Handguns are some of the most popular and widely-owned firearms. From their conceptual creation in the 15th century to the advancements ushered in by Samuel Colt and his revolving gun, John Browning and his 1911, or even Gaston Glock, handguns have captivated shooters and gun owners from the beginning.
If you’re interested in building your own customized handgun, our collection of pistol parts certainly won’t disappoint.
Custom Handgun Parts
Handguns are classified by the government as “weapons originally designed, made, and intended to fire a projectile from one or more barrels when held in one hand.” To the millions of people who own and operate custom handguns, they’re so much more than that. To us, they are a hobby, a defense tool, a skillset, and a passion.
Whether we shoot recreationally, shoot competitively, or even defend our cities and country in law enforcement or the military, we care about the functionality and features of our pistol parts and accessories. And whether we find ourselves on the range or in the line of fire, we are always looking to improve our skills and marksmanship.
Working on marksmanship begins with our ability but does not end there. The equipment and gear we utilize have a big impact on our effectiveness and skills. Having the right gear and custom handgun parts for our pistols can make all the difference, so you must equip your pistol with the tactical pistol parts you need. If you want to take your Glock, M&P, or Sig P365 to the next level, check out our selection of custom components.
Tactical Handgun Sights
Sometimes, no matter how much you love your handgun model, you just aren’t satisfied with the sight. Or maybe you’re satisfied with it but looking to add supplementary components for certain conditions and situations.
Whatever you’re looking for, we carry plenty of tactical handgun sights for you to choose from. We offer sights that are appropriate for day, night, and everything in between, as well as sights that are specifically designed for high-stress situations, quick target acquisition, and more.
In addition to the wide variety of specialized sights, we also ensure that we offer sights compatible with all your favorite handguns. We sell custom sights for Glocks, Smith & Wesson, Springfield, Ruger, and more — no matter what you shoot, you can find what you’re looking for in our catalog.
Custom Pistol Slides
It’s one thing to have a pistol slide that simply gets the job done. It’s another thing entirely to have the exact pistol slide you want. That’s why we offer custom pistol slides so you can always equip your handgun with the very best.
We provide custom slides compatible with a variety of manufacturers. Custom slides can allow for greater precision and accuracy in your shooting. They also offer a more comfortable and functional grip, ensuring your custom handgun is at its best every time you use it.
Custom Handgun Barrels
Not quite happy with the standard barrel your handgun was equipped with when you purchased it? Looking for something a little more specialized or better-suited to your shooting application? Whatever kind of custom barrel you’re looking for, we know you’ll find it here.
Wing Tactical offers a varied selection of custom barrels. Some of our custom barrels are designed to increase your handgun’s reliability, while others specialize in greater accuracy, durability, and longevity. Our high-quality custom barrels will make an excellent addition and upgrade to your pistol.
It’s not hard to imagine why having a custom grip is essential. Some shooters prefer a firmer grip while others prefer a bit more cushioning. When it comes to something like this, one size certainly does not fit all — and you should install the grip that works best for you.
At Wing Tactical, we offer grips with an enormous selection of styles. Choose one that fits your model of handgun. Decide whether or not you want finger grooves or what other style and performance specifications you might have. After installing one of our custom grips, you’ll never want to go back to your stock grip.
Custom Match Grade Triggers
Our custom triggers can provide your firearm with an assortment of different benefits depending on which trigger you choose. Some of our triggers are designed to help with finger placement, and others to focus on reducing trigger over travel and reset distance. Try one of our match-grade triggers and see the difference they make on your handgun.
Wing Tactical: Your Source for Pistol Parts Since 2013
While custom handgun sights, slides, barrels, grips, and triggers are the most popular categories of custom handgun parts we sell, they aren’t the only ones. We also sell many other handgun parts and accessories that can all work together to make your handgun more accurate, reliable, and durable.
We know brand names carry a lot of weight with our customers. That’s why we prioritize carrying parts and accessories from many different brands known for their high build quality. You’ll always find a product you trust. Review the entire list of brands we stock and browse the different products offered by each.
Here at Wing Tactical, we know how important it is to customize your firearms for peak performance. That’s why we’re excited to provide you with top-of-the-line products that will help your handgun become the best it can be. By using our custom parts, your handgun will stand head and shoulders above any standard model.
We put a high priority on the customer experience and pride ourselves on offering unbeatable customer service. That’s why we offer a hassle-free 30-day return policy.
We’re confident you’ll love your new upgrades when you buy custom handgun parts at Wing Tactical. Browse our catalog of handgun products today and give yourself an edge. If you have any questions, contact us and we’ll be happy to help.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are today’s most popular handguns?
While everyone certainly has their preference when it comes to handguns, there are some models that have been particularly popular. Many of the models are capable of being upgraded with various custom handgun parts. Here’s a list of the most popular handguns in the US today:
- Smith & Wesson M&P Series – Popular for law enforcement, personal protection, and competition shooting alike, this gun is popular for its reliability, ergonomics, and gentle recoil.
- CZ-USA 85 Combat – A great choice for both competition and personal protection, this particular model provides adjustable sights, ambidextrous controls, and a drop-free magazine.
- Dan Wesson Specialist – This model was designed for use by law enforcement and features ambidextrous thumb safety, tritium night sights, and 1913 accessory rail.
- Ruger MK III – The Ruger Standard .22 was the original classic to come from one of the U.S.’s greatest gun manufacturers. The Ruger MK III is a more refined and updated version of this original classic. It’s known for its extremely reliable nature and is a perfect choice for a small self-defense handgun.
- Springfield Armory XD(m) – An upgrade from the classic XD model, this polymer-framed striker-fired handgun is great whether you’re interested in competition or self-defense.
- Colt Defender – This model offers a 3-inch barrel and comes in .45 ACP or 9mm. It’s constructed from stainless steel and pairs well with a Cerakote finish.
- Glock G19 – This classic model is widely considered to be one of the best guns Glock has ever built. It’s a 9mm compact and is extremely reliable no matter the conditions, making it a perfect option for personal defense.
- Ruger SR1911 – Based on the original design by John Browning with a few added upgrades and refinements, this 1911 is built from stainless steel.
What are the main parts of a handgun?
Before you start building, you should familiarize yourself with the major pistol parts you’ll need:
- Frame – The frame provides the structure of your pistol and your other major parts attach to it.
- Barrel – The barrel is a rifled (grooved), hollow tube that the bullet travels down on its way to your target. The length of the barrel affects the exit velocity of the bullet. Getting a custom handgun barrel is a great way to improve velocity, durability, and accuracy.
- Slide – The slide is the mechanism that extracts spent casings and chambers the next round. The slide is the top portion of the handgun, often made of durable metal.
- Magazine – Lastly, the magazine is what contains the ammunition and helps to feed the ammunition into the chamber properly.
What other handgun terminology should you know before you start building?
- Trigger and trigger guard – The trigger is the mechanism that releases the hammer and starts the firing process. The trigger guard is the material surrounding the trigger of your handgun. For many shooters, interaction with the trigger can be the biggest cause of inaccuracy. One of the best custom handgun parts to get for any pistol is a custom handgun trigger.
- Hammer and firing pin – The trigger releases the hammer and strikes the firing pin, which is a hardened pin centered behind the primer of the ammunition. When struck by the hammer the firing pin impacts the primer cap and fires the bullet.
- Double action vs. single action – While single action pistols must be cocked before firing, double action pistols both cock the gun and discharge a round upon a trigger pull.
- Feeding – Feeding is the first action in the pistol cycle: the cartridge moves from the magazine toward the chamber and barrel.
- Chambering – Chambering is when the cartridge moves into the chamber and barrel.
- Firing – When the firing pin hits the primer, the powder in the ammunition lights, and the projectile is forced out through the barrel from the pressure build-up.
- Extracting – The slide mechanism moves rearward, and in the process, the extractor begins to pull the spent casing from the chamber.
- Ejecting – The ejector kicks out the spent casing through the ejection port.
- Cocking – Lastly, cocking is when the trigger and firing pin reset to begin the process of the pistol again.
What’s the difference between a handgun and a pistol?
In common gun conversations, many people use and contextually understand handgun and pistol to be interchangeable terms. Many use them interchangeably but understand their technical differences. A pistol is a type of handgun in which the chamber is an integral part of the barrel. A handgun like a revolver can not be classified as a pistol because of its revolving chamber. All pistols are handguns, but not all handguns are pistols—like all squares are rectangles but not all rectangles are squares.
How have handguns changed over time?
For the history buffs out there, here is a little handgun history.
- 1400s – While many handguns and primarily pistol advancements came in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the conceptual idea and fundamentals of a handgun have existed since as far back as the 15th century. The first known handgun was a slow-burning matchlock gun and was used in Europe.
- 1500s – Over time, handgun designs dropped the slow-burning match and replaced it with a mechanism made up of a steel wheel that would spin against a pyrite material to strike it and make a spark.
- 1600s – Fast forwarding a 100 years, the flintlock pistol was introduced. The flintlock pistol gained immense popularity because of its improved efficiency at creating a spark. For these firearms, pulling the trigger struck a piece of flint, resulting in the ignition that fired the gun.
- Early to mid 1800s – The flintlock gun remained popular until the rise of the caplock gun in the early 1800s. This new gun operated by using a percussion cap to set off the main reaction instead of a piece of flint. In the mid-1800s, the revolver was also developed, and handguns gained the capability to shoot multiple consecutive rounds.
- Late 1800s – By the end of the 19th century, handguns had moved away from musket balls and loose gun power to all-in-one cartridges we know and shoot today.
- Late 1900s to today – Along with the continued advancements in manufactured pistols, the late 20th century brought equal advancement and popularity in aftermarket custom handgun parts. Along with improving handgun design, many gun experts developed custom handgun parts like match-grade triggers, fluted custom barrels, and tactical slides that can improve the performance of any standard pistol.