7 Best Aftermarket Glock 17 Slides – [Optic Ready & Slick Look]

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Tired of the factory Glock 17 slide? Try something new!

Here are the 7 best aftermarket Glock 17 Slide you can buy now.

We picked these red dot ready slides based on looks, weight, and overall functionality to build the dream Glock you want.

Benefits Of An Aftermarket Slide

Some of the benefits of using a customized slide for your factory Glock are:

  • Lightening cuts to save weight
  • Extra slide to swap for different shooting applications
  • Optic ready slide cut and cover plate
  • Unique slide serration cut for better slide handling
  • Unique slide aesthetics

ZEV Z17 Slide - Best Overall

ZEV Technologies Z17 Citadel Stripped Slide w/RMR Plate, Glock 17 Gen 3, Gray, SLD-Z17-3G-CIT-RMR-GRY

ZEV's dragonfly is one of ZEV's most popular slide with window style slide cuts to save weight and still retain its structural integrity.

ZEV has been producing aftermarket part kits like triggers and other accessories, and they make your $450 Glock into a $1700 looking John Wick type of gun.

Now you can order pre-milled slide right to your mail box. Available mostly for Glock 34, 17, 19 Gen 3 and Gen 4.

TYRBE Defense - Best For The Money

TRYBE Defense Pistol Slide, Glock 17, Gen 3, DeltaPoint Pro Cut, Black, SLDG17G3DP-BN

TRYBE defense products are hot selling and their Glock optic ready slides are the balance between good looks and functionality under $300. It works with factory Glock parts.

Gen 3, 4 and 5 - Multiple slides available for Glock gen 3, 4 and 5.

Cover Plate Included - All optic ready slides come with cover plates

Show Off Barrel - Side windows shows off the slick custom barrel you have

Lightening Cuts - Improved for fast cycling and aggressive serration under $300

Better Optics Compatibility - RMR, Vortex Viper, Venom, DeltaPoint Pro

*Get a TRYBE Defense threaded match grade barrel here

LANTAC Razorback - Best Look

LANTAC Razorback Stripped Light Glock Slide, Glock 17

This thing looks so Gucci that draws a lot of attention at your local range. If you want slick and edgy looking serration cuts, this Lantac Razorback Glock slide is the best option.

Tight Tolerance - Very tight tolerance machining to ensure accuracy just like very every gun part LANTAC makes.

Conditioned Steel Slide - The slide is machined from pre-hardened (H900 condition) 17-4PH (Precipitation Hargened) stainless steel. 

Weather Proof - It'sead blasted to create a satin surface finish. Finally the slide is coated with a protective layer with proprietary Lithium-Ferro process.

Available mostly for Glock 17  Gen 4.

These sells fast, please check availability below:

Unity Tactical ATOM Slide - Best Optic Plate Design

Unity Tactical Atom Glock Stripped Pistol Slide Up to $50.00 Off  w/ Free Shipping  — 2 models

The ATOM slide has the most unique optic mounting system Unlike others. The ATOM system features one size cut that fits different adapter plates. 

In another word, this solves the problems where an optic specific slide cut can't use other optics. 

Norsso Reptile Slide - Best Front Serrations Cut

Norsso reptile glock 17 slide

Read to buy slide without any shipping, milling or waiting is a huge market for people who wants to trick out their Glock. The Norsso Reptile makes reptile textured slide cuts on the slide, which looks very unique and slick among others.

Available for Glock 19, 17, 23, 26, 27, 43 with optic cuts, generally for Trijicon SRO or RMR. Some slides are also available for Gen 3, Gen 4 and Gen 5.

Get yours today!

Visit their website here at norsso.com

Lone Wolf Arms AlphaWolf Pistol Slide w/Stainless Steel 20 Machining, Glock 17 Gen3, 9mm, Raw Stainless, AW-SLIDE17-G3-SS20

Lone Wolf has been around for a long time best know for their pistol barrels. They also offer the simplest aftermarket Glock slides, and they work well.

The AlphaWolf slide is affordable, and it feature serrations and lightening cuts like the Norsso, but just under $400.

It comes without iron sight or other internal parts.

New! Trinity Nevada Ground Breaker Complete Slide Up to $74.75 Off  w/ Free Shipping  — 96 models

The design of this thing is insane, and there aren't many Glock slides like this one. The entire design reengineers the Glock to shoot flatter.

Fully Integrated Comp - Significantly lighter slide, none moving front sight and added top barrel weight to keep the recoil flat. 

Complete Kit - Locking Block + Gold TiN Barrel Comp Hybrid + Different recoil springs to work with your ammo type

Reduced Target Acquisition Time - Turn normally a sharp recoil to a gentle back push recoil sensation. This means faster RDS time, and the user can mount it on any compatible Glock frames and go!

Works With G17 Holsters - Fits existing G17 holsters without custom fitting

Deep Serrations - Better slide gripping

Better Optics Compatibility - RMR only


Slide Lightening Cuts To Reduce Recoil

Lightening cut slides are not for combat, but they're pretty slick to have. 

A lightened slide combined with a muzzle compensator can mitigate felt recoil and muzzle climb to get the sights back on target faster.

Learn the difference between recoil vs muzzle flip here

Slide Serrations

Slide serrations helps you better gripping of the slide especially if you need more contact points or slippery fingers.

Front, top, sides and rear serrations give the shooter multiple contact points to operate the slide.

Some are more aggressive than others, and most of the cut patterns work.

Cycling Reliability

Changing the weight of the slide can cause malfunctions.

Sometimes, bad ammo selection, weak firing pin spring, weak recoil spring or poor grip can cause problems as well.

Please see the recommended parts kit at the end of the article.

Optic Cut

Unity Tactical's slide has the most unique optic plate design on the market using only one slide.

Other slides generally cut the top ahead of the rear fixed sight. If you don't want an optic makes sure you find one that offers you a cover plate.

A rock solid optic mounting system recently have featured index posts to fully lock in the optic.

Check Out: Best Glock 17 Red Dot Sights

Recommended Parts Kits

Pistol compensator can reduce muzzle climb, check out more here

Trigger is a great upgrade, but if you aren't careful fine tuning it, it can cause misfire or out of battery issue.

Recoil spring needs to be tuned for different calibers and slide weights

Red dot sight weight can affect slide cycling, but for the most part they work. When combined with a fine tuned Glock with compensator, the shooter quickly reacquire the sight after each shot.