Friday, 26 Apr 2019

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

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


Want a sexier and better performing Glock?

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 Slickgun parts.  But I was surprised to see that they made Glock slides in regular, optics cut, and windowed varieties.

Best Bang-For-The-Buck


160
at Brownells

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 Slickguns 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?

Readers’ Ratings

4.98/5 (366)

Your Rating?

2. Lone Wolf Distributors

When it comes to Lone Wolf, they probably know Glock Slickguns 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

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  • Lone Wolf (See Price)
  • Brownells (See Price)

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.  


79
at Lone Wolf

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  • Lone Wolf (See Price)
  • Brownells (See Price)

Prices accurate at time of writing

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

Got time for some Slickgun 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

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

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  • Aero Precision (See Price)
  • Brownells (See Price)

Prices accurate at time of writing

You can get the whole story from our In-Depth Slickguns 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

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.

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