FERRO 9mm Pistol from DRD Tactical: Steel Frame Glock

DRD Ferro 9mm pistol

DRD Tactical announced it would show the new FERRO 9mm pistol at the 2018 SHOT Show. The new pistol is fed from Glock compatible magazines, but unlike a Glock pistol, it has a significant twist: it has a steel frame.

A stainless steel frame is a bit heretical for many fans of the Glock system. Even though it wasn’t the first gun with a polymer frame, Glock popularized the concept back in the 1980s. Since then, there has been a significant trend toward polymer frames in military, law enforcement and self-defense handguns.

However, there are many shooters who prefer to have a steel frame from which to launch projectiles. If you are of a like mind, it would seem the DRD Tactical FERRO is one possibility for you to consider.

In addition to the frame, DRD Tactical uses stainless steel for the barrel and slide as well. As shown in the above photograph, the FERRO can ship with a threaded 4.88″ barrel. You can also purchase it with a non-threaded 4.48″ barrel – the identical length to a standard Glock 17 pistol.

The trigger is provided by Apex Tactical Specialties. Additionally, the gun comes with an extended slide lock and magazine release. On top is a set of night sights.

DRD Tactical will ship the gun with three Magpul 17-round GL9 magazines.

Exactly how compatible this gun is with a Glock remains to be seen. I suspect that a lot of the parts interchange between a G17 and the FERRO. However, there may be some that do not.

The DRD FERRO 9mm will be offered with a black nitride finish and with a NiB Battleworn finish as is shown in the photo. DRD Tactical expects to ship the gun by spring of 2018. I do not have word on a price yet.

For those that are not familiar, DRD Tactical is a Georgia based company that is known for building high quality rifles like the APTUS, KIVAARI and quick takedown Paratus.

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18 replies on “FERRO 9mm Pistol from DRD Tactical: Steel Frame Glock”

I’ll pass. If I wanted a steel frame I would buy another Sig. And there’s nothing wrong with a $500.00 glock so I don’t really see the point, especially at how expensive this thing is.

It’s a bit rich for my blood, but I like the look. It has a post-apocalyptic feel to it. Maybe something from Fallout.

All steel… attractive around magnets. Will become very apparent if someone tries to conceal carry around MRI scanner. Don’t laugh or scoff… I have seen if done.

Yep. I’ve seen the MRI thing also. Local officer brought an arrestee to the hospital after a DUI-accident arrest. Doc ordered an MRI and no one thought to tell the officer to not stand near the MRI machine. Oops.


Even a regular Glock (or clone) will stick to an MRI. I work for a major brand of MRI and happen to be a gun enthusiast, who happens to have removed many guns from MRIs 🙂

Seriously? So Glocks don’t have any steel parts? Are you forgetting about the barrel and slide? That’s just the two largest steel parts by the way.

Never said a Glock was safe. No guns are safe around a MRI scanner… but then again maybe you was the one carrying in an ankle holster that day. Unless you have a Glock 7… all ceramic… remember Bruce Willis said it was… 😄

Jumping in so overly sensitive makes me think you may need to speak with your doctor about a scan of your head. May explain that knee jerk reaction you experience while reading posts on this media.

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