Having owned several Glocks (19, 26, 36), the silver slide on my 43X is a nice change. Plus it's all about the marketing. They probably already had these made, sitting in a warehouse. They just had to wait, collect the data from the silver sales and scour the interwebs for the chatter about "I'll wait until they come out with a black slide". Just like Sig fanboys, the Glock fanboys will not blink and end up with both. They'll come out with the different color frames next when people start posting about wanting an FDE or Teal frame.
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I found a distributor exclusive sniper gray cerakoted slide at the gun store yesterday. They told me it was a Lipsey’s exclusive. I came real close to getting it but with the all black factory finish right around the corner, I’ll just wait.
Another store only quoted me $60 above the regular models and that exclusive to get the Ameriglos on them. That seems like a deal, I’ll probably get that.
The slide surface treatment of both duotone slimline Glocks and G19x is less slippery and provides better traction, whether gripping by the cocking serrations or not. I showed this to two LGS sales folks just a couple of hours ago, handling the new all black 48 and the original 43x off their shelves. I find it more useful on guns with slimmer slides. This wouldn't be the first time when functional improvements will be left unnoticed and bypassed for looks by gun shopping crowd.
That silver finish wears really fast; I got shiny spots after a day of carrying, only a few draws, in a kydex inside the waistband holster. After some presentations, there were clear shiny areas where the finish was wearing. Any texture is worn slick in those spots.
Personally, I liked the teflon "frying pan" finish that Glock used to put on some of the pistols. I have a number of pistols bought with that finish, and it's very easy to clean, and seems fairly durable. It was slick, but functional.