threaded barrel work for an EAA Witness Match


January 15, 2013, 03:40 PM
I recently picked up a full size Witness Match in 9mm and it has a 4.75" barrel. I can buy a new 6" barrel from EAA and would like to get it shortened and threaded. Any particular issues or should any competent smith be able to do the work?

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January 15, 2013, 04:22 PM
Assuming that you wish to attach some sort of "muzzle device."

If he has a lathe, correct tooling/gages, and knows how to properly use all of that, then yes. Problem is that there are lots of "smiths" that think they know, but don't. Maintaining alignment with the bore centerline is critical. Better ensure that whomever you choose is someone who really knows.

January 15, 2013, 04:27 PM
Yes. I'd like the option to mount a suppressor down the road, as we shoot on a farm and its nice not to have to use ear protection. This isn't a high priority so cost will come into play. $180 for the 6" barrel plus the smith work plus the can, of course.

January 17, 2013, 12:43 PM
Why not just buy a threaded barrel from lone wolf or have them do the work?

January 17, 2013, 01:01 PM
you say that as if everybody should know who that is.

January 17, 2013, 01:53 PM

Not sure why he pointed you to Lone Wolf as they specialize in Glocks and do not list any barrels for the CZ clones. Perhaps he knows something we don't.

Have you thought to contact the manufacturer? They most likely have extended threaded barrels for their guns. They offer a compensated version of your gun that has an extended barrel, threaded for a compensator.

January 17, 2013, 01:59 PM
Thanks. I actually found their site and looked it over and found only Glock of course.

I have been trying to get through to EAA all week to doublecheck p/n's on magazines (after Cabela's sent me the wrong style). Can't get through. Perhaps a double whammy of panic buying going on and the SHOT show this week but nobody is home there. I looked over EAA site's and I can buy the extended barrel for $185 but they don't show any compensated or threaded options.

January 17, 2013, 03:44 PM
If you cannot get a threaded barrel from EAA, there are several smiths that we can recommend to thread one for you.

January 29, 2013, 09:04 PM
i just bought a 9mm conversion for my witness P compact in .45, and i asked Cheryl at EAA if the longer (4.5") barrels would fit in the compact slides (3.7" barrel). all she could say was "that's a really good question". she's a really nice lady and has helped me in the past, but i think her plate is a little full. no reason they shouldn't fit, but that doesnt mean it will. i've decided to just machine an extension to the existing barrel when i get it. i've been thinking of doing a little lightweight compensator for my witness to "dress it up" a little. a competent machinist can put just about any thread pitch you want on a barrel to do "whatever" with. you don't neccessarily have to pay a gunsmith to do the work:what:. not to be a jerk, but most of the ones i've had any dealings with were a bit snobby and really couldn't do what i can do with some machine tools......:banghead: and a minimum of $100 for threading barrel is a little steep for me, when i can do the work myself in about 20 minutes. and i love tinkering with guns anyway. i will let you guys know how my conversion and other work goes, and i'll get pix up ASAP

January 30, 2013, 12:37 AM
could you run a barrel extension? see the pretty pretty pictures about 1/3 of the way down here

they are even running a witness as the host gun.

February 5, 2013, 10:40 PM
If you want to cut and thread a barrel there are a lot of folks that will do it, but, Gem-tech will do it for you. Since then build suppressors, I'm sure they would do a good job for you.

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