Sometimes the benefit of an aftermarket firearm part or accessory isn’t immediately obvious. You aren’t alone if you’ve ever wondered whether a trigger is really more “crisp” or a scope’s glass more “clear.”
The titanium Glock slides from Krytos Industries aren’t that kind of product. Their aftermarket G17 and G19 slides make an immediate, noticeable difference, and that 45 percent weight reduction is especially useful for anyone looking to carry a red dot or a weapon light on their handgun.
As we learned at this year’s NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, Krytos’ products allow shooters to either carry a noticeably lighter handgun or add accessories while maintaining a similar weight. A G17 with a red dot, threaded barrel, and titanium slide, for example, weighs about 2 ounces less than a factory G19.
At this point, you probably have questions. We wondered whether the lighter slide makes the gun uncomfortable to shoot – some might say more “punchy.” The Krytos reps assured us that the titanium slides do not affect shooter comfort, though that’s a claim we can only confirm with a full review.
You also might be wondering, if titanium slides are so great, why haven’t the big-name companies been making them? According to Krytos, no one has been able to figure out how to finish titanium in a way that doesn’t gall when used in sliding or wear-related applications. The company’s founder worked with researchers at the University of Akron to develop a patented process called ArmorTi that eliminates the galling issue while maintaining the strength and lightness of the metal.
Because titanium is also corrosion resistant, Krytos founders believe these and similar products will be especially useful to military and law enforcement agencies that work in and around water, such as the Navy or the Coast Guard.
You can read more on the Krytos website, but the slides do appear to be extremely well-made.
Both the G19 and the G17 slides (which Krytos calls T19 and T17) fit first, second, and third generation Glocks and run between $550 and $600. Click here to buy one today.