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After Market Barrels & Conversions

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by 40SWHero51, Aug 1, 2008.

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  1. 40SWHero51

    40SWHero51 Member

    Jul 27, 2008
    Kennesaw, GA
    Did a search for "after market barrels" and didn't find anything worth while - although I didn't dig too deep either. Please paste an old thread if you know of a helpful one.

    Are after market barrels as good as they are made out to be?

    I am getting ready to pickup a Storm Lake 9mm Semi-Drop-in Conversion barrel for my .40 S&W M&P to shoot a little cheaper at the range. Moreover, I have read and heard that after market barrels can perform better than factory barrels in most cases - yielding tighter groups and less mis-feeds. And for all you "Glock Heads" I have read that this is particularly true for your guns of choice.

    For $98 plus the cost of a new magazine can I turn my rig into a 9mm for range use - and keep my beloved .40 for Defense/Carry? Before I buy the 9mm conversion should I also look into replacing the factory .40 with a Storm Lake barrel as well? I say Storm Lake mostly because it's all I can really find for a S&W M&P.

    Do I need anything else to make this conversion happen - is it as simple as a new barrel and magazine? Has anyone out there tried this with an M&P?

    Let me hear what you've got on this...

  2. hpridgen

    hpridgen Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    I am partial to BarSto replacement and BarSto conversion barrels. They enhance accuracy, and the conversion barrels allow one to shoot 9mm ammo through your existing handgun. The "semi-dropin" barrels usually don't have to be fitted by a gunsmith. The people at BarSto are great to work with.
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