What's the deal with slide milling/lightening cuts?

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  1. jcf92

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    Hey all, looking for some perspective from the group on slide milling and cutting holes in the slide. We're not talking a race gun though, talking about a range/carry gun. I've seen a good number of companies doing this stuff now, and I like the looks, but wondering what benefits and what detriments can come from doing this. The agency arms cuts, SAI, and few others really look cool and I get that it makes the gun lighter, but also exposes more of the barrel to scrap. Anyone got any insight in this? No RMRs, just the cuts. Thanks guys.
     
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    If your carry gun works fine without the cuts, why add them?

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    Looks realistically. I have other carry guns, so this is just kind of a project and for the aesthetics...
     
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    9x45 Millennium Member

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    A lighter slide cycles faster, that's all.
     
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    In a "beat the crap out the gun way?" Or no worries
     
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    It was designed to have so much mass for cycling. Taking away mass means you need to add extra recoil spring or it may beat the slide.
     
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    I could see a benefit in it for shooting light loads in a pistol that one could not find different weight springs. There might be a way to engineer that but I could see it being a trial and error type project. Otherwise the "advantage" would be it looks cool. What looks cool to me at the range is some old gray haired cranky looking guy with some beat up finish worn thirty year old gun who happens to shoot better than anyone else there.
     
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    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

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    Not real sure how much material you could take off of this....

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    I like to keep my carry guns nearly stock. My thought is if I ever have to use it I will likely lose it for awhile and may not ever get it back.

    I want to be in a position of "Oh well, I'll go buy another G19" No point in dumping a ton of money into a tool that will take a lot of wear from daily usage.
     
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    Just the opposite, less mass means you can run a much lighter recoil spring and your follow up shots should theoretically be faster. Recoil springs don't protect the slide anyway, that's the job of the hammer/main spring.
     
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    Cons: weakens the slide, changes the timing
    Pros: money for whoever does the work, ghetto credibility
     
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    gooffeyguy In the STL

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    Let's not forget milling the slide for a better grip when doing "press checks"

    Lol

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    Front serrations and maybe 45 degree edge bevels, if it's free. Not much on all the dramatic cuts being offered. If it doesn't improve use then I'm out.
     
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    No matter how much money I had, wasting it would still offend me.
     
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    Brings to mind the story about radial tires on a 1948 buick-serves no purpose.
     
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    You'll get admiring looks, and of course, purists crying (some literally) foul of anything not bestowed upon us by Gaston himself.

    The only potential downside I can see, as you mentioned, would be pocket lint having an easy entry point (though periodic inspection/cleaning will solve that).

    Perhaps someone knowledgeable on engineering, metalurgy, who's had a slide milled, etc., can chime in with more than just an opinion.
     
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    No, I would not, especially on a carry gun.
     
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    They make a lot of sense in some applications but not on a carry gun. For a racers you can increase slide speed and I combination with other parts can help keep the gun flat and change the felt recoil.
     
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    Zev builds their slides in house instead of milling factory Glock slides.

    I carry a heavily modded Glock, but I tend to carry a lot of different guns. I like it, cost isn't a factor and I like red dots.

    Have a decent amount of rounds through mine and it isn't "beat up" yet.
     
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    No, as is a USPSA Open/Limited/L10 Division gun. Faster cycle time means faster runs. You want a heavy frame and a light slide. And it uses lighter recoil springs, 11=13 lbs


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