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.
Wilson Combat, Danger Close Armament and now Grey Goose and Faxon Firearms 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 Glock in 2023
1. Shadow Systems War Poet with Holosun Red Dot
- Price: $1,259.99
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 a match grade Glock 19 Plus.
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. You can order yours with a Holosun 507c attached, too.
The new MR920 is taking over. But the full War Poet is still the one you want.
2. Faxon Firearms FX-19 Compact
- Regular Price: $1,019.99
- Caliber: 9mm Luger
- Barrel: 4 inch
- Total: 8 inch
- Caliber: 15+1
Faxon Firearms has made a big splash with its own firearms after starting out in the modding and aftermarket business. It has a range of AR-15s and now these Glock-based pistols.
This is not Glock frame work, it’s a Faxon PF940C frame with a 1911 style grip angle, beavertail protection, a match grade barrel, fiber optic night sights and lots of other stuff. It’s optics ready, so the slide work isn’t a vanity project and the new grip goes well beyond custom stippling.
This is really a new 9mm pistol, more than Glock custom work.
All the striations help you get a grip in the heat of battle, too. That’s kind of the point. And the accessory rail underneath is great for weapon lights.
Now these are Faxon Parts, Glock ideals. Essentially this is still every bit as co-operative and simple as the Glock 19 on which it was once based. It’s just better, everywhere.
3. Lone Wolf Distributors LTD19 V2
- Regular Price: $699.99
- Caliber: 9mm Luger
- Barrel: 4 inch
- Total: 7.16 inch
- Caliber: 15+1
Lone Wolf Distributors is one of the pioneers of the industry. If you needed parts, Glock custom work and a match grade barrel, they were one of the first.
Not just for you and me. The company supplied the frame work for the iconic Agency Arms NOC and plenty of other industry giants. LWD, then, are custom work consultants to the stars.
It makes sense that this gun is so good.
Why is Lone Wolf So Cheap?
What doesn’t make sense is why it is so cheap. This is an optics ready short frame Glock 19 with night sights, with a lot of slide work and a new frame.
It’s the LWD Timberwolf Frame, if you’re interested, which is slimmer and slightly more upright than the G19. The slide leaves the tip of the barrel exposed. it’s a push check special, it’s a brave design and we like it.
For this money, this is a great 9mm pistol.
4. ZEV Technologies OZ9
- Price: $1,567.00
- Caliber: 9mm Luger
- Barrel Length: 4.5 inch
- Total Length: 8.75 inch
- Caliber: 17+1
The Glock champion of the world is a ground-up new build with a 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.
Now there is a federally registered trademark of Glock 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.
Now that doesn’t mean this gun is endorsed by Glock, or affiliated in any manner, but the Austrian company has allowed this symbiosis to happen.
Companies like ZEV Tech have built their brand on the polymer pistol and it has become a two-way street for marketing and R&D.
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 custom Glock work anymore, but it does work with Glock mags and accessories and the ZEV Technologies OZ9 really is the ultimate metal Glock.
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. Build a Glock today.
- Primary Arms – Range of ZEV parts for custom Glock work.
5. Bul Armory Axe Tomahawk
- Price: $828.99
- Barrel: 4.02 inch
- Weight: 1.23lb
- Capacity: 15+1
Bul Armory has made waves recently with some solid cut price 1911 pistols and DA/SA options. Now it’s here with a Glock clone that looks like it has been to great tuner who really understands the importance of grip texture.
The stippling on the Bul Armory is other worldly, and it comes with other premium touches like a flared and side cut magwell. You get a proper 1911 style beavertail and new grip angle, an undercut trigger guard and aggressive slide serrations.
6. Shadow Systems MR920 Combat
- Price: $679.99
- Caliber: 9mm Luger
- Barrel Length: 4 inch
- Total Length: 8 inch
- Caliber: 15+1
If you’re looking for a cost effective approach to the ultimate Glock 19, then a Shadow Systems MR920 might just be the simplest way to go rather than building a 9mm pistol yourself.
Again, this is a ground-up rebuild and a new gun based on the Shadow Systems frame, but it fits the profile of the Glock 19 and is clearly a modified Glock in spirit. The frame comes with aggressive stippling by Glock standards, 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 a Trijicon RMR, which is a big deal if you want to go competitive shooting, and the 416R steel barrel is suppressor ready.
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 G17, G19 Gen 2-5 and other pistols.
Compensator With That Sir?
John Wick made compensators cool again, even though it’s kind of overkill in a properly engineered 9mm. Whatever, if you want a compensator, then this one looks kinda fun. Enjoy. You do you.
7. Polymer80 PFC9 Compact 9mm
- Regular Price: $539.00
- Barrel Length: 4 inch
- Total Length: 7.3 inch
The whole point of the Polymer80 PFC frame was that you buy a cheap Glock frame for a DIY build. Now increasingly strict regulations led Polymer80 to become a gun manufacturer in its own right and the PCF9 is the result.
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 DIY Glock builds don’t turn out looking this good too, it has to be said.
Proper Gun, Proper Serial Number
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 this Glock 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. Use factory parts, or something better. Your choice…
The complete Polymer80 PCF 9mm probably won’t be the biggest seller. But it’s a nice gun. So there’s that.
8. Wilson Combat Vickers Elite Package
- Regular Price: $1,760.99
- Caliber: 9mm Luger
- Barrel: 4.49 inch
- Total: 8 inch
- Caliber: 17+1
You really have to know, and care, to spot the differences between a common or garden G19x, G45 and this $1,700+ pistol.
Wilson Combat and Vickers Tactical always produce good pistols, but the bang per buck seems to be getting a little on the thin side here.
Vickers Tactical took care of the frame modifications to create a new plastic pistol with similar goals to many others. That being a 1911 grip angle and signature stippling for Glock, an improved mag release and match grade barrel.
WIlson Combat thumb pads and a couple of other custom parts help create what the company says is the ultimate defensive Glock. But only if money is no object and you don’t like bling…
Larry Vickers has forgotten more about shooting than I will ever know, and he thinks these small tweaks are more than worth the money. So, if you want that Larry Vickers magic, get your Elite Package today.
Have a look at the top Wilson Combat handguns here, and you might find something you like more.
9. Grey Ghost Precision Combat Pistol
- Regular Price: $1,439.04
- Base Gun: Glock 19
- Caliber: 9mm Luger
This is a properly practical EDC.
Grey Ghost Precision don’t need us to sell their skills, you know all about their rifles and Glock parts & accessories. Now it has made its own pistol, the Grey Ghost Precision Combat Pistol.
This is a great compromise of style, improved functionality and actual practicality, as well as a price tag that is almost seductive in this company. You can also buy a serialized frame for just $139 and put your own slide and internals on there.
Now this 9mm pistol 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. This goes beyond top serrations and optic cuts.
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 sights, red dots, five inch barrels and even ported slides can all get in the way.
Tailor Made For Combat
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.
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 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?
Where to buy Grey Ghost Precision Glock Parts & Accessories
Grey Ghost Precision made its name with performance aftermarket 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 a slide cover plate, mag extensions, guide rods and more.
10. Taran Tactical Innovations 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 Innovation might not be the biggest name, but they do a lot for the movies and you’d be surprised how many heroes and villains have carried Taran Tactical Innovations hardware.
Movie Stars Love TTI
Check The Rock Michelle Rodriguez and Jason Statham in The Fast & The Furious 8. Will Smith also handled a TTI in as Deadshot in Suicide Squad.
It is John Wick that has made Taran Tactical Innovations 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 34 Gen 4. You do ghet all the slide stuff, optic cuts, night sights etc, 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 Gen 3 and Glock 17 Gen 4, too.
More Bullets Always Help…
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
TTI offer full build services for Glock, if you havean endless budget. If you don’t want to go full John Wick and you just want a cover plate, mag extensions, magwell, trigger parts, red dot plate or other Glock accessories for you to build a Glock build at home, you can find them here.
- Taran Tactical Innovations Parts & Accessories at Brownells.
- Primary Arms – Great selection of Glock upgrade parts.
11. Agency Arms NOC
- Price: $3000
- Base Gun: Glock 19 g3
The Agency Arms 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.
LWD Supplied Frame
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.
The rest of the gun is precision parts, including that match grade, polished gold barrel, polished internals, Glock compensator and more. 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 Barrel and Glock Upgrades
It’s almost inconceivable to build a custom G19,17 or 34 without at least some pistol parts or components. From the flared magwell through the ostentatious slide and a polished gold barrel, you choose. Maybe even a guide rod.
You can even have an Agency Smith & Wesson these days…
10. Wilson Combat Glock 19
- Price: $2000 (Estimated)
- Base Gun: Glock 19 Gen 4
Wilson Combat made its name with seriously expensive 1911s and rifles. Now it has joined the Glock party.
Pricing isn’t as clear as it is with the more 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 laser frame work, match grade barrel, modded slide and Armor Tuff coating will set you back around $1,700.
Paul Howe Package For Glock is Nice
The Paul Howe Signature package for Glock is a new offering, and we like it. We also do like that Armor Tuff finish.
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 pistols and some window dressing.
You can just buy a few Wilson Combat guns, parts, and your 1911s here.
11. Patriot Ordnance Factory P19 Gentleman’s Series
- Price: $1,049.99
- Base: G19 Gen 4
Patriot Ordnance Factory make some of the finest rifles and AR pistols out there. Now it has produced an enhanced Glock 19 frame, slide and peripherals to create the P19 Gentleman’s Series.
It is seriously nice slide work with optic cuts, but Patriot Ordnance Factory is clearly dipping its toe in the Glock custom work water to see if it can make money from frame work and custom gun parts & accessories.
Now you can buy the enhanced Glock 19 Gen 4 frame, which is really a ground up redesign, and the slides separately.
The slide work looks decent and it is 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. It also has optic cuts and is ready for sights, red dot sights system.
Elegant, Cohesive Design
There are more than enough 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.
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.
New Frame is Super Slick
Based on the G19 Gen 4, the frame is a total rework and comes without the super annoying finger groove bs. An integrated flared magwell isn’t just sexier, it’s smoother when you draw. You also get interchangeable backstraps, 1911 style beavertail and other touches that totally change the comfort.
Inside you get polished internals and a complete package for Glock that really is something special.
12. TTI Combat Carry Glock 43x
- Price: $2,399
After pimping out G26 John Wick 2, Taran Tactical Innovation went to work on the Glock 43/43x.
This TTI Combat Carry is a tight interpretation of the compact Glock 43x, with custom porting on the slide and the trademark mag extension. The laser engraving slide cuts are awesome too. What is that grip tape all about though?
That’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 this Glock 43x is one of the coolest little tuner Glocks out there and TTI can offer you a bespoke build service with optic cuts and an RMR etc. Magazine extensions turn it into a high capacity beast too.
13. ZEV Technologies G34 Dragonfly
- Price: $1,465
- Base Gun: Glock 34 Gen 4
We love the G34 concept. This was conceived at the outset for better accuracy thanks to a longer barrel and other touches.
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 polished 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.
But that’s just the start of the modifications.
ZEV Triggers are Legendary
The ZEV Ultimate trigger is 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 stippling for Glock. 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.
14. 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 Glock GES OEM, 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, polished internals and all the other goodies. There are no magazine extensions here, but then this is a carry gun at heart and the poster child for custom Glock work since, well, forever.
15. Nomad Defense Frame only
- Price: $200
- Base gun: Gen 4 Glock 19
This is for the DIY builders among you. It is a shortcut on frame work and save money when you’re building a Glock. Also, it is an awesome foundation for your finished gun.
The Nomad 9 Frame fixes pretty much every minor issue. The Beavertail is extended, the grip stippling is much more aggressive, the trigger guard is undercut and the magwell is flared. All the frame work is totally done for your Glock build.
The grip stippling packages look 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 and save time. At this price, it saves hours of work and means you can’t mess up the the details.
16. 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. It was one of the first Glock tuners.
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 before you customize your Glock.
You will get a fluted SAI barrel coated in Titanium Nitride, fiber optic sights and a total upgrade on the internals. Extended controls too. It is still a good gun and you can see how it has influenced the current generation.
17. Suarez Guttersnipe G43
You have to send your Glocks to Suarez to get this price and wait while the build services for Glock work is completed, but you’ll get a serious weapon back.
It doesn’t just come with RMR-milled slide work with optic cuts. It comes with a red dot sight attached, as well as a new slide, polished internals and custom stippling packages.
The Guttersnipe Glock G43x package with optic cut slide is a pretty solid deal actually, and you can pick and choose what you want and customize your Glock if budget is an issue.
It isn’t the prettiest 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 with extended controls and that reflex sight.
Other Striker-Fired Pistol Options
You can buy a tuned Sig P320, CZ P10, a Smith & Wesson Performance Center or even Sig P320 X line pistol off the peg or wait for the build service. Custom Sig Sauer pistols are big business now, too, and the likes of Danger Close Armament are waiting for your money with products and parts there.
You can also buy a Donald Trump G43x, with a complete laser engraving of his scowling face on the grip and finger grooves. So that’s out of control Glock custom work and the free market… Or just check the best Glock pistols for sale in 2023 here and get a stock Glock complete with an OEM trigger.
Honestly a complete factory custom gun is a much more cost effective way of doing this. If you want to build a Glock, take all the parts, add to cart and you’ll see. Also, if you go full bespoke with your build services then you’ll need to wait while the work is completed.
The Sig Sauer XFIVE Legion is one of our favorite full size pistols and the Sig Sauer P320 X-Carry version is a great firearm too. The Sig P320 is another favorite tuner gun now and you can buy build services or off the peg from Sig Sauer, including an optic cut slide and magazine extensions.
As for sights, the Holosun 507c is popular right now and battle worn Glock weapon lights are everywhere. And if you want a magwell, trigger, G19 barrel, Glock upgrades, build services for custom Glock work and all that stuff, well just scroll up and save money with our direct links.
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