Glock Slide Milling for Red Dot Sight
By now everyone knows that red dot sights are the way of the future. While there can be a bit of a learning curve, the advantage of being able to focus directly on the target cannot be overstated.
With iron sights, as everyone is aware, you are supposed to focus on the front sight while the rear sight and the target are slightly fuzzy. This is hard for anyone to do, and not just for folks with older eyes! Especially when shooting quickly, or under pressure in a defensive situation, it is difficult to force your eyes to break focus on the target, and come back to your front sight as you are presenting the pistol. With a red dot you can stay focused on the target, and since you are looking THROUGH (rather than AT) your sights, your ability to command exactly where that bullet is going is greatly improved.
Of course they aren't perfect. Some folks have trouble 'finding' the red dot when they first start shooting. (Your red dot 'points' where the bullet is going to go, so if your firearm isn't pointed at the target, the red dot will not be visible on the target, and a lot of folks present the firearm much farther off than they think they are...) Running iron sights which are tall enough to 'cowitness' so you can see them through your red dot can help a lot when you're first learning. Some of them also have issues with being waterproof, and since I open carry mine while working in my gunsmithing shop, that screen has a tendency to catch all kinds of metal shavings.
But I would never... seriously, never... think of going back to iron sights if I didn't absolutely have to.
There are currently only two red dots that we will machine a slide for, the Trijicon RMR, and the Leupold Delta Point Pro. You MUST send in an optic with your slide when you want it machined, or we can provide a red dot for you. If you want an RMR, please contact us with what you are looking for and we can build you a custom invoice. They have a bunch of options.
Let me be very clear. If you have any reservation or question about which sight to get, get the DeltaPoint.
The RMR is not waterproof without an additional little plate, and even then it's iffy, you have to remove the entire optic to change the battery, and the field of view is (relatively) tiny and dark. However a lot of law enforcement agencies require that as the only allowed red dot, and it's certainly not bad. Myself (currently civilian), since I get to choose what I buy, I run the Leupold.
The only disadvantage to the DeltaPoint is that it's somewhat longer than the RMR, and because of the internal design on a Glock slide, we have to machine away the rear sight dovetail. Not a huge deal, most folks just run a tall front sight which allows them to use the DeltaPoint as a makeshift rear sight, or Leupold does make an iron sight which mounts on the DeltaPoint if you absolutely need backup iron sights. So there's options there, and I still only run DeltaPoint Pros on my guns.
We CNC a pocket into the top of your slide to hold the red dot. That's really the extent of it... The pocket is going to sit pretty low and it's a perfect (usually snap-in) fit for the red dot, so it looks really nice. It also lets the red dot sit lower which feels more comfortable and familiar when shooting. However it will NOT be able to be used with any other red dot! You will be able to mount this model of red dot on your firearm really well. You can't install a different model later. The MOS system lets you do that, but it makes the red dot sit much higher, and it doesn't look nearly as clean.
We require that you provide or purchase from us a red dot at the same time we are doing the milling. I get that these things are almost identical, but we want to be SURE that your slide was machined perfectly, and the sight is correctly mounted and functioning flawlessly before we send it back.
That's a big deal to us. WE MUST HAVE YOUR RED DOT WHEN WE START MACHINING!
At this point we are only milling for Trijicon RMR's and Leupold DeltaPoints on Glocks. Other models of red dot and firearms are not currently supported.
When we are all done with the machining and fitting, we will Cerakote your slide in a single color, which is included in the price above. Of course if you want some sort of pattern done we can arrange that too, and give you some discount over it's normal price.
Please note: if your Glock has the staked-in night sights, we will not be able to Cerakote your slide. Cerakote will cook the vials, and obviously since they are staked in we can't reinstall them. If you have that, let us know and we can talk through some options for you. The best thing to do would be just to send in your slide with new sights, and we will just install the new ones when we reassemble the slide.
If all you are getting done is the milling, you don't need to send us the entire firearm. However we do ask that you send us either a COMPLETE slide (no barrel or recoil spring, but striker, extractor, springs, sights, etc) all present, or a COMPLETELY stripped slide. Totally up to you, but when we get these partially disassembled firearms it always seems to create issues. But especially if you are only sending in the slide (rather than a complete firearm) there are no special shipping requirements from anyone.
Please be smart though... You are shipping us the slide from your firearm and a very expensive red dot sight. Package it well. Don't use some hand-me-down box and old towels. If the box arrives and your parts aren't in it, we will do what we can to assist you in replacing the parts, but we aren't buying you new ones for free...
Thanks for looking, and let us know if you have any questions!
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