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
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
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!