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.