5 Best Aftermarket Glock Slides [2019]: Looks & Functionality

Want a sexier and better performing Glock?

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

Of course you do.

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’s 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

Here’s our favorite ones that span a variety of looks and budgets.

Best Aftermarket Glock Slides

1. Brownells

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

160
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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).

Faxon G17 TiN Barrel
Faxon G17 TiN Barrel

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 that still gives some coolness factor with the window.

What’s your take on the Brownells slides?

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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 ($210) 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 Upgrade
210
at Lone Wolf

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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.  

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

3. 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

Not ready to spring a pretty penny for their full NOC Pistol?  Check out their Urban Combat slides.

950
at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Got time for some gun porn?

4. ZEV Technologies

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

Most of their slides are able to 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.

500
at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

See the rest of their slide creations.

5. 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.

(L to R) Grey Ghost G19, Grey Ghost G17, Brownells G17
(L to R) Grey Ghost G19, Grey Ghost G17, Brownells G17

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
Best Overall Upgrade
369
at Aero Precision

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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 cool looking barrel, and RMR compatibility.

Rainier Arms Exclusive
450
at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Oh, also – we have an exclusive coupon for the Grey Ghost slides at Rainier! Use code “PEWPEWGGP20” for 20% off!

And now…they also have G43 Slides.

Newcomers

There’s new Glock slides coming out all the time.  Here’s some we’re excited to try…

Weapons Armament Research

These WAR slides have a built in compensator and look pretty sweet to boot.

WAR Glock Slide
WAR Glock Slide

Killer Innovations

We really like their barrels in our Best Glock Barrels.

But now they’ve come out with their Velocity Slide that has cutouts that promise a new way to rack your slide.  We’ll see…

Killer Innovations Glock Slide
Killer Innovations Glock Slide

Customizing Your Glock 

Well, there you have it. That’s my list of some of the best aftermarket Glock slides out there.  And while functionality and durability come into play when shopping around for a new slide, it’s also about your preferences.

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

Brownells and GGP Glock Slides
Brownells and GGP Glock Slides

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

25 Leave a Reply

  • 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

    1 month ago
  • Patrick

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

    2 months ago
  • Yankee Gunner

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

    2 months ago
  • zorba

    Another great slide: Thompson LEH. Very nicely made!

    2 months ago
  • Edward

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

    4 months ago
    • J Nichols

      It looks like the DSG Arms logo.

      3 months ago
    • 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.

      4 months ago
  • 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?

    4 months ago
    • 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

      1 month ago
    • 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

      2 months ago
  • 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.

    5 months ago
  • Daniel Hesse

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

    7 months ago
    • David, PPT Editor

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

      7 months ago
  • 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.

    9 months ago
    • Bbp

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

      3 months ago
  • Mike

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

    9 months ago
  • 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

    9 months ago
  • danny

    where can i get a custom slide for my 31

    10 months ago
  • Frank

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

    1 year ago
    • 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.

      1 year ago
  • 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?

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

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

      1 year ago
  • Larry_A

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

    1 year ago
  • Chris

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

    1 year ago
  • 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?

    1 year ago
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