Announcing: Barrel Race 2017
It is with great enthusiasm that my partner and I would like to announce a brand new endeavor for the Victory Gun Blog. As long time users of Glock handguns, both for carry and competition, we have both watched the massive growth of aftermarket support for this weapon system in recent years. I have atleast two dozen friends who rely on this platform for personal defense and almost all of their Glocks contain at least one non-factory part. Perhaps the greatest indicator of just how widespread this support industry has grown is the fact that no less than 26 different companies make drop in barrels for the Glock-17. This has undoubtedly been fueled by the Glock's popularity as a competition platform and a suppressor host. Responsible for stabilizing the projectile as it begins it's journey to the target. The barrel is the heart of any handgun system. With barrels ranging in price from $105 to $335 the obvious question for any potential barrel customer becomes, "How much accuracy am I getting for my money?" We want to know as well so we devised a test to find the answer.
Our planned methodology is as follows: Testing will be performed using a brand new Glock 17, fired from a Ransom Master Series Rest. All barrels will undergo a 100 round break in, followed by accuracy testing. We plan to fire five, five shot groups, with 3 different types of ammunition each, at 25 yards and present the results on Victory Gun Blog. We will be measuring the group sizes using the OnTarget Precision Calculator.
As consumers continue to invest in squeezing more performance out of their weapons we want to bring them quality data that they can use to better arm themselves. To often, when making equipment decisions all one has to rely on is opinion and feelings. Here at the Victory Gun Blog we aim to bring you facts. We have already put out the call to manufacturers and have gotten an enthusiastic response with several barrels in our possession and more on the way. Glock, always eager to stand behind the quality of their workmanship, has already said yes and sent us a barrel. I will be particularly interested to see how their factory barrel stacks up against the competition. Our goal is to have the test run and the results published by the beginning of January 2017. Running tests like this was one of the primary motivations behind the start of this publication. So without further ado, let the Great Barrel race of 2017 begin.