Polymer80’s New 80% Glock 19 Frames

Polymer80 80% frame

Polymer80 is close to shipping its new 80% complete compact Glock pistol frames, and many dealers have begun to take pre-release orders.

As many of you know, Polymer80 has been working on developing a compact Glock frame for many months, and has been showing prototypes on its social media pages. Based on its R&D plus the feedback offered by current customers, the product has undergone a number of changes, but now appears ready for prime time.

The new frames are 80% complete, meaning that it is not a firearm and can be sold directly to a customer without a transfer through an FFL. Once in your possession, you can complete the lower into a fully functioning firearm (subject to local laws, of course) with some basic tools and a few hours of time.

For what it is worth, I’ve built a handgun with one of the company’s Glock 17-sized 80% frames with a Dremel tool, a drill press and X-Y vise, a finishing file and a bit of fine grit sandpaper. I found that it was easier than an 80% AR lower to machine, though hand fitting is required.

The new compact 80% frame will work with Gen3 G19 and G23 parts. The kit will include a jig and bits/end mill needed for completion. You need to provide the drill and other tools. The MSRP will be $149.99, though after initial demand dies down, I suspect you will be able to find them on sale from time to time for less money. The company expects to ship in February.





Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Harry’s Holsters

    I like the fact there is no texturing. Clean surface to send off to NAF solutions for stippling before milling.

    Will these fit Glock 19 Holsters? I know their big brother won’t.

    • snmp

      Sound like that’s imcopatible with G19 holster, but the CZ P10C could do it !

      • Harry’s Holsters

        The fact that the CZ can make the P10C fit but these guys can’t make this frame to fit the holsters is unacceptable for me.

        • DonDrapersAcidTrip

          put an x300 on it

    • Dickie

      They will have a version with texture as well. And no wont fit in g19holsters

      • nova3930

        So it’s a G19 that you’ll never be able to find a holster for? :/

  • cwp

    As much as these are a “so what” for most people, they could be handy if you live in Massachusetts, where, for reasons too stupid to explain, getting hold of a new Glock is either expensive or aggravating (and often both).

    • iksnilol

      Or y’know, you don’t have to throw out a bunch of parts after replacing basically everything in your Glock.

      That seems like a good reason to get one of these.

    • Emperius

      Or nationwide, why the hell should we ask permission to the government? Or fill paperwork to record and database us for future nefarious purpose? A violation of the 2nd, and the 4th for privacy.

  • Russ Kell

    “I found that it was easier than an 80% AR lower to machine, though hand fitting is required.”

    100% agree

    This new model will also have steel rails at the rear. I don’t see any issues with the old one with poly rail rails, but I guess enough folks complained about it.

    Looking at their image it looks like some parts of the ‘milling’ operation will be even easier on this model. And not have to hand fit the rear rails will definitely reduce the time it takes.

    • I took a lot of pride in fitting the rear rails on my full size frame, but it did take a while to get it the way I wanted. If there is steel all the way ’round, I’m very happy about that.

  • USMC03Vet

    Sadly it’s not cheaper to make your own and actually several hundred more than a completed new glock.

    • Joe

      Gunbroker doesn’t have a single stripped Glock 19 frame.

      But you can pick up a stripped Glock 17 frame for $100.

      I don’t see $50 as a barrier to entry, even with the associated costs of manufacture.

    • Emperius

      Paying a premium for FFL bs, violating the 2nd and 4th and exercising your rights.

    • Tom J

      It’s not about cost. If you live in Kalifornistan, they have essentially banned ammo sales, banned any new pistol being sold, and banned any semi-auto rifle you’d want to buy. In addition Kalifornistan has some of the most idiotic and corrupt politicians on the planet. It won’t be long before these illegal alien sympathizing commies openly enact a gun ban and confiscation scheme. They’ve already done it with magazines. Sadly, we had a chance to overturn some of this on the ballot, but all the 3%’ers and sheepdogs, couldn’t bother to get off their butts and get petitions signed. The ballot measure only got about 1/3 of the needed signatures to be considered to be voted on. Kalifornistan may be a lost cause. So 80% firearms may be the only solution if you want to own a firearm.

  • I’ll probably be in for a V2 frame. Ammo’s not cheap enough for me to want to be a “beta tester.”

  • Steve

    Wonderful now there goes the Glock 19 slide availability. Just like 22/17 dried up and prices went up.

    As for MA subjects , for 75$ more including transfer you can get a frame with a internals. Not really worth it unless you want separate.

    • MAHoldout

      Good luck finding an FFL that will transfer a Glock lower. They’re not supposed to, our AG believes them to be (extra?) unsafe. Before you fire back with an argument based on logic or reason, please keep in mind this is the same woman that declared ARs (and basically everything else) illegal in July because apparently we’ve all been reading the law wrong for ~20 years. Our “republican” governer applauded her decision…

  • Anonymoose

    hmm…I might not feel too bad about experimenting with one of these, like chopping it into a G26L. Also, when I first saw the picture on the front page I thought it had a rounded off butt, like a bobtail 1911.

  • Cymond

    I’m thrilled by the absence of finger grooves. My hands doesn’t fit standard G19 grooves, which is why I bought a full-size. Other features like the trigger guard undercuts and standard picatinny rail are really nice, too.

    OTOH, I’m not sure I’m ready to take on my first 80% project, and I certainly don’t need any more projects right now.

    • John

      I hear you on those grooves. I wish they’d do away with those things at the factory, and include a humpless backstrap. Maybe someday.

      80% frames are actually pretty fun to build. I was nervous when I made my first AR out of an 80% lower. You don’t need half the stuff for this thing that you need for an AR. It looks like total beginner level with no machining experience required. Perfect for someone who wants to try their hand at gun building. Give it a shot when you have the chance. You won’t regret it.

  • WELLS SHANE

    PLASTIC HAND GUN’S JUNK

    • GD Ajax

      Says the morbidly obese 1911 fanboi.

      • WELLS SHANE

        At least they do not blow the slides off .And they last longer.

        • GD Ajax

          No they do not. 1911’s are hand gernades in pistol form that need to $1800 worth of parts to function as well as a Glock.

          • WELLS SHANE

            I WILL TAKE STOCK 1911 AND OUT SHOOT YOUR GLOCK.ANY ONE

          • John

            I doubt it. I used to shoot competition with a 1911. Tried out a Glock, and the 1911 became a thing of the past.

          • WELLS SHANE

            LETS SEE YOU PUT 5000 ROUNDS THOUGH YOUR GLOCK . THIS IS POINT LESS SHOOT WHAT YOU WANT.HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN COMBAT WITH YOUR GLOCK.AND KEEP YOUR COMP SHOOTING.NO ONE SHOOTS BACK

          • John

            I’ve put well over 15,000 rounds through my Glock. Still running strong. The original Glock was designed specifically as a military sidearm, and has survived countless torture tests. I’ll trust a Glock and a few other poly frame striker pistols over 1911’s and Berettas any day of the week for anything situation in any condition.

    • Payce

      Did Mongo just come down from the mountains for the first time in a decade?

      Where have you been? Glocks are proven at this point in time.

      • WELLS SHANE

        IT DOSE ME NO GOOD TO ARGUE THE POINT ANY MORE. IS THAT WHY THERE ARE SO MANY USED ONE’S FOR SALE IF THE GLOCKS ARE AROUND IN 50 YEAR’S THEN YOU HAVE SOMETHING.

  • Joseph Anthony

    I wish I would have seen this sooner. I did a 23 slide on a 22 frame. Yes I had to use a 22 bbl due to the block. I will get a few of these kits.. I might wait until they drop to 119.00 though – I love the idea of metal rails in the back.. They should sell retro kits to add this feature..

  • RJ

    This looks like it might be a cost effective lower option for use with the Mech Tech’s “Carbine Conversion Unit” upper.

  • nova3930

    Grip angle seems right where I might actually buy one to try.

  • Joe Gamer

    This looks like a fun project, I want this and I’m not sure why…lol

  • Sur Komm

    Need one for G43, since we can’t get the real one here in CA.