Review: Shooters Design G19 threaded barrel
Published: 8 October, 2003
Putting a suppressor on my KSC Glock 19 had been something I had planned for quite a while. Back when AirsoftZone was still up and running, a man whose nick name is Jaykay posted several pictures of his KSC Glock 19 with a G&G threaded barrel and a Classic Army SOCOM Suppressor. During this thread, several people chimed in and problems with the G&G began to surface.
The G&G threaded barrel is a two piece design. It looks like a regular barrel, but it has a threaded adapter piece, which has 14mm + thread for the suppressor and a smaller thread to screw into the barrel. The barrel itself is light weight, and with the threaded adapter on it, it weighs down the front end of the barrel. This causes the slide to catch on the barrel, and makes it difficult to cycle the slide properly.
What does this all translate to? As Guts80 mentioned in his Airsoft Players review of this piece, the G&G threaded barrel has cycling problems without a suppressor even mounted on it!
Naturally, after reading this I was not inclined to buy this barrel, so I browsed around some retailers, and noted on www.dentrinity.com that they had a Glock 19 threaded barrel made by Shooters Design. After hours of searching, not one website turned up ANY information of this piece. At $43, it is not a cheap item, but I bit the bullet and purchased it, along with a Guarder MP5N-S Suppressor and a Guarder G19 upgraded recoil spring and rod.
The barrel came in a unmarked plastic bag. Removing it from its plastic prison, it felt light, but well balenced. It has a black finish that matches the stock plastic Glocks slide. On the chamber cover it has markings that read: "CTA8119" And next to that is the glock insigna.On top it reads 9x19mm. The barrel has a 14mm positive (+) thread. The barrel also is ported much like the G18c/G26c.
Now, some G&G threaded barrel owners reported that they had to remove a rubber o-ring that keeps the inner barrel in place in the outer barrel. This is due to how the threaded adapter mounts into barrel. Since the Shooters Design threaded barrel is one piece, the O-ring does not have to be touched. It slides in as easily as your regular plastic/metal barrel.
With the barrel and upgraded recoil spring and rod installed on my pistol, I cycled the slide several times to insure it was properly cycling. The gun cycled smoothly, I couldn't feel a difference between that and my regular plastic barrel.
I screwed the suppressor onto the gun, and repeated the above tests. The gun still cycled flawlessly. I was very pleased with the barrel, I loaded one of my magazines up and tested the gun to see if there was any change in accuracy.
Using .2 bbs, the pistol did not show any change in accuracy. The pistol fired smoothly using 134a gas. I would imagine the gun would cycle very quickly if I used green gas in it, but my glock is otherwise a stock KSC G19 and I don't want to wear my internals down.
The barrel itself gets worn down along the sides where the slide rubs against it, but nothing else has shown signs of wear as of yet.
To be honest, I can't think of anything wrong with this barrel. It's well made, It functions perfectly, and its looking like it will hold up for a long time. For $43, it's easily worth its price. So, if you want a well made threaded barrel that's going to work I can say, without a doubt, that this barrel is what you're looking for.