Lone Wolf Distributors LWD-17TH Threaded Glock Barrel Review

Quick questions (and answers) for the impatient : How does the Lone Wolf Distributors LWD-17TH threaded barrel fit in the Glock 17? It slid into place and performed well. Is the […]
Lone Wolf Distributors Glock barrel upgrade LWD barrel installed + thread protector installed 1

Lone Wolf Distributors Glock barrel upgrade LWD barrel installed + thread protector installed 1

Quick questions (and answers) for the impatient :

Quotable: “Get a Lone Wolf threaded barrel for your Glock. You will be glad you did.” – Don Berckman (GParmsLLC.com)

Lone Wolf Distributors Glock barrel upgrade both barrels removed + thread protector

Lone Wolf Distributors Glock barrel upgrade both barrels removed + thread protector

1)Installation

Installation of the Lone Wolf Distributors LWD-17TH threaded barrel for the Glock 17 was the quickest, easiest upgrade I have ever made to a firearm.

Simply:

  • Remove the magazine and manually verify that the chamber is empty/unloaded
  • While still unloaded and with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, pull the trigger to release the firing pin
  • Pull the slide back about 1/8″ and hold while pulling down on the slide release
  • Move the slide forward off of the lower frame
  • Carefully remove the spring assembly
  • Remove the barrel
  • Insert the LWD-17TH barrel
  • Reinstall the spring assembly
  • Reinstall the slide on the lower frame
  • Cycle the slide to verify that it is installed properly

It literally took longer to type these instructions that it does to complete the installation process.

The installation is shown at the beginning of the review video above. Pay attention or you will miss it!

The table in the video is the HySkore Ten Ring Portable Shooting Bench, which we REALLY like.

Lone Wolf Distributors Glock barrel upgrade LWD barrel installed + Yankee Hill Machine silencer

Lone Wolf Distributors Glock barrel upgrade LWD barrel installed + Yankee Hill Machine silencer

Why?

Some reasons one might need a new pistol barrel:

  • A barrel with threads around the muzzle end is required to mount most silencers
  • To shoot a broader range of ammo (Glock 17‘s polygonal barrel rifling is not compatible with cheaper lead bullets)
  • For greater accuracy via a higher quality and/or slightly longer barrel
  • To replace a worn or damaged barrel
  • For a different barrel finish (stainless vs other coatings)

The first is the reason we requested a barrel from Lone Wolf distributors, as we are working on a series of articles on how an average person legally acquires a silencer, how silencers work, shooting with silencers, etc. We also need a threaded barrel for the Ruger SR1911, but opted to start with a threaded Glock 17 barrel since it is an easy drop-in upgrade with no gunsmithing required. Many 1911 replacement barrels require custom fitting by a gunsmith.

Lone Wolf Distributors Glock barrel upgrade out of package

Lone Wolf Distributors Glock barrel upgrade out of package

Features

The Lone Wolf Distributors LWD-17TH threaded barrel for the Glock 17 is advertised as follows:

Lone Wolf Distributors replacement barrels are manufactured from the highest grade mill select 416 stainless forgings. CNC machined and heat treated, providing a life time of service and unparalleled accuracy at an affordable price. The standard groove and land rifling make this an excellent choice for those who wish to shoot lead, plated or jacketed bullets. Can be used in factory ported or stock pistols. Intended for use in the Glock 17 pistol only. Threaded 1/2 x 28 to fit Gemtech suppressors (or similar).

Special features include:

  • Ready to use, pre-fit drop in. No gunsmithing required.
  • Precision machined from heat treated 416R stainless forgings.
  • Oversized lock-up area produces greater shot-to-shot accuracy.
  • Tighter dimensions than the original.
  • Polished feed ramp and bore, diamond turned exterior
  • Maximum chamber support, improved feed ramp design.
  • Broach cut rifling and target crown.
  • Ok to use lead, plated or jacketed bullets.
  • Lifetime warranty.
  • Does not fit “pencil style” Gen1 slides.
Lone Wolf Distributors Glock barrel upgrade LWD barrel target crown

Lone Wolf Distributors Glock barrel upgrade LWD barrel target crown

Lone Wolf Distributors will replace any of our barrels or barrel accessories which are found to have manufacturing or material defects. Customer modifications or the use of reloaded ammunition will void this warranty.”

I don’t have the data to support or challenge the claim that the barrel is made to tighter dimensions than the original.

For my purposes, the two LWD barrels that I have shot both worked without a hitch for a combined 100-ish rounds. Obviously, I’ll need to report back after our silencers arrive and I have had a chance to put more and a greater variety of rounds down the pipe.

Overall

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The barrel looks good and functions properly so far. Giving a conservative 4.0 gear rating only because of the limited use so far. I expect to upgrade this rating if it continues to perform well when a silencer is attached and more types of ammo are tested.

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If you own a Glock pistol and have ever looked for upgrade parts, then you have likely run across Lone Wolf Distributors already. They have a reputation for parts that work at a fair price. Based on our limited use of a couple of their barrels, the reputation looks earned. However, we will update if any issues arise. Barrels are a staple of LWD, but they carry a broad line of Glock upgrade products as well as a variety of parts and accessories, including a Glock magazine compatible AR15. If you have an LWD parts that you would like to see reviewed, let us know in the comments below.

GearReport logo Round AR15Where’d you get that ammo, bro?

We are fortunate to have an arrangement with Ammunition Supply Company where they provide ammunition for all of our reviews. In return, we share our videos and reviews with ASC for them to use on their website. For this review we shot Winchester 9mm FMJ 115 Grain “white box”, Remington UMC 9mm FMJ 115 Grain and Speer LE Gold Dot 9mm JHP 115 Grain.

Huge thanks to Ammunition Supply Company, who kicked in nearly 100 rounds of 115 grain ammo for this test.

 

Originally posted 2015-04-14 18:31:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Jeff is the Editor in Chief of Gear Report and a National Shooting Sports Foundation Media member. He reports on the outdoor industry, reviews gear for camping, hiking, shooting, hunting, paddling, backpacking and other active pursuits.

A USAF veteran, Jeff earned a MBA in Marketing and Health Services. He specializes in consultative selling and internet marketing. As the VP of BD & Marketing, Jeff provides sales and marketing leadership to MGECOM, Inc. and helps http://MGECOM.com acquire new clients in need of solutions for online merchants in need of Affiliate Marketing program management.

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