New From Lone Wolf: Blank Slides, G9 Updates, and New Barrels

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2016 is bringing a lot of change to Lone Wolf Distributors. The biggest piece of news may be that all of their Alpha Wolf barrels and their new slides are fresh designs that are manufactured in the U.S. Lone Wolf will undoubtedly be selling a lot of blank slides or “OEM slides,” which ship as a GLOCK slide “rolling chassis,” if you will. All of the functional bits are already machined, and company XYZ can simply finish out the exterior however they want and slap their own name on it. Also . . .

The G9 AR-15 style lower receiver, reviewed here, has received some updates. A recurring comment on that review (including on the YouTube video) was that it was silly to retain the full-sized magazine well dimensions — although I like how it maintains a more traditional AR-15 look — when the GLOCK mag is so much shorter front-to-rear. Lone Wolf has indeed chosen to slim it down a bit.

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They’ve also flared the trigger guard and increased the size of the mag release button. Note that the one seen here is still a pre-production prototype.

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The Alpha Wolf barrels are fluted, nitrided black, and come in much nicer retail packaging (more of a thing for dealers wanting to display them on hooks). I picked up a threaded one so I can slap a suppressor on that G19 MOS I’ve been carrying, and it fits nicely and has so far functioned just right.

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Here are a few more photos of the blank slide, including one I saw in the New Product Center being advertised by a different company under their brand name. And it could be 100% made by them, of course, as not knowing if LW provided the blank is kind of the whole point of this “white label” slide offering. I wonder what I could come up with at home with a bench vice and a Dremel tool.

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comments

  1. avatar MurrDog says:

    Just round the edges a bit and keep it boxy. It’s like carrying a Volvo.

    1. avatar Wv cycling says:

      As a Volvo 945 owner, I like this idea as long as the comment wasn’t sarcasm. 🙁

      1. avatar MurrDog says:

        It wasn’t. Safe, reliable, with boring aesthetics. Yeah, Glock’s are Volvo’s.

        That being said, I drive a Ford and carry a G19

  2. avatar Sixpack70 says:

    When does a Glock stop being a Glock?

    1. avatar younggun21 says:

      I suppose at this point its like the old 1911 squabble. The only true 1911 has “Colt” written on the side and technically all the rest are copies of the Military 1911. They are all based on the same specs as the original, but they are not technically made by the original company. I suppose this is going the same way. It is still the specs of a Glock but it is no longer produced by the company with the same name and as such would be a Glock copy Glock if that makes sense.

      1. avatar Paladin says:

        perhaps we should coin a new term for the copies? I’ve heard knockoff 10/22s being referred to as roogers, maybe we can call these Glawks?

        1. avatar Sixpack70 says:

          Sounds good to me. Glawks it is!

        2. avatar Jeremy S. says:

          Maybe like the hairstyle… fauxglock ?

        3. avatar Salty says:

          No not glawks, glaux….

          I’m not a big Glock guy but you can’t beat em join em!

        4. avatar neiowa says:

          Glucks

        5. I’m so copyrighting “Glawk Fauxtee” right now.

        6. avatar Warp says:

          It’s a Gloppy

  3. avatar paul spradlin says:

    any chance of barrels for sheilds

    1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

      I don’t think they have any plans to deviate from Glock.

  4. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    I’m liking that blank slide. As I’ve got access to a mill, I can cut some nice serrations then do some shaping and rounding of the edges. Maybe cut out for a red dot.
    Kudos to Lone Wolf for providing these!

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      If that mill is CNC, whip up a file and carve a tiny demon head with red tritium vials for eyes in the front of the slide…

      I can see Dirk buying one and having ‘Shannon’ CNC-embossed on the side in a scroll script…

      *snicker*

  5. avatar Geoff PR says:

    I kinda like that look, even though the sharp edges would be a pain…

  6. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    Sorry to hijack the thread everyone … I just found a YouTube video that the FBI released of their pursuit and shooting of the LaVoy Finicum out in Oregon:

    https://youtu.be/gjl1hefqqWI

    It is definitely questionable as far as I can see.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      He stuck his hands in in pockets just before they shot him…

    2. avatar syms says:

      Looks like a good shoot, especially if he was yelling at them like other reports have said. The date on the video is wrong though…..

  7. avatar Ian says:

    I’m thinking one in Art Deco and one in Scrimshaw style.

  8. avatar Nate H. says:

    Very cool. I’m not a Glock guy, per se, but I could see the attraction in having a one-off Glock that’s been customized to exactly what you want, making it the only Glock of its kind. As a machinist, I could definitely see myself getting one or two and making some sweet designs and what-have-you’s in these things. I didn’t see anything about price tho, did I? How much are these things?

    1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

      It would be fun, right? I’m not sure they’ve announced price yet. But as the whole point is selling them to other companies to finish, put their name on, and sell to customers the price is obviously low enough to allow other folks to do that and build in a profit margin, too. Of course, they’re probably buying a bunch. But check out LW’s prices for finished slides. They aren’t very expensive. This would be a lot less.

  9. avatar Royal Tony says:

    That bottom photograph. I’m pretty sure that’s a Falcon 9 from Perfect Dark, N64, and not a Glock. They didn’t have enough pixels back then to finish machining it I suppose.

    1. avatar MurrDog says:

      I believe the Falcon 9 was based off the Glock 24 so that’s close enough.

  10. avatar James69 says:

    G9 pistol now that would be something.

    1. avatar Jeremy B says:

      A pistol caliber, rifle receivered, pistol… what?

      1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

        I built one w/ a short barrel and an SB Tactical brace, but a long handguard so the suppressor could run underneath it. They do sell G9 lowers that can be built into pistols just like an AR-15 pistol.

  11. avatar PeterK says:

    I want to custom up my own glock slide! For reals I need to start that lady guns business on the side with my sister. this might be a good place to start.

  12. avatar Eye-roller says:

    On barrels — they sure are nicer-looking than the old LW silver barrels. I have a few of the older (“original?”), especially during their sale last year for $89. These new barrels are $140 to $160. That’s a steep increase. Glad to see they’re not replacing the old barrels, which work fine and are much less expensive. Always appreciate new entries, so long as they don’t take away the tried & true choices.

  13. avatar Anonymous says:

    I like it. There was another TTAG article not too long back about 80% glock frames. Lovin it.

    1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

      Those frames from Polymer 80 are almost ready, and TTAG will be getting one and building it out for review and such.

  14. avatar Highvoltage says:

    Nice to see them offering US made barrels VS the Korean imports.

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