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6 Best Aftermarket Glock Slides [Hands-On]: Looks & Functionality

Looking to dress up your Glock, improve performance, reduce recoil, or even add a red dot? These are the best aftermarket slides to get the job done.

Want a sexier and better performing Glock?

Of course you do.

Grey Ghost Precision G19 V2 and G17 Type V1
Grey Ghost Precision G19 V2 and G17 Type V1

If you’re upgrading your current slide, diving deep into the world of Polymer80 Glocks (Full Build & Parts Guide), or want to add a red dot, you’ll need an aftermarket slide.

There are tons out there, and we’ve tried a lot of them.

Brownells and Grey Ghost Precision Glock Slides
Brownells and Grey Ghost Precision Glock Slides

So we’re bringing our expertise to you with a list of our favorite Glock slides spanning a variety of looks and budgets.

Keep reading…

Summary of Our Top Picks

  1. Best Budget Pick

    Brownells Glock Slide

    Affordable, lots of options

  2. Great for Gloved Shooting

    Killer Innovations Velocity Glock 19 Gen 3 Slide

    Deep scallops are good for shooting with gloves

  3. Most Stylish

    Agency Arms Glock Slides

    High price, but great quality and cool looks

  4. Editor's Pick

    Grey Ghost Glock Slides

    Red dot ready, feel great

Best Aftermarket Glock Slides

1. Brownells

Brownells has always been my go-to for gun parts. But I was surprised to see they made Glock slides in regular, optics cut, and windowed varieties.

Best Budget Pick
160
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Available Coupons

I went with the windowed version, of course, since I was pairing it with a gold Faxon TiN barrel (full review…hint, it’s awesome).

It fit well on two factory Glock frames plus two Polymer 80 frames.

They certainly got the tolerances correct. No need to strong-arm or fit any parts.

Brownells Windowed Glock Slide with Faxon TiN Barrel
Brownells Windowed Glock Slide with Faxon TiN Barrel

You’ll see the one above isn’t optics cut for the RMR, but instead, I went with an Outer Impact red dot mount that allows you to add almost any red dot to a normal slide (Best Pistol Red Dots).

For me, the best bang-for-the-buck slide at around $160, it still gives some coolness factor with the window.

11. Two Glock 19s
Brownells Glock 19 Long Slide w/ RMR cut and Holosun HE407c-GR, top.

2. Lone Wolf Distributors

When it comes to Lone Wolf, they probably know Glock guns better than anyone, except maybe Glock themselves.

Maybe.

If you’re looking for a bare slide for your 9mm that’s similar to your factory slide, the AlphaWolf OEM profile is a great choice for you.

The AlphaWolf G17 is almost identical to your original slide, except this comes with no sights.

Best Bare Bones
189
at Lone Wolf

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Available Coupons

The AlphaWolf G17 is made from 416 stainless steel and has a sleek matte finish to it. It’s designed to fit the G17 (Gen 1-3 compatible) but is also able to convert to other models.

The great thing about Lone Wolf is that you have some control over the design of your slide. Along with laser engraving, you can also have your Lone Wolf slide painted black, custom ported, and even completely customized.

And for a little extra, you can also have your AlphaWolf cut to support RMR optics.

Need something insane?

Lone Wolf Damascus Slide
Lone Wolf Damascus Slide

Oh yes…that’s a Damascus steel slide. Check it out along with their other custom creations.

Lone Wolf Pattern 20
Lone Wolf Pattern 20

Also, when buying bare slides from Lone Wolf Distributors, don’t forget to buy a slide parts kit along with your slide.

79
at Lone Wolf

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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You’ll also need a barrel to finish up your slide or if you plan on converting your current Glock into a different caliber. We cover all those in Best Glock Barrels.

TiN and Chamelon Faxon Barrels
TiN and Chamelon Faxon Barrels

Tried a Lone Wolf slide? Give it your rating below!

Readers' Ratings

4.95/5 (1260)

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3. Killer Innovations

Makers of awesome barrels and really cool compensators, Killer Innovations also has a badass Glock slide.

Focusing on giving you the best slide possible, KI has the Velocity Glock Slide “Enhanced Grip Feature.” These aren’t your normal slide serrations. Instead, these are deep-cut scallops that give you a rock slide platform to pull against.

Killer Innovations Glock slide with Holosun HE407c-GR

They take a little getting used to after years of the same feel on almost every slide — your fingers aren’t sure where to grab at first.

Once you get over that after a few pulls, it’s smooth shooting. From gripping or rear gripping, the slide is much easier to get a hold of, even with gloves or wet hands.

We’re big fans!

Great for Gloved Shooting
449
at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Available Coupons

4. Agency Arms

A relative newcomer that’s taking over by storm with their sexy looks and enhanced performance.

Agency Arms NOC Pistol
Agency Arms NOC Pistol

Sage Dynamics is an outstanding content creator and full-time instructor. He has a lot of positive things to say about Agency Arms and even has a Sage Dynamics edition pistol.

Take a look!

Most Stylish
550
at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Available Coupons

5. ZEV Technologies

Zev Technologies is known for customizing and reinventing Glock handguns. The company offers a number of custom parts and modifications that can turn your plain-looking Glock into a radical handgun.

Most of the slides accommodate all generation models, so no one has to worry about being left out.

The Dragonfly is one of Zev’s first customized slides, as well as one of its most popular. While much of the material in this stainless steel slide is removed, the slide still maintains its structural integrity.

Dragonfly RMR
The Dragonfly – one of Zev’s most popular aftermarket pieces

Its cutouts are said to make the barrel cool more effectively, and like other Zev slides, it also comes RMR ready.

We’re also big fans of their newer Orion slide that focuses less on cuts and more on futuristic styling.

RMR Ready
524
at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Available Coupons

See the rest of Zev’s slide creations.

6. Grey Ghost Precision

These don’t just look amazing, they run amazing too. Tested on both a Glock frame and a Polymer80, Grey Ghost stood out on both.

From ultra-tight tolerances to being able to be ordered with an RMR cut, there is a lot to love about these.

Grey Ghost Precision Glock Slide
Grey Ghost Precision Glock Slide
402
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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You can get the whole story from our In-Depth Review.

Grey Ghost Precision G19 V2 and G17 Type V1
Grey Ghost Precision G19 V2 and G17 Type V1

In addition to their Type V1 and V2 shown above…they also have an exclusive with Rainier Arms.

Grey Ghost Precision, Rainier Arms Exclusive
Grey Ghost Precision, Rainier Arms Exclusive

This might be the coolest slide yet with nice serrations, visible windows if you’re going with a sleek-looking barrel, and RMR compatibility.

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450
at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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And now, they also have G43 slides we’ve used for our Polymer80 PF9SS project!

Fully Modded P80 PF9SS (Glock 43)
Fully Modded P80 PF9SS (Glock 43)
336
at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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Final Thoughts

While functionality and durability come into play when shopping around for a new slide, it’s also about your preferences.

Brownells and GGP Glock Slides
Brownells and GGP Glock Slides

Keep in mind that the list is far from comprehensive. These just happen to be some of the more popular aftermarket Glock slides and ones that we’ve put a lot of rounds downrange.

Anthing we missed?  Looking to fully upgrade your Glock?  Check out Best Glock Upgrades for our favorite triggers, barrels, sights, and more.

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  • Commenter Avatar
    John

    What I need is a stripped factory type slide for a Glock 22 (.40 S&W) Gen 4. Sooooo.... very difficult to find in stock. Had one on back order for a few months, every time I checked on the order it was "any day now" type of sentiment given me. Finally just cancelled the order, and still today six months later on the company web site its marked 'out of stock' and from what I understand from others they still tell people that 'any day now' sentiment.

    Everyone wants to do all these fancy and 'bling' cuts. No one actually needs a hand gun slide with 0.4 ounce weight reducing cuts for $300.00 more than what a standard factory slide costs for a general use EDC firearm (yes, one company does this and acts like its the greatest thing since sliced bread) especially when all they did was take a factory slide and cut it. An optic cut, sure but paying a slide only price that's ~ 3/4 the price of a new gun that already has an optic cut is a little over board.

    July 27, 2022 5:10 am
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    Bill G

    I too would like to know what type of sight or optic that is on the Brownells slide to the right of the two Grey Ghost slides. Thanks!

    July 25, 2022 10:06 am
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    Snoop

    Does anyone know what the site/optic is on the Brownell's slide shown on the far right in the photo just under #6)" Grey Ghost Precision" heading? It looks like it's connected to the rear sight but runs up to the chamber? What is that?

    June 24, 2022 8:16 am
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      James Albers

      SeeAll Open Sights. It was mentioned in the comments of the Polymer80 build guide from 2019, and had its own review in May 2018. Can't post link but search PewPewPewTactical for it.

      July 24, 2022 5:03 pm
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        John

        I tried one of those. The idea is, well, 'sound' but use is something else. Its a variation on an old sighting thing called a 'cats eye' which is at its basics just a small hollow soda-straw diameter sized short tube that's in line with the bore.

        I tried on on an MSR. It needed a significant adjustment of my cheek weld. On a hand gun after some practice picking up the delta was easier but at first wasnt

        I like the idea but for a defense firearm I would not use it.

        July 27, 2022 9:52 am
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      ΜΟΛΟΝ ΛΑΒΣ

      That looks to me like a device for someone that has hand issues, or strength issues. It looks like a knob to grab at the back end of the slide, so someone with those issues can work the slide and therefore the action of the Pistol.
      Is that what you're asking about...?

      September 7, 2022 10:08 pm
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    Colton sandlin

    The coupon code does not work for me was it just for a limited time?

    May 27, 2022 11:28 am
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      Jacki Billings, Editor

      Thanks for letting us know. I'll look into it!

      May 30, 2022 4:41 am
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      Jacki Billings, Editor

      Checked it out and it was a temporary code. Sorry for the confusion!

      May 30, 2022 7:28 am
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    Imants Bush

    Greetings,
    What is the average cost for a Glock 9mm
    Thanks

    December 21, 2021 11:42 pm
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    Rob

    If you think Glock slides (or any other slide) are sexy, you are doing something wrong or you need a new partner!

    November 16, 2021 4:03 pm
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      Timothy Yates

      Agreed, sexy is most definitely the wrong adjective used to describe a gun or gun part.

      November 20, 2021 9:28 am
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        bloonoise

        Let me guess youre both Millennials. You must be if you dont perceive how sexy is applicable towards cars, guns or anything you like you need some years behind you and I dont understand why youre here.

        February 2, 2022 10:35 pm
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          Murky Dregs

          I'm 51, so not a millennial. I like my firearms. However, it's pretty sad to think a slide is sexy. Go out, get a gal, get a life. lmao

          February 25, 2022 1:16 pm
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            Teivel

            over 50 and using "lmao" pretty sad

            March 12, 2022 6:19 pm
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            Murky Dregs

            Go stroke your slide all lonely like bud. ha!

            March 12, 2022 6:24 pm
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          Rob

          I'm 82. glocks are not sexy, period. Besides, beauty (sexiness) is in the eye of the beholder.

          July 12, 2022 1:25 pm
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      Jr

      Tesla models literally spell S3XY. Appreciation for luxury materials and design literally predates the roman empire. Damascus steel swords were coveted weapons that looked as good as they functioned. Millennials didn't invent desire.

      July 11, 2022 8:57 am
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    Sean Job

    what is the rear sight in the 3 slide image, far right
    the image title is
    (L to R) Grey Ghost G19, Grey Ghost G17, Brownells G17

    July 2, 2021 5:41 pm
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      Eli

      That weird thing would be the SeeAll sight. Amazon $100 to $200 bucks.

      November 17, 2021 9:49 am
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    Jack

    You guys missed slides by DV8 Dynamics! They make their slides from raw billet stainless steel. They're the only ones I know of that also offer slides for Springfield Armory (as well as for most Glock models).

    March 8, 2021 1:00 pm
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      Okshtr

      Ordered slide April 13, 2021 received confirmation and billed. Now July 9th, no further updates, no replies to messages sent. On their website they advertise ship 6-7 weeks. They have not responded to request to cancel order. Would never do business again, am taking time to tell people about them.

      July 9, 2021 2:09 pm
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      Eric C.

      I bought a few blanks for custome builds. Their reverse engineering of the Glock slides is terrible. The barrel fit at the muzzle is way oversized. I'm not sure if they even understand how a Glock functions.

      August 30, 2021 4:12 pm
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    TheBassist

    Are there any for Glock 22 Gen 4? This entire article’s clickable pages are all for compacts and 9mm pistols. Nothing at all for a full size 40sw. Been looking everywhere for nearly a year now, and no one has anything. Kind of a waste for me looking here unfortunately. Does anyone know of anything out there for full size 40sw glocks or more specifically for the Glock 22 Gen 4? The oem slide is cool and all, but I want to spice it up like I’ve done to my g17 Gen 3. Thanks!

    November 2, 2020 7:02 pm
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      Leo Tidwell

      DV8 Dynamics

      December 21, 2020 3:22 am
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      Mark Johnston

      Glocks are junk out of the box. You Have to replace the trigger, slide, and basically all the tupperware except the Frame. They are great after rework though.

      February 20, 2021 6:19 pm
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        Matthew Love

        ...lies.

        May 19, 2021 8:12 pm
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    Christian Garcia

    I would suggest Heavy Armory Division, i purcgased a slide through them for my 1911 and will be buying one for my glock. Reasonable prices great cuatomer service and lots of options for customizations.

    May 7, 2020 12:40 pm
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    Marc

    Excellent article, thanks! I bought a Lone Wolf Alphawolf SS barrel for my G22 RTF (leo) pistol, and it would NOT reliably feed Remington UMC 180gr FMJ ammo. We’re not talking about exotic ammo here, just regular practice ammo. Had to return it to CTD. Made me a little gun-shy about not using OEM parts for a pistol that I rely on to defend my life.

    April 26, 2020 12:50 pm
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    mp

    Rock Slide USA check them out search Youtube for them.

    April 18, 2020 11:36 am
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    Dan

    Sadly these are all 9mm slides, I'd love to see a similar list for .40cal.

    April 12, 2020 8:20 pm
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    Jon

    The best Glock 19 slides are from ljs they do not wobble at all and are very good in price. And deltateamtactical they are very good for parts and frames. Stay away from us patriot army they will take your money and not send your stuff and won’t answer your phone calls or emails. And eBay is good for parts just use gen 1-3 parts. I’ve built two Glock 19’s now and every time it gets faster. I’m down to one hour to build one now.

    April 8, 2020 12:57 pm
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    Adam

    Does anyone know how the "grey" from Killer Innovations (specifically the trigger/magwell) compares to the "grey" of other brands (specifically slides) like Zev Orion/Omen/Citidel or GGP.

    March 25, 2020 2:23 pm
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    Rudolph Ortega Jr

    Dang I’ve been trying to snag me Velocity Slide
    From killer for my 19 it’s a Gen 3. No luck it’s been a about two month any word ?

    February 19, 2020 6:41 pm
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    Mac

    That WAR slide looks pretty cool. There was another one I saw that was cut to look like a 1911 but I’ve not been able to find it again.

    February 9, 2020 11:34 pm
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    Patrick lay

    Can I get a gen 5 slide in California?

    October 18, 2019 9:31 pm
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      David, PPT Editor

      Slides are not regulated, just the part that is considered a firearm per the ATF. So yes you can get a Glock Gen 5 slide in CA, however, I believe the Gen 5 is only compatible with Gen 5 frames.

      October 19, 2019 10:03 am
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    SAVAGE

    Looks like PEWPEWGGP20 is dead code. Do you have another?

    September 25, 2019 4:22 pm
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    Joshua Rhodes

    You forgot suarez slides

    August 14, 2019 5:24 pm
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      TejasBill1

      Thanks, Joshua, for mentioning the Suarez slides! I have several, and they are the best in the business. They're made for many Glock models, and they have the best RMR machining ever. The new TAG trigger is also outstanding. Suarez is always been on the leading edge of making the ultimate gunfighting pistols. Total winner here!

      August 10, 2021 3:16 pm
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    cm77256

    Was there a discount code for the grey ghost slide? I saved the page to come back to it and now I can’t find the code

    April 12, 2019 6:32 pm
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    Patrick

    NORSSO out of Las Vegas is doing beautiful work and very inovative and well engineered designs!

    March 23, 2019 8:36 am
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    Yankee Gunner

    I've had good results with Rock Slides. Worth looking into and reasonably priced.

    March 22, 2019 11:38 am
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    zorba

    Another great slide: Thompson LEH. Very nicely made!

    March 21, 2019 12:07 am
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    Edward

    Which slide is this? https://www.pewpewtactical.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/trijicon-rmr-on-modded-glock.jpg

    January 15, 2019 7:30 pm
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      David, PPT Editor

      We don't know, sorry. We had someone else ask that question a while ago and we spent a couple of days trying to track down what slide it was but couldn't find it.

      January 16, 2019 9:57 am
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      J Nichols

      It looks like the DSG Arms logo.

      February 22, 2019 1:03 pm
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    Kab

    I am finding that it is hard to find .40 slides . All thats done is 9mm. Or am i not looking in the right area?

    January 11, 2019 8:02 am
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      Brian

      Nope I have been trying to find a G22 slide and no luck anywhere. Ebay has used slides, Lonewolf has blanks along with Brownells. But I havent found any machined slides ready to be sold for the G22

      March 21, 2019 8:58 pm
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      Izzy Rivera

      .40 Glock slide can be found at Suarez International and at 80pbuilder I haven't found any others that stock them Lonewolf does list them but show no stock for months now

      April 7, 2019 11:53 am
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    Carlos

    Great write up. Would you be able to share the type of rear suppressor height sites on the Suares RMR slide? I like the single dot setup.

    December 4, 2018 5:00 pm
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    Daniel Hesse

    What optic is that on the far right slide in the second picture???

    October 9, 2018 12:06 pm
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      David, PPT Editor

      SeeAll pistol sight, we have a Complete Review of their sights!

      October 9, 2018 12:13 pm
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    Pistolero Fronteriza

    Great article! Now if only someone would make optics ready slides for the rest of the litter. .40/.357 sig/10mm/.45! Dot sights like the RMR not only look cool, but they re-open the world of shooting for people who can see the sights, or the tgt, just not both at the same time. A dot sight gives more improvement for the buck to less able shooters.

    August 19, 2018 7:55 am
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      Bbp

      Too much recoil with the bigger rounds. Most optics would fall apart.

      January 28, 2019 10:23 am
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    Mike

    which manufactures/carry Glock 19 gen3 slides with the rear backup sight cut in front of the red dot?

    August 11, 2018 3:50 am
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    Jason

    REALLY someone answer the question below. Who is the manu of the Slide with the Shield in the last pic that looks like Dragonfly and has a flashlight on gun, has four openings. I have seen this slide before and dying to know who it is PLEASE

    July 24, 2018 11:35 pm
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    danny

    where can i get a custom slide for my 31

    July 13, 2018 11:02 am
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    Frank

    Thanks for this article. Who makes the LIGHTEST Glock slides?

    April 21, 2018 7:41 am
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      David

      You don't really see much of a difference in weight when it comes to pistol slides. Slides need mass for the gun to function, while a lighter slide can be had if you're willing to use a stronger main spring - this is a bit of a crude way of tuning the pistol and has drawbacks. Thus, most slides are basically the same weight give or take a small amount.

      April 21, 2018 11:41 pm
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    Matt

    On the picture at the top with the 3 slides, on the far right (Brownells G17) what is the sight called that is mounted on that one?

    March 8, 2018 6:23 pm
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      Eric Hung

      Hi Matt, it's a See-All Sight. I'm in the middle of testing but will have a full review out.

      March 9, 2018 11:28 am
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    Larry_A

    What slide is the one in the picture that has the shield logo and looks like the dragonfly

    January 28, 2018 2:06 pm
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    Chris

    I am interested in getting a after market slide for a M&P 40C and Shield 9. Any updated information.

    November 6, 2017 1:56 pm
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    TRUBRIT

    What about Grey Ghost Precision? They just teamed up with Aero Precision whose manufacturing is top knotch. Any experience with these, fit and finish wise?

    July 30, 2017 7:55 am
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