New Tharros Industries Halo 1 Slide – Master Chief Would be Proud

I’ve waxed nostalgic and written many words on the rise of Glock as the predominant user-customizable handgun platform. Despite not having the backing of the US Military, the Glock’s design, popularity and seriously low parts count, and expired patents have made it the premier handgun for user customization. Entire companies have sprung forth based on it ranging from lauded Lone Wolf Distributors to the extreme high-end Agency Arms.

It would seem there is still room at the high end of the spectrum where newcomer Tharros Industries has been teasing their first offering, the Halo 1 slide. Certainly inspired by the Halo games, the Halo 1 slide is designed to bring out the inner child and Master Chief in shooters. It features aggressive and distinct serrations along with a cut-out for the new Shield SMS optic.

Machined from a solid piece of 416 stainless steel, the slide has “closer tolerances where it is necessary for accuracy, but still being open for reliability.”

Retail pricing starts at $800 for the stripped slide, but can work its way up to $1395 including the optic and completed slide internals (sans barrel and recoil spring). Colors available include Ebony (Black), Iridium Grey, Oxford Blue, Aphotic Bronze, and Slate Silver. At launch, it is only available for the G17 in Gen 3 form.

Normally, I’d bemoan the high price, but this is seriously one attractive piece of hardware. The muzzle end is particularly striking. If I had the cred, I would certify this as “bad arse.”

I volunteer as tribute to review!



Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • BattleshipGrey
    • gunsandrockets

      Hmm… now I’m wondering about a .50 GI conversion of a Glock 21. With Raufoss type HE bullets?

      • Austin

        The .50 BMG projectile used in the Mk 211 Raufoss is about an inch longer than a .50 GI round on its own.

        • gunsandrockets

          no no no, not the literal bullet from a .50 BMG round! Don’t be silly.

          I know of at least one vendor who sells HE .45 ACP using Raufoss type composition. I was merely suggesting the same kind of loading for the .50 GI.

    • MrFN

      I’ve always wanted to make a functioning Magnum and Shotgun from Halo. Maybe one day…

      • Major Tom

        If I could I’d replicate as much of the UNSC arsenal as possible. I’d love to have a Halo assault rifle (with 60 round mag), a Halo battle rifle and DMR, the SMG (the Halo 2 version with the side mounted mag) and the original shotgun. All of them with their attached lights and electronics, functional of course.

        • MrFN

          Halo 1 Magnum (either 10mm or .50 GI sounds good, front mounted camera just like the game)
          Halo 2 Shotgun (simple, green irons too, scale down to 12ga from 8ga)
          Halo 3 ODST SMG (red dot, suppressed, find a way to make more 4.7mm G11 ammo)
          Halo 3 Battle Rifle (.308 or maybe slightly longer, ala .30-06)
          Halo 1 Sniper Rifle (scale down from 14mm to .50)
          DMR (in .300 win? No?)
          Assault Rifle (60 rounds of like, 6×35 KAC or maybe 5.7, 32 rounds of 5.56 easy)

          I need three million dollars, a machine shop, and time.

    • Major Tom

      Except for the position of the optic. It needs to be more towards the muzzle, not the rear.

  • ozzallos .

    In before the Microsoft legal hammer.
    [Ref: Liberty Civil Defense “Halo” ammunition lawsuit]

    • James

      The “Halo Point” ammunition received the lawsuit not because of the “Halo” part, but more likely from the fact Liberty copied the same text style.

      Tnoutdoors9 did a video of the Halo Point ammo, and you can see how they copied the text style used in the Halo video games.

    • nabbab

      A Microsoft glock slide would be pretty sweet. It would have the iconic ‘windows’ of it’s logo as the slide cuts and who knows what else. Whatever they do don’t hire the person who designed the windows mobile and win8-10 gui. The Microsoft Hammer would be a good name.

    • SP mclaughlin

      I think they can get away with it because the “Halo 1” is not the actual name of the first game.

  • Bill

    I had to look up “Aphotic,” and “Aphotic Bronze” literally makes no sense whatsoever.

    This mania for hotrodding GLOCKS reminds me of the old days of PPC, when a base model 10 M&P would be stripped out, rebarreled and turned into a megabuck Bullseye gun. Except those didn’t cause pantydrop.

    • Jarvis

      Didn’t cause pantrydrop? Perhaps you were at the wrong range.

      • Bill

        I dunno, PPC just never attracted chicks…

  • PeterK

    Yeah that looks rad.

  • GD

    Fact: There Halo franchise died after the release of Halo Reach. 343 just makes highly polished fan fiction.

    • MrFN

      It died when I put in Halo 4 and 343 tried to explain that Chief’s armor got changed due to nano bots. Reach was made by Bungie, and was an actual Halo game.

      • SP mclaughlin

        hence why he said “after the release of Halo Reach.”

        • MrFN

          Ah, mistook him as including it. My mistake.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    What’s up with the postage-stamp sized thumbnails?

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    If someone has an existing Glock but would like to embrace the current trend of going with a mini red dot, and also doesn’t want to have their OEM slide milled, then an aftermarket slide is really the only way to go.

    Now, there are plenty of good quality and affordable slides that have a red dot cut.

    This is… Not one of those.

    But it looks good?

  • Suppressed

    Ummm…I for one, would absolutely love an LSx/T56 Camry.

  • lanana

    Glock is Toyota Hilux obviyusly, the favoured pistol of the best legal and illegal of the world. The Toyota Camry is the car of the bureaucratic elite, bought in large numbers by government, who if they do carry guns, like something pretty since they never really use it.
    If you tastefully improve a Toyota Hilux, chrome bullbar, better tyres, stereo system and so on. You will get your money selling it, assuming you didn’t buy it new.

  • Eric

    It’s okay to stare…

    Frisky Dingo reference?

  • Hoplopfheil

    Halo 1 is the best Halo.

    But that slide is ugly. When will someone make a live firing copy of the Misriah M6C?

    • Major Tom

      Right after we figure out how to make a BR55(HB), MA5 series, M7 and M7S submachinegun and M90 CAWS. Among others.

  • Rick Grimes

    I’m totally on board with the idea, and I do like that slide…but I am not seeing the connection to the game. At best I could maybe see some resemblance to the (forerunner?) architecture in the game…but even that is a stretch I think.

  • Avid Fan

    I don’t get it. I just don’t get it.