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Aftermarket barrel for LEAD reloads for Glock 26?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by DAL, Jan 4, 2003.

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  1. DAL

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    Is there an aftermarket barrel for LEAD reloads? I was told that Federal (not the ammo maker) makes barrels for reloads, but the guy wasn't sure if it was okay to shoot lead bullets in it. Does anyone here have any experience with this subject? I just picked up a used G26 and, if it shoots as well as its reputation, I'd like to use it for IDPA and shoot it a lot.
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  2. stans

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    The problem with Glocks and lead bullets is the polygonal rifling. Any barrel with conventional lands and grooves should be safe for lead bullets. Alternatively, you can shoot lead bullets in a Glock barrel, just clean the lead build up from the barrel frequently.
     
  3. jc2

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    Actually, if you go back and read the manual that came with your G26, you will find that Glock is totally silent on the subject lead bullets. Glock has published absolultely no warnings or caustions against the use of lead bullets in their weapons (despite all the internet hoopla). Just be advised the use of lead bullets in any barrel requires a thorough cleaning afterward--and generally speaking, the higher the velocity, the tougher the cleaning job.
     
  4. DAL

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    I'll be calling Glock to get a manual; I didn't get one with my 26.
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  5. Kahr carrier

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    What about a KKM barrel.:)
     
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    jc2, how long have you had your Glock?

    There are several other things you shouldn't do with your Glock that aren't listed in the manual... If you have any questions about the use of lead bullets (or any other questions about your Glock pistol) you can contact Glock, USA by phone.

    As far as I know, all of the aftermarket barrels for Glocks are approved for use with lead bullets. For the record, if you have a .40 or .357 Sig, I wouldn't reload real hot with an FAC(Federal Arms Co) barrel--especially not with the heavy bullets in the .40. Nothing in the way of hard evidence--just the old you get what you pay for hunch...
     
  9. dave

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    While it is correct that the Glock manual doesn't say anything about shooting lead rounds, several publications do speak of it. One, I think it's the Glock Annual Magazine, has had articles in every issue explaining why one should not shoot lead ammo in Glocks. The issue is also talked about on several on-line supplier sites.

    If one feels them must use lead ammo, hey, it's their gun. But I choose not to.
     
  10. jc2

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    None published by Glock. The Glock Annual is a Glock publication and clearly states it does not represent the official Glock position.
    So, it's an internet legend. I can post links to internet sites that "prove" Glock "kB!s" and at least one "major supplier" recommends replacement barrels for all .40 S&W Glocks. Makes you wonder if it has anything to do with profit motive, doesn't it? You can probably find internet sites that prove the moon is made of green cheese, and Elvis is alive and well in Area 51 along with internet sites that "prove" you shouldn't use lead bullets in your Glock. It's really a matter of choice--who are you going to believe? --the internet or the manual that came (or should have come) with you weapon?

    The next time somebody tells you not to shoot lead bullets in your Glock (or should buy an aftermarket barrel for your Glock), as them to show exactly where Glock has published any warnings or cautions about the use of lead bullets in any official Glock publication. Believe me, if lead bullets were the problem many of these "experts" would like you to believe, the Glock manual would be full of red warnings and cautions out of self-protection if nothing else.

    The fact remains that Glock does not publish any warnings, or even cautions, concerning the use lead bullets in their handguns, period. As far as I'm concerned (with the usual caveats about cleaning and good routine maintenance) that until Glock officially publishes guidance warning or cautioning against the use of lead bullets in their handguns, it is an acceptable practice (regardless of what one may read on the internet). I guess I'm stubborn, but I prefer to get my guidance from the manufacturer's published instructions rather than the internet.

    BTW, I have ran many Georgia Arms lead LRN bullets bullets through my G17 with no problems though I prefer the FMJ bullets just be cause I'm lazy--it's a whole lot easier cleaning up after jacketed bullets (or maybe I'm just not as paranoid about cleaning after shooting jacketed bullets as I am after shooting lead--and the price difference is minimal).
     
  11. Sean Smith

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    Wow, that post sure sounds familiar... :rolleyes:

    The alternate point of view, presented by a forensic engineer:

    http://markco.gunsnet.net/glockKB.html

    Of course, some people have a funny idea of what a "myth" is. :p
     
  12. bigjim

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    Hey JC2

    There may be a grain of truth to the fact the barrel makers may have a profit motive in pushing the lead bullet issue with Glocks.

    But then again Glock DARN sure has a profit motive to stay silent.

    Why do you assume Glock as a seller is the honest one and anyone else trying to turn a buck is lieing to you?

    There does appear to be a bubble in the number of KBs with 40 cal Glocks and reloads.
     
  13. Nero Steptoe

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    "I guess I'm stubborn, but I prefer to get my guidance from the manufacturer's published instructions rather than the internet.."

    So, would you please point out where Glock or any other manufacturer recommends the use of reloads (of any kind) in their guns?? I didn't think so. So, you don't shoot reloads in any of your guns and don't recommend that anybody ever shoot a reload of any description in any of their guns??
     
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    Yes, but it is not Glock--just another "internet expert." I mean if you want an alternate point of view on Glocks, I could just link you Dean Speir's Gun Zone site. Is MarkCO credible, but Dean Speir not? Or is it just your point of view. Again, MarkCO is not Glock, nor does speak for Glock. When Glock hires Mark and officially adopts his position then it will be Glock's position--until then it's just another internet opinion. What does the user manual say? What is Glock's official published position?
    Not really--and certainly not, if lead bullets are the safety risk, the internet would have you believe. The potential for failure and injuries to failure with lead bullets (to the extent propulgated by the internet) would have forced Glock to include the warnings and cautions if they were necessary.
    There appears to be a bubble in the number of kB!s with .40 S&W Glocks with factory loads.
    I don't know what your point is. We're talking about lead bullets--and a warning against their use. So far as I know all manufacture recommends against the use of reloads (at least of the "home brewed" types). Glock does recommend the use of "high quality commercially manufactured ammunition" which certainly includes ammunition manufactured by Georgia Arms and other major commercial ammunition manufacturers regardles of bullet composition.

    I really fail to see what the problem is, period. Glock is simply silent on the use of lead bullets in their handgun, period. They do not publish any warnings or even cautions about the use of lead bullets in their handguns, period. What's all the fuss?

    The fact remains Glock is officially silent on the use of lead bullets in their weapon. In no Glock publication is there an endorsement or a warning or a caution about using lead bullets in Glock handguns. That is a fact.
     
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  15. Nero Steptoe

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    I don't shoot lead through any of my pistols, Glocks or otherwise, but not because of anything any manufacturer recommended or warned against. I was just following up on your point about your following manufacturers' recommendations and, ergo, would have to assume then that you don't use reloads in any of your firearms. I personally do use reloads and have no fear about using them.

    MarkCO is a forensic engineer and has done pretty extensive work on the effects of shooting lead through Glock barrels. Dean Speir is not a forensic engineer and, in fact, is a disingenuous habitual prevaricator.
     
  16. JohnKSa

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    1. There are well documented instances of lead induced kBs in Glock pistols. Many are available on the internet.

    2. A Forensic Engineer did a careful study of this topic and posted his analysis along with the dangerously high chamber pressure measurements resulting from his experiments with lead bullets in Glock pistols.

    3. If you call Glock USA, they will inform you that they do not recommend the use of lead bullets in their pistols.

    Therefore, regardless of whether or not it is stated in an "official Glock publication", it is certainly NOT a web legend.

    Furthermore, the poster didn't even ask about shooting lead in his original barrel, he asked if there were aftermarket barrels which were ok to use with lead. There are and they've been listed.

    BTW, jc2, you implied that you own a Glock pistol. Which Glocks do you currently own?

    AFTER you answer that question, perhaps you could let us in on your motive--why you would encourage a Glock owner to engage in a practice which is widely accepted to be dangerous.
     
  17. 4v50 Gary

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    Prudence mandates using lead only with caution or better yet, not at all. I myself do not want to be the test example that everyone else reads about.
     
  18. jc2

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    He is not an employee of Glock, and he does not speak for Glock. Have you seen his CV? Have you checked his references? Regardless, he is entitled to his opinions--just remember they are his opinions and not Glock's position.
    There is a big difference between "not recommend" and issuing warnings and cautions in the manual. There is a big difference between "not recommend" and something being, as you state later in your post, "dangerous." If someone asked me, I would probably recommend against the use of lead bullets in any barrel or weapon because they are messy, hard to clean up afterward and the usual health and environmental hazards associated with lead--to me, for the price difference is not worth the hassle.
    Give me a reference in an official Glock publication warning against the use of lead bullets in Glock handguns. If you cannot, the "lead bullets in Glocks causes kabooms" is a web legend. "If it not written down on a piece paper with four corners--it didn't happen.
    Correct, and I suggested he read the manual that came with his handgun and see what the manufacturer of the original barrel had to say about lead bullets. The point remains that Glocks is officially silent about the use of lead bullets in their barrels. Why should he go out and buy a new after-market barrel if the maker of his OEM barrel does warn or caution against the use of lead bullets?
    You have just a couple of facts wrong. I did not encourage the use of lead bullets, as you previously stated, he had already made up his mind to use lead bullets. I merely pointed that his manual does not have any warnings or cautions against the use of lead bullets in his OEM barrel. If the "practice" is "widely accepted to be dangerous," as you apparently believe, why doesn't the manufacturer state so in the manual. They issue warnings and cautions as basic as use the right calibre ammunition and hearing protection. Why doesn't the manufacturere warn against what you describe as a "dangerous practice?" As near as I can tell, the whole "lead bullets are dangerous in Glocks" is a totally undocumented internet legend.

    Unless someone can come up with an official, published warning by Glock, Inc. warning or cautioning against the use of lead bullets in their OEM barrels, I'm out of here. Believe what you want, but Glock is officially silent.
     
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    Actually you have a couple of facts wrong.

    1. He didn't ask about using lead bullets in the Glock barrel. Nor did he say that he intended to use lead bullets in the Glock barrel. His questions about lead use were directed toward the FAC barrel and aftermarket barrels.

    2. I didn't say anything about Glock's "official position" or "official publications, I merely pointed out that your assertion that it was an "internet legend" was false. As is your illogical and somewhat odd (not to mention grammatically incorrect) assertion "If it not written down on a piece paper with four corners--it didn't happen." Clearly many things have happened that aren't written down on a piece of paper.

    And lastly, you weren't to respond to the question about your motives for endorsing the use of lead in Glock pistols until you answered the question about which Glocks you currently own. Is there some reason you don't want to answer that question?
     
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    Glock does not say anything about lead bullets in their manual. Glock also says to only use factory ammo. To the best of my knowledge there are no factory loads with lead bullets in the calibers Glock chambers its pistols for.

    I avoid the whole problem, when I reload for my Glock pistols I use plated bullets from Ranier or Berrys. No problems and there doesn't seem to be any fouling.

    Suggestion: Save your money and use the Glock barrel.
     
  21. JohnKSa

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    Ron,

    Actually there are factory lead loads available in 10mm and .40S&W.

    And, interestingly enough, the worst case of leading I've ever seen was in a Beretta 92FS I used to own. I bought a batch of ammo that turned out to be copper plated, not copper jacketed. After just a magazine full, the rifling was so full of lead that the barrel looked like a smoothbore.

    I've never used the two brands you recommend, but it sounds like they may be much higher quality. I guess all that to say that not all plated bullets are created equal.

    Good shooting,

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    Glock does not say "to only use factory ammo." They do say to use "high quality commercially manufactured ammunition" which certainly includes ammunition manufactured by Georgia Arms and other major commercial ammunition manufacturers regardles of bullet composition.

    FWIW, I believe Beretta, unlike Glock, actually warns against the use of lead bullets in its weapons.
     
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    Considering Glock's irresponsibility about notifying owners of the frame rail issues, I really wouldn't be the slightest bit surprised if they completely ignored the lead bullets + polygonal rifling issue, even if they knew it was dangerous. It just seems to be a company without the stones to admit that there's anything wrong with Glock Perfection (TM). They make a good product, but they're unscrupulous.
     
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    jc2,

    Hard to take you seriously when you don't post the truth.

    RE: Beretta's lead policy--of course you are right since I told you that myself. However, the manual I got with my original 92FS over 10 years ago (the one mentioned in the story above) didn't have that warning. My current 92 series Beretta, purchased last year, came with a manual which does include a recommendation against the use of lead bullets and a stern caution to NEVER shoot jacketed bullets through a barrel which may have any traces of lead fouling until it has been thoroughly cleaned.

    TreeSquid,
    The way they handled it is common practice. Honda had a seatbelt recall (I would consider that a safety issue!) and the only notification I got was when I took the car to the dealer for an oil change. If I didn't get my service from the dealer, I figure I still wouldn't know about it.

    Furthermore the failure rate on the "affected" Glocks is very low (in spite of all the internet hubbub, I've read of fewer than 10 actual cases of breakage)--most gun makers wish they could get their failure rate that low on their non-defective products.

    AND, to top it off, Glock's testing indicates that the gun should continue to operate for up to 4,000 rounds. Since the breakage is easily detectable during a normal cleaning, and the average shooter rarely shoots 4,000 round in a self-defense confrontation or at a typical range visit, this should pretty much be a non-issue when you consider that Glock will fix the problem for free if it crops up (and in many--possibly all eventually--cases even if it doesn't).

    And, Glock doesn't ignore the lead issue. It's quite well-known, it's been printed time and time again in various publications (maybe not OFFICIAL Glock pubs) and, if you still have confusion on the issue, Glock will set you straight if you give them a call.

    Don't get too worked up over jc2's posts. His hobby is posting on misleading/controversial topics about Glock and Glock products. I'll bet if you did a little research you would find that most of his posts are about Glocks--which is all the more interesting when you find that he doesn't own a Glock and claims that he never intends to own one. He just enjoys stirring things up a bit and Glock seems to be one of his two or three favorite topics.

    Good shooting,

    John
     
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    Actually, I currently own G19 and have owned several Glocks. I've shot lead bullets in Glocks with zero problems. I even sort of like Glocks for the most part. I'm seriously contemplating a G20 purchase at this time.

    john -

    "Hard to take you seriously when you don't post the truth." --or don't even know the facts.

    There's nothing controversial about the current subject. Glock's manual is absolutely silent concerning the use of lead bullets the weapon, period. It is not an issue with them--or at least not a serious enough issue to merit the publication of a caution or warning. Anybody with a Glock manual can check the accuracy of that statement.

    I'd say the only person being controversial is the one who insists on posting his totally undocumented statements that lead bullets are dangerous in Glocks (and hence, Glock is negligent by failing to publish the appropriate warnings and/or cautions--the logical conclusion if your unsupported allegations were factual).
     
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