Will a Gen 2 frame fit a Gen 3 Glock?

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  1. bdoub1eu

    bdoub1eu

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    Got a Gen 3 G19 but the finger grooves just dont fit my hand right and I was considering buying a Gen 2 G19 but the more I thought about it, the more I thought that I could just purchase a Gen 2 frame instead...Can that be done? Can I take a Gen 2 frame and use it on a Gen 3 slide?

    Thanks guys for any info...
     
  2. Butch

    Butch RetiredDinosaur CLM Millennium Member

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    Sure, that can be done, the hard part will be finding one to buy......but the slide and frame should work together just fine.
     

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    I know a lot of folks don't like modifying their frame and that's ok but if you aren't opposed to it you can file the finger groves/protrusions off. Several folks have done it and it looks very nice when done well.
     
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    As Butch said, should work but finding a frame only will be difficult. I've actually swapped tops with my GEN1 to GEN3 G17s. A better option would be to just remove the finger grooves. If you don't feel up to the task, there are many smiths offering this service.
     
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    Yes, you can change the frame. But, you do know that by BATF that will change the serial# of the gun to the one on the new frame. :cool:
     
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    Butch RetiredDinosaur CLM Millennium Member

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  7. CharlestonG26

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    The serial numbers don't "change". In the case of Glocks and many other pistols, the two frames are essentially two separate firearms with two different serial numbers. The slides/barrel assemblies are just gun parts...no different than putting on a .22 lr conversion slide kit.
     
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    All I'm saying is if you change the frame, thats the serial# of the day. What's your point? :dunno:
     
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    I removed the finger grooves on my G19. If I was at the range and could concentrate on lining up my grip with the grooves, I was okay. However, when drawing from my holster, my middle finger would always end up on top of the top hump. I spent a little time with the dremel and then some needle files and 400 grit sand paper. It looks great and feels great too. I also rubbed a little black shoe polish on the frame to take off the little bit of shine from the sanding. I would take a pic, but I have already put my bike tube grip back on it.
     
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    My "point" is the frame of a Glock is not unlike the lower of an AR...it is the firearm. You put a different upper on an AR lower...you don't put a different lower on an AR upper. In the case of a Glock...you put a different slide assembly on a frame...you don't put a different frame on a lower.

    I hope this isn't excessively complicated or condescending...but most people with just a basic understanding of firearms can understand the difference.:dunno:
     
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    there are a few places you can get after market frames...

    and if your interested in selling your gen 3 frame only let me know~!
     
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    Yes, essentially, if you buy a generation 2 frame, you are buying another gun - even if it doesn't have a trigger, bar, connector, trigger housing, etc. If you buy it from a dealer, you must fill out the same paperwork, undergo background check, be in your same state (or FFL xfer), etc. as purchasing a fully operational firearm.

    A generation 2 frame will be difficult to find at a lower price than a complete gun. If you do find a complete generation 2 firearm, there is no reason to swap slides.

    As others have said, if is is the finger groves you don't like - your best bet is to remove them. The only disadvantage is that if you compete in different shooting sports, it may change the equipment division in which you compete.
     
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    I have to say, that looks pretty darn good. Did you do it yourself?
     
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    I have taken my Gen 1 G17L and swapped it, the frame, out with my current mfgred G34 slide and bbl. I just like the slimness of the fingerless grip. Although the G34 is not a problem with the grooves. Fits my hand well.
     
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    I don't know if you shoot competition, but it's not legal for USPSA production. Unfortunate, as I'd love an RTF-2 frame with a G34 or G35 top.
     
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    Butch RetiredDinosaur CLM Millennium Member

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    Nope! Grim Jackel did it......it's his.....yup, he's a member here if you want to try and PM him.
     
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    yeah it should work. My G34 is a Gen 1 G17 Frame and a glock 34 slide. runs like a champ.