Aftermarket Barrels

9 Aug 09
 
On aftermarket pistol barrels, from my Pistolsmith:
 
“One of the few articulable reasons for purchasing an aftermarket barrel 
for your Glock pistol is so that you’ll have a barrel with traditional, cut 
rifling.  That will make shooting unjacketed, lead bullets slightly less 
messy!
 
Storm Lake, Wilson, Bar-Sto, Jarvis, Lone Wolf, et al all make these 
barrels.  I’ve found accuracy is almost always compromised, relative to  Glock’s
OEM barrel, but not in any practical sense. 

I don’t  recommend shooting any species of unjacketed bullets through any
pistol,  particularly autoloaders, and particularly Glocks.  In short order,
you’ll  end up with a greasy, gummy mess!  However, in light of current
shortages  and looming anti-gun/anti-ammunition legislation, we may all be
melting wheel  weights and lead pipe before long!
 
Storm Lake offers the widest variety of replacement barrels for Glocks. 
They make extended, threaded, ported and even conversion barrels, that allow
you  to shoot 9mm ammo out of 40S&W guns.  Their barrels do, however, have  ‘
fully-supported’ chambers.  There is not much of a feed-ramp, a ‘feature’ 
which may generate feeding issues with some ammunition.
 
By contrast, OEM Glock barrels have an ample feed-ramp, which makes for 
reliable feeding, but sometimes they eject bulged cases, particularly in 
40S&W and 357SIG.  This, however, is of scant concern to all but 
hobby-reloaders.”
 
Comment: I love this Country!
 
When an OEM manufacturer declines to make a particular accessory, you can 
bet someone else will, for better or worse!
 
Ultimately, most quality guns run fine, as they come from the  factory. 
Think long and hard before “accessorizing!”  Most  after-market accessories,
even well-made ones, do little to extend the life-span  or their owners!
 
/John

3 thoughts on “Aftermarket Barrels

  1. I HAVE A TAURUS PT745. DO YOU HAVE AN EXTENDED BARRELL FOR IT, AND HOW MUCH. DOES ID NEED A GUNSMITH TO FIT?
    THANKS

  2. Hello there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this post to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

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