Last year, Grey Ghost Precison launched a line of custom Glock 17 and 19 slides and barrels; rather than using original factory slides or bulk blanks produced by a third-party manufacturer, they built them from scratch. The team at Grey Ghost did all the measuring, testing, and fitting for themselves — their new SPG43 Glock 43 slide is no different.
Because we have a preproduction slide, there’ll undoubtedly be some differences between what you see here and what you see in stores. We’ll note these anticipated changes as we go along.
Research, development, testing, evaluation, and production are all done in-house at Grey Ghost’s Tacoma, Washington, facility.
When the Glock 43 and later Gen5 Glocks were released, many decried the lack of forward serrations. That complaint is addressed with these slides. The Grey Ghost Precision SPG43 slides will first be offered in two distinct patterns, one with sloped cutouts, and the other with a diamond checkered pattern.
At least at the time of this writing, Grey Ghost Precision is the only large manufacturer, aside from Glock, producing Glock 43 slides. Each slide starts out as a block of American-made billet 17-4PH stainless steel. All critical dimensions of the SPG43 slides are machined to tolerances as tight as 0.003 inch.
Our example features a Grey Ghost Precision barrel; some aesthetics may differ from our preproduction sample by the time it hits the shelf. Like many aftermarket barrels, it’s constructed from 416R stainless steel. Instead of polygonal rifling, the Grey Ghost Precision barrel utilizes 1/16 twist button-type rifling, rocking a chamfered match crown.
Though any but the smallest of specialized silencers looks quite ridiculous on the diminutive Glock 43, we’re still holding out hope that Grey Ghost offer a threaded version in the future … because, reasons.
Though the slides are tailor-made to nest perfectly with the corresponding Grey Ghost Precision G43 barrel, an OEM barrel will drop in, as well. The same goes for other factory parts. The initial SPG43 upper offerings from Grey Ghost Precision will only include stripped slides, but barrels and complete slides will be available in the future.
Precision fit, with OEM parts? We’ll give that a go. As promised, OEM parts dropped into the SPG43 slide with no need for filing or other fitting. We remind you that this won’t necessarily be the case when paired with other aftermarket parts, tolerance stacking being a potential issue.
“With the need now more than ever to rely on your carry pistol, the decision was obvious for us to develop an option for the G43,” said Grey Ghost Precision Vice President of Firearms, Jason Curns. “We take great pride in providing products that meet the demands of our customers, and are confident that the new SPG43’s look and functionality will more than exceed expectations.”
Our example is Cerakoted in, of course, gray. Production models will be available in Black Nitride or Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) in various colors.As we see more third-party options for the single-stack baby Glock, perhaps we’ll hit a point where an entire pistol can be assembled without the aid of any OEM pieces. We’re already there with the 9mm Gen3 guns, and the popular G43 would make sense to be next in the line.
TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT THE SPECS OF THE COMPLETE G17 AND G19 SLIDES PRODUCED IN PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN GGP AND AERO PRECISION
Written by PATRICK MCCARTHY on August 14, 2017
If you followed the SHOT Show 2017 coverage here or on RECOILweb, you may have spotted some of the initial buzz about Grey Ghost Precision’s new Glock slides earlier this year. Since the unveiling of prototypes at SHOT, the company has announced a strategic partnership with Aero Precision. GGP’s design and engineering are now being teamed up with the manufacturing capabilities of Aero Precision to produce complete, drop-in-ready slides — just install your preferred sights and hit the range.
The Grey Ghost Precision Glock slides are being machined from scratch in two patterns for Gen 3 or Gen 4 G17 and G19 models. The V1 slide features angled front serrations with additional porting, while the V2 is a non-ported design with a honeycomb-style Geoscale texture. The slides are available with or without a RMR/red dot cutout.
We've known the people behind Tactical Tailor and Grey Ghost Gear for a long time–and the gear, especially Tactical Tailor, for much longer. More than one RECOIL employee has had Tactical Tailor gear among their kit when rolling around overseas, myself included. What we hadn't done, however, was actually see behind the veil at the production facility itself.
Tactical Tailor, Grey Ghost Gear, and Grey Ghost Precision can safely be viewed as a three sided coin. The Grey Ghost divisions are nimble and suitable for more custom work–but if you need to outfit an entire army, Tactical Tailor is your answer.
Located literally just off the runway of Fort McChord sits Tactical Tailor. It's housed in a rather nondescript warehouse, with a tank outside.
I had the pleasure of spending last week with several brands at the High Bar Homestead near Gillette, Wyoming along with several other writers. This facility is amazing, with a variety of range, from 25 out to 2000 yds.
The rifles were all from Grey Ghost Precision. I’ve owned a GGP S-series Heavy rifle in .308 since they first came out and it’s been a reliable companion on several hog hunts as well as for range trips, so you can say I’m a fan of the brand. Their receiver sets are manufactured from 7075-T651 aluminum billets to their specs by Mega Arms and True Black Type III Mil Spec Hard Coat Anodized. The builds are excellent.
GGP brought rifles in .223, .300 and .308 but what caught my eye was the new Grim in 6.5 Creedmoor.
While I checked them all out in turn, I found myself going back to the 6.5, regardless of the range we were on at the time. It was a dream to shoot. The recoil was a push, while I felt that the .308 S-series Heavy had a stronger recoil. The accuracy was amazing, making it a snap to score hits out to 1000 yds, even in winds. I could easily shoot a full 20 round magazine on steel at 800 yds and hear that comforting ping after each shot. After one of these events, a friend said, “Good shooting, Eric” but I had to admit to him that it was the rifle and not me. It shot so well that any misses were definitely on me and while I did indeed miss a few, that gun was a laser out to 800 yds. It almost took the fun out of it…almost.
I’m out in Wyoming at the High Bar Homestead with several other writers checking out new products from a couple of brands in anticipation of the upcoming NRA Annual Meeting. One of the items we’ve had the opportunity, to check out is this new GLOCK slide from GGP.
Designed as an affordable, Commercial Off The Shelf slide for GLOCK pistols, they are available in two cuts, for G17 or G19 and manufactured from 4140 steel.
This version features lightening cuts and features a rear sight dovetail mounted Delta Point Pro MRDS by Leupold Optics. The suppressor is a Silencerco Osprey.
The second variant features geoscales, milled to enhance handling.
The barrels are aftermarket and incorporate threads for suppressors and a SAAMI spec chamber with 1/10 twist rifling. The initial run of G19 slides is currently in finish and will be available just before NRAAM from Grey Ghost Precision.