any crime I have even seen.

          • Jared Vynn

            No. It’s not my argument or position don’t try to strawman me.

            It adds to the potential of tipping a prosecutor towards charging you or not among many other factors. Full stop. Just like a sports car or sporty looking car is more likely to get a ticket having a modified firearm is more likely to be held against you by a prosecutor while not being the reason you are being charged.

          • Criteria for specific crimes need to be met, what you are urging is not part of the criteria.

            Provide case law to prove otherwise.

      • Bill

        i’m not worried about legal ramifications, but I’m certain that I don’t know about gun engineering than the gun engineers. If it needed it, they’d a done it.

        • DonDrapersAcidTrip

          If it was more profitable, they would of done it. You’re getting what works well the cheapest.

          You people ascribe mystical qualities to firearm blueprints. These things weren’t brought down from the mountain top by moses and putting in aftermarket parts sudden trashes the whole thing.

          • Bill

            Well, the 1911 was, by John Moses Browning ;). Ironic that it’s one of the most modified pistols out there.
            To be honest, I’ve added sights, lights and stocks, but have generally regretted most permanent mods I’ve made to any of my guns, one 1911 in particular.

    • Riot

      It’s a flared magwell, a massive compensator and a red dot sight on a “concealable pistol”
      It’s a competition gun with a shorter barrel and grip whoop de doo.

      • Jared Vynn

        It’s a more expensive loss (temporary, if you are lucky) when/if you end up using it in self defense.

        • billyoblivion

          If you’re alive for them to take it, then it was worth it.

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      It kind of is a thing. No, Roland is not his real name.

      • Cymond

        Is Roland his online alias?
        Cymond ain’t my real name either.

        • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

          Yep.

  • netPIMP

    hey, I just wanted to get my self-righteous, self-important, self-aggrandizing comment in about how I feel like this component isn’t for me and that because I have a nutsack big enough to give me the courage to post on a blog article, that means I have credibility and you all should listend to me because I operate operationally doing teir-1 tactical mall ninja stuff none of you basement dwellers will understand… high-speed/low-drag master OUT

    • autofull– kevin horning

      im a big believer in mag base pads, after 40yrs of this, i hope my opinion counts on this one.

    • AK™

      James Yeager,is that you?

  • bsvsvs

    I don’t need no reloads, 16 shots = 1 kill.

  • BillC

    “While his real identity has surfaced recently, and some have linked him
    to Delta as well, I am not going to out him and it would be appreciated
    to not do so in the comments.” Hey guys, here’s some speculation! Now I ask you to not speculate on my speculation!

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      It isn’t speculation if it has been confirmed.

  • Anonymoose

    Now you just need a compensator.

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      Testing a KKM 4 port comped barrel now.

  • Hoplopfheil

    Hmm. I don’t hate this.

  • BaconLovingInfidel

    Nice review, thanks.