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Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by avgjoe, Jun 24, 2005.
What do I have to swap out
On my G32, all I do is drop in an aftermarket (mine is Federal) 9mm conversion barrel and use G19 mags to shoot 9mm. Over 1,200 rounds of CCI Blazer & WWB FMJ and JHP so far with zero problems.
I believe that the extractor should also be changed, the 9mm and .40/357 use different ones. Many people haven't had any problems with this but I would change it.
To convert a Glock 357sig to 9mm you will need a conversion barrel because the diameter of the stock 9mm is too small. Olympic Arms, Federal Barrel, and Lone Wolf all sell these barrels. I have a Olympic Arms Barrel in my G31 for over 5 years and close to 10,000rds through it. I use 9mm G17 magazines because my G31 magazines loaded with 9mm caused malfunctions. There are people who have reported that they have used their 357 sig and 40 S&W magazines loaded with 9mm without malfunctions. I tried it and did not have the same results. I just got a 9mm Federal Arms conversion barrel for my G33 and have not shot it enough rounds out of it to say one way or the other. As far as changing the extractor is concerned, I would first buy the conversion barrel and 9mm magazines and take the gun out and shoot it. If you have problems with extraction, change out the extractor. Other then the conversion barrel and G17 magazine my G31 is stock and it is just a reliable as my G19. Hopefully I'll have the same luck with my G33 with the federal arms barrel.
Past postings on this subject have also recommended that the converted pistol should only be used as a range pistol and not as a carry weapon due to reliability concerns.
Do any of you who have "converted" use the pistol as your carry weapon?
if you have a 357sig gun why would you carry it converted to 9mm for self defense?? the ONLY reason i want to get a conversion barrel for mine is so i can shoot more.
I took my recently acquired G33 to the range today, and immediately dropped in a 9mm conversion barrel and 9mm G26 mag. My wife put 100 rounds through it without any sort of hiccup or failure. Would I trust my wife's life with a bastardized gun like that? Not yet, but we'll see what happens. She shoots sparingly, isn't ready to carry concealed, and definitely isn't ready to shoot a 40cal or 357sig self defense load. If the G33-9mm performs flawlessly in her hands for 1000+ rounds, I will definitely be comfortable with her using it for self defense. At some point, though, I will try to upgrade her to the 40cal conversion or the original 357sig.