In the last 10 years or so there has been a general trend among young shooters to customize every part of their pistol and make it as personalized as possible. This has been especially true with a few different types of pistols like Glock, Smith & Wesson, HK, and sometimes with the SIG P320 line of pistols. This phenomenon has calmed down in the last two years, but it wasn’t uncommon for a Glock Gen 4 or 5 build to cost well over $2,500 or more after adding everything into the total.
The Perks of Building Your Own Custom Handgun
There is a real attraction to building your own handgun from a stock everyday pistol to whatever custom sidearm you desire. Picking out every part to replace standard ones is really rewarding. Seeing the gun slowly take shape and become what you envisioned is honestly pretty exciting. I remember dropping my slide off to an aftermarket company and getting it cut up how I wanted it. I explained exactly what I wanted to the CNC machinists. There are a million different variations to pick from when it comes to barrels, magwells, internals, triggers, and sights. The benefit of building a new pistol from the ground up is the ability to have a completely unique firearm from everyone else.
Guarantees with Quality Handguns
Something to consider when looking at customizing guns is purchasing a handgun that is 100% built by a specialty company. Between Agency Arms, Zev Technologies, Danger Close Armament, consumers have an endless amount of fully built handguns with a warranty. Buying new from a well-known company will give the shooter peace of mind. Most of the people who built their own handguns out of stock Glocks would have a period of time where they had to tune their gun. They had to make sure everything worked well together. The best part about buying a factory upgraded handgun is the fact all the tuning and testing has been done. What the shooter is left with is a reliable high-end gun.
My Personal Gun
I will be the first one to admit that I went through the entire customizing process about two and a half years ago. Over time, I looked at the various options and went with a design I really thought was sharp looking. I replaced all internal parts and swapped out the major components. After all the time and money invested in my gun, I had a finished product. I still enjoy shooting it and loved going through the process of designing everything. I will occasionally carry my custom Glock but pick my standard model much more than the custom one.
When I look back at my project, I enjoyed the process but overall I wouldn’t do it again. It was fun I wish I would have gone with a factory upgraded gun over doing it myself. I will probably pick up an Agency Arms handgun to compare myself, but so far I have enjoyed shooting the ones I’ve tried. It’s important to look at things like resale value and overall value for money. Buying a high-end factory gun that’s worth the same as a custom build will hold its value much better over a given time period.
If you plan on running one handgun and keeping it for the foreseeable future, it’s not a bad idea to build your own gun. Otherwise, I would buy a factory new and save up for something special. Let me know what you think about custom Glocks vs high-end factory guns in the comments below. If you have any questions feel free to message me on my Instagram page @fridgeoperator. Stay safe out there.
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