There are few more divisive topics with gun enthusiasts than custom Glocks. Some people loathe them, others love them. Either way, they certainly get your attention.
They’re not going away anytime soon, either, and as well as a growing cult that is Agency Arms, some of the more established tuners are throwing their hat into the Glock ring too.
Wilson Combat, Danger Close Armament and now Patriot Ordnance Factory have joined the fray.
DIY Glocks are a Subculture
Glock modifications can mean just a few small tuning parts that make the world of difference, or they can be a whole lot of work that turns a plastic gun into a $2,000+ piece of jewelry.
Of course, we have to get past the fact that you could have a serious 1911, or two of them, for the money you might be about to drop on a Glock pistol.
A Glock can turn into an expensive pistol. We all know this by now, but the owners love them.
They’ll tell you that only a connoisseur will feel it, but the sharper trigger and reduced recoil of the lightened slide make the world of difference.
The Best Custom Glocks in 2020
1. ZEV Technologies OZ9
- Price: $1,799.99
- Caliber: 9mm Luger
- Barrel Length: 4.5 inch
- Total Length: 8.75 inch
- Caliber: 17+1
The new Glock champion of the world is a ground-up new build with a patent pending steel receiver. You got it, the ZEV Technologies OZ9 is a metal-bodied Glock Plus.
This is what Glock fans have been screaming for and ZEV Technologies listened. The company started out making parts , but it has branched out into custom firearms.
Glock is a federally registered trademark and some of these guns lie close to the line. But this is a cottage industry that the Austrian firearms manufacturer has wisely chosen to support, if not tacitly endorse. Companies like ZEV Tech have built their brand on the polymer pistol.
ZEV Can Sell You an AR-15 Too
You can get one of the best AR-15 rifles for sale from ZEV these days and now it has brought the fire to the custom handgun market. A steel-bodied Glock sounds like a pretty freaking sweet start for a handgun.
Extended rails mean you get double the surface area for a contact patch. This gun also comes with self-cleaning and lubricating channels that help keep this gun shooting butter smooth all day long.
Vibrations and lateral movement have been reduced and the gun shoots flat and true, every time. A magazine extension is fairly easy to come by too.
High-Tech 9mm Pistol
There’s a lot of tech innovation and a lot to love about this gun. Especially the steeper grip angle and reprofiled grip that helps you get high up on the gun.
Now it’s questionable whether you can even call this a Glock anymore, but it does work with Glock mags and accessories and the ZEV Technologies OZ9 really is the ultimate metal Glock.
It’s slim enough to use as your EDC, and the price point is seductive in its own way. Essentially you don’t have to buy the Glock anymore and throw away parts.
You just spend $1,595 through Rainier Arms’ discounted price for an off-the-peg Glock with a steel body.
That actually sounds like a bargain in this company, and it might just be the best striker-fired handgun in the world.
Get ZEV Technologies Accessories
You don’t have to buy a complete ZEV Tech handgun. If you are building a DIY Glock project then you can get a range of ZEV parts & accessories. Buy Glock guide rods through to slides and drop-in trigger groups for your bespoke Glock 19 gen 3, gen 4, 17, 34 and just about every other flavor of Glock here:
- Shop a range of ZEV Tech Glock spares and accessories at Brownells.
- Primary Arms – Range of ZEV parts.
2. The War Poet by Shadow Systems + Holosun
- Price: $1,259.99
- Base Gun: Glock Frame
The Shadow Systems Multi Role Frame is the star here and the company teamed up with John Lovell of the Warrior Poet Society to create sort of a Glock 19 Gen 5 Plus.
Again, this is a ground-up rebuild and a new gun, but it fits the profile of the Glock 19 and is clearly a modified Glock in spirit. The frame comes with aggressive custom stippling, a flared magwell and a new center of balance to reduce muzzle flip. These are all good things.
An extended beavertail kills slide bite, interchangeable backstraps give a custom handgun feel. The slide is ready for an RMR, which is a big deal if you want to go competitive shooting, and the 416R steel threaded barrel is suppressor ready.
Designed as a concealed carry that could also star as a tactical or range pistol, The War Poet comes with a 15+1 payload of 9mm ammunition. It’s also a lightweight combat pistol that would be a valid addition to just about any gun safe in the land.
Where to Shop For Shadow Systems
Get slides, barrels, extended controls, guide rods and more to build a Glock with Shadow Systems upgrades. Our favorite suppliers are:
- Brownells – Custom parts, firing pin or an extended slide lock. Get a Glock upgrade here.
- Primary Arms – Massive selection of parts for the G19 Gen 2-5 and other pistols.
3. Faxon Firearms FX-19 Patriot Compact
- Price: $1,234.99
- Caliber: 9mm Luger
This is another ground-up rebuild of the Glock 19 using a variety of classic inspirations.
Of course there’s the custom Faxon Firearms frame, with a grip angle more closely resembling a 1911. Then there is the integral flared magwell, double undercut trigger guard and extended mag release. An Overwatch Precision Trigger replaces the standard Glock unit and that’s just the start of the spec list.
The barrel is a Faxon Firearms match-grade unit. The slide is produced in-house from high-grade stainless steel.
Feature Rich and Chunky Handgun
Now this is a complex design that is chunky enough to get a grip on your weapon just about every which way. It’s RMR ready with optic cuts, fitted with suppressor ready night sights and you can go full tacti-cool with this handgun if that’s the way you want to take it.
The extended mag offers five more rounds of 9mm. That is a serious competitive advantage that is also available any other number of ways, cheaper ways.
As a cohesive unit, though, this tactical pistol, a Glock 19 evolution, could easily become your handgun of choice. Take it target shooting, EDC it and have it ready on your nightstand.
Faxon Firearms Upgrades For Glocks and Rifles
The company has some cherry AR-15 barrels, aftermarket Glock barrels, parts, Glock accessories and lots more. Check their site here and buy direct for the best prices.
- Glock components, Glock barrels, slide covers, mag extensions, just about everything.
- Rifle components, AR barrels and complete AR15s.
4. Taran Tactical John Wick Combat Master Package
- Price: $2,549
- Base Gun: Glock 34 Gen 3
If you want to live your own John Wick fantasy, you used to have to send TTI a Glock and wait up to 24 weeks before you can strut
You could also do a similar job with a Glock 17 gen 3.
Taran Tactical might not be the biggest name, but they do a lot of custom guns for the movies and you’d be surprised how many heroes and villains have carried TTI hardware.
Check The Rock Michelle Rodriguez and Jason Statham in The Fast & The Furious 8. Will Smith also handled a TTI in his version of Deadshot.
It is John Wick that has made Taran Tactical famous in the wider world, though, and it’s pretty much our favorite product placement deal ever.
The Guns of John Wick 2 Are Sexy
John is a brutal hero and this is a brutal looking gun. It’s actually a full size Glock G34 gen 3 under the skin. So, if you have one lying around, you might want to send it in. At this price, it’s one of the cheaper Glocks here.
They can also work on a Glock Gen 4, but you won’t get the scallop cut for the mag release with the newer gun. You can now order the John Wick Combat master Package for the Glock 17 and 17L too.
With the baseplate magazine extensions, this looks like a beast and the color coding really helps set ff the new slide. It isn’t quite as chopped up as the main players here, but it’s a seriously functional Glock. There’s no RMR cut, but you do get fiber optic sights.
The trigger guard has a single undercut and it’s a fairly basic mod job that just happens to look nigh-on perfect.
If you love the films as much as we do, check out the other guns from the film here
Where to buy Taran Tactical Parts
If you don’t want to go full John Wick and you just want cover plates, mag extensions or other Glock accessories for you to build a Glock build at home, you can find them here.
- Taran Tactical Innovations Glock Parts & Accessories at Brownells.
- Primary Arms – Great selection of Glock upgrade parts.
5. Polymer80 PFC9 Compact 9mm
- Price: $550.00
- Barrel Length: 4 inch
- Total Length: 7.3 inch
The whole point of the Polymer80 PFC frame is that you buy a cheap Glock frame for a DIY build. The Polymer80 PFC9 Compact 9mm is an oddity, then.
This is a Glock approximation, that costs more than a Glock 19. But then that isn’t really fair. It’s like a modified Glock 19, straight from the factory,, for slightly more than a stock Glock. Look at it that way and it’s a better deal.
Most 80% kits for DIY Glock builds don’t turn out looking this good too, it has to be said.
This is a full serialized gun, which is based on the 100% serialized Polymer80 PCF frame that is an absolute smash hit with DIY Glock builders.
Of course that is mainly because the frame costs just North of $100 and you don’t need to throw away half a perfectly functional Glock to get started on your DIY pistol build.
The complete Polymer80 PCF 9mm probably won’t be the biggest seller. But it’s a nice gun. So there’s that.
Where to Buy a Polymer80 PCF Frame
Most people won’t buy a complete Polymer80 gun. That’s kind of like buying ready-assembled LEGO. Glocks can be personal, and unique, and one of the best ways to start is with a frame from Polymer80 or Nomad Defense.
The Polymer80 PCF is a full serialized frame. So effectively it is the gun and you need a background check to buy it.
When it’s in your hands, the Polymer80 PFC is a stripped frame that essentially looks like a Glock 19 evolution.
The stippling is reminiscent of the Sig X-Carry. The trigger guard is so undercut that it almost looks too much and the accessory rail is chunkier than something really chunky.
Gen 3 parts are readily available and that’s what the Polymer80 PFC was built for. And with nothing to throw away on this stripped frame, you save a ton of money too.
The frame costs just $135 at Rainier Arms. You have to say that’s a seriously cheap way to start your custom Glock for sale build. But you will spend more, much more…
6. Grey Ghost Precision Combat Pistol
- Price: $1,439.04
- Base Gun: Glock 19
- Caliber: 9mm Luger
Novelty factor certainly comes into this one, but we like the fact that this is a properly practical EDC as well.
Grey Ghost Precision don’t need us to sell their skills, you know all about their rifles and match grade Glock parts. Now it has made its own pistol, the Grey Ghost Precision Combat Pistol.
Deliveries have started and the early demand for this custom pistol is high. We think that’s reasonable.
This might just be the best compromise of style, improved functionality and actual practicality, as well as a price tag that is almost seductive in this company.
Now it does look a bit ‘Operator’. But then, they all do in their own way and the chunky non-slip finish that reminds me of a weird waterproof sleeve for a mobile phone just works aesthetically, ergonomically, everywhere.
Shockproof Handgun? Kind Of…
This handgun isn’t a mass of clever, fragile details. It looks shockproof, like you could drop it off a cliff and it would survive the fall.
We love some of the other guns on this list, but you would struggle to use them as an EDC. Home defense, no problem. EDC is a different story and red dots, five inch barrels and even ported slides can all get in the way.
Grey Ghost has produced a gun that does exactly what it says on the tin. This is a combat pistol first and foremost that is designed for the moments you’re firing in anger. It looks good, but it isn’t a gun that should spend its days on a plinth as a piece of faux art.
The basic Glock 19 has been tuned with all kinds of small adjustments that you might not even take in at first glance. This is a ground-up rebuild and I guess Grey Goose has found some serious cost savings by being its own supplier.
It might grind your gears to hear this described as a cheap gun for sale, but it’s a complete weapon and pretty much all the others will charge you this much and then demand you send them a perfectly functional new Glock for a donor gun. In this company, the Grey Ghost Precision Combat Pistol is a freakin bargain.
Buy Glock Slides, Parts and Accessories
Of course you can buy the slides separately and they are legendary. They are machined from 17-4 billet stainless steel with critical dimensions within .003″.
You get a complete Nitride-coated slide on the outside and inside and it’s also milled and tapped for a Trijicon RMR. So you don’t even need an adapter plate.
Yes that sounds anal, but why spend so much on a lightweight slide if you’re then going to cancel out that weight saving with a big plate?
They do include a G10 cover plate and screws if you want to go that way. But this slide is the best it can be, which means it’s the lightest it can be.
Brutal Serrations On this Glock Slide
It’s fully serrated, brutally so, and if you can’t get a good grip on this slide then you have flippers for hands and you are the problem.
The stippling is perfect, if you like geometric patterns. The trigger guard is almost cartoonish with its undercut and other options. You might even see the 1911-style 107.5 degree angle on the grip now.
It also comes with an enhanced beavertail to get you higher up on your gun, safe from slide bite.
Grey Ghost Precision Drop-in Trigger is Perfect
Grey Ghost Precision turned to CMC for the flat drop-in trigger. That’s a $150-$180 part on its own. Other ergonomic touches include the extended slide release and mag release.
The Magwell is subtly flared to the point that you can reload instinctively, without going as far as some of the competition.
It’s just a really balanced and well thought out Glock 19 gen 5 that you could carry every day. It’s not jewelry, it’s an EDC that is near faultless as a real-life self-defense handgun. It flies in the face of the Swiss watch style construction techniques of the opposition and we like its style.
This custom Glock doesn’t need to beat them by fractions on the felt recoil, it looks like it would pistol whip them all to a bloody pulp before they even got to the range. That is physical presence, and that’s hard to fake.
That might just make it the best custom Glock in the world…. It’s certainly close.
Buy custom Glock shiz, now…
Where to buy Grey Ghost Precision Glock Parts
Grey Ghost Precision made its name with performance aftermarket Glock parts and now it has produced its own pistol. If you want to take full advantage of the massive Grey Ghost precision parts inventory then check out the best places to buy online here.
Buy slide cover plates, magazine extensions, guide rods and more.
- Buy Grey Ghost Precision Glock stuff at Primary Arms.
- Brownells: Grey Ghost slides with optic cuts, barrels and completion kits.
7. Nomad Defense Frame only
- Price: $200
- Base gun: Gen 4 Glock 19
This is for the DIY builders among you. It’s a shortcut, it’s a way to save money when you’re building a Glock and it’s an awesome foundation for your finished gun.
The Nomad 9 Frame fixes pretty much every minor issue with the old Glock 19. The Beavertail is extended, the stippling is much more aggressive, the trigger guard is undercut and the magwell is flared. It’s totally done for you.
This stippling looks better than at least one high-end Glock tuner that will remain nameless, and a few of the others too.
It’s built in to the original design, not grafted on, and this is an integrated frame that could prove the final solution for Glock builders. At this price, it saves hours of work and means you can’t mess up the the details.
8. Agency Arms NOC
- Price: $3000
- Base Gun: Glock 19 gen 3
The Agency Arms NOC was the first truly bespoke pistol based on the Glock.
It is based on a Glock 19 frame profile, and the slide and compensator fit a Glock 17 profile. So, well, yeah, it kinda fits here and we slowly relaxed the rules as the tuners started creating custom guns based on Glocks.
So here we are, it’s a free for all now.
The frame comes from Lone Wolf Distributors and it brings some 1911 influence with it. That includes a change to the grip angle and a higher beavertail, but you can actually buy Lone Wolf Distributor parts, do the work yourself and save a lot of money..
The rest of the gun is precision Agency Arms parts and it is the result of years of tinkering. Is it worth $3000? Honestly we can’t see how. But, if somebody owns one and wants to tell us we’re wrong, we’re all ears.
Where to Buy Agency Arms Glock Upgrades
It’s almost inconceivable to build a custom G19,17 or 34 without at least one part from Agency Arms. From the flared magwell through the ostentatious slide and match-grade barrels, Agency Arms has you covered.
You can even have an Agency Smith & Wesson these days…
14. Salient Arms Stryk A Strike One
- Price: $1,995
Salient Arms appears to have dropped off the map of late.
Maybe the company was just ahead of its time, because Salient Arms paved the way for the likes of Agency Arms and ZEV Technologies. It was one of the first Glock tuners and long ago revealed plans for this custom gun.
The Salient Arms Stryk A Strike One is actually out there, though, and you can find it at odd gunbrokers around the country. Check Gunbroker.com or just Google it to find actual guns you can buy right now.
You will get a fluted match grade SAI barrel coated in Titanium Nitride, fiber optic sights and a total upgrade on the internals. It’s a good gun and you can see how it has influenced the current generation of Glock-based custom guns.
15. Wilson Combat Glock 19 Gen 4
- Price: $2000 (Estimated)
- Base Gun: Glock 19 Gen 4
Wilson Combat made its name with seriously expensive 1911s and now it has finally joined the Glock party.
Pricing isn’t as clear as it is with the ore established Glock players, because Wilson Combat tends to do bespoke work.
Based on the guns for sale on its website, though, we think a Gen 5 Glock 19 with all the trimmings, including the starburst grip stippling, match grade barrel, modded slide and Armor-Tuff coating will set you back around $2000.
Is it worth it? Well unless they fit their own internals, we don’t really see how it stacks up and you might be paying for the name with this one. That’s a lot of money for largely factory parts.
You can just buy a few Wilson Combat parts, for your Glock custom works and your 1911s, here.
16. ZEV Technologies G34 Dragonfly
- Price: $1465
- Base Gun: Glock 34 Gen 4
We love the G34 concept. This was a custom gun conceived at the outset for better accuracy thanks to a longer barrel and other touches.
The 17+1 capacity is a nice touch and you can even get magazine extensions and go the full 30-round route if you want a home defense monster. Glock magazine extensions are available just about everywhere, so get the ones you like the look of.
Glock GES M.B.H designed the G34 as a target shooter’s gun and it turns out every week in shooting competitions round the country in stock form. So, if you’re going to throw the kitchen sink at a gun in terms of match-grade mods, it makes sense to do it to the best possible base weapon.
Black on Matte Black Finish is Sexier
This is the price for black on black and you’ll need a gold barrel and ejection port cover to complete the look in the picture. Honestly, though, black on black is kind of enough in the flesh, so to speak. The gold can be a just a little bit gangsta.
An Agency Arms slide can cost almost $1,400. ZEV sell stripped slides through Brownells for just $525.99.
That is a bargain in this company. A lot of parts end up on sale, too, so if you like DIY gun build projects then you can save a fortune and build an epic gun from the parts bin.
But that’s just the start of the modifications.
ZEV Triggers are Legendary
ZEV triggers are widely considered the best in the world. One of them on its own will transform your spongey Glock trigger.
This gun comes with a steel guide rod, ISMI recoil spring, a ZEV triggerspring, skeletonized striker and a striker spring, Add a stainless steel firing pin safety, an aluminum backplate, new slide stop, extended mag release and custom stippling. So, basically everything.
It’s a great gun and it should cost about $2000 when you’re done negotiating on a complete gun. If you’re going for a modified Glock, then get the best, most accurate gun you can. This might just be the one.
You don’t need the full works, of course. Build your gun out over time with ZEV Technologies parts & accessories that you can buy online here. Of course, you can buy a Glock 19 ZEV Tech, complete.
13. Agency Arms Urban Combat
- Price: $2,299
- Base Gun: Glock 19 Gen 3
You can have a custom Agency Arms Glock 19 or 17 in Agency Arms’ Urban Combat spec. We went for the G19, just because it’s on sale right now.
Sale is a relative term, because this is still obscene money for a polymer gun.
This is a complete gun, stripped, fettled and fixed by Agency Arms. It’s the gen 3 Glock 19, turned into the perfect handgun.
So the grip is smoothed out to let you get that high-grip position. The trigger guard is perfectly undercut, too. As for the stippling, we’ll get to that.
You get other touches like the new trigger, extended magwell, match-grade barrel and all the other goodies. There are no magazine extensions here, but then this is a concealed carry gun at heart.
The Poster Child of Custom Glocks
Agency Arms has become the public face of modified Glocks. This is, in part, down to some seriously sharp marketing. It’s also because they make damn good guns. The Agency Ams Magwell was so good, Glock basically copied it in the Gen 5.
If you really have a tuned Glock itch and you want it for your EDC, your range gun, home defense and just about everything else, then you could do a lot worse than this RMR-ready lightweight special.
The Agency Arms magwell, trigger set and slide are basically beyond reproach and the Agency Arms barrel is a top seller on its own. You might feel better with a ZEV Technologies alternative, but that’s a subjective thing.
Again, you can buy a few Agency Arms parts & accessories for your Glock without spending thousands of dollars. Check out the full range here.
Bargain Parts & Spares
If you are building a DIY handgun, then you can upgrade over time and pick your moment to buy online and save big money.
Keep an eye on these links, which are set for the sales and discount section of the major aftermarket manufacturers.
18. Suarez Guttersnipe G43
You have to send your Glocks to Suarez to get this price, but you’ll get a serious weapon back. It doesn’t just come with an RMR-milled slide, it comes with a red dot sight attached, as well as a new slide, polished internals and custom stippling.
The Guttersnipe package is a pretty solid deal actually, and you can pick and choose what you want if budget is an issue.
It isn’t the prettiest Glock custom gun here, and it’s the worst name by a long, long way. But it is one of the most effective weapons in your gun safes. So there’s that….
19. Patriot Ordnance Factory G-Series
- Price: $458.91 (Slide only)
It’s just a slide for now, but Patriot Ordnance Factory is clearly dipping its toe in the Glock custom water to see if it can make money from custom gun parts & accessories.
The AR-15 specialist just won our best AR-15 for $1000 award with the entry-level POF Constable and now it is raining on Agency Arms’ and ZEV Tech’s parade by stomping into the lucrative Glock accessories and tuning space.
The slide looks decent and its priced below the absolute top line offerings. You could even say this slide is good value and it certainly changes the character of the gun.
Not only that, it means you can get the most from the slide. You can even push check it if you want, and it’s ready for the RMR or just about any other sight.
There are more than enough slide cuts and cocking serrations for just about anybody, it looks good and it’s a cohesive design.
It might be the best of the custom gun slides for an EDC as it isn’t quite as perforated and fragile as the ZEV dragonfly. It’s this or the Agency Arms and this has a more natural sense of style.
I don’t buy the felt recoil BS, it’s not shaving that much weight off and I think that’s mostly in your head. It looks cool, though, and that might well be enough. We hope to see more from POF, as a full POF Glock custom conversion could be a total winner here.
20. Alphawolf Signature Series Grey Man
- Price: $549.99
- Base Gun: Glock 19 gen 4
Alphawolf is the signature line of Lone Wolf Distributors, who sell vast quantities of Glock custom parts & accessories on the open market.
You might also know the name because Lone Wolf Distributors makes the cutting edge frames for the hugely expensive Agency Arms NOC.
It’s almost perverse, then, that Lone Wolf Distributors focuses on the low-budget market with its custom slides and parts for Glocks.
There really isn’t much special about the Alphawolf. But it is cheap, effective and the scalloped slide work helps get a firm grip. It’s not much, but the customer reviews are excellent.
21. TTI Combat Carry G43
- Price: $2,399
What gun will John Wick carry in the third film? I will hazard a guess that he’s going to switch his G26 for a G43, because it’s ready and waiting for him.
This is a tight interpretation of the compact Glock, with custom porting on the slide and the trademark mag extension. What is that grip tape all about though?
Thatt’s all you need for a firm grip, but it looks like a DIY solution rather than the finishing touch on a $2,400 custom handgun.
It’s a crazy price for such a small gun, we do agree, but it’s there if you want it! This is like a designer purse gun for the lady, or a kinda over-engineered sock gun for a guy. Either way it is one of the coolest little tuner Glocks out there.
And John Wick might use one of these Gucci Glock custom pistols, which you know is kind of cool.
Other Striker-Fired Pistol Options
You can buy a tuned Sig P320, CZ P10, a Smith & Wesson Performance Center or even Sig Sauer X line pistol off the peg.
Honestly a complete factory custom gun is a much more cost effective way of doing this. The Sig Sauer XFIVE Legion is one of our favorite full size pistols and the Sig P320 X-Carry version is a great firearm too.