Glock 44, the first rimfire pistol of the famous Austrian handgun manufacturer, was released right before SHOT Show 2020 and arguably was one of the most significant new products of the show. G44 has the same external dimensions as the G19 but it is a blowback pistol chambered in .22 LR. To have a proper slide weight (within G19 slide dimension) for reliable operation of the rimfire blowback action, the pistol has a hybrid slide design – steel slide core wrapped in a polymer outer sleeve. Well, there have been some reports about the unsatisfactory rigidity of these slides which we can’t confirm as we haven’t witnessed any slide issues after running thousands of rounds while testing these guns and shooting them at our booth during the SHOT Show range day. Anyways, for those who for the mentioned or any other reason don’t like the original G44 slide design or want to mount red dot sights on the G44, now there is an aftermarket alternative. Nelson Precision Manufacturing has released a machined aluminum G44 slide called 44X.
Nelson Precision 44X slide is machined out of billet 7075 aluminum and has a hard coat anodized finish. This slide features optics cut compatible with Trijicon RMR and SRO red dot sights. The slide cover plate and red dot cut cover plate are made of aluminum, too. The 44x slide is shipped stripped but it is compatible with all the OEM G44 slide parts. For optimum performance, the company recommends using high quality and high velocity .22 LR ammunition.
The Nelson Precision 44X slides are offered in the following slide cut and markings options:
- 44X with Manufacturing Information has vertical front & Rear Serrations along with 44x, U.S.A. and 22l.r. milled into the left side of the slide. The right side has the S/N and State of AZ milled into it. As pictured
- 44X-Carry has top & side windows milled into it with an agressive slide cut desing milled onto the slide and has 44X milled into it. As pictured
- 44X with Angled Front and Rear Serrations only has angled front and rear serrations with no makings milled into the slide. As pictured
Nelson Precision 44X aluminum G44 slides are listed on the company’s website at an MSRP of $220. Right now these slides are available at a discounted preorder price of $195. The estimated start of shipping is October 31, 2020.
Images by Nelson Precision Manufacturing LLC, www.nelsonprecisionmfg.com
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