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G17 Carry Optics Slide on a budget


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Thinking about giving Carry Optics a try, but don’t really want to buy an optics ready pistol or have a slide milled on one of my current guns. I’m thinking an Optics Ready aftermarket slide for my G17 gen 5 might be a good option.

 

Is there a budget friendly slide that I could use with my existing barrel and mount a red dot on at a decent price?

 

The more I look, it seems the Canik TP9SFX that comes with a Vortex is the only budget friendly option out there. 

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5 minutes ago, RJH said:

You could always buy a mount for 30 or 40 dollars that replaces the rear sight

Seems like that was the first thing I looked into. But the consensus was that it wasn't stable, sits too high, and loses it's center too easily due to the mount. 

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Your best solution IMO is to send your slide out to get cut. It will cost less than $100 at BattleWerx (I got my G26 Gen5 done there) and the turnaround time is less than 2 weeks.

 

Unfortunately, Gen5 options are limited and you're looking at over $300 if purchasing an optics ready slide.

 

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Right now, I’m invested in Production class and want to stay there a while. But, I know I’ll end up moving toward a red dot at some point.

 

I’ve also considered picking up the new SCCY CPX-2 with the red dot. It would give me a cheap pistol at the range and a way to learn on red dots. And I could decide if I want to go that route our not.

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1 hour ago, Stafford said:

Seems like that was the first thing I looked into. But the consensus was that it wasn't stable, sits too high, and loses it's center too easily due to the mount. 

The ones i have seen and used worked fine though they do sit a touch higher than an mos type slide.  If people are having them move, they probably weren't installed correctly.  

 

Good luck 

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see what brownells has in the way of pre-milled slides, not sure if midway does them.  you could always just buy a glock mos, $600 is relatively cheap and gives you another gun.  certainly for the $$, canik is a great value.

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13 minutes ago, HCH said:

Put around 5000 rounds through a 17 with a dovetail mount. Never had a problem with it and made A class in CO pretty easy. 

 

So, just drop the rear sight and mount it and go? That’s sounding good to me.

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1 hour ago, Stafford said:

 

So, just drop the rear sight and mount it and go? That’s sounding good to me.

 

Yep. IIRC I used a Burris mount. I know I was running a FF3. 

 

It should also also be known that I don’t skimp on lock tite. 

 

I suppose a milled slide would be “better” as far as the optic being above one’s hand, but I think it still sits closer than a 320 x5 or a CZ. 

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10 hours ago, CClassForLife said:

Your best solution IMO is to send your slide out to get cut. It will cost less than $100 at BattleWerx (I got my G26 Gen5 done there) and the turnaround time is less than 2 weeks.

 

Unfortunately, Gen5 options are limited and you're looking at over $300 if purchasing an optics ready slide.

 

I'll have to look into them. Would love a dot on a 26, unfortunately the people at Glock told me they have no plans to make a 26 mos.

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I ran a EGW dovetail mount with a 7 MOA Docter on a G17L Open Major 9x19 for years with no issues. Sits a bit high but it is solid. After I stopped shooting Open, I just milled the G17 slides for the Docter. 

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Ran the EGW dovetail plate in CO for 2 seasons with a Vortex Venom and had no issues.  Easy to install and held POA/POI.  Recently i build a Swenson G17gen3 slide that was milled for a Vortex RDS and have been very impressed with the fit and finish.  Came with front cocking serrations, assembled tight and the dot sits low to the slide - would recommend checking them out on Midway's website - picked mine up for under 170 bucks.

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On 6/2/2020 at 1:52 PM, Stafford said:

Seems like that was the first thing I looked into. But the consensus was that it wasn't stable, sits too high, and loses it's center too easily due to the mount. 

I'm with the other two on this. I used an EGW dovetail mount for months and it never budged. I thought it would be an adjustment switching to MOS because it's lower but it shoots the exact same. I think most people who have issues with the mounts either don't use locktite, buy a cheap mount on Amazon, or just don't like how it looks. 

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