The GoGun accelerator makes shooting with a handgun easier

We live in an era of plenty when it comes to customizing and outfitting our firearms, and the GoGun gas pedal is a good example of that. The performance we can squeeze out of our modern designs would astound pistol shooters of decades past. Contemporary handgun designers approach their task with a vastly different attitude about how a pistol should be fired than that of the early 1920’sth Century. I don’t think John Browning envisioned IPSC or USPSA shooters blasting through ammo as fast as they could stuff magazines into their pistols.

I still love classic pistols, but modern modifications mean more accuracy and power. Many popular modern designs such as Glock and Sig lines have dedicated followings from aftermarket parts manufacturers, some of whom build entire guns “upgraded” from the original designs.

Don’t get me wrong, many of these “upgrades” are about both cosmetics and performance. But the GoGun accelerator is just the opposite. It’s specifically designed to improve recoil management, allowing you to return to target faster.

GoGun accelerator pedals on a Glock G17, Sig Sauer P320 and Springfield XD-M Compact 10mm. Tyler Freel

What is the GoGun accelerator?

In short, the GoGun accelerator is a thumb brace. More specifically, it’s a landing point for your support hand thumb when firing a pistol. With proper pressure applied, it can give you better gun control and seriously reduce muzzle rollover – at least that’s the selling point.

The gas pedal has its roots in racing pistols – highly customized and hot competition pistols designed to be fired at lightning speed. The thumb rest alone doesn’t do anything, but with what’s called an opposable grip, it allows the shooter to use the stronger muscles in their supporting hand to counteract the forces of recoil. When done correctly, it allows for a more relaxed “strong hand” grip and also better trigger control. Instead of pressing on the gas pedal – which might be intuitive to counter muzzle blast – press forward 45 degrees towards the barrel.

This was my first time seeing the gas pedal – shown to me by a colleague – mounted on a Sig. He had just arrived in Alaska to work with me on a project and of course I wanted to check out his choice of carry weapon. I had never heard of the gas pedal, but after shooting some USPSA the concept made sense to me.

It was shelved for a few weeks but when I got a new Springfield XD-M Compact 10mm I immediately ordered one.

Accelerator takedown lever
On the Springfield XD/XD-M series, the accelerator pedal replaces the factory takedown lever. Installation is quick and easy. Tyler Freel

The GoGun racing gun accelerator is a solid and eye-catching thumb rest, but the version they make for carry guns – the one I came across first – is much more convenient for the everyday shooter. The gas pedal is available as a replacement disassembly lever for some handgun models. They install in seconds and will likely fit in the Kydex holster you already have – with a little heating.

The GoGun accelerator in practice

As mentioned, I first ordered the gas pedal to complement my new compact Springfield 10mm – a gun that was sure to have significant recoil. When I saw that they made a compatible model I ordered one and had it installed in no time. It included some guidance on proper grip, and it only took me a few shots at the range to be completely sold.

The ‘opposite grip’ isn’t what I was used to and it took some practice, but I was shocked at how well the throttle allowed me to control the sharp punch of this 10mm. I was dizzy. The short 3.8″ barreled Springfield was now significantly more controllable than my full size G20 style. It was also more controllable than the Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 10mm I tested at the time. In fact, with the throttle and the right grip, it’s the most controllable 10mm pistol I’ve ever fired. Although there is still a lot of recoil, I was able to get the muzzle blast down far enough that the gun barely goes off target.

I wasted no time and subsequently ordered another to compare with my Glocks and another for a Sig P320. The less fortunate thing about the gas pedal is that it’s not exactly a universal fit. Taking the form of a replacement disassembly lever, it depends heavily on the pistol’s design and apart from Sigs and Springfields you have a model that clips onto your pistol’s accessory rail. This was the case with my Glock G17 and there is not much that can be done about it. This accelerator pedal model has a rail on the bottom so I could still fit a light, but it’s positioned a bit low. So life is.

Glock accelerator pedal
Due to their design, Glock pistols must use an accelerator pedal that clamps to the rail. Tyler Freel

I was also impressed with the improvement in the controllability of my 9mm pistols. Both my G17 and P320 run like Singer sewing machines when I’m doing my job right, and it’s a drag for me to be shooting off the accelerator again. The clamp model would certainly require a custom holster, but I was able to fit both my P320 and XDM 10mm in the holsters I already had. I just had to get a blow dryer to warm up the Kydex and do a bit of shape adjustment.

The GoGun accelerator is a game changer for 10mm auto

The GoGun accelerator has helped me make drastic improvements in recoil control with every gun I’ve tried it on, but I’ve had the greatest impact on the 10mm pistols. Although more shooter-friendly than highly tested revolver cartridges, the recoil of the 10mm is still significant. In field defense applications, anything that makes it easier to shoot well is beneficial.

The clamp-on version makes the Glock G20 absolutely easier to shoot, and in the case of the Springfield XD-M compact 10mm, the addition of the accelerator pedal with suppression lever turns it from a good option to a fantastic option.

I think you might notice increased wear due to the 10mm gun’s stronger recoil – especially on Glocks that have a polymer contact surface in front of the slide rails that the slide hits on recoil. Because the frame is more rigidly supported, more energy is absorbed by the frame than by your wrists. Using a heavier 24-pound recoil spring would likely reduce that. I will be monitoring the accelerator pedal on my takedown lever in my Springfield for signs of wear and replacing it if necessary. It’s worth it.

Accelerator pedal to 10mm
The GoGun accelerator makes this Springfield the most controllable 10mm pistol I have ever fired. Tyler Freel

Which the GoGun accelerator does well

The gas pedal, combined with the intended grip, drastically improves recoil management and control. It reduces muzzle blast and helps you return to target faster. It’s a game changer for cartridges like the 10mm Auto.

Where the GoGun accelerator falls short

Currently, the detachable lever accelerator pedals are only available for selected pistol models. I think they could be successfully developed for some other pistols, but that’s a demand factor. Other pistols are limited to the clamp-on version by design.

Final Thoughts

Many accessories on the market have no mark and are predominantly decorative – this is not the case here. In a compatible pistol, the GoGun accelerator can help you achieve noticeable gains in control and power. It’s a relatively inexpensive accessory that can have a big impact on your shots. In the future I will not own a compatible pistol without one.

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