Worth it? Making your own Glock upper from parts.

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    Worth it? Making your own Glock upper from parts.

    I own a G31 (.357 Sig full size Glock).

    Been mulling over buying a complete upper including a G22 Lone Wolf slide with a 40 S&W to 9mm conversion barrel. I was told the conversion works very well with FMJ as long as you also buy the Glock 9mm mag. I'm wondering for the $, if it is better to just buy a 9mm. In addition, could just get the barrel and mag and save a few $.

    I've also considered buying (or putting together) a G22 upper (.40 S&W full size Glock). I know all I need to buy is the .40 S&W barrel (est $120 ish). I was told you can sometimes get a good deal ($300 ish) on just the upper (as some people like to put together customised uppers for competitions.

    Last option. I'm considering putting together a G22 upper (using my G31 lower), but customizing the upper myself so I might use it in competitions. Does a customised upper really help in competitions?

    Just looking for general thoughts.

    PS- Secondary reasons for putting together a few uppers is to have some for spare parts on hand and fewer handguns to register.

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    I've put to rest any thoughts of putting together a 9mm conversion upper. Posting in case this might help someone.

    The lack or replies told me a lot, but I was still curious. I would estimate $400 to put together this upper with a 9mm G17 mag.

    So for $400 you can make an easy to swap SD G17 for a G22 / G31. For about $100 more, you would have the real deal.

    The $130 option might be worth it (mag + conversion barrel), but I would not count on it for SD. I think it is a reasonable buy at $130 (and I still like my Advantage Arms .22 LR kit, worth every penny at $265).

    Estimate notes: Here is how I put together my estimate. One assumption I'm making is that the slide does not come with any of the internal parts. I'm not a gunsmith or in the industry, but using this link I guessed what items I would need for a Glock upper.

    GunBuilders.Info - Glock Parts Diagram

    Then I went to the Lone Wolf site & priced things out. The goal was to use a G22 slide, but use the appropriate 9mm parts.

    1) $175.00 LWD-SLIDE22: 40 S&W / G22 bare custom slide
    2) $100.00 LWD-229N: G22 & G31 to 9mm conv barrel
    3 & 4) $25.00 LWD-GRA1722: 9mm stainless steel guide rod & spring
    5) $35.00 GLO-4270: factory firing pin
    6) $2.50 GLO-56: factory spacer sleeve
    7) $2.50 GLO-63 factory firing pin spring
    8) $2.50 GLO-70: factory spring cups
    9) $2.50 GLO-84: factory firing pin safety
    10) $2.50 GLO-91: Firing Pin Safety Spring
    11) $18.00 GLO-1895: 9mm extractor
    12) $4.00 GLO-112: factory extractor depressor plunger
    13) $2.50 GLO-119: factory extractor depressor plunger spring
    14) $2.50 GLO-2714: factory spring-loaded bearing
    15) $3.50 GLO-133: factory slide cover
    16) $4.00 GLO-182: factory polymer rear sight (G22)
    16a) $2.50 GLO-224: factory polymer front sight
    ??) $2.50 GLO-1148: factory channel liner
    Total: $387.00
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    For a total of 387., I'd start poking around and buy a complete used gun for a few dollars more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    For a total of 387., I'd start poking around and buy a complete used gun for a few dollars more.
    +1

    Of course the experience may be worth something to you. I've built several 1911s from scratch, using the highest quality parts I could find. I spent as much on each as you would a new, quality 1911, but I wouldn't trade the experiences for anything. Plus, if I do say so myself, I wound up with guns with quality components and features of guns that sell for far more than I had in mine.
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    Somebody once told me that while it would be difficult but possible to assemble a Corvette entirely from "found" and spare parts...when you are all finished you'll definitely have "something expensive" but what it won't ever be is a Corvette.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tangle View Post
    ...I wouldn't trade the experiences for anything...
    I would have to be making something better then the OP project. But I get your point, I learned a bit just figuring out what parts are needed.
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