Lone Wolf Distributors, perhaps the oldest and largest manufacturer of aftermarket parts for GLOCK pistols, continues to increase its domestic production capacity. While most of its manufacturing capacity is not actually inside of its Priest River, Idaho headquarters, the facility continues to expand its R&D, prototyping, distribution, and, yes, manufacturing capability.
Last week Lone Wolf put on a dinner party for its employees and their families to celebrate a record year of growth. As I’m local to them, they extended an invitation to the wife and me. It was a pretty cool shindig, with good food, good beer, a [good] live band, and a Lone Wolf logo cake.
A couple of these lucite Timberwolf pistols graced the bar.
Eventually their Special Projects Manager and I got down to business, though, and we shot up the road from the event center to visit Lone Wolf HQ.
The plan was to grab the 460 R upper — chambered in .460 Rowland — that I’m borrowing for what should be some fun ballistics testing and shooting action (including through my Liberty Cosmic suppressor) on top of my G20SF frame with some Underwood ammo that’s showing up soon. This caliber is a beast!
We turned that into a quick tour of the manufacturing side of the HQ facility (which also houses offices, conference rooms, server center, photography studio, shipping and distribution area, etc.).
The first thing I noticed when entering the manufacturing floor was a very nice coordinate measuring machine made by a high-end optics manufacturer that I had no idea made this sort of stuff (and a whole freaking lot more). This is an expensive piece of equipment that’s glaringly missing from so, so many manufacturers — even “premium” brands with high-end CNC and wire EDM equipment.
It’s often stated by companies manufacturing parts with those sorts of modern machines that they’re accurate to within whatever tens of thousandths of an inch, but they have no meaningful way to verify that, verify that they’re maintaining that, or answer the question of, “accurate compared to what?” CMMs like this one measure and map, through multiple methods, down to the gazillionth of an inch, and I was happy to see this level of investment at Lone Wolf.
Lone Wolf has a handful of laser engraving machines and unique printing machines.
Some of them are dangerous.
There’s manual milling and machining equipment so Lone Wolf’s machinists can handle some one-off, custom jobs.
Whereas production is done on a handful of modern CNC mills of various types.
This guy automatically feeds in round stock from a hopper and can turn it into all sorts of finished products.
Flash hiders are one example.
Vibratory tumbler for parts finishing.
That’s all I got photos of, but there were parts washers, sand blasting cabinets, and product assembly lines, plus some other CNC, prototyping, testing, and printing equipment that was off limits to the camera. Considering the number one “gripe” I’ve seen about Lone Wolf parts –especially barrels — over the years is that they were made in SE Asia (Korea — the southern one), it’s nice to see them responding by continuing to increase their made-in-the-US product line.