Glock 19 Slide Parts Kits
Glocks are some of the most popular pistols in the world, and apart from their accuracy, reliability, and performance, their incredible aftermarket support is the main reason for this popularity.
The Glock 19 is an incredibly versatile pistol that can fit almost any application. It is an excellent pistol for home defense and makes for a great-duty gun. It can even be used for competition shooting with the right upgrades.
Upgrading slide parts can significantly impact the performance and appearance of your Glock, and many shooters, especially those who use their pistols for competition would like to make such upgrades.
What Slide Parts Can You Upgrade on a Glock 19?
A standard Glock slide has a lot of functioning parts in it. From the striker, extractor, and firing pin, to the guide rod, recoils springs, and other smaller parts, there are loads of parts that you can upgrade inside your Glock 19 slide. These upgrades can significantly impact the performance and reliability of your Glock.
Here are some of the most popular slide parts that shooters choose to upgrade.
Stainless Steel Guide Rods
The guide rod holds the recoil spring in place, which absorbs the recoil and forces the slide to move back forward after you shoot a round. Factory Glocks come with a polymer guide rod. These guide rods are decently reliable and work fine for everyday use. However, if you frequently shoot your Glock 19, it is one of the more common parts that can fail. Many manufacturers make stainless steel guide rods for Glock 19s. These guide rods are more durable and have a smooth finish, which also decreases friction. Most manufacturers also make fluted guide rods to reduce the pistol’s overall weight.
The striker spring is an essential part of any striker-fired pistol, and many shooters like to use enhanced striker springs on their pistols. A lighter striker spring can give you a lighter trigger pull. However, it is more suitable for competition shooters who use quality ammunition.
Stock recoil springs are pretty decent on Glocks. They have a 5-lb weight and don't weaken for thousands of rounds. However, many aftermarket manufacturers make enhanced striker springs rated to last longer and be more reliable.
Some defensive shooters may also choose a slightly heavier striker spring since it can prevent light primer strikes with low-quality ammunition. You can also upgrade the striker itself and get a lighter striker. Many manufacturers make lightweight fluted stainless steel strikers for Glock 19s as well.
Can You Get Complete Slide Parts Kits for a Glock 19 Build?
If you are building a Glock 19 slide, you can get complete slide parts kits with all the necessary parts. Apart from the main parts like the guide rod, striker, extractor, springs, and safety plunger, these kits also have smaller parts like the firing pin retainer cups, a spacer sleeve, and a channel liner. Those kits may also have custom slide back plates that many people like to install on their Glocks for aesthetic purposes. These back plates are available in a wide range of finishes.
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