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Storm Lake barrels - black or stainless?

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by hulk2k8, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. hulk2k8

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    I'm looking to order a .357 - 9mm conversion barrel for my G32 and wanted people's opinions (hopefully barth will see this thread) on whether the extra cost of Isonite QPQ is worth the cost/wait time. How well does blackening hold up compared to Glock OEM barrels?

    Thanks.
     
  2. hulk2k8

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    Semi-related question, would anyone consider carrying a 9mm converted G23/32 after 500-1000 rounds of JHP "validation"?
     

  3. NMGlock79

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    I don't know about the finish but u that g23 had the proper extractor or whatever in addition to a barrel, u have no problem carrying it.


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  4. hulk2k8

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    Any other thoughts on this?
     
  5. mo.glocker

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    i loved my 32 till i actually tried to hit with it,sold the snappy poppy thing.i now have 19 & 36-30 hybrid,but if you look at the part numbers on the ejector of the32 and the 19 (see if they are the same)pretty sure they are.and just get a 9mm extractor(easy to change),i see no prob at all,i thought of this and then figured i was scrapping the whole 357 thing anyway and id much rather shoot 45 anyway,it alot tamer to me.i would get the black if you want it to look stock factory or stainless if you like bling-btw the sig is a 9mm bullet a stock 19 barrel would prob work decent too-jeff
     
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  6. AKRover

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    Its purely a matter of whether you feel comfortable carrying a converted gun. I think you have the right idea of doing a lot of reliability verification before carrying it. Even after 1000 rounds, the G32 internals, i.e. extractor and ejector, were not designed for a 9mm size case so the potential for a problem still exists. And if your luck is like mine that problem will show up at the worst possible time.

    If it were me I would feel a lot more comfortable carrying a G32 converted to 40 than 9mm since the case dimensions are the same between 357 Sig and 40. 40 isn't as cheap as 9mm but it's a lot cheaper and easier to find than 357 Sig in my experience.
     
  7. hulk2k8

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    Thanks for the feedback.

    Any thoughts on black vs stainless for a Storm Lake barrel?
     
  8. plouffedaddy

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    I look at it like this... If you bought a new gun and put 500-1000 rounds through it without incident would you feel comfortable carrying it? The same applies here.
     
  9. barth

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    Sorry for the late response.
    When I got my 357 barrel in black Isonite it was only an additional $20.
    A real bargain IMHO.
    Yes, I had to wait awhile.
    But I think the cost and time was well worth it.
    I've got boxes and boxes of ammo through the barrel and it looks and performs perfect.

    I have four Storm Lakes barrels for my G27.
    And the 357 ported black Isonite barrel is my favorite.
    So much so I had to get an extended ported black Isonite
    Storm Lake for my Sig Sauer P220/45 as well.
    Nuff said...
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  10. Arc Angel

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    I'm not Barth; I don't own any Isonite coated pistol barrels; but I did sleep at a Holiday Inn Express, once! Not being a blind man I have noticed other shooters occasionally look at my bright stainless steel Bar-Sto barrels with something akin to lust in their eyes! Personally, I very much dislike an all-black Glock; but, that's just me. Would I go for the black Isonite barrel coating? I'm sure you already know the answer! :supergrin:

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  11. Mahalo_.32

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    I have a G32 aswell.... Storm Lake conversion 9mm barrel to go playing with. My experience with it has been cut and dry for me. The barrel is Great Quality from what I see, the tolerances are tighter than OE Glock and the ONLY time I have experienced any problems with the set up is when I use Wall Mart Federal purple box or Winchester white box both have caused "stove pipe" situations generally 3-4 out of 100 NOW with that said I also have used Gold Dot, Lawman, higher priced SD ammo and NOT one issue out of hundreds of rounds. You would not carry ball ammo for SD or Duty anyway............

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  12. PhotoFeller

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    I like the classy look of stainless and the fact that stainless is easier to maintain.
     
  13. larson1122

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    RTF frame a little too rough for ya? :shame:
     
  14. Whitebrad25

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    Firstly, I would not carry a converted handgun, but that is me. I am sure others do so because they know their barrels are reliable but I won't and don't.


    The above having been said, all of my barrels are black. I don't care for the shiny looks nor the reflection of light they can give. On a firearm, flashy, chromed, reflective, etc. surfaces are not a plus for me....it goes beyond aesthetics. But this is my opinion and I am SURE others will differ.
     
  15. Arc Angel

    Arc Angel Deus Vult!

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    No! Incipient arthritis in my gun hand. ;)

    I very much like the RTF2 frame because the, 'thumb dimples' are stippled. After I realized the advantage of doing this I went out (in a blinding snow storm, no less) and had both of my 3rd gen. G-21 frames stippled inside the thumb dimples, too.

    What WAS too rough for me, though, is the skateboard tape I used to have on the sides of my Glock frames. (Roughed up the inside of the M-65 field jacket that I like to wear all winter long.)
     
  16. larson1122

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    Ahh that makes more sense. I've never been a big fan of the skateboard tape much myself either. I had never thought to stipple just the thumb dimple but now that you mention it that seems like it would help a bit. Might have to give it a try sometime.
     
  17. barth

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    I like the shinny.
    And I know Bar-Sto (have two).
    But a tactical flat black Isonite Storm Lake needs to be seen
    in the flesh to be appreciated.

    Bar Sto Triple Ported 357 Sig
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    Black Isnoite, Fail Zero Nickel Boron & Natural Stainless finish barrels.
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    Barrelpalooza :
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  18. avenues165

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    I agree with this.
     
  19. Arc Angel

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    :wow: Barth, until I met you I thought I was a genuinely perfectionistic gun collector; but, I ain't never invested in a barrel collection like the one you've just posted!

    All I can say is, 'Wow!' :faint:
     
  20. barth

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    That's not all my barrels, it's an old picture.
    I have serious issues - LOL!

    And full disclosure,
    the last barrel I purchased was a Bar Sto.
    Storm Lake doesn't make Sig Sauer P239 357 barrels.
    And Bar Sto does make some of the finest barrels available.
     
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